True Story: How I Nearly Lost My Leg (and how the VAC saved it)


This shows my two legs, the right one scarred from my two operations, the left one still healing from my recent surgery.

This shows my two legs, the right one scarred from my two operations, the left one still healing from my recent surgery.

It’s been almost 9 years since I had two operations on my right leg. Today, I will share my story about what I went through to save my leg, and the amazing machine that helped me heal.

*To protect the identity of the people involved in this story, I will be referring to them only by their initials. And be warned – this is the longest post I’ve ever written and published on this blog. It’s also a very personal story, and was something I’ve been coping with for years.  Read More

I Have False Teeth – and I Love Them!

These are my false teeth. And I love them.

These are my false teeth. And I love them.


Wanna know a secret?

Yeah, thought you might… 😉

Okay, here goes.

When I was 22, I had all of my teeth removed, and got false teeth.

Nope, I’m not kidding!

Wanna know why?

Okay, I’ll tell you. I did promise you last week that this week I’d share a personal, embarrassing story. Telling you all that I have false teeth certainly qualifies, doesn’t it?

Do I really have false teeth?

Yes, I really DO have dentures. The funny thing is that I’m pretty happy I have false teeth now.

You see, when I went to the dentist oh so long ago, my teeth were in rough shape. In fact, my dentist told me that I could undergo several root canals and keep my teeth for possibly a few more years, but that I would have to get them all removed eventually. I decided to forgo the root canals and have all of my teeth removed that year. I’m so happy I did this, too!

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Operations Suck. Period.

This is Princess (Prinnie) comforting me after surgery...

This is Princess (Prinnie) comforting me after surgery…


Last week, as most of you already know, I had surgery. Since I’m not even getting my bandages changed until Thursday, AND tomorrow marks the day I published my first post EVER on this blog, I thought I’d do something different today. By the way, I’m still in pain, and it just isn’t in me to blog much right now.

In fact, I wanted to do something special for my one year blogoversary (it’s tomorrow), but I just don’t have it in me to make a big production of it. Well, that’s a lie. I actually just created something special for Friday. Yep, I’m featuring myself this Friday! The post I was going to run this Friday has been pushed back to next Friday. So I’m getting back into the swing of things, finally. Since my surgery, I haven’t wanted to do much other than lay around and let Princess comfort me. I guess she knows how I feel; I took care of her for quite a while when she had problems.

Before I gross you out with some pictures, let me tell you that I’m actually rather disappointed with 2014 so far.

All of my plans are going down the drain this month. I’ve been depressed, sick to my stomach, and generally hate having obligations to live up to when feeling this way. I kinda screwed up, too, last week, when I had my post published on Carol Tice’s blog. Things went awry and I tried my best to fix them. I succeeded, to a point, thanks to many of you who left me a comment as a result of me sending out an email. Thank you for making things better for me. You have no idea how much I appreciate the fact that you took the time to read my guest post and comment on it. And read my email. You guys (and gals) are just the BEST! 😀

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I’m Having Surgery Today

This is a picture of one of my doctor's examining rooms.

This is a picture of an examination room at my doctor’s office.


I had other plans for a post today, but felt like I had to tell you all what’s going on, just in case.

You see, I’m having surgery today.

No, I’m not joking.

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Relay for Life 2013

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I thought I’d try my hand at a slideshow. (You can watch it or click to flip from one slide to the next…)

I had a lot of pictures of Baby Sam, now 1.5 years old, from the Relay For Life, a cancer research and awareness event that was held in June 2013. I made a video of her, too. You might have missed it, so I included it below. It’s inspiring, and Sam even says “Good Girl” (her version of it) in it, repeating me, as she was walking her lap! She’s so awesome; you gotta love this little trooper! But now she’s not really a baby anymore… *weeping*…  She’s now “Sam” or “Sammi” and is beginning to learn how to talk. She says “tuck” for truck, “dink” for drink, and “Bub” for Bubble Guppies. She’s adorable! 🙂 Read More