Who Am I? Who are You?
Hi Everyone, I'm Melanie & have been dubbed "the Incredible Shrinking Woman" after losing 396 lbs ... but you can call me Mel ;)
I am 53 years old. My husband of 25 years passed away 5 1/2 years ago due to cancer, so I guess you could say I am single.
I have two children; a wonderful son Matthew who lives at home with me and a precious daughter Sarah, who is not with me; she passed away 27 years ago due to SIDS.
I have a 10 year old black Mackerel Tabby name "Mreow" who always seems to bring a smile to my face. I live in the country so she comes in quite handy. for she is quite the mouser.
I have worked in the Hospitality Industry for well over 35 years as a cook/baker/supervisor. I have been on disability for the past 5 years due to a hernia. (my gut was totally outside my abdominal wall) I am presently healing from a second repair. You could say my life has changed drastically in the last 5 years and am presently working diligently on my recovery. It sure takes time, certainly is a progression and definitely not perfection.
I am very creative person. I love to cook, bake, do arts & crafts, knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, painting, digital painting, making graphics, playing with paint shop pro, web paging (have my own web site), writing, heck I love to do just about anything.
I am an intelligent, funny, patient, spiritual, loving, kind-hearted and generous person who loves helping others. I must say though, five years ago my response to who I am was a whole lot different.
For many years I bent over backwards looking for love and acceptance from outside of me. My emotions, I repressed. You could say I had an emotional dis-ease which lead me to eating myself to well over 600 pounds.
It is taking me time to learn to love and accept myself and get to know who I truly am. I am still working on this.
I love writing and have found it very therapeutic. I hope to share some of my writing with you and hope you will let me know what you think....