A Little About Me

Max Lucado

I’m a wife, mother, friend, and more. I am also a patient in the medical community. I make a conscious decision to choose joy.~ amidst a Wow! 18+-yr diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, kidney stones, asthma. Medically labeled as permanent disabled in my mid-40’s. Caretaker for my mother as she fights Alzheimer’s and bladder cancer. I choose joy because this is the best option. Because the other option. . . is not an option.

If you haven’t done so, you may be interested in visiting my The Joy Project. The link is listed on the home page of my blog if this is where you started. I post a lot of encouraging things throughout the week that are not in the blog.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog. I pray these words give you encouragement and hope in whatever circumstances you face today.

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272 thoughts on “A Little About Me

  1. speetzen May 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I love your attitude. I enjoyed reading your blog, well done!

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  2. therealsharon May 16, 2011 at 12:57 am Reply

    So inspirational!
    I would love to someday reach this attitude of joy that you have! Sounds like you have so much to deal with and you seem such a strong, wonderful person. I will definitely be looking more at your blog, I need THIS kind of attitude!

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    • Overcoming Illness With Joy May 16, 2011 at 7:17 am Reply

      Thank you so much! I have enjoyed reading yours as well, and also subscribed to your blog. I appreciate it!

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  3. gendjlee May 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm Reply

    I appreciate the reply you made to the comment I left on “World MS Day”. I showed your blog to my mom and she liked it as well. We wanted you to know that we’re placing you on our blogroll, though we don’t have many readers yet; when we get them, we hope they’ll take a look at the inspirations you have to give.

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    • Overcoming Illness With Joy May 31, 2011 at 10:39 am Reply

      I am so thankful it encouraged both of you! I hope you have a huge success with the MS Walk this year.

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      • melissmor September 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

        I am so happy you enjoyed my post, and you know what – you are RIGHT for choosing joy in your life because you know what sweety – this life is what you make it, every living day we are in danger of all the harm the world throws at us, but thanks to God and His GREAT Graces, we have hope and honour to still live and accomplish anything we set our minds to and to still live in His abundance. So, I know medically you may have been told that you are limited to a lot of things, but my dear, because of the positive spirit you have, dear-heart, you will kick MS a** so hard it won’t even want to mess with you or anyone else ever again. You are SUPER awesome and ALL the Greatness God brings your way, sweety you deserve it. Keep fighting the great fight doll, it is not in vain and God will bless you beyond your wildest expectations.

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  4. Sandi Ormsby August 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I too, recently was diagnosed with Asthma (at 40yrs old) and was told I had it my entire life. WHAT? I had a heck of a summer with having a FLARE UP and am now seeing a specialist trying to get it under control. It’s been 2 months of focusing on breathing, but I know we’ll get this thing controlled.

    Negative attitudes do not help situations- it just makes you feel worse…being positive is the only way. I just think of poor Job.

    Although these are your burdens to bare, GOD has also blessed you with gifts. You are touching many people with your JOY and I am thankful to have found your site.

    God bless,
    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, CA

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  5. Overwhelmed By Joy August 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm Reply

    I can relate to your shock of the diagnosis of asthma. I, like most people I know, thought it was always diagnosed during childhood. I have been told that this has been a particularly bad summer for asthmatics. My pulmologist informed me at a visit last week that he is seeking insurance approval for monthly injections that have to be done at his office. I was VERY frustrated to hear that – until common sense kicked in & I realized it is for my benefit.I am also so thankful for Job’s story, like you. It brings any pity party to an abrupt halt! I read a comment by Oswald Chambers that has stayed with me for years – ‘Pity is of the devil’. I can’t think of a time that it has been beneficial to me, that is for sure!I hope your asthma is soon brought under control. Thank you for the encouraging words!

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  6. onestrangelifeblog August 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Wow you have a lot on your plate! It’s good you try to keep positive (although that too can be tiring I’m sure). I don’t know how those who are born pessimists get through when they have a lot to deal with, good thing you’re an optimist. Thanks for your blog and for sharing a bit of yourself with people on here πŸ™‚

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm Reply

      I definitely don’t do it on my own! I have been blessed with very supportive people around me. My husband and son both take care of responsibilities any day that I am not able to do so. We have had our share of emergencies, but faith & family get us through every time. πŸ™‚

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      • onestrangelifeblog August 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Having support is key for sure. I’m glad to hear you have a loving family to help you.

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  7. ahelpingofhope August 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm Reply

    I love your emphasis on CHOICE. We can’t choose what we have to go through at times, but we can choose HOW we will go through it. We have Fragile X Syndrome in our family: my daughter has it with Autism and some other disorders. Thanks for the reminder to CHOOSE joy because there really is no other option πŸ™‚ I’m going to follow you…to joy!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm Reply

      I’m glad it was encouraging to you! I look forward to reading more of your blog as well.

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  8. Ashley August 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Very positive blog. Love it!

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  9. thewallacegroupkw August 7, 2012 at 11:53 am Reply

    Great attitude! I find when we (I) keep a grateful spirit, everything else in life pales and falls into place. There are so many who have worse problems than any of us. My mom passed away with pancreatic cancer in December last year. She didn’t do chemo and her life was much richer for it. She had good days and bad days, but what I saw in her was an encouragement to me and my brothers and family. She was a great example for her family. Her faith carried her through many rough days in the six months or so she lived after diagnosis. While it didn’t lessen the pain of loss, necessarily, seeing her faith tested and put into action was a great example for us.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm Reply

      I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. It sounds like she was a very notable example of great character in the midst of many challenges. I firmly believe you can always find someone whose situation is far worse. . . and many examples of people like your mother whose attitude is worthy of modeling. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  10. bobbie August 8, 2012 at 8:55 am Reply

    You are a strong and beautiful woman! I love your positive attitude and blog about being JOY! πŸ˜€

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  11. P. K. Newby August 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Sounds like a lot of challenges .. and glad you are choosing joy. And thanks for stopping by the The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen! Cheers, PKN

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  12. seo outsourcing August 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm Reply

    I am typically to blogging and i actually admire your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and hold checking for brand new information.

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  13. thewallacegroupkw August 10, 2012 at 11:48 am Reply

    Thanks! We try to keep relevant info there. Sometimes it’s just little “ditties” that strike me in some fashion. The Olympics have provided plenty of good topics. Sometimes it’s just life stuff. And, of course, we throw a little real estate thoughts in there a couple of times a week since that’s my business. Thanks again. Hope you continue to find the posts, interesting, humorous at times, and helpful in some fashion. Have a terrific day and, as a friend of mine used to say, “I wish you all the success you’re willing to work for!”

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  14. chris9911 August 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I would love to see where your journey takes you, and you definitely fit the type of person I want to follow, so here goes….

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  15. thelegacyoffaith August 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Thanks for visiting my site and encouraging me. What a gift you are!!!

    Blessings,
    Vanessa

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  16. Nici Roberson August 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Wow, you have a beautiful outlook ! I look forwarld to reading your blog. Sending many blessings your way!

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  17. jackie376 August 14, 2012 at 7:18 am Reply

    You are very inspiring! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your support. Looking forward to reading more from you πŸ™‚

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 14, 2012 at 7:22 am Reply

      Thank you so much! I look forward to reading more from your blog as well.

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  18. Judith Gotwald August 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Thanks for liking my “joy” post on 2×2. We have some similar challenges in life. Joy is a good choice.

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  19. illumylife by Joy August 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm Reply

    How beautiful that you chose joy in your difficulties instead of bitterness. Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm Reply

      Thank you. Some days it is a natural occurrence; other days it is an act of faith to put it into practice. I enjoyed your blog very much!

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  20. Neal Saye August 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm Reply

    Yes, yes, yes! It’s all about the attitude. And I love yours. I/m glad I found you. Be blessed!

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  21. Kip Light August 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm Reply

    I hereby humbly announce that you have been awarded the β€œCourageous Blogger Award”. There are no set rules, but please come by http://kipsthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/the-courageous-blogger-award/ and grab your award and possibly pass the love forward to bloggers you find courageous. Congratulations!

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  22. Penny Lane August 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm Reply

    I cannot tell you how much I love this attitude (especially coming from someone with health challenges). If you can find joy, then those of us who are blessed with good health have no excuse for not looking on the bright side of life.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm Reply

      That is very kind of you. Encouragement from people like you makes such a difference.

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  23. garris August 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm Reply

    Imagine how Joseph felt, thrown into a pit without water by his very own brothers. Nothing but a dark outlook ahead as he was cast into slavery, forgotten and disowned. And then it got worse. But he never lost his victory and he finally came forth like a butterfly out of a cocoon. I hear that same victory in your voice. How easy it is to hold a positive attitude when its not you that is in the pit, but it takes real depth, substance, and courage to declare your joy and victory when you are in your place.
    Thanks for you bright light.
    Dale

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm Reply

      What a great testimony we have in Joseph. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words.

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  24. Eve Meighen August 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Thanks for liking my post! I love your attitude. Good luck with everything.

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  25. Teresa August 31, 2012 at 10:07 am Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the toffee almond sandies. I hope you try them sometime and let me know how they turn out!

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  26. rolerrol September 1, 2012 at 12:33 am Reply

    Thank you for liking my post because I was able to find yours blog! Your life story really spoke to me. I have been taught that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. One of the root meanings for righteousness is “right thinking”!
    You are truly living in the kingdom. God bless you.
    The trademark for a Christian should be joy (Gal 5:22) and you are living that. I pray healing for you as well.
    God bless.

    Rolain.P

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 1, 2012 at 9:02 am Reply

      Exactly! That is my life verse, and my goal in this blog is to show how I try to live it out. I’m thankful we found each other’s blogs as well.

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  27. blizbelle September 1, 2012 at 3:49 am Reply

    This is so inspiring! The joy of the Lord is my strength. What other way to stay positive than be Joyful! You’r right when you say its the only option. I’ll encourage you to stay true to your resolve to be “overwhelmed by Joy” and keep the word of the Lord always before you……there will b glory after this! *smile!

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  28. Prasanna Gajbhiye September 1, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply

    Inspired!
    Learnt something from you.
    Gives me courage to fight with my difficulties.
    Thankyou. Keep spreading the JOY! πŸ™‚

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  29. Marcia September 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm Reply

    You have discovered the secret to all happiness…CHOOSE it. Good for you! Thank you for stopping by my blog today, and hope you’ll visit there again. I’m certainly going to take a long look around yours. Have a great day!

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  30. Grumpa Joe September 3, 2012 at 12:00 am Reply

    It is not easy being a caretaker for an aged parent, and it certainly isn’t easier when you have your own physical problems to deal with while doing so. Your strength of character is amazing. I wish you the best in the difficult road you must travel.

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  31. Steven S. Walsky September 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm Reply

    I have nominated your blog for two awards:

    Super Sweet Blogging Award
    Traffic Raiser Blog Award

    Steve, Words to Love By
    http://wordstoloveby.wordpress.com/

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm Reply

      That is so very kind of you! I will be sure to reply tomorrow. Thank you again.

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      • Steven S. Walsky September 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        You are very welcome.

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  32. ACircleInThePath September 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Wow, what a wonderful way to look at life. You are an inspiration.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm Reply

      I appreciate your kind words. It is a choice every day, and some days are easier than others.

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  33. bruceczopek September 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm Reply

    You chose a great name for your blog!

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  34. pinaysunchaser September 7, 2012 at 5:40 am Reply

    Thank you being spreading joy through your blog and inspiring readers/fellow bloggers to do the same. πŸ™‚

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  35. StephenWhoElse September 7, 2012 at 11:18 am Reply

    What a wonderful attitude! God bless you.

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  36. William Kristoph September 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm Reply

    What a great way to view life. Choose joy. That’s a bumper sticker we can all like!

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  37. treasuresofeden September 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

    hello and thanks for stopping by my blog – treasureofeden – I’m glad you like it, do stay tuned and remember the Lord loves you.

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  38. adelat2012 September 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm Reply

    I will pray for you. Stay strong. Im currenty applying for diabilty right now. I diagnosed with schitzoeffective disorder and ive been diebetic since i was sixteen. Its been ten years. So stay strong and thanks for checking out my blog. Hope you come back and God bless.

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  39. lilandrael September 9, 2012 at 3:51 am Reply

    Thanks for dropping by and liking my work. What a lovely blog you have, very inspirational πŸ™‚

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  40. God is Good September 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Thank you for stopping by. I will enjoy rummaging through your blog … Blessings. God is Good

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  41. Charlotte Tai September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    You are brave! Your words are encouraging. May God bless you and your family abundantly and give you strength in your battles.

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  42. kappocheno September 11, 2012 at 12:17 am Reply

    Thank you for following my blog! My thoughts are with you on your journey and I look forward to reading your blog!

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  43. God is Good September 11, 2012 at 1:50 am Reply

    I have a friend whose mother has just been diagnosed with MS. We stand with you and her for a complete healing in Jesus’ Name … as He did for Heidi Baker so I pray he will do for you too! She was healed if MS. Blessings. God is Good!

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  44. Sophia Moseley Moseley September 11, 2012 at 3:10 am Reply

    Thank you for reading my blog on dementia. When I read your bio, it made my moans & groans seem quite insignificant. Thank goodness for the good, kind & caring people in the world like you. There aren’t enough of them.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 11, 2012 at 7:08 am Reply

      Your problems are significant. I never want the message to be one of who has the most problems’, but rather how do you maneuver and overcome those challenges. You are doing a great job. πŸ™‚

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  45. Mrs H September 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Thanks for visiting my blog recently. Choosing joy when faced with so much adversity is inspirational and I have enjoyed browsing your blog very much. Looking forward to following.

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  46. yomicfit September 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm Reply

    I have found your blog to be quite “lovely” and nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award.
    Go to yomicfit.wordpress.com to check out the rules.
    Congrats on all your success!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm Reply

      Thank you!That is so kind of you. I will be sure to respond tomorrow.

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  47. Lori September 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Thank you for checking out my blog, Dear Ms. Migraine.

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  48. alysonargabrite September 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. If you wish to accept, check out my post – the instructions are on my recent post! πŸ™‚ http://alysonontherun.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/spreading-the-sunshine/

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it very much. I will check out your post this weekend! πŸ™‚

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  49. flamidwyfe September 15, 2012 at 1:28 am Reply

    Joy is an amazing option!

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  50. Allison Wright September 15, 2012 at 2:42 am Reply

    Dear Joy (for I cannot find confirmation of your name easily anywhere),
    I like your blog. As the carer of my partner who has had MS for twenty years, and now needs more care than ever, I find it difficult to read some of your very valid contributions simply because they are too close to the bone! There is a Portuguese saying which translates loosely as “There is no life without faith”, something which I heartily endorse. During today’s ablutions and dressing routine, my partner said “Don’t worry. I’ll get there. It is a difficult mountain, but I’ll get there in the end.” While I take such statements with a pinch of salt, I cannot negate her faith. Besides, how we get to that destination, I suspect, is never quite how we imagine it will be.
    By the way, I noticed the posture of your hand in your photo, and since this is my second encounter with you in the space of a week, I feel I have to mention it. Please exercise your hands (make fists, then “stars” several times during the day) – and massage them a little when washing them or putting on hand cream this helps to keep them stronger for longer. Do take care. Allison

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 15, 2012 at 8:08 am Reply

      Allison, I am so moved by your story as a caretaker and how both of you strive to live with the challenges of MS every day. It is so very true that the journey to our destination is far different from what we imagined at the beginning. That is perhaps the greatest challenge with MS ~ not seeing what lies ahead and how to deal with both the known and unknown variables.
      That is so interesting that you commented on the position of my hand in my gravatar. I have particular problems with my left arm, and take one medication just to control the symptoms associated with it. That photo was taken during a particularly difficult time physically. Just last night I found myself holding it in the same manner, and massaged it for a few minutes. I have a therapy ball from a round of OT, and need to use it more frequently. Thank you for the reminder ~ truly. I admire your care for your partner. Patricia

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  51. ritalovestowrite September 15, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply

    Hi,
    thanks for stopping by ritaLOVEStoWRITE. I’m glad you liked the blog on pies that I just did with my good friend Mike. I hope you get a chance to make the pecan pie recipe. I had a little slice of it last night with my hubby and it was nice–not overwhelmingly sweet (which pecan pies tend to be). Anway. Hope you’ll stop by again soon, maybe you’ll find some one you like on my Thought of the Day birthday profiles. Cheers! Rita

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 15, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply

      I definitely hope to try it soon! It looks wonderful!

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      • ritalovestowrite September 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

        Great. I’m notoriously lame at crust, so I opted for store bought. I used Marie Calendar… I pre cooked my shells for 10 mins and they were fab. Mike used the roll out kind, store brand. And those were also very good. But I think the Marie Calendar were a bit flakier.
        Let me know what you think.

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  52. s1ngal September 15, 2012 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Bravo! My hat’s forever tipped in awe of you…
    thank you for the *like* and leading me here.

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  53. justpearlzjp September 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm Reply

    You’re have an amazing journey..continued blessings!

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  54. Joyce September 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm Reply

    Thank you for visiting and the ‘like’ on my blog. I am inspired by your blog and attitude of ‘Joy’. Joy is the first three letters of my name (Joyce) and I hope I can radiate the same kind of Joy to others as you do. It is wonderful to have that with all that you are faced with. A bit about me that we have in common: My brother who is in his fifties (almost 9 yrs. younger than me) also has MS and struggles with it daily, and often gets discouraged at his disabilities. He gets ‘infusions’ for it every two months. He works with NASA and is one of the last employees there to still have a job (Praise the LORD)! Oh, and as you might have been able to tell. I am also a Christian, a mother, grandmother and been married 46 years to my one and only husband. God bless you.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply

      We do have a great deal in common! I have been married just under 27 years, but we share all the other things in common. How is your brother doing with his infusions? Is he receiving Tysabri? I am glad to hear he is still employed.

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      • Joyce September 16, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I am not sure of the kind or medication name as to whether it is Tysabri, but will ask him. He does ok as long as he has the infusions but he gets weak on the right side and it affects his balance, nerves, etc. Yes, I am thankful he can still work for now. Thanks for the reply and interest. The best to you and your health, also.

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  55. Lipstick and Chaos September 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Thank you for your courage and compassion!! Thanks for the blog like.

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  56. Jacqueline Jax September 16, 2012 at 7:48 am Reply

    Terrific attitude! It’s a pleasure to know you. Thank you for introducing your blog to me. I enjoyed reading. Big hug to you and your Mother.

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  57. Phil September 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm Reply

    What you look for in life you will find- whether it is cynicism, pessimism, beauty, or joy- And I am glad that God has opened your eyes to see joy even in your suffering and hardships. Thank you for the encouragement and another reminder to be thankful.

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  58. chemocurls September 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Thanks for reading my post today. I enjoy your blog, as well.

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  59. Esenga' s Voice September 19, 2012 at 3:23 am Reply

    Congratulations, I just nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  60. Denise Hisey September 19, 2012 at 9:48 am Reply

    You are a person of integrity and determination! What a great combination! I have enjoyed browsing your blog!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 19, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

      Thank you! I am enjoying yours as well. I will send you a note shortly.

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  61. chemocurls September 19, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply

    I appreciate your reading my blog. Your blog is so inspiring. Keep up the good work!

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  62. Kristin Barton Cuthriell September 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Super attitude!

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  63. billgncs September 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm Reply

    thanks for visiting…

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  64. Anne Wingate September 20, 2012 at 11:59 am Reply

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I certainly admire your attitude. I have numerous health problems and have not yet succeeded in creating ongoing joy, though I am getting better at it. You are an inspiration.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm Reply

      It is a lifetime process, no doubt about it. Keep me posted on how you are doing. Thank you as well for stopping by.

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  65. Journaling Pain September 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm Reply

    So grateful to have found your blog…I need to be reminded that a life of chronic pain doesn’t have to be all misery. Thanks.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

      I agree – anyone who lives with chronic pain needs that reminder, including myself. Thank you for stopping by.

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  66. Ninja September 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Thanks sweetie for liking my show…!

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  67. 2ndhalfolife September 21, 2012 at 8:25 am Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and keep being joyful!

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  68. s1ngal September 21, 2012 at 9:08 am Reply

    Did you know I’m addicted to your blog? If not, you should know by now… http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/addiction-awarded/

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  69. writereadreflect September 21, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply

    Thanks for taking time to visit and like my post πŸ™‚ You have a great site! πŸ™‚

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  70. Lynn Wallace September 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Dear Joy, Thanks for your quick comment on my WordPress blog. Satan keeps trying to discourage me, but how can I stay depressed when God is on my side!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm Reply

      That is true! It can be a daily battle, but keep fighting. It is worth it.

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  71. John September 22, 2012 at 9:55 am Reply

    Positively positive! Thank you for visiting my place. πŸ™‚

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  72. natcheron September 22, 2012 at 10:05 am Reply

    I believe you have the power to heal people’s sadness through your blog. Keep on writting ! & thks for following my blog .It’s a pride knowing that someone like you actually enjoys following my work

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 22, 2012 at 10:23 am Reply

      Thank you. What a very kind and encouraging thing to say! I do enjoy your blog. πŸ™‚

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  73. Mary September 22, 2012 at 10:55 am Reply

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I believe in always trying to look on the brighter side of life, although it isn’t always easy. I wish you all the best. β™₯

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  74. Eric L. Woods September 22, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply

    This is an inspiration to me.

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  75. lifeandfreewill September 22, 2012 at 11:25 am Reply

    thanks for liking my post. lets keep on sharing inspiration =)

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  76. SkiDaddy September 22, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply

    Thanks for “like”ing my posts. I, like you, try to stay positive through whatever comes along. I’m not always successful but the optimism is worth the effort.
    So keep it up, I’ll certainly look around your blog more.
    Dwayne

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm Reply

      I agree, it is always worth the effort. No one does it perfectly, but there is so much benefit to striving for the goal. Thank you also for stopping by!

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  77. motivatah September 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm Reply

    I love your Blog and your spirit. Life is a fantastic journey, the good and the bad. I am honored to share this life space with a women who faces adversity and comes out better and stronger in spite of it. Thank you for sharing you gift with me.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 24, 2012 at 9:26 am Reply

      I agree ~ life is a fantastic journey! We wouldn’t know how good things are if we never had the bad days. I greatly appreciate your encouraging words!

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  78. ansuyo September 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Amen! Great choice. We’re going to hurt anyway, but we don’t have to be miserable. Thanks for dropping by my blog (do you mean what i know) Angie

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 24, 2012 at 9:23 am Reply

      Exactly. No one is unique to having challenges in their life, but we do have a choice in how we respond.

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  79. fayeforever21 September 24, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    Thank you for liking my Birthday Blessings post. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Choosing joy is the only option. May God continue to bless you in all that you do and all that you are. I too choose joy.

    Love, joy, peace and blessings to you!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 24, 2012 at 9:35 am Reply

      Happy birthday, by the way! I failed to say that under your comments. Thank you for stopping by my blog as well.

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  80. a1000shadesofhurt September 24, 2012 at 9:49 am Reply

    Hi,

    Thanks for visiting and for the like :-).

    Wish you and your mother well. Take care.

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  81. The Verdant Home September 24, 2012 at 10:25 am Reply

    Thank you for visiting my blog….and introducing me to your lovely blog! I look forward to reading more!

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  82. seanpierre64 September 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Hello and thank you for visiting my page and your spirit is definitely admired to make it through each day with a thought of perpetual happiness. If we all tried to do that once in awhile perhaps, we wouldn’t have the amount of angst we see in our own daily lives. Thank you for sharing your story I look forward to reading some of your other post as well…SP

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm Reply

      I appreciate that very much. I hope the blog encourages others to try. The difficult times will come, no question.

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  83. janet September 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post on Alzheimer’s awareness. I wish you well in your journey as caretaker for your mother.

    Like

  84. leblogdemarie September 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm Reply

    How lovely to have discovered your inspirational blog! I will most certainly check back again! Thank you so much for stopping by a liking a recent post.

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  85. Jenn September 25, 2012 at 5:36 am Reply

    thankyou for visiting my page πŸ™‚ your page reminds us to stay focused on what is positive … yes joy is really the only option πŸ™‚ blessings to you πŸ™‚

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  86. rynnasaryonnah September 25, 2012 at 9:23 am Reply

    What a great way to look at life! Sending you love, peace and sunshine from sunny Singapore! =D

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  87. Laura Sgroi September 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for liking the last post on my blog.
    Your blog is amazingly beautiful. I just started following you.

    Health, joy and best regards.

    Thanks again,

    Laura Sgroi
    http://www.laurasgroi.com

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  88. triathlonmomma September 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Your strength impressive and resolve to rise above the physical is inspirational. This quote made me think of you and your journey:

    β€œI count life just a stuff, to try the soul’s strength on.”

    Robert Browning (1812-1889);
    Poet, Playwright

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm Reply

      That is an inspiring quote that speaks well of what my true goal should be. Thank you so much for sharing that and for your kind words.

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  89. Longshot September 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Also my survival tip,
    Try to laugh as much as you cry. It’s what will keep you alive.

    Believe me I know. Hang in there friend.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 28, 2012 at 8:33 am Reply

      Thank you. Laughter really is the best medicine. I appreciate that you stopped by my blog.

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  90. rachelmeeks September 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm Reply

    http://doilooksick.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-lovely-blog-award/

    I absolutely adore your blog, so I nominated you for the lovely blog award. πŸ™‚

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 30, 2012 at 7:51 am Reply

      Thank you so much! I have created a page to acknowledge it, and will finish thanking you very soon. That is so thoughtful of you. πŸ™‚

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  91. Saved 2 the Utmost aka Mom September 28, 2012 at 5:42 am Reply

    “I chose joy…” What an encouragement! What a testimony! When I saw your username I smiled (a name like that will make you smile πŸ™‚ ) and I just had to follow the link. Once I read your testimony, for that’s what choosing joy means, I *had* to say more than the customary “thank you for liking”. You have what I term an “in spite of” praise. You choose to have joy despite the circumstances you face when many would give up, curse God and die. Bless you dear heart and may Heaven continue to shine upon you. You are in my prayers and in my heart but most of all you’re in the heart of God.

    Love in Christ,
    Ma Chris

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy September 28, 2012 at 8:31 am Reply

      Thank you for such kind words! You have captured exactly the message that I always hope my blog conveys. Joy, for me, isn’t ‘because of’, it is in spite of, in the midst of circumstances. Thank you for your prayers. The week has held some challenges, but God is always greater!

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      • Saved 2 the Utmost aka Mom September 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

        God is always greater! After two battles with cancer I too had to develop that ‘in spite of praise’. The joy of the Lord is our strength in all situations.

        I’ll continue to send up prayers for you and your mother. No weapon formed against us will prosper!

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      • Overwhelmed By Joy October 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

        What an inspiration you are! Thank you so much for your prayers. Are you doing well now?

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      • Saved 2 the Utmost aka Mom October 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        Bless you precious heart, yes I’m doing very well. I just went to the doctor yesterday for my three month check up (which is customary for those who’ve survived cancer) and I had a good report. Praise God!

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      • Overwhelmed By Joy October 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        That is fantastic! Glad to hear it!

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  92. nataliedouglasphotography September 30, 2012 at 5:31 am Reply

    Hi there,
    Thanks for liking my images….your blog is truly inspirational…keep up the great work!

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  93. chellatine October 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Thank you for following Ivory Mocha Lime and for liking the posts. I admire your attitude and you have a very inspiring blog!

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  94. Brandi Roberts October 2, 2012 at 2:02 am Reply

    You are inspiring !

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  95. RobynG October 2, 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking “The Quiet”. I love your outlook – the choice of Joy! Very inspiring. Please stop by my blog again soon!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm Reply

      I definitely will! I love your work.

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      • RobynG October 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

        Thank you! Thanks for visiting again today! Your Joy radiates from your blog…you make me smile!

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  96. katharinetrauger October 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm Reply

    Wow. What an inspiration you are. Praying you can stay true to your choices, here!
    Thanks for stopping by my place. ❀ K

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  97. On the North River October 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Thanks for visiting the blog and glad you enjoyed the photos of the early fall color.
    I need to get out and take more of my pictures, to much of my time this summer was consumed by the negative energy my mother has brought to the house since I had to move her in. She is such a complete contrast to my dear late wife, Donie. Donie was always positive and decided she preferred being happy, despite physical limitations of her stroke and COPD.
    My mother, at 84, prefers to sit and brood over every ache and pain. I wish she could be more like you and my late wife.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

      First, I absolutely love pictures of fall. It is such a beautiful season.

      Also, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of such a wonderful wife. Being frank, I get frustrated with a few people who seem to miss every blessing in their life. I can’t imagine the challenges you face in caring for her. Everyone handles stress differently, but photography is a great outlet. I hope you take time for yourself. You deserve. . . and you need it.

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  98. Cheri L. October 2, 2012 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Joy is a beautiful choice! Thanks for stopping by The Brass Rag. Come back and see us again soon. Meanwhile, happy writing.

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  99. Ming October 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm Reply

    Thank you for visiting featherglass: the Magazine and the Like.

    Visiting Overwhelmed by Joy reminds me that it’s all too easy to take things for granted, especially the “little” things, which, if taken away, won’t seem so little afterall. I like that your space reminds us to keep reaching for that joy that rests inside and to always count our blessings.

    Keep writing!

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  100. Colleen Moore October 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply

    wow…thanks for visiting my website. my grandmother died of MS and i never knew her. i just started following your blog and look forward to hearing more of your story.

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  101. Margaret L. Been October 3, 2012 at 8:48 am Reply

    You are a beautiful person! I’m happy to know you! πŸ™‚

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  102. Joycelyn October 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm Reply

    JOY will always be in our hearts! πŸ™‚ Glad to be here!

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  103. patrickroden October 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Hi OBJ (hope OBJ is ok?) thanx for liking my post, I’m new to blogging, so it’s encouraging when someone takes the time to ‘like’ a post or ‘follow’
    I love what you say about choosing joy…fantastic!!!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply

      Thank you, and welcome to blogging on WordPress! I have way too many nicknames, but you are welcome to call me Patricia. Thank you for stopping by!

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  104. Vegan Flavorista October 6, 2012 at 6:39 am Reply

    Thank you for “liking” my post, “Mr. Zhang’s Chinese”. I enjoyed checking out your inspiring blog. Many blessings–Melanie

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  105. dedepuppets October 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Great blog, I am sure you get a lot of strength out of what you are doing here.

    Like

  106. etudos October 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Keep on enjoying life, because as hard as it may be its always beautiful to be able to breath. Keep up the positive energy.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

      Thank you, I appreciate the encouragement. Thank you for stopping by!

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  107. mauruschka October 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm Reply

    You sound like a really good person, I wish you all the best.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Thank you. If nothing else, I show the real me. Thank you for stopping by.

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      • mauruschka October 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        I like people who show the real them πŸ™‚

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      • mauruschka October 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        I like people who show the real them:)

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      • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        I do also! It is too much work and not much fun when trying to be anyone other than yourself. πŸ™‚

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      • mauruschka October 10, 2012 at 4:12 am

        Yes, that completely right. Much easier to be yourself.

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  108. Glenda October 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Thank you for your positivity and thank you for checking out my blog! I am an overcomer of breast cancer, and that was enought!

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm Reply

      I’m so glad to hear you no longer have it. That is fantastic to hear! I am sure you have a great deal of wisdom to share.

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  109. cherylz1961 October 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Dear Overwhelmed by Joy. I am so glad you found my blog. I can relate to your medical pain but I know you have a different story. My mom also has Alzheimer’s …… as did my great-grandma, and grandma. I don’t want to think I might have that gene. Oh well, if I do I know God will provide. I hope to hear from you in a comment or two. Please share my site with others you think might find it encouraging. Thanks!
    http://weepingintodancing.wordpress.com/

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 10, 2012 at 7:37 am Reply

      We certainly have a lot in common. I am supposed to have an MRI to check for any hints of it , and I just can’t bring myself to do it. I need to update several things on my site, including that page. I will add your blog as a link.

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      • cherylz1961 October 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        Thanks! Listen, I had my one year follow up MRI a few weeks ago and I was terrified. It was like having my first MRI because I don’t remember my previous 3, except to vaguely feel like I was a gerbil in one of those balls you let them run in.

        My son came with me and I was very teary but… It was a relief to find out that the tumor had not grown back.

        I will pray for you…Courage, Wisdom, Health!

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      • Overwhelmed By Joy October 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

        That is a blessing! Thank you for the prayers. I need to commit to making that phone call. And not read so much on the internet. πŸ™‚

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      • cherylz1961 October 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

        Let me know when you go and how it goes. Praying for you today. Be bold and courageous! CherylZ

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  110. Melissmor October 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm Reply

    I simply had to tweet this after reading it again – Absolutely Amazing.

    God BLESS you ~ ALWAYS!

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  111. meinventing October 12, 2012 at 11:29 am Reply

    Your blog is so motivating I just had to nominate it for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD…just had too πŸ˜‰

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm Reply

      Thank you ~ you are so kind!

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  112. brettfish October 16, 2012 at 4:40 am Reply

    wow, talk about inspiring… how i choose to live my life as well – i always say that the difference between happiness and joy is that one is situation dependent and one is Spirit dependent – joy is that much deeper thing that refuses to budge or give up or give in even when circumstances are screaming at it to… well done and keep on and i am sure your blog and life are an inspiration to many…

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm Reply

      I agree, the work of the Holy Spirit it is what makes it possible. On my own strength, I do not have the strength to have the right attitude. How deep are the resources and strength when it is generated from Him, who has an endless supply to give and to supply me with just when I need it. Thank you for your comments and encouraging words.

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  113. Marika October 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Thank you for inspiring others with your great attitude! And thanks for checking out http://www.marikaesque.wordpress.com

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  114. 1kindredspirit October 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply

    I have been following your blog for a while, and I am constantly reminded of God’s unending mercy and grace when I read what you are going through. You are very inspiring, and very honest about your struggles. And, that is very refreshing. Many of us want to say that God’s grace is enough and He can bring us through anything, but that is difficult to “walk out” sometimes. . To know that we may struggle, but the Lord is with us gives us hope. And, sometimes hope is very powerful. You provide hope to many who may be hopeless, feel helpless, and be alone. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy November 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm Reply

      I am very humbled by your words. I appreciate it very much. Yes, hope is perhaps the most powerful thing. I am reminded immediately by your words of Heb. 11:1 ~ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. I would be nothing without hope, grace, and mercy.

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  116. Sofie's Diary November 4, 2012 at 2:39 am Reply

    Miranda Paige at http://echosonomatopoeia.wordpress.com/ has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. In turn I would like to nominate you for the same award.
    For all the details follow this link: http://wp.me/p2ddEF-Vh
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  117. tpdrenoske December 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm Reply

    Your articles are very enjoyable and encouraging. May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength. Thank you for visiting my blog site

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  119. Sebastian December 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm Reply

    Hello! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 13, 2012 at 9:32 am Reply

      Thank you! I look forward to more from your blog as well. Christmas is such an opportunity to give others the reason for our hope and faith. Merry Christmas!

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      • Sebastian December 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

        You’re welcome and Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  120. Pastor Niles December 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Thanks for your like! Thanks for your posts. They are very inspirational and enlightening.

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  121. JamesStratton December 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Hi there,
    Geat to meet you, thanks for checking out my site! I look forward to reading your blogs!
    James

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  122. lexiedache December 19, 2012 at 8:21 am Reply

    Hi – thank you for following! I love your blog, love your concept, your attitude, all of it πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to get your posts in the future and keep in touch!

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  123. rolerrol January 7, 2013 at 10:08 am Reply

    Hi.
    I have nominated The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Go to http://kingspeech.wordpress.com/ to check it out.
    God bless.
    Rolain.

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  125. rolerrol January 9, 2013 at 6:29 am Reply

    Hi.
    I have also nominated you “The Blog of the Year 2012” award. Please go to http://kingspeech.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/blog-of-the-year-award-2012/ to take a look at it.
    Rolain

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  126. chemocurls January 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

    You are such an inspiration! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details are on my site. God bless. Connie

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  127. StephenWhoElse February 26, 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    Hi! I just want to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    Your courage and attitude is a testament to God’s faithfullness and mercy. Your site is an encouragement to all of us.

    Check out your nomination here:

    http://10seventeen.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/an-amazing-thing-happened-this-site-was-nominated-for-an-award/

    God bless.

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  129. sagescenery March 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger’s Award…here’s the link!

    http://godssceneryandpromises.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/illuminating-bloggers-award/ β€Ž

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  130. beeseeker August 11, 2013 at 3:44 am Reply

    What can I say other than best wishes?
    You have my respect.

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  131. srfatima1 August 12, 2013 at 3:50 am Reply

    you sound like an awesome person πŸ™‚

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  132. Andrew Blumetti September 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the follow! Your blog is great, and I’m happy to be a new follower!

    Much success!
    -Andrew

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  133. Ajith P Venugopal October 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Hi,
    You have been nominated for the β€œvery inspiring blogger award”. See details at
    http://markyourpresence.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Glad that we’ve met in the blogosphere.
    Have a great day

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  134. Robbin October 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Enjoyed your blog posts particularly the one about Alzheimer’s. My mother in law is in the moderate phase. Though it is a dreadful disease we choose to find humor in the funny things she does and says.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 14, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

      Thank you for the comments. I try to find a balance in my blog posts on Alzheimer’s to show the very stark reality of Alzheimer’s effects while also bringing out some of our lighter moments. It has certainly taught me a great deal. I am glad to hear you are finding some of the lighter moments while they come about. Blessings.

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  135. Maggie Danhakl October 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Hi,

    I hope this finds you well. I represent Healthline Networks, and we were wondering if you could include Healthline’s Multiple Sclerosis Center (http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis) as a resource on your page: https://overwhelmedbyjoy.wordpress.com/about/

    Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of Multiple Sclerosis as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.

    Why you should include Healthline as a resource:

    -An educational tutorial on understanding, diagnosing, and treatment for MS
    -Breaking news (ex. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/ms-new-3D-scanning-technique-helps-diagnose-ms-fast-100913) and in-depth, doctor-reviewed content

    For more information about our rigorous editorial process, to view our board of directors and more visit the Healthline about page: http://www.healthline.com/health/about-healthline.

    Please let me know if you are open to adding Healthline’s MS center as a resource. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Warm Regards,
    Maggie Danhakl- Assistant Marketing Manager
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    Healthline Networks, Inc. β€’ Connect to Better Health
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    • Overwhelmed By Joy October 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm Reply

      Absolutely! I will be sure to do so the next time I am on my laptop. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  136. Catherine April 3, 2014 at 10:03 am Reply

    You’re positive attitude truly is infectious! Thank you for sharing!

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  137. Victoria April 5, 2014 at 9:06 am Reply

    I love your blog and attitude! I’ve been dealing with my FIL who has Alzheimer’s and my Mother who has lung cancer. I maintain a positive attitude with them both and its been so rewarding as that’s what they truly need and love.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy April 5, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply

      That is so true! I’m glad they have you there to be an encouragement. A positive attitude can be a challenge to offer at some stages but that is perhaps the best gift of all.

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      • Victoria April 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

        I’m happy they have me too! I love spending time with them both, in fact, I’m leaving for Montana this coming week to spend a fabulous month with my Mother. Then I’ll return again last week of June then off in Sept to see my FIL. Your blog is so inspiring!

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      • Overwhelmed By Joy April 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

        That is great! I look forward to hearing about some of your special memories from both trips!

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      • Victoria April 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

        Thank you!!

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  138. Karen April 9, 2014 at 8:38 am Reply

    Thanks for visiting.our blog, what a blessing to see what a positive attitude you have through the Lord in what you are going through. I have been battling cancer for 10 years and taking care of my mom as well. With His strength it keeps me going. He said He would not give us more than we could stand and that He will walk with us through these trials. May His hand continue to be upon your life and May He continue to use you to touch others and give you wisdom, strength and peace.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy April 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm Reply

      That is truly the only way I know how to have the strength to keep going through my trials, and it seems so with you as well. I pray many are encouraged by your faith as you go through this, and see that Christ is the hope in all our trials. Thank you for sharing.

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  139. Crystal Ann December 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm Reply

    Thank you for visiting my site! I’m glad that it led me to yours, and I look forward to reading some of your posts. What a blessing your decision to choose joy is! Thank you for being an inspiration!
    Blessings,
    ~ Crystal

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  140. thelegacyoffaith June 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Thank you for liking my post! Your outlook is exactly where I find myself. Some of my current circumstances are rather discouraging and challenging, but I choose to praise Jesus and focus on the joy I have in Him, my Hope!

    His best to you,
    Vanessa

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  141. lifehelps September 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply

    HHello!
    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Bloggr Award. You can check out all of the details a my place:

    https://lifehelps.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/the-beautiful-blogger-award/

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  142. jane_going.home November 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Thank you for dropping by my site on your way home. Your outlook on life is refreshing with a touch of amazing. I’ll see you around. JANE

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  143. Matthew December 30, 2015 at 1:09 am Reply
  144. writerwannabe763 July 4, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply

    Hi… Just wondering how you’ve been. I’ve not been blogging too much myself… but just thinking about you, so thought I’d ask… Diane

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  145. Overwhelmed By Joy July 4, 2016 at 8:50 am Reply

    I am having a very difficult year and struggling with how to write about what is going on while not violating other’s privacy. I would really appreciate your prayers. Thanks for checking on me.

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