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Happy Second Sparkversary, TRUELOU!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today, June 15th, is my dear friend's second Sparkversary! She joined Spark People just 3 days after I did, and we became friends right away. She's always so supportive, motivating, inspirational, and has a wonderful sense of humor!

HAPPY SECOND SPARKVERSARY, my dear friend! Here's to many more years of friendship on Spark People! You are doing so well with your weight loss. Keep up the great work, and thanks for keeping me motivated!

Please stop by her page and wish her a Happy 2nd Sparkversary!

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DAWNO64 6/19/2011 7:50PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/17/2011 12:20AM

    Happy 2nd Anniversary to YOU & to your friend! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 6/16/2011 1:38PM

    Sparkfriends are the greatest friends of all!!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/15/2011 9:26PM

    Happy Sparkversary to TrueLou!

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TRUELOU 6/15/2011 2:06PM

    My Dear Friend
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L*I*T*A* 6/15/2011 10:55AM

    wishing her all the best.......

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/15/2011 9:38AM

    I hope she had a good one!!

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PICKLEDGINGER2 6/15/2011 3:23AM

  Well done.

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2 years already?!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today celebrates my 2nd anniversary with Sparks! I've lost (and kept off) 80 lbs., had open heart surgery earlier this year. Feeling so much better now. I actually joined a local gym, go to the pool at least 5 days a week. Hoping to start using some of the equipment soon.

I want to thank each and everyone of you who has encouraged me , motivated me, given me a kick in the butt when I needed it! What wonderful friends I have made!

I still have a long way to go, but slowly and surely I will get there. I will never, ever, ever give up!

  
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2CATS2LOVE1 6/16/2011 1:40PM

    emoticonHAPPY SPARKVERSARY!!
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DINGALLSTOO 6/14/2011 7:41PM

    woohoo! Happy Sparkerversary!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/14/2011 1:02PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!! You have done an amazing job and have used this site to the best advantage. It has been a pleasure to be your friend. emoticon

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FRECKS96 6/14/2011 9:51AM

    Great Job! Congrats on 2 years and overcoming many obstacles!

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LADYGWEN25 6/14/2011 8:47AM

    you're very welcome! happy sparkiversary! :)

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TRAVELNISTA 6/12/2011 9:52PM

    Happy emoticon I am so glad we are Spark Buddies and you came through with flying colors with your heart surgery. You have been such an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNO64 6/12/2011 9:33PM

    Happy Anniversary!! It sounds like you're doing fantastic! I'm glad your surgery went well and you're back to exercising.

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/12/2011 5:14PM

    emoticoncongrats .WHAT DEDICATION !!!!!!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/12/2011 5:13PM

    Awesome!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/12/2011 3:10PM

    Happy Sparkversary, friend. You've done terrific. I am very, very proud of you and proud to know you. Keep up the good work.
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SHASTA11 6/12/2011 3:08PM

    Best of wishes for 2 more years, then 2 more, then 2 more, ad infinitum. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUELOU 6/12/2011 2:56PM

    Congratulations and Happy 2nd Sparkversary!
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Mother

Saturday, May 07, 2011

If I could give you diamonds
for each tear you cried for me.
if I could five you sapphires
for each truth you've helped me see.
If I could give you rubies
for the heartache that you've known
If I could give you pearls
for the wisdom that you've shown.
Then you'll have a treasure, mother,
that would mount up to the skies
That would almost match
the sparkle in your kind and loving eyes.
But I have no pearls, no diamonds,
As I'm sure you're well aware
So I'll give you gifts more precious
My devotion, love and care.

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SINHAPROWESS26 6/1/2011 1:24AM

    Wow. That made me warm inside. I actually got a cold chill. Beautiful and thought provoking.

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IDLETYME 5/24/2011 7:49PM

    Really lovely! Thank you for sharing this with us! emoticon emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 5/23/2011 7:09PM

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BILL_CLECKNER 5/16/2011 8:21PM

    Thanks for you lovely poem. Last Friday night I was in a meeting at church and the discussion topic was what were some of your mother's endearing qualities. It was a carryover topic from the previous Friday night meeting because of Mother's Day on that Sunday. Anyway, to listen to folks sharing in a very positive way about their mothers really made mother's day meaningful to me this year. I must say most years I just think of it as yet another holiday created by the greeting card industry. But this year I got in touch with some wonderful qualities that my mother gave life to in her 80 years of life. What a blessing she was. Thanks.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/11/2011 10:18PM

    Beautiful!! What a treat! Thanks for posting it.

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EAGLES_WINGS 5/8/2011 6:06AM

    Very lovely!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/7/2011 11:52PM

    Beautiful Poem! Thank you for sharing.
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TRUELOU 5/7/2011 6:24PM

    Beautiful:)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/7/2011 5:47PM

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you my friend. emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2011 1:51PM

    wonderful!!!
am sending this to my daugthers...
Happy Mother's day to you........
blessings and hugs.........lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/7/2011 11:28AM

    Love this! Thanks!
I'll share it on my FB
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50 Questions

Friday, April 22, 2011

(Copied idea from Linda!)

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
both grandmothers

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
a few weeks ago

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
yes

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
none

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
1 son

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I think so

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
no

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
NO!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Kashi Go Lean

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
donít wear shoes with ties

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
physically, no; otherwise absolutely

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
vanilla

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
eyes

15. RED OR PINK?
pink

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
my temper, although itís much better in my ďold ageĒ

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
my mom

18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
who?

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
tan sneakers

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
fresh pineapple

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The View

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
blue

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
lavender

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
friend, Sue

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
mountain hideaway

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
ice skating

27. HAIR COLOR?
red

28. EYE COLOR?
blue

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
no

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
bread

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Win Win

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
blue

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
angel food cake

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
ST

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
computer.

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
none

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
mouse

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
childís laughter

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
neither!

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Wales

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
sing, play piano, organ, & clarinet

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Margaretville, NY

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
upstate NY

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
white with red shutters

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
white

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
sure!

  
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BILL_CLECKNER 5/18/2011 5:58PM

    18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
who?

FYI, #18... copy and paste this link into your internet browser...

http://www.youtub
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EAGLES_WINGS 4/27/2011 7:42AM

    Really it is a pleasure, always, to get to know you better.... emoticon

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EAGLES_WINGS 4/27/2011 7:41AM

    emoticon*(very interesting)*

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/24/2011 10:30PM

    Loved learning more about you!!

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LINDA! 4/23/2011 8:38PM

    emoticongreat to read your answers

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CAMELA_55 4/23/2011 12:42AM

    That was fun!

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    Pink eyes, huh! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 4/22/2011 12:20PM

    yours was the first one that I've seen that went with pink LOL

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Prayers answered! Home from open heart surgery...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I know this has been a long time coming, but I have so little energy these days (pretty normal after heart surgery Iím told).

Surgery (replacement of aortic valve) went much smoother than my doc ever expected. No complications whatsoever! What great news! However, 2 days after surgery I had complications from the narcotics I was given, had a build up of carbon dioxide, etc., and was pretty much ďout of itĒ for 5-6 days. No pain meds work for me, so I was screaming, moaning, talking nonsense, etc. Iím told Iím lucky I donít remember any of this! There was a time when my docs and nurses wondered if Iíd ever pull through. Finally, I turned the corner and made remarkable progress.

I was sent home 2 weeks ago, much quicker than ever expected. Iíve had many challenges being at home, but Iím managing okay. I see slight progress every day, and know it wonít be too long (probably 2 months) before Iím my old self again. The good news is that Iíve lost 21 lbs. since coming home. Iím only 1.7 lbs. from my lowest Spark weight! Hooray!

My heartfelt thanks goes out to my son who came up from GA to spend a week with me. He is a neurosurgical PA and made sure his mama had the best care! After he went home, he called at least 2-3 times a day for updates. I know how excited he was when I first called him. He knew his mama was back to her old self! My husband made the trip to & from the hospital (almost 3 hours) every single day. Most of the time I didnít even know he was there. He fed me, etc. Since Iíve been home, my brother has been with me almost 24/7. If he hadnít been here, I wouldnít have been able to be at home. What a family I have!

I cannot thank enough each and every one of you who kept me in your thoughts and prayers, emailed or called my husband or son, posted messages on my Spark page, gave me numerous goodies, sent cards, etc. The outpouring of support and love was phenomenal! I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Iíve always believed in the power of prayer. It certainly is a miracle that I am here today!

  
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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/22/2011 11:30AM

    Love it! Will use it as well! thanks for sharing and giving me a great idea!
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EMMABE1 3/25/2011 3:19PM

    What great news - and how wonderfyul that tings are looking up for you
I guess it will take time to fully recover - but I really hope you continue to improve daily!!
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 3/7/2011 7:57PM

    I hope you're feeling even stronger now! Happy spring!!! emoticon

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JOANIEBUG46 2/23/2011 10:01AM

    it is wonderful to hear of your recovery! I was drawn to your page by your picture -- your Siamese looks just like mine -- I did a double-take when I saw it!
Just enjoy this healing time and concentrate on getting back to "normal", whatever that may be. You have the support of many other sparkers!!! emoticon emoticon

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SDPARTON 2/14/2011 10:18PM

    I have not stopped thinking about you and lifting you up in my daily prayers! I am so happy your home and everything with the surgery went as planned! Medicine....you do not want me to even go there after the last couple of weeks I have had :) I am glad you made it through everything and that you made it home earlier than expected! That is awesome! You are truly blessed with such great men in your life! What would we do without them! God has truly blessed me with four great young men! I know how proud you are to have them! I know just how proud they are to have you in there life as well! Thank you so much for the comment on my blog! My prayers and thoughts have been with you and your recovery! I am so proud your doing well! Congratulations on the weight loss too!
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GEORGIAGIRL26 2/14/2011 9:25PM

    I am glad that you are hope safe and well.
Have a very good night my friend! Holly

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1EMMA2011 2/13/2011 10:33PM

    Welcome back!! emoticon

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GRAMTOTWO 2/12/2011 11:59PM

    So glad you are feeling better with each passing day. Think of you often and keeping you in prayer.

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NADINEL 2/12/2011 10:47PM

    I am so glad you are doing better. Happy Valentine's Day to you! emoticon

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FRECKS96 2/12/2011 9:00AM

    So happy you're back Willow, and doing well. You've certainly been missed. Continue to take care of yourself and enjoy the time with your family.

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LADYGWEN25 2/11/2011 7:05PM

    So glad to hear you're doing better!

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BETTYAHE 2/11/2011 3:41PM

    Willow, I am slowly catching up with Spark friends after being gone for six months being a caretaker. Sorry I had no idea what you had been through. So happy your surgery went well and you are recuperating! God Bless your family for helping you through it all!

Will pray for you to continue getting stronger each day! Hugs, Betty emoticon

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/10/2011 4:58PM

    emoticonback! So glad you are home and on the mend! emoticonw/ the weight loss too!!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/9/2011 6:27PM

    emoticon back. I have thought of you often and you were in my daily prayers. I am so happy you are back and will go stronger every day. Pretty scary complication with the meds. Glad you don't remember any of it. emoticon emoticon
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R-U-JELLEN 2/8/2011 4:34PM

    I am so happy that you are doing well and on the mend. How wonderful that you have such a loving, supporting family. Knowing you have someone there for all the everyday things we take for granted when we're healthy will give you the peace of mind that will make your healing go that much faster. Still thinking of you in prayer - Jo
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DAWNO64 2/8/2011 1:37PM

    I'm so glad everything turned out OK in the end! Take it easy, get your rest, and enjoy the weight loss.

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L*I*T*A* 2/7/2011 9:50AM

    so great that you are recovering so well............
wow 21 pounds gone too great side benefit!!!
miracles happen every day and you are one!!!
blessings and hugs................lita

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Sending lots of love and sushine your way !

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/7/2011 7:10AM

    You are the greatest! Glad you are on the mend! I am overwhelmed with happiness for your recovery! Take good care of yourself and keep us posted! Love to you, my dear! ~you know you will be in my thoughts every day! Hugs, K.

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~INDYGIRL 2/7/2011 12:56AM

    Glad you are doing so well!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/6/2011 10:03PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are on the mend. It took my dad a while to get back on his feet too but in 6 months he was doing great. You have a fantastic family and it sounds like wonderful care. Take care of your self. And congrats on the 21 pound weight loss!!

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DKELLEY35 2/6/2011 7:58PM

    It is great that you are now on the road to recovery. I'm sure that you are making great strides. Take care.

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LADYMOONWILLOW 2/6/2011 6:46PM

    I'm so glad you are home and that our prayers were answered. Just don't over due it.

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TRUELOU 2/6/2011 6:38PM

    Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers. So happy it was so successful:)
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DAISY238 2/6/2011 6:09PM

    So glad you are doing well and that you are home. You are truly blessed.

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HEIDIC75 2/6/2011 5:49PM

    I am so happy that you are home and doing good you have been in my thoughts and prayers... emoticon

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RLPARKER26 2/6/2011 4:42PM

    I'm so happy that your are on the road to recovery. I think you'll be up and around in no time.
You are a lucky lady to have such a wonderful family.

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SHORTLY 2/6/2011 4:36PM

    I had that surgery last August, Still kind of weak or not as strong as I had hoped but haven't exercised very good either. My husband passed away 2 weeks before I had my surgery and I only had my daughter for a week when I got home so have some down feelings I'm still dealing with. God bless and glad you did as good as you did, and glad we both have it behind us. Thanks for sharing.

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I'm so glad you are doing better. Keep getting stronger every day. You ahve been missed.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/6/2011 4:17PM

    Glad that you're doing so well and are able to Spark with us again! You're right, the power of prayer is AWESOME! Bright blessings to you my friend. Congratulations for losing the weight... of course, there are better ways to lose it! LOL Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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THOMS1 2/6/2011 4:15PM

    I am so happy that your doing so well! emoticon

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7777BEV 2/6/2011 4:06PM

    I'm so sorry this has been such a tough time for you. What a lot to go through. I believe in the power of prayer as well and am glad God has given you this great progress and such a great family support system. I will pray for you and for continued healing and also for your spirits to stay positive. Take it easy and rest well. So glad you have that extra blessing of losing the weight!! May God comfort and bless you!!!!
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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/6/2011 3:57PM

    You are so blessed to have such a supportive family - as I'm sure you realize every day.
I wish you well on your recovery. Soon you'll be BETTER than your old self!
Take care,
Jen
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SHASTA11 2/6/2011 3:55PM

    I am so glad you came through the surgery in such good shape. Those 5-6 days you were out of it were scary for, us, your friends, but you came through that too.

I am ever so grateful for God and the way he wrapped you in his loving hands.

I want to thank your son, too, for keeping me posted.

21 lbs gone. How great. You just keep doing what you're doing to recover; naps, pt, etc.

Can't wait til you're "running around the block".

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LORETTA24 2/6/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon It is an awesome pleasure to know you are able to let us know how you are doing yourself. emoticon You are so blessed to have such a supportive family! I will continue to pray for you and those around you. Please continue to let your "Spark" family know how you are progressing. I am sending you love, hugs and blessings your way. emoticon Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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