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Me before my End Stage Renal Disease.




Me (232 lbs. my highest weight) at dialysis, my face all blown up from Prednisone! Yuck!


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UPDATE: 11/11/13. I NOW WEIGH 159. THAT GIVES ME A TOTAL WEIGHT "ELIMINATION" OF 73 LBS! YEAH! 12 AWAY FROM GOAL WEIGHT OF 147. UPDATE: I NOW WEIGH 167 LBS. WHICH GIVES ME A 65 LB. WEIGHT LOSS SINCE BEGINNING SPARK. I'D LIKE TO LOSE ABOUT 20 MORE LBS. EVENTUALLY. EATING HEALTHIER REALLY HELPS. CAN'T EXERCISE BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH ISSUES.

UPDATE: 08/02/11 - I have now lost a total of 47 lbs. since starting Spark. I feel so much better & am about as happy as I can be!

04/04/2011 - I have now lost enough weight to be on the transplant list. I've been on it for over a year now. They encourage me to continue losing weight & I am working on that. My friends on Spark inspire me & I couldn't make this journey without them & their loving support. Thank you for reading this & thank you for being a friend!

Update: I've joined "Marla's Miracle Challenge" on my Movin' It Team to lose 50 more lbs. to get a kidney transplant. I challenge everyone to join me on this journey together!

I'm 55 years old & need to lose some weight to get a kidney transplant. With God's help I will do this. I have End Stage Renal Disease (kidney failure). I'm married to a wonderful man (Kevin) & have 3 grown kids (Bill, Kevin & Dana) ...5 beautiful grandchildren, ( Jessie, Autumn, Lily, Will & new baby grandson Landry ). I have a wonderful, huge extended family mostly all living in my hometown. I've lived here all my life & love the Ohio Valley. I'm only 4'11" & my hubby Kevin is 6'3"! I'm eager to make & meet new friends online. I have so many wonderful friends already at SP... I love you all!





Dear Lord,

Please look after us all as we begin a new week. Put Your arms of Love around all who are hurting. I trust you'll watch over us all. Guide us as we strive to make healthy choices to nourish our bodies. Show us the ways to become as strong physically as we can be. Lord, grant us and those we love health in every aspect of our lives. Restore physical health to those of us weakened with illness, peace to those troubled with worry, and comfort to those discouraged with problems. Help us find, through our faith and trust in You, and our love for one another, the courage to overcome any health challenges we may face now or in the future. Cover each of my teammates and their families with Your Grace, Goodness and Your Love. I ask this in Jesus' Precious name. Amen.

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY...
TO EXCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE...
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN...
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...











Member Since: 8/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 44,107

My Goals:
My goal is to get healthier & to get a kidney transplant.


My Program:
I'm eating healthier, making much better choices now. I can't eat lots of fruit & veggies or drink over 32 oz. of water a day as my Renal Diet allows.

It's a struggle. But I'm really trying hard. I try to work out on my Wii Fit when I can. I tried walking but my back hurts too bad anymore. A lot of days I just rest because I'm tired from Dialysis.



Personal Information:
My name is Marla. I live in Ohio. I did data entry work for 19 years (steady midnight shift) before I had to quit because of kidney failure. My email address is marlafromohio@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to email me anytime!


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I love fall! The leaves are so beautiful here in the Ohio Valley. I love snow but not driving in it. I love yard sales, flea markets. I like to watch Paula Deen & I'm a huge Andy Griffith fan.




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  • v AMERICANALIEN
    Hi Marla - I would like to be your new friend. You sound like such a wonderful & strong person. I will pray for you and hope that your succeed with all your goals. emoticon
    1293 days ago
  • v POLLY20
    My Dearest Marla~Thinking about you as always~I wrote out a whole big message to you & as I went to post it got deleted I was distracted with a few phone calls~I am a little out of it right now,but wanted to let you know what you being part of my life means~Till for always&forever & over the rainbow~
    You make me smile when I think of how much I love you my friend & Sister~Thanks for being part of my life~Keep going in the right direction~Always Your Sister Polly xox
    1296 days ago
  • v POLLY20
    Sweet Friend~I really enjoyed your message tears of Joy rolling down my cheeks~I sure do feel the same~We are Blessed to be part of each others lives~Our Friendship is valued~Cheers for the Holiday Season~Forever Polly xox
    1317 days ago
  • v POLLY20
    My Marla, We are in forever~Love Unconditionally~You & Me Kid
    1325 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Dearest Marla, Continuing prayers for your, my friend. I saw that Dana posted you were coming home from the hospital today. Sure hope that's true and all is well with you. Did the doctor do the scope while you were in the hospital? So glad they got the stents in. That should make you feel like a new woman...or so I have been told.
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I really am not that far away and it would be great to see you again. '
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!! May God continue to bestow more blessings on you than you can count today and always!!!
    Blessings, hugs and prayers,
    Helen

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    1344 days ago
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