Thursday, May 5, 2011



I was afraid that a trip to Las Vegas would impede my progress, so was very pleasantly surprised to have lost another 6.5 pounds over the past 2 weeks since my last update. But, the best of all? I was taken off one of my high blood pressure medications, and my diabetes injection, this morning during my doctor visit.

I am lovin' life!

We just returned from a glorious week in Las Vegas. It was fantastic!

We were walking down the street in Town Square. The temperature was in the mid 80's. The sun was warm on my skin, and a light breeze made it a perfect day. As I walked along, it occurred to me - last year when we were here, I could not have done this. I could not have walked from the car to the center of a shopping area. Bob would have had to park the car in a place that I could have sat and watched from a distance. But, here - 38 short weeks later, I am a participant.

As we walked along, I heard the words come from my mouth. " I am lovin' life!"

"Most do not understand the wonderful opportunities life gives... until they are looking back." Positively Positive

How true that statement is!

As we walked along, Bob said, "It must make you kind of sad, though, to think of all the time you spent not being able to do the things that we are doing now?" It was more of a question that a statement. Yes, it does! But, the way to success, is not to dwell on the past, or on what might have been. It is to live each day to the fullest and to enjoy what life has to offer - NOW!

There were a number of 'firsts' on this trip.

• I got a massage! It was wonderful! A year ago, I could not have done that. I could not have laid on my stomach for that period of time without hurting all over. I could not have turned on the table.

• I walked from our condo to the rotunda on the strip where there were entertainers, street vendors, and mobs of people enjoying the warmth of the spring days. A year ago, Bob would have gone down alone - then returned to the room to tell me about it.

• I walked from our condo to the shopping center across the street - to dinner and a show.

• I walked from the front door of a casino to the showroom and restaurant without having to stop and sit numerous times along the way.

• I enjoyed eating out without having a rich, fattening dessert.

I could go on, but you get the idea! Each day is a new beginning - one that presents challenges, opportunities, and successes.

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent van Gogh"

"Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’." - Yoda"


  1. Wow - you didn't tell me about the medicine part - that is excellent! Wow, the freedom of no injections - hooray!

    You are amazing mom. I'm so happy you are loving your life again.

  2. Excellent. So is your support team. I had a taster of a scone at Starbucks this morning and spent the morning feeling guilty because I'd eaten a scone. When I remembered that I'd only had a small bite, I grinned.

    Congrats once more.

  3. Very proud of you Peggy. It brings tears to my eyes to think how wonderful are life is going to be now that we can shair it together.