My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived 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 still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus 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...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

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 just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still 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.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

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".