Saturday, February 27, 2010


Greetings from beautiful downtown Haines City, Florida from your... formerly among the missing...intrepid blogger Julie Joy. Phil and I want to say ... Thank you! Thank You! To all my dear loved ones, my special friends and faithful readers for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I want to be a wise guy and say, "Thanks I needed that" but I hesitate to make light of what I have been through and what I am still experiencing. However you may believe this dear reader, my months of denial are over! Neither Phil nor myself will ever ignore a symptom again regardless of how minor ... and if you are smart, neither will you. I am one lucky lady and they told me so in post-op and the ICU. The junk the doctors found upon getting a good look inside (we have a copy of the pictures) was incredible but they managed to repair my broken heart and fix me up good as new (well maybe not that good!). However, that does not give me a free ride and from here on out Phil and I are actually looking forward to improving the way we cook and eat. He is also going to have a complete cardiac checkup when we return to WA this spring.

My hero and I hope to live smart and long from here on out. I wish the same for you!

PS: How about that Margie!!!? Three cheers for her excellent coverage the first two weeks! Thanks doesn't begin to cover how grateful I am for her assistance and her support.

With love to all,

Julie Joy


  1. Well, I was just sitting here reading through my daily blog list and I'm saying OMG, I forgot to post to Joy's blog - but then I discovered you're back online! Yippee!

  2. Welcome back to the land of the living! Congratulations on your decisions and your good timing.

  3. We only allow smart people with our DNA :) Seriously I'm so glad you listened to your body. I've been saying that for years. some listen some don't. If I don't I pay. I'm glad your on the road to recovery. We love you!

  4. Oh Joy, I have been so worried. I would have called you but don't have your cell number.
    We have been praying. Believe in that a lot. Wishing we had been closer so we could have come and sat with you too. Love you my dear cousin. Somehow I felt like I had known you all my life.

  5. SO GOOD to talk to you Joy. We love you and are so relieved that your alive and well and getting stronger by the day!

  6. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Joy, so happy for your recovery! Sorry I wasn't part of the prayer group, I haven't checked in for a while so was not aware of what was going on in your world. Glad you're on the mend.

    More happy travels! ;)

  7. Anonymous7:18 PM

    Dear Joy, Im soo happy to hear that you are all better now...try not to scare us like that again geez. I read your blog every week and I love all the pictures you post. I hope to see you guys when you come back this summer. (Im not working at walmart much anymore, I got a new job in olympia but hopefully i will run into you guys in shelton somewhere. Peace, Love & friendship...

  8. HIP HIP HOORAY!!! I am so glad your back and doing so well... We missed you and prayed for you everyday! Have a wonderful day & travel safe...