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    Senior Member avalonmorn's Avatar
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    The birthday I wasn't supposed to have

    A couple of years ago, I had about 5 months before I met my maker. The news was a shock, and Mark Twain was correct....I didn't regret all the stupid decisions that I made to mess up my life over the years, I regretted the things that I didn't do.
    My doctor was new to the Lawton(home of Ft. Sill Army Post) area, and said that an operation would ease some pain and lengthen my stay on earth. He said Houston at MD Anderson, or if I would trust him, that he could perform the operation never done in this area before. I did, 12 hours, 9 doctors, a bunch of students, lost a kidney and some other stuff that I didn't need.
    Went home to wait, and was bedfast for a month. Had a lot of time to think. My brother had sent me an Ipod, so I loaded it with songs of my youth, and got out of bed. I walked 2 houses down and was exhausted. Every day I that walked farther, I picked up a rock. My coffee table had quite a collection.
    I have always loved nature but had no time or so I thought to enjoy it. Started lurking at White Blaze and read many books on the AT. I developed a dream, discovered Just Jeff, Sgt. Rock, and HF.
    Quit chemo(it was making me sick), got out in the outdoors, bought trail runners, backpack, and hammock. Somehow, I beat the odds, am now healthy, no cancer in my body, and my doctor said that I had a greater chance of being injured falling out of my hammock than the cancer returning. I'll take those odds. June is my birthday month, so this post is to thank you all for taking me to Africa, the Blue Mtns of Australia, Linville Gorge, the UK, Germany, and Thialand to name a few.
    I get exicited along with the new members when they post their first hang, I love the trip reports on Dad's taking their kids hammocking, I appreciate our non-English members taking the time to translate their post so they can join us. The incredible kindness and generosity here makes me proud to be a member. Thank you all for being such a positive part of my day. Anna


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    Beautifully said. Congratulations on your will, persistence and amazing recovery! We are all glad you are here, in every sense of the phrase.

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    Well another Happy Birthday to you Crazy Hammock Lady!!

    My wife has also been battling (breast) cancer for 10 yrs, and when it went stage 4 metastatic 6 yrs ago she had a 6 month prognosis. Well, she too outlived her diagnosis! She just got out of a body cast for 6 months and today went to spend the day at the Art Fair (her favorite weekend of the year).

    So for all those out there facing the same trials, hang in there!
    Not all who wander are lost.

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    Great to still have you here.
    “Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” ~Judge Joseph Story

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    IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES LONGER

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    Thank you for the post and Happy Birthday to you from down in Bama.........I hope that you have many more to follow.
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

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    I'm trying to think of something insightful to say; no luck!
    I know I'm glad you're still hanging around with us. A world without crazy hammock women just wouldn't be a very fun place to live.
    Trust nobody!

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    Truly touched and even though I've never met ya ... I'm a little misty eyed to know you're still with us! HOT DANG that's a wonderful thing! Happy birthday!

    WARNING: Will discuss Rhurbarb Strawberry Pie and Livermush at random.


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    Wow! Pass the tissue box!!! What an inspiration you are to me. Thank you for making my day!!! (gotta go; I'm tearing up again... .)
    "Pips"
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    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

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    This post made me a little misty eyed too. Happy Birthday Avalonmorn! I hope you have many more.

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    Wow, Anna... that was the best post I've read in a while!
    I'm glad too that you're hanging out with us here & I'm especially glad that you are doing so well physically, & even more impressed by you're appreciation for all the gifts around you!
    Glad you're a part of this community! ...Tim
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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