My many adventures

Hi Folks, sorry I deleted my paragraph where I tell you all about all the places I've been to.
I'm blessed since surviving breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I want to visit.
I've been to Scotland, England, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & SulcukEphesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...


Hi Folks! I have been away from posting because my 40 year old daughter finally got married Aug 27th 2016. It was tiring but the wedding was wonderful and very happy in the end. I sent them on a beautiful honeymoon to Calabogie Lodge in Ontario. The resort was all wood interior with two bedrooms and the master suite with a bed so big. Apparently when the drove back home to Halifax, they started arguing and it lasted all the way over four provinces. Now she feels the argument wasn't so bad. Glad they enjoyed their first vacation ever! His brother loaned them his BMW which drove like a dream.

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.

I had my annual cancer check up and everything was great! It makes me so happy unfortunately, my doctor had to retire due to illness and I am trying to get a family doctor. It is horrible when you don't have someone who looks after you and knows you.

We had a fabulous summer with little rain, although the farmers and rural residents were not too happy. Some people had to pay for water since their wells went dry. This rainless weather is not something we experience so it was a little frightening.

I've been busy trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

Well, be on the look out for my various posts. I also have a few products I want to write about as well.
Thanks friends,


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ill Health Travels of life- The new normal

When I went through my breast cancer journal in 2003, I lived through hell and back but the way my health and body is now, is frightening.  No one expects to really get older or that we would suffer from ill health or side affects of cancer or other diseases.

Since the cancer, I have never been able to get back to normal.  What I mean by normal, is to walk and shop or run the way I did it all my life.  Now, I have a vehicle disability card. I get wheel chair assistance at airports and theme parts; climbing stairs is so hard expecially when my knees are paining; the hypo thyroid makes my hair dull; diabetes with high blood sugars make me so sleepy and tired; gout in my body, expecially my feet/ankles & fingter give me huge pain & difficult in walking; knees that need replacing so the gout anti-inflamatory pills help the gout & my knees.  If I don't take this pill, I really can hardly walk.  It is so hard to lose the chemo weight I gained and sometimes, I just feel like giving up, but I won't, I can't.  I have a little guy who depends on me. He himself has many mental disabilities and he struggles to be "normal" every day. 

We have a new normal now.  The definition of normal is whatever it is for that particular person.  We all have challenges in life, some with more than others.  Somehow we do make it.  I question myself all the time of the quality of life I'm living. I guess I have to allow myself the broader thoughts that there is a new quality of life and I'm living it.  It's just that you hate how you aged early and have to work with a broken body.  I envy people who walk by me everydayk, in their own little world of where and what they have to do, not realizing that they have a wonderful gift - to be able to walk.  I really miss my waking.  I use to walk about 10 to 18 kms a day.  Now, I'm lucky if I make it up and down the stairs and out to my car.  Recently in the last 4 months, I am experiencing psyactic nerve pain on my left cheek and down my leg.  WOW, does it ever end!!!!??!  Well another thing to work on to improve.

I'm in Ottawa now writing this to you all.  Last year I came down with severe psoriasis all over my body.  It was from extreme stress over the little guy's anger with his ODD and me not knowing how to deal with it.  Thankfully, the IWK mental health kicked in and we had him in Day treatment, then with Intensive Community Team then finally with the COMPASS program where he stayed overnight Monday through Friday.  They taught him great skills that are helping us now.  He still has a long way to go as well.

Age, disease and stress can alter your life.  Take care to find ways to release the stress.  This mental health issue can actually cause you cancer & other issues and doesn't do you can good.  Find the right stress relaxer for youself, it will be worth it.  Don't let your finances get in your way manage them or you'll be sorry.  I probably will have to sell my house of 30 years in about 2 years.  I won't be able to afford the mortage & bill we accumulated and pay the high costs of our prescriptions.  I have a lot of prescriptions and I want to get rid of some but that means getting this extra weight off so I swim.  But many days it is so hard to get out of bed, without having to physically get out to the swimming pool.  Right now, I'm going to leave now and go swimming in the hotel pool.  I'm hoping to make my body feel a little better.  Thanks for letting me blow off steam.

These are amazing sisters at the Titz N Glitz Gala for Breast Cancer fundraiser.    A woman only event where women come together to share their stories, their laughter, their sorrow and pain and morn the loss of those women who lost their battle.   We dress up to win prizes, dig in sand for gold, eat lots of strawberries and chocolate and so much more.  This is a great way to raise awareness and funds to find the cure so we don't lose any more "Sisters".