Patience is more important than most think. Sometimes it's the difference between moving forward or being left behind.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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August 20th -2014
Pamper yourself! You deserve a ‘me’ day and not only that you also deserve loads of love with it. Give yourself lots of compliments and tonnes of respect for the things that you have accomplished thus far.
August 21st -2014
Another day is not guaranteed. Live for today and humbly plan for tomorrow. Promise to love yourself, the people and the experiences around you as well.
When you awake take a moment to be thankful for breathing. Even if you are not happy with life at least you have a chance to change it as long as you are breathing. Even if you cannot physically change your environment you can at least change mentally and spiritually.
Organize your home, office, car, closet, or even just your thoughts. Clearing things will help you to concentrate more.
When something happens all you can do is go through the motions of it all. Do not cry over spilt milk.
August 25th -2014
A lesson learned is something that makes you stronger. Some lessons create more of an impact than others, but all will make you wise. Accept all that happens as an experience that will get you to the next step and ultimately to your destiny.
August 26th -2014
Sometimes you may feel like giving up and throwing the towel in, but make sure you do it for the right reasons.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Give back to those who have done something for you. They will love that you are grateful and that you did not take their kindness for granted.
Taurus (April 20- May 20)
You will receive wise counsel from someone who you do not know well, but they will seem like they know you by what they say and their words will make an impact you nonetheless.
Gemini (May 21- June 20)
Do not blame yourself for the things that you have done in the past. Forgive yourself and forgive others who have hurt you without meaning to.
Cancer (June 21- July 22)
Marriage and love will have an impact on your life this week and will make a difference in your environment.
Leo (July 23- August 22)
Your determination will make a huge difference. Remain motivated and it will pay off.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
You will feel a rise in your energy this week. Use it to your advantage and get things done.
Libra (September 23- October 22)
Love will be knocking on your door soon. Okay maybe not directly on your door, but you will be opening up to love.
Scorpio (October 23- November 21)
Harmony is in the air for you dear Scorpio. Capitalize on this calmness and meditate on future peace.
Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)
Hold your tongue and try not to get yourself in a mood that will only create negativity.
Capricorn (December 22- January 19)
Happy times are ahead. These happy times will manifest amazing experiences in your life.
Aquarius (January 20- February 18)
Smile and show cheer. It will bring joy to your face and life to your bones.
Pisces (Feb 19- March 20)
Do not be afraid to say it how you feel. You never really did before so do not stop now. Just be sure to use some tact and consideration.
Friday, August 15, 2014
A large part of the reason that I began this blog years ago, was that I wanted a place - an outlet - for my thoughts, and experiences. A place where I could express myself. A place where I could share my life journey with others who might also be having the same experiences that I am. A platform to essentially let others know that they are not alone. One thing I have learned is that what we go through in life is never exclusive to us alone. Although it can often feel that way at times. Some challenges in life can feel very isolating when we are going through them, especially if we don't personally know someone else who is experiencing the same things that we are in that moment. So, aside from recipes, horoscopes, videos, and life events (etc) this blog is really a continual story of my life. Chapters that I have chosen to share with you.
And in saying that. I am at the beginning of a new chapter in my life. One, which I am now going to share.
Beginning late last Fall, I started experiencing tremors in my hands. Primarily my left hand - but also the right one. The tremors would not last long, and I would not call them severe, however, they were present and prominent enough to freak me out! They were uncontrollable. And that frightened me. But as I said, the first one lasted only a few seconds, while I was trying to pick up a pen from the table. As I brought my finger and thumb together to pick up the pen, my hand began to tremor, first in the fingers and then like almost a ripple effect, I could feel it reverberate up into my hand and to the lower part of my arm. And then it was over. I thought to myself - WHAT THE HELL?!?!
Since it was over almost instantly, I just wrote it off as a pressed nerve or something. Perhaps in the way I was leaning over. Who knows. I really didn't give it a second thought as I have had what you would call 'shakey hands' for all of my life. Let's put it this way, although they were not what you would classify as a tremor, I could never be a surgeon. Although my penmanship is much like that of a doctor! lol
A couple of weeks later I experienced another tremor. This time it was in both hands. I also began to feel a tingling in my arm. OMG I'M HAVING A STROKE!!! And just as instantly as it struck - it was over.
I immediately raised both my hands over my head and started to verbalize random sentences and stick out my tongue - to see if indeed I was having a stroke. Clearly, I was not.
Over the next couple of months, the tremors kept occurring, with tingling in my arm. The tremors were slightly longer in time, and would very in intensity. So I made an appointment with my family doctor to discuss this with him. I explained that the tremors were very random, typically when I was doing something - using my fine motor skills. And that they had taken place over the past 4-6 months. He did an exam and ran a bunch of tests. Tests included a broad variety of blood work, an ECG and an MRI on my brain.
Can I just pause for a moment and say how incredibly frightening the concept of having an MRI done on my brain is?
The appointment with my doctor was in early April, and the MRI was scheduled for May. I don't mind saying that having the MRI done on my brain is not something that I want to repeat again any time soon. Quite simply put, it was awful!
Anyhow. I saw my doctor again in the first week of June and we went over the results. My heart is good - excellent in fact. Actually I have had three ECG's done in the past year - and all of them were fantastic. The blood work was also good. Now for the biggie. The MRI. The report stated that I did not have Parkinson Disease. THANK GOD!!!! Clearly this was my biggest fear!!! I exhaled a huge sigh of relief. And then it dawned on me that it could be brain cancer, a tumor, epilepsy. God only knows what. But something was causing the tremors.
My doctor then told me that I have a disease called Essential Tremor. Also known as Familial Tremor. I had never heard of this before. He printed out a couple of sheets for me and told me that I was in the early stages and in time we would have to discuss a treatment plan. He then told me not to do too much research on it as I would only freak myself out. He knows me very well. And, of course, when I got home, I dropped my purse on the sofa, kicked off my shoes, logged onto my laptop and started reading everything I could get my hands on.
And. I freaked myself out.
I suppose that is the very reason why up until this point only my immediate family has been told about my ET diagnosis. Quite simply, I needed time to absorb the information and get my head around how dramatically my life is going to change. And the challenges that are ahead of me. Not to mention the potential loss of some of my Independence.
It has now been two months since my diagnosis and I feel moved to write. So, here I am. Sharing this news where I share everything challenging in my life. On this blog. With you.
You will notice that on my blog, I have given Fibromyalgia it's own page. Simply because there is so much information and it is such a prominent part of my life that it frankly deserved its own space. I suspect that in time, ET will also reside in its own space on this blog. But for now, I will just give it its own space in the index as I will be updating the progress of this disease as time passes.
So, where to begin? I said that Essential Tremor is also known as Familial Tremor - Why? Well, because for a large majority of the people with ET, it is hereditary. If a first degree family member has ET, you are 5 times as likely to get it. If that first degree family member was under the age of 50 when they got it, you are 10 times as likely to get it. And if that first degree family member is your parent, you have a 50% chance of getting ET in your lifetime.
ET is not gender specific. It is not race specific. And it is not age specific. However the majority of people who get ET, will get it between 40-50 years of age. Although it can develop in young children as well as elderly people in their 80's. So, it really can strike at any time in your lifetime.
It is progressive. However, there is no blueprint for its progression. It can be slow but continual or it can be aggressive. It varies from person to person. In other words I can remain as I am now with very slow progression over the next decade. Or all hell can break loose in six months. However, the likelihood is that it will progress over years. But there are no guarantees.
ET is not fatal. But there is no cure. Treatments for ET include beta blockers, epilepsy medications - separate or multiple medications may be used together as a treatment plan. Failing success with medications, the next course of treatment is brain surgery.
The primary differences between ET and Parkinson's are really when the tremors strike. In Parkinson Disease, a tremor can occur while you are in a resting position. Just sitting on the sofa watching TV and suddenly your hands start to tremor. Parkinson Disease also will typically involve fully body tremors and can affect your gait. PD is also not hereditary.
ET on the other hand, is 8 times more common than PD, and will typically cause a tremor when you are actually doing something. Something as simple as holding your hands out in front of you will cause your hands to shake. ET usually begins in the hands (one or both) and can involve the arms in the tremor. Further progression of ET may involve the hands, arms, head (side-to-side 'no' motion, or an up and down 'yes' movement), tongue, voice, chin and sometimes the trunk. It rarely involves the legs. Although it may. Additionally ET can cause cognitive impairments as well as migraines.
With all of this in mind, it is clear that one's life can be deeply impacted by ET. Writing, tying shoelaces, putting on make-up, putting on earrings, painting your nails, texting, drinking, eating .... the list is really endless. I mentioned that ET in and of itself is not fatal, however, one must be careful when in the later stages of ET while using knives or cooking. Many serious injuries can easily occur while trying to do every day tasks with tremors.
I have seen that there are many tools available for people with ET (as well as PD) such as weighted utensils, cups, pens, etc. And there are lists of ways to make one's life a bit easier while living with this disease. I will go into those types of things in future postings as things begin to progress for me. (Or as the mood strikes lol)
For now, this posting is partially informational for you. And partially therapy for me. As I said, I have taken the past two months to try and absorb the reality of this disease and how it will affect my life. And I have rarely spoken about it with anyone, other than to inform immediate family and those closest to me about the diagnosis. I suppose saying the words out loud makes it real. Which is part of the reason I have not done a posting about it up until now. But, here it is. And it's real.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Meet Lilca. A junkyard dog with a heart of gold. Follow her along her nightly routine as she cares for those she loves. And please note that her love is so great that it extends beyond the boundaries of species.
Just one more reason why I adore animals so much!
Enjoy this story, and heed her lessons.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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August 13th -2014
It takes just a moment to express your gratitude, but it will leave a lasting impression.
August 14th -2014
Laugh in the face of those people who are envious of you. Love the ones who support you. Haters will always be present and giving them attention will only diminish your self worth.
Do not hang in your head in sorrow and instead rise your head to success. This year you will have more of than you have in the past.
It takes two to tangle. Remember that the next you blame somebody for something that you were also involved in. Take responsibility for your actions and you will show others how much of a mature individual you truly are.
You will feel like a super hero today and also for the rest of the week. Use this extra energy to get things done. You may not want to work your birthday and that is fine, but at least hop to the little bothersome tasks by next week. Starting this birth year off on the right foot is what you want to do.
August 18th -2014
You must already know that worry is just misplaced imagination, so keep that in mind when you start over thinking unnecessary thoughts that really cannot help you but will hinder you.
August 19th -2014
Do what you need to do to get things done in order to succeed. Your personal energy will be in full gear and your aura will be brilliant today and for most of the rest of your birthday year.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
If you spend any amount of time on Facebook, then you know from time to time there will be a challenge issued from your friends, there will be something that is posted, and you are tagged to continue it. Such as the breast cancer bra color postings, where you will see status postings with a single word "red, blue, white" ... identifying the color of a bra as a collective voice in support of breast cancer survivors.
The latest challenge to cross my timeline is the "3 Blessings in 7 Days". A friend of mine tagged me in this post, and thus challenged me to post three blessings, three things for which I am thankful/grateful - each day - for seven days. And then tag two friends, to challenge them to do the same.
I don't normally take part in these Facebook challenges. Because, well .... to be honest, many of them are quite silly. However, prior to being tagged, I had seen other friends posting their daily accounts, and it caught my attention. I really thought it was a good idea. I thought that it forced people to take a moment each day and focus on the blessings in their life. It becomes so easy for us to focus on the trials and obstacles in our daily lives, that I think if we are given the opportunity to focus on the gifts, we should take that opportunity.
I actually feel like this is an important exercise, and everyone should do it. For at least one week.
So, I am taking this out of Facebook and bringing it here ... to you. I challenge each of you to write down three things you are thankful for. Three things you are grateful for. Three blessings in your life. If you want to share it on Facebook to inspire your friends, that's great. If you want to share them with me, please feel free to email them to email@example.com. I would be delighted to read them!
I have saved mine from this past week and want to share them here with you.
1.) The gift of another day.
2.) My health. Yes, my health. Although I have challenges, I know that there are people whose struggles are greater than my own.
3.) Thankful for my beautiful daughter, my awesome family and amazing friends.
1.) Thankful for my faith.
2.) Thankful for my home.
3.) Thankful for being Canadian.
1.) Thankful for my strength
2.) Thankful for the hard times
3.) Thankful for the lessons
1.) The four seasons in a year.
2.) Divine appointments.
1.) Bentley, Zoe and Diva ~ and each of my fur babies who came before them.
2.) The gift of laughter
1.) The 46yrs I've lived (so far) in this life.
2.) The wisdom I have gained over the years.
3.) The time spent with my dad before he passed away.
1.) The Love I have known in my lifetime.
2.) My five senses, particularly my eyes, which allow me to see beauty all around me.
3.) This exercise, which forced me to focus on the blessings in my life
If you would like to take part in this. This is the 'form' used to do so. Simply copy it and use it each day to fill in your own blessings and tag your friends to challenge them to do the same.
I challenge (Name) and (Name) to participate in the 3 things we are grateful for, for 7 days and tag 2 people each day !!!