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My daughter with University Degree


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Hi, my name is Jodi, and most SP members know me as a former co-moderator and former senior moderator of the Dealing with Depression SparkTeam, which continues to be very dear to my heart.
I left these leadership positions in order to pursue my lifelong dream of being a published writer, a dream which is gradually coming true.
Please check out my two blogs:
(my blog about surviving depression) and
(a blog by a typing chicken with an attitude)

This is my story.
I am a former teacher who reluctantly had to go on disability because of depression, OCD, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. One year to the day after I became very ill, my 21-year-old son died as a result of Cystic fibrosis. He was a remarkable young man in his second year of university, had just received an academic scholarship, worked with youth at his church, and was planning to marry a lovely young woman. I miss him every day.
I also lost both of my parents to strokes 25 days apart, in June and July of '09. Needless to say, it made for a very intense and rather overwhelming time, but I am finding my bearings again.
I am the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. I also have a beautiful daughter who is a kinesiologist at a medical clinic, plus am blessed to have two step-daughters and their families, including 4 grandsons.
I am a Christian who has had her faith challenged by life. I have crawled back into my Father's lap, and am gradually regaining confidence in His love and provision. While my faith is very important to me, I try not to impose my views on others, but instead I trust the God's Spirit to guide me to minister gently in the lives of others.
Cosmo and Zinnia are my dear furbabies and current feline companions.

Member Since: 12/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,683

My Goals:
I have gained about 40 pounds because of medication and inactivity due to pain and chronic fatigue. I hope to lose this weight and to alleviate my symptoms through stretching, nutrition and staying as mobile as possible.

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I am a Canadian living in Southwestern Ontario.

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I love to write and read and watch movies.

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  • v JUNE8T13
    Your cat is AWSOME! I have a black cat too- Shadow. :) I love him. He's old, but still plays and keeps me company.(He is helping me wrap presents for Christmas right now. He LOVES the ribbons, and tearing paper.) OR he likes to lay RIGHT where I need to wrap!!! Anyway- I added you to my friends. I'm a CHristian too, and unfortunatly I battle with depression, but with Gods help, I make it through. God bless.
    4819 days ago
    Welcome! Glad to see more bookworms anyday. :) Best of luck to you.
    4827 days ago
    Gentle hugs your way!
    4830 days ago
    Hi there........ You are at the right place...... after going through some painful personal challenges myself including my husbands unexpected death I also gained a ton of weight because of depression and medication. I have found the groups here to be extremely supportive. Good luck on your journey. I'll keep you in prayer!
    4835 days ago
    Hello and welcome to Fighting Fibro. We are a friendly bunch of people who are here to support and help each other. We are allowed to vent, complain, gripe, rant and rave. Even brag, Just no put-downs because we do understand where people on here are coming from. Best wishes.

    4835 days ago
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