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In July of 2004, I sustained a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which changed much of what I knew of life... I have since closed my business (very hard) and lived life in small snippets of time. I have always been 'Chunky' (my nickname in high school) and can only credit my TBI with about 15 of my extra pounds... but with added crisis come added learning (I HOPE!).

By gaining my stamina/strength back I hope to ease back into a more active life.

I am not disabled, but am DifferentlyAbled. My mind is not as clear as it used to be, but I work very hard at every day life. Some days are not good 'Brain Buck Days' and others I seem dandy.

My family consists of 4 kids (2 young women and 2 young men) two son-in-laws and a partner, and going on SIX grandkids! We have two wee-ones due this summer (2013).My husband and I have been married nearly 20 years (second marriage for both of us). I live on a coastal inlet in WA state and am employed 3/days per week at the department of licensing/wildlife rehab station.

I enjoy gardening and antiquing and have done everything from teaching office skills, to raising pack llamas.

While I am a PAC NW gal (born in Burien, WA) I have lived in OR, GA and CA as NJ and PA as a kid. I am a USA Ping-ponger.

Member Since: 5/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 190,344

My Goals:
Less Of Me = A longer LIFE.

A StrongER LIFE.

My Program:
My Program?
I fell off my wagon of success... now I am back at it. I thought I was further along. Nope.

Sugar is not my friend ( I guess it could be called a 'friend-emy').


Personal Information:
I am a double brain injury survivor. I find gaining energy is like gaining life. My weight is bringing me down further again.

I have recently (June of 2011) moved to the Gray's Harbor area of WA state with my husband Jim. We have downsized from our small farm to a 100 year old home in town--shock to the system for sure!
I am married with 4 kids (all grown). I have terrific grandchildren who I adore.

Other Information:
Favorite Quote:
"Never underestimate the POWER of the Ripple Effect!"

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  • v KACAR51
    Thank you so much for your kind words!
    I have a brain tumor and I spend a lot of time alone because I get headaches and dizziness. Having people like you here on SparkPeople really helps to lift my spirits and keep me going!
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    2741 days ago
    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    "Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! It's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

    You are a beautiful woman and I admire your strength and courage.

    2744 days ago
  • v KACAR51
    Thanks for the comment on my blog!
    I am glad that I can inspire some else on this journey!
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    2761 days ago
    Hi Barb. I have a second home in the Bellingham area. I hope all is well with your move.

    2944 days ago
  • v PEACOCK15
    Thanks for your comment and support on my blog, Afternoon Delight. It truly means a lot to me. And I am hanging in there!
    2965 days ago
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