Sunday, November 7, 2010

2011 Breast Cancer Calendar is up for sale

The 2011 Breast Cancer Calendar is ready and up for sale.

Please consider buying one to support Breast Cancer, you can click on the picture and it will take you right to to donate page and a calendar will be mailed out to you.

Cost is $18 and there are 12 NEW donated patterns not available anywhere but on the calendar plus a few bonus patterns in there too including a basket.

Even if you don't knit it makes a beautiful calendar and supports a good cause and then if you know a knitter you could always get one as a gift for them too.

One of the 12 patterns in mine... can you guess which one?

And in case you missed our previous two calendars they are still available, years 2009 and 2010 on this same site.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Years Finding ME Beneath all the FAT

It's been quite the journey.

Today is my 48th birthday. It's an important one for a few reasons. In 2007 the Dr told me I was in such bad health that I would have a stroke in 2 years and in 3 years I'd be dead.  As you can see I am NOT dead. I reversed that prediction and I have Dr Singh and weight loss surgery to thank for that. As well as my friends and family for the support along the way, and it goes without saying to God for preparing the way for me to get out of the death trap I was in.

I have to say I didn't believe I'd ever really get back to a normal size. Not for a long time. I've lost weight before and always found it again plus many more pounds.

Even when I was small (aka high school photo) I didn't think I was small, my image of myself was not positive at all. I thought I was fat and ugly and not worth very much.
That is no longer the case. It took a long time to finally admit that it was OK to like and yes even LOVE myself. That does not mean I am self centered or conceited. Well maybe sometimes, lol.

Being overweight was a shelter and a burden for me. I hid behind the weight because it gave people a reason to look down on me, and I think deep down I thought if I ever lost the weight I'd have nothing to hide behind and then when people didn't like me there would be nothing to blame except myself.

Now I guess I don't care, if you don't like me it's your loss. I'm a great friend. And if you mistreat me or use me well again that's your loss. Unfortunately I hate to say that has happened recently, but when it did I did not turn to food to feed the hole that was left behind, I have truly changed the way I think and who I am.

I was saying the surgery did NOT change me but I guess it did. I am confident, I am energetic, I am HUMAN.

So I even cut my hair off, what was left anyway. Turns out everyone thinks I look better and younger with short hair, who'd a thunk it? 

One last comment, school is going great. It's a lot of work and I am just a little overwhelmed but it's FUN. Not much time for other things, like blogging, but I will try to get here when I can. 

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