As I lay in ICU in 2001, I prayed this prayer. 

God, if you will help me get out of here alive, I will get in good shape physically and emotionally and work to help as many people as possible, for the rest of my life.

I lost 100 lbs over the next 11 months. I work hard at staying fit physically and emotionally healthy. I have faltered and failed, at times, but I Keep Getting back up. Those failures belong to me alone. 

For over 5 years I have focused on raising awareness concerning alzheimers disease.

 My favorite quote follows:

 “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”     Erma Bombeck