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Sunday, October 02, 2011

emoticonHi and Happy Sunday everyone! I thought I should pass along a bit of an update as to my current medical and life conditions and situations. Ready????

No one panic emoticon as I'm feeling pretty emoticon about where things are at.

First, you may have seen me around on the boards a bit more, as I no longer work at the law office, so I have more time to interact with all my friends here and those in my community! God works in mysterious ways and He worked super well for me--as He always has! And, I thank Him for it each and every day! 31+ years of allowing others to break down my health and my attitude on life -- it stopped toward the end of August. The tension that I allowed others to pass on to me and which was causing so many negative health issues each day--gone! I still wonder how some people KNOW that they are causing more stress and passing along added tension to others, can feel good about themselves deep down inside. But, that's another soapbox I better not get on -- as I think you know how I feel about how people treat people sometimes. No more negative and hurtful people in my days that somehow are able to put the $ before a person. It's so sad and I hope those that know that they caused added health issues and situations which only aggravated or spun my body into the flare mode, are able to look back and realize what they've done. NOT in a negative way -- but one that they can learn from and not do again to others. You can't change people, but, hopefully, they can learn something from their behavior and actions and change them in the forward direction, instead of, more or less, harming others more. Let's pray they do as I hold nothing against anyone and I do pray that they are able to look back and realize that we're all on this earth together and to care for one another and not treat each other with disrespect or disregard. Okay, 'nuf on the soapbox -- I'm coming down now.

I'm just grateful that there are great people out there that do care and are there to support each other -- through the good times and bad. And, which I'm now starting to enjoy doing again! I used to volunteer for so many charities and causes, but work somehow took my "spark" away and I needed to slow down or even discontinue doing what I loved the most! Helping others!!! But, I'm back at it and I LOVE IT!!!!! I recently began volunteering at our local food pantry and the feeling that I'm having again is emoticon

Just to see the emoticon and even get a few wonderful emoticon from other people who are so appreciative, makes a few of those past 31+ years fade to the background. Not the experience and knowledge that I've received in the legal field which I'm thankful for, but the feeling of making a difference in someone's life and in the totally positive way. No $ involved! They always say, money doesn't bring you happiness, and I'm totally agreeing more and more each day. Yes, I miss the salary, but the smiles that I've seen over the past weeks, have been a super wonderful reminder of how I want to live my life.

Now, onto the subject of life and the "fatal zone!" Since I have left the office, I physically have been feeling alot better. I still have flares as a result of the Lupus, but the TIA's (mini-strokes) have lessened to hardly any! And, what a fantastic feeling! I haven't been to the emergency room since leaving the office--where I had been going almost once a week in August. The achy joints, etc., are still here at times, but not in comparison to how they felt before. No, I haven't been cured of anything in specific, but just by not being in a negative environment where my body and mind, in the past year or so especially, were always in the "tense" mode due to others words, accusations and negative actions, has made all the difference in the world! I think my body is now more relaxed and my health issues are slowly easing their way back down to a much more manageable condition. So far - so good and let's hope they stay that way! emoticon

But, we're still not through with the medical specialists! I'll be seeing a urologist this coming week for the blood in the urine issue and rule out a few possibilities of what's going on and/or follow through with the next set of tests to determine what the cause is or could have been. I'm taking my meds to thin my blood due to a clotting issue, and have been watching more so what I eat so as not to cause more inflammation to my joints or harm to my major organs which the drs. told me before was happening.

So, sorry drs., I'm not fatal! I'm living -- maybe not with as much $ in my pocket (LOL), but with a whole lot more of those emoticon in my heart and mind.

Keep those emoticon and emoticon coming everyone! And, mainly, take a look at your life and make or accept the changes or choices that you need to in order to keep that smile in your mind and heart as well! And, remember, smiles don't cost a cent -- you only get a good return when you pass one along to another!

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    god bless you in your time of need. i'm here for you emoticon
    2278 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Isn't that the truth, MOMMA? You go through some tough stuff and it really not only separates "the men from the boys" but shows us what's truly important in life - the people we love and the people we can be of service to, even if it's just in a very small way (like an SP hug.)

    We're all terminal, every one of us, just most people aren't lucky enough to realize it in time to improve their lives. God bless you, sweetheart, for your strength and attitude.
    2297 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Thanks for sharing your positive attitude! Volunteering is a super great way to spend your time! I am doing that since I retired and love doing the things I like to do--which is lot of volunteer work at my Church and other community places
    emoticon that you get some "good" answers to your tests!
    2306 days ago
    Hi I just happened to read your page and we have some similarities in our life. I just wanted to give you a hug and encouragement . I so understand especially the stress work and stroke.
    2308 days ago
  • BREW99
    2314 days ago
    Wow,it's amazing how stress can affect our health so much.Once stress is less we feel better and I am so happy for you! I admire you for what you do unselfishly to make others happy and leave them with smiles and feelings of care,compassion and kindness.You are awesome and may your health continue to get better too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Diana
    2318 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I hope after 31 yrs of working that you are able to get disability or your retirement. Glad you're feeling better. That is great.
    2320 days ago

    Glad to see that you were able to leave the law office and that your stress level has gotten better.
    I do hope that youa re able to find answers to the medical issues and that you are getting better.

    2321 days ago
  • MICHELLE311106
    Cheryl, you are an awesome woman and can make the best you can out of any given situation. You are definitely an inspiration to everyone. GOD BLESS you and keep you feeling better.
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    emoticon Sending you many smiles Cheryl emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • CANDOK1260
    happy you made THE DECISION THAT AS SUCH A great UPSIDE hope you feel better everyday
    2330 days ago
    What an awesome and incredible blog, and the news is even better. I am so glad every time I add to a quiz that you've posted to, just to see your still there after your last blog. You probably know that I went through an absolutely horrid job experience for the past 2 years (just recently) and who knows what else it did to my health too. Thank you so much for sharing and letting us know what stress can do and how much better our lives can potentially be without that stress..

    2330 days ago
  • CHRIS5258
    Congratulations on having the strength to make a tough decision. It sounds like it was the perfect one for both your mental & physical well being.
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    2330 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Wow! What amazing mews! So glad to hear you're feeling better and doing things you love!
    2330 days ago
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    emoticon So glad you are feeling better. Praying you continue toward better and better health.
    2330 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Good for you for getting out of a bad situation. I am sure you will continue to get better without all that stress.
    Here is a great big emoticon just for you.

    2330 days ago
    I am so happy to hear your update. I also understand about the $$$ since I haven't worked for a while. I love helping others & that's why I babysit for 2 of my nephews. Their children fill my days with love & smiles. I am happy!

    Love you Cheryl, you're a wonderful woman!
    2330 days ago
  • SAMI199
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    2330 days ago
    Many emoticon to you. I'm so glad you were able to leave the negative work environment behind and that your health has improved a little. I'll keep you in my prayers for your upcoming medical tests.

    I've found in doing volunteer work and giving back, it really helps me feel better about myself.

    This is a great blog! *Hugs* emoticon
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    Wanting to fill your bank account up! I am so happy that you are finding some relief and so many more good things in your life. emoticon
    2330 days ago
    Thank you so much! You are so wise. I am coming to realize that the money is not worth the trouble for my job either. Plus God is leading me in different direction.

    2330 days ago
    You clearly made the right choice!!

    I quit my job in March because I was going to be forced to work for a man, very much like you described. I was sick just thinking about it. And, sorry, but no, those people won't ever recognize or care what they are doing to others. If you haven't read it, the book "People of the Lie" by M. Scott Peck describes them perfectly. Sorry - guess I got on that soapbox with you.

    Anyway, it's great to hear that you're happy(ier) again and that your health has already improved in so many ways. We'll pray for continued improvement and answers regarding the conditions already diagnosed.
    2330 days ago
    We're all fatal but the choice is in the quality of life we choose to live! You and I choose to live lives of worth, giving as much as we can but realizing that if we take too much ( bad stuff from others, stress, responsibility for what we cannot control or change) that our compromised bodies pay the price! I may not be able to work anymore but I can volunteer, I can give and I can share the resources I have with those who need them! Cheryl, your heart is SOOOOO big that it is a wonder it does not spring out of your chest!
    2330 days ago
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