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12/10/19 6:03 A

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Hey Elona! Thank you for the update. I am glad things are improved and that you have a good doctor. That is such a blessing and hard to come by. Keep us posted on how things are going.

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Hi Milan and et al! emoticon

My eye is ever so slightly improved, I am hopeful in three weeks I will see more improvement. The ophthalmologist is right. Thank goodness this is temporary! emoticon

I am having surgery in two weeks. Hysterectomy. My doctor highly recommends it because of my family history of cancer and my advanced age. Actually I am looking forward to it. She found a large cyst in my ovary Not good after menopause In two doctor visits she spent time talking with me for two solid hours. Such a great doctor She explained every detail and answered all my questions. I love the health care in the Philippines. The technology is advanced and medical knowledge is state of the art. The doctors spent time with patients and leave no stone unturned. They are exceptionally caring!

Yesterday I spent three hours having fun teaching children to swim. I feel better! I need to get physically stronger for my surgery.

Thanks so much again!

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12/6/19 6:34 A

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Hey Elona...just checking in. Hope you continue to feel better!

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12/3/19 9:31 A



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Hey, Elona !

That's awesome that you're learning self defense.

I first noticed Filipino martial arts when I was visiting relatives in California. There was a studio close to where they lived. Seems to be really popular on the west coast. There are classes in Boston, but it's limited to a small number of studios.

I've always had an interest in the martial arts. Recently I started taking Brazillian Ju Jitsu classes. Like you, I'm a beginner. When I described my first few classes to a friend, they said it must have been a humbling experience. that was a very apt description.

I am one of the older students in the class. but I feel pretty good that I CAN keep up with the younger students. Obviously, they can tumble better than I can. But I can to a forward roll. Like you, my age is not a roadblock.

One reason I am taking up martial arts is because studies have shown that learning activities that use a lot of hand/eye coordination helps to increase brain cells and cognitive growth. May also help reduce the risk for Alzheimer's.

I'd like to think I'm growing muscle cells and brain cells concurrently. LOL

Glad you're feeling more upbeat !





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12/3/19 6:32 A

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Glad you are doing a bit better Elona!!! Sometimes, you do just need to be reminded. Thank you for sharing about the martial arts. It was very interesting and it's great you were able to find something to fill the void.

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I'm glad that you are feeling a bit better. Hopefully your eye is too. I know that we didn't tell you anything that you didn't already know, however sometimes we just need to be reminded. emoticon

I HATE those internet Goblins when they do things like that with our posts. I really wish that WE could get one back on THEM LOL!

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Hi Archimedes, et al!

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I posted something last night, but I can't find it now. The internet goblins must have had a post-Thanksgiving party with it.

About QiGong. I have been doing it for years along with Tai Chi. It's a very healthy ancient Chinese practice, thousands of years old. I should do it every day, but slip up at times. It has helped me oxygenate my body and brain, increase my flexibility and improve my mood. I do it for 20 min right before Tai Chi.

Unfortunately, the Philippines doesn't do much QiGong and Tai Chi. I scoured the internet and the neighborhoods for years with no result. Then one day, I looked at a gym (not my style) and right next to it was my miracle! So I went to plan B and started Filipino Arts (Arnis, Escrima, Kali) It's also an ancient art. As a matter of fact, the US government adopted it as a mainstay in the military and with SWAT teams.

Filipino martial arts a very well rounded and extremely versatile fighting and defensive art. Go to You-Tube and check it out. Btw, it also incorporates so many different styles of Chinese based martial arts it's mind-blowing. From hand fighting to mental-body control (as in Tai Chi combat), and many of the other techniques, like grappling, stick fighting, knives, Kung Fu, Karate and many others.

The Philippines has a very rich and practical outlook on life. Their police force uses it as well. The Asian Games have finally adopted it into their venue after decades of in-fighting political conflicts. I found the most awesome Master coincidentally. His father was the Grand-Master of Modern Arnis. There are no coincidences, are they?

It's a far cry from Tai Chi combat, but it sure is a blast. Of course, I'm just a beginner, but it still uses the internal art meditative form of Tai Chi as well as the external power of Karate and other martial arts, etc. They are all thousands of years old Chinese martial arts adapted globally now. I do love it and so blessed the Lord led me there.

Have a great night!

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12/2/19 9:30 A



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Hey, Elona !

Glad you're feeling better this morning. You really have been going through a lot these past few days. It's okay to be a little selfish. Because you've spent your life as a nurse, you're used to sacrificing your needs for everyone else.

Well, in order for us to be there for our loved ones, we have to take care of ourselves. That's when we need to be the priority for a little while.

And I do highly recommend qigong. My cousin (also around your age) has been nursing some injuries and wanted to stay active. She decided to try qigong and loves it. she's a little frustrated that she can't seem to do some of the moves. but I told her, some of those moves take time to learn. No need to stress. Like you, she's a perfectionist.

I gave up being a perfectionist ages ago. How ? Easy... had a few too many college professors who did not believe in handing out an A. Why was I busting my butt when the best I could to was a B ? That pretty much beat the perfectionist out of me. LOL





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12/2/19 7:47 A

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Hi Slimmer, Archimedes and Milan!

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Yes! I agree with all of you on all points! You all have helped me to raise my spirits, hope and be more motivated. Words cannot express my gratitude. (not to just the three of you, but all of you!)

Today has been a more positive-minded day for me. My eye is still the same, but my attitude is way better. That's great progress in my book.

My doctor has cleared me to do any activity and exercise I want to do. In a bit, I will do some QiGong, weights and some stretch bands. I'm going to put on some fun music and imagine I'm am Superwoman! Lol.

I could not sleep much last night but took a nap today. I woke up rested and refreshed. I ate healthy and hydrated well. I played with the kiddos and had some laughs with the family. It's getting better. I just need to be patient and kind to myself. I tend to be a perfectionist and do need to give myself some slack.

You all are wonderful, kind and compassionate. Thank the Lord for you being here an on SparkPeople. I truly believe this site is extra special. How many sites have you ever been on like this? It is one of the most powerful and inspirational sites I've ever encountered, bar none.

I love and admire you all!

Have an awesome day!

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12/2/19 6:16 A

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Hi Elona...I am so sorry to hear you have been dealing with so many issues. I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you.

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Hi, Elona. I can understand why you kind-of fell off the wagon re exercise or having the emotional energy to do anything much. On the one hand you had the stress and worry over your grandchild and great-grandchild, and on the other you have had health issues of your own. People aren't designed to be ALWAYS on the go. We do have our down times, and sometimes those are a bit longer than others. I've had my share of knockbacks, too, but so far have always manage to pick myself up from them. Stress can add weight to us as you know, and for a lot of reasons. Maybe we've eaten a few foods with a little more sodium than normal, altho generally eaten quite healthily. Maybe we've eaten healthy but just forgotten to weigh/measure/record some of our food. Maybe we've eaten a little less fibre which has meant that are bowels aren't quite as efficient at doing their job, but it isn't really noticeable to us. Sometimes with the reduced exercise, or lack of it, we forget to adjust our nutritional intake to ensure that we aren't eating more than we should. So if you were eating an average of 1500 calories WITH exercise, perhaps it needs to be adjusted to 1300 or 1350 calories withOUT exercise.

As you will know, stress increases the stress hormone, cortisole. That can cause a person to eat more calories than they need. Going for a brisk walk (or any walk) is a great exercise to help reduce the cotisole level, but doing high-intensity workouts can increase it.

I hope that you and yours are very soon back to good health.

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Hey, MIAMIRN !

I'm glad to hear your grandchildren are going to be okay. that's a relief.

Stop beating yourself up because you're not Wonder Woman. You've had to deal with a lot of internal and external stresses. There is only so much even the strongest person can handle before even they succumb. In short, you're holding up a lot better than most people dealing with similar pressure.

Try to continue to stay positive, because a positive attitude can help you recover more quickly.

What to do ? Because of your eye problem, that means you'll need to modify your exercise routine. Might have to skip the martial arts. Also, how do you feel about eye patches ? Will your doctor let you exercise if you were to use an eye patch over your weak eye ? You might be able to continue with zumba if you modify the workout. do what you can.

If your doctor says it's okay to exercise, I agree that regular exercise could help reduce some of your stress. While you might not be able to do martial arts, you could take a daily walk or maybe continue with the zumba.

And if you did want to do martial arts, how about tai chi or qigong ? what about yoga ? those are things you could do with doctor approval.

As far as the two pound "gain", that's probably nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. unless you ate an extra 7,000 calories the past two weeks, you did not gain two pounds of fat. However, if you have been tracking your weight, you've probably noticed some days your up and some days you're down.

These kinds of fluctuations are normal. How normal ? Even I get them. LOL.... I recently took up martial arts too. My weight jumped 3.5 pounds ! Did I eat an extra 10,500 calories ? NO ! But I did change my exercise routine. There are a lot of other perfectly normal reasons your body can retain water. And not to get TMI, did you weigh yourself after a poop ? food has weight. your body's waste products have weight. water has weight and if you don't do a poop in the morning, all that food, water and waste is still in your intestines until... it passes.

Try it some time. weigh yourself before and after a good poop. you'll see the difference.

I suppose my best piece of advice is to try to continue to stay positive and things will turn out OKAY !

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I'm usually an upbeat person. I guess it's now my time to reach out for advice and support.

Two weeks ago my grandchild got pretty sick. My great-grandchild was nearly hospitalized. I stayed up several nights watching my great-grandson. I am a retired pediatric RN, so that's what I do best. Thank goodness he pulled through. They are both still taking antibiotics and doing much better. They are 18 months and 2 1/2 years old.

A couple of days later I had my yearly PAP and a routine Intravaginal ultrasound. It revealed a very large ovarian cyst. Not normal for post-menopausal women. That day I had an ovarian cancer marker blood test (result was normal 5 days later) Still my doc wants me to have it surgically removed. There's still a remote chance it's cancer. She did say it did not look like cancer. Not all blood ovarian cancer markers can be detected.

On the day of my lab, I went home and noticed I had double vision. I thought nothing of it until it didn't go away that night. The weekend passed and I saw an ophthalmologist. She told me my left eye nerve was temporarily paralyzed. One of my muscles had shifted towards my nose. It could take anywhere from a couple of weeks to 6 months to heal. At 6 months they recommend corrective surgery. Worst case scenario. It was obvious to me my eye condition was the result of health stress and fear.

The last two weeks I have not exercised, have isolated myself and been not my usual self. I have done well with my food plan and drinking water a lot. Still, I gaine 2 pounds. It's not a lot, but I am only 10 pounds from my ultimate goal weight and maintenance. It's normal for this to happen and I'm being as patient as I can be.

I am used to taking public transportation. I live in the Philippines so there is no social service transportation. Since I moved here in June I have been very happy and very active. I take martial arts 6 hours a week, Zumba 4 hours a week and love my new life. I also have made a nice group of friends. I am now unable to go to my classes due to using one eye, having less than perfect depth perception and less than normal balance. The last week I have become more positive and hope for a speedy recovery. Still, I feel like my life is at a standstill. I am frustrated, have mild anxiety and am frustrated.

This has not been the first time I've had health problems, but stubborn me has always pushed through it all. I have certainly beat the odds. My doctors call me a walking miracle. Lol. I have always been an active person in both mind and body.

I just don't know what I can do to motivate myself to stay at home and exercise. I find it boring. It's not my style, so to speak. It's obvious I need to change my mindset. I am at a loss of how.

By the way, my family was stressed out to the max during this whole ordeal. They are just now getting adjusted. We are a close family of eight. Life is good, more than good. I just don't know how to get past this...

Thanks for listening to me. You guys are the best as anyone can be. I am sure you all have some words of wisdom to give me. I know what I'm supposed to do, but it's getting there that's the hard part.

Bless you, all!

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