10 November 2014

Explore Our New Website

The Sea Peptide Salties now have a new website!!!



Come explore our new adventures and stories from the road.
Don't forget to change your bookmarks.

09 October 2014

The Plans are Coming Together

Plans for the second Sea Peptide Salties adventure are coming together nicely. In late June/early July we will travel to Wilmington, North Carolina to begin our Stand Up Paddle adventure.
 
Each day we will paddle for three to four hours in the morning, stopping for a nice lunch. Then we will paddle for a few more hours to our stop for the night. After a hot shower at a local hotel we will be off to explore the town and eat a great meal in a local restaurant. Then our warm beds will welcome us as we rest up for the next day. 

Each day we will get to see different seaside towns and explore a different part of the Intracoastal Waterway. We will test our blood sugar together and experience the camaraderie that comes from working towards an adventure of this magnitude. 

But the adventure won't start in June when we board our flights. It will start the day we finalize our team and we begin to discuss training strategies and blood sugar strategies. It will come as we all have a fresh new look at what it takes to stay in good health not just to stave off long-term complications down the road, but to reap the rewards in the short-term.

By working hard to take care of ourselves, we will train harder and stay healthier. By focusing our attention on preparing for this adventure, our overall care will benefit.

So will you join us on this journey? We would love to have you on the team.

If you are interested, it would be great if you could let me know by filling out an application at bit.ly/spsupapp . It's nothing formal. Just a way for me to see who's interested. 

If you don't want to paddle, but still want to be a part of the team, we will be bringing a photographer to get amazing footage of our adventure. An application for that is at www.bit.ly/spspjapp . 

If you know anyone who might be interested in joining us, would you be kind enough to let them know. You could also post on your social media sites. 

I can't wait to begin this adventure with you.

10 September 2014

Sea Peptide SUPers Application Out September 26

We are gearing up for another huge trip. This time we will be Stand Up Paddling 100 miles in the Intracoastal Waterway from Wilmington, North Carolina to Beaufort, North Carolina. 

And we are looking for some amazing people to join the team. Are you up for a year of preparation that will help you focus on your diabetes care and push your training to a new limit?

We are also looking for a great media maven who will work with us to record our adventure through photos and video. 

Applications will be available September 26. But if you want to get your hands on one sooner than everyone else, you can join the Sea Peptide Salties News List below.  You will be the first to see the application and get in the front of the line for this amazing adventure.


Sign up below to receive an application for the next Sea Peptide Salties adventure and to have updates delivered straight to your inbox.

* indicates required

07 September 2014

Sunday Adventurer- Ernest Shakleton

     When we were cruising around Key West on our last adventure, we stopped for a while at Key West Island Books. I love checking out used book stores on my travels and needed something to read on the flight home. I had already finished most of the screenplay I was working on during the flight out and needed something to fill my time on the plane.
      
And boy did I find the right one. Endurance, Shakleton's Incredible Voyage is about a failed 1914 sailing expedition to the South Pole. The sailing ship became locked in the ice for ten months before it was finally crushed spilling out it's crew onto a melting ice pack. They then traveled 850 miles to get to the nearest living human for rescue.
    
     During the eighteen month ordeal, Shakleton was rock steady and made amazingly hard decisions to lead all of his crew to safety through unimaginable cold, driving winds, and seas that would freeze on the sailors face into giant icicles.
   
     I think what I love most about this story of adventure is that although Shakleton never made it to his original destination he still got what he came for, a lifetime worth of adventure and challenges. Every time you go on an adventure, you put yourself out in the open, inviting the unexpected to come your way. And most of the time you get it. Those diversions are usually the thing that makes the expedition.
    
     I read the book during the whole flight and finished it that night. Such a great story of a man who prepared for the unexpected and had the strength to lead through the toughest eighteen months many of us will ever see. Now, that's my kind of adventurer.




25 July 2014

I Need a View of Something

     I finally went back to the pool last week. I wanted to test out how the new Untethered Regimen would do in the pool. I was hoping it would fix the long-time post pool highs I had been struggling with for the last six months.
  
     I woke up early, ate a good breakfast, and drove to the pool with Tony. I was planning on doing a 2500 meter swim. After months of doing 6000 meter swims, a 2500 should have been simple. I scanned my card at the gate and walked in.


     The moment I saw the pool, my heart sank. My muscles got tired and there was nothing I could do to fix them. I was having a hard time stomaching the thought of putting my head down to stare at the bottom of the pool for an hour straight. 


    In training for the Swim Around Key West, I swam more than 100,000 meters. That's a very long way when all I had to look at is the bottom of a white pool. Sure, music helps, but it is still too much time looking at nothing.

    Maybe it was because I had some high blood sugars overnight. Maybe it was because I had begun running (even though I hate it) and was taxing new muscles. Maybe it was because I was still not recovered from my race. Or maybe it was because without an impending race, I have little motivation to torture myself again like that. 

    I still love swimming, but it might be a while before I can do long sets like I used to. I think I will wait a few more months to try that again.

21 July 2014

Our Next Challenge- 100-Mile SUP Adventure

   What do you usually do after a race? Bask in the glory of a goal achieved? Wallow in the pain brought on by that long race? Or get right on to preparing for your next race?

    Before I finished the Swim Around Key West, I knew I would need my next challenge on the books to avoid those post-race doldrums. I have been tossing around a few ideas of my next adventure, but it was time to commit to one of them for next summer.

     I was sick of burying my head under the water for hours on end and wanted to look up at the horizon once in a while.  I have tossed around the idea of doing an ultralight running/backpacking trip with just a credit card and some sugars, running a huge distance over several days, stopping at hotels and friends' couches along the way. Kind of like fast backpacking without the backpack.

    But I just hate running, so I wasn't sure that was the way to go for this year. A Stand Up Paddle board might be a better vehicle for the trip. 

    Whenever I am getting into a new adventure that I don't feel like I know enough about, I go to the experts for advice. And I just happen to know one of those experts here in town. Wade Wiliford is a WPA Certified Instructor and is also PaddleFit Certified. He has been racing SUPs and outrigger paddling for 5 years and has quickly become a racing phenom.

    Wade and I sat down at Jamba Juice in La Jolla last Saturday morning before he headed out to give a SUP lesson in Mission Bay. I have some experience in SUP'ing, but I am still at the point where I don't even know what I don't know. And Wade is perfect for this. We sat down and he began talking.

    The first thing I learned was that I vastly underestimated the speed of an average SUP'er. He said that the average speed of a beginner was 3.5-4 mph. (He can probably also tell you the average airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, if you wanted to know.) 

     I had estimated only 2 mph. Like I said, I am on a huge learning curve. So that turns my little 50-mile paddle into a 100-mile paddle over three or four days, which for some reason makes my head spin. 

     Wade gave me info on boards and paddles and media people and people who have paddle adventured the Carolina's and paddling technique. There was so much info that as I left I began to doubt if I could, in fact, pull this off. 

  And that is a good thing. If the adventure is too small, and I am 100% sure I can pull it off, it won't be big enough to inspire me to make the sacrifices needed to make it a success. 

  After a few days of letting the data sink in, I am ready to start planning. And ready for the challenge to spark the diabete fires. I can't wait to see how the new Untethered Regimen stands up to eight-hour days paddling, how my body handles huge training volumes in a new sport, and I can't wait to see who will end up joining me on this journey. 

   Stay tuned...

16 July 2014

Untethered- The Perfect Hybrid

     The past seven years of my diabetes care haven't been stellar. My A1C's were way beyond my comfort zone and they hit all-time highs that I thought I would never reach. 
     
     I consoled myself with the fact that I was dealing with Hyperthyroidism and needed to focus on fixing that before I could attack tighter blood sugar control. In my experience my thyroid levels are intrinsically tied to my blood sugar levels.
     
     In January, I declared the thyroid problem fixed and spent the last six months training for my 4-mile leg of the Swim Around Key West. It was a hard six months of rebuilding a body that had been torn down to nothing. 
  
     I thought that my blood sugars would respond as well as my cardiovascular and muscular systems did. And they did get better, but not nearly as good as I had hoped.

     While in Florida I learned that many of my traveling companions had given up the insulin pump in favor of Levimir and Humalog shots. This was mind blowing because I always considered the pump the only way. But these were well-educated, athletic diabetics who weighed their options carefully and chose to go back to shots. 
     
     They were so convincing I had to take notice and ask myself if it was something that would work for me. When I returned from Florida I started to research the situation. I talked to my doctor (who was no help. He told me that the pump was the only way for me, but that I could take a pump break if I wanted.) 

    I had concerns though. I am incredibly forgetful. I knew I would spend more time searching for my lost insulin kit than I would giving myself shots. And I would forget shots altogether. I have to stash extras of my thyroid medicine at work because I was sick of having to drive home during lunch because I had forgotten my morning dose.

    And my schedule is always changing. I may plan to have a workout in the afternoon, but that may change when Shea reminds me that she has a huge report due the next day, or that Eli breaks his arm. So to plan a lighter basal dose of insulin in the morning because I expect to workout just wasn't going to work. 

   But I could not stay on the pump full time either. I was having huge problems with my 2+ hour swims that would leave me without any basal insulin. During the swim it was no problem. I would come down to 100 and stay there during the whole swim, but the moment I got out of the water I was in for a seven hour HIGH. Even with a 200% basal and correcting at 150% my usual dose, that HIGH would not budge. Until exactly seven hours later when I would go plummeting to 55.

This is after a long swim. I got out of the
pool at 7:30 and my b.s. goes sky high. I
corrected at 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30. Then,
magically, at 3:30 everything drops.
It was the same for every single swim.

I was also having absorption problems. I knew my basals were right because I would have a few great days in a row and then I would have horrible days that would not respond to corrections. I use a limited area skin for my pump sites which I share with my Dexcom sites so the tissue there is a little sick of working so hard.

  I thought I remembered a friend's son going on some sort of hybrid solution, so I texted him. He had been doing the "untethered regimen" put forward by Dr. Edelman. I researched it some more and realized it is the perfect solution to my problem. 

     It takes the best of both worlds and combines them beautifully. I now take 75% of my basal through a Levimir shot in the morning and one in the evening. So I can tie in the shots to bedtime and waking up, making them easy to remember. I don't ever have to take insulin with me and since it stays on my nightstand, I never lose it.  

     The other 25 % of my basal is through my pump which allows me to attain the huge differences I have in morning afternoon and nighttime basal rates that my body needs. 

     It also allow me to detach the pump when I workout giving me just a 75% basal, which is what I would usually turn down my basal to during land based workouts. Now I have the basal in the water for longer workouts and the ability to time that to whenever I actually get to working out. 

It also gives me a backup if I forget my morning insulin shot. On my Minimed pump, I can have multiple basal profiles. So I kept my Pre-Levimir profile and if I forget my Levimir, I just flip back on the pump to the old profile. 

   I still get to bolus through my pump so I don't have to pull out a syringe at the table. I like the discreetness of the pump. I have shot up plenty in public and have no issue with it, but I like not having the extra attention directed my way. I'd rather be the diabetic super spy. 

    I started the new regimen July 2 and so far I have been very impressed with it. I have had days where my highest sugar was 180 which, for me lately, is incredible. I have had days in the past where I was in the high 300's for more than half the day. And I have yet to forget a dose. 

Post Levimir 6 hour on the Dexcom.
Some of my 24-hour charts looked just as nice. 
    I like bring able to be at the beach for four or five hours without having to take on and off my pump to get wet. I now can jump in the ocean anytime I want without all the hassle. I have another month before I can test out the real results with another A1c, but from what I've seen so far, I think they might be back in my I-love-it range.

    And I think the process of switching things up has renewed my diabetic mind. I was excited about the challenge and the trial and error of getting my nasals right. And I like success. It has given me enough of a boost to take better care of myself.

     When was the last time you made a big change to your diabetes regimen?

25 April 2014

Paying It Forward

    A few years back when I was in the midst of the worst of my thyroid zombieification, I no longer had the energy to read. I barely had the energy to bathe and clothe myself, let alone to focus my mind for long enough to become engulfed in a story.

     My days consisted of driving the kids to school, passing out in a coma-like state on the couch, picking up the kids from school, and doing my best to impersonate a parent- helping with homework, scraping together a dinner, and nudging the kids in the direction of bed. I was able to eek out a couple of pages of writing for Islands and Insulin on a good day, but those were scarce.

    My only escape from that dull reality was the time spent in the car listening to Turtle in Paradise, an audiobook about a scrappy 11-year-old sent to Key West to live with her aunt. It was clean enough to listen to with my kids in the car and it had enough of what I like in books, scrappy leads and tropical weather.

Islands and Insulin: A Diabetic Sailor's Memoir | [Erin Spineto]     I was so grateful to Jennifer L. Holm for creating a world into which I could escape from under the tyranny of my body. Today I hope to pay it forward. Islands and Insulin has been made into an audiobook under the amazing guidance of New Street Nautical Publishing. Cynthia Wallace has done a fantastic job capturing the humor and adventure in Islands and Insulin.

    So if you need a world filled with sunshine, friendships, adventure, and the camaraderie that comes from the common experiences of being a PWD for your escape while you commute or do the dishes or while you lay on a hammock in the warm breezes of the Caribbean, grab a copy of Islands and Insulin on Audiobook at Audible, iTunes, or on Amazon. Your brain will thank you for it.
    
    

10 April 2014

Sea Peptide Shift

      Long-distance, open water swimming takes a lot. Swimming over four miles in 86 degree water with the sun blazing down on you through 90 degree air is no joke. It takes months of preparation, training swims of several hours, developing feeding schedules that will work with blood sugars and still be easy to manage while floating on your back, figuring out how to test in the water without touching the boat or the ground. 

      When we all signed up for this race four months out we were taking a gamble. Hoping we would have the time to train, that our schedules would not throw us any curve balls. Praying that our training would start to pay off and our bodies would increase in strength and stamina. And doing everything possible to insure that we don't get injured.

     But life does not always go as planned. Unfortunately, Kate is not going to be able to swim with us in June. With all the other amazing races she has and the wonderful counseling practice she leads, she won't be able to complete the Swim Around Key West.

     Thanks to the wonderful network of Type 1's we have online and in person through Insulindependence, we have found another swimmer. 

     Blair Ryan has had type 1 diabetes since 2000 and is an accomplished collegiate distance runner, triathlete, and cyclist. Thanks to spending her summers in the water as a Ventura County Junior Lifeguard, Blair has great romance and respect for the ocean. Thrilled for this excuse to spend more time in it, she looks forward to the accountability that her Sea Peptide teammates and the 4.2 mile leg will bring to her training. 

    We are excited to have Blair and look forward to this new adventure.

24 March 2014

The BEST Fix for Low Blood Sugar- GU Energy Gel

Sea Peptide swimmers are excited to announce our Official Low Blood Sugar Fix!!

How long should you have to wait until your favorite low food travels through your stomach and into your blood stream where it will prevent you from the strange affects of a low? Not long, if you have some Gu Energy gel nearby.

Gu has been my sugar of choice for a while now and its speed is unbeatable. I love that even while I am hardly functioning from a low, I can still take it because there is no chewing involved. 

And since we will certainly be needing sugar while we swim, what better way to get it than to have the crew toss us a pack. (A big thanks to Gu Energy who kindly provided us with a whole case of free gels.)

If you are sick of having Skittles lay around (and trying not to eat the whole bag when you're not low) or worrying about finding the little hole to put the straw into on the top of your juice box, consider grabbing some Gu Energy Gel. Your sugars will thank you for it.


24 February 2014

Sea Peptide Swimmers


Look who joined the team...



Renee Moreno signed on on Friday afternoon. She is an experienced surfer, sailer, body surfer and swimmer. We are so glad to welcome her to the SEA PEPTIDE SWIMMERS.
Bring it on Key West!!!


If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

19 February 2014

Run Sherpa or Aide Station on Wheels?

    I'm not sure which name I like best, but the job is the same. Each Sunday I accompany Tony on his long run. Of course I am not fast enough to keep up with him anymore, so I go along on my bike. 



    He loads up my bike and my pockets with his Gu Brew and Gu energy gels and stuffs my pockets with the layers he removes as it gets warmer. 
    
    But it's turned out to be a pretty good gig. I get two uninterrupted hours with him to enjoy the amazing sunny skies and view of the ocean. And I get a slow two hour ride that doesn't do too much for my cardio, but it is a great core workout from trying to balance while peddling so slowly. 

    So which name shall I claim?  Run Sherpa? Or Aide Station on Wheels?

13 February 2014

Someday I Will




I see a white sail,
Skipping cross a blue bay,

And I say Someday I Will.


Don't need to know who,

May help you make it come true,
Just say Someday I Will.
  
Don't have to work it all out,
Don't have to tear it all apart,
All you need's a place to start.
--"Someday I Will" Jimmy Buffett


     Some people have a bucket list. I have a Someday-I-Will list, my list of future projects that I am not currently in the process of making happen. And one by one I hope to take them off this list and put them on the Current Goal List, just like I have recently done with the Swim Around Key West and previously with the Long Distance Solo Sail.
   
     I have been reading The Power of Less, which suggests that you become very public with your goals. So I am going to do just that and post my Someday-I-Will list. I may add to it and change it from time to time, but I hope to complete it all, someday.

1. TRANSPAC- a sailing race from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI.

2. Run or bike the coast of an entire state (Probably a small one)

3. Take my family on a one or more month-long cruise on a sailboat

4. Take a long-distance, multi-day SUP/camping trip on the Intercoastal Waterway

5. Write a full-length screenplay

6. Make a short movie

7. Travel- Eastern seaboard of US, Ireland, New Zealand, US Virgin Islands, Southern Pacific Islands, Costa Rica

8. See Jimmy Buffett in a spontaneous show in a small bar, Flogging molly in an Irish Pub ….



9. Finish converting Come Monday, my 12’ wooden boat built from scratch, into a sailboat.

So what is on your Someday-I-Will list? Maybe I can steal some ideas to add to my list.


If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

10 February 2014

Need Some Inspiration to Dream Big???



Doesn't this just make you want to sign up. 
Let me know if you are interested in joining the team by filling out the Interest Form.


If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

06 February 2014

My Diabetes Vacation

    The idea of a Diabetes Vacation has been tossed around for years. It makes sense that a 24/7/365 disease would be exactly what we need a break from. And I would be the first to sign up if we really could take a vacation from Diabetes.
  
     But we can't just demand that a disease be gone for five days. We can't proclaim a working pancreas and all of a sudden, on day one of our vacation 'Ol Pancky finally shows up for work. So instead, some people choose to get away by reducing their management tasks for a given amount of time and that gives them break of some sorts.
   
     For me, that sounds like torture. Not test for a day? I would be so scared of an impending low or the dehydration and nausea from a high. Some people detach from their pump and go on shots. The moment I realize I might be separated from my pump due to mechanical issues, I am in tears and so fearful I cannot sleep. To bring this on purposely would not be a vacation from anything but peace and security.
  
     The worst part of diabetes for me is not the shots or changing pump sites or CGM's or testing. It's the isolation of trying to do it alone. The lack of a compadre to commiserate or rejoice or brain storm with. It's having to leave a restaurant table to test and shoot up in the bathroom stall because I am not in the mood to explain myself. It's having to alter my plans when my blood sugar gets out of whack.
     
     Diabetes brings me down when I let it determine my life, my energy and my limits. When I feel like it controls me. On my Diabetes vacation I want to get away from the stronghold that diabetes has on my emotional life. 
    
     And, boy, have I started planning this vacation. 
    
     June 26th, 2014 I will take off for adventure and five days outside of the grasp of diabetes with a team of swimmers and crew to take on my next big challenge, The Swim Around Key West. And it has all five of the ingredients of my Happy Cocktail. 
  
     1. FUTURE PLANS - A recent study stated that vacations are not only a mood boost while you lie on a tropical beach, but they also provide a mood boost for up to eight weeks before you go. I need to look forward to something when the days grow short and cold. It fills my daydreams with sunny warmth and tropical breezes. Five days in the Keys will definitely give me something to look forward to.

    2. SUNSHINE - No place better that Florida for sunshine. It should be in the 90's in June with ayer temps hovering around 86. It's so sunny that swimmers in this race have to coat themselves in Zinc Oxide so they don't burn to a crisp.

     3. MUSIC - Going to Key West always fills my brain with the lyrics of those Jimmy Buffett songs that have been cemented there by repeated exposure over the last 25 years. training for hours on end looking at the black line on the bottom of the pool can get repetitive and boring without the right music on my iPod. So I have been filling it with happy music to liven up my workouts that will get up to 120 laps long.


    4. EXERCISE- It's a given in training for a 42 mile swim.


    5. PEOPLE (who I actually like) - Anyone crazy enough to swim 4.2 miles in the open ocean goes on my list of pretty cool people. I just have to make sure I fill the roster of 3 swimmers, 1 boat captain, 1 photographer/media captain, and any other crew with people ready to relax, slow down and create that vacation attitude that will recharge us all.

    
    The next six months will be filled with conversations about how to train and the obstacles that try to derail our training. We will discuss our travel plans, those must-see spots for each person. And we will try to solve the problems that being a diabetic swimmer presents. How do you test if you're not allowed to touch the boat and you're wet in the middle of the ocean for two to three hours during your leg of the race? What should our nutrition look like during that time? What procedures should we have in place to ensure everyone finishes safely and happily.
    
     Racing will be exhilarating, but the five days surrounding the race will be filled with even more fun, starting with a 150+ mile drive down the backbone of the keys on Friday with the warm tropical wind in our hair, Jimmy Buffett on the radio and laughter from the future inside jokes brewing in the car. Saturday night we will stand together at the pre-race meeting, knowing the challenge that lays ahead of us the next morning is just a little tougher for us because of the extra burden we carry. 
    
     Sunday morning, bright and early, we'll begin our race with seven hours on the water and in the sun followed by an amazing celebration dinner in one of the Key West restaurants in town (and if I have my way, that will probably be Margaritaville Cafe).  And Monday is open to find someway to give back to the diabetic community in Key West (contact me if you know of one).

     Each day we'll be part of a team where we are the normal ones. Where pumps and CGM's beep freely, blood is tested and the table and where getting high is a sometimes unavoidable side-effect of being normal. We won't have to explain when we get overly grumpy due to a low, because we've all been there before. We don't have to feel like we're letting down the team taking time to test during a race, everyone will take that same time when it is their turn. And we won't be left alone to find solutions to the diabetic swimming problems. On this team, that is just how we roll.


     Tuesday we will go back to our normal lives knowing that we did something great. We kicked diabetes right in the arse. And we can use that confidence to make diabetes bend to our will, to test more, to analyze data more frequently, to continue exercising so we can live healthier, longer, happier lives. 


    And we can continue to drink our Happy Cocktail each and every day.  





If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

03 February 2014

Happy Cocktail

    I was recently sharing with a friend my recipe for dealing with the depression that diabetes and life in general brings. The big 5 ingredients in my Happy Cocktail are exercise, music, sunshine, people (good people you actually like), and future plans. You force those upon yourself and it will drag you out of the blues into Happyville.
   
As we round the corner out of winter and into spring (although it is not much of a winter here in San Diego and I know spring seems a long way off for many in the US and worldwide) I am working hard to throw off my yearly winter blues.

   I've been surrounding myself with happy music, through a new free Sirius Satellite subscription continuously tuned to Radio Margaritaville. I have been reading outside int he sunshine during my lunch break. And I have been going out of my way to build the relationships around me.


    But I needed to find a place for the last two ingredients in my Happy Cocktail; exercise and future plans. And for me that usually means it's time to find a new adventure to train for.


    So it was time to dig out my Someday-I-Will list. It's too soon to conquer the WESTPAC, a 8-19 day sailing race from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI. I can't be away form my kiddos for that long, yet. A multi-day Stand Up Paddle exploration of the Virgin Islands may be a bit beyond my experience level at this point (I've only Sup'ed a handful of times) Which only leaves the Swim Around Key West.


    The 37th Annual Swim Around Key West is a 12.5 mile swim around the island of Key West in Florida on June 28, 2014. twelve and a half miles is too much for me to take on this June, but they do have a three person relay division. I can definitely do a 4.2 mile swim with six months of training.


   I've done solo adventures before, I want to do something with a team this time. Three swimmers, a boat captain, maybe even a photographer/media captain to share our journey along the way.


   This race will give me a Future Plan and a purpose to Exercise. For the next six months I can look forward to a trip to the tropics and a five day vacation with some amazing people. And it provides me with the accountability to get to the pool and the weight room and on the road for a quick run to the beach.


   Now the question is, will this adventure be those same ingredients for you? I am looking for people to join the team. Maybe even put two teams together. If this could be the two ingredients you need in your Happy Cocktail, you can find out more here. You can also fill out the INTEREST FORM to let me know you're interested.


   Will this be your year to join the Relay Round the Island team??? 



If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

31 January 2014

A Dose of Sunshine

      As I try to pull myself out of the depression that chronic disease often provides us with, I realize the value of music and images to remind us of the things we love and the people we were before we were overrun with worry and burnout from a failing body.
 
     I have been surrounding myself with these things in order to take back control of my presiding mood. And I thought I would share some, I have come across lately, or pulled out of the recesses of my iPod to cheer me up. I hope it brings you a smile.
















If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.

29 January 2014

No Worries Mon, Everything Will Be Alright

     Over the past seven years, I have slid into the horrible habit of having a really bad attitude at work. I have become the 'I hate Mondays' kind of a person. In my defense it has been an incredibly hard seven years struggling with hyperthyroidism tearing every ounce of my energy and ravaging my body. Most mornings it was painful to get out of bed and took every bit of my concentration to stay upright.

   But now that my thyroid has been demolished thanks to Radioactive Iodine, my health has steadily increased to the point where waking up is no longer torture. And I have decided my new role in life. I want to be the VW Jamaican man, bringing sunshine and happiness to everyone he sees. It is who I have always been before my life got turned upside down by a tiny endocrine gland that decided to do her own thing and no longer listen to authority.


           

You know what this room needs? A smile. Who wants to come with I?

If you loved this article, please give it a LIKE and SHARE IT with your friends.