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10/3/10 9:47 A

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No worries Bob... I wasn't offended! Don't ever change... I appreciate the sarcasm and humor... Thank you for this note:... I appreciate all of the prayers and your support!

Ray Brookwell - My Spark Name is Jukebox2

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10/2/10 8:50 P

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Ray, on the Leader's Needed thread, I wrote a sarcastic wish for you to make sure you get feeling better.

This one isn't sarcastic.

If I can be of assistance to you in any way, let me know.

I've had a quadruple by-pass, a quintuple by-pass and a stent put in.

My Cardiologist tells me with my constant reading of good places on the Internet (New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic and others), that I am the most informed patient he has ever had who was not a cardiologist.

My Endocrinologist says the same, plus he tells me if every Insulin dependant patient he had kept as tight a control on his/her blood glucose as I do, he would be out of a job. My last A1c was 6.0 and the one six months ago was 6.1

This is serious stuff and my post here is in NO way sarcastic. If you think of a question and you can't find an answer, I may know it or know where you can get it. Send a Spark mail to me any, ANY time. I generally check in to Spark at least for every meal, and usually stay longer.

It's a hard road you are walking now. From experience I know there is a little fear, and maybe even some depression. Keep your chin up and go into this knowing you are going to win.

I know you are going to get through this. How do I know?

Because whether you have a faith, hundreds and thousands are praying for you right now, and it has been scientifically proven that directed prayer does work. It has also been proven that the faith of the person saying the prayer doesn't matter, it's the focal point that receives the benefit.

When I read this serious post, prayers from me immediately were sent in your direction. Maybe it helps that I've been to Calgary for the Stampede and know the right direction to send it to.

I hope I haven't offended you. If I have, I apologize. But it won't stop my prayers.


"A government big enough to give everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have."
-Ronald Reagan

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10/1/10 4:09 A

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Wishing the best for you and, with your positive attitude and all you've got going for you, you WILL do it!!
I love the fact that fellow sparkers have been giving heaps of support too emoticon


Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)

The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)

It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.

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9/30/10 10:41 A

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Reply takes courage to share so I know you have what it takes to slay your dragons.

You will prevail.

- Pam -

Life is a highway...I'm gonna ride it & enjoy it!

ACTION: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - Walt Disney

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9/30/10 7:27 A

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you can do whatever you put your mind to! emoticon emoticon

Nothing changes unless something changes.

I am a treasured child of the most High God

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9/30/10 5:53 A

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God speed, my friend.... emoticon


If more people had a sense of humor, the world would be a better place!

We live in the land of the free, only because of the brave.

If you're not willing to stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them! "God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home".

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JUKEBOX2's Photo JUKEBOX2 Posts: 31,054
9/30/10 1:17 A

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I want to start by saying thankyou to all of my Spark Friends who have stood beside me and support me! Your kindness, Sharing, and caring... the outpouring of support, the prayers the information is making my job a whole lot easier!

My health is getting better... my numbers are getting smaller, but I'm looking at the world in a different way! To date, over 500 cards, letters, Spark Mails, E mails and phone calls (Not to mention visits) have put me back on the road to recovery and I thank you all for that!

But now... it's time for me to kick it into high gear! I know what I must do and I must do it all before the operation in November! I want the numbers to be normal... I want to lose more weight (about 20 pounds would be nice) and I want to greet the world with a whole new me... The new and improved Ray!

I can do it! I know I can! This hurdle has to be conquered!

I need more information...(Knowledge is power)
*Phrase shamelessly stolen from a wise lady I know*... I seek the wisdom of those who know my situation and know how to help!

This setback isn't getting me down but it sure woke me up! The road isn't going to be easy but I will endure it and conquer it!

I apologize for not posting as much as I should but my waking hours have been spent from test to test, Doctor to Doctor, and at the University doing more studying and research! My exercise has tripled is duration and I'm spending more time with my Family!

I'm living life to the fullest and I'm not wasting any more time!

TODAY begins the "New Ray Project" including daily documentation,exercise, totally revamped nutrition, and The old Ray will be transformed!

If information is found that will help heart patents, Diabetics, kidney patents or good general information I'll bring it to Sparkpeople and share it with all of my friends!

Again thank you for everything! You've all been wonderful!


Ray Brookwell - My Spark Name is Jukebox2

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Why Settle for Good When Better is Available and Best IS Achieveable!

In Order To Change Your Weighs you have to change your ways

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