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Just celebrated another birthday. Ask me how old I am and I'll warn you that I'll lie. Persist in asking and I'll admit I'm in my late 60's. Sure, its lie, but for 68 I look damn good! I spent my birthday weekend with family and friends... dinners, movies and crossing a monster truck rally off of my bucket list. Had a blast. Felt the love in the calls, texts, cards, gifts and messages I received. Color me thankful.

I started my actual birthday at church. I thanked God for the health he restored through my gastric bypass surgery at Catawba Valley Medical Center and I asked Him to be loud and obvious with me with His plans for my future. I've opened my heart and exposed my challenges in this blog and every encouraging message I've received about it has been a blessing. This message from Lynn was posted in late July:

"Well done -- am sharing with friends who organized a blog in Cleveland Ohio. I haven't had success w answers and availability by staff here so I rely on the Ohio blog (and your experiences) for answers to my questions. Four months out -- down 50 lbs. Yay us!"

Lynn and others like her have been the fuel that keeps me posting week after week. The questions, concerns and fears... The prayer requests, confessions and testimonies revealed in emails, phone calls and Facebook messages would leave you in tears if I shared them. I've learned that fat can contain disease and lots of pain. I know full well that some other folks aren't getting the spiritual and physical support I've received through family, friends and the folks at CVMC. That's why I feel its my duty to give back in some way.

So, on this day, the day that my mother ONCE AGAIN tells the story of how she was ripped from "stem to stern" giving birth to a nearly 10 pound baby, I ask:
What do you need from me? What do you want to know about the surgery and life beyond the operating room. You can send a private message on Facebook or email me at: