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A 5 year old's last Christmas

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

There are things in life that make you stop and think... and then there are things in life that are simply beyond words... this is one of those things. A co-worker came into my office today with a collection of Christmas cards and asked me to pick one out and sign it. When I asked why, this is the story I heard...

There's a 5 year old here in Michigan with neuroblastoma, he's had treatments over the past couple of years, but it has come back and they don't expect for him to last until Christmas.
His mother has a cancer care page set up for him and has requested Christmas cards be sent to the family in the hopes that he may be able to celebrate one last Christmas.

Here's the article about the family on MLive

Here is a second validation for the story

The family has supplied an address:
Noah Biorkman
c/o Scott Biorkman
3480 Petoskey Way
Milford, MI 48380

Kind of puts everything else in perspective, doesn't it?

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AKSTACEY70 11/10/2009 12:37PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll be getting a card out from alaska right away.

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BIRDRIPLEY 11/10/2009 12:21PM

    Yes, perspective abounds. Health is our greatest asset. If you don't mind, I'd like to us ea copy of your blog. am going to spread this mesage to everyone in the school district via our district wide email.

Let me know if I can use your words.

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From no impact to WOW What An Impact Fitness!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Growing up I was an active kid, never had any extra meat on my bones to worry about, as a matter of fact, was just plain old skinny. Then the years passed and while I didn't have a lot of extra meat on my bones, I had more than I did and I began to not like it. When I took a look at what was going on I realized that all the things I did as a kid and even in college, I wasn't doing anymore. Sure, I went for walks and did the occasional hike and canoe trip, but nothing that could be considered a real work out with any regularity. As I crept closer to 40, not only was I seeing an increase in the numbers on the scale, I was finding that things I used to do with regularity with ease were now a struggle. A friend of mine shared a SparkPeople article with me an BAM! I was hooked. I joined up, started posting my weight, exercise, food and joined a couple of teams. At the end of a year I was at my goal weight, posting on the message boards and ~gasp~ not only leading teams but creating my own. I've gotten others addicted to SparkPeople as well. Sure, it can be a real eye-opener when you post all your food for the day and see you've consumed enough calories for a small family, but it's the only way to see what you have to change. I've gotten used to logging in for my Spark-fix in the mornings and using a video to get me jump started when I need a little oomph. I no longer have to enter my stuff in before I do it, because it's become a habit and I know what my ranges are. The best part? I can do stairs with no problem, I did the hike from the lower to the upper falls at Taq. in the UP (8 miles- branded a "moderate intensity" hike) without getting out of breath... and even my stress test that I had to do when I had some health problems this summer had the cardiologist commenting about how good of shape my heart was in.
The best part about this? I've made the journey from having very little fitness in my life to being 40-something and being in the best shape of my life. My arms don't have that little swing that I've started to see in my friends, my legs are able to get me up multiple flights of stairs without making me pant and the rest of me is in pretty good shape too. I never would have thought that at my age I'd find fitness something I enjoy, I always thought it would be something that I'd make myself do when I needed to... now I realize that when you see the effects and you choose things you enjoy, even boot camp can be something you look forward to.
I'm running the Dump The Plump program at my work and we're in double digits now for our ten week sessions. Sure, we haven't hit all 4000 employees at my facility, but those we have gotten into the program have lost 2500 pounds! That's over a ton!!! It's amazing what sensible tips (like keeping a food log... and of course, joining SparkPeople) can do for people... it's not a diet, it's a LIVEit! It's about the glow you get from seeing the positive things in your life and knowing that it's no longer a workout but something that's fun. It's about making tiny changes in your life that have huge impact and it's about embracing fitness to invest in your future. Who knew it was that big of a deal?

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JAZZLEBUG 10/19/2009 6:47PM

    Seriously? This is a great blog. GOOD for YOU for getting so many people together to get healthy. 2500 pounds is awesome! Keep motivating people!

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ALPHAPREP 10/19/2009 4:59PM

    Awesome!!! 8 mile hike without getting out of breath? I don't think I could have done that when I was an athlete! I love that you are making the most out of sparks and having fun doing it!

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PICKIE98 10/12/2009 5:57PM

    spark-on sister woman!!

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20,000 minutes under my shoes?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sat at my desk this morning and watched the sun rise with the lights turned off (lit of course with the glow of my PC) and while still basking in the stress free moment I logged into SparkPeople to record my food, fitness, etc for the day. I happened to glance over at my fitness minutes and TAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA I've reached my yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes.
Hmmmmmmm wait a minute... now what do I do? (Besides give a little internal "yeah me" cheer) Do I try for 25,000? 22,000? Or do I just keep on doing what I've been doing and see what I hit, then bump it up a bit for 2010?
Thinking I'm going with the last one... we'll see where it gets me!
Makes me feel good though, knowing I've had to cut back since my health issues in July and I still made my yearly goal!

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PICKIE98 9/25/2009 7:57PM

    I am very proud of you,, get some more strength exercise by patting youself on the back, okay?? Linda

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HEIDISO 9/25/2009 3:00PM

    Great Job!

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OAKEYSON 9/25/2009 2:14PM

    emoticon emoticon That is a great accomplishment!!! Keep it up and then up your goal for next year.

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FLAWLESSCUBE 9/24/2009 3:13PM

    emoticon What an accomplishment. Congrats on meeting your goal and yes i like the 3rd idea also. Will be interesting to see what you do in 2010. THanks for stopping by and sending me support today. You are definetley and inspiration. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 9/24/2009 11:01AM

    emoticonThat is some achievement and we're not even 3/4 way through this year! emoticon

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How things that are good for me make me feel like a kid again... not in a good way!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We've all had it happen to us, especially when you were a kid. Someone put something in front of you and said "eat this, it's good for you". So, in the midst of my physician trying to put her finger on what's causing my blood pressure spikes and the chest pain, she tells me that ladies "my age" (speaking of chest pain... thanks so much for THAT term) need to watch their intake of Vitamin D and that most people, especially here in Michigan don't get enough. So I go through my diet and admit that perhaps it wouldn't hurt for me to increase my Vitamin D intake... and i go and buy the cod liver oil she suggested.
I should have been tipped off when the store had two kinds, flavored and unflavored... after all... the only time you add flavoring to things that are good for you is because they taste vile (fluoride as a kid... that pink medicine you had to keep in the fridge...). So I buy the "cherry" flavor and take it home. I'm all proud that the moment I take it out of the bag, I grab a teaspoon and go to take my first dose... the cap gets removed, along with the safety seal, the spoon goes horizontal and gets filled and I bring it up to my mouth. My nose wrinkles a bit at the scent (although I like fish, I don't like the smell), but I buck up and put it in my mouth and swallow.
One second, maybe two pass and it's like I'm 6 again... my eyes water, my tounge comes out of my mouth and I'm cupping my hands under the faucet to get water to wash that taste out of my mouth because I can't take the time to go and grab a glass out of the cupboard. I grab a napkin from the basket on the counter and scrub my tounge with it in the hopes that it works as a taste bud eraser and my poor little taste buds will recover from what I just did to them.
I'm up to maybe 30 seconds post-swallow now and it's not getting any better... my stomach is doing it's version of a tilt-a-whirl and letting me know it isn't happy either. I grab the sides of the sink and take small slow breaths in the hopes of preventing a full rebellion. I'm still making horrible sounds like I've just been poisoned and a somewhat lucid thought crosses my mind that's somewhere between "what have I done" and "yippee I'm alone".
A minute or two more and I'm still trying to get the smell of the oil out of my nose and the taste of it out of my mouth with no luck whatsoever... milk... almonds... water... a tortilla chip... and the Sparker in me thinks "you have to log in all this stuff" and I finally give up.
I may be Vitamin D deficient and cod liver oil may be good for me... but unless someone has some suggestions on what I can do to make this a better experience for myself... I don't care!

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NEENER967 8/22/2009 7:29PM

    I am sitting at my computer, laughing at loud, with tears running down my face! OMG! That is too, too funny! I couldn't decide whether to ask where I could go to buy some cod liver oil ... or to run to the nearest door (get me outta here!). You had to wonder just a little with a name like that ... COD LIVER OIL! Ick ... it just sounds gross! Why do those of us in Michigan tend to have more of a Vitamin D deficiency? Sorry for the dumb question, but I really didn't know ...

Thanks for the laugh! I could almost feel your pain while I was reading your blog! My tummy started to hurt - I think it was sympathy pains!


Comment edited on: 8/22/2009 7:30:09 PM

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CAROLJ35 8/19/2009 10:27PM

    There must be a better, easier way!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYLEE56 8/18/2009 11:49AM

    Very funny!! No cod liver oil for me either. emoticon

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ADDERCAT 8/18/2009 11:40AM

    Haha, love this! And I am definitely not getting cod liver oil now. Ick.

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Be careful what you wish for!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So my last blog was about my tomatoes and how they were slow coming on and I couldn't wait until they did... this blog is about the other side of things...
I got home from work last night and hit the garden. I'd been kind of neglecting the one side while I took care of the cucumbers (into 3 kinds of pickles) and the cabbage... so I headed out last night to check out the broccoli. Somewhere between the kohlrabi and the tomatoes there's a path of broccoli plants, there aren't many, but it's enough to keep me in broccoli... I've done the first and second harvests on most of the plants and I know it starts to come on a little slower and smaller now so I was giving it a couple of extra days... BIG mistake!
I've now went from having enough broccoli for dinner for a couple of days in a week to "UTOH, what am I going to do with all this?" emoticon
So I bagged up a gallon bag of florettes for this week, bagged another gallon to ship off to family and then blanched the rest to freeze... I think I ended up with 8 more packets of it. So while packing away my stores for the winter, I'm hoping that it freezes well... and thinking to myself I had better keep a closer eye on the broccoli!

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JOYINRUNNING08 8/11/2009 11:52AM

    I think you're lucky. But heck, I don't even HAVE a garden! :)

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KLEE46 8/11/2009 10:57AM

    There is an old saying, "never plant more tomatoes (broccoli) than you can carry water to." I remember the discovery of a weekend away from the garden and zucchini surprise, the size of a baseball bat. I used to be an urban organic farmer in Los Angeles until the medfly spraying.

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TUTFAM 8/11/2009 10:46AM

    I guess that's a good problem to have if you are going to have too much of something?!?!

Oh I miss home grown tomatoes and cucumbers. Even lettuce!

We had big plans to have a garden this year and just didn't do it. This winter I hope to read up on gardening and when to plant so we can have a great garden.


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