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(C)I cherish this life I live.  I thank God for it every day.
People may think I am crazy but if you were in my shoes you would understand.
I have lived with a lot of pain and illnesses and would not trade it for nothing in the world. I have learned so much because of it and I meet so many good people that never would have crossed my path otherwise.
I seen sides of the people that I knew already and found that they really weren't friends after all.
I was diagnosed with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in both ankles after my knees were messed up in the Army. I deal with chronic back pain, osteoarthritis; have degenerative (herniated) disks in my neck and back.
In September 2000 I was diagnosed with Relapsing- Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and was unable to walk for a year, and in 2002 I was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer. It had not spread past my lymph nodes but it was in enough of them.
Today I deal with a lot of pain and take a lot of medication, but I am cancer free, can walk- not great distances- have a host of God fearing people in my life and I smile every day.
When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I found out how wonderful my husband and children are. I was married to my husband for six years and I thought the worst at the time. I told him if he wanted to leave me I would totally understand, I had raised my kids by myself for a good number of years anyway and I know he would not want to be burdened with a cripple and my kids. He looked like he wanted to slap me as he told me to be quiet and stop talking crazy. He said he married in sickness and in health and he meant it. He loved me he will take care of me and till this day that is exactly what he has done and still does Army and all. My oldest son was in the Air Force at the time; my other son was in college and my daughter in high school. Before I knew it my son stationed in Las Vegas was back in NC, my son going to school an hour away was going to school 10 minutes away and my daughter always stayed at my right hand. She got accepted at a very good school in Virginia two years later, you guessed it she going to school in NC.
My sons still live within twenty minutes of me, they go with me to the doctor, store or anything I need or don't need.
Unfortunately, I lost my father last month, but because of my breast cancer I got to know him better and had gained a best friend. When I first found out I had breast cancer and they gave me chemotherapy prior to my Lumpectomy every two weeks. My father drove from Florida to North Carolina and stayed for three days because my husband was stationed in Korea, to be with me. When they had to go back in and I had a mastectomy, I had chemotherapy again my father moved to North Carolina, because then they deployed my husband to Iraq.
My children, again because of my breast cancer, got to enjoy their grandfather and my grandchildren, their great-grandfather. I got to take care of him when he got sick and now visit him with flowers on his birthday.
I started back to school for Graphic Design -online. I am enjoying my passion for photography and am starting to take pictures for people.
I do a lot of volunteering, working with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Family Support Group in my husband's Army Unit. The one thing I enjoy the most is spending time spoiling my grandchildren.
So you see I wouldn't trade for anything in world, I LOVE MY LIFE!!



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      Inakika wrote Oct 1, 2008
    • All I can say is BRAVO! You are one hell of a woman, Theresa!



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      Ms-kay wrote Oct 1, 2008
    • Phenomenal Woman...that’s what you are. God has put his healing hands upon you and your family. You definitely have a purpose here to teach all of us something. We definitely  need to be more thankful for the things we take for granted sometimes. You are an inspiration. Blessings to you and your family!



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      Mksactown wrote Oct 1, 2008
    • AMEN to you, Theresa. AMEN to you.



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      Mztracy wrote Oct 22, 2008
    • Blessings to you my dear. I have spms and degenerative disc disorder. I feel you about all the pain!! What an excellent outlook you have. Bug huggzz coming your way!



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      Cheryl Sharpton wrote Jan 6, 2009
    • Your story is so inspirational.  You are truly an amazing person and I’m blessed to have met you.  I count my blessings every day just as you do and wouldn’t trade my life with anyone for all the money or riches in the world.  My husband is in the Air Force stationed in N. Charleston, SC for his UTA’s.  I pray nightly that he doesn’t get called to go to Iraq.  I’m sorry about all that has befallen you but know that the road ahead is wonderful and will continue to be wonderful for you.

      I see we are neighbors.  We have got to meet and do lunch one weekend.  My husband and I go to Fort Bragg some weekends to use their Gym and outside track.  Do you reside near that base?



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