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Going to make it...I've decided.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In January of this year I began a quilt that I call War and Peace...little did I know what this year would bring to my life:
February: my Daddy died unexpectedly.
a son announced marriage plans
another son announced a new addition to their family

March: I began a new journey toward weight loss and health.

April: Husband becomes gravely ill...missed two weeks of work with an unknown virus.
I'm sued by my step-mother to produce my Daddy's will...and I find out that she hates me and refuses to speak to me...apparently forever...and I still don't know what I've
done wrong and feel as though ive lost two parents this year. I wasn't and never have been the custodian of dad's will.

May: a plague of grasshoppers take over my hill...eating everything I'd worked so hard to plant. No...really...epic numbers of grasshoppers...I promise...you probably cant imagine their numbers...in the billions.

August: discovered my uncle has throat cancer.
Dear friends first grandbaby arrives...and the mom nearly died after the doc nicked a major artery...and apparently didn't realize it until she required 4 units of blood...paddles...and another emergency surgery.
Began Spark.

October: birth of another grandchild finds me helping with the unexpectedly quick delivery.
Wedding of a son.
November: wedding of another son.
Decision that I must go to work...I've been home with our children for nearly 30 years...big life adjustment.
Uncle is nearing death...so hard to see him go this way.
And I'm struggling with a painful UTI.

December already has at least two challenges...new job and saying goodbye to Uncle Don.

It has been a difficult year. Among it all are thousands of reasons to be thankful. And among it all I'm trying to stay positively motivated to get this extra weight off and become more healthy. I'm feeling the stress. But I'm not giving up. And the friends I've gained on Spark are largely the reason I'm still focused on my health and weight loss. I really appreciate the contribution each of you bring to our experience here on Spark.

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PKBOO3 11/27/2012 11:47AM

    Stay motivated and keep in touch with as many of your Spark Buddies as you can. They are such motivators. So sorry for your loss this year and congrats on the weddings & births.

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SKEETOR 11/26/2012 7:09PM

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DIET_FRIEND 11/25/2012 11:14PM

    Getting older isn't for sissies. Your summary reminds me of that song from Fiddler on the Roof: Sunrise, sunset, swiftly go the years, one season following another, laden with happiness and tears.

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TEQPEACH 11/25/2012 9:45AM

    I can feel in your post that you have the spirit to survive. You can make this better for yourself and are doing so. Keep this up. There will be a time in the near future where you will look back and see all that you have accomplished and are a stronger person for it.

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DARJR50 11/25/2012 7:31AM

  Wow!!! You have certainly had more than you share of stress this year. The lose of a parent can be devastating, losing both in different ways can be overwhelming. You seem to be bearing up well. Your attitude is going to get you through all of this.
With wedding, the birth of a grandchild, new job and the illness of another relative you have your plate full. I admire you for sticking to the program and finding the reasons to be thankful. They are always there if we look for them. I hope the new year brings better things for you.

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JUDYAMK 11/25/2012 5:50AM

    Wow you have had a lot going on in your life this year & you are still finding things to be thankful for. I know that things that happened in my life made me the person I am today.We can never give up no matter what other people may think of us, dwelling on something we know we have no control over , can soon zap our strength from us.Your step mother planted ideas in her own head & fixated on them, that is to bad because she lost someone that you obliviously cared about. Have a great week
Judy

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