First Week of Band Camp Down

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I started a new diet yesterday. Well, not really a new diet – it’s more than that. It’s about being intentional and aware in relation to my own health. It’s about identifying behavior patterns and stressors that are negatively impacting my health and getting rid of them – replacing them by using tools I’ve learned in the past several months to increase my health and happiness. Looking and feeling better with just be one of the many benefits. But I’ll share more about that later.

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What prompted me to finally take charge of my own health and well-being after all these years of surgeries, specialists, procedures, therapies, and medications? Well, my chiropractor is leaving. He’s moving to New York, so I’m not going to have him here to inspire me – I’ll have to do it myself. And I’m choosing to follow the path that he set for me at the beginning of our treatment. He’s referred me to the chiropractor he has used himself while he lived here, and promised to be available by phone should I need him. But we essentially sat down together and planned out the next few months of my life health-wise, and I’m dragging my husband along with me. He’s not as enthusiastic about it as I am, but I suspect he will be once he sees our results. Again, I’ll keep you posted.

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I had the most fabulous Monday this week! My step-mom, Edie, came in to spend the day with me while my dad was at a conference downtown. Not only did we have a great time, but she cleared out the planting beds in front of my yard! I was SO thankful. Weeds and vines had grown over my knock-out roses, stella d’oro daylilies, iris, hostas, and nandinas until it looked like those kudzu-covered roadsides in Alabama. She even pruned out the dead sections of my roses. It makes me smile every time I look at the front of the house 😀

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I made my own yogurt last weekend. It is super-duper easy, and tastes delicious. My husband, Mr. Food Safety, won’t touch it after reading how it’s made, but I consider it my best frugal find this year 🙂

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CIGNA, my disability insurance provider, is still keeping my representative “unavailable” for long stretches of time, neglecting to return calls or emails, not meeting their own deadlines without a valid reason, and generally being apathetic, unprofessional, and flip about my situation. The only difference is they are now doing behaving this way toward my lawyer, not me. Not sure if this is progress or not, but it reminds me a lot of an old John Grisham novel called The Rainmaker in which his main character sues an insurance company that had a policy of denying all claims, no matter how valid. In the book it was a health insurance company and a young man died because the company refused to cover his bone marrow transplant. I’m planning on hanging around a long time, and on doing everything possible to ensure this company doesn’t put anyone else through what my family and I have suffered.

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Today will be the end of John’s first week of band camp, and there was drama (as always), sunburn (in spite of my demands that he wear sunscreen), hat hair, ultimate frisbee, and an exhausted fifteen-year-old every night. I love that he loves it.

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If I don’t seem to be responding to emails please don’t think I’m ignoring you. My desktop won’t let me get to my emails. My phone will let me read emails, but not save them. And since I’ve just finished a huge craft project and am hip-deep in sorting through my cedar chest I just can’t muster the energy for one more battle. Maybe this weekend.

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