#Lungs4Lindsey | her story

Dear Scleroderma, You Take My Breath Away…

#Lungs4Lindsey

Twenty years young, I was living life and having fun, with not a care in the world with my best friend and the love of my life. It couldn’t get any better than that. Then suddenly, on one chilly day, things I would have never dreamed of to happen would change my life forever. I had noticed a strange numbing/ tingling sensation in my hands… they were blue! I knew they were cold, but I’ve never seen them turn like that before. Was this normal? It was a little surprising, but I brushed it off and didn’t worry about it too much.  As days passed, weeks, to months, I kept getting random attacks of this strange blue tint and numbing to my hands. Not only was it the strange color changing, but I was noticing that my hands were becoming weaker and weaker. Once before I could open a pickle jar no problem, it became an impossible task. I knew I needed to be seen by the doctor… there’s only so much of WebMD one can handle before thinking the worst-case scenario!

As weeks go by, symptoms were getting worse and really becoming a problem for me. It felt as if my muscles were a very short stretchy band that I could only stretch so far. I ached, I was fatigued, I kept having the sensation of wanting to pass out at random moments. My arms, shoulders, and fingers hurt so bad I couldn’t even raise my arms high enough to wash, dry or style my hair!  The dressing was close to impossible. I couldn’t button any dang buttons on my clothes! My fiancé, Manuel, had to help me with a lot of chores I was once able to do no problem. I finally took my butt into the doctors, ready for them to tell me that I had rheumatoid arthritis (that was my self-diagnosis thanks to WebMD). I told the doctor all my symptoms, so he ordered me to get a blood test. A few weeks went by, I got my test results back. The rheumatoid factor was negative! I felt so defeated, so confused, so lost… The doctor referred me to a local rheumatologist, and that was just the beginning of it all.

I was finally established with my rheumatologist. Lots of blood work done, x-rays, ultrasounds, all kinds of tests to narrow down the cause of my extreme pain and fatigue. In January of 2011, I was then diagnosed with systemic lupus, and scleroderma. I had an autoimmune mixed connective tissue disease. Lupus is an inflammatory disease that affects the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. The immune system attacks your organs because it sees them as foreign substance or infection. Scleroderma/ CREST is also an immune disorder that attacks the body, where there is an overproduction of collagen causing scar tissue on the organs and blood vessels, and narrowing of the blood vessels: GERD, digestive issues, heart, lung, and kidney problems, and Raynaud’s phenomenon (the bluing of the fingers due to cold and stress) are all part of the package.

Treatment started right away, as I was put on steroids, and immunosuppressant medication to slow my immune system down from doing any more damage to my body. The first medication my rheumy put me on, I had an allergic reaction within one week… very itchy rash spots, so we had to discontinue that one and try another, methotrexate. The steroid and methotrexate were making me feel sicker than anything! My hair was starting to fall out, and I was constantly feeling nauseous and tired all the time. I literally felt like I was dying! I knew that my body wasn’t used to such strong medication and that I would just have to be strong and suffer through it until I may wake up one day feeling better. Then, amid the starting of the treatment, the doctor visits, and pushing through one day at a time…. Surprise!!!! Manuel and I had a baby on the way! With being pregnant, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to be on the medications I was on because it would cause serious birth defects. I wasn’t going to risk it.

So, I talked to my doctor, and he suggested that it would be fine coming off the medication, we would just keep a close eye on it. Most of the time Lupus/ Scleroderma have been known to go into “remission”, where your symptoms kind of go into hibernation mode. Sure enough, by the grace of God, my symptoms were going away and the pain was pretty much gone! Wow, who could have thought to get pregnant would have made me feel better?! It was time to start the OB-GYN visits, the baby shopping, baby showers, and preparing to bring this little one into the world!

In November 2011, about 2 weeks before my due date, it was my soon to be a father in laws birthday dinner at his house. I was getting down on some really tasty, hot salsa when BAM! It hit me, the first big contraction I had ever felt. It took me by surprise, but I wasn’t going to get too excited yet. 5 minutes passed and another contraction rocked me again, then another. This time, I knew it was time to start counting and keeping track! I told everyone, “I think this is it!” The contractions were coming in strong, with fewer and fewer minutes apart. I made it through a couple of hours more, when I decided that the pain was just too painful not to take myself into the hospital. Manuel and my best friend Allison grabbed my overnight and baby bag, and out the door, we went.

It was a ten-minute drive to the hospital that couldn’t have felt any longer. Once we got there, I was admitted. They checked my cervix and told me the one thing I was dreading to hear. “You’re not dilated enough, go home.” What!! With how much pain I was clearly in they were going to send me home?! So, with nothing else to do otherwise, we drove all the way back home. I laid down on my bed trying to fall asleep as best as I could. Every 5 minutes or less I was being woken up with the most painful contractions. I told Manuel, “We’re going in whether they like it or not and I’m not leaving!” In tears and excruciating pain, we loaded up into the car and drove that hundred miles back to the hospital.

It was obvious that I was in that much pain because once I walked through the doors, they admitted me once again and hooked me up to the monitors and started prepping the room for the birth of my beautiful baby daughter! Gosh, I couldn’t wait to hold her in my arms. Eight hours later, I finally gave birth to my little bundle of joy. My son, Heath, was two years old at the time and so excited that he got to be the big brother! My life was complete. I had my fiancé, Manuel, and two beautiful children, Heath and Jada. We moved in with Manuel’s parents, where I would have a ton of help. Everything was going great. I almost forgot about the Lupus and Scleroderma! I kept busy planning my and Manuel’s wedding and taking care of the kids. Until one day, a distant old friend came knocking at my door. Pain. Everywhere. Once again, my body wasn’t liking me very much and I was beginning to become tormented by the pain I once felt before, although this time it was centralized in my wrists and my ankles. The pain was so excruciating that I couldn’t walk on my feet! I literally had to hobble around and even use crutches just to get off the couch to go to the bathroom. I was so fatigued I would fall asleep for hours throughout the day.  I did become pregnant again after a year but miscarried due to the horrendous pain that I was enduring at the time. It was time to take myself back to the doctors.

I went through two years of treatment with the local rheumatologist. He was an out of town doctor so he only came once a month, and tried to see all his medical patients in one day. I was seeing my doctor probably for 10 minutes’ max, every 6 months. I was having these horrible symptoms, but I felt like every time I went in to talk to him about it, he just breezed through the appointment giving me another medication to try out to see if it would “help”.  I was fed up at not being heard at that point. I felt like I was not getting my needs met and I was not being listened to. I knew something was wrong that just shoving pills down my throat wouldn’t fix.

I made an appointment to see my primary care provider, to see if there was any other option available for me. I wanted to see a different rheumatologist! It was my lucky day and I had wished I had gone in to see her earlier. She referred me to the best rheumatologists in the state… UCSF San Francisco! I was so relieved, now it was just a waiting game to hear that I was accepted. Soon enough, 3 months later I was accepted to be seen by them and made my first appointment. What was so great about going down there was that they just brought a rheumatologist/ scleroderma specialist from the east coast just to open and run the new scleroderma department at their clinics! It was perfect timing.

My new rheumatologist was amazing! He knew exactly what he was talking about, he listened, and made me feel like my health was his number one priority. It was awesome. He got me started on the right treatment plan, and 3 to 6 months my husband and I would go down there for regular checkups. I was doing fine, taking my medications like I was supposed to. Had a pain here and there of course but nothing that a pain pill or hot bath couldn’t take care of to ease some of it. Manuel and I got married, we moved into our own home, I got a job working as an instructor taking care of intellectually disabled adults at a day program, I was taking it one day at a time. Things were starting to become smooth sailing for us as we went on with our life.

January 2016, I became ill. I was experiencing a terrible cough, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, body sweats and fever, I thought yep, sure enough, I probably have pneumonia! My mother in law was worried about me, so she took me into the local hospital where I was admitted for a week, where they diagnosed me with sepsis (blood poisoning) and pneumonia. They gave me an antibiotic while I was staying in the hospital, and pumping me full of fluids to keep me hydrated. They didn’t give me any kind of Lasix or diuretic because they said that my kidneys were failing and that if they gave me the Lasix it would just damage my kidneys further. S, because of all the excess fluids they gave me, I walked out of the hospital with 25 pounds of extra water weight!! I felt like a balloon ready to pop. I felt like death but still took myself into work the next day. Halfway into the work day, I knew that I had to leave and admit myself back into the hospital. I mean, I really felt like I was going to die! I called my mother in law to come pick me up from work and take me back to the hospital.

The hospital admitted me, and saw sure enough that I needed that water off! After a week of Lasix treatment, the “big wig” doctor came in before I was released from the hospital, and told me that, from the tests they had run from my time of being in there, I never had sepsis or pneumonia, to begin with, and that they think it was something a lot bigger than that. He said that he thought I may have a possible blood clot in my heart. Whoa, okay now. So, we go from pneumonia to blood clot in the heart? I almost lost it. When was there ever going to be an end to hearing the unwelcome news! So, for a week more, I stayed in the hospital where they ran blood clot tests, and believe it or not, there were no clots to be found. Hmmm… so what could it possibly be then? That’s when they decided that they would rather I go down to UCSF and be seen by my doctors down there.

I waved goodbye to my husband, children, and in-laws as they saw me off to the helicopter, where they emergency flew me down to UCSF medical center. Once I arrived at the hospital, they started performing all kinds of heart tests and blood tests right away. From one of the tests, they discovered that I had a lot of pressure in the right side of my heart. They gave me a right sided heart catheter test to measure the pressures in my heart and lungs. That’s when they discovered that I had developed pulmonary arterial hypertension (caused by the scleroderma). (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension “PAH” is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and heart. The tiny arteries in the lungs become narrow or blocked.) My life was crashing down all around me at that point. It had already been 3 weeks of being away from my family, I was already fighting lupus and scleroderma battle, now come to add more problems and grief to the pile?

The doctors were very kind and very understanding to how I must be feeling. Defeated, sad, hopeless. They reassured me that no matter what I’m going through I have a wonderful team and support group standing right behind me to make me be the best that I can. My treatment options were to give me oral medication, or an IV pump that would be attached to me 24/7 feeding me hypertension medication through a tube placed through my chest right to the heart. I cried, I was devastated! If I had to get that pump, that means no more swimming for me, no more life the way that it once was. I was going to strapped and tied down to this, machine?! NO way. I prayed and prayed to God that the pressures in my heart and lungs weren’t so severe that I would need to have that, and I could just go home on the oral medication.

God answered my prayers and I was sent home after a month in the hospital on a handful of new medications, but thankfully, not the pump! I strongly did not want that just because I knew that it would change my lifestyle dramatically. Well, the medications were working, and I was starting to feel like my old self again. I continued working, became supervisor of the day program, and overall felt generally better.

September 2016, my friends and I decided how fun would it be to plan a girl’s weekend getaway? I thought, you know, I deserve it. I work hard, I’ve been through a lot, I need a break! So, in October, we went up to our friend’s cabins up by Mt. Shasta. It was fall, so it was cold up there. Good thing I brought my winter clothes! Well, regardless of how bundled I was, I could sure feel the cold creeping in my bones! And thanks, due to the Raynaud’s, I am always cold all the time as it is, numb blue hands and all. I could already feel myself getting sick. I got a runny nose, cough, and general all overtired feeling. Dang, it! I had a feeling I would be getting sick.

I got through the weekend, came back home and tried to doctor myself up the best that I could. I knew if I didn’t get better than I would end up in the hospital again… I was NOT about to be going back there again! I did everything I could think of to get better; soups, tea, vitamin c overload, rest… nothing was working! It went on a month of trying to doctor myself up and going to work on top of it. I was starting to get scared. All the symptoms that I was starting to experience, were the same symptoms that landed me in the hospital back in January! In the beginning of December, I finally left work and took myself into the hospital. I couldn’t go one more day of feeling so out of breath no matter what I did. Just walking down a hallway was getting me winded.

Around that time, there was horrible pneumonia and flu bug going around. All the beds in the hospital were taken up, they were even sending people home because there was nothing they could do for them! The hospital was a madhouse. Anyway, the triage nurses checked my oxygen saturation and noticed I was hanging around 85%, which is really low. Normal O2 readings are 92% to 100%. Because the hospital was completely full, and the next week was going to be Christmas, they sent me home with an oxygen tank to keep me stabilized. They told me to come back after Christmas unless of course, I felt like I was getting worse than to come back earlier.

I made it through Christmas. The very next day, I took myself right back to the hospital where they admitted me. Now, the hospital beds were still completely full, but they did keep me down in the ER to stay. A couple days later, I was on a helicopter being transported back to UCSF. It felt like Deja Vu. Once I arrived, they got me all settled in, told me that I was to get another heart catheter test done. They wanted to check to see where I was with pulmonary hypertension. They did the test, and the outcome was just what I was dreading to hear. It was worse. A lot worse. They said, “We’re sorry, but if you want to live you need to get the IV pump and breathe with an oxygen tank!” Well, my life depended on it! At that point, I didn’t even care anymore. I was so tired of being so tired and feeling like death, I wanted to do anything to make that feeling go away! They also told me I would need a double lung transplant because my lungs weren’t going to get better and that they were just going to get worse. At least I have my youth on my side! I knew it was going to be a dramatic life changing event, but I wanted to live more than anything! I could deal with it. Once the doctors told me I will die if I don’t, that just made up my mind right then and there.

A couple weeks went by, and I had surgery to get the port put into place in my chest. Once that was put in, I went to spend some time in the ICU where they could monitor me on the new IV medication. Honestly, I was so out of it I barely remember being in there at all! I know my parents came to visit- barely remember them being there, and my husband. He was there for me through the whole thing! After a few more days in ICU, I went back to my room on the other unit. From there, it was 2 weeks of the teaching of how to mix and prepare my medications, and education on lifestyle changes I would need to be making once I got home.

Finally, after a month in a half of being in the hospital, it was time to finally go home. I had to be transported by ambulance, all the way back up to Redding. It was the worst trip I had ever been on in my life! Not only was I strapped to an uncomfortable gurney for 4 hours facing the back of the ambulance, hooked up to their oxygen, bumping all over the place, but I had the worst migraine and nausea I had ever had in my life. I’m talking dry heaving the whole way home. I was a mess. We got into town finally about 10 pm, I was finally home! It felt so good to be home, although I knew that this was just the beginning of a whole new chapter in my life.

Now, 4 months down the road, I’m doing okay. I have my good days, and I have my bad days. A few incidents landed me in the hospital… but I recouped and continue on with my life. I have such a wonderful support system… my doctors, friends, family, even people I don’t even know are so supportive! We are all in this fight together. My mind keeps busy with planning fundraisers to raise money for my lung transplant and taking care of myself and my family. My life consists of taking one day at a time, being thankful every day for each breath that I take. I won’t go down without a fight! I may be breathless, but I am not hopeless. The lung transplant may fix my pulmonary hypertension problem, but I will always live with Scleroderma, and it will never again, try to take my breath away.

#Lungs4Lindsey

#Lungs4Lindsey

Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival

It’s The Third Annual
Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Summer is here, School is out, and you’re
Trying to decide the Perfect Place to Take your Family to for a Day in the Sun with lots of Fun? Well, look no more! The main fundraising event for C.S.O.T.F.A
District 6
“California state old time fiddlers association.” Have planned a day of Fun, great bands, beautiful views, Food, local wines and craft beers. Something that the whole family can come and Enjoy together, Smiles, Laughter and Making Memories that Last!

This Festival event will be the Third Annual Bluegrass, Old Time & Americana Music & Art Event venue will be held at the Cedar Crest Vineyards in Manton CA. This is a day full of great bands, beautiful views, great food, local wines and craft beers; this family fun event is guaranteed to be about 10 degrees cooler than anything that is going on down in the valley. Come and enjoy the fun and help us support Old Time, Old Time Fiddling, Bluegrass and Traditional American Acoustic Music & Education in the North State.

 

*Band Line-up for the Day will be as follows*

 

*Wood & Wire: “It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the fertile musical soil of Austin, Texas. In that time, they’ve written music, recorded albums, and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.
In the often tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire’s “band-style” ethos are not a mystery. Nor are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their Texas home, that permeates their sound. That being said, what comes out of the Wood & Wire blender is something entirely its own.”

*One Button Suit:
One Button Suit is an exciting, Sacramento-based string band with a repertoire of originals and bluegrass familiars hinting at unconventionality.

Band members:
Tim Tobias – vocals, guitar
Tom Shewmake – mandolin, vocals
Melissa Lincoln – fiddle, vocals
Brian Burke – guitar, vocals
Casey Lipka – bass, vocals

*The Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band*
Rock Ridge is a bluegrass band from N. California. Their performances and recorded material include traditional & contemporary bluegrass, some originals, old time country, and gospel music with top notch vocals and instrumentation. The band’s debut CD, Drifter’s Prayer, has received praise and airplay across the US and abroad.

*The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers*
Foot stomping dance music from the Klamath Mountains.
The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers are an energetic dance band from the Klamath Mountains who pull from a variety of traditions, like alt-country, old-timey, polka, jazz, delta blues, – but maintain a unique sound of their own. Our goal is to perform fun dance songs that make people want to get up and strut their stuff. Our shows are hillbilly kitsch; with a disco light, fog machine, other theatric stage props and dance prizes.

*Honeybee jazz*
Sweet Violin and Guitar Jazz from the 1920’s & 30’s
Jazz music was born in America between world wars, an economic boom and a great depression, as an amalgamation of traditional American musical styles. The honeybee is a Northern California jazz duo that captures the sounds and feel of Vintage Jazz in its original vibe – with emphasis on lyrical melody, dynamic harmony, and smooth rhythm using sweet vocals, violin and guitar. Honeybee performs Vintage Jazz tunes in that authentic vintage style – the song is the star!

*The HappBees*
The “Sweethearts of the SMMAF” The HappBees will be back to steal your hearts away this year. These three little Dolls are sure to Pull at your Heartstrings as they play on their fiddles!

*Also Appearing:

*Honeybee Jazz

*The HappBees

*The Alldrin Family Band

*The Jim Cook Band

*Stormy Weather

 

Tickets:
All Day Festival tickets are $20.
Advanced tickets are $18 and are available before July 15th
C.S.O.T.F.A. Member Discount Tickets are $15
Children 12 and under – FREE with adult

 

For our out of town guests and bands, the Comfort Inn in Red Bluff has partnered with us again this year to provide a beautiful room at a substantially reduced rate for folks coming to the festival from a long distance and needing a place to spend the night.

Contact: Darryl Concho, Manager, and ask for the“Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival Deal.”

Phone:(530)529-7060 to reserve a room.
Festival Camping 2017 information. Reserve your spot soon!

Here’s a few Q’s & A’s guests may want to know before planning this Trip!
Q. If I order by mail or online, will I get physical tickets

in the mail?

A. Yes, and you will receive an email confirmation, and your name will be added to the Will Call list at the gate.

Q. If I change my mind or am unable to attend after I
already bought tickets, can I get a refund?

A. Nope, This is a “rain or shine” event, and refunds are not available.

Q. If it rains, will the festival be canceled?

A. No, the festival will go on rain or shine!

Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. No. We ask that you do NOT bring your dogs or other pets. Dogs are certainly not allowed in the audience or the vendor areas, and there is no place on the site for Safely Caring for your pet. Remember that the temperatures can get quite warm making it dangerous to leave your animal in your vehicle.

Q. What about parking?

A. Parking is free. But since it is somewhat limited, it will help if you carpool if you can!

Q. Can I bring my ice chest? Alcoholic beverages?

A. No. Ice chests and coolers are NOT allowed as both food and beverages will be for sale at the event. Craft Beer and Wine will be available for purchase on site from Cedar Crest Vineyards. Outside alcohol will be prohibited due to the licensing regulations.

DogTrekker.com

DogTrekker.com officially opened 10/2010
Why did you start this business?
“DogTrekker.com was launched as a collaborative effort by a team of dog lovers who wanted to share what they’ve learned during over 200 combined years of on-the-road and on-the-trails adventures. They were frustrated by the lack of local and accurate listings and engaging stories about where to go, stay, eat, hike, splash and have lots of safe and fun tail-wagging’ fun with their pups!”

What makes your business different than other Dog Businesses? Do you have a USP Unique Selling Proposition?

“We are different because we focus on the state of California to stay accurate. Dog-friendly books are outdated the day they are published, and those national and international dog-friendly websites have trouble staying current, local and fresh by trying to cover too much territory. All 8,000 California listings on DogTrekker.com are updated each year.”
Business owner Dave Kendrick Replied.

Where did you learn the business? Meaning,
Who taught you the business, school(s), or an individual?

“Self-taught with a lot of help from hospitality professionals.”
“Years in the destination marketing business.”

What would you say is your best selling, product, service, and why?

“DogTrekker has four primary channels, all interrelated: website, travel blog, email newsletter and mobile app.”
“DogTrekker.com is on a mission; It all starts with our 4-Paw Promise™: to deliver local and accurate listings, provide engaging and actionable content and focus on social commitment to the communities we serve.”

“DogTrekker.com (and our mobile app) covers the great dog-passionate™ state of California, with over 8,000 listings featuring dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, hikes, beaches, attractions, wineries, local and emergency services.”

“For the Shasta Cascade Region, DogTrekker lists over 250 dog-friendly listings, including over 90 dog-friendly lodging properties. DogTrekker.com has published over four dozen stories about why to visit Redding and the Shasta Cascade; driving tourism to the region and being part of nearly a billion dollars of tourist spending, propelling over 11 million jobs and generating 27 million dollars in local tax revenues.”

For Dog Trekker app, please visit:
on Google Play for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maddenmedia.app.dogtrekker&hl=en
on Itunes for Apple
https://itunes.apple.com/app/dogtrekker/id968138994

Social media channels business is on & channel name
Facebook.com/dogtrekker; @dogtrekker; Twitter.com/dogtrekker; Plus.google.com/u/0/+DogtrekkerBest contact email.
dave@dogtrekker.com
Best contact phone number for quick communication.
415-459-3647
Dave Kendrick/ Business Owner dave@dogtrekker.com
Business Name
DogTrekker.com
Business address *
PO Box 151289, San Rafael, CA 94915

“Tammy Got Stuff?” Thrift Store

A personal story from the heart of Robert Fetty “Project Manager Best of the North State”. Robert meet Tammy Lynn and Marcelleus, owners of “Tammy Got Stuff?” Thrift Store over 2 years ago, meeting with them on how I could help their business. They were great to talk too and I knew from the beginning we were going to be more than business associates. I have always been a big fan of Thrift Stores and always wanted them to be successful.  I mean who doesn’t like finding a treasure. Tammy and Marcelleus are heard about all over Redding. Being in social media marketing you run into each other on Facebook, Yelp & Google. I soon found out that they are involved with Redding more than most mom and pop Thrift Store. They believe in helping our community.  I wish more people came forward and tell their story of how they help our community.  When Tammy told me they were moving down to San Bernardino, California, my first thought  was, who will fill their shoes in our town of Redding?

So many people came forward and said how Tammy and Marcelleus changed their life. I know working with “Tammys Got Stuff?” Thrift Store my life has changed. The love and compassion that those two had made my day. Not only did they help out many organizations but they helped out real people with real problems. So many times I would be visiting Tammy and Marcelleus and someone would come in trying to help another person out. They would not only help them but sometimes just give them what they needed to help that person. Does not matter if they homeless, senior, or even a sad person needing someone to talk to, they were there. Their final hurrah they donated everything to #Lungs4Lindsey to raise money for Linsey Arzate double lung transplant.  Tammy and Marcelleus you will truly be missed. Truly one of the Best of the North States favorite Thrift Store.#notforgotten

Google reviews

 

10 months ago
Great place to shop, new and used stuff,friendly staff and lots of stuff , very nice owners . Inwould definitely recommend this store to anyone . Lots of stuff
11 months ago
Awesome thrift store!!
Good prices, friendly staff, good location.
Go by and check it out!!
11 months ago
Love Tammy’s! Lot’s of stuff @ great prices and FABULOUS friendly owners!
Tammy and  Marcelleus wanted special thanks to some dear friends:
Marie Moore kindness, help, fiendship… Randy & Gale Schmidt & Family for believing in us and treating us like family and all your support being there in every time of need… Popa John Jones for your dedication, leadership, love and understanding… Our Customers: Came in as a customer, left as a friend and kinder souls that connected… thank you for the support… Our Children: Estevan, Arturo, Kawan, Nathaniel, Azaria & Jaseman…. The many friendships we developed…

 

#1 GOD

#Lungs4Lindsey

   Lindsey Arzate        

Transplant Type: Lung

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Benefits Concert for Lindsey coming soon

August 5th 2017

 

Dear Friends,What if you were living on borrowed time?

#Lungs4Lindsey

Lindsey Arzate is fighting for her life. In 2012, after giving birth to her daughter, Lindsey was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma which is an autoimmune disease that affects the internal organs. During a subsequent hospitalization in March 2016, she found out she had heart failure and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Nine months later, Lindsey was hospitalized with advanced severe pulmonary hypertension and is on oxygen and IV medications 24/7. Now doctors say a double lung transplant is critical.
This has been an extremely challenging time for Lindsey and her husband, Manuel, who are parents of two young children. Lindsey’s illness has had a major impact on her family emotionally, mentally and financially. She describes her situation as a huge roller coaster ride, but remains hopeful for a second chance at life. Before her health began to decline, Lindsey loved hiking, swimming, and traveling, but these days her activities are extremely limited. She is still able to enjoy cooking, crafting, movies, shopping and just being with friends and family. Lindsey looks forward to one day being able to breathe on her own and being free from the IV, so she can do all the things a young wife and mother dreams of doing with her family.

#Lungs4Lindsey

Unfortunately, Lindsey’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average double lung transplant costs over $1 million. And, that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
When she receives her transplant, Lindsey and Manuel must temporarily relocate over 200 miles from their home to be near the hospital for a least six weeks during the recovery process, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of her declining health, she had to leave a job she loved as a supervisor of a day program for intellectually disabled adults adding to the financial strain.
What if your life depended on the compassion and generosity of others?
The National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is working with volunteers and supporters to help relieve the growing burden of expenses for Lindsey. NFT has been assisting transplant patients with fundraising support for more than 30 years. Your gift—of $25, $50, $100 or more—will enable NFT to provide Lindsey with the financial support she desperately needs.
You can help by visiting http://give.transplants.org/goto/lindseyarzate to make a tax-deductible donation to NFT to help with her expenses.
If you have any questions about NFT, feel free to contact the staff at 800-489-3863.

– See more at: http://give.transplants.org/site/TR?px=1011425&fr_id=1040&pg=personal#sthash.mpaOeKaZ.dpuf

 

 

Sweetie’s Cafe and Catering/Roquitos Taqueria

Redding California is a great place to find a tasty bite to eat, and when I asked around about a Good Mom N’Pops feel of a Restaurant Cafe, I kept hearing Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria South market street. Also, a convenient location to find, right off Highway 273. Easy to see the sign on the road that said, Sweetie’s upon entrance into Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria, I noticed a great smelling taco truck sitting outside of the cafe, along with a smoker full of tri-tip billowing with yummy flavor! I walked into the restaurant and was immediately greeted by a friendly smile, a handshake and welcome. I introduced Myself and asked if I might be able to speak with the owner(s). That is when I met Mr. and Mrs. Roque Carbajal and Tiferet Carbajal, more friendly and warm smiles to greet me! As we all sat down at a table to talk, I couldn’t help but feel the welcoming, and comfortable atmosphere in the restaurant, it had a “homelike” feel to it.
Why did you start this business I asked?
“Needed an outlet for my taco addiction.” Mr. Carbajal giggled! Of course, I had to chuckle with them a bit about that!
What makes your business different? Did you have any special Training? “No,” just lots of experience and amazing recipes Roque replied, ” Nobody likes a mean burrito, but everyone like a happy taco! haha, We make smiles happen one taco at a time, and we are authentically delicious!”

“To help folks conquer their hunger with yummy goodness! Sweetie’s Cafe & Catering focuses on quality of food, customer service and cleanliness of their restaurant. “You can’t say Sweetie’s without a smile!”
“Life, just learning as they went along in life” such a simple, yet Complete answer I thought, humbling even.
What would you say as of to date, your best selling, product, service, food, drink and why?
“Tacos Haha! Mostly the Tacos!”
Friendly staff and gluten free choices. Love that they have tortilla and bean options on the breakfast menu as well! Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria, Is a Great chance to Come and sit down, relax, and enjoy some Awesomely authentic Food! “Our passion for cooking and love for food turned into a business of sharing what we do best. We have always been inspired by the seasons of Northern California and its bounty. We create a comforting culinary experience for our customers. Our catering business has grown into a diversified multi-unit restaurant with mobile units. Together we grow.”

REVIEWS
5.0-star rating
Seriously one of the best taco places ever!
“My husband had to convince me to go, and I’m so glad he did.” I’m super pregnant, and have craved their chicken taco’s every day since!”
“It’s neat and clean inside, and the ingredients are super fresh, not to mention the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and fun!”
We have become regulars super fast!”

Smoked and grilled meats, homemade sauces and fresh ingredient make for an awesome taco experience! Nacho your average taco! We give it to you Roquito’s Style!

facebook.com/roquitostaqueria
instagram.com/roquitostaqueria
Roquito’s Taqueria
Business address
2605 S. Market St. Redding, CA 96001
sweetiescatering@sbcglobal.net
Best contact phone number for quick communication.
530-921-0103

“To help folks conquer their hunger with yummy goodness! Sweetie’s Cafe & Catering focuses on quality of food, customer service and cleanliness of our restaurant. “You can’t say Sweetie’s without a smile!”
Full name of the business owner(s)
Roque Carbajal, Tiferet D. Carbajal
Where did you learn the business?
Started from the bottom now we’re here!
Who taught you the business, school(s), or an individual?
Family, Le Cordon Bleu graduates, fake it till you make it!
What is your best selling, product, service, food, drink and why?
“FOOD! Because we put love into what we do.”

“Our passion for cooking and love for food turned into a business of sharing what we do best. We have always been inspired by the seasons of Northern California and its bounty. We create a comforting culinary experience for our customers. Our catering business has grown into a diversified multi-unit restaurant with mobile units. Together we grow.”

sweeties-catering.com
facebook.com/SweetiesCafeRedding
instagram.com/sweetiescafeandcatering

Kahunas Mongolian BBQ | Best of the North State


Kahunas Mongolian BBQ is where you can create your custom-made stir-fry by choosing your ingredients and sauces. Interact with their grill warriors as they prepare your meal right in front of you. So much flavor and Kahunas has something for everyone, from vegetarians to meat lovers and even gluten free diets! And of Course they didn’t forget about the kids; they can enjoy Kahunas also with child menu pricing of $4.99 a bowl. Add a roll of Sushi to your table with your stir-fry and a refreshing cocktail and your dining experience is complete. At dinner, you will be able to enjoy your choice of, lamb, shrimp, mussels, beef chuck, chicken, pork loin, and bacon, plus all the fresh vegetables and Delicious buckwheat noodles!! At lunch, meats are: Beef, Chicken, Bacon, Pork but the seafood can be added for an additional cost even at lunch, ask your server for details. You will have your choice of white or brown rice. They are Locally family owned and operated and open seven days a week. Gift cards available for those unique and yummy gifts!

The owners of Kahunas are Mr. Dwayne and Nina Oller,
Nina said while talking about the experience; she has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. From hostessing, serving, bartending, kitchen, management, to restauranteur. Kahunas offers 20 different homemade sauces, a buckwheat noodle, bacon, dry spices to get a delicious plate of food. They are now also offering sushi. Not only do you get so many different options and the variety of foods, but you also get the chance to be a part of making it, customized to your desired taste, and made right in front of your eyes!


Kahunas has six different beers on tap: We have a vast variety of bottle beers also. Enjoy a cold bottle alone or in one of our special buckets for additional savings. Our unique wine list we have created, whether it’s a red or a white, may be enjoyed by the glass or bottle. We also serve Soju Tequila, Vodka, Rum, and Gin; this allows us to create some amazing, tasty, tropical. Signature cocktails. It would be our pleasure to help pair your beverage with your food.

What is The History of Mongolian BBQ?
In the Thirteenth Century, the great warrior Genghis Khan and his soldiers from the grassed plateau of Mongolia conquered many countries from China to Hungary. They established one of the greatest empires the World had ever known. Legend has it that after a long day of hunting, Genghis
Khan and his Mongolian warriors would make camp and prepare lavish feasts. Using their swords, the warriors would prepare slivers of meats, combined with whatever vegetables and spices on hand. They would grill them on their upturned shields over a blazing fire. This type of cooking has become known the world over as Mongolian BBQ. With this tradition in mind, Kahunas Mongolian BBQ brings you the ULTIMATE MONGOLIAN BBQ!

Redding was missing a Mongolian BBQ at the time, and the Oller Family wanted to open one with an American Style. On April 06, 2014 Kahunas had their Grand Opening! Friendly Service, Relaxing Atmosphere and with a vast variety of homemade sauces and fresh vegetables, noodles, and rice.
Kahunas always promotes education and healthy eating and proud to offer all College Students that bring their ASB card in at dinner time a $2.00 off discount on their entree.
Sunday 11 am to 8 pm2151 Market Street
Redding, Ca 96001
Downtown Redding
Plenty of Parking
Tel: (530) 244-4200
Hours of Operation:
Monday 11 am to 8 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday 11 am to 8 pm
Friday 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday 11 am to 9 pm.
http://www.kahunasmongolianbbq.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KahuanasMongolianBBQ/

Warrens Automotive | Redding’s Automotive Repair Services

Warrens Automotive is proud to service the Redding area.  Seasoned with extensive mechanical experience, they are sure to take care of all your auto repair needs. They do all types of Auto Repair: Engine, Brake, Transmission, Electrical Service, computer diagnostic and A/C repairs. Including Foreign, Domestic and European vehicles; scheduled maintenance, drive train repairs, fleet service, ATV’s, dirt bikes and more.  If it has an engine, their auto repair shop can fix it, no matter how complex the repair: this is their solid mission and promise to all of their Customers.

A little about the shop’s owner Warren Minster, Warren has been ASE certified on both gas and diesel vehicles for 20+ years, and he treats every job as if it’s his own car.   With Warren doing this you as the customer get the best service from a knowledgeable, trustworthy Mechanic with his heart into each job he is given. Warren looks for ways to save his customers the most money and get the best service anyone could ask for!

It doesn’t matter if you live in Redding or just passing through Warren’s will treat your repair problem with the utmost respect. Providing Auto Repair Services in Redding for more than four Years.

If you’re looking for a local auto repair shop that you can trust, consider Warrens Automotive.  Ever since 2013, Warrens Automotive has been providing our friends and neighbors in Redding with dependable, trustworthy auto repair services.  Whether your vehicle needs a minor tune-up or a major overhaul, their skilled technicians quickly diagnose and provide solutions to your vehicle problems, saving you valuable time and money. A commitment to complete customer satisfaction
at Warrens Automotive, their number one goal is complete customer satisfaction.  Every day, with every customer, we focus on providing high-quality auto repair services coupled with top-notch customer service.  With countless 5-star reviews and customer testimonials, they are proud of their well-earned reputation as one of the Redding area’s most trustworthy auto repair shops.

Warren’s team of technicians are up to date on the latest Automotive technology and have professional, hands-on experience working with both foreign and domestic vehicles. We use the most current diagnostic equipment available, meaning that They can quickly uncover the problem and begin working on the solution. Combining cutting-edge technology with real-world experience, the technicians can get your car back on the road in less time than it takes other shops to only figure out what’s wrong, from A-Z Warrens Automotive Does it all.  No Job too Big, No Job too Small!

http://warrens-automotive.com/

Daren F. from Redding reviewed their last visit on 3/16/2017 and their testimonial is:
Warren is first, simply a fantastic human being. Second, he is a phenomenal mechanic. I brought in my Toyota for regular maintenance, which he performed in about 75 minutes. He then proceeded to give me a great price plus told me that one of my tires had uneven wear which needed to be address immediately. Thoroughly satisfied with the service and will recommend him to anyone who wants their car repaired without issues, price gauging, or headaches. Warren is a great person who operates a fantastic business.

Cool April Night’s Event 2017

Schedule of Events

2017 Schedule of Events
Subject to change
updated 01/24/2017

— Saturday – April 22 —

Lithia Chevrolet Show & Shine – 11 am – 2 pm
ENGINE TICKET DRAWING at 200 E Cypress Ave., Redding
Wildcard Brewing Co. – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
9565 Cross Roads, Redding
Big League Dreams – 6 pm – 9 pm
20155 Viking Way, Redding
Trends Vintage Market Place Tow and Shine 10am – 5 pm
161 Locust Street
Show and Shine

— Sunday – April 23 —

Kent’s Meats and Grocery Show & Shine – 10 am – 2 pm
8080 Airport Road, Redding
Win-River Resort & Casino – 11 am – 2 pm
2100 Redding Rancheria Drive
Final Draft Brewing Co.  – 2:30 pm – 6 pm
1600 California Street

— Monday – April 24 —

Point S Tire and Auto Service Show and Shine – 1150 California St. – 11 am – 3 pm
Palo Cedro Chamber of Commerce Show & Shine
9100 Deschutes Road – 3 pm -7 pm

— Tuesday – April 25 —

Shasta Center/Kuebler’s Furniture – 11 am – 3 pm
Shasta Center/Churn Creek Road, Redding
Riverview Golf & Country Club – 3 pm – 8 pm
4200 Bechelli Lane, Redding
Parsons Jr. High School – Music in Motion – 6 pm- 9 pm
Inside the Redding Civic Auditorium – Spaghetti Dinner $5.00

— Wednesday – April 26 —

Registration opens at the Redding Civic Auditorium 9 am – 6 pm
 Check out our Kool merchandise at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 10 am – 6 pm
Cross Petroleum Show & Shine – 10 am – 3 pm
New Location – At the Civic  – 700 Auditorium Dr., Redding
Redding Drag Strip Show and Shine 
and Kool April Nites Street Legal Fun Race
4 pm – 11 pm (race starts at 6 pm)
Foothill HS – Fund Raiser- Tri Tip Dinner – Tickets $15.00
Entertainment by the Club Cougar Band
6 pm – 9 pm – inside the Redding Civic Auditorium

— Thursday – April 27 —

Registration opens at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 9 am – 6 pm
 Check out our Kool merchandise at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 10 am – 6 pm
Downtown Park & Shine – Market Street Promenade – 8 am – 1 pm
Macy’s Show and Shine – Mt. Shasta Mall – 2 pm – 5 pm
R&R Auto Truck Repair – 10 am – 2 pm
2010 Twin View Blvd., Redding
Crown Motors/Chamber Mixer
555 Cypress Ave. – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
$ 20.00 Admission Charge – This event is put on by the Redding Chamber of Commerce and not Kool April Nites

Kool April Nites Show and Shine outside the Redding Civic Auditorium
5:30 pm – 9:30pm
Decades performing live Inside the Civic Auditorium
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Redding Civic Auditorium$10.00 at the door
FREE with your All Access Wristband

— Friday – April 28 —

Registration opens at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 9 am – 5 pm
Kool Corner – Check out our Kool merchandise at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 10 am – 5 pm
Enterprise High School 10:30 – 12:30

Show and Shine
Marquis Shasta 3550 Churn Creek Road – 11 am – 2 pm
Show & Shine at the Civic – 2 pm – 5 pm
Music by Gunshy
Kool April Nites Official Cruise
6:30 pm – 8 pm
(Hilltop Drive, Dana Drive, Chum Creek, Cypress Ave)
Redding Drag Strip 5:30 pm
Show and Shine outside the Civic Auditorium- 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Hot Rods Band performing live Inside the Redding Civic Auditorium – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Redding Civic Auditorium
$10.00 at the door – FREE with your All Access Wristband

— Saturday – April 29 —

The Big Show
Registration opens at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 7 am – 10 am
Asphalt Cowboys Pancake Breakfast inside the Civic Auditorium
7 am- 10:30 am – $5.00 per person
Kool April Nites Car Show at the Redding Civic Auditorium
7 am – 4 pm – Admission $10.00
Children 12 and under free- Seniors 70 and over free
Dreamworks Car Show – Inside the Auditorium – 8 am – 6 pm
Opening Ceremony – 9 am
 Check out our Kool merchandise at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 8 am – 4 pm
Inside the Redding Civic Auditorium Saturday                   
Enterprise Starship
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Live entertainment by Downtown Band – 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Live entertainment by Journey’s Edge (Tribute Band) – 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Live entertainment by Fortunate Son
A tribute band to Creedence Clearwater Revival – Inside the Civic Auditorium
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$10.00 at the door – FREE with your All Access Wristband
Redding Drag Strip open 5:30 pm

— Sunday – April 30 —

Asphalt Cowboys Pancake Breakfast inside the Redding Civic Auditorium
8 am- 10:30 am – $5.00 per person
Personal Signature Entertainment inside the Civic Auditorium
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Award Winning Cars on display in front of the Civic Auditorium
8 am – 1 pm
Check out our Kool merchandise at the Redding Civic Auditorium – 8 am – 1 pm
Car Corral – Sell or Buy those Kool Classic Kool Cars – 8 am – 1 pm
Opening Ceremony – 9 am
Awards presentation – 12 pm – 1 pm
A & I Engine Ticket Drawing at 12 pm

Tuxedo Den Redding

 

 

Springtime in Beautiful Redding California, I can just imagine all the hustle and buzz about weddings getting planned, and School Proms and Graduations Coming up soon! I  asked around about some Local places if I were to Need tuxedos and/or formal wear? Tuxedo Den on Hartnell Ave. Seems to be the place to go! Not only is the store Easy to find but the friendly and helpful staff made it a pleasant and welcoming visit. In meeting with the Shop owner Mr.Austin Benbrook,  He stated that the Business was family started and owned,

“My grandparents started Tuxedo Den in 1962, and I am trying to keep it alive.”

“What makes your business different,” I asked,

“We focus on the tuxedo and suit rentals with retail sales also available.  We want people to feel comfortable with their experience, and I find that if we treat our customers the way we would want to be treated, then we’re more likely to make new friends in the process!  We make it our responsibility to make the entire process from beginning to end as easy and Comfortable as possible for every customer we have the honor of being a part in their special Events. We also are trained tailors for any alterations, and we offer the largest selection of men’s formal wear at the absolute best prices in Redding!”  While talking more with Austin, He mentioned he had learned the Business from working and managing our stores in Redding, Eureka, and Sacramento.

“I learned from my father who learned from his father.”

Teaching Generations of Success, since 1962!

“Our number one service is Tuxedo and suit rentals, and we also carry and sell top of the line suits and tuxedos at very reasonable prices.” The Tuxedo Den is always known for running great specials, Austin mentioned a few right now that I almost couldn’t believe!

PROM- 50$ off full rental. 30$ off week of Prom

PLUS student receives entry to win a 55″4k Ultra HD

Smart t.v.!

WEDDINGS-  All weddings with at Least three complete rentals [Groom +3Groomsmen] Groom gets HIS rental FREE!

*BONUS* The other Members will receive a 50$ discount.

Tuxedo Den Originally Opened in Eureka California by Emil and Bernice Benbrook, Austin’s grandparents.  Over the course of the first 30 years, the family made it their goal to provide expert service in the formal wear business with a smile.  In that period they also managed to expand to over 15 different locations in Northern California.  They have downsized their market base to the original two locations, Eureka and Redding.  Austin stated the reason his Family decided to downsize,  “Was to be in our hometowns and to give our friends and neighbors the attention and detail they deserve!”  “We here at Tuxedo Den make our customer’s overall experience for their wedding, prom or any of their formal wear needs Convenient and Relaxing, all while aiming to make life-long friends in the process.”  

Social media channels business is on & channel names

Facebook (Tuxedo Den Redding), Instagram (Tuxedo Den Redding), Twitter (Tuxedo Den Redding), Yelp (Tuxedo Den Redding), www.tuxedosredding.com

 

tuxedosredding@gmail.com

530-223-5632                                                                                 

218 Hartnell Ave. Redding CA