Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ALS Walk

The girls and I did the Scottsdale Walk to defeat ALS this past weekend. It isn't a long walk, only a couple of miles, but the whole point lies in the fact that we were able to walk it, unlike my cousin and others who are forced to live with ALS.

We raised $1,605 dollars for the Arizona Chapter of the ALS Association, way more than I imagined we could raise, and I am very grateful to those who contributed to such a worthy cause. It was a very special morning for us all, very emotional at times, and my cousin Alison was never far from my thoughts, though she is never far from my thoughts anyway.

In other news I have almost managed to plant my fall garden now. I still have swiss chard, spinach, lettuce and cabbage to plant. It is going to be cooler today, low eighties, so I am looking forward to doing that later with the girls. It will feel good to get it all planted at last though I have to admit it has been a good exercise in patience for me too.

The half landscaped backyard is driving me crazy but I am having to let it go for now. It probably wont get finished until next year but that it O.K and I am focusing on the parts that are finished and enjoying all the birds, some of which seem to be building nests again despite the time of year.

My back is about the same. I have a referral to a surgeon in two weeks time and I am glad though I never imagined I would be someone who needed back surgery. I have always believed in the bodys innate ability to heal itself but realistically there are occasions when this is simply not going to happen. How lucky we are that so much can be done these days. I think we often take modern medicine for granted and expect so much, and I am so grateful for the help I am getting.

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