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"Don't Quit"


Monday, March 14, 2011

Ken has been a patient at the Wound Care Center since last March. Dr. M was very surprised at the progress that Ken has made in the last two months. When Ken went for his appointment on Friday morning, the nurse got out the camera and ruler to measure and take a picture of his wound. She was very surprised to find there was nothing to take a picture of and no wound to measure. WOOHOO!!! The look on her face was priceless!!! I find it unbelievable that Ken is done with the Wound Care Center for the time being...as I am sure he and they were too. As long as we can keep his lymphedema controlled...which means the swelling must stay down and the skin moisturized to stay soft. Anything to make sure he doesn't get any open sores on his legs and feet, all should be well!!! When the skin swells to the point of breaking open, problems will begin anew.

It is amazing all that Ken has gone through this past year. He cut his left leg at work on a stack of rusting metal in February...just a minor scrape...nothing at all to worry about, fighting a severe infection to the point of almost losing his leg, cellulitis in both legs, breast cancer and a complete mastectomy, lymphedema in both feet and legs and severe pain from neuropathy in both his feet and legs. To top that off, he was diagnosed as being a diabetic. They say that sometimes the body will react in different ways to trauma. When Ken went to the emergency room with the infection in his leg in March, the doctors talked about having to amputate his leg. He told them that he walked into the hospital and he would be walking out. They wanted to admit him and he insisted on coming home braced with enough antibiotics for a small town it seemed. (I think he was afraid they would amputate if he stayed there.)

Although he is off work on a two year medical leave while he waits to hear if he will qualify for his disability pension and social security disability, he continues to keep a pretty positive attitude. Praise the Lord for our amazing bodies and the complex machines that they are. Don't let life get you down for you are truly stronger than you every thought you could be...

Just remember:

Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're traveling seems all uphill;
When the funds are low and the debts are high--
When you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit:
Rest if you must, but don't you quit!

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won--had he stuck it out!
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow!

Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are--
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit:
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit!
~ Anonymous

Wishing you a wonderful week with healthy foods, time for yourself, some form of fun exercises and the courage to continue to fight til you get it right!!! May God continue to bless each of you as my family and I have been blessed!!!
Blessings, love and hugs to all,
Helen

POSITIVES:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
Searching for and finding the CURE
The ReBuilder...helping to control Ken's pain in his legs and feet
The lymphedema pump
McKenzie...enjoying her weekend with her daddy who came home on Friday instead of Saturday
Talking with my 16 year old grandson
Knowing I can do it...if I just try!!!
A new day every 24 hours to try to get it right!!!
My family and friends both at home and on Spark People
My church family
Water...so refreshing and delicious...and plentiful in our area
Healthy foods...especially vegetables and fruits
The teachers I had in school who taught me to enjoy reading...WOOHOO!!!
Reading and understanding labels
Gluten free foods helping control my Celiac Disease
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...PTL!!!

Thank you so much for reading my blogs, supporting and encouraging me always!!! Thank you also for your prayers!!! May God continue to be with you and bless you!!!
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BUFFALOGAL1952 3/26/2011 6:33PM

    Helen and Ken...so glad to hear that things are definitely positive. Faith and positive thinking have won out again!
Big emoticon to you boh!

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SHEBA7 3/19/2011 11:11PM

    Such an inspiration you are...Here are some hugs emoticon and lots of loves emoticon ...God bless you and your family...you are in my prayers! emoticon

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EBLOOMING 3/17/2011 1:56AM

    Praise to God!!! He has carried you through. You are such an encouragement for others not to quit. Thanks Helen, for the testimony, the poem, the blessings list. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are music to my ears. Elaine

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SJG1953 3/17/2011 1:18AM

    Such an inspirational story and testimony to what God will do in our lives. May God flood your hearts with so much joy and love that is spills into everything you touch. Much love and prayers, Shirley

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MAURIZIA 3/16/2011 11:40AM

    Helen and Ken, you are so generous in sharing your stories...they are so filled with the motto we have at my new job at the breast cancer foundation: hope, faith, courage, strength and determination...all are epitomized in the two of you!

Blessings and hugs!

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NANNYJAD 3/16/2011 9:03AM

    I am so glad that life is better for you and Ken. I admire the attitude both you and Ken have! I read this blog when I saw the Don't Quit in it because so many times lately I have felt like quiting. I have not loss anything in fact have gained. I started walking only to stop, started eating better only to give up! So quiting was my next step! I will get up, dust the seat of my pants off, and begin again.
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KAT7457 3/15/2011 3:14PM

    Thanks to God and all the people who prayed for you both its a miracle that Ken is doing so well and your right there helping him also.God bless both of you and I pray that both of your health comtinues to inprove.this is great news to hear. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS2 3/15/2011 8:50AM

    Thank you, I so need to hearr this hopeful story!!

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SHAPNUP 3/15/2011 8:29AM

    God bless you and your family. I'm praying for you all today. You have such a positive attitude with all you are going through. You are truly blessed! emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 3/15/2011 5:17AM

    Good blog love the poem just what I needed today. All the best to you.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/15/2011 3:13AM

    emoticon Helen and Ken,the Lord has been there all the way.To think this journey was because of a cut just is amazing to me and his determination to keep his leg and believe in himself and stay strong and having you has made all the difference.
It was your journey as much as his.You story has strengthened me spiritually more,thank you for sharing this most amazing journey with us,it has been a very inspirational one.May you continue to have healthy,happy,and loving journey's for years to come.All the best and God Bless You and your family! emoticon Diana:)

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SING4MYFOOD 3/15/2011 1:11AM

    Still praising God with you & Ken - you both have truly experienced a miracle with the lymphadema & cellulitis. Your attitude is truly uplifting to the rest of us!

Love,

Kerolyn

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2011 12:12AM

    Ken is doing amazing. It's a miracle!!

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NEWMAC2011 3/14/2011 11:37PM

    It's so great to read how well Ken is doing. 100 years ago, before antibiotics, people got blood poisoning from an infection that could have started how Ken's did. It's wonderful that he's made so much progress. Attitude is so important and he obviously has a great one.

Wishing you both only good things for the lympedema-free future!

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IUHRYTR 3/14/2011 9:11PM

    Such an inspiring attitude you both have. Prayers for his continued recovery. Hard to believe this all came from a piece of rusted metal. We never know, do we? Be well. -- Lou

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PHYL220 3/14/2011 8:13PM

    Wonderful news! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 3/14/2011 5:07PM

    Awesome news to hear, You have a very strong and amazing husband and you are one very strong and brave women yourself. emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 3/14/2011 3:53PM

    What a wonderful story of encouragement! Most of us will never have to go through what you and Ken have experienced, so whatever we DO have to endure, let's give it all we've got!!

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YATMAMA 3/14/2011 3:32PM

    This is GREAT news! I wish I were close enough to make that man a pot of jambalaya. Give him my love and HUGE hugs to you, my darling sister. This has been as much your battle as Ken's. I love you, love you, love you!! *huggggggggggggggggggs*

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JHADZHIA 3/14/2011 2:34PM

    So glad Ken has healed. Hoping everything works out as it should. It still boggles my mind all that happened to him from one little wound. Its very scary. Your strength and faith have helped pull him through. May your days go a whole lot smoother from now on, with no more traumatic events..
Enjoy your Monday!
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WOWEETOO 3/14/2011 1:43PM

    may blessings more than you already have continue to flow down upon you for sure!!
the lady mary
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SDKENT79 3/14/2011 1:33PM

    Thank you for sharing.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 3/14/2011 12:45PM

    He sure has gone through a lot. God was with him every step of the way. Wonderful to look back with you and see answers to prayer!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/14/2011 11:51AM

    Praise God, Helen! Sorry not to say more! I'm playing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKINGINMASS 3/14/2011 11:49AM

    That is wonderful news!!

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I.M.MAGIC 3/14/2011 11:41AM

    Gotta swing, ESPECIALLY at those curve balls, right? LOL

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ALMMOM 3/14/2011 11:10AM

    Good news on your husband with no wounds at this time. What a journey he has been on!!!

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PLAYBLUES22 3/14/2011 9:53AM

    Sweetie, God will not give you more than you can bear, give Ken a big hug, he is a trooper emoticon

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JESS0107 3/14/2011 9:45AM

    Amen! God is great and I am so happy to hear the wonderful news about Ken! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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RAGGEDY_ANN 3/14/2011 9:34AM

    GOD IS GREAT!!!~
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JOYATLAST 3/14/2011 9:03AM

    *huge sigh of relief*

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/14/2011 4:56AM

    THAT IS WONDERFUL NEW PRAYERS CONTINUE HUGS,CHAR

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WINDSONG~ 3/14/2011 3:36AM

    So happy for the both of you

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SAFETYSUE 3/14/2011 3:05AM

    THIRD TIMES A CHARM...I KEEP FORGETTING TO CLICK ON SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG AND IT DOESN'T HAVE THAT OPTION WHEN YOU EDIT.

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WENDYJM4 3/14/2011 3:03AM

    amazing blog.

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SAFETYSUE 3/14/2011 2:59AM

    I HAD TO COME BACK AND SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR BLOG!

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SAFETYSUE 3/14/2011 2:56AM

    AMAZINGLY INSPIRATIONAL...I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE WOULD LOOK IN ON YOUR BLOG DAILY!!!!

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