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Jim M.

Jim M.

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I'm a semi-retired civil engineer living in near Lakeland, Florida I live on my brother's ranch/farm. We have some cattle, horses & Dalmatian dogs. My wife passed away in Aug 2016 & my family wanted me closer to them. I have 2 adult children and grandpa to some sweet grandchildren.

*** ATTENTION*** OCTOBER 2016 Update: I am NO LONGER available to PACT with anyone. My sweet Donna lost her battle with cancer recently & honestly I am not handling it nearly as well as I expected. Thanks.
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    *** MY LAST DC POST***
    Sorry for the length.

    Photo: Sweet Donna was always known as my mermaid. We lived in a beach town and had our feet in the sand every weekend.

    I joined this site five years ago and have enjoyed the little challenges given that caused me to pay more attention to my health. I'm 70 now and pretty darned healthy.

    Sweet Donna, my wife of 17 years and ten years younger than me, was very strong & healthy. One year after I joined DC Donna was diagnosed with liver cancer. It took a year but she beat the cancer.

    I stayed with DC during that cancer battle not for the challenges, but for the outpouring of support from the DC community. The impact of 20 or 30 people every morning wishing you well, giving advice from their own past experience and just caring about us was immeasurable.

    After beating the first cancer a second cancer was detected. This was labeled terminal cancer, no way out. Pounding away daily with more home remedies than medications, we did our best. Some mornings I would bring my laptop to Donna and show her that folks around the globe were cheering her on. She smiled & the DC community made a difference.

    My Sweet Donna lost her battle with cancer in August 2016. The support shown to me by the DC family was overwhelming. I was alone & grieving and without any family nearby. It's interesting that many friends in town kept a distance; but I understand that some issues are just too sad for some people to hang in there with you -- but my DC family were there each morning. Each of you were a tremendous help to my emotional being.

    At the first sign of cancer my brother & his wife told me that their home was open to me if Donna passed. I lived in Naples, Florida (beautiful beach town), my brother lives in central Florida. They have a small ranch with cattle and horses and dalmatian dogs. I moved to their ranch last November. They've been wonderful.

    I immediately entered grief counseling through the Hospice organization. They feared I was headed towards depression. After finishing the grief program they asked me to go out and meet some new people. I did so -- but the DC community hung in with me everyday. You have all helped me survive a disastrous time in my life.

    Today I'm closing a chapter in my life. I work on this little ranch helping with all I can. My brother is 6'-7" tall and handicapped, wears a very large leg brace and walks with a cane. His wife has had many back surgeries and lives with a lot of pain. I feel good about helping them. I'm up early doing work that keeps me busy and healthy.

    A friend of mine has invited me to visit her rented home in Granada, Nicaragua for a month or two. It's just north of Costa Rica on Lake Nicaragua, the 5th largest fresh water lake on the planet. There's an active volcano on the opposite shore. Nicaragua has been peaceful for a couple of decades.

    I've chosen to leave DC after 5 years because I need to be active, live out my life, working on the ranch and visiting far off places (some without internet coverage).

    I want to thank you all for your support over these past years. It helped me more than you know. I wish you all a healthy future with lots of fun & love.


    "Stand up straight, take a large step forward with your right foot, and slowly bend both knees"

    May 17, 2017 at 13:48 UTC
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    I read the info and learned a bit more about this cancer. A good friend of mine passed away from this in 2010. She was only 46 and a single mother.

    I just had my 5 year anniversary of being on DC. I found the website while on a beach vacation in May 2012 with my late wife Donna. She was healthy then, but became ill in 2013. Sweet Donna passed away in August 2016.

    Sharing our struggle with cancer with all of my DC friends really helped me get through some rough times. Now life has changed. I moved 150 miles north to central Florida & live with my brother on a small ranch.

    Soon I'm going to spend some time in Granada, Nicaragua at a friend's rented home. I could be there a couple of months. It's a beautiful place just north of Costa Rica. It's next to Lake Nicaragua -- the 5th largest fresh water lake in the world and has a volcano on the opposite shore.

    Life for me has changed quite a bit for me with duties on the ranch, the opportunity to have a short stay out of the country -- electricity & internet are not as reliable there as here. Staying in the DC community for 5 years has been fun, enjoyed meeting several people; had some great emotional support during difficult times. I believe it's time to move on.

    I think tomorrow will be my LAST DAY on DC. I hope everyone can understand my decision. I wanted to share my thoughts instead of just disappearing from the community.

    Thanks for the morning 'E' Cathleen M -- always appreciated.
    Have a wonderful day.

    "Review the screening guidelines for colorectal cancer"

    May 16, 2017 at 12:41 UTC
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      Betty B. replied May 17, 2017 at 6:53 UTC:

      This news makes me sad - you have been part of my life for the last couple years and have meant a lot to me, so I really hate to see you leave. I've agonized with you about Donna and I've been glad to see you slowly emerging from your grief. I loved meeting you in person, and ...see more

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      Betty B. replied May 17, 2017 at 6:54 UTC:

      I'll miss your wonderful photos too, Jim. This last one is awesome and very appropriate :)

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    Cool water with lemon. I drink lots of water.
    I used to drink lots of soda & pushed away from that habit a few years ago. Soda tasted good but it's really just liquid candy when you think about it.
    Happy Monday!

    "Share your favorite cool and healthy beverage"

    May 15, 2017 at 12:00 UTC
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    Jim M. has come back from his break.
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    Jim M. is celebrating an anniversary of Daily Challenge! May 7, 2017 at 7:45 UTC
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    Jim M. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on May 15, 2017.

    I'm taking a little break.

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    My computer is next to a window so it gets natural light. Thee's a lamp on the other side for evening use.
    Thanks to all who gave me encouragement today.
    I'm taking a few days off of DC.
    See you soon.

    "Check the lighting around your computer at home or work"

    April 28, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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    Photo of the walking tree lady taken at Disney's Animal Kingdom this week. She would hold a pose, looking like the plants around her, then move and people would jump in surprise. Great costume.

    I'd have to say that many years of Thanksgiving dinners with my family over the years -- my parents, aunts & uncles and cousins -- have left me with wonderful memories. Most of them have passed away now. No single diner can ever top those family gatherings.
    Have a terrific Thursday!

    "Recall a meal you had with an important person in your life, and describe what made it memorable"

    April 27, 2017 at 11:28 UTC
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    Photo of an African Rosetta Spoonbill. I took this at Disney's Animal Kingdom yesterday.

    They're many reasons to get a good night's sleep & I don't need a list thank you. Your body heals better when you are asleep, cells get replaced faster, brain rest is important & your body balances out -- fluids, regeneration of hormones.
    Plus I'm less grumpy when I get a full night's rest!

    "List 2 reasons to get a good night's sleep tonight, and keep the list handy for later"

    April 26, 2017 at 13:44 UTC
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