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Patti Burns's Blog (32)

Nothing to stop me from being happy

There is always something devastating to hear or read about in our daily lives, however I'm here to say that I just got married a few days ago. I'm on cloud nine still from the event that showered my heart with a lot of love that day. I put my aches and pains away for one day to concentrate on this beautiful occasion.

There was death in the family a month ago that devastated us all in the hospital when my bro in…

Added by Patti Burns on September 24, 2010 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

End of makeover #1...start #2

Hi, everyone!
Just blogging on some of the things done. As you can see this makeover is different than others, I'm going through different channels in life to makeover my life. All in part of making my health a better me for the love of my children and grandchildren to show that loving yourself is the best gift in life to yourself.

#1...I only lost in a month 5 lbs., all because I haven't started the excercises yet (bad…

Added by Patti Burns on May 10, 2010 at 12:20am — 10 Comments

Forgetting those around me

Here I was, forgetting those around me. Gone to work, come home, and get ready for the next job. Work has always been in my blood, to provide. Exhausted from work and occasional high blood sugars, I would go take short nap, perhaps a long one.

Away from my family doing errands that benefit the household. My time away wasn't benefitting the family at all. I had to stop and comprehend what the kids, ages 24, 20 and 17, were saying. Like ' Mom, are you off tonight?' ' Mom, I…

Added by Patti Burns on April 13, 2010 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The start of 4 week makeover #1

This morning is the official day to start my makeover on myself physically and in life. To set goals and higher expectations and to be healthy. This makeover will cover about everything in life and not just one thing like weight loss. I feel that makeovers need to be done from the foundation of your life, so that all else falls into place.

Entry #1....I weight 202 lbs and the goal is to lose over 80 lbs. To shape my body as I go with excercises, as well as cardio. Some yoga…

Added by Patti Burns on April 8, 2010 at 6:12am — 2 Comments

My 4 week makeover, a year long goal.

I am introducing my 4 week makeover on the 1st of April. It will record my blood sugars, weight loss or gain, foods I eat, foods desire, home life, work life, goals to accomplish, and at the end of the 4 weeks....I will record the results and with a picture. I will repeat this step every 4 weeks, I will purchase an excercise program along the way.

This will record all the steps and determination that I will accomplish in one year. The main goal is to have lost 80 pounds and…

Added by Patti Burns on March 31, 2010 at 2:08am — 2 Comments

Diabetes overloaded with challenges

I write tonight on a happy note rather than a negative. There is so much to do to catch up with everything around me. In 8 months, I have alot to get done. Write a book, move to another rental house or buy one, a wedding to plan, a total of 4 surgeries..1 mines and 3 are my husband's, both of us to seek a regular job with day hours and better pay hopefully weekends off, the challenges of the disease that is causing a connection between hearing loss...thyroid problems...and diabetes, trying to… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on January 14, 2010 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Hypothyroidism, A secret killer....The cause of diabetes

First, I like to write that I missed everyone while away from the site. Second, I hope everyone had a blast during the holidays.

Now, I have been in the first part doing some advocating in action, for causes of diabetes, sickle cell foundation, the homeless, and for children all while I have been hurting with my lungs and the rib bones. I finally went to a different hospital for a diagnois as to why I'm hurting so bad to were I couldn't get out of bed one morning.

That… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on January 5, 2010 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Time away, Life is busy

Ok, so I've been away for a short bit but I'm on a mission every angle of my life. I always have you all by my side when I'm out there advocating and volunteering. I know that besides being online, I need to be out there in action. Action speaks louder than words. So true.

I posted some pics of a couple of events in my life that fullfills my time. One was my grandson's early bday party at school, he's a Xmas eve baby. The next is the Xmas party… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on December 20, 2009 at 2:31am — 3 Comments

The reason why I and all.

Feeling good tonight, feeling humbled these pass few weeks no matter how bad things get. Appreciating everything that I do have. Can't change the past, but I can make the future more meaningful. Been doing alot of preparing for the stuff to happen in our favor. At the same time making time for the family and having fun everyday as much as possible.

You never know when the last day will be. Stop being depressed, start looking at things that you can do. I don't care if you are homeless… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on November 6, 2009 at 7:22pm — 7 Comments

Tonight, as I write...I'm thinking of all the members here

Tonight, as I write....I'm thinking of all the members here on the site. Thinking of all the experiences each one of us has gone thru. How people who are doing researches can learn from our writings how diabetes effects us and hoping that our words will encourage them to race for a cure. Not only that but when we do discussions or blogs about what our meds do for us and what it is that day or weeks at hand how we feel in our body or other stuff we had been doing....we are actually showing our… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on October 25, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Behind the fog...a life ( A tribute to Anthony)

Tonight, as I write, my soul is swollen with tears. A man, my brother in law....was diagnoised with liver cancer stage 4. He has a year to live. If the cancer hasn't spread to his spleen and back, he might be able to have a liver transplant. If it has spread, he has about a year to live.

This man never been to a doctor or hospital in 40 years. Till 3 months ago, he started having some pain that he couldn't handled. Went to the doctor, almost a month ago and today they give him the… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on October 20, 2009 at 11:19pm — 1 Comment

Behind the fog.....a life.

Tonight I write within my deepest thoughts, words only can subscribe the meaning of how fragile I really am. My fragilness is all based on the past and the future I hold on to so dear to make a better life. Not really knowing that I'm living a life right now, and it's not just the future to wait on but to live at this moment.

This diabetes has made me make decisions sometimes I ask why. Why didn't I just take off and explore another town or region for that matter. Why couldn't I… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on October 18, 2009 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Husband was back in hospital

Sunday morning at around 4am, my Jboy called to say that he was doing the laundry and cleaning when he got home from work. He cleaned about an hour when he had called me at my job said that the heavy cramping in his body was coming back on. Told him to eat a banana and take some meds. Told him to call me back if any worse.

By 6 o'clock, my son calls me to say that the ambulance was on the way to come for Jboy. Jboy was trying to wake up those in the house for help after going to the… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on October 12, 2009 at 2:05pm — 17 Comments

Tears and Thanks, my jboy is home.

Hi, everyone! My Jboy is back home today. So many tears and more to come, just being thankful to God that he was released. Had my youngest daughter with me when we picked him up, she was glad he was coming home and she hugged him for a long time and of course there I was crying and relieved.

When I say that I never want to lose him is because we have so much history together, I could write a love story between us. We met at my job when I was a manager for Taco Cabana, he was a little… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on September 29, 2009 at 6:56pm — 11 Comments

So scared for the first time for my husband

Yesterday morning, he awoke after having 9 hours of sleep. He started the laundry, the housecleaning while I slept after doing the night shift. I woke up at 11:30 to get ready to go and do some yard work for this old couple in their 80's, my husband went with me so that he could do the limb cutting with the trees.

This was about 2 years since the last time anyone took care of the yard. When we do the yards we only do grass cutting. But Sunday afternoon, we did alot of work under the… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on September 28, 2009 at 6:29pm — 17 Comments

All that a girl can ask for...lots of TuD friends

When I was first diagnois with D type 2, I had no ideal what to expect. How was I going to raise my gson if I was sick? That was 4 years ago and the gson is 4 1/2 years old now. He has kidney disease, so him and I share identical menu planning. That one work out for the best.

Than there was the insurance part, I had none...cause the job I had before being diagnoised fired me for something I had no control over. My eyesight was going blurry and the ceiling lights at work had halo… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on September 19, 2009 at 11:02pm — 5 Comments

Diabetes and Crimestopping

YEAH!!!!!!!! Just busted 30 plus junior high kids all gang related coming down my street. Called 911 and gave their every move, they were on their way to a street fight. All the action makes me want to get into street patrol again. I told 911 that I didn't like these kids coming down our street like this and that I knew they were going to start a fight cause of the gestures they were all making.

At first, the operator didn't believe what I was saying. So I kept calling on the kids'… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on September 2, 2009 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Freaking mad

I'm so freaking mad right now that it gives me more fuel to do more in life and for the lives of others. My ex's family is so freaking negative that I'm putting it to a more positive mode right now. Make them eat their freaking words that they say about my daughters. Their over here saying that my oldest daughter who is 19 and have one child who is 2 and 1/2 is saying that she ain't going to have a future. Even thou she is starting college this monday. STUPID ain't they.

Than they… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on August 20, 2009 at 8:52am — 10 Comments

Holding on to a dream

Ever since 4 years ago, when I found out that I was diabetic, I knew that I had to stop walking around bare footed showing off my pretty feet and a sense of nature going thru me. I loved it, but before being diagnoised I noticed that my feet were getting dry and needed more lotion than usual.

Being with Jboy for over 4 years at the time, I visioned my wedding of me wearing a Virgin Mary type cloth wedding gown and walking at my reception bare footed at a huge inside and outside… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on July 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Too blessed to be stressed

Everyday we go thru so much and not realizing what we have already. The stresses we go thru about our jobs, our health, our living arrangement, maybe our friends and or relatives, our children, the economy, etc. Here's an experience that I encountered.

I was waking up late Wednesday morning at 10:08 am and realized I was late getting to one of my client's house. I had taken a nap after working the overnight shift getting out at 7:30am. So I got out of my scrubs and into my business… Continue

Added by Patti Burns on July 11, 2009 at 6:08pm — 10 Comments



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