Sometimes you can find the most interesting treasures in your own backyard, or pretty close to your backyard.
The other day, my mom and I did a little exploring around Alix. I’d never been out to the Alix Cemetery, and have on occasion been asked directions to it, so I figured I had better find it so I could send folks in the right direction.
It is amazing how much the land can change just a short distance out of Alix. There are the hay flats, hills, bush, and of course lakes.
We found the cemetery easily enough, and thought we’d enjoy a peaceful stroll around the headstones. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes decided we were a real delicacy so we retreated to the vehicle.
We followed the road and ended up at the southwest end of Haunted Lakes - a very beautiful spot and view of the lake. We didn’t have to travel far to enjoy such a visual treat, we just needed to venture off the beaten path.
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2010 is a very momentous year for me as it means I have been healthy for 10 years!!!!
When I was 14 years old, I had a very chronic case of mono which basically wiped me, and my immune system, out. Though I was told I’d grow out of the debilitating weakness and other problems by the time I graduated from high school, it actually took an additional 9 years to see real improvement.
From Grade 9 on, I experienced ongoing fatigue, chronic colds, chronic laryngitis (lost my voice for 5 months in 1989), and almost-daily chronic migraines, just to name a few of the more obvious symptoms.
I experienced bone-deep weariness and literally wasn’t able to lift my head off the pillow. I had days when I would walk across the room and then have to rest for a long time before I could make the return trip. I often slept 2/3rds of the day, or more. I had to force myself to make it through a whole day of school - though, usually I ended coming home with a migraine and going right to sleep. When I started working, I worked one day, slept all day the next, worked the following day, and then slept the day after that.
Despite such severe health challenges, I graduated (high school and university), I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, I worked two days a week, and earned my Highland Dance Teacher’s Certification.
It was a very long struggle, to get to the level of health I enjoy now - about 95%, I’m not quite at 100% - there was no magic potion, only lots determination and perseverance.
Beth Click here to read the complete issue of The Chautauqua.