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126 Days a paraplegic

Many of you have wondered where I’ve been for the last several months. Well, forgive me for keeping you in suspense but I am finally in a place where I can talk about it … somewhat. 

The short version is that on May 16, 2018, I experienced something similar to a stroke, only in my spine, following a very high-risk back surgery to stop the incessant, intense, horrifying, round-the-clock pain I kept having; Pain episodes so severe my friends were racing me to the ER in the middle of the night and praying that the docs in the ER could catch my pain somehow, and even they had a hard time getting me relief. 

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER GO ON A DIET

Yep – you read that title correctly. Want to lose weight for good? Then don’t go on a diet.

Why?

I consider the word “diet” to be a four letter word – one of those bad words that people get uncomfortable when they hear it.

Nobody likes going on a diet. I mean honestly, when your doctor tells you that you’re overweight and need to shed some pounds, odds are you don’t run gleefully out of his or her office yelling, “Woo Hoo”! – I get to eat more kale!” Right?

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A FATHER, A DAUGHTER, AND ONE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE (scroll down)

Each year as I’m driving around during the holidays, my memories of my father come flooding back to me each time a car passes me carrying a freshly cut Christmas tree on the roof or in the bed of a truck.

As a grown up, I have celebrated Christmas each year with an artificial tree, beautifully decorated, mind you, with ornaments that reflected our “horsie” lifestyle of many years. Rearing horses, spotted horses, jumping horses. Not your typical suburban Christmas tree – yet, one that reflected our lifestyle on 5 acres in Parker, Colorado with a family of my own.