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I just cannot press “delete contact”

I’ve always preferred personal contact rather than text messages.  Even in class, while many kids traded elaborate “notes”, I wanted to talk.  This is not to say I didn’t pass notes in class.  I did.  We live in a world dominated by texts and DM’s.  It’s become too easy.  Relationships are too convenient at times. …

We Don’t Need Encouragement

I have been obese for over 21 years.  My fat is actually old enough to drink.  In 2004, however, I became a sober member of society.  This means, not even my fat is allowed to consume alcohol.  As a child and young adult, my weight wasn’t an issue.  Addictions of many kinds ruled my chaotic…

Hallie gets a Birthday Blog!

My sister Halie’s birthday is today.  She’s old.  It’s no secret that we are close.  We talk multiple times a day, and when I don’t see her, I get a bit sad.  My month in Florida was hard on us both.  I missed seeing Jacob, and missed seeing Hallie as much.  She called me one…

So Long sweet friend

I am unsure if empathy can be learned.  I hope so.  I have always felt the plight of others but never as much as I have since I met Jackie Acho.  The ability for me to relate to others has always been there without the knowledge of its importance.  I now know how necessary it…

Week One Recap

Last Monday my first steps to regain control of my body were taken.  Step one, move.  That’s it.  I arrived in Florida just before Thanksgiving.  Prior to my arrival, I weighed in at PT.  I was just as heavy (give or take a few pounds) as I’ve ever been.  I weighed in around 393 pounds. …

I hope something is happening

I came down to Florida the day before Thanksgiving.  I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving (or going to MIL) for as long as I can remember.  My in-laws don’t like traveling to CLE in the cold so we made changes to tradition.  Since Jacob’s diagnosis tradition has been damned.  When the idea of coming down here was…

Our goal should not be Survival

“How was your Thanksgiving?”  “Thanks for asking…..I survived.”  This is the part where the subject inserts some story about a drunk uncle or a racist grandmother who wants to know about a boy the granddaughter is dating.  Sometimes egos erupt into an avoidable fight.  If you’re really lucky, someone who never offers to help cook…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year 

Is it? November and December have long since been my favorite months. I loved hosting Thanksgiving. I rarely got stressed with a full house and cooking my turkey and stuffing. Something magical happens around 11:30 AM, when the smell consumes the house. I even found time to run downtown to catch Jacob finish the “Turkey…

you can keep your perspective

“Man, that really puts things in perspective.”  “Things like this really make you think about your life.”  Contemplative self-checks, like, are commonplace in the wake of tragedy.  I’ve been guilty.  Two weeks before Jacob’s 8th birthday, my friends Malcolm and “Teeny” lost Malcom’s son to cancer.  I attended the calling hours and funeral.  Leaving in…

how to Survive this mid-term

I wrote my initial blog on this site in October 2020.  I didn’t realize then, what was to come.  I’ve written plenty about life, love (in so many forms), addiction, and how to navigate this world with “worst case scenario” scenarios.  Survival is not hyperbole.  Small victories are total successes.  I take little for granted…

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