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Friday, August 17, 2018

This has been a rough week for me. One of my equine fur babies, Dancer, has been on a slow downhill trajectory for the past year. The past week he’s been worse. On Tuesday, I finally had to accept the reality that I could not improve his health condition or keep him comfortable. On Wednesday I completed my last responsibility to him as his steward for his well-being and he was peacefully euthanized.

Between my sadness and the crappy every afternoon/evening thunder storms we have been having, I haven’t gotten much outdoor exercise. I guess it’s just an example of how life sometimes gets in the way of your plans.

I am coming up on the 1 yr mark since beginning my program (this time) and I have been reflecting on my journey. I started working on my program at the end of August last year. As the saying goes, I am not where I wanted to be but I’m better than I used to be. I wanted to reach the 100# lost this year. I won’t make that goal, but I am significantly lighter, much fitter, and my knee pain is improving.

There have been ups and downs all year long. There was the hurricane we had last fall and 2 weeks without electricity while I tried to teach an online nursing leadership course. Rocky, my male German Shepherd was diagnosed with lymphoma the week of Thanksgiving. We provided Hospice care at home and he died on Christmas Eve morning. A good friend and colleague of mine died in May. My long-time co-worker and friend retired in January and since we have been through several temporary replacements. And now Dancer. But, through all of this I have been able to persevere and make progress. In past years I would have given in to the stresses. This time I haven’t even thought about quitting. I think this is a testament to strength of the support provided in our groups. Thanks for your support.

Rest in painless peace, my sweet boy
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    Hi Kathy,

    Losing Rocky and Dancer within a short period of time is very hard.

    You made a very humane and loving decision to euthanized Dancer.

    In sympathy,


    1038 days ago
    I am so sorry for the death of Dance. Animals make such and impact on our lives that their passing is felt with great sadness. I send you my hope.
    1075 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I’m very sorry about Dancer and all you’ve been thru in the last year. But, you’re still here and are moving forward. Great perserverence and good things lie ahead. emoticon
    1076 days ago
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    I'm so sorry about Dancer. So sad. emoticon emoticon
    1076 days ago
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