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I am a Lyme warrior

I have been living with Lyme disease for over 6 years now. I have been through a battle ….from being 24 hours a day with numerous medications in bed…and finally seeking treatment in Germany to today a lot better but still facing numerous challenges. Some days I feel ok, other days I am in bed all day. It is difficult to manage your life on a daily basis when on that particular day you feel well, do not know when you will feel well again, and trying and get a lot done. I have found my happy place at our farm. I remember when I was really sick and I had mobility issues I would pull myself along the ground to pull weeds from the gardens. I wanted to feel the peace, the birds singing and the feel of the sun on my face. I was on medication that made my skin burn easily, so I had to be covered head to toe so the sun could not reach my skin. The light would bother my eye so I had the blinds closed inside the house and often sunglasses on. I was isolated in a new community that I only knew the nurses , case managers , lab , social workers and care workers that would come in to look after me daily. There was days I did not think I was going to survive. I hoped, wished and prayed for another day, another week..or some portion of my prior life . I am lucky and blessed to have such a supportive spouse. 
Today my life is not 100% ….maybe 70 -75% depending on the day but I am filled with gratitude I am here. I was always so busy trying to accomplish the next and then the next….instead of enjoying what I have today. 
Lately, I have not been feeling well. Back in bed for the whole day…feel better…than shocks back in my legs…If you looked at me , I look fine…I am a warrior fighting through the war of Chronic live Lyme disease. I never know if I can plan anything because I have no idea if I will feel well enough on that day to go. My husband recognizes this so he never pushes but is supportive through these ups and downs. I feel a tremendous amount of love for this man that is my husband that stands today with me through this battle. 
Chronic Lyme disease is not something I asked for. However, like any chronic illness anybody is dealing with you have to deal with what is. 
I am hoping that I can educate others on prevention and share my experience and what I have been through and continue to deal with.  How I deal with my life today? This disease has changed how I view the world and feel gratitude for what I have, where I have been able to be and for my life today..
As Lyme disease warriors,  we all tend to isolate ourselves from the world, we need a community of affection that supports our endeavors in wellness and “I am here for you” …….

A little story….

List from the kids at the orphanage

Tom and I have developed a great love for the people of St. Maarten. They are always friendly and welcoming with a smile on their face regardless of the great adversity that the island has faced. We decided we wanted to find a way to give back. Our journey began at the ICAN Shelter which is the only government funded orphanage on the island. The ICAN Shelter is where I met Kayla and Haylie. I did crafts with the kids each week and attended to Kayla’s medical needs, brought her to physio each week and help support Kayla’s nutritional needs. 
Recently I received a friend request from a young boy on Facebook. I was a little apprehensive at first than I saw he was a friend of Dahalia ( Haylie and Kayla’s Mom) so I accepted. He asked me if I knew who he was? I said remind me. He said it is Devon from the orphanage. Devon is 13 years old. His brother is with him in the orphanage.  I was emotional as this young boy reached out to me. We talked for a bit. Than I asked him if there was anything he needed. He said a new pair of black shoes for school. You will never ever get a request from any of the children for anything but their basic needs. I asked him to prepare a list for me of what the other children need. The list is attached. I wish I could take each one of those children out of the orphanage and give them the life they deserve. 
But what I can do is provide my love and support to each of them when I see them. 
If you have anything on the list you would like to donate , bags of used clothes,  and shoes ( the kids run around in bare feet- a kind family bought the kids shoes for Christmas last year) 
When we drop off your eggs we can pick up any donations. If you are not on our delivery route we can come and pick them up.
Haylies Birthday is October 30th so we are going to St. Maarten for a brief visit to have a party for her. She has never had a birthday party before. Miss Brenda is bringing a mermaid themed party to St. Maarten…lol 
Thank you in advance and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with families and friends.  

Hello from Peaceful Valley Farm

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We have been busy at Peaceful Valley farm canning all of the fresh produce available at this time of year. We have added Apple butter, apple sauce, apple jelly, cinnamon apple jelly, red pepper jelly and pizza sauce. Gramp has been busy with all of the preserving. You can check out our website peacefulvalleyfarm.ca and click the shop button to see all of our products for sale. Keep checking back as we are adding new products all the time….we love your feedback too…You can contact me on what’s app , text or by calling (416)271-8440. 

AN UPDATE ON OUR BEEF…

The hung weight is approximately 530 pounds. Per quarter that would be approximately 130 pounds. Two quarters left ….we can forward cutting instructions to you. Beef will be ready within a week for pick up. We need your order for Tuesday Oct. 8th for you to have your custom cut. Just a reminder grass fed organic beef. Local grocery stores are selling organic ground beef for 10.00/pound …for less than this , you are getting steaks, roasts, ground beef, stewing beef etc…

Spooker (our cat) is doing well on his asthma medication…unfortunately for now he is on it daily as that is what is controlling his wheezing…he has ventured a little further out of the master bedroom…but still returns to his accommodations in the bedroom to get cuddles from Gram…lol ….

REMINDER ….the deadline for ordering your pumpkin or apple pies is Tuesday Oct. 8th….for Thanksgiving…

Have a great day from our  much loved “zoo” at Peaceful Valley farms…lol