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Hello and welcome to my page! If you couldn't guess, my name is Cathy.We sold our home in Colorado and bought 13 acres of forested land on the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest here in southern Missouri. We don't have any children other than our cockatiels that we call our feathered puppies. :-))

August 2017 - We moved back to Colorado!! So happy to be back in my home state and to be near family again.

My husband and I make video games for a living from our home. We work well together and love that we get along so well.

Life has dealt me plenty of punches starting with my first surgery at the age of 5. At 9 I had a brain tumor removed that damaged my right optic nerve and destroyed my pituitary gland. As a result I'm legally blind in my right eye and have to take medicines for the rest of my life to make my body function normally. I've had multiple surgeries and broken bones over the years since then but I will not let anything stop me from becoming a better me physically and mentally.

Member Since: 2/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 175,928

My Goals:
I want to lose weight to be healthy primarily, feel better and have more energy. Of course I would like to look better as well.

My Program:
I am doing walking, hiking, yoga, tai chi, ST and whatever else I can or want to do or think of doing for exercise.

Personal Information:
My husband and I make and sell video games for the PC and XBox.

Other Information:
I love to read. I love to read anything that isn't predictable. My favorite author is Stieg Larsson. I like some Dean Koontz novels. SciFi is probably my favorite genre of books to read though.

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    Hi Cathy! Thank you for the comment on my blog. We are all moved in. Silk has taken the move in her stride. She is an old hand at this. She has her cat tree next to the bedroom window where she can watch what is going on outside. Katie has been having a little more difficulty. She went through one of the plate glass windows the other day. I don't think she did it intentionally. It was her momentum that took her through it. She is fine no cuts. We have the window fixed and have taken steps to make sure that there is a barrier between her and the glass from now on. She is getting walked more often over here. She has made numerous doggie friends.

    I hope you are having a great Sunday. Chat with you later.

    3976 days ago
    emoticon for posting on my blog. I'm glad that it encouraged you! I too put off reading The Spark for several weeks and then we had the February challenge so I made myself pick it up. It's so weird too because I couldn't wait to get it! Once I got started I had to make myself stop each day. It has so much in it to motivate me and I'm trying now to get my husband to read it. emoticon Of course, earning the SparkPoints for reading it helped too. emoticon
    3976 days ago
    Cathy, it appears in some way that your medical incident was somewhat similar to mine in that the brain was affected. I don't quite understand your comment about while you were waiting for your husband, the only thing that saved you was you walked out of the hospital and fell and got a concussion. I don't get the connection between these two things.

    The brain appears to be a magical organ in that it can, in many ways, repair itself. I always thought of the brain as the most delicate organ in our bodies. Thanks be to God you recovered and I am too. My cognitive abilities seem to be in good shape. Example. When I got out of nursing home on 1/7, I couldn't write an email, use the remote controls, telephone, set the security alarm system, etc. My writing was atrocious with typos and spell checker won't pick up all of them. I was so frustrated I quit writing for a while. Heck I couldn't even find the bathroom in my own house due to confusion at night. My husband would get up with me when I got up to go to the bathroom to check on me because he didn't trust what I was doing or where I was going at tat point. I have a funny but not so funny story, but I won't repeat it here because it's rather embarrassing as well as funny.

    As to what I am doing to while the time away til I return to work, I can finally read (big print books mostly). I spend much time doing aggressive exercise and working out daily. I have not begun to write again (poetry, stories, etc.), but I will.

    Again, thank you for your comments and good wishes.

    Take good care of yourself, Cathy. Isn't SP wonderful??!!!

    3976 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2010 5:38:13 AM
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    Hi Cath, yes she did her references, she's a supervisior weekends at a nearby hospital, actually very good references! She's been there 6 years-Kathleen
    3976 days ago

    No, it wasn't too late to respond to my blog regarding my bout with encephalitis. Thank you for taking time to respond, to empathize, and to share your own story of overcoming an illness. By the way, encephalitis is defined as "swelling of the brain." In my case, the drs think it was brought on my an adverse reaction to my seasonal flu shot just weeks before, but they cannot be sure. It's a very difficult disease to diagnose. So here I sit waiting for my brain to repair itself. I can tell you, it's taking its sweet time. I'm so very much better, but not good enough. HOpefully I will be able to return to teaching in April. So, keep your fingers crossed and send prayers my way too.

    Thank you and best of luck in all your endeavors.

    3977 days ago