The Human Spirit

So, the human spirit amazes. The way that the brain was wired, we can literally push ourselves to do ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING we set our minds to. It’s all about the mindset and the rest falls into place.

I’d like to introduce you to my Mawmaw Daves. Until recently, I think we all thought that things were not looking good. She went to the hospital with a COPD exacerbation that was pretty severe. One doctor told her that she would have two years to live if she didn’t stop smoking.

This was her last February. This was her demeanor all the time. To be honest, I don’t think she was very happy. However, she is the rock of our family. She is the reason that we are what we are. She instilled family is huge in all of us and I don’t think any of us could thank her enough for that. She was on oxygen at this point. She may kill me for sharing this but I want you to know the full story. Smoking was her best friend. She has smoked since she was 18 (probably before ha). She has smoked for 60 years. Quitting was something that was not an option. We had all let it go because she just wasn’t going to. Boy, did she prove us all wrong.

When she left the hospital, for the first time, she told us that she would quit.

That statement alone was huge.

What was to come is the amazing part. She is going on 6 weeks with no cigarettes. She has come down on the amount of oxygen that she uses. She can walk now without always being in a wheelchair. She smiles. She smiles so much. Oh, I could cry, it makes me so happy. She is such a joy to be around. She laughs like from her soul. A disease that is not reversible (COPD), I truly believe that she has and will continue to do. And now, I share this photo from days ago. She has gained about 8 pounds at this point (and she NEEDED IT BAD). She replaced her cigarettes with cheez-its! So cute!

Please go back up and look at the picture before. I am so happy. I am so proud.

My point of today’s post. You CAN do anything you set your mind to. She is now on a mission to prove that any of us can quit our bad habits if we just set our minds to it. GO MAWMAW GO!

Never be afraid to push yourself further. Never underestimate yourself. The human spirit will far surpass anything you ever thought or imagined.

With love and this sweet lady,


The solid proof of those cheez-its

The solid proof of those cheez-its



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