LOOK – Same Person!

Taken yesterday

Taken yesterday

It’s continually unbelievable & very VERY disappointing to experience in public with strangers their treatment towards me based on my appearance. Oftentimes it’s staring, weird looks, but more often than not just plain ignoring my very existence.

Although WITHOUT the at-times-extremely-annoying stick by my side, I wouldn’t have an unbelievable story of how God’s strength led me to conquer college with high honors & cancer – simultaneously, as well as the opportunity to share my encouraging tale with large crowds at cancer fundraisers and other people I meet.

Yet because I walk poorly due to imbalance from neurotoxicity on my brain stem, I am too often judged as a useless nobody out in the “real world” & deemed unimportant. I can see it in people’s eyes & behavior, or lack of behavior, towards me. This brings about an excellent lesson people – Don’t EVER judge a book by its cover – or by the way the cover (which is me in this case) walks, or at least TRIES to.

For me, at least:

No Cane, No Gain.

“My Oldest Nephew This Time”

Here’s a couple seconds of the cool little dude now:

Created 8/26/10 by Aunt Amy:

I made a commitment to dog-sit for four days. I fill the dog’s food bowl and make sure she has plenty of water to drink. I also let her out the front door to do number one; she is trained to then run around the side of the house, where I let her in and give her a treat. Staying overnight is part of the job, too.

I realize the ramifications, even more clearly today, each time I tell say, “Sure, that will be fine,” agreeing to dog-sit once more. Unfortunately, my Mom gets the short end of the stick, or leash, in this case. I rope my dear sweet kindhearted Mom into taking care of the canine’s twice daily expenditures, if you will.

You see, due to my mobility issues, she arrives early in the morning, around 7:30, to walk the dog for me. My Mom returns approximately eight hours later to repeat her duties, which include the unpleasant task of scooping the animal’s deposits into a plastic Kroger bag to carry back to the house to properly dispose of.

But this short anecdotal story’s focus is not about the fact that the next time I dog-sit is 19 days before my nephew’s sixth birthday, or my Mom’s immense selfless nature.

On the morning of Thursday, my Mom’s grandsons accompanied her on the dog’s morning walk. I heard part of the summer stroll went a little something like this:

“Look at that, isn’t that gross?” commented Grandma as she scooped number two from a neighbor’s lawn. “Are you gonna do that?” she asked the 5-year-old, who previously voiced interest in one day owning a four-legged animal of his own.

“No,” her eldest grandson quickly responded, leading his Grandma to further inquire about the subject.

“It has to be taken care of. Who will clean it up then?”

“Well I’m not pickin’ up poop!” the boy declared emphatically. “I’ll be at work.”

“Then who is?” asked Grandma.

The little boy failed to hesitate in his amusing-yet-isn’t-that-the-truth-in-so-many-cases crisp reply:

“My wife!”

The End

LOOK – Same Person!

Taken yesterday

Taken yesterday

It’s continually unbelievable & very VERY disappointing to experience in public with strangers their treatment towards me based on my appearance. Oftentimes it’s staring, weird looks, but more often than not just plain ignoring my very existence.

Although WITHOUT the at-times-extremely-annoying stick by my side, I wouldn’t have an unbelievable story of how God’s strength led me to conquer college with high honors & cancer – simultaneously, as well as the opportunity to share my encouraging tale with large crowds at cancer fundraisers and other people I meet.

For me, at least:

No Cane, No Gain.

Merry Memories

                     The “Grandma Girls”

A group of girls that this world can’t ignore

Is the fun-loving group of Fabulous Four.

These four get together for more than just a quick “Hi.”

Their names are Jessica, Kristina, Amanda and Amy French Fry.

Watching movies, laughing and chatting about what is new

And drinking delicious shakes is what they often do.

Each girl in the group plays an integral role

Because when one is missing, the group isn’t whole.

In the Fabulous Four, some girls knit and crochet.

For this reason, each get-together is called a “Grandma Day.”

Try as they might, nobody can successfully divide

This group of sisters and friends, always on each other’s side.

Upon meeting them, everyone will surely adore

The great group of girls called the Fabulous Four.

               By Amy Barta (August 6, 2005)

 

Nose Woes

Three cheers for

3 cheers for “Breathe Right”!

So I couldn’t sleep last night because suddenly lying in bed I was all stuffed up. I remembered I recently bought “Breathe Right” nasal strips at CVS to use next time my nose was so stuffed up I couldn’t breathe through it at night. The time was now!

A shot I took on my cell last night to show me wearing my first

A shot I took on my cell last night to show me wearing my first “Breathe Right” strip.

Happily I could breathe through my nose less than 5 minutes after using a strip!!! Gone, thankfully, was a night of misery breathing through my chronically dry mouth. I had gotten out of bed at 1, washed & dried my nose like the instructions in the box directed, then applied my first nasal strip.

Wow, what a NOTICEABLE HUGE difference “Breathe Right” nasal strips gave me. I highly recommend this product!

“Working Hard to Heal” *** V-Squared (Video & Verbatim)***

After awhile, no matter what it’s costin’,

   You even jump in a car and travel to Boston. 

   Physical, occupational and speech therapy,

   Alternative, too, despite the amount of money. 

   Have a good and positive attitude, don’t focus on negative things.

   Korean hand therapy stimulates fingers and sometimes it stings. 

   When someone says something meaningful, take note.

   “Amy, you can’t just give up,” is little Leah’s quote. 

   Look out for your best interests when you are sick

   And don’t be influenced by medical staff on a power kick. 

   Throughout all of your care, keep an uplifting tone

   Because more than everyone else, your own health you best condone.

The End

(I wrote this poem – that my nephew & I vocalized in the above video on Wednesday, August 12, ’15 – over 10 years ago when receiving all kinds of different treatments for side effects from leukemia held a firm grip on my everyday living.)

 

Odd Duo Blog

  1. Real peace is not just the absence of conflict, it’s the presence of justice.”
  • Harrison Ford as POTUS in the 1997 political action thriller Air Force One . . . that I just re-watched earlier this afternoon on AMC
Harrison Ford in Air Force One

Harrison Ford in Air Force One

scene from Air Force One

scene from Air Force One

2. What I gleaned from the church message this morning:

Don’t dwell on what’s wrong in the world, focus on what’s right in Christ.”

Right before leaving the house this morning for church

Right before leaving the house this morning for church