JUST-ME39's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUST%2DME39 JUST-ME39's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ No One Likes to Look Stupid - Least of all Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4440394 To All My New Friends, <BR> Many of you have come to be my friends after I posted the story of my most remarkable conversion from being a nonChristian who was pursuing Judaism to being a full-fledged Born Again Christian. I posted my baptism pictures and the whole 9 yards. <BR> I was SO very sure I was RIGHT but I wasn't. I made the wrong decision and my conversion story was based on very little fact but on a whole lot of emotional-based experience. If I'd had just a little bit more wisdom, I... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:58:25 EST Be Jesus' Hands and Feet in Your City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347311 I'd like to post an idea for helping the homeless across this country. We all see them everyday and honestly, most of us ignore those homeless we come across and even refuse to make contact with those holding signs begging for help. I know I can say this because I am guilty of it. But I'd like to see this change, not only in my life but in others' lives, too. I think most of us just feel that the problem is too big and overwhelming but we can all help in small ways that will reap huge dividen... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 13:45:32 EST My Most Recent Cancer Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340951 Hi Everyone - <BR> I guess this is about the easiest way to update you all as to my progress. A recent PET scan showed the cancer is going back into remission. Instead of 5 spots being "lit up" on the scan in April, now there are only 2 and those have also shrunk. My chemo regimen is now every Thursday for two weeks and then I get a two week break. Will continue with chemotherapy until sometime in October. <BR> I'm on a fairly strict vegan diet but continue to gain weight. From what I unders... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:32:27 EST I Saw My Oncologist Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4166376 Thank you all so very much for your prayers and kind words. . . your responses have often brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> I just got home from the oncologist’s office. He thinks we have a fair shot at beating this back with a different set of chemo drugs much longer period of time. I’ll be going in for weekly chemo beginning next Thursday and will continue for something like 6 to 9 months (based on what he said this is sort of a guesstimate). The doctor said I am unlikely to lose my hai... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:41:52 EST Is It Normal. . . ? (Update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131758 Dear Church Family, <BR> <BR> Well, it was a very long and difficult night. I finally went to bed around 3 AM and found Jim still awake. He knew something was wrong because he’d come into my office around midnight and found me in tears. I had just put him off though because I didn’t want to talk about it. What could I tell him? I’m being bugged by the devil? Oh Puhlease! I can just see the look on his face now. I just told him I was struggling but didn’t know with what or why and I just ne... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:57:24 EST Is It Normal. . . ? (From Last Night) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4131753 Hi Church Family, <BR> <BR> I deliberated a long time before putting this on here tonight. It’s Wednesday night (okay early Thursday morning now at 12:35) and I had a really great day and an even greater week. <BR> <BR> So is it normal, right before a big event like a baptism, to suddenly feel like things are not all right? <BR> <BR> All of a sudden, (and I’ve been praying for about the last 90 minutes) I feel like I’m making a big mistake. So big actually, that I’m having really bad thoug... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:56:08 EST Girl Meets G-d In Reno, PART 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127981 THE REST OF PART 2: When a brother or sister falls from the "narrow path", what they don't need is to get beaten up with a rod of iron and left bloodied and bruised on the roadside. What they very much need is someone willing to give them a hand up and assistance to find their footing and way back to The Way. Unfortunately in my past experience, I haven't found much compassion and love in the Christian Church and I'm grateful that the L-rd loves me so much that He insisted on showing me that ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:11:21 EST Girl Meets G-d in Reno, PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126988 This is a very long story but I'm guessing the vast majority of you who read blogs also enjoy reading books, too. Since books are usually long, hopefully you'll be okay with my long blogs, too. So happy reading! <BR> <BR> This is my G-d story. I'm so excited to be able to share this - I have much to be joyful for. I became a Christian on March 1, 2011 and I will be baptized on April 3, 2011 (next Sunday). I would ask that you all remember to rejoice with me next Sunday as I make my commitme... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:42:28 EST Girl Meets G-d In Reno, PART 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126981 At this point, my story will overlap just a little - please bear with me - I still have a lot of editing to do on this story - it is still very much a work in progress. . . <BR> <BR> So anyway, you all know I've struggled with Christianity for too many years to count and that I was pretty good at playing The Game. But it WAS true that I wanted to KNOW G-d but the Christians I was exposed to sold me a bad bill of goods. Initially, in about the mid-1970s a well-meaning couple told me I could ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:40:37 EST You Can Live a Lifetime in Six Months - A Love Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3937572 To All My Readers -- <BR> <BR> It's been six months since I last wrote anything and what I did write in that July wasn't a true picture of what I was living with at the time. Unbeknownst to any of you, I had been living with another cancer scare since around the end of May but nothing was conclusive, yet. Then in early June I woke up with what I thought was laryngitis and I thought, oh no -- a summer cold. For those of you who've had one of those, they are the worst kind of cold to get. An... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:30:53 EST Doing Even Better Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3419225 Hi, <BR> Today was an incredible day. I did 40 minutes on the treadmill and of those 40 minutes, 30 of them was done at a moderate jog! Ahhhh! My body remembers. . . <BR> <BR> It's hot here in Reno, NV and by the time I was finished, I my light t-shirt (one of those men's tank top cotton thingies) was soaked. I took an almost cold shower and dressed in a light skirt and top and then headed off to an An-Anon meeting. <BR> <BR> I had grilled chicken for dinner with steamed broccoli and a bak... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 01:36:14 EST Getting Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3415570 Today went really well for me. It's been kind of a lazy day over all but I accomplished 2 really big things today. First, I ate breakfast before 10 AM (9:30 to be exact) and then I did really well on the treadmill today. I was able to do a walk/run combination and covered 2.21 miles in 30 min. That's just about a 14 minute mile. When I did have to slow down to a walk, I never went below 4.3 MPH so I feel like I'm making great progress. <BR> I need to go take a shower now and maybe go read a b... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 18:28:36 EST Did Really Well Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3412741 I did well today. Checked my FBS (106!). Excercised (brisk walking) for 30 minutes. Ate well today and didn't go over my calorie and fat and carb limits. Ate BREAKFAST! Went to my cancer support group meeting. Drank 73 oz of water today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be easier. <BR> It's all just one day at a time. . . Thu, 8 Jul 2010 21:45:23 EST Long and Updated Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3408854 I hope y'all enjoy reading because this blog entry is going to be long. . . It is a detailed history of my struggle with mental illness, diabetes, and recurrent stage 4 breast cancer and how I've found the strength within myself to choose to live as a Conqueror rather than a Victim. I've been living with cancer for 10 years now. <BR> <BR> My first diagnosis of breast cancer was on December 3, 1999. My left mastectomy was on December 9, 1999. I've had 3 recurrences of the primary cancer since... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 19:43:33 EST