||I'm a retired nurse who went through back surgery in 1998 at Christmas time. I live alone and I raised my 2 sons-37 &40 by myself. Otherwise ,I am nothing special and haven't done anything special other than care for sick people and surgical patients. I cna't any more because of my back surgery. I had to retire many years before I would have. I am living in an area I don't know much about but it has been bad luck for me since I moved here. I'm living on $866 from SSI. Things aren't that great but I am kind of strong and try to work my way through things and pay my bills that grow faster than the SSI. I love you and your show Ellen. At least it gives me a daily chuckle and a good dose of female humor. There are too many men out there who insult and tell women how to act to get the ultimate man. I don't want the ultimate man! Creeps! Like Steve Harvey says-the men want the cookie and don't care about the woman behind it. I think he is terribly sexist and not funny when you pay close attention to his oogling and cries occasionally about his mama. I hope you r mother's injury to her spine is healing and it broke my heart to hear of this accident. I'd sure take good care of her as I did my own mom before she passed away. she said I gave her the best shower she ever had. She died of complications of diabetes. And before she was not talking any more, she told me to loose weight. I have dropped 100# but now I am stuck on a plateau. I refuse to have bariatric surgery! I need to loose 50# or about, and I have met my goal. My Doctor said I won't get diabetes with the amount of weight I have lost. My brother got off with her will so I never had a chance to read it. he let her little 2 br cottage with a garage, go and walked away from it just so I could not have a chance to have it. I would have rather had my mom but her cottage had both my dads and my moms spirit in it and now it is gone so I could never buy it back. It needed lots of work but I would have done it with my own hands! It was in Morgan Hill in a community for 55years and older. I could have lived there now and that was the time my brother let it go to the bank, when I hit 55. He has problems with his mind and used my youngest son to live and ate his food until my son finally realized he was being used by him. I could not and would not ever interfere in the learning situation that went on with my son as much as I loved him. He had to learn who his uncle really was to understand. At least I have my son back because my brother poisoned lots of family, cousins, aunts and uncles about how nuts I was. I had found out from my son, that my brother says he is bi-polar. This is what he said. I have no proof of this and my elder son says it is an excuse for his bad behavior. Time will tell when I get a phone call because he has no place to go or is caught up in the legal system. I am planning to deal with my sons and my grandsons and their gals they are married to. They are my family. I love you very much Ellen! Keep going strong! You have given the one thing we need the most HAPPINESS and A GOOD LAUGH!