About Budger

I am an avid cyclist, dog lover and lover of life.   I am a newbie foodie having just discovered the wonders of cooking.  I love to spend time with my friends and family, go new places, and watch the sun rise.  I believe that among all the negatives, there is always a positive, and that life is about what you make of it, not what it makes of you.   I believe that life – wherever it takes you – is a journey to be savored and enjoyed.  It is not about the destination, but the journey.  My journey has taken me places I never would have imagined. 

After 10+ years of not having ridden a bike, I dragged a bike out of the garage and started a journey I never would have predicted.  I ride regularly in the Bike MS Valero ride out of San Antonio raising money for the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  I have gone from being able to ride 8 miles around my neighborhood to over 30 miles on the road.  In the process I have met a lot of wonderful people, and made some lasting friendships.  And I scratched one item off of my “bucket list” by riding my bike in front of the Tetons at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

My journey has taken me through many medical crossroads from the diagnosis of Lymphedema – an edema caused from the impairment of the Lymphatic vessels, to the implant of a cardiac pacemaker and finally a  new diagnosis of Celiac Disease, and the start of living healthier on a Gluten-Free diet.  My journey is to continue to raise awareness for Heart Disease, Diabetes and Celiac Disease through healthy eating and living, participation and support.  I am an avid supporter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Houston Humane Society.   

My journey is filled with the blessings of wonderful family and friends, who provide encouragement and love.  They call me Budger.  This is the blog of my journey.  Feel free to follow along.


  1. Budgers you are the winner of the book, “Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” by Jules E. Dowler Shepard. Please e-mail me your mailing address and I will send it to you.


  2. Hi Budger
    Sorry it took so long to get back to you but I have been researching primary lymphedema and finally made my post on http://celiacandwhat.wordpress.com
    I found absolutely nothing that ties Celiac to lymphedema.
    Take care of you and visit me again soon 😀
    Aunt Jayne

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