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Ian Ranshaw

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At The Tracks
                                       you know what this says? Today,.I took the long way to work
thinking that I needed a change in scenery. Well I got it. Normally when I take
this route I would see open fields, large farms, a few...

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Show Me The Love
I had this thought the other day, and I just wanted to put
my thoughts down on paper, thus this blog moment.   I was just thinking how on an everyday basis we as human
beings take life for granted. I know that we all have our moments in life when
we realize...

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Fighting For The Cause
I have never been to Washington DC before…so when the opportunity arose to do some lobbying for more research funding, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t real excited to talk in front of congress men and women because let’s face it….I can barely remember what...

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Life is a BEACH Sometimes
Everyone has those embarrassing stories to tell right? Lets face it...Life is just funny sometimes. My life is no different, and there are times when you just have to laugh at yourself. Here's my story: I went to Beaufort SC. for a work trip. I don't normal...

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Summer Lovin
GeeeezeOpeeeetz Where have you just upped and gone on me...left me hanging. You didn't even tell me you were going. The least you could have done was said goodbye. OK so I know that's what you saying to me right now...but seriously I had six goo...

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One Year Plan
I remember the very first time that I saw a muscle magazine. My jaw hit the ground because I was in disbelief. How can anyone have that many muscles on their body let alone have that much mass to them.   They looked so weird to me. That was probably because...

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Is it Fourth of July Yet?
Tis the season to be jolly. And nothing makes me more jolly than some venison in the freezer. I am not jolly right jolly. I have not been able to hunt as much as I would like to because of the shift I am on, however I have been trying to...

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Hi Carla, First time writer...long time reader.
I am newly diagnosed Lupie (of course it took more than 2 years to get a diagnosis), however this disease is not new to me. My Mother had it and I also lost my daughter 4 years ago from Lupus as well. So I know what it is like on both sides of this disease, one as a care giver and also as a patient.  As a care giver you feel so helpless sometimes because no matter what you do the patient still suffers. When all you really want to do is to make them feel better. It becomes very frustrating when you finally relize that all you can do is to make their life just a little easier by just being there for them when they need their medication or maybe run them to the doctor appointments. (Pretty much the things you mentioned above) But in the really is all you can do.
 And as a patient, you feel lousy haveing to rely on others to do things that you normally would do and it takes quite a bit of pride swallowing to finally allow letting people help you.
I know now what a blessing it is to have friends that care enough to even consider asking if they could help. Its rare, but much appreciated when it is all said and done.
When I read your post ...I thought to myself....Wow...that person is so lucky to have a friend like  that.

So to answer your question...I like it when someone mows my grass whan I am having a flare. It keeps me out of the sun and when your body aches all over...the mower isnt the smoothest ride to be on.  No one has ever offered but who knows...maybe one day. :)

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