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Friday, August 5, 2011


Sometimes things happen completely out of your control and all you can do is sit by and try to be as positive as possible.... which can be especially hard when the person you are trying to help has given up on life. What started as a case of dehydration and the inability for an ER doctor to correctly diagnose my Dad last week with a blood clot, ended in the amputation of his left (and only remaining) leg. In 2004 a collapsed bypass destroyed his right leg from lack of circulation, and for a year afterwards he tried so hard to save it. Eventually the leg wouldn't get any better and an amputation was inevitable. It was hard physically and mentally on him, but my Dad became strong again and was able to get back to life as normal as he could. That picture above of him golfing (his favorite addiction pastime) was his first trip out after he successfully healed and went through a ton of physical therapy. Now we have to go through it all again, but this time life will be extremely challenging as a double amputee.

It's weird how what happens to one life close to you can throw the balance of your life completely out of whack. And to think I would ever think that way is truly silly... especially after losing my 22 year old brother to suicide when I was 14. Just a false sense of security I guess. But nevertheless I am the poster child for optimism and after talking my dad out of giving up I saw promise and hope in his eyes, which by the time I left the hospital made me satisfied. And now we take each day a step at a time....

So I'm so sorry for no furniture posts this week. Believe me when I say I will be working like a crazy person next week... it helps me focus on what is going on around me. Plus... I'd like to add, for those of you who don't know, smoking doesn't just give you cancer. My dad smoked for decades and because of that and the inherited circulatory issues, constricted blood vessels were the result. A lot of people don't know that you can loose limbs from smoking. Reason #746 to not smoke.

Take care this weekend, hug the ones you love, don't go to bed angry at your spouse and be thankful for your friends that make you laugh. Because you just never know.....



  1. I'm so sorry to hear what's going on with your dad. And I know how hard it can be for a daughter to see her dad go though tough times. But it sure does sound like you have the right attitude and outlook. I am a true believer that positive thoughts go a very long way!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's second amputation. I commend and admire you for being so optimistic. I was touched by this post, as I lost my beloved father with no warning just over 2 years ago.

  3. Aw, I'm so sorry. Dealing with a family loss is so hard. Earlier this year I lost my last remaining grandparent, then this happened and it's just so hard to be positive. Tomorrow my Dad has his surgery to remove dead tissue and to complete the amputation process. Then it's all healing from here on out. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your feelings with me. I appreciate the support.

  4. so sorry about your dad my friend. I hope that he heals quickly and that he gets back to doing what he loves again. I am so glad that he has you to encourage him and lift him up .

    On a different note, i am so excited for you and all of the great things that are happening in your business! Dwell studios? Are you kidding me?! LOVE them, and just bough their book.

    My prayers are working! hah! I am encouraged by your encouragement and blessing....keep up the good work!

    thanks for stopping by today! xo

  5. Girl... I don't even know what to say! LOL These last few weeks have been cray-zay. All I can do is just keep my head up and power through it! But I agree, I think your prayers are working. I'm still pudding face about the Dwell Studio's feature, even a couple weeks later. Thank you so much for being a great friend and being such a supportive person. You keep this up, I might have to make you another kick butt Christmas gift. ;)


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