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I was a Systems Architect and Project Manager for IBM, now retired and loving it! My interests include travel, photography, music, hiking, snorkeling, writing, and reading - all of which I share with my husband of 31 years. No children of my own, but I am the proud stepmom of 3, grandma of 4, and great-grandma of 2 - all the easy way, by marriage.

My husband is 13 years older than I am but is healthy and keeps me going. We try to lead a very active lifestyle and I get tired ...
I was a Systems Architect and Project Manager for IBM, now retired and loving it! My interests include travel, photography, music, hiking, snorkeling, writing, and reading - all of which I share with my husband of 31 years. No children of my own, but I am the proud stepmom of 3, grandma of 4, and great-grandma of 2 - all the easy way, by marriage.

My husband is 13 years older than I am but is healthy and keeps me going. We try to lead a very active lifestyle and I get tired before he does! Although I can be a wimp at times, he has encouraged me to attempt a number of adventurous things, and I have loved the experiences. My adventures include hot air ballooning, whitewater rafting, hiking on glaciers after being dropped off by a helicopter, snorkeling, swimming with sea turtles and stingrays, parasailing at 1200', ziplining at 200' above a mountain gorge, and most recently we tried kayaking and whitewater rafting.

I have fibromyalgia and am determined to live my life without that diagnosis getting in my way. I talked to a social worker for a while after being diagnosed, and she said something very important, that it is crucial that I define fibromyalgia and its place in my life, and not let fibromyalgia define who I am. Although I have my bad days, I am conscientious about being and staying active and getting enough sleep. Those two things are my control factors; unfortunately I have to take medication to get the kind of sleep I need. But it is now 7+ years and counting of successfully doing that. On my good days I can walk/hike 3-6 miles. bike 8-10 miles, or do a strenuous workout at my gym. I feel empowered by "surviving" the fibro-beast, I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman!!!

And it's a good thing, too, since 2010 was spent undergoing treatment for early stage breast cancer - multiple surgeries, radiation, and reconstructive surgery. I think the fibromyalgia experience helped me get through the cancer, and hopefully now that is all behind me. 3 clean mammograms so far!
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Member Since: 8/25/2008

SparkPoints: 16,795

Fitness Minutes: 27,942

My Goals:
1. See the World
2. Become a better photogragher
3. Learn a foreign language
4. Be physically fit
5. Lose enough weight to regain a healthy BMI
6. Conquer effects of fibromyalgia and cancer
7. Empower others to live life to the fullest.

My Program:
OK, I probably won't reach all of my goals (I should have added world peace), but here's what I am doing for each:
1. Travel several times a year - any chance I get
2. Expanding my skills on Photoshop Elements software and experimenting more with my camera. I plan to enter a photo contest soon
3.Trying to learn French
4. Workouts at my gym, hiking, biking
5. Joined Sparkpeople and weightwatchers. Now trying Dr Gourmet Diet
6. Maintain a positive attitude, and control my sleep and activity level
7. Not sure how to do this, but I sure would like to

Personal Information:
Live in Lexington MA
Married 31 years




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My favorite quote:
"I was taking one day at a time, but then they all got together and ambushed me."
Other favorites:
Color - Green
Cuisine - Italian/Mediterranean
Meal - traditional turkey dinner
Music - I like almost all including classical, jazz, rock
Rock Groups - Beatles, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears
Actor - Harrison Ford
Actress - Meryl Streep
Vice- shopping for clothes that I don't need

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3/3/2013 1:02:06 PM

I've adapted the Pulled Pork recipe to make Pulled Jack Fruit (its a large fruit that when shredded looks like pulled meats) and put together the huevos rancheros recipe with the breakfast dish with potatoes/peppers (forgot the name) to copy a breakfast we had when we came to Texas.

I'm liking the Tex-Mex stuff on there, and plan to try another couple of the stews and things.



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GAMMA47
12/24/2008 5:44:41 PM

STOPPING BY FROM THE FIBRO FRIENDS TEAM, AND WONDERING HOW YOU ARE DOING? WE'D LOVE FOR YOU TO DROP IN AND CHAT WITH US!



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ONLYTEMPORARY
9/13/2008 5:29:00 AM

Welcome to SP and the FMS team/teams. It's so nice you found your way here. Be sure and check out the topics: Spark America, Bio Feedback, RealAge and Chiropractic treatment for pain and sleep in the teams General Discussion forum page.There is a wealth of good info in there for those of us with this disease. Info that will really help. Stop in and visit our pages and get to know us better. I see you have a BP issue, I did till I took 1200 units of garlic a day and a few months later dropped to 500 when my BP dropped from 220/110 to 120/79 and has stayed @13 yrs now. Use your Spark Points page to help you use and learn all the great tools we have here and again, welcome to SP and the teams.



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