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Jim M.
Aug 10

Jim M.

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I'm a semi-retired civil engineer living in Naples, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. We have a wonderful powder-white soft sand beach with interesting shells. Love living in a beach town!
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    Jim M. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on August 10, 2015.

    I'm a busy guy right now doing medical paperwork. I'll be back in a week! Thanks again for all of the support -- it makes a difference.

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    I just studied up on the symptoms of stroke; found them interesting.
    Hello Carmen C – I just received an email from DC saying that our pact was broken because you did not sign on Day #4 (yesterday). No worries, we’ll try it again someday. Thanks for the morning ‘E’ Judith P, Joan T and Julie J. – always appreciated.

    Circumstances require for me to take a short time off of DC. I’m on a mission to see if I can get my Donna on a government disability program. Not SSI which comes out of the ‘general fund’ because you have not worked long enough to contribute to the SS System -- she has worked and contributed to the system many years.
    I’m applying for SSDI which returns some of the money she has contributed through her hard work for decades. This also opens the door to more medical care options.

    For all of my DC friends who have followed us on our journey and sent prayers and well wishes – I must revel something that we learned only a couple of weeks ago when her latest cancer was diagnosed. Donna has ‘Cancer of Unknown Primary’, so the place where it presented itself is a mystery. We were absolutely horrified when we saw the very detailed PET scan results. Her cancer is in her lymph system. It’s present from her hips to areas around her neck, some in her left breast. The doctors offer a huge program of chemotherapy treatment – which 1 in 3 people ‘might’ respond to. Even those patients would be lucky to get to remission. Our oncologist told us that this cancer has no cure. Donna has terminal cancer…

    She has made the decision to refuse treatment if there is no chance of cure at the end of the path. She does not want to live out her life with the chemo poison in her system. She has experienced lower back pain since October of 2014 and has been treated with cortisone shots and the like. The doctors have discovered that most likely the pain is from cancer tissue pushing on the nerves in her back. She still works with a few clients in her one-person housekeeping business, but we expect the pain will be getting worse some day and she’ll have to stop working. We may have to give up our condo and move closer to our families in central Florida (Winter Haven & Lakeland).

    Since I’m writing a book this morning instead of my usual ‘Have a happy day’ messages, I’d like to state something about government aid. There are MANY hardcore folks in our country who like to demonize those people who have to look for assistance. Their assumptions are wrong and very stupid. I have known many folks who had terrible disease and passed after a few years, years that they could not work. Most have contributed to the system and will not survive long enough to get their SS check in their 60’s. Yet these scoundrels chose to paint everyone with the same brush saying that they are lazy moochers. I am tired of hearing their uneducated assumptions that have been repeated likely from their equally stupid hardcore associates. By far, the majority of Welfare, SNAP and other programs go to the working poor who have children in the home. I’m amazed how spending trillions of $ on war can be just fine, but spending less than 1% of the cost of war on fellow Americans is some sort of terrible act. This is not the same country that I was born onto in 1946 Florida. Sorry, I just had to vent that. I’m sure Donna and I will get snarls from the hardcore group as we travel this terrible path.

    I’ve told Donna that I support any decision she makes about cancer treatment. I have also asked her to let me help her in preparing meals that have cancer fighting elements and she has agreed. I believe that miracles do happen. Therefore, I am asking anyone who knows any cancer-fighting particular food or small meal recipe to let me know. Noting expensive or elaborate at all (not affordable to us). I will trust my DC friends with my email address – please do not share/abuse or sign me up for anything. This is my email address: TropicEngineer@aol.com. On Facebook – Jim Midzalkowski.

    We just received word this morning that her sister will fly down from Wisconsin in a few weeks for ten days. That will give her the comfort of a sister and me a rest. Some of her millionaire clients have already paid a few bills for her. They love her and have nearly adopted her. Great people.

    Donna is 58 years old, I am 68 years old. We are not married, but we found each other in December 1999. She is a wonderful lady and I’d do anything for her.
    Peace.

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    July 26, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
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      Ayse D. replied July 27, 2015 at 4:43 UTC:

      Jim, apply and if they refuse. Apply again, that is how things work. I am sending you and Donna light and love. I respect her decision to live the remainder of her days doing the best she can. Glad you wrote and shared what is going on for you. God bless you both.

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      Nina K. replied July 27, 2015 at 5:28 UTC:

      Bless you and Donna now and always! I feel so honored that you shared such personal and genuine parts of your life. I also respect and support your Donna's decision and send all of the healing light and love to your both. I am doing the same for Margarita right now..,,, I will ...see more

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    I have a shoe rack in my closet -- no problem.
    Pact day #4 Carmen. Almost there!!
    Happy Saturday.

    "Give yourself 5 minutes to organize your shoes"

    July 25, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
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      Norma C. replied July 25, 2015 at 15:15 UTC:

      Sounds like you are all set with the shoes Jim.....WTG ! Hope you and Donna have a lovely weekend !

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      Vicki S. replied July 26, 2015 at 16:22 UTC:

      Oh Jim I am so sorry to hear that these struggles continue for Donna and you, and that there are new signs of cancer. There are no words available that can take away the emotional and physical pain she is experiencing. I have no advice on foods or treatments but will most certainly ...see more

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    Good stretch!
    Pact Day #3 Carmen – halfway there.
    Have a Happy Friday!!

    “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”
    Gary Zukav

    "Clasp your elbows or forearms behind your back for a shoulder stretch"

    July 24, 2015 at 11:11 UTC
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      Mindy M. replied July 24, 2015 at 23:52 UTC:

      I loved the quote. Thank you for your encouragement. I hope you have a good night and a wonderful weekend.

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      Kathryn T. replied July 25, 2015 at 6:00 UTC:

      Good stretch.....even if I couldn't grab my elbows!! I touched them, however, and hope that couonts. Thanks so much for your encouragement, sweetie. I appreciate it. You and your wife remain in my thoughts and prayers.......and I love the Zulav quote!!

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    I will write down some financial goals today. I take Donna back to her surgeon today to make sure that the incision is healing properly. She has a lot of soreness in her shoulder where they took tissue samples. Another busy day. Pact Day #2 Carmen!!
    Have a terrific day.

    “It's never too late to be what you might have been.”
    George Eliot

    "Write down 1 short-term and 1 long-term financial goal"

    July 23, 2015 at 11:12 UTC
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    I've been cutting up watermelon in chunks this week for us to snack on or replace any after dinner sweets. It works for us. Pact day #1 Carmen -- we're on our way.
    Happy Wednesday!!

    "Share 1 easy way to add fruit to your lunch"

    July 22, 2015 at 11:18 UTC
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