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We had such a great time at Lake Tahoe. I even got to steer the sail boat! Awesome!

Mom-in-law's 99th birthday (now 101)with our "miracle' granddaughter, Ziva!

Me with my 100 year old mom (died at 101) and our daughter's family





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5/16/16 update
We all have challenges. Some of mine have been multiple sclerosis, cancer, fibromyalgia, thyroid disease, arthritis and migraines. But, though some of that continues to challenge me, none of it defines me.
Each day is a new opportunity to become the healthiest me I can be. I eat heathy most of the time and when I don't, I no longer stress about that. I walk pretty much every day and seek ways to add to my step count throughout my days. My goal is 10,000 steps per day and I've been very consistent in reaching this during the past four months. Before that ms was preventing me from walking very much so often that it was very discouraging. But, it was an amazing blessing to suddenly be able to walk longer distances. In fact, just last week I averaged more than 14,000 steps per day! I can hardly believe it. I know I will likely have ms exacerbations and set backs, but for now I'm so enjoying this ability and never take it for granted.
My dear husband and I have been married for 43 years, have two grown married children and five wonderful grandkids (13, 11, 7, 6, 5). I'm hoping he will retire in the next few years so we can spend more time with the far away grandkids. We are blessed to have the other family only about 20 miles from us.
While I cared for my mom a lot during the last three years of her life, including moving far from home to live with her the last six months, I sometimes didn't get to do all I would have liked to take the best care of myself. She's been gone more than a year now and I often wish she was just a phone call away when I have something I would so love to share with her. But, I've gotten myself back on track since I came home and feel so good about where I am and where I am going. After losing some weight in the wake of her death, I gained back pounds I certainly didn't want and had to get going again. Now I'm pretty happy with where I am and my doctor insists I'm not overweight. But, I still want to lose at least a few more pounds to truly feel I am the best me I can be.
A few weeks ago I actually began jogging a bit as I walked and that has continued. That is something I've not been able to do for nearly 40 years and presumed I would never do again. I will enjoy this renewed ability as long as I am able. What ms seemed to have taken has in some measure returned. I take none of this for granted either. I so look forward to each day as another opportunity to get stronger, healthier and truly be the healthiest me I can be!

Member Since: 1/11/2009

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I want to be the healthiest me I can be. I have some health challenges, but know I can get the weight issue under better control.

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I am eating healthy most of the time and getting exercise most every day. I'm trying to be consistent..

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I'm a California girl who was transplanted to Utah many years ago. I still miss the beaches, but love the mountains. I've been married since March 1973, have two married children and five grandchildren. The kids live in Washington and Utah. I struggle with challenges related to multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches, hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia.Life is good! My name is Barbara, but my Spark name comes from the name my first grandson gave me when he first began talking. I've been Baba ever since.

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I've struggled with weight most of my life. It's never been an issue of obesity, but it has interfered with life in many ways and continues to be an emotional burden. I dread looking into mirrors. But, it is getting better every day as I strive to be the healthiest me I can be.

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  • v SUSANK16
    Happy Spark day. So glad to be on the team with you!
    5 days ago
    Hello Hon, Just dropping by to spread some cheer and wish you a Happy Sparkversary. I am looking forward to being in the Cloverleafs together. I think we will do well. All the best in the new year. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
  • v REDROBIN47
    Wanted to stop by and say emoticon on your Sparkversary and tell you how happy I am that you are a Clover teammate. It's an awesome team and I know we will do well.

    I am also sending prayers and hugs for you and your MIL. I know how difficult it is to care for someone in hospice. My SIL recently passed away in hospice. She received such wonderful care from them I will always be grateful. emoticon

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    5 days ago
  • v IAMNOT61
    Happy eve of your Sparkversary emoticon and God bless you for taking on the role of caring for your mother-in-law on hospice. You are a true angel! emoticon
    5 days ago
    Thank you for the Boxing Gloves! Want to send prayers of hope and peace for your 101 mother-in-law to find her way home to the Lord. You're a good daughter-in-law. May God give you the extra strength that will be needed in moving in with your mother-in-law to take care of her. emoticon
    13 days ago
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