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"At the rate you are going - you will be dead in 6 years" said my pulmonary doctor in 2005 - and he was right. July, 2011 my lung function was 26% and I was accepted by the Duke Hospital Transplant Team for a double lung transplant. When my lung function was only 17% on Feb 10, 2012, I received a pair of lungs as a generous gift from a stranger: my donor. My first goal post transplant was to walk i a 5k and just 4 months after surgery I walked in my first 5K with a time of 56 minutes. Not ...
"At the rate you are going - you will be dead in 6 years" said my pulmonary doctor in 2005 - and he was right. July, 2011 my lung function was 26% and I was accepted by the Duke Hospital Transplant Team for a double lung transplant. When my lung function was only 17% on Feb 10, 2012, I received a pair of lungs as a generous gift from a stranger: my donor. My first goal post transplant was to walk i a 5k and just 4 months after surgery I walked in my first 5K with a time of 56 minutes. Not too bad for someone who was dyiing only 4 months earlier. Medication will be a life long part of my life - which has caused a lot of weight gain: Good health, diet and exercise will have to be a regiment I maintain in order to succeed in enjoying life to its fullest...so here I am, still recovering, but strong enough to take next steps. I look forward to learning and growing with other SparkPeople.
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Member Since: 12/11/2012

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My Goals:
I hope to build up my strength enough to go kayaking for the first time in the Spring 2013.

I would like RUN a 5K instead of walk it.

I would like to be able to carry a loaded backpack on a 25 mile three day hike.

Can't wait to be ME again - but will be happy with a goal of 150 for now!

My Program:
My plan currently accommodates my pre-diabetic status, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Pretty bland meal plans for now. Hope to stay motivated with the exercise: treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike, stretching and strength. Really like a couple miles through the woods when time and weather permit.

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I am a disabled US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger from Philpott Lake VA in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was on oxygen for three years before I had a double lung tansplnt.

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SHIRE33
12/31/2012 12:26:26 PM

Wow. And some of us think we have it hard just to climb off the couch! You're an inspiration!




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SMOKINGUN
12/27/2012 11:15:50 PM

I am sure you will "love" yours as much as i do mine. It is silly but it motivates me. Good luck with your fitness. Let me know how many steps for your 2 mile. I am not ready for that yet!lol emoticon



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WILLOWBROOK5
12/14/2012 12:54:50 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I didn't do daily weigh ins when I was losing weight. It would have been way too frustrating for me. At first I weighed twice a month and then I did weekly. I only went to daily weighing when I hit maintenance.

So glad to hear you are doing well after your lung transplant. Good luck with your journey. You have a great attitude, so I am sure you will do well!



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BELTONWALKER67
12/12/2012 1:03:32 PM

How fantastic that you recieved the lung transplant. Congratulations on your new lease in life. Welcome aboard to Sparkpeople and the ASTHMA/COPD Team. emoticon



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