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Goals and Rewards

Monday, January 16, 2012


My sister, Terrie, in the Gila Wilderness. Hope to be there in a few months.

In the past, Iíve found that the reward system works well for me. It doesnít have to be anything major, just something to look forward to. It makes it easier for me to keep working toward my goals. Thatís why I have planned a reward for myself.

Okay, maybe Iím putting the cart before the horse. After all, I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal weight, but setting a series of smaller goals also works better for me. I let myself get way off track the last couple of years and I have no one to blame except myself. But, with the help of my family and friends, including all my Spark Friends, Iím back on track and heading in the right direction.

Iíve always loved hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking - anything outdoors. So now Iím back out hiking every day that I can. Itís my favorite way to get in some cardio exercise, and Iím fortunate to live just minutes from Pilot Mountain where I can go and hike up and down hills. On the days I donít go, Iím using the new Spark People 28 Day Boot Camp DVD, which I love.

So what is my goal? I want to lose 15 pounds by April 15th. No, it has nothing to do with tax day; rather it has everything to do with a trip I have planned.

I know I absolutely have the greatest husband in the world. I try not to let my stress show around him. After all, he has enough to worry about just trying to keep himself healthy. But Tommy knows me too well and hiding anything from him is impossible. He also knows how much I love to hike, especially in the southwest. Thatís why, just before Christmas, he suggested to me that I fly out to New Mexico so that my sister and I can go camping and hiking. He thinks I need to get away for a break, something everyone has been telling me. While he feels pretty good these days, he knows he cannot hike the distances we can and he said this should be a girlsí trip. We discussed it and I agreed that if his next scan looked good, and if he agreed to go to the beach with some of his family while Iím gone (I donít want him sitting at home alone), then I would make plans to go.

Well, his last scan was better than I expected, so I called my sister and the plans are now set. Iíve requested and received the time off work, Iíve purchased my plane ticket, and Iíve begun to pull out my backpacking gear to see what I need to take. Iím flying to Albuquerque on April 16th and me, Terrie (my sister) and Louanne (another friend in New Mexico) are going to head out and spend eight days hiking and camping. Weíre all three really excited about this girlsí trip in the desert.

Now back to reality. I have about 12 more weeks to prepare. While I wonít be at my goal weight (losing weight that fast would be too unhealthy), I hope to lose at least 15 pounds. Thatís only a little over one pound per week, and is a very reasonable goal, especially for such a wonderful reward. So no more excuses. I will get in some exercise every day and continue to eat sensibly, using my nutrition tracker every day. I hate my scale, but Iíll weigh in once a week to be sure Iím staying on track. I WILL REACH MY GOAL!

Now Iím off this couch to go workout with Coach Nicole!

  
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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/26/2012 1:45AM

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Good to read your back on track emoticon Have a safe journey, a wonderful trip and good luck with the weight loss I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 1/19/2012 8:04PM

    Oh, I can't wait to hear that you have reached your goal. I just know that you will! Bet you will lose weight while doing all that hiking. Have a wonderful time with your sister. They're the best (I have two)! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/19/2012 5:23PM

    Goal setting is very important. we have to care for ourselves both physically and mentally/spiritually, so the goal setting fits right in with that. you will do great and you will have fun! YAY You!

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ELLENEAL 1/17/2012 10:23AM

    And in case you haven't heard this about a gazillion times today, YOU ARE AMAZING!!!


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ELLENEAL 1/17/2012 10:22AM

    How wonderful! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/17/2012 12:28AM

    OH CINDY, I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! WHAT A GREAT THING TO HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO...SEE YOUR SISTER AND FRIEND...JUST BE WITH THE GIRLS! I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT, AND I, TOO, AM GOING TO GO MAKE A GOAL WITH YOU FOR APRIL 15TH OF 20 POUNDS...I HAVE MORE TO LOSE THAN YOU, SO I AM HOPING FOR A LITTLE MORE. WON'T WE BE FEELIN & LOOKIN GOOD?! I AM ALSO GLAD TOMMY IS GOING TO BE WITH FAMILY FOR A RELAXIN BREAK...BUT WHAT ABOUT THOR?? YOU CAN SEE I CAN BE A WORRIER!?
TAKE CARE AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK, CINDI!
LOVE,
MARY
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MARTYLYNN1 1/16/2012 10:06PM

    Enjoy you time with your sister! Sounds like a wonderful trip.

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WORLDSERIES11 1/16/2012 3:43PM

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Sounds like a wonderful trip and something to look forward to.

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HEALTHDUDE 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    Go for it.

When I prepare for a ski trip I wear heavy boots and a weighted back pack around the house and at the gym. (At the gym people look at me like I'm nuts but when they ask they usually say, "that's a great idea.") So wear your hiking boots and pack as much as possible. And don't worry about the 15 pounds, muscle weighs more than fat. Work on shedding the fat and building the muscle. Muscle is much more attractive!

Have Fun,

Your Dobe Buddy

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BON500 1/16/2012 3:00PM

    you'll be in shape by then


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CHUBRUB3 1/16/2012 1:36PM

    Great news.
Hugs to you both and have fun planning your trip.
Angela


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CHUEYSMOM 1/16/2012 12:43PM

    Great news about Tommy!

The trip sounds wonderful and perfect reward if I ever heard one =) Stay strong in your efforts. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/16/2012 12:19PM

    So glad that your husband is doing well and his last scan was good!!! Great news!!!
Enjoy your hiking and camping trip with the girls...what a super reward. Your goals are doable...ENJOY!!!
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_JODI404 1/16/2012 12:14PM

    What an awesome reward that will be! I am sure you will have a blast on your hiking and camping adventure!

Best wishes on reaching your goal! You are motivated, determined, and focused, so I think you will do it!!

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What a Fun Day

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Tommy, Thor and "GG"

Today started out cloudy and dreary but by lunch time the sun was beginning to peek out and it was warming up. I'm off work today, so I couldn't pass up a hike at Pilot Mountain in such glorious weather. Tommy decided he wanted to go along, but he didn't think he could hike far, so he loaded Thor in the van and they drove me to the top of the mountain. We agreed that he would drive back down the mountain and they would meet me at an agreed upon spot on the trail near the bottom.

It was a great hike and I was mostly alone on the trail with few people being out on a Tuesday. When I got to the place where they were supposed to meet me, they weren't there. I started to get a little concerned because I knew they had more than enough time to reach that spot. I kept on hiking hoping they had just decided to wait in the van. Then about 10 minutes later I see them coming down the trail towards me with a lady. I took the above picture of them as they approached.

They had met "GG" (that is her trail name) and had been walking and talking with her. Tommy said he knew I would want to talk to her. What a super nice lady she is. She was wearing a big backpack because she's training for a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail beginning in March. We talked for a long time because that has always been a dream of mine. She gave me her trail journal information and her email so we can stay in touch. She also laughed telling me that her grandson had given her the trail name of GG, which stands for grumpy grandma! She sure didn't seem grumpy to me, but quite the opposite. I'll be checking her entries in her journal and cheering her on. For those who don't know, the AT (Appalachian Trail) is about 2,180 miles and runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin Mountain in Maine. People who hike from one end to the other within one year are known as thru-hikers. It's quite an accomplishment for those who can do it, and I truly hope that GG will be successful and enjoy her time on the trail. I also hope that someday I can do the same.

Go GG!

  
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DESERTGEM 1/11/2012 1:52PM

    I love the look of the trail...inspires me to get walking again. Thanks for the pic!

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GOLFGMA 1/11/2012 8:22AM

    Another wonderful blog. I have a feeling that someday you will become a thru-hiker. Hope I will be around to hear about it. Way to go, Cindy! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/11/2012 8:02AM

    WOW, WHAT A LOVELY BLOG & I LOVED THE PICTURE!! ENJOYED HEARING OF YOUR FUN DAY AND THE CHANCE MEETING OF GG BY TOMMY AND THOR! I LOVE WHEN THESE TYPE OF CIRCUMSTANCES HAPPEN. I WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK, AND I WISH FOR YOU THAT ONE DAY, YOU TOO, WILL MAKE THAT HIKE!!!
SENDING LOVE!
MARY

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CHUBRUB3 1/10/2012 9:10PM

    Fantastic!
Glad you all enjoyed your walk and visit!
HUGS,
Angela

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MARTYLYNN1 1/10/2012 6:58PM

    Sounds like you had a great day.
We had planned a vacation in the Appalachins for spring of 2011 but Steve got the job in Washington so we moved west instead. Love that part of the country. You will have to keep us up on GG's progress as she walks the trail.

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LIBBYG7 1/10/2012 6:45PM

    What a wonderful day!!
And....what a wonderful aspiration to become a 'thru-hiker'. My feet got sore just thinking about it! But what a goal to aspire to......
I have a friend who is a hiker....she's hiked all over the world, and she's just a different brand of woman. Great strength... Just like you!

And how great that Tommy and dear Thor were up to the trek. How satisfying.....I'm goosebumps!

Hope tomorrow tops today.
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FLA-1956 1/10/2012 5:38PM

  Sounds like it was a great day for all of you.

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WORLDSERIES11 1/10/2012 5:19PM

    So glad you had a wonderful hike. And look how a chance encounter turned out!
Go GG!!....we'll look forward to hearing how she's doing. emoticon

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DOODIE59 1/10/2012 5:07PM

    Go GG! Wow. That's a pretty challenging hike. Nothing like finding an inspiration during your hike:) And nice that Tommy made sure you both met. Glad you had a wonderful day.
Deirdre

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Good Scan Results

Monday, January 09, 2012

Today was a day Tommy and I have been dreading for several weeks. He had a CT scan December 28th and we were really concerned about what it would show. Itís always a stressful time when weíre finding out results of tests.

Dr. Shearer gave us the good news this morning that his scan looked good. She said the tumors in his lungs have shrunk somewhat from his last scan in September. We were just praying that they hadnít gotten any larger, so the news that they are actually a bit smaller is wonderful.

The only problem he is currently having is with some neuropathy (numbness) in his fingertips and the ends of his toes. We were told this is a common side effect of one of the drugs. Dr. Shearer did say that if it gets any worse, she may have to stop his treatments for a month or two or maybe switch to a different kind of chemo (possibly back to the Gemzar that he was originally on) for a while to allow his body some time to recover. The current cocktail of drugs heís on is very aggressive and is associated with lots of side effects. Fortunately, this is the only one Tommy has experienced since starting on this treatment program last June.

Tommy is such an amazing person. He has been fighting this battle since 2009 and he somehow manages to stay positive and says heís thankful for every day. I think his attitude has much to do with the fact that he is still here today. His oncologist has always been amazed by him. We even learned today from a nurse that, without using his real name, they are now telling new pancreatic cancer patients about Tommy and how well he is doing to help give them hope to fight on. Apparently this is true as I was talking to the wife of another man who was diagnosed last July and when I was telling her about Tommy she said, ďOh, your husband must be the man our doctor was telling us about.Ē Apparently, Iím married to a star.

Weíre still realists and we know his prognosis, but weíre not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Tommyís positive attitude is infectious and he really doesnít care about statistics. It looks like heís going to do things on his time line. We still have a lot to do!

  
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HEALTHDUDE 1/14/2012 11:32AM

    That's great news! Tommy is a star and so are you and Thor!

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UNICORN212 1/13/2012 7:51PM

    Great news! I hope the shrinkage continues until they are GONE!

My DH has numbness in a few of his fingertips, too, from the chemo. They say the feeling should come back within 6 months of stopping chemo. My DH is a "chemo poster child" for his oncologist, too.

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YOGIMARIE 1/10/2012 3:19PM

    I'm so happy to hear the good news.
Many hugs sent all the way from Italy to both of you and Thor.
Marie

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/10/2012 1:34PM

    AND I PRAY YOU GET THAT TIME. YOU BOTH DESERVE IT...AND SO DOES THOR!
I WAS THRILLED TO READ THE TEST RESULTS...AND TO THINK HE CAN SERVE AS HOPE TO OTHER PATIENTS IS JUST WONDERFUL. I HOPE YOU BOTH CAN DRIFT IN THIS GREAT NEWS AND IT SERVES AS A BREAK FOR ALL OF YOU FROM THE DAILY WORRIES.
THINKING OF YOU, TOMMY & THOR AND WISHING YOU THE VERY BEST.
LOVE,
MARY
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DETERMINED_SOUL 1/10/2012 12:41PM

    That is good news, thank you for sharing. Prayers are still going out to you.

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CARLA-216 1/10/2012 11:47AM

    So glad to hear of the good news from the scan. I love that Tommy has a good attitude and his story is being shared to others who may benefit.

Continued good thoughts and blessings for you all.

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CHUEYSMOM 1/10/2012 10:40AM

    The both of you are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing such a personal battle. God Bless and I think about you three a lot. =)

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ELLENEAL 1/10/2012 10:21AM

    So happy! This post made my day!! Thank you!

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DOODIE59 1/10/2012 9:18AM

    Thank you for sharing your struggles and your successes with us. You both are inspiring in many ways, mostly importantly -- about how to live life RIGHT. Bless you both--
Deirdre
(And may the good news continue:))

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CYNTSATIONAL 1/10/2012 8:54AM

    Congratulations on the good news. Thanks for the updates and the encouragement that you give to us even in your trials. Thank God for the great news and I will continue lifting you and your family in prayers. Keep the FAITH, stay strong and keep on SPARKing!

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JANIEWWJD 1/10/2012 12:01AM

    Praise the Lord and God bless your husband.
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CHUBRUB3 1/9/2012 10:23PM

    So happy to hear the tumors have shrunk! Will keep praying for more good news. Hope the numbness improves as well.
Hugs and love,
Angela


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GOLFGMA 1/9/2012 10:21PM

    Cindy, I am so very very happy that you got some good news. You two and Thor are amazing. It is kind of you to share with us and I hope you can feel how many prayers are going up for you. Your love and strength for your Tommy inspire us to appreicate a woman of faith. emoticon

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_JODI404 1/9/2012 10:04PM

    Attitude *IS* everything!!! It's wonderful that his positive outlook is giving encouragement and hope to others starting down this same journey. A Star emoticon indeed!

I know you are treasuring every moment! THAT is the way to live and love life!

So happy for your good news. Every little bit helps! I continue to keep you 3 in my prayers!

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GEECHEGIRL4 1/9/2012 9:51PM

  Amazing....woo hoo. God is Healer. Keep your faith strong. Such good news. We worship an amazing God. You are an amazing lady. One day at a time....

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WORLDSERIES11 1/9/2012 9:33PM

    So glad to hear the encouraging news emoticon

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LIBBYG7 1/9/2012 9:11PM

    Oh Cindy....
That is wonderful news! Take every day as a gift-a gift that keeps on giving!!

If the neuropathy isn't too bad....try Voltaren cream (prescription). I have neuropathy in my feet, from the pain meds I take....and I rub some of this into the soles and it helps quite a bit. Also helps on inflamed joints.

I remember the neuropathy when I was in chemo...it wasn't any fun.
Tommy is a fighter, as you said. I hope he fights for a long, long time.

Big hugs,
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DESERTGEM 1/9/2012 9:02PM

    Way to go, you two! Congratulations on the GOOD NEWS!

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MARTYLYNN1 1/9/2012 8:22PM

    So glad that you got good news from Tommy's scan!


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ERINLINDSAY83 1/9/2012 8:11PM

    God bless you both! Such a negative topic, but I did smile while reading it. Keep supporting him. You rock!

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We're All Motivators

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I got home from work a little after midnight last night and followed my usual routine of grabbing my computer and turning on King of the Hill. This is my time to wind down after work. Itís quiet in my house because Tommy and Thor are usually already in bed. Catching up with friends on my computer and watching something funny on TV helps me leave behind all the stress of the evening. I logged onto SparkPeople and was so surprised to find that there is now a Spark People Motivator badge on my page. Thank you so much to those who nominated me. It makes me feel good to know I was able to help motivate others in return for all Iíve received from this community.

Hmm! I wondered how this happened. Me, a motivator? But SparkPeople is where Iíve always come to find motivation when I begin to slip a little. This is where I find friends who encourage me, share advice, help me to pick myself back up and get back on track. I also try to encourage others along the way, but I never really thought of myself as a motivator. I would have to think about this a little while.

So finally, after much thought, it came to me. I AM A MOTIVATOR! AND SO ARE ALL OF YOU! Because that is so much of what this community is all about. Friends helping friends. Encouraging and cheering each other on to help us all reach our goals, providing little tips weíve learned along the way, meeting new friends, sharing our common interests, supporting and helping each other through the rough spots in the road, and celebrating in the success of others' achievements.

So thatís it. I have figured it out. Weíre ALL motivators and we all need each other. It is each and every individual that comes together to make this such a special community.

Congratulations to everyone who has achieved their goals and who is now living a new and healthier lifestyle. For those of us still working to reach their goals, itís a new year and a fresh start. TOGETHER, WE CAN ALL DO THIS.

Thanks SparkPeople for this wonderful site, and thanks to you all for helping keep me motivated!

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GEECHEGIRL4 1/9/2012 9:55PM

  Congratulations to you. Your blogs are so interesting. You are a great motivator.....way to go!!!

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CHUEYSMOM 1/9/2012 8:29AM

    Congrats~ Very deserving of the award! =)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 1/9/2012 5:02AM

    YES, INDEED, YOU ARE A MOTIVATOR!!!
AND SPARKPEOPLE IS THE EPITOME OF A GOOD, SUPPORTIVE
BEST FRIEND! I COME HERE TO FOR KNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT, MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION AND TO FEEL I AM NOT ALONE, AND THAT IS JUST WHAT I GET. I AM THRILLED YOU GOT THE HONOR AND THANK YOU FOR TURNING IT INTO A PRAISE FOR ALL OF US...JUST LIKE YOU! AS ALWAYS YOU, TOMMY & THOR ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
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GOLFGMA 1/8/2012 7:50PM

    I think we all feel that you deserve the badge and your blog reminded me of many sermons where we are challenged to love one another in the Lord. If the rest of the world would commit to motivating each other and helping each other along the way we could , at least, fulfill one of our Lord's commands. You are truly an inspiration and looking at your photo site seeing the world around you through your eyes is another motivation. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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ILOVEMALI 1/8/2012 12:23AM

    Congratulations!

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because I have never thought of myself as a motivator, don't have a badge on my page that says so, but you know, I bet I have helped others. So thank you for saying that about us all.

emoticon on being MOD, clearly you deserve it.

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HDHAWK 1/7/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon Very motivating, very inspiring, very deserved! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 1/7/2012 7:25PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU DESERVE THAT AND MORE!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU, MY FRIEND!!!!
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_JODI404 1/7/2012 7:24PM

    I love your realization ~ so true!! I emoticon emoticon emoticon SparkPeople, and SparkFriends are the VERY best part of it all!!!

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WORLDSERIES11 1/7/2012 4:51PM

    Can't think of anyone more deserving than you!!
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LIBBYG7 1/7/2012 4:22PM

    I don't know if I'm much of a motivator.......but I know I'm a better person for 'knowing' you, and how you chose to handle life's adversities.

You deserve the best!!

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SOUPY18 1/7/2012 3:22PM

    You, Tommy and Thor are all deserving of the term Motivator. Love to all of you.
Sue

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You deserve it!
Hugs,
Angela


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more than just a motivator you are an inspiration emoticon

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DOODIE59 1/7/2012 2:21PM

    I can not say this better than MARTYLYNN1 has said it. You are a motivator in all the things that matter in life. Diet is a very small part of the reason we consider you a cut above. Congratulations!
Deirdre

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MARTYLYNN1 1/7/2012 1:34PM

    The way you have dealt with the situations in your life & the lives of your love ones make you an inspiration the the rest of us. It comes as no surprise to me that you have been voted a motivator!

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Merry Christmas my Friends

Saturday, December 24, 2011



The presents are wrapped, the goodies are baked, Christmas cards all mailed out, the house is cleaned, and finally at the stroke of midnight itís Christmas Eve and I am off work for two days. Tommy and Thor have both gone to bed leaving me in silence with my own thoughts. As I sit here in the quiet of my living room at 2:30 a.m. I think about how quickly this year is coming to an end and how much has happened in this short twelve months.

On my way to work this afternoon, I saw all the traffic backing up with holiday shoppers trying to get into the stores, people on a desperate mission to find that perfect gift for each and every person on their list.

Just a couple weeks ago I too had been out shopping for gifts, but everything I looked at seemed so trivial. So much has changed in our lives that these gifts just didnít seem as important as in previous years. I finally managed to find gifts for everyone except Tommy. I had asked him many times what he wanted for Christmas, but he would always just look at me, smile and tell me not to buy him anything. I knew what he was thinking. The only thing he wants for Christmas is his health; something I do not have the power to give him, no matter how hard I try.

We finally talked and decided to skip giving gifts between the two of us this year and instead we will give ourselves a trip to the coast in a few weeks, even if just for a few days. Weíll spend a couple days walking on the beach in the off season when there are no crowds. Thatís always been our favorite time to go. The time together will be worth much more to us than anything we could buy each other at this time in our lives.

After posting my last blog about Tommy and Thor, I was amazed at the number of responses I received from this wonderful Spark community, not only posts on my blog, but also on my Spark Page and many private messages. I am so deeply touched by all of the support that Iíve received, and also by the many stories of others who are dealing with illnesses and the loss of loved ones. The messages have been comforting, and sometimes also heartbreaking. Although I simply havenít had the time to respond to all of them, I have certainly read each and every one.

Itís been a busy and tough year between working nights and spending much time at Forsyth Regional Cancer Center. I am not complaining though. I am just thankful that Tommy has access to this wonderful group of professionals who are working as hard as they can for him. Iím also thankful that we found a veterinarian who was willing to operate on Thor to remove all he could of his tumors. While Tommy and Thor are both fighting cancer, we thank God that He has given us another year together. This is Tommyís third Christmas since his diagnosis! He has finished his chemo treatments for this year and will have another scan next week.

There are people all around this marvelous Earth who are facing difficult times for many different reasons. Many are fighting against disease for their lives or know someone who is, many have recently lost a loved one, while others are facing unforeseen financial hardships. There are so very many people who need our prayers, not just at this time of year, but all year long. Itís so easy to take life for granted, until reality hits you and you realize there never was a guarantee for a tomorrow. Each and every life is precious. Thatís why we should live every day to its fullest and cherish all of the time we are given with our loved ones.

I hope that while you are celebrating Christmas, or whatever holiday you may celebrate during this season, you will take just a few minutes and send prayers up for all of those who are not as fortunate this year. It costs nothing but a few minutes of our time. Also, if there is any way possible, please remember there are many of our furry friends who are living in shelters and dog pounds and they truly need a forever home and a family to share their love with. If you can open your heart and home to an animal, you will be greatly rewarded by the unconditional love that you will receive from these wonderful creatures.

Thank you to this awesome Spark community for all of your kind words of support. You are truly an incredible group and a blessing.

My wishes to each and every one of you for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  
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MARYHENNIG 1/22/2012 6:20PM

  God Bless You!

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DOGSTARDADDY 1/2/2012 11:47AM

    Hope you had a great holiday

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GINIEMIE 1/1/2012 7:59PM

    Your story touched my heart, and this one touched a nerve. You are sooooo right. My husband colapsed 6 years ago on his mother's 75th birthday and died the next morning from a cerebral hemmorage. He was 57. In 2010, our middle child had a terrible motorcycle wreck and is left with a traumatic brain injury. The results of this injury are that he is partially paralyzed on his right side and has aphasia-he cannot always remember the words he needs to express himself in speech, he cannot write except for his signature, because he confuses the letters of the alphabet-but he can copy. I am blessed to have my son living with me, and he at times "saves" me from some of my mistakes.
The miracle of his life is one I treasure, and my gifts to him have been to take him to see his grandmother, and to pay for her to come visit him-more important than anything I could have found for him in the store.
May God continue to sustain you and your family in your journey.
Enjoy the beach!
(((hugs)))
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LISAB45 1/1/2012 10:03AM

  May you, Tommy and Thor have a lot more time together. I hope next weeks scan gives hope and you enjoy all your time.

Thoughts and prayers from Canada
Lisa

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TXGRANDMA 12/30/2011 11:46AM

    May God Bless you and Keep you, and hold you and your husband and all dear to you in the Palm of HIS hand during this holiday season and the days ahead.
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SHADEMOM 12/27/2011 4:24PM

  Your words have such deep meaning to me as I sit beside my son's hospital bed. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring just the blessing of this day. I wish for you an abundance of days and memorable time together. Thank you for your expression of love and encouragement for those in need whether two legged or four. God bless you and your family.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 12/26/2011 1:27PM

    Well said... emoticon to you and your family.

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GOLFGMA 12/26/2011 11:45AM

    Your blog is beautiful. Your faith shines through your words. Tommy and Thor are blessed to have you in their lives and the love you all share is inspiring. Your trip to the coast seems like a wonderful time also to enjoy your Christmas vacation. Sure hope we can all get together this Spring to meet and walk. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PONYFARMER 12/25/2011 9:49PM

    Y ou shared this blog with a grace of someone who is facing unimaginable times ahead. Yet, you wrote/spoke with so much love in your heart. Thank you for thinking of other dogs/cats who sit unadopted in shelters around the United States. It breaks my heart for you, what you are facing. God bless you, Tommy and Thor!

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JADE0757 12/25/2011 12:42AM

  Beautiful and thoughtful post and great pic Thor! Merry Christmas to you and your guys. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,

RoseR>
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CONNIER64 12/24/2011 11:25PM

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_JODI404 12/24/2011 4:51PM

    Merry Christmas to you, Tommy, and Thor!!!

I think your trip to the beach sounds magnificent, I hope you will relax, and enjoy and soak up lots of precious memories!

I'm so glad you have your boys with you another holiday, what a blessing!

Thoughts and prayers are always with you!! And also with others in hardship, and in need ~ thank you for that reminder. emoticon

I hope you have a very blessed Christmas and enjoy your time off from work!

Love & hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 12/24/2011 3:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. May you have a blessed Christmas together with the important men in your life:)

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/24/2011 2:51PM

    What a beautiful blog! I try each night when I get in bed to remember anyone not as fortunate, as I have a bed to sleep in, a house, food, and family and friends. We really must remember how rich this makes us and wish it for others!
Thanks for your comment on animals needing homes! If you get a chance, go to thegentlebarn.com and check out the amazing work they do!
My very best to you, your husband & Thor...you will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Love,
Mary emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/24/2011 2:11PM

    cute pic!!

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JEANNETTE59 12/24/2011 1:16PM

  Love is the greatest gift you can give or receive and this you have in abundance. My God Bless and Keep You and Your Family emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 12/24/2011 12:14PM

    Wishing you many blessings at Christmas & in the coming year!

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DOODIE59 12/24/2011 11:46AM

    May you have the most beautiful Christmas ever, the three of you:)
Deirdre
Love the pic:)

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CHUBRUB3 12/24/2011 11:39AM

    Hugs and love my Friend.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Blessings to you all.
Hugs,
Angela


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LIBBYG7 12/24/2011 10:00AM

    "Cherish each day, and be grateful for what you have......." Easy to say, harder to do for some.

While I don't know you very well, I've read your blogs and I can feel your heartfelt love in every word. I'm so very sorry you are dealing with your problems......but the way you are dealing with them, with dignity and grace, is an example for us all. You have my prayers, and most assuredly, the prayers of many others, for Tommy and Thor.

As I cancer survivor myself....I know the drill, and how it consumes your life. But if the treatments are working and giving you both more precious time, it's worth it! And I too, love the beach on off-season. Look forward to that.

And Thor....what a story. I love animals with a passion. I'm owned by a feisty little 10 year old dachshund, Lucy, and she can do with me what she will ---- I'm her slave! Bless you for not giving up on Thor.....and how beautiful that he and Tommy bonded in such a special way.

I wish you a peaceful, loving Christmas. Enjoy each other; hold each other - - and make the most of every minute. Be assured my thoughts and prayers will be with you from here on.

Big hugs,
Libby (&Lucy) emoticon emoticon

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FREE2BMEINVA 12/24/2011 7:33AM

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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BON500 12/24/2011 6:24AM

    things to think about this christmas. Be thankful for loved ones more than gifts given or received.Have fun on your time away.

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SHERRIE59 12/24/2011 4:38AM

    Thanks so much for sharing Tommy and Thor with us. I hope that, given the wonderful care that both are receiving, they will be able to stay with us and share the love and hope which the future brings.

Thor does look like a handsome dude with his reindeer costume..... emoticon Love it!!!

I wish for all of you, Tommy and Thor a wonderful Christmas!!!

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