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It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new year!

Some of you know I adore Michael Buble and his song “Feeling Good” describes much of how I feel at the moment…

“Fish in the sea
You know how I feel
River running free
You know how I feel
Blossom on a tree
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good….”

The end of last year brought back my old nemeis; panic attacks… and it has brought my life to a bit of a halt, at least with me driving anywhere because that is where I “panic” in the car. Go figure, I have been driving for almost 30 or so years and have been pretty good at, my record it pretty clean! But it is a “control thing” and I know I freak myself out… I have been working on this for a little while and need to get in the car daily and push my limits more and more… I know this is a new year and I really am not one for making New Year resolutions but rather am trying to work on the things that have held me back in the past…

My writing is another thing I’m going to really concentrate on… I have “soooo” much to say, just ask my family.

I’m going to try something new for me and that is to give myself an Editorial type of schedule where I will be writing “Manic Monday or Meaningful Monday” posts which will typically be about special needs and our family.

On Work Out Wednesday I will write posts, probably humorous, about my life with exercise..

And on Fresh Flavor Friday I hope to share with you many of my favorite recipes that I have made since last February when I began my healthy makeover.

Hope you will keep in touch and let me know how you are all doing!

A chance to win Inspiration in a Cup

I sat down to write a new post this morning after checking out other people’s blogs and leaving my usual “love” on them and I came across a blog which brought my attention to a coffee company called get the bean dot com which will deliver right to your door. I love a good quality cup of “joe” in the morning and so this peaked my interested and they were having a giveaway which you can find out more at Get the bean, but more so I am all about inspiration and people and how they take a lemon and make lemonade and that is just what this company is about.

It started with Meaghan: (ok this was taken from their website)

Meaghan was a young, healthy vibrant 28 year old attending law school in the winter of 2006. During her second year of classes she began feeling ill. She went to numerous doctors looking for help. Each doctor suggested it was all in Meaghan’s head; maybe she was depressed, mentally ill or over-stressed. Because she was young and had always been healthy the doctors assumed nothing could be seriously wrong. Enduring extreme pain, bleeding and exhaustion Meaghan kept returning to her doctors looking for help. Still no one did anything to address any of her health issues. Meaghan’s symptoms became worse with each passing day. Because no one believed she was ill she continued to attend classes and tried to live a normal life. Eventually the pain became so unbearable she drove herself to the ER.

The doctors at the Emergency Room also suggested Meaghan’s pain was in her head. However, due to the symptoms she complained of they were required to give her a CT scan. The CT scan showed Meaghan’s pain was NOT in her head. She had a large tumor on her cervix. The tumor had grown so large it had crushed her ureters causing her kidneys to rip open. In February 2007 Meaghan was finally diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer, stage 3b. The same doctors that had assured her she was fine were now telling her and her family that she would not survive.

Meaghan decided not to give up but rather to fight. After two weeks of hospitalization and blood transfusions Meaghan was flown to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Massachusetts. Upon arrival the doctors were both amazed and horrified. Amazed at this young woman’s spirit and horrified at the pain she was forced to endure. Teams of doctors attended Meaghan in an effort to diminish her pain and save her life. Meaghan underwent chemo, internal and external radiation as well as numerous surgeries. With only a 20% chance of surviving Meaghan and her doctors fought hard against cancer. In July 2007 she won her battle and was cancer free.

Although she won her fight Meaghan continues to struggle against the secondary effects of her treatments. Cancer has changed her life forever. Meaghan returned to law school and is set to graduate in December 2008.

Without the love, care and attention Meaghan received at Dana Farber Cancer Institute she would not have survived. Because of this Meaghan has dedicated herself to raising awareness and supporting Cancer Institutes. To learn more about Meaghan and her story visit her blog at www.cancerlost.blogspot.com

Now wouldn’t you rather get your coffee from this great woman rather then that place on every corner? wink wink! To register to win the free coffee go to get the bean. And drop by here anytime with your cup of “joe” and let me know what your favorite flavor is…

10 things I could have, should have, would have…

1. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have made more time to sit down and really listened to my grandmother’s stories better…

2. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have enjoyed my college experience more and taken advantage of everything that I could…

3. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have taken the time to travel around the world and see all of the places that I had studied…

4. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have spent more time enjoying my pregnancies instead of worrying about them…

5. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have spent less time worrying about the mess my kids were making and made it with them…

6. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have spent more time working with Ainsley on her speaking rather than worrying about her not walking…

7. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have not stressed about each project I worked on…

8. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have spent more time with Rebeka on her homework…

9. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have taken more time to talk to my husband about his business…

10. If I could close my eyes and go back in time I would have spent more time telling my children and husband how much I love them and how much they mean to me…

We each have the ability to change some things in our lives. What could you have done, should have done, or would have done? Make a list now, and change the things that you still can.