SLACHETKA103145's SparkPeople Blog SLACHETKA103145's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Inner Strength <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is my chemo update: <BR> <BR> For the first time yesterday after months chemo and of feeling nothing...I felt like something might be working! Now one of the women who shared Chemo with me yesterday explained how hard this treatment was and that she could not take maybe I want something so badly that I am looking for things that really aren't there....but I don't think so....I got myself to my offi... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:03:17 EST Foghorn Leghorn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the barnyard, and humble abode of Foghorn Leghorn Quotes. My name is in fact, Foghorn J. Leghorn, and I will be your host and narrator during your visit here on the farm. <BR> <BR> First and foremost for your entertainment pleasure, allow me to introduce my fellow cast members. <BR> <BR> Beginning with the barnyard hussy and lady of the house … hen house that is, the lovely Miss Prissy, affectionately ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:30:04 EST It is Monday let's have some fun!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had this neat or what I thought would be neat blog put together this morning because I realized that I had been more serious than what I needed to be for the last couple of days so thought that we would celebrate Monday a little differently! I love some of my “childhood” friends and never seem to share these memories so today is the day!!!!! First though I ask that you understand that I try to find things to make... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:10:57 EST Sunday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happiness and joy are our natural states—just look at little kids. If they’re not in pain or immediate discomfort, they’re pretty happy. So our job is to see and let go of whatever obstacles are in the way of that natural joy of being alive. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Might... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:48:49 EST Saturday Hugs! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Simple Hug by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr. <BR> <BR> There's something in a simple hug <BR> that alway... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 06:56:36 EST TGIF Seize the Day and Let's Have some Fun! It really feels good to see Friday and oh so much better to laugh with friends! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:09:42 EST Inspirational Thursday! Good Morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:17:13 EST Jean's Update! Update: <BR> <BR> GOOD NEWS: <BR> <BR> The Dr is going to try a different chemo drug...Beginning next Tuesday I will do Taxotere followed by Neulasta on Wednesday. Taxotere is a very strong treatment expected to take me down so I will have one round and then CT scan 11/26 and what happens next will be determined. I will get to cook for my family on Thanksgiving! (At least John will and I will do what I can!!!) If this regime works it will be 1 treatment followed by “belly” shot next day ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:14:42 EST There is no plan For the first time in 18 months there is no plan! I don't know what is going to happen after today so I don't even know if there is another plan...I just know that I have an uneasiness that I have not known before....that seems to grow moment by moment... so today’s Blog is for me to try to get ready for the unknown whether it is what I want to hear or what I only dreamed about! I will see my Oncologist at 10 AM for lab and then meet with him to find out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:27:02 EST Monday Inspiration Remembrances <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:19:39 EST Women in the Armed Forces **These pictures were found last year after my Mom passed so I don't know their significance but where I found them and from what I know this is where she trained! (this is the officer who my Mom really liked too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WAAC Capt. Charity Adams of Columbia, NC, who was commissioned from the first officer candidate class, and the first of her group to receive a commission, drills her company on the drill groun... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 05:21:56 EST Catdurday Shari, I am dedicating this Blog to you today because I know you like him as much as I do! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:50:30 EST Some Special Thoughts for Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 07:59:18 EST I just haven't felt like Jean today I just haven't felt like Jean today (my trip yesterday just got to me...might just be a bug, at least I hope so!!) My get up and go is not there so here is a HUG that makes me think of each of you and the support that you give me daily!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or at ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:09:50 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 05:32:55 EST Monday Madness! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 06:16:31 EST Applaud Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Take a break and take a look in the mirror. Look at yourself and smile while you congratulate yourself for everything you have been through, good or bad, ups and downs. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter whether you climbed Mount Everest, learned French in Paris, completed medical school, worked at the local grocery store, or “simply” lay on the sofa for far longer than you had planned in order to figure out your life’s... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:11:51 EST It's Saturday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s <img src="http://photos- <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:08:26 EST Mindfulness Again you have supported me through yet another round of chemo (a journey of 18 months to date) to each of us I dedicate this Blog! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank You and know tha... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:20:21 EST Happy Halloween! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:41:43 EST My Favorite Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Favorite Things <BR> New words for the Julie Andrews classic <BR> Maalox & nose drops <BR> & needles for knitting <BR> Walkers & handrails <BR> and new dental fittin's, <BR> Bundles of magazines <BR> tied up with string, <BR> These are a few of my favorite things. <BR> <BR> Cadillacs, cataracts, <BR> hearing aids, glasses, <BR> Polident, Fixodent, <BR> false teeth in glasses, <BR> Pacemakers, golf carts <BR> & ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:07:22 EST Meet Aunty Acid! Good Morning!!!!! I hope this makes all of us smile!!!!! I certainly enjoyed putting it together! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:57:51 EST Take care of all your memories....... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was putting up some of my Mom and Grandmother's very old cookbooks. I also had some books that I used in 4-H and it was really “neat” to look at advertising from the 20's to the 60' other words how were things advertised when everything was not out of a show you what I mean, when my husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the only help I could get was a wee bit from the int... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 05:44:13 EST Friday Cat Humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:44:15 EST Humor 101..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:47:53 EST We Are... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What could I say to you that would be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much, that as a result of your seeking you cannot find. Herman Hesse <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:09:41 EST Forever <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's Blog is dedicated to those of us for whom this rings so true........ <BR> <BR> Forever <BR> Terri Nicole Tharrington <BR> <BR> Forever we remain oblivious to the future, <BR> lost to the past and enduring our torture. <BR> Forever we take chances to settle our scores, <BR> losing some battles and winning some wars. <BR> Forever praying out loud hoping someone will hear, <BR> forever crying softly but nev... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:54:58 EST Enjoy..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 06:29:03 EST Hodge-Podge Saturday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been behind all week! So I am trying to catch up with this Blog! <BR> <BR> Many of you have asked about a health update....I haven’t really wanted to talk about it and most of the time not even think about it! <BR> <BR> On Wednesday the clinic called and said that the Dr. was calling a prescription in because my sodium levels are in the pits again..He order almost NO WATER 32 oz/day and 4500 MG of salt... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:15:55 EST The One Thing You Need to Know to Overcome Perfectionism <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When we surrender to the moment, to change, to messiness or imperfection, we allow the seeds of excellence to grow. Excellence is that drive toward raising ourselves up to our own highest good thereby allowing our unique gifts, talents, and personalities to benefit the highest good of all. <BR> <BR> Excellence, unlike perfectionism, is about lovingly pushing ourselves to act, think, relate, and create from the hi... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:19:04 EST And then it is winter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!  <BR> <BR> You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking o... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:41:35 EST Aloneness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I recently let a chip build on my shoulder and found that I was becoming brutal! And that is both in word and cutting off the very ones that I love or care about! One of my online friends sent me the following reminders so that I could rein in that which was destroying me so much! Here is an excerpt from him when he gave me a good old fashioned “tongue lashing”! <BR> <BR> It’s when you've awakened with a full da... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:04:20 EST Enjoy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:16:06 EST Sunday Smiles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 05:36:11 EST Fall is in the NC air! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall Has Arrived <BR> by: Lauren <BR> <BR> The gush of wind blew my hair, <BR> Straight up to the unforgiving air. <BR> Fall was peaking around the trees, <BR> Leaves would pile high, <BR> soon up to my knees. <BR> Hello orange, yellow, and red, <BR> goodbye green, <BR> Bye-bye June, July, and August, <BR> hello Halloween. <BR> The warmth is gone and won <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:31:07 EST Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a loud crackling noise in the sky as the thunder rolled through the clouds. I threw my head back, admiring the storm above. The sky was dark with flashes of white sparking throughout with each bolt of lightening following behind the thunder. It was beautiful. After the storm, you will find peace. I smiled as the sound boomed through the quiet neighborhood. And in that moment I felt at one with the storm... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 06:32:08 EST And then there is my first love.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:13:43 EST 6 Lessons from a Poor Childhood That Lead to a Rich Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is an old proverb (source unknown to me) that says “If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy. “ <BR> <BR> And there is something about how we grew up that no matter what happens to us will always be embedded in our memories. I cannot look at a picture like the one above without tears coming to my eyes, or listen to Dolly Pardon sing “Coat of Many Colors” without thi... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:41:35 EST A belated special Thank you! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A belated special Thank you, to the following friends who have sent SP goodies during my time of transition! I have cherished each and every one of them! <BR> <BR> OCEAN_MIST <BR> KAZZIE531 <BR> SANDRALEET <BR> PATTYKLAVER <BR> AMYC0128 <BR> SHYFEMMEKAT <BR> PATRICIA441 <BR> ACT0612 <BR> SUNSHINE192DAY <BR> KENWANNE2013 <BR> OVER 60'S <BR> DJSHIP46 <BR> RAINBOW OF FAITH, HOPE AND CURE TEAM <BR> KAYYV... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:00:14 EST An Update from Jean...finally <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I guess that I have been away for a long time, huh.....? I am sorry for the absence but please know that I have carried all of you with me... but letting go of yesterday has taken it's toll! For instance there have been too many thoughts in many different directions..... I had never thought about what it would mean not to be in agriculture in any way or not working at all! So it is just going to take time that I ha... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:35:50 EST Missing You Already...... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I am sitting here ready to take my computer down and I already feel lonesome! I genuinely appreciate all of the warm and loving support and comments that you have passed along! I do so look forward to them each day! <BR> <BR> When I finish a few things this AM my computer is going to come down until my new se... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:29:50 EST I'm Just Well Mixed! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have the space to make the best of the day I was given, not the one I ordered. <BR> <BR> Update on my status...... <BR> <BR> My family will be here by 3:30 today! <BR> <BR> Packing is completed except for some odds and ends that don't seem to fit anywhere! Moving van arrives today to begin loading! <BR> <BR> My sodium was 132 yesterday, up 10 points!!!!(unheard of!) I get to go back to 8 glasses of water but... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:42:59 EST It goes without saying, friends..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you ever stop to think about how I look when you read my blog or any you ever picture me as I might be writing this blog? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:49:30 EST Motivational Monday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Update on journey! <BR> <BR> If all goes well today, we will finish Packing today....the bachelors were here and picked up their household “stuff” so I watched the memories go! How great it is though that our memories become the memories of two young men in their first new homes! Now we can look about and really realize that being an Elder can be so rewarding because as Elders we have the wisdom to understand! <BR... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:30:30 EST Sunday... Love of Cats.... Five days and counting! Oh, so much to do!!!!! Oh well let's have some fun with our love of cats! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “I've found that the way a person feels about cats-and the way they feel about him or her in return-is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person's character” <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 Aug 2013 05:35:52 EST Saturday.......... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am dedicating this Blog to the Ladysmith Women with Courage Foundation! The Foundation is a local organization supporting active cancer patients. On Thursday the Foundation gifted me with a gift of money to help offset some of the many expenses that go with a cancer diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I have learned this week how not to “long winded”! And above all else I will remember that a word to the wise is sufficient! H... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 05:54:27 EST A time to love.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday was busy <BR> <BR> So I put it of till tomorrow night <BR> <BR> Tuesday brought unexpected news <BR> <BR> So I couldn't get it done <BR> <BR> Wednesday came, and passed <BR> <BR> I was so tied up I simply forgot <BR> <BR> Thursday was manic as the ending of the week <BR> <BR> Then the children to entertain <BR> <BR> Friday I had a meeting and emails to send <BR> <BR> before I knew it I was playing... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 06:32:59 EST Good Morning..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am getting more and more excited about my move to NC!! I spent four hours packing yesterday third day in a row....I had three neighbors helping (two of the girls are in their late teens...they really remind me what I can't do anymore). The good news about my packing is that the first day I sat over half of my time separating memories to go and those that may become memories to someone else and today I worked all... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:07:08 EST Wednesday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday's Child (Nursery Rhyme) Author: Unknown <BR> <BR> Monday's child is fair of face, <BR> Tuesday's child is full of grace, <BR> Wednesday's child is full of woe, <BR> Thursday's child has far to go, <BR> Friday's child is loving and giving, <BR> Saturday's child must work for a living, <BR> But the child that's born on the Sabbath day, <BR> Is fair and wise and good and gay. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:19:55 EST We did it! One by one and together! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When my lab results were in sodium is up 4 points! While this is still low by medical standards, it sets a really strong possibility that the new regime of chemo is working! <BR> <BR> I really needed this as the difference in the former and this regime somehow created within my mind that it was so simple compared to the other one plus it did not make me “feel bad” that there was no way that was hap... 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