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  • Long term care - how to begin

    9/28/2014 10:54:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    Both Bob and I have long term care policies. We have reached the stage to activate our account. I will ask my doctor for a letter that states m... Read more

  • Excellent improvements

    9/24/2014 9:40:40 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so pleased with the painter/restoration person that is working on our home. He offered sound advice with respect to my purchases. He has a... Read more

  • Enjoying a few moments

    9/21/2014 5:04:55 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today I went for a walk in the neighborhood. We had a bad hail storm in the spring. Our area was spared damage. However a few miles from us ha... Read more

  • Balancing caregiving, chores and my health

    9/20/2014 8:52:23 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am no longer attending classes at 8 or 9 am at the gym. It is impossible for me to finish Bob's dialysis, get him ready for the day, feed the ... Read more

  • Working on less stress!

    9/17/2014 8:18:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided to stick with doing less and enjoying what I do moreso. I have an executive meeting at 9 am tomorrow. I have a hair appt at 1 pm and ... Read more

  • What a day!

    9/13/2014 10:15:46 PM, by SBECKER526

    My day began at 4 am. I finished my husband's dialysis at 4:33 am. Time to eat breakfast and get dressed. I needed to be at the golf course fo... Read more

  • grateful again!

    9/11/2014 12:28:23 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am recovering from back spasms. I h as d difficulty caring for Bob. I am grateful to be able to care for him again.... Read more

  • Special Meeting

    9/7/2014 8:27:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    I felt energized by the Berks County Association of School Retirees Meeting yesterday. We passed our bylaws and explained how they impact our su... Read more

  • No excuses

    9/4/2014 8:31:27 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am not making excuses and making myself look good. I am being honest in as much as humanly possible. I am accepting who I am.... Read more

  • time for me = better me for others

    9/3/2014 8:45:36 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am taking time each day for me. I see a pattern where I have free time during Bob's morning nap and also during the afternoon. I use this tim... Read more

  • Caregiving - A willing labor

    9/1/2014 4:54:15 PM, by SBECKER526

    Through my husband's and my health problems I am learning so much more. Yesterday's emergency room visit for my husband gave me more insight int... Read more

  • Great Weather and Golf

    8/29/2014 9:02:01 PM, by SBECKER526

    I got to play Willow Hollow Golf Course today and to see the staff. Bob and Bill were friendly and helpful. I signed up for my Thursday morning... Read more

  • Appreciating some down time

    8/27/2014 11:24:30 PM, by SBECKER526

    I really enjoyed today. I only had a personal training booked today. I spent time at home in the morning with my husband. I got to call a frie... Read more

  • Neat Family

    8/24/2014 4:06:07 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have three super friends in one family. Hen is my golf partner and neighbor. Linda is a new pastor of Calvary United Church of Christ in Bart... Read more

  • My Life at the Moment

    8/23/2014 3:15:05 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband is needing almost constant care. He is almost housebound. When that time comes we will need to bring in outside help. Currently I ... Read more

  • fitness goal

    8/19/2014 2:47:41 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am working on swimming strokes to regain full use of right arm after breast cancer radiation and surgery.... Read more

  • grateful

    8/18/2014 1:43:19 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am so grateful for each for each day. I am surprised with all the good things that happen to me. I am concerned about world events. ... Read more

  • Changes with respect to Sparkpeople

    8/16/2014 4:41:26 PM, by SBECKER526

    I normally spent 1 hour on Sparkpeople per day. I had to learn about tracking foods and entering my groups. I then entered my favorite exercise... Read more

  • Scaling Back

    8/13/2014 9:29:33 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am now golfing just on Tuesdays in a league. I am having hand, foot and knee problems with my meds. I now take 3000 international units of vi... Read more

  • Keeping Calm

    8/12/2014 3:17:14 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided that getting upset is not working in my favor. So now I must figure out how to keep calm in the midst of disorder. Why is there dis... Read more

  • Looking back over the past weeks with gratitude

    8/9/2014 11:37:19 AM, by SBECKER526

    I took time today to pause and reflect over what has happened to my husband and me over the last 3 weeks. I feel deep gratitude for all the supp... Read more

  • Getting my extra hour per day

    8/6/2014 12:21:33 PM, by SBECKER526

    I'm working on getting that extra hour per day. I refined my number of trips to the gym to what really matters: personal training, body combat, ... Read more

  • one more hour per day

    8/5/2014 10:28:48 PM, by SBECKER526

    If I had one more hour per day, I would spend it with my husband and cat. I would listen to his thoughts and concerns. I would play with the ... Read more

  • Turning Around

    8/3/2014 7:13:52 AM, by SBECKER526

    I am trying to be strong as a caregiver. I try to turn low moods into positive ones. Prayer, proper diet,and exercise help. Support from frien... Read more

  • Finished End of Year Report

    8/2/2014 8:18:03 PM, by SBECKER526

    Woo Hoo! It is finally done. I have been working on the collection of evidence of the goals and events we accomplished in the Berks County Asso... Read more

  • One hour at a time

    7/31/2014 10:13:51 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am doing fine with my health. I got a great report from my radiologist. I see my medical oncologist on Monday. My yoga class is going super... Read more

  • Being prayerful

    7/30/2014 10:36:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am thanking God for strength to work with my husband. I am asking God for guidance and for inner peace. Many of my activities are put aside f... Read more

  • peace

    7/29/2014 10:21:16 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am concerned about world conditions. I pray for understanding and a miracle.... Read more

  • Nervous

    7/27/2014 9:59:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have my first mammogram since my cancer on Tuesday morning at 9 am. I am quite nervous about it. I worry that it is too soon since I'm only o... Read more

  • New things

    7/26/2014 8:11:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    I love to use technology, but recently have more distractions and problems to resolve. Today I had no activities scheduled. I decided to play w... Read more

  • getting to another new normal

    7/25/2014 6:55:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    I was overwhelmed this week. My 12 page newsletter is at the printer now. My husband is trying to build up strength. I moved furniture and hou... Read more

  • Why can't we get dialysis supplies?

    7/21/2014 11:50:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    We have had several months of shortages of my husband's low calcium dialysis solutions. Once again our order is delayed. We know the company wi... Read more

  • Free Eating Psychology Conference link

    7/21/2014 8:00:45 PM, by DOTSLADY

    FYI: http://eatingpsychologyc
    onference.com sign up for free speakers regarding different aspects of the psychology of e... Read more

  • Busy with projects

    7/20/2014 10:28:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am working on the 12 page newsletter for my retiree group. I designed and edited 6 pages today. I also have lists of potential new mem... Read more

  • 5 words or less

    7/18/2014 7:45:14 AM, by SBECKER526

    I feel: Hopeful Content Energetic Peaceful Grateful... Read more

  • Some decisions made

    7/16/2014 8:58:34 AM, by SBECKER526

    Bob decided to accept his surgeon's decision to have follow up. Can you believe no doctor ordered thyroid blood tests? Yet Bob had a CT scan, ... Read more

  • At his limits

    7/14/2014 10:27:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband is really at his limits with respect to tests, procedures, and his many health problems. We will go to the surgeon tomorrow afternoon... Read more

  • Being Supportive

    7/12/2014 10:21:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband faces so many medical challenges. He is showing some weariness with tests and procedures. I am willing to listen and to offer sugges... Read more

  • Reflecting

    7/10/2014 10:42:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband and I face many challenges, yet grow closer with each one. We can express our deepest fears snd joys. We are present to each other. ... Read more

  • More medical problems for my husband

    7/9/2014 10:51:43 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband, Bob, has courage and wants to do the best he can. Recently he had a CAT scan of the chest and a MRI of the thyroid. He then needed ... Read more

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