Gratitude & Intentions ~ Happy New Year

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On December 20, 2019, I had a biopsy on a small mole that my Dermatologist said appeared to be Skin Cancer (she was 95% positive). Guess what? I beat the odds or my Mother’s Prayers protected me 🙏 The Dermatologist called at 8:30am on New Years Eve morning to inform me the biopsy came back as a BENIGN Lesion.  It’s not Cancer 😄 It still has to be removed; she can do that in the office. I don’t need Mohs Surgery or any other treatment. I started crying as I hung up the phone. I actually had to sit down because I was sobbing so hard. I was overwhelmed with relief and gratitude.  I’m proud of myself for the way I handle with situation. It freaked me out a bit but I didn’t let it consume me. I didn’t really even talk about it very much. I just moved on with life while I waited.

Now that I know it’s benign, I am going to make a few changes so I can still enjoy living at the beach and being in the sun. I will make sure my SPF 30 hits all the right places. I will commit to walking my four to six miles in morning during the summer and sitting under an umbrella more often in the afternoons while I am by the pool. I will continue to get a full body scan by the Dermatologist yearly and I will share information on Skin Cancer so people start checking their bodies. Here’s a tip – If a mole appears, grows quickly or changes colors or shapes, it needs to be evaluated and maybe biopsied. When Skin Cancer is caught early, it’s 99% curable with Mohs Surgery.
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When I receive a blessing, I believe in giving a blessing to put good energy in the Universe and passing it on. A friend owns Funny Farm Rescue.  After I got my biopsy results, I stopped out the farm to give her a cash donation.  Below are a few photos.  The horse is named Kristi. She is a 38 year old retired racing horse.  Kristi and I bonded.  Seriously, we are girlfriends ✌️I looked her in the eyes and told her she was beautiful while stroking her cheek.  Whenever I stopped talking to her or petting her, she nudged me with her nose 🤣 I hung out with Kristi for a good 20 minutes.  In the next photo, you can see the knuckleheaded goats are head-butting each other through the fence 🤣 And, the goose – OMG, that goose was up in my business🤣  I shooed them away and then they would not even look at me 🤣 Divas for sure!

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I am not big on making New Years Resolutions. I prefer to make Intentions for the coming year. The Trump Administration eliminated consumer protections in the pork industry and are now allowing pork byproducts such as toenails, hooves, etc to be used things like Ham and Bacon. It totally grosses me out and was my last straw…I’ve been a Pescatarian in recent weeks. I am going to continue being a Pescatarian until at least January 31st to see if I can sustain it.  I would like to eat this way permanently.

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Actually, I don’t eat much fish but I do like Sushi. So I am mostly a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian. This means I eat dairy and eggs in additional to cooked veggies and gluten free carbs.  It seems to be easy for me. A local prepared food store, (Done Margate.), makes cooked veggies and a different type of Tofu each week. Below is Thai Sweet Chili Tofu cubes and Wasabi Green Beans that I had this week. It was delish! It had plenty of protein and both are easy to digest. The Soy in Tofu may help with my Hot Flashes too 🤣
Screen Shot 2019-12-31 at 5.09.43 PM.pngAs far as my New Years Eve Plans go – I am making a pizza on a Cauliflower crust for dinner and having Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream for Dessert. I will light some wickless candles and ending the evening by smudging my condo with sage. Maybe some gentle yoga… I hope to stay awake until midnight so I can be meditating at midnight.  I’ve done this the last couple of years and really liked it. If I am can’t stay up, it’s not a big deal.   I am not much of a drinker, so going out on NYE night isn’t fun for me.  I would rather wait for a quiet night to sip one delicious glass of Malbec or Cabernet while talking with a close friend over dinner in an upscale restaurant 🤣

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