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I was married for 10 years, then divorced. Remarried for 29 years, and my 60th birthday gift to myself was a long overdue divorce. I'm now 69 and have lived more in the last nine years than the rest of my life. I'm free, have the closets to myself, can stay up as late or sleep as long as I wish, have only my own messes to pick up, only have to get groceries and cook for one. I'm thriving!
I'm a therapist in private practice, live in a 130 year old enchanted cottage on a lake near Minneapolis, and have two cats and 13 grandchildren. Shortly after divorcing, I discovered the passion of free style dancing to Motown bands (Tina Turner moves) and have become a local icon called "The Dancing Grandma".
Life has challenged me in that three years ago, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer from years of "silent" acid reflux. Weeks of chemo, radiation were followed by a massive 9-hour surgery at Mayo. I danced all the way through treatment with a picc line in my arm attached to a chemo pump. I was given only a 15% chance of surviving, but here I am 8 clean PET scans later! Recently, I suffered a grand mal seizure and now I'm diagnosed Epileptic, but it doesn't bother me at all because I'm entirely asymptomatic. In other words, all seizure activity is only evident on my five EEGs and doesn't manifest in any mental or physical way (other than the one big seizure).
It appears that I might be running out of space, but I really look forward to sharing the joy and wisdom of my journey. I live in every precious moment and have such peace. I only wish I'd taken this adventure at least 15 years sooner. I refer to my ex as "wasband" and myself as a "werewife". My humor and curiosity have lead the way to meeting every challenge.