Sometimes it pays to have a lazy day. It gives one a chance to ruminate a while...chew on things that have been sticking in your melon for a while. Today was one of those days.
I realize that I am a blessed woman in so many ways, but one of the things I am most blessed with is friends. So many I don't think I could count them all. And these friends have helped me immeasurably over the years in almost every aspect of my life.
I have bloodhound friends, who took this neophyte under their wings, showed ,me the right way to do things, and what needed to be done. Held my hand when things went bad, cheered enthusiastically when things went well, and put up with me in my invalid body trying to get by in a very mobile-driven "hobby" for lack of a better word. And when they found out about the drastic changes I was about to take on in my life and body, they were so supportive! Many people don't understand why we "do dogs", especially since it can be costly, but people need to realize that the dogs are Dave and my break from the stresses of everyday life. We go to shows as a couple, not Mom and Dad, we act like grown ups, we talk about things other than the struggles we have in a family with special needs kids, and we unwind, if only for a day or two. I think it's what keeps us sane sometimes. Our friends in this part of our world help us do that, and for that I am indebted to them.
I have "bariatric friends", all over North America. I turned to them in the beginning when I was exploring options and didn't know if I had the courage to go through with it. They told me the questions I needed to ask, they told me the ugly, terrible stories as well as the good, they inspired and emboldened me to make my videos, which have in turn helped many others. Most of these friends I have never met face to face, but I still consider them close friends as they are always there for me, even if it means giving me a kick in the pants when I need it. People like Mike, Toni, and Lynnda at Bariatric TV, who saw my videos and invited me to join them in helping others. They kept track of my journey, posted my progress post surgery, and, when things were really tough, got their sponsors Bariatric Advantage,(thank you to you too) to kick in some supplements and vitamins for me so I wouldn't get sick, as I was terrified I would. Diva Taunia-the woman I hope to become! She is brassy, and bold, and talented, and kind, and just downright amazing! She is so supportive, and too helped out with a word in the right ear to get me some of what I needed to continue to do well. So many others sent gifts and cards, and well wishes, it really is like a big family. I don't know if I could have done this well without you. Remember, this is from people I have never met!
And then there are old friends, that I just recently have connected with again through good old facebook. People I went to college with, who haven't seen me in 20 years, who's lives have all taken very different directions, but who, when they read about my success showing my own dogs again, or puppy pictures, or read my posts and see before and after photos of me ( I was about 170lbs back then), send me no judgement, just kudos. We are attempting to meet up again after all this time, and I wish ferverently that we are successful! It would be so nice to come full circle over a drink and catch up.
I don't mean to besmirch family, my sister is friggin awesome, but friends don't HAVE to be your friends, they have options! LOL All I know, is I NEVER would have survived, or excelled, without my friends, their love and support. I am grateful to you all, and all you have to do is let me know when I can return the favor!