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06/12/2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

I have held my tongue since learning that SP is going to close on Aug. 17. It was a sucker punch in the gut. It is like losing a family member. I have been following all my friends lives for the last 13 years. I feel like part of your family as you feel like part of mine. You will never know how your support through Brad's fight with cancer has kept me centered. Your words of inspiration and hope have gotten me through this challenge and many more. You have been an outlet for me to share my life. We are in KC this weekend because it is Emerson's 6th birthday. We are here to celebrate his birthday! And mine which is Monday. What I will do after August 17, remains to be seen. I have checked out Spark360, and doesn't measure up to what we have here. I will try and give it a try. It may have features for the health end of things, however the personal side of SP is not there. I will miss being part of your life as much as you are part of mine.

Brad seems to be holding his own. His oncologist is talking about a living donor liver replacement. It pains my heart to see what all the steroids have done to his face and body. He was telling me that he is up to 180 lbs. which he has never been in his life. His dietary requirements going through many of these treatments are the cause of it. But I told him that sounds like a good thing to me. If he wasn't able to gain weight that would concern me more. Had a talk about the future and what could happen. It was a most difficult talk, but a good one. I have never felt closer to my son. Kind of ironic, that the talk took place on the feast of the Sacred Heart. I know I went to bed with a most heavy heart. But it was a good evening. They have the luck of the Irish. We went to a Mexican restaurant, and ordered a bowl of yellow queso, and they brought white queso, so they left it with no charge. They ordered Margaritas, and a different server delivered them and about 5 minutes later our server delivered another set as she didn't know they got them. So those were no charge. They paid for our dinner as they had a couple of gift cards to this place, so they whole meal cost them about $20! For 6 people's dinner not bad. So far has been a great trip. Today we are going to his T-ball game, then his birthday party, So going to be a busy day. I know that it will be a hard day for Margaret. I am getting really tired of dragging the scooter in and out of the car. Building muscles and burning fat!

As far as the future, right now I plan to compile a list of email addresses and send a weekly email/blog. My email address is rhook20047@aol.com. If you want to add to my list send me your email either to my email address or in Spark Mail and I will add you to the list. I don't want to lose contact with you. We will weather the next two months and see what the days ahead will hold. But will face it together.
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  • JULIJULINN
    emoticon Wear it proudly for your consistent good work.
    49 days ago
  • THROOPER62
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    50 days ago
  • ICECUB
    I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND BRAD. I FEEL AS OF EVERYONE IS FAMILY TOO. EVERYONE IS REAL FRIENDS.I HOPE THIS TURNS OUT TO BE A MISTAKE.
    50 days ago
  • COOP9002
    It is the end of one journey and the beginning of another i guess.
    50 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    I want to keep in touch. My email is rjwysong1954@yahoo.com. I'm on Facebook as Ramona Hook Wysong too. Praying for you all
    50 days ago
  • REGILIEH
    Bob, so sorry my package for Brad didn't get to you for this weekend. It is supposed to be there on Monday!

    So glad you are having a good time! Give Brad a hug from me!

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    50 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I so want to keep in contact, if not just to make sure you are towing the line, and not sinking into the abyss. lol we sort of hold each other up. I can't believe that Emerson is 6 already. wow, where did the time go. I remember when you wrote that Brad and Katie were pregnant. So much has happened since them. Good gracious, the time has flew. And yes I will be adding you to my email contacts. and I have signed up for both and new Spark site and the Fitness Pal site, will decided what I like better. I feel Sparks is really letting us down, and the new site is a lot harder to manage.
    50 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    Bob, don't hold SparkPeople in a bad light. It is and always has been a business and they had to make a business decision. We will find ways to connect...cause that's what 'friends' do.

    Would love to be on your weekly blog email.
    Deb
    deborahhoneycutt@gmail.c
    om

    We are stronger together!
    50 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
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    50 days ago
  • WIMSONFLOWER
    A group of us are trying LoseIt app. I sent you an invite. A Spark Friends group and also Firecrackers group from 5 percent challenge. It does have a social place and place to establish groups. I've decided it's what I'm doing.
    50 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Bob,

    Sounds like it will be a wonderful weekend. I hope that Emerson's party will be filled with fun, laughter, and family. Can't believe he's 6 already. He'll be in first grade next year. Wow, in a blink of an eye, he'll be graduating.

    Poor Margaret. I definitely know the scooter routine, cause I had it for 6 weeks. She has had to do this much longer. The scooter even though it is a pain, makes it easier to get around I thought. Just got to be careful with it.

    Know that I will keep in touch and also think about joining the spark alumi web page on Facebook. It won't be the same but there are many people there that we are use to seeing. If you want a link or invite let me know and I will invite you.

    I am keeping all of your family in my prayers daily and shall not wane from that. I feel like you are part of my "family" also. I wish you and all of your family the best. A personal note: June 29th will be my 5 year Spark anniversary. Now at least for a month or so I can use the 5 year emoji. LOL! Well at least it lasted this long.

    Take care and enjoy, also find joy and make those precious memories to have forever.
    50 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Sparkpeople has been a great experience. I have enjoyed the forums and experiences we have shared.
    50 days ago
  • HTASSONE
    I haven t been on for awhile. And I'm confused. But it seems they are changing the name so its only Americans. Im not sure why.
    50 days ago
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