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Sunday, August 05, 2012

This year has been very difficult all in all. The biggest challenge has been my mom's declining health. It has been emotionally, physically, financially draining. Her short term memory is really bad now. She is dealing with an infection in two vertebrae and is receiving heavy duty long term antibiotic treatment.

The other big challenge has bben that my 9 year old granddaughter was in foster care. Her mother took a road trip from Minnesota to Alabama. She dropped my granddaughter (along with her 4 other siblings from a different father) at a "friend" in Ohio and said she would pick them up in a year! ARE YOU KIDDING!!! The kids all ended up in foster care. My granddaughter's mother coached my granddaughter to say untrue things about son. Long story short......the foster mom testified about this during the hearing and the judge immediately sent my granddaughter to live with her dad permanently. I am ecstatic!!! It is sad for this sweet little girl to lose her mother and siblings (her mom "lost" all of her children), Her mom is wanted for theft in several states so maybe it will spare my granddaughter from seeing her mother go to prison. Please pray for little Cece. She is doing well now but who knows when all of this will weigh down her heart and mind. Fortunately, she was totally excited to come and live with her dad.

Earlier this year my grandson had another big surgery on his skull. His mother has managed to get evicted from their house. This is not for lack of having lots and lots of financial help and support of many people to help care for her child.

I have struggled with asthmas and bronchitis this year. The ragweed is opening early and I can sure feel it.

The good thing that happened is that I had a real vacation! We were blessed to celebrate our 35th anniversary by taking a cruise to Alaska. I ate my way through the cruise and I am embarassed to say I have gained almost all my weight back.

So now what do I do??? I have my husband, my parents, my son, my granddaughter, and my grandson. They have all loved me and I love them. I need to love me now to regain my health for me and to be there for for them. Today I am officially back on track--still struggling but taking steps in the right direction.

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    Oh my dear friend,
    you really have been through a lot lately.
    I'm glad you are looking at the good things in your life and not focusing on the negatives- that will help.
    Please take care of yourself!
    2103 days ago
    Kathy, take care of you first so you have the strength to care for your family. I hope the coming months will be easier on you and you'll be able to get back on track.

    2110 days ago
    Welcome back to the program. You can do it one day at a time. Try to spend time on Spark every day. We all need a little help sometimes. This weight losing business is hard. We are here to help in any way that we can. Good luck to you! emoticon emoticon
    2112 days ago
    Hi Kathy,
    I can see that you have been through quite a bit. Thank God for your determination and perseverance.

    I am so happy for you in regard of your granddaughter and everything else that is now working out for the best.

    Don't worry about the weight issues at this time, just look at all of what you have been through as a group of blessings. Just relax, it seems to be all coming together just like a kids puzzle.

    Blessings, today and always,
    2113 days ago
  • FITKAT62
    2113 days ago
    It is a new start and you are so right not to look back. All you can do is look forward. It is not easy when we have to deal with "real" life along with this. Just take it one day at a time. emoticon
    2114 days ago
    I am praying that you get a break and that the next 12 months will be much better for you. Do NOT feel bad about eating more on the cruise because you are human. You can get right back on the Spark horse, so to speak, and get back on track. We know you can do it because you're a strong woman and you have amazing support-your family and all of us.

    Hugs & prayers,
    2114 days ago
    Hang in ther eand take it one day at a time! When ever you are discouraged remind yourself that you need to be around to take care of all the people you love!
    2115 days ago
    In a year you will be glad you started today. You have a lot on your plate! You need to take care of you so you can be there for the rest of them.
    2115 days ago
    In a year you will be glad you started today. You have a lot on your plate! You need to take care of you so you can be there for the rest of them.
    2115 days ago
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