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My name is Ashley. I'm a 22 year-old first year nursing student and Bible college graduate who loves Jesus. I'm looking to lose weight, and become fit and healthier.

In June 2012, I had brain surgery to remove a benign tumor (acoustic neuroma). The surgery was successful, but it did cause temporary nerve damage. This damage has affected my swallowing and speech and paralyzed the right side of my face. I am also permanently deaf in my right ear.

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My name is Ashley. I'm a 22 year-old first year nursing student and Bible college graduate who loves Jesus. I'm looking to lose weight, and become fit and healthier.

In June 2012, I had brain surgery to remove a benign tumor (acoustic neuroma). The surgery was successful, but it did cause temporary nerve damage. This damage has affected my swallowing and speech and paralyzed the right side of my face. I am also permanently deaf in my right ear.

The doctors told me that my expected recovery time would be three months. Meaning, that I would be basically feeling back to normal within three months, except for the facial paralysis, which may take up to a year to fully be restored. The surgery was over a year ago. I can't say I feel back to normal. Certainly a new normal. My facial paralysis is maybe 75% better and I'm adjusting to being deaf in one ear. I'm also learning to live with the chronic headaches I've had for over three years. In many ways I do feel better because I've lost nearly 50 pounds since my surgery, and started working out, and eating healthier. However, I'm still battling physical issues and fatigue.God is soooo good!! God gave me promises of healing before my surgery, and I thought this meant He was going to heal my tumor supernaturally. He didn't do that, and I was confused. But now I see He's done a much deeper physical healing. He did use the doctors to remove the tumor, yes. And He's caused my to have a very fast recovery and bounce back quickly, yes. But also during this time, my lifestyle has completely changed. It's always been a HUGE struggle to change my eating habits and to work out. Yet after my surgery, there was a complete paradigm shift, and I don't even know how it happened. I changed. Completely. And it was all God. I'm not saying it's easy. It's not. But I know that I know that God changed me. I didn't change myself. I've tried for so long to do this, and now finally, when I was at my weakest point, God did it. When I was tired and in pain and the dieticians were even telling me to eat unhealthy food (I ate very slowly, so they told me to eat high calorie, soft food like mashed potatoes with lots of butter and gravy...sigh, but that's a rant for another time LOL), God did it. When I had all the excuses in the world to not work out and to eat unhealthy, God changed me. Praise God!!

Shortly after my surgery, I took up running, something I was never able to do. Six months after my surgery, I ran my first 5K. I've since had to give up running because of a knee injury.

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Member Since: 5/11/2010

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My Goals:
1.) To develop a healthier lifestyle
2.) Lose 20 pounds



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I eat 75-90% vegan, and the rest of the time vegetarian with the rare occasion of eating meat. I originally became vegan along with my parents, after we watched "Forks Over Knives". This documentary convinced us that it is much more healthful to eat a plant-based diet. We don't freak out over small things like eggs in a cookie, for example, or eating turkey at thanksgiving. However, we've stopped buying chicken, beef, pork, eggs, and milk completely at home. We still consume a moderate amount of fish and a very small amount of cheese. Reading "The China Study" further convinced me that limiting the amount of animal protein and eating a plant-based diet is the way to go.

I originally didn't go vegan because of animal welfare. I don't believe there's anything ethically wrong with eating animals. That being said, however, I believe that the way mainstream industry treats animals IS wrong. The way they are mass-produced and overfed is unethical and unhealthy, both for the animal

Personal Information:
I am from Canada.
I am 21 years old.
I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus.

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KELLY122581
10/22/2012 11:31:08 AM

Hey! How's it going? Haven't seen you around in a few days - everything OK?



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BEESMUM2003
8/20/2012 8:29:58 PM

I saw your comments on the C25K....congrats...you will do awesome.



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8/19/2012 9:01:59 PM

We seem to have similar weight loss goals. Looking forward to seeing you around,



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