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The Road Before & After Surgery
November 30, 2017
Got... To... Keep... GOING!
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Day 2886-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

So... I got my awaited phone call today regarding Friday mornings surgery. In fact... I got more than just my one awaited phone call today. I got several phone calls today.

Time to hit the self~reset button! And quick!

High five with regards to the morphine family that finally started to provide me a bit of relief late last night into early this morning. I can't begin to tell you how great it felt to actually be able to walk around without being in a world of tumor pain through my lower spine and down my legs. The only problem I have with taking such a strong pain medication is the initial one heck of a powerful KICK! Don't ask me what I was doing the first few hours once it started to literally kick in... HA! I don't even remember falling asleep. Thank GOODNESS for finally getting some relief!

What didn't fair well so much for me was the news from oncology that next months rescan and labs have been bumped up a bit. They also did not feel it is in my best interest right now to proceed ahead with Friday mornings scheduled surgery. What is becoming some sort of cancelation (after-another-after-another) event. Oncology does want me to proceed with both surgeries, but at a much later date, next month. This way they can bump up my rescan to see what changes are taking place right now with the tumors. Regardless if things really are out of my control, internally. At least all of my doctors, specialists and the Cleveland Clinic are now on the same page. I finally feel a bit more at ease.

Instead of our kitchen cabinets being taken over by post-it-notes as reminders of what's next with regards to major house repairs. There are now post-it-notes scattered as medical appointment reminders for the next several weeks. It's still looking to be a very busy month of December. That's not even counting Christmas, but we already plan on celebrating low-key. We still plan on doing our best to keep some of our holiday traditions, but as well starting a few new ones this year. Change... is inevitable. But as well... change can be good!

I was informed today that oncology will still be working closely with Rare Cancer Institutes with my unique medical case. You know what this means... future opportunities' to be presented with the next experimental oncology treatments come 2018. The last opportunity at a chance of taking a really powerful experimental chemotherapy drug was a big ole definite NO from me. However, I am always on the look out for that silver lining

Hopefully taking a long time-out as I have over the past few weeks will benefit me for a very busy upcoming several weeks.

Got... to... keep... GOING!

"One of the most powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls that are fully lit and willing to show it."

~c.s.


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November 29, 2017
A First For Everything!
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Day 2885-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

How ADORABLE are these two!

We are finally starting to see our very first possums here in the country. Actually... early this morning while checking on our neighborhood kitties. We have a make shift safe winter haven set up in our spare garage for two of our visiting kitties. Papa kitty & Sweetie kitty who actually looks just like a little snow leopard. She is not only sweet, but super fluffy! Sweetie kitty and Papa kitty have actually grown to become close friends over the past few months. At least now they will be safe and warm through out the upcoming winter season.

If you haven't figured it out by now... loving and taking care of all god's creatures both big and small is a huge passion of mine. They truly are a  blessing!

I finally heard from oncology this morning. It wasn't exactly the news that we were expecting. But it seems that I have to continue playing the waiting game on a few issues at hand with regards to this weeks surgery. They wanted me to head up to the hospital back across state lines early this morning. But with the pain still going through my spine and down my legs from the ovarian tumors. It just wasn't a good idea for me to sit in a car and head back across state lines this morning. I already didn't get much, if any sleep. My pain medication would had worked great if my body could absorb it properly. I never did well with any form of morphine... but there's always a first for everything! I guess we will find out later this evening how well my body accepts a new pain medication from the good ole morphine family. Down right s-c-a-r-y! My medical team is doing everything in their power to make great attempts at getting one step ahead of the game with my health. Being such a highly complex case has proved to be anything, but easy. Friday morning I am scheduled for surgery. When asked if I should proceed ahead on the phone this morning with oncology... I was told to wait and see how I am feeling tomorrow morning.

Today was another day of rest in attempts of snapping my body out of this constant pain and funk. Cutie Patootie Babyblue surprised me by pulling a first this evening. I woke up from a nap and looked over to see Babyblue sleeping in Littleblue's spot on the other side of the couch as she stared back at me. All I could do was look back and smile with sheer happiness. It was just what I needed to bring me out of this funk lately. Another instance of just how much she reminds me of our beloved Littleblue. She must had been sent from heaven... Babyblue

This year, we were hopeful not to exhaust FMLA leave so quickly with Eric's employer. However... life happens. Some things you can't predict and that includes health matters that have continued to progress for the worst yet. Eric has used over 600 hours of FMLA paid and unpaid leave time in the past three years. Lately, it's been unpaid leave which hasn't been easy for our little family. Yet, we fully anticipate that he will need to take further time off from work, unpaid leave, through out the remainder of the next few months. On top of surgeries and surgical procedures. I also have other medical routine testing. Then of course, new medication that holds it's own host of problems when it comes to a first of not knowing how my body will respond. If we never understood the popular website, GoFundMe which helps families struggling financially. We fully understand it now. Families that need assistance when there is no further paid leave time to be with a loved one at the end of their journey. Right now... we remain hopeful things will all work out by the grace of God. We live for the moment, the minute, the hour and the very day that I am given on this journey. Some say... you have to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to fully understand what another human being is going through. Myself and Eric couldn't agree more.

So... as I call it a day and begin a new pain medication from the morphine family. It appears that someone else took over as the baking assistance for Eric this evening. You know... it's a good thing that I never really cared for Snickerdoodle holiday cookies.

Although... we might not be able to say the same for Snoreo. Hehehehehehe!


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November 28, 2017
It's...
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Day 2884-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

It's... beginning to look a lot like  Christmas!

YAYYY!

I love outdoor holiday decorations! Especially the Christmassy kind! Not too many colors or far too many yard decorations. I am more so a minimalist lately. Less is more!

This year there wasn't such a rush to put up our outdoor Christmas decorations. Not like last year when just moving into our home here in the country. Less than a few months before Christmas. We had so much going on a year ago that Eric couldn't even remember how we had the decorations set up last year. It might be a good thing that I could help assist by navigating through totes filled to the brim with lights and extension cords from my couch-bed indoors.

I still have yet to get over this constant pain. It is also down right exhausting. Even with new medication that was called into our local pharmacy yesterday. I still have yet to find any sort of relief. My oncologist has been corresponding with Cleveland Clinic and hopes to have at least some sort of insight, possible help by tomorrow morning. This weeks surgery that got rescheduled yesterday morning is still up in the air until I hear back from my oncologist. I am already rescheduled for another scan and labs next month. The way things are looking, it might end up being a bit sooner than later. The only thing that I was told to do for now is rest, rest and more rest.

Christmas is that time of year when whimsical magic fills the air~

That time of year when it's far easier to place all your cares and woes off to the side... tidings of peace, love and joy! I love this time of year! There is just something special and quite mesmerizing about Christmas lights. The ability to look right outside our windows and see all the beautiful twinkling lights staring back at me. Remembering those dear in my heart. Indeed a quite magical time of the year.

Peace~Love~Joy


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November 27, 2017
Last Chance.
Mood:  down
Now Playing: Day 2883-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

I haven't felt this bad in a really long time.

What made things worse was the inability to flip over on either side in order to possibly catch at least some sort of rest before this mornings scheduled surgery. The pressure pain from the tumors continuing to grow, expand and push on my surrounding organs has become a new way of life. Trying to somehow adapt to this permanent change has been mind blowing. Somehow... I have come down to one final chance at any possible surgery. That also includes any type of surgical procedure.

I should had known better to realize what was making me feel so horribly sick this morning. The cold sweats on top of pain, dizziness and feeling as if I couldn't catch my breath had Eric contacting my surgeons office and the hospital around 7:30am. I really did my best to get lots of rest and take it easy over the weekend. However, when the internal war rears it's ugly head through very unexpected symptoms. There is no warning.

A very low body temperature and extremely low blood pressure that continued until 8:00am. As Eric made one final phone call back to my surgeons office only to be told that surgery would once again have to be canceled for this morning. Later this afternoon once I finally was able to get a bit of rest with the assistance of prescribed medication. I had a phone call to make to my surgeons office. It was then that I was told due to the seriousness of my condition and symptoms that have persisted has now landed me with only one more attempt at surgery scheduled for later this week. I was told this was the last time they would be able to proceed ahead with surgery. That includes any future surgical procedures. I wasn't expecting the news, but as well I am no fool to what has continued to only get worse with my health. Still... it was devastating to hear on the phone. It wasn't until later this afternoon with further rest that I was finally able to get my blood pressure and body temperature a bit more stabile. This has been the scariest for me yet as I have quickly come to realize how bad things are getting with my health continuing to deteriorate right before my very own eyes. It's still hard to fathom everything. Who knows if I will ever come to accept the very thought of being defeated after fighting for so many years.

With Cleveland Clinic now assisting my team of specialists here in Ohio and Indiana due to the uniqueness of my medical condition. Their opinion stands with the rest of my specialists. Any type of surgery or surgical procedure is already extremely risky. If I can't maintain a much more normal blood pressure or body temperature by later this week. There is no way anyone can proceed with surgery in order to gain some sort of control over my most recent infection. The risk would be far too great for any surgeon. With my specialists now needing assistance of their very own in order to manage my care has me very worried. Mentally... I still want to fight this battle. Physically... my body is giving up. The fatigue has quickly gotten a lot worse and honestly all I want to do anymore is lay on the couch with my heating pad and electric blanket. It sounds crazy to admit that I really look forward to just laying down and getting some sort of rest. The problem with that statement is when I am finally able to get to sleep. I can't hardly wake back up. There really are no words to describe what has been going on with my health lately and the very noticeable changes that even Eric has been bringing to my attention. However, I prefer not to discuss it. This blog is the only time you will read about it. I refuse to discuss it otherwise. Unless you are one of my specialists. Then of course, I really don't have much choice in the matter.

I have one final chance with surgery that was rescheduled for later this week. I have until then to somehow start feeling better. Internally speaking. Because lets face it. Mentally I am ready! My game face is on! Physically speaking is an entirely different story. If I can't maintain some sort of decent body temperature and blood pressure by the morning of surgery. Everything will officially be called off and not by my doing. But by my surgeons. Any future surgeries or future surgical procedures will as I was told on the phone... be no longer. That thought alone is frightening, because in my mind, it means having to accept being defeated in what I fought against for such a very long time. Yet, I will do everything in my power to somehow get myself physically back on track for surgery later this week. But the reality of it all still doesn't look very promising. Especially when my pain management doctor can't even get me to some sort of middle ground with the tumor pain. Endocrinology gave up on finding some sort of answers to help balance out issues with the inability to stabilize vitally important hormones that help to regulate normal bodily functions. My levels are off the charts due to the ovarian tumors continuing to feed from the hormones that I need in order to maintain some sort of normalcy. It's been that way for months now and it hasn't gotten any better.

If this blog entry reads as if I am airing out my brain that remains on overdrive. You are absolutely correct!

Well... back to finding a possible means for some sort of relief-zzzzz

 


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November 26, 2017
Goodbye Fall... HELLO Winter! :)
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: Day 2882-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Ahhhhh... fall... the end of a most beautiful and picture perfect season...

HELLO winter!

My question, "Where is the  snow?"

 I sure hope that it's not going to be another year with hardly any snow. I LOVE snow! The more... the merrier! We also can't wait to see how Babyblue reacts to the snow this year. It will be her very first time to literally see and play in the snow with Snoreo. Embracing her huskiness of such a little firecracker that she is quickly becoming!

These two are going to end up becoming best of  buddies!

It was nice to take it easy today while Eric caught up on a few outdoor projects. There isn't much time left before the upcoming cold winter months arrive here in the country. Some of the waterproofing projects are temperature sensitive which means time sensitive. There is no longer any further time to waste. Eric did his best to quickly finish up what was left to do on the outside of the basement wall. At least the sun was out this afternoon and the temperature was warm enough to thoroughly dry the areas that still needed a bit of waterproofing. Our hidden lemon gem of a home has come a very long way! No longer have we heard the moans and groans of a very neglected home. It's as if the energy has completed shifted to a very happy home! Finally... content.

While I am recovering next week from surgery. Eric will finally have a chance to make a whole lot of phone calls with regards to errors still being reported by the bank with all three credit bureaus. His VA mortgage loan is one hot credit reporting mess! We are now on complaint #5 with the Federal Consumer Protection Agency. I don't get it... not one bit. How hard is it to report payments being made to the credit bureaus on a monthly basis?. I mean... really! The bank has only successfully reported a mere 2 payments. Still yet to report the other missing ones over the course of the past year. The only post-it notes on the kitchen cabinet for Eric to deal with now is solely regarding the bank. I look at this entire purchase, from start to finish, as one huge disappointment. Although... there is always a silver lining. We have lost a lot. We have gained a lot. But most importantly, we have learned a lot! Maybe too much for my liking. Crazy enough, I have gained a world of legal knowledge that most likely I would had never had prior to this home here in the country.

Well... back to finishing up some last minute recipes. We have a long week ahead of us and this way Eric won't have to worry about cooking. He can instead concentrate on being Mr. Nurse while I am home recovering.

BRING ON THE HOMEMADE  CONEYS!


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November 25, 2017
You'll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid!
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Day 2881-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Can you believe that we already made it past Thanksgiving!?

We also made it past Black Friday. But really... who goes shopping on Black Friday? Especially when most of us smart shoppers know that the best deals happen a week before Christmas. When all of the retailers must sell down on their overstocked items. What the buyers ended up purchasing far-too-much of the year prior.

Forget all that Black Friday nonsense! I would much rather wait a week before Christmas to do all of my shopping. What little that we now buy after learning that Santa's 'Nice' list has once again gotten a bit shorter this year. You know who you all are back in Ohio. The elves already saw your quick-to-cover and permanently hide naughty court filings! BAH~hahahahaha! Actually, those we do buy and exchange gifts with over the holidays prefer either baked goods, hand made items or gift cards to their favorite restaurants. It's the fur kids who really make out during the holidays! Spoiled rotten and rightfully so! They totally earn extra gifts and goodies from Santa Paws this year!

Who is the most difficult on the gift  list to buy? Little ole me. As Eric always says, "You are impossible to buy for on your birthday and Christmas." What he really means, is in general. I don't need anything nor is there anything that I really want that is on the top of any kind of gift list. I assume it's nice to be able to say that in this day and age. But in all reality, what I have experienced through out my medical journey has really allowed me to appreciate the far simpler things in life. Less is more. I would much rather bring a smile to someone else's face. I would much rather hear a family crying for joy over their loved one coming to realization with cancer treatments actually put their cancer in remission. I would much rather see a child not have to suffer through surgery after surgery in hopes of removing cancerous tumors. I used to believe that Gastroparesis was one tough son-of-a-gun! However, what I have learned over the past two years is that there will always be something far BIGGER and much GREATER.

Enjoy the good days! Learn from the bad days. Hope is a word that has no beginning and no end. Unconditional love and simple hugs go a very long way! I have grown more than most will ever know over the past few years. I am forever changed, but for the better. I have also become one tough cookie! You can't break my shell. Yet, I also know that some things in life can never be defied. What I continue to battle has only gained strength. A losing battle that has made me far more humble and a lot more appreciative for life in general. Amen.

So... maybe a really nice Shiatsu massage isn't such a good idea for your tumors. Yep, that birthday gift from Eric went right back where it came from in a mere 24-hours. Your tumors don't need a heated massage. HA! That did sound funny! In fact, it only pissed them off. So... instead he decided to surprise me with the least anticipated gift of all time.

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID!"

Hahahahahaha! If you see an accident just waiting to happen. You may possibly be right! These flying beauties are not only really powerful and super fast, but as well they are extremely touchy to operate! Ask Eric, he about took his own eye out after I warned him about how touchy the remote might be at first before getting used to it. Hahahahaha! I wish he was recording a video on the drone in order to share his facial expression when it almost took his eye out. I always wanted to operate one of those really neat toy planes. That was many years ago. So I assume that maybe flying a drone could be the next best thing? At least I should be able to get some really neat pictures from way up in the air. Or... when it quickly comes crashing down. Whichever comes first. HA! First we need to master the art of safely getting it up off the ground. Keeping both of our eyes safely in their sockets. Hahahahaha!

I might not have much of a Christmas list this year. But then again, maybe lessons on how to safely operate this aircraft should be added on Santa's list!

 

 

 

"YOU'LL SHOOT  YOUR EYE OUT KID!"


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November 24, 2017
Getting My Game Face Ready!
Mood:  bright
Now Playing: Day 2880-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

What a great way to wake up on this early Black Friday, crazy shoppers day'!

Post-Pansgiving

Another most beautiful morning with Sweetie kitty paying us a visit while playing among the trees. When you live in the country, neighborhood kitties are taken care of by everyone. If you find a stray or feral kitty and can catch them. Our county animal rescue and shelter will spay or neuter, along with shots for free. Then the kitties are released back into the wild with a special marking. This is to let everyone know that they have been spay or neutered and considered safe to roam free.

With the long winter months quickly upon us. Everyone takes care of the special kitties that roam free here in the country. We have been watching Sweetie grow up since she was a young kitten. Now at almost a year old, she has gotten so much bigger. Yet, still roams wild and free! Papa kitty is still as well keeping us company in the morning and evening. He's a big ole porch kitty with a huge heart!

This morning we had an early appointment for pre-surgical testing. I can't believe that my surgery is already early next week. This month is literally flying on by! One would assume, that we would be hospital pros by now. However, I am not so certain that anyone gets used to living with long term medical issues. Especially anything dealing with cancer. In any way, shape or form. The constant uneasiness, uncertainness and living the remainder of your life while walking on egg shells. It's never an easy feeling. It's never an easy road. But today, we found ourselves walking on the same ole road that we walked just a year prior. Crazy how some things in life come full circle.

The same ole broken road. Broken... because not one of my specialists on my medical team has been able to predict one day from the next. Nothing has been easy. This morning, I find myself once again, dealing with another surgery. 50/50 is what I give this one, as far as complications. My largest ovarian tumor has continued to far surpass the size it was prior to beginning this road with oncology. That was back in May, 2016. Yet, here we are, once again, walking back down that same ole broken road. It's not easy. But I have faith, that we can get past these bumps in the road. Doing so... together.

Eric, he still remains a bit uneasy with next weeks surgery. I am more concerned with the real reality of handling two totally different types of pain after surgery. Thankfully my pain tolerance is already off-the-charts, not normal. I can handle a hell of a lot of pain. However, laying around while trying to recover this time around is going to be quite tricky. Two totally different types of pain. In two totally different areas of the body. I was told to expect the worst, this time around, when it comes to post-surgical pain. I don't do well with narcotics due to my body not being able to break down pills and absorb them properly. This is where my port would had greatly come in handy! Hopefully the good stuff, anesthesia, will last me a bit longer this time around so I can sleep away the pain.

As I finish off the remainder of this weekend... resting and taking it easy. I also have to go full liquids starting today. No more sampling the super yummy pancakes from Pansgiving.

 So... you know what that means for Eric...

ANOTHER SUGAR RUSH!

I totally feel a pillow  fight coming on this evening!!

 


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November 23, 2017
HAPPY PANSGIVING! ummmm.... THANKSGIVING! ;)
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Day 2879-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

GOOD MORNIN' FROM HERE IN THE COUNTRY!

HAPPY PANSGIVING

A most picture~perfect way to start our 2nd annual Pansgiving on this most beautiful day! Actually, Thanksgiving. This day is a reminder of not only about how much we are blessed. But as well how many different varieties of pancakes can one possibly digest. Hehehehehehe!

Yep, that's how we came up with our new holiday tradition.

PANSGIVING! PANCAKES GALORE ON THANKSGIVING!

Talking about being PANFUL! Hehehehehehe!

These pancakes are a holiday match made in sugar heaven!

YUMMMMMMYYYYY

The sugar buzz alone is enough to send someone into a state of sheer sugar bliss! In order to figure out just how high ones blood sugar will jump after eating more than their stomach can handle (Eric still laughing). This is the aftermath, a mere 20 minutes later after Eric inhaled a combination of trying all three stacks of pancakes for Pansgiving.

Cinnamon apple with vanilla crème fluff on the side, and a really thick Irish crème syrup. Then of course, one can never go wrong with banana nut bread with dark raspberry maple syrup. Lastly was the manly-man pancakes with crushed turkey bacon and turkey sausage, topped with extra thick syrup goodness! We didn't even need a place setting. No way! Bring on the spoons already! And... we did just that on this second annual PANSGIVING! A bite of this pancake and a little bite of that pancake. Lordie!! My body had no idea what to make of such super delicious sugariness!

An hour later....

We were still laughing!!!  Hahahahaha! Blame it on the sugar rush from head to toe! I never laughed so hard! It's been a long time coming and we both totally deserved this happiest Thanksgiving yet! The holidays really are about smiles, laughter and sheer, undeniable, pure happiness! Sharing new memories together as family. Our little families second annual tradition was absolutely PERFECT! I wouldn't had changed a thing!

This evening we took Snoreo and Babyblue for some play time at our local dog park and then enjoyed a most beautiful  sunset along the river trails.

There are so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Most importantly is having the ability to share such a beautiful day as a family. Out with the old traditions and in with the new! One tradition that remained the same is our blessings and prayers. From our little family here in the country, to you!

Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, PANSGIVING or whatever way you celebrate to your hearts desire.

CHEERS & GOBBLE-GOBBLE


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November 22, 2017
A Holiday Taste-Tester Is Always A Must! ;)
Mood:  hungry
Now Playing: Day 2878-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

Why... hello there from Ms. Babyblue~

It seems as if a little someone has already taken over duties of watching mommy bake for the upcoming holidays. Hehehehehe! Such a cutie!

Last year it was Ms. Littleblue who was up and ready to watch mommy bake all sorts of tasty treats for Thanksgiving. I sure do miss my Littleblue, Cuddles and the rest of our beloved fur gang. God must had known the exact husky pup to send us from heaven. Babyblue is every bit a splitting image of our beloved Littleblue. Talking about one super excited taste-tester for tomorrows Thanksgiving goodies!

This year things will be different as we continue celebrating Thanksgiving with a new tradition. PANSGIVING! Hahahahaha! More of that to follow tomorrow as clearly you will get the meaning behind it! Hehehehehe! There will be no family drama or highly combative arguments among both sides of our family. Too many years and far too much stress to mention. It's finally over and we are finally over it. Amen. What we vowed for this year has remained so far, untouched. Zero family drama during the holidays. Nothing but pure happiness, peace, joy and undeniable celebratory bliss~

That's how we do the holidays here in the country! 

On a different note... unfortunately Eric has to work during this years Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of rushing to cook and bake for the holidays. I have decided to prepare food ahead of time for a far more enjoyable Thanksgiving day shared with our little family. There will be no cooking for tomorrow so we can enjoy that extra time together. Creating new holiday memories to last a lifetime. A day of giving thanks for so many blessings we have received this year. All of our silver linings.

So maybe our holidays aren't spent like normal folks do... with their immediate or extended family. But what really constitutes 'normal' anyways?. The holidays aren't about what society sees fit. It's about what makes you happy. The happiest yet! No arguments, no drama and no unnecessary shenanigans allowed during our holiday season. Life is far too short not to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. Surrounded by those who love you... unconditionally. Flaws & all!

Here's wishing you and yours a very thankful Thanksgiving from our little, lazy, river town here in the country. YEE~HAW!


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November 21, 2017
The Holiday Season
Mood:  hug me
Now Playing: Day 2877-Next GP Chapter... Turning Lemons Into Lemonade :)

 

The holiday season symbolizes a most happiest time of the year. But for many, the holidays symbolize a time of sadness and despair.

During this upcoming holiday season. Most of us will be celebrating far happier times with family, friends and loved ones. Let's face it... Thanksgiving and Christmas generally represent time spent with family. For many people, this is the hardest part of the year. Some family members celebrate the holidays alone, absent from family. While for others, the holidays can be especially tough after suffering the loss of a loved one. Even those whom have suffered the loss of a beloved fur child. This time of year can be especially difficult as we continue to grieve far happier memories of days gone by. The holidays aren't always such a happy, joyous occasion. For some, it represents overwhelming sadness.

For a lot of people. The holidays symbolize a time of overwhelming grief. Far from a time of happiness. Holidays only tend to magnify the loss. Sadness feels sadder and loneliness feels so much deeper than any other time of the year.

Over the past year, myself and my spouse have spent a lot of time grieving from overwhelming loss. Time spent trying to heal from the same overwhelming pain. This is the time of the year that we have dreaded the most. Yet, we are not alone.

The holidays are a time of the year when we all need support. A smile... a simple hug.... kindness from a stranger. A lending hand to let others know who also suffer from grief, loss and overwhelming sadness during the holidays. That they too are not alone. A time to let others know that it is okay to feel all of the emotions that come with the holidays. This is the time where we all need to practice the art of kindness far more now, than any other time of the year. How to treat others. Even the kindness to a stranger who may be standing in line behind you at the register. Let's also not forget those who work during the holidays. They too could use a random act of kindness. A simple smile goes a very long way during the holidays. 

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what truly matters in our lives. This doesn't mean monetary gains such as with a business. It is sad to see those who have truly lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. What the holidays truly symbolize which means a time to be thankful for the little things in life. A very precious and most memorable time to spend with family. A time to reflect on what is most important. At the end of the day. That business will mean nothing. How you treat loved ones and even strangers is what truly counts at the end. The holidays is a time to be thankful and most importantly, humble. Amen.

During this holiday season. Please remember those who may be suffering from grief and overwhelming sadness. Pray for those who may be suffering from illness. Even those who may not have family to celebrate the love and joy that comes with the holiday season. Give back to those around you, help lend a caring hand and even a simple smile to a stranger.

The act of compassion reminds us of our blessings. The true beauty of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In memory of those we have lost and those who will remain in our hearts for eternity~


Posted by GastroparesisAwarenessCampaignOrg. at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: November 22, 2017 5:11 AM EST
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