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I Gave More Than Blood ...


Sunday, June 08, 2014

This week, I donated blood at the American Red Cross. They send a mobile unit to our office so it makes it easy for me to participate. The woman who did my stick was emoticon at her job! And I have plenty of experience being stuck for blood to judge her skills.

As she stood talking with me, the conversation turned to weight as she told me that she now weighs 260 pounds but she's down from just over 300 pounds and she's stuck there. I thought it was interesting that we got to a conversation about weight because I didn't bring it up. I smiled at her sweetly and said, "You can do this and I know that because I started my weight loss journey at 300 pounds." I am so happy that she'd already stuck me! She gasped and threw her hands over her mouth! We had all the attention in the mobile unit for a couple of moments. LOL!

My new friend got herself together quickly and told everyone that things were fine and we continued our discussion with her saying, "But you are so thin now!" Well, I wouldn't consider myself thin, but I'm a long way from 300 pounds and I wear clothes that flatter and hide my imperfections. I did appreciate her kind compliment.

As I continued to donate, we continued to discuss weight loss and exercise. I was able to share with her some of my journey and she was able to think of some new things that she may be able to incorporate into her life. Perhaps she'll be able to restart her weight loss and journey on. She's at that point where she's had a lot of life changes and weight loss has been on the back burner but it's now time to move it to the front and make herself a priority in her life. Haven't we each been there?!

It always pleases me when my path crosses someone who needs that little boost that my weight loss journey can give them. I've heard that God never wastes a hurt and truly, He's not wasting the hurts of my morbid obesity. I'm so glad about that!

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DS9KIE 6/11/2014 8:31PM

    you did emoticon

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PATTIEMCD 6/10/2014 9:03AM

    Obviously you were meant to give blood that day for more reasons than just that... :-)

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SHIRLA7 6/9/2014 3:24PM

    Oh Cathy, that's wonderful that you could encourage that lady! You always seem to be in the right place at the right time with your wonderful testimony! I'm so glad you are my friend! You have given me so much support, love and advise! I don't know what I would do without you! emoticon emoticon

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GAILANN48 6/9/2014 11:01AM

    Wonderful, Cathy. Simply wonderful. We never know who we can help by just listening and offering kind encouragement.

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BARBARAROSE54 6/9/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon I would love to hear about your weight loss journey. As you know I have a lot of weight I need to remove, and stories of people I know that have done it inspire me.

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NEW123ME123 6/8/2014 9:52PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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SHANTODD420 6/8/2014 8:11PM

    That is awesome way to go. Keep on donating and keep on sparking.

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JANET552 6/8/2014 5:53PM

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KIM22211 6/8/2014 5:41PM

    so awesome! good for you. giving blood and advice!

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MTNGRL 6/8/2014 5:40PM

    Isn't it amazing when you are put in the path of someone that needs to hear about your journey. Just wonderful!

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NANFACEMIRE1 6/8/2014 5:30PM

    emoticon , Cathy, I am so happy that the lady got you go "stick". It was a wonderful testimonial that you were able to give to her b/c you have been there. You know that it works. I am sure she will take the information you gave her and have a FRESH START and be well on her way. So nice of you to share your journey with her

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/8/2014 3:20PM

    Cathy, that's awesome that you gave blood and were able to give encouragement and inspiration to someone who needed it! Great Job!!

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4RASCALS 6/8/2014 3:05PM

    Great job on the donation. I'm sure that you made an impact on her. No matter where we are in our journey, seeing others who have successfully achieved what we seek, is sure to make a difference. I know it helps me. emoticon

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KATHYJO56 6/8/2014 2:30PM

    Sometimes we meet people that we are just meant to. emoticon

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TRAVELGO 6/8/2014 1:32PM

  What a great conversation to have!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/8/2014 1:15PM

    Wonderful!

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LAC936 6/8/2014 1:12PM

    emoticon Good job on the donation and encouragement. I can't donate anymore because I have artificial joints in all my fingers and plates in my neck. They don't want me anymore. LOL

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MOM2ACAT 6/8/2014 12:59PM

    That is awesome! Way to go both donating blood, and really spreading the Spark!

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