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I am ready to make the commitment to this next journey in my life. Our last journey as husband and wife was to have a kidney transplant in which my wonderful husband gave me the ultimate gift of LIFE...his kidney. We made it through that journey with much love, much faith and much hope....and now I am ready to take the plunge into my next journey of preserving my gift of life and also my overall health. This is a long time coming for me and I am proud to say that I feel that I am FINALLY ready!!

I'd like to share with all of you a bit more detail of where my health obstacles have taken me thus far...It all started at the age of 13 for me when i was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes (5 yrs. after my older sister was also diagnosed). I lead a very normal teenage life even after my diagnosis. I was very active in sports and not once did my Diabetes prevent me from doing what I wanted to do! That was something I never wanted to "give in" to was my disease. I was determined to take control of my disease instead of letting my disease take control of ME.

I was blessed with the man I have been married to now for 22 years. We have one son together who is now 18 years of age and perfectly healthy....and a wonderful son!! We are truly blessed to have him!

Life was going very well for us and my health was maintaining just fine as we continued to do what every other family did... enjoyed our life!!

As most know....Diabetes is a very challenging disease that can raise havoc at any given time...and can also cause very devistating health issues. On the other can also be well controlled with very little complications, so please keep in mind that each Diabetic is different and we ALL will not experience the same complications if any. I just don't want to discourage anyone with the disease because I am a firm believer that YOU CAN live a very normal life being a Diabetic. It certainly does not have to control your life.... you just have to control 'IT" =) !

At the age of kidneys had finally started the decline into kidney failure after 26 years of being Diabetic. My doctor informed me that a transplant would be inevitable, he just didn't quite know "when" this would happen. To his amazement.... my kidneys went on to hold out for another 5 years which was GREAT however, in the meantime I was preparing for this possible transplant and had to go through many, many tests to be cleared for this major surgery. Lucky and unlucky for me.....they found I had blockages in a few arteries going to my heart. This was precisely the reason they insist on this kind of a work-up before they will even consider you for a transplant. I was sad to learn that I would be undergoing a quadruple bypass instead of a transplant first. However, I also looked at this as a blessing in disguise that it was found before I went in for the transplant and would have risked a very poor outcome had I gone in with serious blockages. We took care of the bypass 3 years ago and I did just fine!! Six months after the doctors decided that it was in my best interest to have another bypass of my femoral arteries down my legs. I had developed poor circulation throughout the years due to Diabetes and this was something that HAD to be fixed as well. We took that hurdle on six months after the CABG and again i was blessed with a fantastic outcome!! Now I was "all fixed up" and knew it was just a matter of time before the other shoe would drop and my transplant would be starring at me. Frightening to say the least...but for some reason... I felt like it was all going to work out for us... it had to.

It had been a total of 5 years in the waiting for my kidneys to fail to the point of transplantation. We faced that hurdle on April 1, 2009. Not only was the transplant now going to take place.... the miracle of the whole thing was that my HUSBAND offered and was tested to be my donor! At this point... I knew I was the luckiest, most blessed girl that walked the planet... at least in my eyes I was all that and some! How could I be so blessed and so fortunate all at the same time? It was almost too good to be true!

We successfully had our transplant on the 1st of April of this year and I am so proud to say that we are BOTH doing fabulous!

I am here to say "NEVER give up...never give-in and certainly know in your heart that anything is possible and that you CAN do what might seem to be the unthinkable to some...but you have to believe that there is always a way to find strength to help get you through. Staying positive is a big part of why I am here today...I believe in that whole heartedly. Tell yourself you are going to be ok.. and there is a good chance that you WILL be ok. Just remember... never, ever give up! I couldn't and didn't give up, thank goodness!!" Now if only I can carry that strength and determination forward with my weight loss challenge and also to treat my new kidney well.. I will one very happy and forever thankful girl!!

Thank you for taking the time to read "my story" of the few challenges I have faced in my 44 years. I know I am not alone with having to endure some real challenges in life. I can only wish that no matter the outcome for all of us... that we all live, love, laugh and enjoy every single second that we are here on this earth.

I end here with one of my favorite quotes...

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love and Hope to all of you....


Member Since: 8/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 982

My Goals:
My goal is to lose weight and make the necessary changes to live a healthy lifestyle permanently. I need to make changes in my life to preserve the gift of life I've been given from my husband... a new kidney!.

My Program:
Everyday I am trying to keep myself on the right track with food choices and an exercisse program. I am also trying to implement spiritual healing for my body and my soul....I'm realizing how much we REALLY are in control of for just takes time, effort and major committment.

Personal Information:
My name is Patrice. I have been born and raised my entire life here in Michigan. I am 44 years old and soon to be 45 (in days)! I am also a Type I Diabetic of 30+ years and also the proud recipient of a new kidney given so selflessly by my beloved husband. I am a very blessed and lucky girl!

Other Information:
A quote that has helped give me that extra "spark" to get moving.... "I know that the house of failures is built with nails of excuses". I am telling myself that there cannot be anymore excuses!

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    Haven't heard from you in a while. How are you doing? Hope all is ok????
    3710 days ago
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    Hello! Just checking in to see how you are doing? I am fine just trying to lose like crazy but nothing is working. Any suggestions??? Hope to hear from you soon.

    3999 days ago
    I'm so glad to see you back!! Looks like you are off to a great start too!!
    I am also looking forward to catching up and reconnecting.
    Hopefully life's newest challenge will not keep me out of pocket for too long. Keep up the great work and hopefully we can chat soon!
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    4058 days ago
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    Did I mention sprain? I think that might have been from the first orthopod I saw.. he diagnosed it as a sprain and when I went to Florida not being able to walk on it... I saw another orthopod in Palm Beach who diagnosed me with a fracture which in turn is the beginning stages of "Charcot Foot"... so unfortunately... it is Charcot foot but he was very optimistic that we caught it in a very early stage and with proper treatment and close monitoring... I should be OK as long as I do not do heavy jarring.. like aerobic exercise... that is why he strongly recommends water aerobics for me at this point....makes sense and I'm a huge fan of water aerobics.. so I'm ok with that exercise program. I can still do weight training.. just no jumping or jarring on my feet. Eliptical is ok too... yeah?!!!!! I look forward to catching up with you Linda!

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    4061 days ago
    Thank you so much for the goodie.

    Glad you are inching your way back into Spark. You mentioned a sprain. Does this mean it was NOT that charcot foot thing? I sure hope not. Take is slow and easy and not try to do too much too soon, but sure is nice to have you back.

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    4062 days ago
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