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THIS IS A FRIENDS ONLY JOURNAL

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This is a Friends Only journal. It is a number of things. It is the history of my family, mostly in the form of my daily life, which to be truthful is not all that exciting.

I have Fibromyalgia and Myofacial Pain Syndrome and so live with chronic pain. I have a multitude of body issues that are all in some way related to one or both of the above. I also have arthritis, which is just a benefit of being my age. This is a pain journal as well. That is definitely not exciting and often makes people uncomfortable when they read of my body complaints day after day. One of the reasons I am keeping a journal here is because, strange as it may seem, it is easier for me to type, than to hold a pen and write.

Menopause has come to visit my house, and will stay for as long as it decides to stay. This is also a journal that records my experiences as I move from one phase of my life into another. I will be so very glad when this phase passes. It is so very much like puberty, except there is so much less to look forward to when it is over. This also holds almost no interest for the masses.

I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in August of 2006. My husband was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in March of 2009. We have both learned to deal with being cancer survivors. And while mine is not a life threatening cancer, his is. So we are praying that we are both survivors for a long, long time.

Occasionally I rant in my journal. These posts are usually made private because most rants, in particular about family are not for public consumption or comment so I keep them to my self. But I have been known to rant about doctors, hospitals, government, bad driver, rude store clerks, and other people in general that are getting on my nerves... these rants are usually made available to those that have been there and done that and purchased the tee shirt.

This is a journal of my church doings. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And though there is mention of the church in my daily life or certain events that take place... I do not make my churchy posts open to even all those on my friends list, but only to those that share my religious views on my friends list. I am an open minded woman. I am not easily offended, but can be. I am very conscious of what kind of pictures I see and what kind of language I read or hear. I will not censor your journal, but would ask you to censor yourself when you are in mine. I do not ever preach my church to anyone, but I live my church and it is very much a daily part of my life, I won't censor that out of my journal, so if that bothers you, or if you won't censor yourself in my journal... don't ask. That being said there are some on my friends list that occasionally have posts that some on my friends list would find offensive if they were to ever go there. I won't apologize for that, there things to be learned from everyone, and I live in the world, but if a journal gets too offensive for me... well... I do what I need to do to keep myself in the spiritual place I strive daily to be in.

The biggest reason for my being here, is my daughter violalee. She has been here for years and finally convinced me that I HAD to get a journal online. It is the place, even though we talk almost every day on the phone, and spend an unreasonable amount of time talking to each other while wasting time playing games on Pogo, this is the place where we keep track of how the other one is feeling. She and I are very good friends. She just had her first child, a girl in July 2009 so I am a new Grandma! There are many of her friends that find it just too weird that you would have your mother in your journal, or that you would be allowed or want to be in hers... For us it is a good thing and we are glad to be able to be close enough to do that here, even though we are many states away from each other geographically.

If I ever offend someone somehow... know that it is never intentional. I really try to be kind and honest in all that I do. I am open and frank in my comments in other's journals, though I do not comment often on serious life decisions that others make in their posts. I am never mean spirited, I am, however, too well aged to be dancing around too many bushes (besides all that dancing makes my feet hurt), and there are some times when I just need to say what needs to be said. Unfortunately, it has cost me a friend or two here on LJ and so I don't do it often. Frankly, I almost never do it now, unless you have become such a friend that I know you will know and understand that I am telling you what I am telling you because I care for you over much and am concerned for your well being. And all comments are all written on a computer screen, a push of the button and the advice is deleted, never needing to be taken and never repeated if not taken. And know this, if I do intend to offend you, you will certainly know it, it will not be offered gently nor kindly.

So for whatever reason, somehow you have found your way to my journal... And if for some unknown reason you feel that there is something to be gained from reading the journal of a woman living in a very, very small town in Western Montana, then comment here. Tell me who you are, what you do, what brought you here to my, and why you want to get to know me. I will reply, I think it is great to get to know new people and learn from them.

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