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A bit more about where Kitty comes from.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On July 4, 2010, my hubby suffered a ruptured bowel. He required emergency surgery that day, and they “lost him” twice on the table. The entire ordeal lasted until January of 2011 between a second surgery and recovery. Apart from when my mother was in the bone marrow unit, this was the most stressful time in my life.

When someone you love has a health scare like that you start to evaluate your own life. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t healthy. I didn’t have any real direction in my life. I just knew I didn’t want what I had.

So I started going after things I did want. I got an ABC certification and opened my own dog training business. I started volunteering at animal shelters. There are now days I “work” 16 hours but I get to make a difference in the lives of dogs. So it is worth it. Maybe, one day, my business will pay the bills and I can train full time.

The crisis with my hubby made evaluating interpersonal relationships very easy – if you couldn’t be there for us you got chucked! I found out very quickly who was a friend and who just “wanted” something from me. My list of friends dwindled but those who are still with me are worth more than gold in my heart. I know I can count on them and I hope they know they can count on me.

In January of this year, my health finally got booted to the top of my “to do” list (a cousin I had not seen in almost a year wanted to know if I was pregnant). Over the last year I have had a wake-up on my diet and exercise. I am so grateful to Beauty_Within for introducing me to this site. I am getting my weight under control and I am learning to understand my body’s needs so much better. And I am enjoying getting up and getting moving again. I have met some of the most wonderful people here and I am grateful to have you all with me.

I always wait to see what the Divine will give me to work on in the next year. Perhaps it will be something spiritual, I'm not certain. I just felt the need to share a bit of where I’ve come from and why I’m here. Maybe it will be important soon, maybe

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MERRY_XMAS 12/19/2012 2:51AM

    Thank you so much for sharing! Deciding to change your life and make a difference is always a milestone in people's lives.


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JUMPINJULIE 12/14/2012 2:15AM

    I'm glad your husband is doing better. It is hard when you find out that all the people you thought were friends aren't. I hope your dog bussiness booms. I wish you all the best in everything you do. And i appreciate having you as a friend so much. emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/13/2012 6:26PM

    I can understand that! Sometimes it takes something like that to help you prioritize what's important in your life. I have no doubt that whatever may be thrown at you next that you'll conquer it! I hope your dog training business picks up speed so that you can do it full time and pay the bills. Hope your hubby is doing well now! emoticon

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CELESTE_B 12/13/2012 6:48AM

    I can so relate! This year, I cleaned a major portion of people off our friends and family list. I'm still having a hard time with it...I guess the disappointment....but it's for the best.

Life is short. Appreciate what you have and go after what you have. And no that the only one that can make you completely happy is yourself.

I get so tired of expecting the worst and hoping for the best..

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LESLIELENORE 12/12/2012 7:00PM

    It is amazing that such positive changes came from such a difficult time. You truly are an inspiration!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/12/2012 12:11PM

    It is important and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with us. emoticon

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WICKEDMELISSA 12/12/2012 11:41AM

    Thank you for sharing Kitty, I am so glad that you made a change for the better.
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You are worth it..... and you are an inspiration

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VTRICIA 12/12/2012 10:24AM

    I can relate, in 2011 I had my baby with the oxygen issues. And I let so many things go, which led me gaining back about 20 pounds, and I had been overweight to begin with.

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LEB0401 12/12/2012 9:42AM

    emoticon You've turned negative experiences into a positive!

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/12/2012 8:27AM

    I think you were hit over the head with the "aha" moment that you hadn't gotten to. Life can be so scary. I'm happy you still have your hubby to experience life with. It's strange how it can take such a tragic event to see more clearly.
You are an amazing person and I am very happy to have had the chance to meet you here. I always look forward to seeing (reading) what is going on in your world.
Take care and have an awesome day.

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JUSTME29 12/12/2012 8:21AM

    What a scary thing to happen. I'll be interested to see what you tackle next.

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ANDY_54 12/12/2012 8:13AM

    You're emoticon in every way, Kitty! Many emoticon ! And thanks for sharing a bit of you here.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/12/2012 7:21AM

    wow good for you! My Son in Arizona also suffered a ruptured bowel.... now what you went through. emoticon

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TAZINITE 12/12/2012 6:16AM

    Awesome! This is something I needed to read. I so want to be a dog trainer. And reading your story gives me hope. We have more in common than I thought. My husband has issues with that too. He is also so good like yours and offers to cook all the time. Maybe just maybe I will reach my dream too.

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DISAPPEARING1 12/12/2012 6:13AM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing some more of your personal journey, Kitty. It just makes you an even bigger hero in my eyes!

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TWEETYKC00 12/12/2012 4:53AM

    It is amazing what you can really want from life when you understand what your life means. I ma so glad that things are working out now.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/12/2012 2:53AM

    Thanks for sharing a bit more of where you've come from and entrusting us with a bit more of who you are, Kitty. By the way, not only are you getting your own weight under control but you are inspiration to others. Glad you've put yourself on the top of your priority list. Inspiring others with your story is very meaningul purpose, Kitty.

Be good to yourself and keep at it.


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CANDYCANE2B 12/12/2012 12:39AM

    So glad you shared, Kitty! (I LOVE your name) Back in 2002, I also had to reevaluate my "friends" When crisis arises in your life, you do find out who your real friends are. Good friends are hard to come by, but last through thick and thin!

Congrats on your weight loss. I think all of us have had our "wake up" moments! I'm so glad you joined SP so I could get to know you!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/11/2012 11:08PM

    Hugs. You are so welcome, sis. I am so proud of you and everything g you've accomplished. :) thank you for all your support with this too!! I love you guys! :)

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A-NEW-TARA 12/11/2012 11:03PM

    It's great to get to know you better and learn how your journey began. I hope your husband's health is 100% recovered now, I know that some times the effects of such a severe issue can last a long time after a doctor's release.

Thank you for continuing to share yourself with all of us, you are such an inspiration!

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KATRINAKAT23 12/11/2012 10:57PM

  I hope you reach all your goals in life. I am sure you can do it. emoticon emoticon

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NKOUAMI26 12/11/2012 10:40PM

    wow, never would have imagined that. you are an inspiration to us and I hope you keep doing what you do

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BEARGODDESS 12/11/2012 10:32PM

    You are a delight to your friends and a treasure and inspiration to all the lives you touch m'dear! I hope Dave is still doing well!

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DALMOM2007 12/11/2012 10:31PM

    Sometimes it does take a tragedy to appreciate all the good things in life and to also prioritize what is really important. From the few blogs that I have read, sounds to me like you have the drive and the determination to achieve all your goals. I'm sure your dog training business will be a success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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USMAWIFE 12/11/2012 10:21PM

    Good luck to you and hoping all your goals are met

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