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colon header 2Like me, you may have been born with this and not even know it!  If you were, chances are you will find out one day!

That diagnosis became my reality.   My story began last December when I experienced something, a medical emergency, which even though I had worked in the medical field for several years I had never heard of.  No one else that I spoke to about it had heard of it either.  When it happened to me I searched the web for others that might have experienced this same diagnosis, but found few.  So I have decided to write about my experience to hopefully provide information to someone else that might have to deal with this.

My experience began one evening after eating dinner.  Approximately 30 minutes after eating I began experiencing severe abdominal cramping.  This lasted for about 45 minutes and then subsided so I didn’t worry about it or give it another thought.  Two weeks later however, it happened again.  About 30 minutes after eating dinner I began having severe abdominal cramping, but this time it didn’t stop.  It continued throughout the night, I became nauseated read more….

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My husband Mike and I will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary this Friday…we’re well on our way to 50!    That many years make me feel old, but it also brings incredible feelings of comfort and satisfaction.  I was 17 and a senior in high school when we got married.  Mike was the ripe old age of 20!  I recall so well the whispers saying we were too young and would never make it!   We have been extremely fortunate that we found our soul mates so early in life.  I can honestly say I love my husband more now than ever and can’t imagine life without him.Capture 2 me w text

 

Mike always reminds me of the first time we saw each other.  I was 16 and he was 19.  One of the favorite hang-outs in our little desert town was the A&W drive-in.   He was this handsome young sailor that pulled up on the back of a motorcycle and I was a teenager in the back of a car, dressed in a candy striper uniform!  I don’t think we even spoke that night, but we did read more….

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Baby boomerSenior citizen or baby boomer. Hmmm, which sounds better? For me it’s an easy choice, baby boomer wins hands down.

Imagine this, you’re sitting in a restaurant and the server approaches your table sizing you up. When they reach your table they say “would you like to see the senior menu”. Now doesn’t that make you feel old? I want to turn around and look for a little gray-haired lady. I will be honest, if I didn’t spend a large amount of money at the hairdresser every month, I would look the part of the little gray-haired lady. I refuse to become that little lady until sometime in my 70’s and when I reach that age I may push it back further. read more….

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Here we go again….another bittersweet moment in my life.  From my experience it seems these moments usually involve my children.  If you are a parent or grandparent I’m sure you’re familiar with these moments.  They usually involve a great new adventure or phase in your adult child’s life.  The moments when you’re excited or maybe even bursting with pride and encouraging your son or daughter to “go for it”!  But, at the same time inside you is the pain of letting them go once again.  It’s so very true that you are a parent forever…your roles simply change.

My husband Mike and I have been very fortunate to have all three children and six grandchildren living within a few  hours proximity of us.   But, this weekend our son Nathan and his wife Naomi began their  cross-country move to Pennsylvania.  They will both be continuing their education there.  They are so anxious and excited about this new adventure and all they will learn and experience.  It is exciting to Mike and I as we listen to their plans.  Oh, to be young again!   We are now tracking their progress across the country much like Santa Claus is tracked on Christmas Eve. read more….

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I love reminiscing about things from the nostalgic 60s with others that remember the same things!  From toys to furniture to cars to how different our lives were lived then.

Does remembering some of these things help to bring a smile, or maybe a tear, to your face?

1.  Remember when the world felt like such a safe place?  My sisters and I lived out our very young years in a small town in Missouri.  Kathy was too young at the time, but Carol and I were allowed to pack our lunch and take off walking read more….

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UntitledAGINGAging can be difficult.  It is a fact of life that parts of our body begin to wear out as we age.  I have struggled with osteoarthritis in my knees for many years.  In the Fall of 2011 I took a trip with my two daughters to New York.   It was the first visit to New York for all three of us and we had an incredible time!  It was a once in a lifetime experience.  It seemed we walked a hundred miles that week.  For my knees, it was the beginning of the end.

The pain in my knees became increasingly worse making simple tasks excruciatingly painful.   My doctor recommended cortisone injections.  The injections are uncomfortable, but definitely worth it if they alleviate some of the pain.  The first set of injections were very beneficial.  The pain relief lasted approximately 4 months and I was back for another round.  To my disappointment the second set of cortisone injections were not successful.  Again, at my doctors recommendation I consented to a series of viscosupplement injections.  These injections brought no relief to the pain in my knees. read more….

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