Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sometimes Life Throws You A Curve Ball

Yep!, sometimes God throws something at us that we just don't know how to deal with. My older sister, Lisa has been undergoing some tests for some medical problems she has been having for sometime now. This has been going on for some years and now after several MRI's to rule out stroke, cancer, tumor the doctor is "almost" 100% sure she has MS (multiple sclerosis). What? How did this happen? How do we deal with this? What is gonna happen now? How is it treated? Can it even be treated? What is MS? All of these questions are things that I don't know the answer to. What I do know is that our God does not throw any curve balls at us that we can't handle. We may think we can't handle them but He puts us through these trials to bring us closer to Him. Sometimes I think it does the exact opposite for some. I am praying that my sister will have faith in Him and let Him guide her in what He has in store for her.

I have done some research on the Internet and now know that MS attacks the CNS (Central Nervous System) in our brain, neck and spine. My sister has been dealing with symptoms of MS for 6 years or more and we didn't even know it. She was told she had Restless Leg Syndrome and that is what her doctor has been treating her for. Just in the last 6 months or so has the symptoms gone from her leg hurting only at night to going numb during the day, no balance, dizziness, blurred vision, numbing and tingling in her hands. So finally she went to see a Neurologist and this is what he has concluded. He still wants to do a spinal tap on Monday to rule out Lupus but he said he is almost positive she has MS. So he puts her on light duty at work and her employer sends her home until further paperwork is provided by her doctor. Don't know if that is the way it is suppose to work. But until her doctor provides this paperwork she is not allowed to return to work. My sister is devastated! Not just about this disease but she has always worked and worked hard. She feels guilty, she feels hopeless. Their financial situation is not the greatest and she is the sole bread winner. Her husband is out of work due to several strokes and is in the process of applying for disability. Not an easy task dealing with Social Security.

I have always been pretty close to both of my sisters. We have always gotten along pretty well, except you know we were normal sisters and had our disagreements growing up. We have a crazy family and it definitely gets chaotic when we are all together but I wouldn't have it any other way. This news has been hard on me just for the fact that our family has always been pretty healthy. No big surgeries, disabilities, diseases, etc. So for our family to have something like this come up is definitely going to be challenging. Oh we will gather around and love and support her any way we can. That's just how we roll.

So if you will pray for our my family that He will show us how to deal with this disease, for faith, for love, for peace for my sister and her family. And also, the little girl I have asked for prayers for has now been moved closer to home so her dad and sister and brother can visit more. She is not doing well. Her family almost lost her last week but our God didn't mean for her to leave this earth. She is still on a ventilator but hoping she will be able to come off of that soon so continued prayers for her would be great.

I hope everyone has a blessed day:)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Woo Hoo!!! Win An Ipad

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Good Luck!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Long Awaited Guest!!

This was us way back when.....

and this is us now.....

My cousin Snooge came to see me this past weekend and we had a great time catching up with each other and what has been going on in our lives. It's been about 4 years since we have seen each other so we were really excited about our weekend. She flew in on Friday and from the minute we met at the terminal we talked nonstop. Now Snooge is not her real name but to me it's all I know. Her real name is Vonda but I have and always will call her Snooge. I know she doesn't care and deep down it's really sentimental to her that I am the only one that ever uses that nickname.

Snooge has such a sweet spirit inside and out! She has 3 children and a dog named Petey!! Oh and she does have a husband too.!!

Now we have some doozy's of some memories of when were little!! I will share one that I know that I will never forget.

We went to the YMCA during the day while my Aunt worked and we took swimming lessons, tennis, and other various activities. So one day we decided to walk across the street to this strip mall and walk around. Snooge calls her mom and says "mom can we walk around?" and my Aunt says "that's fine". Little did my Aunt know that Snooge meant around the whole town of Statesboro!!!! Snooge had me walking from one side of town to the other. We went by her Uncle's house, then we headed to the mall and tried on everything they had in the junior's dept. then we decided we would just walk on to my Aunt's work so she wouldn't have to pick us up. Well about a mile from the mall my Aunt drives by us walking on this busy 4 lane hwy and turns around and comes to pick us up and of course we were given the wrath!!!! But then the tables turned on my poor Aunt. We turned at the next red light and a cop pulls us over!!!! He wants to know why my Aunt was picking up 2 young girls off the side of the road!!! We admitted that we did in fact belong to her and he let us go on our mary way!!!

You see, my cousin has always been such a free spirit and was never scared of anything. I would have never done something that crazy since I was always the paranoid one. That was just one of many special memories that we have.

When we were very young I would go and stay every summer with her and her family. They lived in a house in Georgia that sits on the banks of the Ogeechee River and shaped like a stop sign on stilts and very small. But I thought that was the neatest thing. My Aunt Voncile (her mom) treated me like her own and still does to this day!!

It was a short visit but we made the best of it by eating, a little shopping and of course we stayed up late into the night with lots of talking, laughing and a few times there were almost a few tears. Next summer I will be flying down to Florida for a week and we are going to take a short trip down to Key West!! I can't wait. I have always wanted to go and she lived there for 2 years so she knows the ins and outs of the island. We are gonna try and keep this visiting up to at least twice a year.