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Monday, February 18, 2019

I've been on SparkPeople for a few years, but have never been a regular user. I have gained and lost the same weight for years,but this time it just won't leave me. No photos as I am actually quite ashamed of how I look right now. Even reading Sparkpeople articles that say things like "getting back into your skinny jeans" makes me cringe. Our world is obsessed with being model thin. I just want to be a happy healthy senior who ends up being 25 pounds lighter!

Out of my three adult children two of them had serious health issues. My middle son was diagnosed with end stage liver failure Dec 2017 and my daughter was diagnosed with uterine cancer in May of 2018.

Daughter had surgery and a few months later was declared cancer free. emoticon

Son developed kidney failure and almost died three times.He lives with me, so I was the person who took him to dialysis three times a week and to all the doctor and medical appointments. Long story short, prayers were answered and he received a liver transplant November of 2018. The new liver started functioning immediately, and his kidneys returned to normal five days later - no more dialysis! emoticon 2 months later he was told he could drive, so I no longer have to take him to multiple appointments. The biggest problem now is with the amount of anti rejection drugs he has to take. Just getting a cold around christmas time, put him back in hospital for 6 days. Because he lives in my house, we both have to stay away from crowded public spaces, No public transit, (buses, trains, etc)

I read an article on Spark People that said just letting someone know you are trying to lose weight could be enough to keep the momentum going and for accountability. With this - my first ever blog - I am announcing that I am starting the journey to bettering my own health, by losing weight. It's time I became my own caregiver! emoticon

Thank you for reading / listening to my ramblings!!!
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  • DWROBERGE
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  • POSEY440
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    267 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. And remember you didn't gain the weight overnight and you won't lose it overnight. It takes time, determination, motivation and support. You can get it all right here! If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! May God bless you immensely for all the caretaking you have had to do, may you blessing be many. I know the fear as I have a son 32 fighting rectal and liver cancer. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    268 days ago
  • MARCIE18
    You have already proven to others but most importantly, to yourself, that you are an extremely strong person! Look what you have been through and have come through it. I know what it feels like to have a child (in your case, children) who are seriously ill. You are correct! It is time for you to take care of YOU! And, whether you believe in God, or not, you are His handy work and have nothing to be ashamed about. So, just move forward and take baby steps to becoming a healthier you.
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    269 days ago
  • JTUTT55
    Praying for your continued strength...
    269 days ago
  • KESTRYLL
    Bless you

    269 days ago
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