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Friday, May 9, 2014

Celebrating the Small Things and an A to Z Reflection

While participating in the April A to Z Blog Challenge, I got hit with off the wall things. I almost felt like some unseen force was bucking me from completing the challenge.

The first couple weeks went well. I had pre-written  posts for A through H. And then...my computer, Google Chrome, and whatever other cyber-mites there possibly are became a problem. But I prevailed, and I'm hoping that this reflection can give anyone hope that they can accomplish anything no matter what is thrown their way.

If there is a WILL, there is always a way. I finished it, even though I had to piggy-back four days together since I had to prepare for an endoscopy and colonoscopy. This leads to my Celebrate the Small Things post, put on by, VikLit over at Scibbles by an Inspiring Author .


1: The biopsy of my stomach came back as Acid Reflux disease. So I will be cutting out things like Starbucks, black tea, etc.

2: Unfortunately, my colon is twisted and spastic from stress, which last year I had a lot of ( hubby's cancer, daughter's drug problem, the State, and caring for my grandson). So I will have to learn how to de-stress and tweak my diet once again like add phsyllium, flax, chia seeds, and pro and prebiotics into my diet. I find this funny because I stay away from fast and processed foods. I've eaten healthy since I was diagnosed with Hashaimotos 16 years ago.

Anyway, I celebrate that God let's me wake up every morning. And that I'm not going to die. And that there is always a path toward healing the body and the soul.

3: My garden is beginning to bloom and the Swiss Chard will be ready soon. The squash are flowering. My tomatoes are growing suckers. But my poor peppers are lagging behind.  But it's all good. 


4: I've tweaked and expanded more of Killer Stilettos. My focus has returned!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Happy Morher's Day to all the Mommies! And Happy Shabbats if you practice!

And here's a special smile from a very special fur-peep.


Hugs and chocolate!
Shelly

30 comments:

  1. Great news about the biopsy, but not so good about the colon. Isn't stress a devil? Sounds like you're taking some positive steps, though. Have you tried meditation? It's a life-saver! Love & light. J

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    1. Yes. You are right. The hubby says I need to meditate, too.

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  2. Shelly: I enjoyed the A to Z challenge the year I did it. I met you you.

    I am glad you only have acid reflux disease, it could have been worse. I hope you find time to relax.

    You truly can do anything.

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    1. Hi, Yvonne. Hope all is well with you.

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  3. Congrats finishing A-Z! Sorry to hear about the health problems but being alive is great and it's wonderful to see such a positive attitude. Have a great weekend!

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  4. I've had acid reflux for over 20 years now. No fun. What can be done for your colon other than lifestyle changes?

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    1. Since there is no infection, nothing. Just tweaking the diet more.

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  5. It sounds like you've had a lot of stress in your life. I'm glad your diagnosis wasn't anything worse! Have a Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. You have a good day, too. Thank you!

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  6. I hope you are feeling much better soon,

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  7. Acid reflux - not nice. I'm glad it wasn't anything worse, although at the time it feels as if nothing can be worse.

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  8. Sorry to hear you have been unwell and that 2013 was a most troubled year for you and your family. I hope 2014 is better.

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  9. Hi Shelly,

    You and your family have been going through so much. I wish that the rest of this year is more positive for you, Shelly.

    A peaceful, relaxed weekend for you, my friend.

    Gary

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    1. Thank you much, Gary. Wishing you the same.

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  10. As to the stress, I can only recommend perhaps the use of classical music from time to time as an additional tool to ease that.

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    1. Thank you, Sir Wills. I'm also not on FaceBook or Twitter that much. Every time I'm on, I can feel myself tense up. Its overwhelming with all the book promos. The blogs don't bother me as much.

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  11. Shelly, I also suffer from acid reflux and ulcers, it's the pits!! With all that life brings to the table, sometimes it's hard to de-stress. I find family and laughter is the best medicine.

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    1. A good comedy and hugs from the family and the 2 fur-peeps are great.

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  12. Sorry about the health problems. I have been drinking decaf for years because of reflux and am now on Tecta which seems to control it pretty well. Good luck. Nice to see your garden growing well.

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    1. Jo, I can't even drink de-caf anymore.

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  13. I hope you can find a way to de-stress...it's always easier said than done. Thanks for visiting my blog...see you around!
    ~Katie

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    1. You're welcome. Thank you for visiting mine.

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been having health issues. I also have acid reflux disease and it's hard giving up those things we love. However, I found a special-specialist who, after much to do which I will spare you and your readers, found (and got approved after three appeals) a wonderful acid blocker. Email me and we can discuss all that I've learned so that it can be of help to you as you start this path.
    Congrats on finishing the Challenge, despite the challenges.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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    1. Will do. I have off on Tuesday.

      Hugs and chocolate!

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  15. Great news! Happy to hear it!
    Chocolate hugs, and your garden looks great!

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    1. I went out in the garden this evening and found several little zucchinis starting. So cool!

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