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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas."

So....my friends, many of you know that my mother was diagnosed last December with stage 4 colon cancer. Therefore, it was a "no-brainer" that at the age of 62, I must have a volunteer check of the aforementioned portion of my "otherwise fabulous" body parts. Well, I think they're beautiful, cuz so far, they've served me well.

My mother is doing great....!Believe it or not, she is still smiling, stronger and better than she was last December. I know....a miracle, right? That's what the Dr.'s are thinking. They can't believe their eyes when she comes in. I know that the inevitable will eventually happen. But right now....what a blessing that she is not in pain and is still smiling. My SUPERGIRL shakes have helped make her strong and she thinks they have been critical to getting her strength back. I do, too, but we all know that by the grace of GOD, she's doing awesome so far. (She's 87 years old and has had a mostly happy life, minus the death of five of her brothers and a sister before her). My father and mommy came over so that we could prepare her Christmas Eve traditional meatballs and sauce. Last year, she had to lie down to rest. This year was a joyous occasion as we chopped, minced and cooked these delights.

The sled is a symbol of mine and Art's long life together and the winters we spent in Germany. Nikki, our daughter was born there 40 years ago and we have lots of pictures of us taking her for rides on it as we were stationed in the Bavarian Alps during those years. Those winters hold precious memories as our beginning of our life together. Later our son, Brian, Nik, and Art all rode down a large hill by our house then and ran it into a telephone pole. Luckily, they all three baled off before it hit causing it to break. It's taped on one side, but still works just fine. We were going to take the pictures out in the snow, but we thought about it again and took the pictures in our warm and cozy kitchen with the smell of the wonderful meatballs wafting throughout.

As I had already made the promise to myself to quit all the sugar and white flour Jan. 2....after the beans and cornbread......,I found myself making the commitment earier since the colonoscopy was scheduled for Dec. 28. Last night was the hard part....I am happy to report there were:


Wishing you and yours a healthy colon, healthy body, healthy mind and a love-filled NEW YEAR 2011!!!

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    Dear Maryann,

    Thank you for sharing your precious Mom with us. So glad to hear the great report that she has gained strength. I love that you both made meatballs and sauce together. My Mom (who now has dementia) use to make that every Sunday for our family.

    You're a great daughter and a wonderful spark friend.

    Blessings always,

    2686 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2011 12:09:08 AM
    LOVE the family! I feel for those who don't have great family circles.

    emoticon Kelli
    2692 days ago
    BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! JUST GORGEOUS! I can smell the meatballs too! YUM... we made some for Christmas too!

    I enjoyed your blog SO MUCH~!

    SO off the sug. and flour too huh..

    I am STARTING OVER TOMORROW MORNING (or tonight actually)

    I feel like YUCK since I ate some the last 2 wks! JUST YUCK!!
    2724 days ago
    Mary Ann,

    I adore you and so relate to what you're feeling. You may remember that my mom too has Stage 3B/4 lung cancer. She was diagnosed 20 months ago, has had no chemo/radiation - she has her version of a super shake. I thank God for her everyday. She too is quite spicey and contines to work 2 days per week volunteer at a hospital. We enjoyed another holiday season and the doctors are amazed. We have had the best Christmas presents ever; I'm sure you'd agree.

    Yes, as I am 50, it is time that I do the old scope thang... yes it is time.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Happy New Year.


    2725 days ago
  • TRISH2229
    You, like myself are lucky to still have our parents. Your mother is precious! I love the pictures - especially with mom on the sled! She looks like she was having fun. I too love it when you post family pictures. You have a gorgeous family that radiates love and joy. I know you enjoyed having your son home. I did too for 9 whole days! He left earlier this week. I am trying to plan a trip to France to visit him in April. I haven't seen his new place or met his girlfriend's family yet. I hope it all works out so I can go. Happy New Year deary! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I'm happy to hear the good news about your Mom's health! emoticon
    2726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/31/2010 9:31:07 PM
    Great to hear from you and the good news. Yes, I know what a true blessing that is to have behind :) you!!! LOVED seeing the pictures of your precious family. I've got blackeye peas soaking and looking forward to the NEW YEAR!! Love you girl, hugs, Happy New Year, Wanda
    2726 days ago
    Mary Ann,

    So, happy to hear that your procedure went well and that you can welcome in the New Year with that one checked off your list. I love the family pictures and you, my dear, are such an inspiration. My sister was diagnosed with colon cancer a year ago at the age of 45, so a colonoscopy is definitely on my schedule for 2011. I've been putting it off, but feel inspired now to get it done. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2727 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pictures and your life with us doll.You are so amazing and I am blessed to have your friendship.
    Awesome on a squeaky clean colonscopy! I am still waiting to have mine done. So much for our Canadian health care system! It's been 10 months already!

    All the best to you doll! emoticon emoticon
    2727 days ago
    MaryAnn, I am so glad to see that your folks are doing so well. It is great that the sled brings back to you so many lovely memories of that time in Germany. Glad your tests came back with a clean bill of health--definitely something to celebrate as the new year enters. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    emoticon Linda
    2727 days ago
  • KATHI214
    I loved your pictures, what I great family. Your mom is adorable, god bless her. You are so lucky to have them still with you, enjoy every minute! I liked your blog and I need to get the same stuff done in 2011 - colonoscopy and lose weight! I am 53 and have been putting that one off, not sure why. I think its the prep that I don't look forward to, not the actual procedure but I know I should get it done. Seems like I have heard too much this year about people with colon cancer. Your mom is a total miracle, definitely made of strong stuff. Isn't it amazing they still have that fight and strength even when they are in their 80's?? I hope I am like that when I get older. My mom was the same way. Anyways, want to wish you a Happy New Year! May your life be blessed with all the good things you deserve in 2011. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2728 days ago
    What a lovely family you have! Your mother is a doll and it's wonderful to see the light and joy in all of you! May 2011 bring you many more blessings!
    2728 days ago
    I am so glad your innards are squeaky clean. Yahoo-ey!

    And your mommy is as gorgeous as ever.

    I love when you post your family pics.

    Yay for Supergirl shakes - what a blessing?!

    2728 days ago
    I always said you are a beautiful person-
    inside and out!
    Art is pretty hunky, too, isn't he?
    Your mom is looking soooooooooooooo good!
    2728 days ago
    Sure enjoyed reading your blog again, so happy about the results too. What a Great Christmas present you all received, hopes for many more.
    Loved all the pictures and explaining the sled significance.

    Skeeter emoticon
    2728 days ago
    Love you too! Most of my friends that have done this said it's only the day before that is the, uh pain.

    Glad to hear you are as beautiful inside your guts as we know you are inside your heart and out!
    2728 days ago
    I absolutely loved these pictures, MaryAnn! They tell such a story, and the love shining through everyone's eyes is more telling than anything. There is TRUE joy and love in your family and it comes through brilliantly on film. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful Christmas and were able to follow through with your tradition of Christmas Eve meatball making. Those shared memories bring you the love and warmth just when you need them most. I hope 2011 is as wonderful and special as you are.

    Love you,
    2729 days ago
    So happy to hear that you have no problems!! I too have colonoscopies all the time due to Crohn's disease. Not fun but a necessary "evil". Your pictures look like you were all having fun!!
    2729 days ago
    thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures. What a blessing that your precious mother is doing so well. Good for you getting the colonoscopy!
    2729 days ago
    You are a shining example for all of us. I am happy that your mom is doing so well. emoticon
    2729 days ago
    Great pictures. Glad to hear that everyone is doing well. You and your mom are looking fabulous!!!

    2729 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the news with us and the lovely pictures. Happy New Year.
    2729 days ago
    I sometimes cannot believe your age. In the last picture, you could easily be a woman in her 30's. I love looking at pictures of your family. There is so much love there. It warms me just to see them.

    Oh and the whole colon weight loss plan. I think I will stick to the bike...thanks for the offer though LOL!!!!!
    2729 days ago
  • NANNER2121
    Great blog, fab pics and wonderful uplifting news.
    BUT I could disagree with your title. I had a colonoscopy last year and had to do the 48 hour cleanse prior to the procedure. "Great," I thought "I'll lose a couple of pounds for sure."


    I couldn't eat anything solid and could only have bouillon or jello. Well, c'mon - after the first 24 hours I was ready to eat my sofa. But I was good and continued to just drink clear fluids. To my horror at pre-op weigh-in I GAINED 4 lbs. "That's OK" the nurses told me "It's fluid retention."
    2729 days ago
    At age 54, I need to get my lower tract plumbing checked out too. Too bad that they don't have a version of Drano for people, so anything not supposed to be in there would just get flushed right out! You'd probably have to spend 24 hours stuck on the john, but then it would be all gone for good!

    And for really difficult plumbing, there's always the plumber's snake, but having used one a few times, well all that twisting and turning down in there and the noise it makes as it thwacks around inside the pipes... well now that makes a colonoscopy look fun in comparison!

    So yeah, my time is coming in mid January, with the appointment already made. I too will know what it's like to experience a roto-rooter with a little camera on the end making videos about what I'm really like deep down inside... I just don't know if the world is ready for that! (or me either!)

    But ready or not, soon it will be time for lights! camera! and action!!!

    And also a dump haul away service too... cause I know I'm full of it!

    But I'm so glad that you got a clean bill of health MaryAnn, and that your Mom is doing a lot better!

    Please take care... and
    2729 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/28/2010 8:46:42 PM
  • ACTIVE_AT_60
    MA - what an awesome blog. I am so glad your mom doing so well is such a blessing to all. As I have told you before - she epitomize the concept of 'livestrong'.

    As for you and your colonoscopy. I love the way you present it to the spark community - with your incredible humor - which hopefully will encourage others to do the same (Yes, I had one in celebration of entering the 5th decade of my life - so I am good for a few years).

    The pictures and smiles are priceless....
    2729 days ago
    Maryann, that is such great news and your mom looks so good! Glad she is doing so well and you were able to share the day cooking with her. It brings back memories of my grandma, mom and I making meatballs and speghetti sauce for Christmas Eve. A tradition for many years!
    2729 days ago
    Oh so happy to hear it! Bless you for passing the message. Will be scheduling mine soon. Have been fearful of it. Thank you sweetie! You make me proud to be turning 60! emoticon
    2729 days ago
  • 46SHADOW
    great news!
    2729 days ago
    Super! Great news and glad you did it!
    2729 days ago
    Couldn't agree more about how important this procedure is. We also have a family history of anal cancer so like you I need to have these tests done regularly and I do. A colonoscopy may not be the most pleasant procedure in the world (neither is a mammo, actually) but early dx is way way better than the alternative!!

    Your mother is doing so well with your loving care.

    2729 days ago
    What wonderful memories you've made this holiday. The pictures are wonderful and the news about you and your mom, even better!
    2729 days ago
    We (my daughter and I) love the picture of the lips in your background! They are FABULOUS and AMAZING!

    2729 days ago
    That is great news!
    ... about your colonoscopy & your Mom!
    2729 days ago
    Great news! Great blog! So glad you are clear and good to go! I have been doing colonoscopies for years because of my IBS. I think I'm due again in a couple of years. I feel strongly about doing this kind of easy check up, somewhat like going to your OB/GYN---not pleasant, but necessary to do.

    Yay for you, my friend!
    2729 days ago
    Glad to hear your Mom is doing so well. My mom died of colon cancer a little over 17 years ago. And, even though I am 47, the doctors tell me that I need to have a colonoscopy -- that I have just gotten to that age to be checked.

    Glad to hear you got such great your results! Your mom looks fantastic!

    2729 days ago
    emoticon on a terrific colonoscopy! That truly is great news! You have a beautiful family. I especially like the pic of you and your Mom together. She is beautiful. May God bless all of you.
    2729 days ago
    2729 days ago
    MaryAnn - oh that prep isn't any fun, is it? I have to have one done again in June. Had one 3 years ago, but they did remove a polyp, so I need to to do it all over again - what fun!!

    What are in those SUPERGIRL shakes? I'd like to try one.

    Beautiful family - wonderful memories!!
    2729 days ago
    Beautiful family
    2729 days ago
    I am so thankful to hear about your mom. I lost my dear husband almost 12 yrs ago to colo-rectal cancer. Any time I see anyone encouraging being checked, I have to agree with them... especially if there is a history in the family. My husband had major polyps when he was in his late 30's and the doctor did not encourage him to continue being checked after the polyps were removed. When he started showing symptoms, he thought the polyps were back and they could wait. By the time he was checked and diagnosed, there was only a 25% chance of survival. He was declared terminal 6 months later. People think it is an "old person" disease but it isn't. My husband died 3 months before he would have turned 50.
    God bless you and praise Him your results were great! emoticon
    2729 days ago
  • DANE02
    Great pictures and so glad to hear that you received a clean bill of health...Great News Indeed! Wish you and your family continued health, peace and an abundance of blessings during 2011.
    2729 days ago
    Nice pictures, M A!
    Glad you all had a lovely holiday.
    2729 days ago
    Glad to hear that your mom is doing so well! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    (Hubbie just had his a few weeks ago (baseline) and thought it wasn't as bad as he expected ...)
    2729 days ago
    LOL! Praise God for your Mom's success! And this article CRACKED ME UP! I have been there/done that! I don't really care for a repeat performance... though the time for a re-do is getting closer than I care to think about! Good for YOU "just doin' it"! emoticon
    2729 days ago
    so glad the news was good!
    2729 days ago
    Awe, what great pictures!!

    I can relate as my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer in October!!

    Glad you got such great results!!

    Your mom is such a doll!!!
    2729 days ago
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