So here is the latest…

LAKOTA UPDATE: The pathology report came back and my precious boy has Cancer. See my latest post for the latest information on Lakota and his journey.

Cancer is the verdict

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Lakota Update: The biopsy was done yesterday. Lakota came thru ok. he is resting, has pain med and a couple other meds. Tissue sample sent to Pathologist and we get our results back the start of the week. Lakota’s Vet said that whatever this is, is very aggressive. Once the report is back we will have to tackle this fast, head on and hard.

We really need your help in sharing this campaign, donations, prayers, healing energy and love to get thru this.

Please, even if all you can do is share that is a huge help..

Lakota Surgery Fund

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Everything, Every little bit helps…Thank you and bless you ❤

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Update on Lakota’s journey…

Lakota is sleeping more, as expected. . He is weaker, not wanting to really eat much anymore. He has been going to the bathroom (pooping) it seems nearly non stop when he isn’t resting. I know that is wearing him out too bless his heart. Me, I am so far beyond exhausted and hanging on by a thread here.
I am right behind him cleaning up and mopping. When he goes he is losing more blood in his stool. I have to follow him when he gets up to go to make sure he doesn’t eat it…he has reverted to primal instinct here the past week with that…I know that his time is coming very near.  I know that Otis knows too and he whines looking at Lakota then to me and back to Lakota. An appointment is set for this Friday, September 2, 2016 with our vet where I will have the honor of escorting my precious Lakota to the Rainbow Bridge where Maximillian, Cougar 7 toes, Boo-Boo, Eskimo and other special friends await him.
If you can assist us with the funds for this journey it would be tremendously appreciated. You can also donate directly to Lakota’s account with Dr. Donald Pyle at the Animal Health Center here in Crestview, FL.  
Thank you all so very much for your ongoing prayers, donations, shares and love for my precious loving boy ❤

Cancer is the verdict

LAKOTA UPDATE: 

The pathology report came back and my precious boy has Cancer and it is very aggressive. I created a new campaign “Lakota’s Cancer Fund” to help us through this devastating and painful journey we now find ourselves on.  I am heartbroken and absolutely gutted.

Read more on Lakota’s journey on his GoFundMe link below where you can see the pathology report and follow  updates on how he is doing throughout his journey. 

We also deeply appreciate all Sharing, Prayers, Love and Donations that will help ease the journey in this chapter of Lakota’s life.

Lakota’s Cancer Fund

My precious Lakota.

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Blessings from our paws to yours ❤

Please help Lakota my service dog & best friend <3

Lakota’s Emergency Surgery Fund

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/LakotaSurgeryFund

Lakota is my Service Dog and is literally my lifeline.  He works to help me thru Depression, PTSD and anxiety.  Lakota has been with me since December 2005 when he was just 8 weeks old. Anyone that has met Lakota knows what a gentle, loving spirit he has and he loves everyone and just how much he does for me.  I would be lost without him…

Lakota is now very sick and I am reaching out for assistance for my best friend.  Two weeks ago I took him to the PAWS Clinic for his annual Rabies booster and check a rectal mass that appeared.

I am reaching out to all of you for help for my precious Lakota.
for the funds needed ASAP to help cover surgery and recovery.  I am documenting everything including taking photos for the vet and can share those privately for anyone wants to see before helping out.All funds donated will be utilized on Lakota’s emergency care,  biopsy surgery,  recovery and follow up care.  In turn, after Lakota is taken care of I will be able to help others.

All donations no matter the amount helps, and is deeply deeply appreciated. Please help Lakota, my Service Dog and my best friend get well so he can be 100% again. Please help me show Lakota love in return for all he does for me. He still has many good years and abundance of love to give…

Thank You So Much from the center of my heart.  I will post regular updates on our GoFundMe page as they happen.

Help spread the word!

https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/LakotaSurgeryFund

 

Back from vacay

I know it has been ages since I have been here friends and readers. I apologize for my absence. Much has been happening in my life this past year and I have barely had time to breathe. I was on an unplanned extended hiatus that kept me extremely busy with more than I could imagine. So much for self care right?

I have repeatedly attempted to journal daily and even weekly. Repeatedly I have been successful at failing to do so. I make no promises to post bi-weekly or monthly. I can only promise that I will work harder to do better in writing here more regularly from this day forward.

Thank you for not leaving me while I was “away” on vacation.

Wishing all of you a most blessed and safe weekend!

 

International Abductions

Dear friends, as many of you know, the issue of missing children is a topic that is very close to my heart, one that I have personal experience with.  I know the panic that races through a mother’s head and heart when her child goes missing. There are so many ways a child can go missing. They can wander off, they can be abducted by a family member or other relative, abducted by a stranger or they can run away. A child missing no matter how it happens is truly frightening.  A parent;s worst nightmare.  Many of the children who go missing are abducted, some are found safe, others are not so fortunate and others are abducted by a family member internationally.  Although my son was not abducted he did wander off and it was my worst nightmare come true. It can happen to anyone. I have friends who have are experiencing this horrible nightmare and fighting tirelessly for their children. I have fellow advocates working with them and with lawmakers to enact laws to prevent this from happening.

I am asking each of you to take two seconds to vote for my friend Jen, who oversees the I CARE Foundation’s social media outreach geared to raise awareness of abduction issues. As a top parent blogger, Jen’s and the I CARE Foundation’s work in this area has helped a tremendous number of families around the world.  Here’s the link: http://www.circleofmoms.com/blogger/mom-ology  You can vote daily for the next week until the contest is over.

“In her work with the I CARE Foundation, Jen has played a critical role in stewarding child abduction issues. In this capacity, she has played a key and influencial role in having the US abduction rate drop by 26% these past 2 years with an expected 30% decline in 2013.” Peter Thomas Senese

After you vote would you please share this information along with your friends and ask them to do the same? We need to reach everyone we can.  Each vote will help the I CARE Foundation create greater awareness and help protect more children who are at rick for being abducted.

Love and Blessings to all

Elizabeth

Bullying is Not a rite of passage

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, repeated aggressive behavior among school age children. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose and so much more.

There have been too many physical attacks by children against children in our schools with no one doing a blessed thing to stop it! It is not a rite of passage. It is not “boys will be boys” or girls for that matter. Kids are beating the bloody crap out of each other repeatedly and many to the point where the one being bullied takes their own life because they cannot take it anymore, because the schools refuse to do a damn thing other than sweep it under the rug, excuse the behavior, wave it off….I was one of those kids who came close to committing suicide because I saw that as the only way to make it stop…to make it all stop.

Bullying also happens in families with siblings as well and it is not just sibling rivalry. It is downright bullying.

I was bullied relentlessly throughout middle and high school.  In middle school I had my books smacked from out of my arms going down the hallway, was pounded in the back so hard it literally took my breath away walking from one class to another.  I did go to the office and tell them I was being bullied and they did nothing about it. I was hurt, shocked and could not understand why they did not care and why they did nothing about it.  In one class there were a couple of boys who took joy in putting a dead bee and some other bug in my hair.  The teacher was walking around the classroom as he taught the lesson and had to notice this going on but he never said anything. In high school I was cornered in the girls bathroom by a trio of girls who proceeded to taunt me with words as they blew smoke from their cigarettes in my face.  In my culinary arts class shop I was shoved into the walk in freezer and locked in. I did not know that I could defend myself back then nor did I even know how… I wondered if anyone cared because no one ever took a step forward to make them stop.

The statistics on bullying and suicide are more than alarming. They should be a wake up call to parents and schools alike across the globe.

Did you know?

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year

Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

If you see someone getting bullied do something, say something, but don’t just stand by silently or walk away.

Read this heartbreaking story from one mother whose son barely escaped serious medical damage and is speaking out.  

“My name is Kelly Wheeler and I live in Demorest GA. My 15 yr old son is an honor student, 2nd year ROTC and became a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team as a Freshman. That’s when it began for him, his so called “friends.” Like most parents we were unaware of the situation for months. I suppose it began as “boys will be boys” behavior. Then it progressed from name calling to throwing basketballs, ect at him. then to “weggies” resulting in torn underwear. Destruction of his property, then to physical assault. My son was held and kick numerous times in his groin. He was bruised for several days, yet mentioned this to no one. Finally… thankfully… he reached his breaking point. When he finally had to let it out…. I was unprepared for the devestation that was looking back at me. I have never seen such pain in the face of anyone. That was no face of a stranger, it was my own son. At 140lbs & 5’10 he crawled into my lap as he began revealing the…”

READ MORE HERE

SOURCE MATERIAL:

http://youandmecanstopbullies.com/

http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/

http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-school-bullying

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html