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My daughter with University Degree


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Hi, my name is Jodi, and most SP members know me as a former co-moderator and former senior moderator of the Dealing with Depression SparkTeam, which continues to be very dear to my heart.
I left these leadership positions in order to pursue my lifelong dream of being a published writer, a dream which is gradually coming true.
Please check out my two blogs:
(my blog about surviving depression) and
(a blog by a typing chicken with an attitude)

This is my story.
I am a former teacher who reluctantly had to go on disability because of depression, OCD, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. One year to the day after I became very ill, my 21-year-old son died as a result of Cystic fibrosis. He was a remarkable young man in his second year of university, had just received an academic scholarship, worked with youth at his church, and was planning to marry a lovely young woman. I miss him every day.
I also lost both of my parents to strokes 25 days apart, in June and July of '09. Needless to say, it made for a very intense and rather overwhelming time, but I am finding my bearings again.
I am the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. I also have a beautiful daughter who is a kinesiologist at a medical clinic, plus am blessed to have two step-daughters and their families, including 4 grandsons.
I am a Christian who has had her faith challenged by life. I have crawled back into my Father's lap, and am gradually regaining confidence in His love and provision. While my faith is very important to me, I try not to impose my views on others, but instead I trust the God's Spirit to guide me to minister gently in the lives of others.
Cosmo and Zinnia are my dear furbabies and current feline companions.

Member Since: 12/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,683

My Goals:
I have gained about 40 pounds because of medication and inactivity due to pain and chronic fatigue. I hope to lose this weight and to alleviate my symptoms through stretching, nutrition and staying as mobile as possible.

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I am a Canadian living in Southwestern Ontario.

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I love to write and read and watch movies.

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  • v MRS_TOAD
    Thanks for the reusable bag filled with all those goodies. Your thoughtfulness is really, really appreciated during this difficult time. (Among the books, cd's and bubble bath I did find a chocolate bar or two so I shared them with my DH.)
    3950 days ago
    Jody, thanks for your comments about my dear friend. She used to say she wasn't good at marriage (she married three times before she met the love of her life.) Although it was a short time she reveled in every moment of it. He was an artist and painted " I love you" on her bedroom walls! He never appeared without a red rose for her so we try to get her a red rose as often as possible. Friends must be the universe's gift to life. We couldn't survive without them. It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes friends, real and "virtual" to keep us going.
    3955 days ago
    Hope your day is as bright and beautiful as you!!
    3980 days ago
    Almost didn't realize it was you with the changed image. The pictures of your daughter are just beautiful. Congratulations on all the support I know you provided her along the way.
    3983 days ago
    Good one, LADYIRISH!
    3985 days ago
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