Once upon a time I was a model example of Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover (THM). (I hope to be again soon, but that is besides the point.)
In the beginning of 2001 we had a THM gathering in Rockville, Maryland. Three of us there had gathered once before. While sitting at the table talking, in walked this beautiful woman with long dark hair and striking blue eyes. We were expecting “DLove” (her nick-name on the THM message boards) but we didn’t know what she looked like. This woman sat by herself at a table. A little while later she came over and timidly asked if we were discussing food, which we were, and the rest is history. That started a beautiful friendship.
Three and a half years ago she was diagnosed with lung cancer and given 6 months to live. Well, she is a fighter, but it seems that her time on Earth is coming to an end. Thank God we have our wonderful memories. Please pray for her, her son Jared, and all her family and loved ones. As my sister in law told me before she passed away, “Don’t be sad, have a party. I’m going to a better place.” If only it wasn’t so hard for those left behind.
Here’s some pictures of our wonderful memories…
This was the first time we met. Pictured are me, my sons Kevin and James, LoriT, Daralyn, and Dena.
Our next gathering was on my 29th birthday. I can’t remember the year. In the first picture is Dar and LoriT on the top, me, MomCat (Carol), and Dena on the bottom. The second photo is MomCat, Dena, Teresa, LoriT, me, SuO, Su’s daughter Alison, GramFlam (Eleanor), and Dar.
This other gathering was when MaryEllen was just a tyke, about 4 years ago. Dena was talking to my son John quite a bit and let him call his dad on her cell phone. I love that picture because you can see the joy that children bring to Dena. The next photo is Dena and LoriT. Finally Dena holding MaryEllen.