I have much to be grateful for: 18 months ago, I was attacked by a Tibetan mastiff. The Tibetan mastiff is a very large dog, the most dangerous and aggressive dog in the world. They are bred for loyalty, and trained to kill. While trying to escape the mastiff attack, I fell on concrete. My injuries were mis-diagnosed in China, and after 2 months of pain and swelling, I returned to the USA. Since then, I have had 2 surgeries, more than 160 hours of physical therapy, not to mention the countless hours of people working on me at classes and seminars, 5 acupuncture sessions, and thousands of hours of stretching, strengthening, and circulation exercises. In addition, I have had 5 chelation injections, and dozens of chelation baths. And, I have shed more than my share of tears over the past year and a half. My injuries included: multiple fractures of my right arm and wrist (yes, I am right-handed), dislocation of my right wrist, multiple fractures of my spine and pelvis, spinal cord damage, two ruptured discs, fractured kidneys, and it was all complicated by toxic metals which were in my drinking water, including arsenic, copper, lead and cadmium. Two months ago, I could stand 4 minutes before I had to sit down. Last Sunday, I went on a hike and walked more than 4 miles! While I still have some pain, I am much more active and functional, and have had an enormous amount of return of function and use of my hand. I am so grateful to my friends, family, and colleagues who have helped me through this difficult time. And I am grateful to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has shown me unending grace, and has healed me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually during this time. While I don't think that I 'suffered well', I can stand and attest to His faithfulness... And I eagerly look forward to returning to China in January!!!
My friends are making Goat Milk soap. It is really great!!! And they milk their own goats to put in the soap! Another friend just bought 14 bars of Oregon Rain. This is goat milk with real Oregon rain put in the soap. What a great idea. They have 57 'flavors' of soap, including Tea Tree Oil, Oats and Honey (coming out soon with gluten-free Oats and Honey), Christmas Spice, and many, many others. I didn't get a
'Chocolate' goat milk soap bar, as I was afraid I would want to eat it as it smelled so good. One of their specialties if their foam-pump soap. Pump action, foaming hand soap, so it is very economical. This comes in two flavors - Lavender and Orange Burst. I have a chemical sensitivity, and what is really nice, is that they make their soap with essential oils. The goat milk soap is mildly fragrant, and because they use essential oils in many of the soaps, I can use them without getting a headache! Their business is just starting to take off, and their web site is up and running, though all the different types of soap aren't listed yet. Take a look and see what my friends are up to at Farm Maid Soap