What a Difference ONE Year Makes

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What a Difference ONE Year Makes

It's difficult to believe that a year ago, I was in the hospital fighting for my life.  On July 27, 2011, I was very sick.  I was dehydrated, my lips were blue and my pressure was dangerously low.  I insisted all I need was some Sprite and Cheerios and I would be fine.  My husband, Rich wanted to call for an ambulance.  I kept saying no.  It wasn't until I passed out and fell that I said yes.  I was rushed to the emergency room.  I remember arriving and having about 15 people ~ nurses, doctors, technicians and who knows who else ~ surrounding me.

I was in the hospital a total of 17 weeks.  I was finally discharged 2 days before Thansgiving 2011.  It's been 8 months.  I'm much stronger now and I'm able to work (and blog) again.  My life has definitely changed.  I still have limitations and I have to remember that.  I want to be able to do the things I could do before my illness.  I'm sure with time, I'll be even stronger and life will return to a "new normal".

I'm meeting with my surgeon later this week.  I'm hoping for one more surgery that will help me to reach that "new normal".  For now, I'm just happy to be here.

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Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

Donna, I am sure that there are many, many folks on Active Rain who are "glad you're still here" as well.  Best of luck on your surgery.  Huggs to you...

Jul 28, 2012 11:12 AM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Donna, You are so strong and we are indeed glad that you are here. I know whatever the future brings it will be fine.

Jul 28, 2012 11:21 AM #2
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Hi Carolyn~ I keep tearing up about this.  I'm so happy to know that I have such a great support network and I truly cannot believe that I survived.  I'm a little bit scared about the next surgery, but I'm confident that I need to do it.

Debbie~ It's been a rough day or two remembering last year. I don't remember much after the emergency room.  I was out for about 2 weeks.  My mom, sister and youngest son came from out of state to visit me and I didn't even know they were here.

Jul 28, 2012 11:23 AM #3
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Donna - Best wishes, prayers and positive thoughts coming your way as you face this next surgery.  Please keep us informed and keep strong.

Jul 28, 2012 11:30 AM #4
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Wow, I wonder why it is that we all feel the need to prolong a rush to the hospital. But we are truly glad you are here and I will say a pray for you tonight. Good luck

Jul 28, 2012 11:56 AM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thankful to have you, Donna! :)


Blessings always,


Jul 28, 2012 12:04 PM #6
Pam Miller
Realty Associates - Friendswood, TX
Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood

Donna - You've come a long way, baby!  I'm so glad you are getting better each day:)

Jul 28, 2012 12:17 PM #7
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Thankful that those dark days are behind you and we can enjoy your presence. And praying for bountiful blessings with the upcoming surgery. Much love and hugs headed your way.

Jul 28, 2012 12:22 PM #8
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Barbara~ At least this time it will be a planned surgery.  No emergencies.  Thank you for your prayers.  I know they make a difference.

Thank you Charles.  It's easier to believe that Sprite and Cheerios can make it all ok.

Thankful to be here, Laura.  Thank you.

I have come a long way, Pam.  It's almost unbelieveable.

Teral, my sweet friend, it's through the power of prayer that I'm here to tell me story!

Jul 28, 2012 12:27 PM #9
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Donna, you went through so much, but thankfully survived those 17 weeks.   You had the power of prayer from all your friends, and so glad you are here today to talk about it!   


Jul 28, 2012 01:11 PM #10
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Joan~ I'm still amazed by all the people that were praying for me.  Friends of friends, friends of family, family of friends...the list seems to be endless.

Jul 28, 2012 01:32 PM #11
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Hard to believe it was a year ago........that was a tough road you had a head of you once you got out of the hospital.  Glad things are going well.

Jul 28, 2012 08:04 PM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Donna - I didn't know you a year ago (in the AR sense), nor did I know until recently you had been sick - from what I've observed, you're doing a great job managing the trip back to normality and I wish you continued strength and success.


Jul 29, 2012 01:38 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

You know that I'm happy that you're here.  I wouldn't know what to do without our games and chat time.

Jul 29, 2012 02:56 AM #14
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Donna...we will certainly have to talk. I'm glad you are here. I didn't get to know you until after your time in the hospital. I'm glad that turned out OK. I hope I will get to see you when I'm in CO Springs this Thanksgiving, or at the CAR convention. If not we have our own plan for CO AR members.

Jul 29, 2012 07:41 AM #15
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Roger~ Thanks to all my friends and family and the power of prayer, I'm still here and doing great (all things considered).

Thank you Dick~ Some of the story was shared here on AR while it was happening.  Many in my AR family were spreading the word and asking for prayers.  I know it made a huge difference in my recovery.

Chris Ann~ Who else would you abuse at Words with Friends?

Debbie~ Someday I'll tell you the story.  

Jul 29, 2012 11:38 AM #16
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