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TIFFANIE001 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/19/12 6:12 P

Thank you very much!

HOPESFUTURE SparkPoints: (5,597)
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8/19/12 10:25 A

Hi Tiff,

When I had my total hysterectomy, I was surprised at how much it affected EVERYTHING! Falling off the hormonal "cliff" so to speak was a real shock. I was 50 at the time, so you would have thought my ovaries were winding down, but nope! I felt all those symptoms. I went to see a doctor who specializes in topical bioidentical hormone replacement. He tested my various levels doing a saliva test, and I started using a topical estrogen and progesterone cream that really made a big difference in how I felt. Maybe you could see someone like that in your area. Doesn't hurt to go talk to them anyway. My doctor tested other things like thyroid, cortisol, testosterone too. The year after I started using what he prescribed, I was able to lose about 90 pounds. I got a bit sidetracked after that as I developed severe arthritis of my hips and needed both replaced. Gained about 15 pounds back. Now I am back on my hormones and here at Spark People gettting at it again.

Be gentle with yourself. Start with some small easy changes that you can do without much effort and build from there. You are building a new lifestyle. Don't expect perfection on day 1. Embrace the journey and you will arrive at your destination happier and healthier!

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8/19/12 9:25 A

Hi Tiff

Welcome !!! I am 32 and am 8 weeks post op of having both ovaries out ( cancer) I believe i know kinda what you are feeling. Especially with the sleep, that is something i have struggled with for the last couple of months.
Good luck on your journey, if you need anyone to chat with feel free to message me anytime ....Take care

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8/19/12 8:14 A


Welcome to the SparkPeople family! I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Remember it is never too late to begin your journey to healthier living. In fact I started my own journey 7 1/2 years ago at the tender age of 43, myself. The goal for me was not so much to concentrate on losing the weight, but instead to focus on making this a lifestyle I could maintain so that I would never have to go on another so-called 'diet'.

I hope you take some time to explore the site and all it has to offer. If you have any questions, concerns, feel free to post them on the message boards and I can promise someone will help guide you through this journey.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

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8/19/12 12:48 A

I'm new here and am feeling depressed and not very positive. I just turned 43 in July and am 3 weeks out of a total hysterectomy. I am 45 lbs overweight and am desperate for some inspiration. I was always a healthy weight until I had my children. It's depressing having this added weight to carry around with me. I'm not feeling energetic at all and am not sleeping well either. Anyone else out there relate?

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