Pawprints On My Heart

Friday, November 28, 2008

We Are So Proud

We are so proud of our Meowmy. She has been working very hard at something for several months now and she is finally close to the finish line. She hasn't wanted us to talk about it because she was afraid it might jinx it but now she says its ok to tell you.

All her life Meowmy has had problems with her weight. She has always been the one to get picked on and made to feel like she was never good enough. No matter how smart, or nice or funny or self sacrificing she is, it is just never good enough to make people forget what she looks like on the outside and just accept her for who she is on the inside. Now we have always loved her for who she is and never cared what she looks like but us cats are far more accepting than most humans out there, right kitties?

She has had to deal with a lot of rejection but she always claimed it made her stronger. But we all know that even so it still hurts a lot inside. She began to think that maybe this is why she has been rejected so much while she's been looking for a new day hunting place too. Not only that but she has begun to have some scary health issues as well because of her weight. That makes us sad cause we want her to be around for a long long time to take care of us and give us scritches and stinky goodness and yes, even shove that darned flashy box thing in our faces too.

Recently her mom and dad bean offered her an opportunity she couldn't turn down. They wanted to use her dad bean's 401K money to pay for her to have gastric bypass surgery. Her mom bean had it done almost 2 years ago and she is looking great and has never felt better. Almost all of her health problems have disappeared and never heard from again. This is what we all want for our Meowmy. So since June of this year she has been actively pursuing this path to healthiness. There have been so many hoops she has had to jump thru to get here but she is finally here. She has a surgery date and time set.

But here is the part that we are especially proud of. For the past several weeks she has been making drastic changes to her diet and eating habits. First it was just cutting down on calories and making healthier choices, and now she is on a special liquid diet to prepare her for the upcoming surgery. Can you imagine a Thanksgiving where you couldn't eat a single bite of all the festive goodies? No turkey, no mashed potatoes, no pumpkin pie? Well she did it! She made it thru with flying colors! She didn't even think about having a bite. We are so proud of her! She is pawsome. She told us that we could help to support her by eating her share of the turkey. We all agreed that it was the least we could do for such a good Meowmy. And all of her hard work has paid off. She found out yesterday that in the past 5 weeks, she has lost 21 lbs!!! Yay Meowmy!!!! Yay!!! We couldn't be more excited for her, she deserves it.

She still has several days to go before her surgery on December 9th. We plan to spend as much time with her as possible supporting her and loving her as only we can. We may not be around much for the next couple of weeks but I'm sure you all will understand and excuse our absence. This is a major surgery and has risks involved with it but we are purring for a positive outcome. So if you have the time please come by and purr with us and wish our Meowmy the best, she needs all the encouragement she can get. Thanks for being such good friends to us all.
-Stryder, Scotchy & Sugar


Everycat said...

You have every right to be proud of your Mom, what she is doing is a difficult and brave thing. Society can be very cruel to larger people and we wish that it wasn't that way.

We'll be sending huge rumbly purrs and love to your Mom as she prepares for the surgery and we hope that it goes well for her. We will be purring for her recovery too.

*rumbly purrs*
Love and hugs

Whicky, Angel, Oliver, Gerry & Mum.

Parker said...

Hooray for your Mommy! We wish her the best with her upcoming surgery!

Eric and Flynn said...

Concats to your mum for being strong and losing all that weight. We are sending her loads of purrs and good wishes for her surgery.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

We are sorry that your mom had to suffer through all of that. Even though extra weight makes people almost "disappear" in the eyes of others, society is still able to focus on them enough to pass harsh judgement. Not everyone, of course, but it only takes one critical look or comment to effect a person for weeks. We know all about that as the PM has similar issues.

We applaud your mom's courage and determination! We are very proud of her too!!!

Good luck with the surgery and keep up posted when you can!!

Kitties, your mom will need lots of healing purrs this Holiday season!

Purrs Goldie, Shade and Banshee

Kaz's Cats said...

Kitties, you have a very brave Mom, and you have every right to be proud of her. She sounds really committed to making some changes in her life, so we're gonna purr and purray that she recovers okay from the surgery. Give her some gentle headbutts from us kitties,


Gypsy & Tasha & Kaz (Mum)

Sara, Bebe and Iago said...

Hooray for Kellykat! Such a big decision, but your Mom is going to feel SO much better long term. We are all very proud of her and wish her a speedy recovery.

Just make sure that you guys don't jump on her, she'll yelp!

Sweet Praline said...

Hooray for the changes your mom has already made and for her courage to take charge of her life. My mom says she truly understands some of what your mom is going through and she wishes her the best.

Patty Skypants said...

Wow! U R AWESOME! Me gonna purray for U to have good serjery an fast recuvery! xxoo Bhu

Artsy Catsy said...

We're so excited to meet you and your wonderful, brave mom! And we're sending all our best healing purrs & purrayers to her for a successful, life-changing surgery!

Hugs & Purrs
& all of us at Artsy Catsy

Smeagol and Strider (Mystery and Gizmo too!) said...

We're furry proud of your Meowmy too!! We're sorry 'bout other beans bein' hurtful to her, that's just not right.
We're sendin' strong purrs for her over the next few weeks and for a quick recovery.

Daisy said...

Congratulations to your mom! I am proud of your mom, too. Best wishes to her for an easy surgery and a quick recovery!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Good for her. We hope everything goes well with that surgery.

DEBRA said...

Tell your Mommie that nearly two years ago our Momma got die-knee-nosed wif die-ah-beat-t's and she wuz told she hadda to lost sum wait. Now juss like yoo guys we diddant kare one whisker what wait Momma wuz, we lubbed her juss da same. But she said "UH OH" and since den she has lost 85lbs. she don't have dis-ah-beat-t's anymore and she feels furry gud. She is gonna keep on losing wait until it don't come off anymoore. So tell yur Mommie our Momma knoos how hard it is and concats on all of da werk yur Mommie has done...


The Island Cats said...

Wow! We are proud of your mommy too! We hope her surgery goes well! We will be purring for her!

Shadow / Molly said...

YAY fer yer mom! We is hopin and purrin dat all goes well fer her now and in the future :D

ZOOLATRY said...

Hi Kelly... we'll be keeping you in our prayers. No doubt since you've done so much towards your goal recently... this will definitely take you the rest of the way! We'll be thinking of you, and always, wishing you the very, very best.
Maggy & Zoey & Ann

The Cat Realm said...

Thank you for sharing all this with us! And Congratulations and a big Hurray to your Mom - you can be very very proud of her!!! We will purr for her during the upcoming surgery! Lots of love and purrs
The Cat Realm

josey said...

stryder, scotchy, and sugar--you are such good furry kritters to be so proud of your meowmy! i hope you know how much your kitty love and support means to her. you have been a lot of the glue that's helped her through a lot lately--and i know all the bloggy meowmeow friends and their beans have also been an encouragement and inspiration to her, too!!!

all of us up in WI are sending our purrayers for a purrfect recovery and lots of motivation afterward! we love your meowmy superdooper lots and i cant wait to come visit after the holidays =D

we're always a phone call away and OH...tell your meowmy we are SO PROUD of her for sticking to her diet during Thanksgiving!! we just know that is a sign of even more great things to come :)

lots of love and hugs and scritches,
aunt josey :)

Fin said...

Good for your Mom. It must have been a hard decision for her. Mommy has the same struggles and gives big hugs and snuggles over to your Mom.

If your Mom needs to chat, with a human. She could email Mommy (emails on my profile). Big deep purrs!

Anonymous said...

Good for your Mom! It was a very brave decision, and we will purr for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!

Niko and Cloud said...

We are very proud of your Meowmy too! We hope her surjiry goes well!

i am a mystery said...

We are sending many purrrss and many purrayers your way.
Mama wants to do this someday, too, but has to put it off cause she needs other stuff done medically first.
love, brandi
mama Carol
and neighbor Mystery

Angus Mhor said...

You tell your meowmy we all love her very much and will be purring hard hard for her. And we will keep checking back until we hear she has come through the surgery and is home again with you. Plus, we'll 'port over and hang out with you guys while you're goin' through all's a little bit scairty, isn't it?

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Wow!! We are so proud of your Mom and so sorry that she had to go through all the meanness!! WE will purrr and purray that all goes well and she recovers fast!! (((((Hugs from our house to yours!!!)))
Your FL furiends,

Karen Jo said...

I am really proud of your Meowmy, too. What she is doing takes a lot of determination. I have three friends who have gone through the gastric bypass procedure and they are all doing very well. Tell your Meowmy not to worry too much and that I wish her all the best. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

ML said...

We Sherwoods be so proud of yours Meowmy. While we's love hers no matter what, hers will be much, much healthier once there be less of hers.
Getting thru Fanksgiving was a huge test an hers passed. Yay, Meowmy.
We's be purring and purraying fur her on Toosday.
Love and Lotsa Purrs,

Sunny's Mommy said...

Best wishes for your Meowmy on Tuesday. Getting healthier is so important, and it's a good thing she's doing for herself.

Boots & the Interlopers said...

our Mommy did the same surgery almost 2 years ago. She wasn't fun for biscuit making either at first, but now, we can.

Sending purrrrss and prrrayers to all of you.