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60 mile ride - Quick photoblog before bed...

Saturday, June 07, 2014



Drove up to Ohiopyle State Park in PA and jumped on the wonderful GAP trail. GAP stands for Great Allegeny Passage and is 150 miles of Rail Trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland Md. I rode from Ohiopyle to Confluence then on to Markleton and Rockwood where at 32 miles in I decided it was a good time to turn around. It is not unusual for me to do 60-75 mile rides, but after being ill all of April, this is the first time I have the courage to tackle over 50 miles since last fall. Soooooo satisfying! Below are a few pics from the trail.




Hope you enjoyed the photos. This was my first long ride this year and I fully expect to be sore tomorrow. But I always think this is the "good kind of sore"

Cheers,
Hollynn Aka SpunkyDucky

  
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BIGMAMAT 6/20/2014 12:54PM

    Awesome incredible pics! (minus the snake.). lol.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/8/2014 12:40PM

    Enjoyed the pictures, except for the snake . emoticon Sure looked like a beautiful ride.

God Bless
Sunny

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CHERYLE51 6/8/2014 11:45AM

    You are in my "neck of the woods" I live near Pittsburgh, PA. Been to Ohiopyle many times. Never hiked it though.

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RUDITUDI2000 6/8/2014 12:36AM

    Yeah! Beautiful girl! So happy for you. Its such a great feeling to feel "back at it" after being out injured, sick, etc.!

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ISLAMOM 6/7/2014 8:32PM

    Wow!! congrats on the long, beautiful ride!! Enjoy that good "soreness" tomorrow. xoxo

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COOP9002 6/7/2014 5:57PM

    Thanks for the pics. Glad to see you taking advantage of the beautiful places so close to where you live.

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JEREMY723 6/7/2014 2:17PM

    I love the photos, especially the rainbow in the waterfall. The snake, not so much!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/7/2014 11:57AM

    I love Ohiopyle, it's beautiful there! Thanks for sharing the pics =)

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DALID414 6/7/2014 11:56AM

    So picturesque, except the snake, that was just alarming!

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FITMARY 6/7/2014 6:25AM

    Wonderful pictures! Good for you for challenging yourself but also being sensible and not pushing too far!
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/7/2014 5:34AM

    You live near such beautiful places to bike!! emoticon

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More comfort, this time the fluffy, furry kind

Friday, June 06, 2014



Yesterday I blogged about the comfort of nature, today I thought I would tell you a bit about what comforts me at home. Meet Sadie and Scout. They are 9 months old and wonderfully curious. Sadie is a true cat - and I am her person, Scout (the fluffier one) thinks she is a dog and loves everyone. They sleep in bed with me and every morning nom on my blanket after the alarm goes off, paddy-pawing and nuzzling each other. It would melt the coldest heart (even you non-cat people out there would not be able to resist). I think if there were more kittens in the world, people would be happier...

  
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DALID414 6/6/2014 2:22PM

    I think people who say they aren't pet people are secretly cat people. emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 6/6/2014 1:48PM

    Cutest!

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/6/2014 9:05AM

    Adorable. I have that plays fetch , &she also will take your keys & hide them. Not fun.

Sunny

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ISLAMOM 6/6/2014 7:40AM

    They are so cute!! I love cats and also have 2. And one of them also thinks she is a dog; she hangs out with my 2 "other" dogs....She goes outside with them in the morning (to take care of business) and then comes right back in with them ;) I mean what cat does that!!??



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SADWHITEWOLF 6/6/2014 7:24AM

    Kitties can be very good comforts.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/6/2014 7:15AM

    They are adorable! So happy you have your furry babies to comfort you emoticon

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JEREMY723 6/6/2014 7:13AM

    Cute cats! Not a cat person myself, but glad you have them!

Have a great Friday:)

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JSTCHLIN 6/6/2014 6:57AM

    As long as they make you happy. That's what matters. Just please don't become a crazy cat lady. Keep SParking!

Take care and stay healthy

~Mike
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BOPPY_ 6/6/2014 12:55AM

    Better you than I.

I'm allergic to cats. My wife is deatlhy allergic.

Enjoy,

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Comfort for the Soul: Photoblog

Thursday, June 05, 2014



Today I had what I can only describe as the perfect ride...
It wasn't the longest
or the fastest
the sun wasn't even shining
but it was comfort for the soul in every way

The picture above is me starting out - cloudy day but happy to get out of work in time to still enjoy some time outside.
Shortly after a light rain started and suddenly I noticed it...
the air was thick, heavy, full of the smell of wildflowers along the trail
it was completely impossible to ignore...even my music was distracting me from this aromatic heaven and I removed them so I could just focus on deep breaths of meadowsweet and honeysuckle





Earphones now off, I listened to the rain falling through the trees, slipping from leaf to leaf like a soft symphony, then noticed a louder sound further off the trail. I left my bike and ventured into the woods to find a lovely unmarked falls





Pretty amazing right...just 100 feet off the trail, was this perfect mossy glen. And to honest, the sound of the water falling over rock combined with the warmth of summer and the smell of the wildflowers almost made me giddy
You can't always get what you want...but you get what you need
and I needed this...

The rest of the 20 mile ride, I stopped whenever I saw something pretty and it is amazing how many flora and fauna I saw....



Taking these pics lifted my spirits every bit as much as the 20 mile ride.
Grateful for this beautiful world we live in...

  
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RUDITUDI2000 6/8/2014 12:34AM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the photos and your experience! Sounds like an amazing ride, and so much more....

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RENZRYD 6/5/2014 1:06PM

    20 miles, awesome! That is so awesome with the turtle.

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/5/2014 12:34PM

    What a beautiful ride you have given us a glimpse of! That would definitely be good for the soul!

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SBHPATRICK 6/5/2014 11:26AM

    So lovely!

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BEEBEA 6/5/2014 10:31AM

    Wonderful! I don't bike, but I have walks like this sometimes. You feel like you are the first person on earth. Thanks for sharing!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/5/2014 10:26AM

    These are great pictures, thanks for sharing! I"m glad you found some peace on this ride. emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/5/2014 10:06AM

    OMG Absolutely beautiful. These pictures could be poster pics - I LOVE Falls! Water is my soul comfort - falls, oceans, etc...

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FITMARY 6/5/2014 7:37AM

    Wow, you live in a beautiful place. And you are right: we all live in beautiful places. We just have to notice the beauty!
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ISLAMOM 6/5/2014 7:32AM

    Wow!! amazingly beautiful...your blog and the photos! xoxo

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NUOVAELLE 6/5/2014 3:21AM

    Your blog was comfort for my soul this morning. I loved the waterfall and the close shot of the turtle!
Sometimes it's not the miles that count or the pace. It's what you get along the way. Just like life. Not about the destination but about the journey.
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DALID414 6/5/2014 2:29AM

    So many pretty things! Love the waterfall! Lucky girl.

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MCFITZ2 6/5/2014 1:43AM

    Wonderful ride and photos. emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 6/5/2014 12:58AM

    This is gorgeous! Biking is your meditation -- when you get in that flow, you can go deeper, look closer, see that things we ordinarily miss in the whir or every day life. So glad you have this wonderful outlet for your mind, body and soul! emoticon

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Binge over - Help requested

Tuesday, June 03, 2014



Binging sucks
(You all know that right)
I just finished the longest binge that I have had in about 5 years
10 days of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate - I made myself absolutely sick
Getting on the scale yesterday hurt but but I needed to get it to stop

What I did and will do to prevent this from happening:
1. Exercised a lot for the past 4 days - cycling, hiking, walking
2. Got on the scale and got honest - 6 lbs in 10 days OUCH
3. Forgave myself - forward is the direction I am going - not interested in looking back...
4. Logged every morsel today and yesterday
5. Reset my spark page - new pic, new goals, new words on first page
and I took a lot of deep breaths

Goal - be healthy tomorrow without worrying about yesterday
Everything past that is too far in the future

I am really bad at asking for help and support
but I could really use it right now

Thanks,
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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RUDITUDI2000 6/8/2014 12:32AM

    You have had some pretty major, game changing experiences happen to you over the last year! Be kind to yourself and remember that Jesus loves you! You are worth every effort to keep pressing onward. Chin up! You have inspired me so many times with your fitness adventures and your vacation photos! I believe you can do this, one day at a time...just love yourself, right where you are! You are a beautiful girl! No need to be perfect, just make the next best decision. emoticon emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 6/6/2014 7:26AM

    You can do it. It is hard to stop binge cycles. I am trying to come off one myself (doing ok so far-5 days)
I am proud of you for recognizing it and working hard to overcome!

You've got this.

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/5/2014 5:54PM

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Sunny

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JSTCHLIN 6/4/2014 11:32PM

    What can be said that hasn't been said by me or yourself in the past? I'm here for you always as you have been for me. And we both now we possess the strength and knowledge to right the wrong and move forward. And you will. And after I eat this Hershey's Kiss, I will too, lol. Oh, we need to laugh in life. And now that you are smiling know that your SParkFriends are going through that same things you are and we are all in this together. Keep SParking!

Take care and stay healthy

~Mike

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FITMARY 6/4/2014 4:56PM

    Even with the binge, you are a ROCK STAR! Don't forget that! I love the new pictures and the new perspective. And those quickly gained pounds are not as hard to get rid of as the ones we've had for a while so don't worry about them too much. They will soon be gone! Stay strong!


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RENZRYD 6/4/2014 3:32PM

    Happy for you lady!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/4/2014 11:53AM

    Asking for help is so hard isn't! We all want to be strong and push through, but asking for help is so brave! Binging sucks, but we do what we know. The best help that can be offered it to get into touch the the emotional reasons why you turn to food. Feelings as so pesky, but until the root of the problem is dealt with, we stay stuck! Be strong and think before you reach for the candy bar....

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EMTFF376 6/4/2014 9:37AM

    I'm here for ya girl! Lets go bike sometime!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/4/2014 8:45AM

    YOU have made the biggest step in getting over this. It sounds like you've gotten back on track, and you're determined to change. It's painfully hard to stay the course sometimes, but I know you can do it.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/4/2014 8:04AM

    You have a great plan in place and YES I know about the binging - I too have regained and reset all tickers on June 1st and updated my page.

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JEREMY723 6/4/2014 7:54AM

    Today is a new day. Yesterday is as long ago as you let it be. Just think about an unhappy tummy and not letting that happen again today. I find exercise and tracking help deter me, I won't feel good and I'll have to track it.

I just restarted last Saturday and so far so good. Best of luck, we're here for you! Enjoy the nice weather of summer:)

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JAN1031 6/4/2014 6:46AM

    Hi Hollynn,
Yes, you can do this you have completed the first step realizing that the binging has to stop,
you have come so far and look amazing girlfriend, I know once you get back on track you'll
hit it full force. I too need to get back on the wagon I fell off about 6 months ago and haven't been able to catch up with it since and together with SP we can do this..
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DALID414 6/4/2014 12:25AM

    Hang in there tough girl.
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PRETTYPITHY 6/3/2014 11:37PM

    Thanks for sharing this! We all face our issues. I'm no stranger to bingeing. Have you addressed the emotional cause, i.e., what was going on these past ten days that triggered the binge?

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FORTYPLUS56 6/3/2014 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Thanks for sharing your experience. It will help me and I am sure it will help others going through the same thing.

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Picking myself up

Saturday, April 12, 2014



Ok, so anyone who has read my blogs recently knows that 2014 has been difficult for me. In fact, at some point I actually started feeling like a victim. One thing added to another and I actually started to believe that I could not escape this circle of hell. Marriage over. Job not satisfying. Finances a mess. Then my health gave out 2 weeks ago while I was at a conference and I ended up in a hospital in New Orleans and I felt totally alone. You know you are at the bottom when you feel like there is no way out. That feeling lasted for several days. Then it occurred to me that no one was going to save me except me. I have to be enough. The truth is, as sad as I am, I know that somewhere under all this hurt, lies the heart of a warrior.

I am stronger than this and I WILL NOT allow myself to feel or act like a victim. I will pick myself up, shake off this pain and dance in the rain. I will get through hour by hour until I can stretch it to a day. I will be positive, and I will be responsible for myself. I will seek out things that make me happy including sunlight, exercise and friendship. And I will smile and be grateful for the things in life that I am lucky enough to have.



  
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CALLIKIA 5/29/2014 1:59PM

    Hey there, Love. I knew something was up, but I had no idea and did not want to pry. Know that I adore you and always will. I'm not too far away and can always be reached by phone. If you need advice, support, a shoulder, or someone to just say, "Yes, sometimes it really does suck." I'm here. Always.

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KITTYKITTEMMING 5/17/2014 3:21PM

    I'm sorry you are having a difficult year. I hope you are able to take one day at a time to find something positive each day to help you get through.

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KG4PVOWIFE 5/8/2014 12:30PM

    I have been gone for months and months and just caught up with your blogs. I am so sorry to hear to hear how hard this year has been for you! I hope things have gotten better since this blog.

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PRETTYPITHY 5/8/2014 1:15AM

    I can completely relate to this -- 2014 has definitely been a huge challenge for me so far. You said something so helpful to me "I was starting to feel like a victim" -- I've been feeling that way ever since my move in August 2013. So many things have gone wrong, I've had so many setbacks and my confidence has really been tested. But I think, in some way, the victim mentality I've had is more dangerous then the real struggles I've faced. It's normal to get down about the hard stuff but when it crosses into "woe is me" (talking about myself here particularly), it has the potential to become a real slide. Thank you for helping me see that a mentality of self-help and determination will serve me much better.

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SADWHITEWOLF 5/7/2014 1:13PM

    Powerful!

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FABAT402009 5/1/2014 8:48AM

    emoticon You are a warrior!! Here's to the next quarter in 2014 being much better than the first!! Hugs and keep riding!

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RENZRYD 4/26/2014 4:12PM

    Sorry to hear about a health problem. Glad you are getting yourself back up...convertable huh? AWESOME!

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SBHPATRICK 4/19/2014 3:37PM

    Very inspiring!

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FRENCHTOSD 4/18/2014 10:47PM

    Oh, my friend, I am so sorry for what you are going through. a hospital room in a strange city has got to be one of those rock bottom moments. My checking account has been holding steady at $0.07 for the last three weeks, so I can certainly relate on the financial side. I'm looking hard for my next place to live as the woman I was taking care of here has passed away and I really need to move on from this nice family who took me in three months ago.

I think that these troubled times are a test of our spirits, resolve and inner resources. When I think of you, Hollynn, I think of the most encouraging and inspiring person I know. You will come out of this a stronger and wiser person even though that might seem impossible today.

I' have you in my prayers and I'm sending good vibes your way. Hang in there.

XO Sharon

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MATER88 4/16/2014 9:16PM

    I didn't realize you were going through all this. But you are so brave to put it out for everyone to see. You are a warrior! emoticon emoticon

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LIZA0714 4/16/2014 1:36PM

    I have been going back and forth about whether or not to post this because I don't really know you, but I did want to let you know how much your spark people blog means to someone you don't know. And given all you are going through I did not want to add to the weight you must be feeling.

I sort of stalk you on SP, in a completely non-creepy way I swear. But your blogs, and status updates have always been inspiring in all the good ways, and being of a similar age, and similar body type and chasing my phd (not as hard as md but still occasionally overwhelming) I felt an internet kinship.

So, again in that non-creepy way, I noticed when you weren't around and wondered if you were ok. I am sorry to hear of your troubles, and you seem like one of those people who always wants things to be upbeat (probably why I like your blog so much) but I wanted to let you know I appreciate very much your sharing the not upbeat parts with the world, too. Everybody gets beat up sometimes by life, and it is hard to keep our chins up sometimes, but I found even the hard parts and that feeling you shared to be that reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it isn't always an oncoming train.

So thank you.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/14/2014 11:52AM

    You are enough!! And you will get through this!

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NUOVAELLE 4/14/2014 2:02AM

    The road will always be bumpy. Sometimes too much to handle. But the important thing is to enjoy the ride no matter what.
You are a biker and you know exactly what this means.
Think like a biker. Act like one. Keep the wheels turning and enjoy the ride.
You don't know how strong you really are until being strong is the only option you've got.
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JSTCHLIN 4/13/2014 7:19PM

    You'll get through this. You are a warrior. You have the strength. You will overcome. And you will be happy and healthy. Keep SParking!

Take care and stay healthy

Your SParkFriend

~Mike
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SIXFOOT1 4/13/2014 6:38PM

    Once in a tough patch in my life, I was sitting on a bench in a park crying. An elderly gentlemen came up and sat next to me. He gently said "darling, I'm sorry you are in pain. Whatever it is you are going through, just know it won't always be like this. It won't always hurt this much" It really touched me in the moment. And I just did exactly what you said you are going to do. Just take one hour at a time, until you can take day at a time. Keep your chin up. You are indeed very strong! Added you as a friend because your profile is very inspiring. Thanks for the blog.

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FITMARY 4/13/2014 8:43AM

    Thank you so much for this blog! I've done the "victim" thing myself and it is a dead end... It's good to be reminded. Dancing in the rain sounds like a MUCH BETTER idea!
Stay strong! (notice I'm not saying "get strong" cuz, yeah, you already are....)
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DALID414 4/12/2014 11:03PM

    You are most definitely a warrior! Head up girly!!

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ISLAMOM 4/12/2014 6:04PM

    Thinking of you! I know you will get through this....! You are a champ!

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DNRAE1 4/12/2014 5:56PM

    I'm sending emoticon your way! You can get through it, just not immediately. Yup, it's one moment, hour, or day at a time. If you have time go to my blog on a Spark radio program I listened to a week or so ago. It has some things in it that I summarized from the program that might help you focus when things get bad. Take care and know we care. emoticon

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 4/12/2014 5:38PM

    You WILL get through this.. I went through a very similar difficult period - even wrote a story about it ... what doesn't kill us makes us stronger and YOU are indeed a warrior!!

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PEANUTSMOM96 4/12/2014 5:00PM

    Hugs, I'm here for ya!

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TADTURC 4/12/2014 3:53PM

    Just know that we are all here to support you. Keep up the fight lady, you are worth it.

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MTN_KITTEN 4/12/2014 3:14PM

    You can do this ... you are ENOUGH!!
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KITHKINCAID 4/12/2014 3:11PM

    Good to have you back! Your perseverance never ceases to amaze me. Just know that even in your worst moments, you are still inspiring other people like me.

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