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If You Don't Love Yourself Before, You Won't Love Yourself After

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I really love the new Spark People Healthy Inspiration section. I guess that I am one of those people who respond really well to motivational quotes and visual images and this section is full of them. I'm choosing one a week and making it my motivator for the week. From now on, I think I'll start adding it to my Spark page and sharing what it means and why it is important to me for the week.

While I was scrolling through the Healthy Inspirations, I ran in to the one that is the title of this blog - "If you don't love yourself before, you won't love yourself after." I take exception to this quote and I think it is demotivating for many, many Spark people.

Since I have been on Spark, I have shared with you some of the horrors of my past: childhood abuse and neglect, the loss of my childhood to a parent's alcoholism, rape and my subsequent path to a happy, long term marriage of 37 years, our raising of a lovely, giving, successful only child, financial security. I shared that psychotherapy and faith helped me find my way out of the darkness. In sharing this, I have heard from more Spark members with similar stories than I can count.

There are Spark people with darker stories than mine, stories of adults who struggle every day with the horrors perpetuated against them by parents, lovers, spouses, even their own children, Spark People who have no self esteem, no reason to believe, and little energy to continue. These people didn't seem to have any reason to believe that they would ever be successful. Most of them are hiding in grossly fat bodies because they believe that they are safe there - safe if they are fat, undesirable, ugly. They are hiding is fat bodies because they don't believe that they deserve to look good, that they can never look good, feel good, be healthy or reach their goal. They stay on Spark because on Spark, they can still see a glimmer of hope. On Spark, they have a community that encourages them to try, that tells them that they do deserve it and that they can have it. They see people like themselves who do make it, using the tools that Spark offers to all of us for free.

The Healthy Inspiration quote that "If you don't love yourself before, you won't love yourself after" wasn't wrong, it was just incomplete. I want you to believe in yourself, as I believe in myself. I want you to succeed, not just at losing weight and gaining health but at something much, much more important. I want you to succeed at learning to love yourself, value yourself, believe in yourself. Here's the new inspirational quote - the right quote to help you on your journey.

If you don't love yourself before, YOU CAN LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF DURING THE JOURNEY, and you WILL love yourself after. We're all here to help.

  
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AKIMBERLYQ1 6/19/2014 8:48AM

    This is what I nee emoticon ded to hear. Thanks this is beatiful

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TRY2KEEPGOING 8/5/2012 10:00PM

    Martha,
I truly admire your courage and strength. I have not suffered at the hands of another and can only imagine how horrific that must be. I have to agree what you posted about the quote. Bless you for being such a positive role model for all of us!
Kathy

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/22/2012 12:34PM

  ok,I must have had one of those moments with fibro fog when I first read this the first time and commented cause honestly I don't remember reading it what I do know now from reading is why I have felt this connection with you for awhile now. not only with us both having fibro. I was abused and abandoned in childhood and still at 62 it stills as much now as it did then. I have been to many counselors through the years who have tried to guide me through the process of of weakening the pain of a childhood lost. I want to live a better life, I want to be happy, and be a positive person that sees the good in things. I am tired of carrying the baggage around.. I thank you for being so open with us and allowing us to know we are all connected in some way or another merely by being human
I thank you for being my friend

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BGRN13 7/22/2012 12:08PM

    I am new to your blogs, but I'm glad I read this one first! Many of us haven't loved ourselves much over the years for various reasons. I agree that SP is helping some of us overcome some of our issues and move on to a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for your great blog! emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/21/2012 9:19AM

  Thank you for your kind words and your hard work, I don't know everything you go through but that I do know of, I know it isn't always easy to face another day..

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2012 3:19PM

    I totally agree, Martha - great message!
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SA9CHI 7/1/2012 12:39PM

    You are truly inspirational! thank you for taking the time to write this. You've overcome a lot of obstacles, didn't know about your past but am grateful for your openess. It gives me hope for a brighter future if I'm willing to work at it.

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EVLOBOS310 6/30/2012 7:12AM

    Very well put, thank you.

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MARVEEME 6/30/2012 7:01AM

    Well said, my dear friend. Every journey is different. Everyone has their own time frame for accomplishing these important milestones, and while some are immediately fired up and quickly successful in reaching initial goals, others take more time or energy, are learning at different paces, and have a plethora of real and imaginary roadblocks that hamper their perceived success rate.

IMHO........if you're reading this, YOU'RE ALREADY A WINNER, by FAR!

We all have our own motivators, we just need to identify them and remember to use them regularly to get the results we want. Every day is a gift and an adventure, so go get 'em, tiger!


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KAYTIE22 6/29/2012 11:16PM

    This was so good Martha. Thank you so much. We are really blessed that you came to us through SparkPeople. And thank you for reminding me about the Health Inspiration section. I should look at it more often.

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FRAN0426 6/29/2012 2:25PM

    Fantastic blog Martha. Your responce to the quote surely makes it more meaningful and true for many.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 6/28/2012 9:30PM

    Thank you Martha,your re wording of this made the Quote complete,so glad you did or I would have still been wondering what was wrong.You are such an awesome insightful dear sweet Spark friend and Member.Love this Quote now and you can take credit for this quote too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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POLYANNA2 6/28/2012 8:50PM

    When I saw the title of your blog flip by, it really grabbed my attention. My thought was, "This can't be right." I was relieved when I read your blog and how you have reworked the quote. You have amazing insight and amazing compassion. It was an honour to have read your wise words.
Thank you.
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NATNOEL 6/28/2012 8:39PM

    Martha,
What a kind soul you are.
I am so glad there are people like you in this world.
God Bless You.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/28/2012 7:33PM

    wonderful thoughts

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/28/2012 6:38PM

    Great blog!

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REACHING4HOME 6/28/2012 4:40PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BLOG! YOU COULDN'T BE MORE SPOT ON. THE QUOTE THEY GAVE WAS INCOMPLETE. YOURS IS FAR MORE ACCURATE. SO MANY OF US DON'T THINK WE SHOULD TAKE THE TIME FOR OURSELVES FIRST BECAUSE IT WILL MEAN TAKING TIME AWAY FROM SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE. THAT'S HOW WE GOT HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE! IT IS HARD TO PUT YOURSELF FIRST BUT, UNTIL WE DO, PROGRESS WILL BE SLOW AND FLEETING. WHEN WE PUT OURSELVES FIRST, WE REALIZE THE WORLD REALLY DOESN'T STOP WITHOUT US. OH THERE ARE THOSE THAT WILL COMPLAIN PLENTY BUT WE WILL GO ON! CHANCES ARE, THE PROBLEMS WE MAY HAVE HAD GOING INTO THIS JOURNEY, WILL STILL BE THERE WHEN WE COME OUT. BUT WE, OURSELVES, WILL BE DIFFERENT AND MAY THEN LOOK AT THOSE PROBLEMS IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT. GREAT, GREAT BLOG!
ERIN

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JAMER123 6/28/2012 3:28PM

    How beautiful and compassionate! We stand in hopes we can learn to love ourselves some day and work today to lose the fat we are hiding behind. You have learn to love yourself and have done a fantastic job at it.
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TINAJANE76 6/28/2012 2:14PM

    Right on, Martha! I think many of us have skeletons in our closets that sometimes hold us back from being our best and hiding behind our weight is just one defense mechanism we use to allow ourselves to go unnoticed. Whatever our past or present issues are, we can all benefit from being kinder to ourselves. Being and staying heavy won't make our problems go away, it will just make us unhealthy!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/28/2012 2:11PM

    I agree that the phrase is more than a bit over-simplified.

I think the idea it is trying to express is that we DO HAVE TO WORK ON IT along the way. Simply losing weight doesn't create self-love. Learning to love ourself does. Some people do get the idea that the only reason they are miserable in their life is their weight. If we don't ever start practicing self-love, weight loss alone won't magically make it happen.

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GRANNYSUE9 6/28/2012 2:02PM

    Now that is the truth! Awesome blog from an awesome lady!!

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ANATASHIKI 6/28/2012 1:45PM

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ZIGMATTIC 6/28/2012 12:56PM

    Awesome!!I think I've been in my fat body for a long time because of all my childhood trauma & I think I'm starting to love myself .

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Surgery Complete...I'm Back with a New Back!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I have been away for two months having my back repaired and recovering from it. It was an 8 hour surgery during which they did every type of lumbar surgery possible: laminectomy, foramectomy, decompression, allograft, fusion, alloy metals. Although I am still on bending restrictions and can't get in a pool (boo hoo hoo), I have started physical therapy and I can walk as much as my body can stand - about 1/2 mile.
This gets me back in time to really enjoy the fun with the Spirited Underdogs in the summer challenge and will let me enjoy and contribute more to my Baby Step Spark People and Fighting Fibromyalgia teams that I help lead. I feel a little as if I have let my teams down, even though I let them all know that I would be gone. When you lead a team, you care and have a personal relationship with the team members. Sometimes, there just isn't the right energy when a leader is gone since it's hard for one leader to check in on everyone. I know everyone understands since Spark People are huge on compassion but I missed everyone and know I was missed.
Thanks to all of you for the encouragement, the goodies and the messages that you sent while I was out. There were almost too many to count. if I haven't thanked you, know that I really appreciated them and that I care about you as much as you care about me.
Yay! Rah! Spark People!

  
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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/18/2012 3:29PM

    OMGoodness! I'm so glad to hear you are on the mend.

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GRANNYSUE9 6/18/2012 3:06PM

    So glad to hear that you are on the mend and will be back with us. You have been missed, but we all do understand that sometimes we really have to take care of ourselves and do what is best. Now you are back and we are really glad that you are.

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ANNAMARIE1958 6/15/2012 10:59PM

    Hugs Hugs Hugs Martha......

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MARVEEME 6/15/2012 10:12PM

    Love, kisses, & many prayers!


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DIANEDOESSMILES 6/15/2012 1:01AM

    Dearah fellow leadah,,,it has Not bbeen the same in the dawg pound w /out ya! So very glad u r almost recovered 4 we both know this takes an aeon of time.. i wish i could do that 1/2 mile w / ya,,,oh yeah :). ENJOY IT Martha!

Lol now comes my turn on the left foot the 25th. They r deciding 2 do a lot morah. I always bteeze thru theese. Though this time i NEED 2 LISTEN 2 Zthe recovery time & go slow which is my advice for u hon,,,LISTEN FULLY 2 THE DRS AND DO NOT RUSH THIS Martha, we do real DAMAGE doing that & it can 't b bought bac. :) take loving care hon as you do w /a new born.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/14/2012 10:03PM

    Welcome back Martha.
I've missed you. It is just not the same around the here without you. I am so glad you are able to move more and do physical therapy. You will be taking on the world again in no time! Take care dear lady.
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KAYTIE22 6/14/2012 9:53PM

    This is wonderful news. Very happy to hear that your recovery is going well; so like you to put in 1/2 mile already. Wishing you good luck with your physical therapy and continued recovery period. You have really been missed and glad you'll be back Sparking more often.

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ELIZRN 6/14/2012 9:39PM

  Goodness....WERE YOU GONE!!!???? You have such high energy that this whole place was still well lit with your presence. Needless to say, I'm delighted you are doing so well & back to your same good humor. I did miss you. And...you are such a darn responsible person....what can I say? I bow to you!!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 6/14/2012 9:18PM

    I am so happy to hear you are recovering nicely. You are such a strong woman and a wonderful, caring team leader!
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TINAJANE76 6/14/2012 6:32PM

    So happy to hear that you're back and doing so well! I've really missed having you around and can't wait to get started on the Summer Challenge with you. I know the team's going to be fantastic this season--it definitely wouldn't be the same without your positive energy and support!
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HAPPYSOUL91 6/14/2012 5:36PM

    Delighted that you are doing so well. And congratulations on the 1/2 mile walk

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BLUE42DOWN 6/14/2012 4:56PM

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So very glad you are well on the mend. Walking a 1/2 mile is great coming on the heels of that!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/14/2012 4:16PM

    awesome Martha great to hear you are doing so well

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HELEN_BRU 6/14/2012 4:06PM

    Glad to hear you will be back with us on Spirited Underdogs! Yea, dogs! and especially glad you are recovering nicely. That's the main thing.

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SEDONACAT 6/14/2012 3:21PM

    Your health and recovery were THE most important things, but we certainly are glad you're back. You have been missed!!

I hope and pray that your pain is less, your spirits are high, and your recovery is on track.

A very gentle but heartfelt hug,
Deena

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LORILEEPAGE 6/14/2012 2:49PM

    You sound like you're doing quite well after having such extensive surgery! Way to go!

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ANATASHIKI 6/14/2012 2:33PM

    don't worry about the teams , focus on your healing . your first duty is to yourself , take all the time you need to heal emoticon

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CHASING-SATURN 6/14/2012 2:17PM

    Congrats on getting things fixed! Hope you have a speedy recovery. Take it easy. =)

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1COUNTRY_GAL 6/14/2012 1:04PM

    I am so glad they fixed you and put you back together again.Take it slow and Steady and progress a little bit at a time,you will be back in full force soon.The team stuff,I understand and you gave us all plenty of warning.We all know what's important is our health and our life away from SparkPeople.We do the team stuff because we chose to and are not obligated to the team members,so we just do the best that we can.We understand and are toloerant and accepting of this.You are a special inspiration lady and Spirited UnderDog and you are very missed when you are not here.We always look forward to your return.You take care of you and don't push yourself to much,your important to us dear friend. emoticon emoticonDiana

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SWTHNY- 6/14/2012 12:32PM

    congrats on the back repairs!!!! my prayers are with you for continued healing
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If you noticed I was gone...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hi everyone,
Heres my full report: When I saw the neurosurgeon yesterday, I asked him exactly what he had done in my back. He looked up his surgery notes and said, "Oh yes, this was an absolute mess." highly technical tern. He said they did a decompression, a laminectomy, a foramectomy, removed two discs, cleaned out debris (a ton... Can't figure out why I didn't lose some weight, if that was true...)), they also did fusion, allograft, repaired my spinal cord tear, and did substantial metal work. He said that they did every possible back procedure in one surgery session and that they pulled all of the orthopedic and neurosurgery residents who were available to watch ( plus the med students on those rotations). I am a superstar - at least my butt and back are). He said it was a miracle that I could move and that he can't believe the pain I was dealing with. He said I am a model patient and that my recovery is already better than average - probably because of my motivation and discipline. He could not believe that I had not called for more pain medication and that I am only taking a single Vicodin a day IF it's really painful. He cautioned me to avoid pushing too hard and that it will be up to six months before my energy is back and he recovery is mostly complete. Next week, if the wound is healed ( the problem there is that my chemo impairs my wound healing plus I need to eat more protein), I can start PT 2 times a week. So, WOO HOO, they check the wound on next Tues. If it's ok, I can have chemo next Friday which means that on Sunday, June 17, I will be really back and ready to party. I apologize for being uncommunicative...it has often felt like that old Austrailian group sang, "I get knocked down but I get up again, ain't nobody gonna keep me down...repeat, repeat." I've had to talk so much about this to family, etc that I am sick to death of it. It wasn't fair to keep everyone in the dark, though but unfortunately, when I am sick or suffering, I always go to ground until I can be a decent human being again.
Love,
Martha

  
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ANATASHIKI 6/13/2012 4:05AM

    ugh , I hoped you were better than this emoticon . all that procedure sounds very complicated and I did a 6 months neurosurgery stage and saw some things there. I do the same when I'm in pain and lately that was a lot , so much that it's boring. but people around me seem to have much more serious problems so I try to be realistic with mine . I broke a toe last week but it isn't very painful and I took a mini break because of it so it was an oddly good thing in the end emoticon.we miss you and we can't wait for you to feel better and come back play with us emoticon

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KALISWALKER 6/12/2012 1:59PM

    Martha it's been quite a journey and knowing you can start PT soon is wonderful! I hope you are feeling better than before surgery and can already see a payoff.

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ANNAMARIE1958 6/8/2012 5:57AM

    Martha it's so nice to hear from you and that you are doing soooo well! Just think this time next year you will be the energizer women..... emoticonmy friend!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/8/2012 12:27AM

    So glad to see you back!

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ANGELUS__QUINN 6/7/2012 7:26PM

    I am very happy to hear your having such amazing progress. Hugs and prayers continuing your way for continued progress. God bless.

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MNABOY 6/6/2012 11:47PM

    Glad you are back! My surgeon told me he fixed it so I could walk again. Had to see another surgeon and get another MRI to find out what he did that left so much pain.

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RDGISME 6/6/2012 10:26PM

    What do you mean, If we noticed you were gone?! Of course we noticed! You have been in many of our prayers, daily. You have battled that mountain that was in front of you: you've scaled it and come down the far side, you should be so proud of yourself. The pain that you were feeling will never be completely understood by any of us, who have not, but you are now dealing with healing pain. Thru all of our prayers we are wishing for blessings over /for you!
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MARVEEME 6/6/2012 9:25PM

    We've missed you, dear friend, and my prayers continue for you. Blessings!

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KAYTIE22 6/6/2012 9:00PM

    What do you mean "if you noticed I was gone...?" It's been a complete drought without you, Martha! Thank you for the update on your condition. It's so good to know that you've come through your surgeries well and that the next step is to begin your PT sessions.

Yes, the doctors are right - your motivation and discipline! You are Superwoman in so many ways and not just a superstar as far as your butt and back. My prayers and good wishes to you the best in the weeks and months ahead.


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SANDBBAR 6/6/2012 8:25PM

    You have been through so much! Prayers for your complete recovery! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 6/6/2012 7:05PM

    You've been missed by many of your fellow Sparkers. So happy to have you back! emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/6/2012 5:30PM

    Glad to hear you are back and on the road to recovery.
Missed you.
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LVMAMAW 6/6/2012 4:14PM

    Glad you are healing well! Keeping you in our prayers! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 6/6/2012 2:56PM

    I truly can't believe all you have gone through. Will you be back as leader of Spirited Underdogs?? I think we start the 16th. Hope you'll be fine by then.

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SEDONACAT 6/6/2012 1:39PM

    I HAVE missed you but knew that your energies were being used to become stronger and heal. Have thought of you often and sent prayers.

Hugs,
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BR>You ARE an amazing woman and now a medical super star!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/6/2012 1:31PM

    You are amazing, how you got up and out with all the pain is really something else. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 6/6/2012 1:17PM

    yes, you were missed, but we understand.......I do the same thing when I am having problems .......I have to go to ground... can't deal with it otherwise.......just happy that they were able to do all that........wow!! no wonder you were in pain......in one surgery....and happy as well that you are on the mend.... you are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon you are emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 6/6/2012 1:08PM

    OOh, girl... You ROCK! emoticon



(...the way I figure it, you're probably in LESS pain now than you were with all that debris floating around in there! LOL)

BE safe, be well...

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/6/2012 12:15PM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend, have missed you so much on here
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Anjay

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GRANDMACOO 6/6/2012 12:09PM

    Glad you're healing and yes, have missed you! Take care of yourself, do what you're supposed to, eat your protein, and let your body heal!
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CHASING-SATURN 6/6/2012 12:00PM

    I was gone for a bit, too. I'm so sorry you're having to go through all this, but you are such an inspiration! Keep up the fight, keep rocking. We're all here for you. Hoping for a speedy recovery. =)

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EJHEINRICH1 6/6/2012 11:39AM

    Wow that is a lot for one to endure! I am glad you are on the road to recovery!


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MOM2NLSA 6/6/2012 11:34AM

    wow... you are so inspiring. So glad you are doing okay.

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MICHELLE311106 6/6/2012 11:29AM

    Of course I noticed you were gone. I wasn't going to impose and ask what was going on. I figured that if you wanted us to know that you would tell us in your own time. I do pray that the chemo does it's job so you can get back to your old self without needing it. I also pray for a speedy recovery and think about you often. Take care

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Foods That Fight Pain

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I like to eat but I am always looking for ways to eat more intelligently. Since I, like many of you have to deal with chronic pain, I found this information from Environmental Nutrition very interesting.
Foods that fight pain include the traditional anti inflammatory diet that is low in processed foods, high in vegetables, coffee, tea, spices and plant foods like whole grains, legumes, nuts, and fruit. There is new information that these foods and supplements are also valuable in fighting and managing pain:
Green tea appears to reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis.
Pomegranates and cherries help reduce muscle soreness after intense physical activity.
Red grapes and red wine are rich in reservatrol which helps reduce pain.
Olive oil contains oleo cantal which produces anti inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen.
Curcumin, the spice that gives curry its yellow hue relieves the pain of osteoarthritis.
Ginger helps reduce pain of muscle injury after exercise.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil, produce arthritic pain reducing effects like ibuprofen.
Check out Environmental Nutrition for more wonderful information on how to find the foods that will help you the most!

  
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7REBACCA7 9/15/2012 8:13AM

    thank you so much for sharing i found your other messege on loving yourself very conforting also
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NANASAMM 6/4/2012 1:35PM

    Thanks for the info Martha. Sometimes it's hard sorting out all this nutritional information. I love to eat too, so I am always searching as well.

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KALISWALKER 6/1/2012 2:02PM

    Thanks for the info particularly - Green tea appears to reduce inflammation and pain in arthritis.

enjoy the weekend!

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CTTAGENT 5/27/2012 10:51AM

    Thanks for sharing that info.

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TINAJANE76 5/24/2012 4:58AM

    Thanks for sharing this, Martha! I'm definitely planning on incorporating more of these foods into my diet. Even though I don't believe in cutting out any food group entirely (and fortunately I don't have any serious health issue that make me do that!), I do generally try to follow a clean diet that takes advantage of the healthiest and most nutritious food possible. There's always room for improvement and this is a great help.
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REACHING4HOME 5/23/2012 3:51PM

    WOW! I'M IMPRESSED. THIS WAS VERY INFORMATIONAL. IS THAT YOUR DOG IN THE BACKGROUND? THE WHITE MUZZLE MAKES ME THINK THERE ARE A FEW YEARS ON THIS SWEET ONE.
ERIN

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EXCIRA 5/23/2012 8:38AM

    Great information!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 5/23/2012 2:57AM

    I had heard about the cherry ,,,,,so I use it at times,,,,also when I feel a cold coming on,,to use pomegrant juice (100%) and it SWISHES it AWAY if you get it RIGHT OFF ,,,, the moment you wake up with it, or discover it. Any later and it doesn't work. Than again later on,,,about 5 or 6 hrs,,to drink another cup of it. Does me a WORLD of WONDER ! Also how GOOD Gingah is for you !! WOHOOO and so I have a WONDERFUL ginger chicken recipe with lime thats TOTALLY GOOD !

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/23/2012 2:12AM

    This may be similar to curcumin, but add Turmeric to the list. Omega 3's may be the most powerful anti-inflammatories and they are found in animal products from pasture-fed animals in addition to wild-caught fish. Also garlic is very beneficial.
In addition anything that improves liver function will be useful, dandelion and milkthistle in particular are very powerful.

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MNABOY 5/23/2012 12:40AM

    Thanks for sharing

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/22/2012 7:44PM

    Thanks for the info. I can say for a fact because I have had gout and the cherries help considerably. The darker the cherry the better. It took a few days to really notice but it saved my vacation since I had gout in both hands last summer. When I can find them I buy them. I also take fish oil every day.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/22/2012 7:15PM

    Thank you Martha,great information.We can treat many ailments through nutrition and supplementation,it's so awesome to know this. emoticonDiana

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SANDBBAR 5/22/2012 6:33PM

    Thanks! As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, I can use this info!

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FRAN0426 5/22/2012 6:29PM

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with all of us.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 5/22/2012 6:24PM

    thanks Martha, I was on the anti-inflammatory diet for 8 months, very interesting, because of my allergy to asa,it did not work for me, but know people it has worked for them!!!

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MARVEEME 5/22/2012 5:45PM

    A plethora of information! Thanks, Martha!
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

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THOMS1 5/22/2012 4:30PM

    emoticonThat is some good information that I'm sure will help many sparkers. emoticon

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Hi Friends!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I have a little more computer time, so I thought I'd update you all. I am still heavily medicated and most of my time, I am lying flat. I am doing the 6 stretches that the neurologist allows me, 3 times every day. I walk 3 times a day, too but I have to have someone with me because I list a little to the left and can't afford a fall. My longest walk so far has been 1/4 mile - on a flat surface, of course. I am itching to be able to do more but that is as much as he allows. He says that I need to be patient and compliant because I have bone grafts over 8 of the screws that hold my new titanium spine in place. If that doesn't heal right, the integrity of the new structure that he built rods will be compromised. Since it's at a strategic point in my back for bending and pivoting, healing fully is an absolute necessity.
There is no way that I can thank all of you for the outpouring of love, goodies and inspiration that you have been sending my way. My Spark friends are the best and I treasure each one of you.

  
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7REBACCA7 9/15/2012 8:18AM

    i am new to your page and very interested in your articles may you heal completely
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SEDONACAT 6/1/2012 11:37AM

    Slow and steady. have a feeling that having to be patient with your progress is difficult but you ARE making progress.
Heal quickly and completely, my friend.

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TINAJANE76 5/24/2012 5:00AM

    Hi Martha! I'm so happy to hear that you're making progress even if you're itching to do more. Be patient and stay the course like your doctors suggests. I see better days ahead for you!
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DOTSLADY 5/19/2012 10:42PM

    Hi Martha. Can't believe you bothered to stop by my blog with all you have going on. Thank you for the update. I've been thinking about you and wanting only the best for your complete recovery. Best wishes always.
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JUKEBOX2 5/15/2012 2:19PM

    Don't push yourself Martha.. You'll get there... Just like the baby steps to weight loss, these baby steps are critical for the recovery! It might take a while but you'll be up and running in no time!

Ray

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/12/2012 9:51PM

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}} Take Care Of YOUrself and do what your doctor tells you,I know you will,lol! emoticon emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 5/11/2012 10:12AM

    It's great to see you back on here! Have missed you and have been praying for you. Take good care of yourself and do as dr recommends. We will be here when you get to come back! Glad that you are able to do as much as you are. You will be back before you know it.

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WINDSONG~ 5/11/2012 4:20AM

    Hi and God is watching over you.

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ANATASHIKI 5/11/2012 3:12AM

    be patient, it will be over sooner than you think and you'll be free again emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/11/2012 12:58AM

    Martha,
I'm so glad you are recovering. I was away from spark for a little while so only catching up now. Hope everything will go smoothly and your quality of life will continue to improve.
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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/11/2012 12:23AM

    Glad to hear their is good progress. Listen to your doctor.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/10/2012 11:50PM

    So glad to hear you are on the mend back surgery is terrbily complicated ,time to heal is essential ,you certainly have a wonderful attitude.Loads of prayers coming your way!

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TORTILLAFLATS 5/10/2012 11:36PM

    I am sending prayers your way for a quick recovery and patience to go through it all. I sure understand. Great hearing that you are walking some!

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KAYTIE22 5/10/2012 9:42PM

    Wonderful to read a new blog from you! It sounds like you are making good progress. Great news. I know that you want to do so much more right now but glad to hear that you are listening to your doctor and taking it slow. It will be worth it to make sure the healing process goes well.

You continue to be such an inspiration to all of us. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to some updates hopefully soon. Take care.


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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 5/10/2012 9:40PM

    It is nice to see you writing.
I have missed your blogs. I am glad you are taking the Dr.'s orders seriously. Hang in there. Your patience will be rewarded.
Take care,
Hugs,
Julee

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HELEN_BRU 5/10/2012 9:33PM

    Such good news to hear about your progress. Just listen to your doctor.

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MARVEEME 5/10/2012 9:21PM

    You are OUR treasure, my dear friend, for certain. Do what the Doctor tells you EXACTLY...we'll be here cheering you along every baby step of the way.

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Patience is a virtue,
Possess it if you can,
It's seldom found in women
but NEVER found in men.

Easy does it and you'll be just fine!

Our prayers continue!

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ANGELUS__QUINN 5/10/2012 8:46PM

    I am so happy your surgery went well. You've been doing such an incredible job. Continuing prayers for you.

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/10/2012 6:41PM

    So good to hear that your surgery went well and that YOU ARE FOLLOWING ORDERS! It is always tempting to do more than allowed, but it is so NOT WORTH it if it messes things up! Keep up the great work and you'll soon be on your feet again. Hugs, Jeannie

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BLUE42DOWN 5/10/2012 6:41PM

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I think you already know every one of us would be scolding just as much as the doctor if you tried to push yourself too early. Your health and mobility are far to important to let impatience rule.

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ABERLAINE 5/10/2012 4:37PM

    Martha, I'm so glad that your surgery went well and you're home recuperating. Just take it real easy, like the doctor said!

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MRSDAVIS09 5/10/2012 3:57PM

    So glad to hear you are on the mend. You keep following your doctor's orders, so you can do whatever you want once you are healed and he gives you the go-ahead!

Prayers still coming your way :)

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you are sure on the road to recovery, will continue to say prayers for a successful return to active life

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LVMAMAW 5/10/2012 3:20PM

    emoticonSo good to hear you are making progress. Listen to your doctor and remember baby steps! You will be so happy you did and we will be too! emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 5/10/2012 3:00PM

    Glad to hear you are doing better; keep listening to your doc and don't try to overdo your activity.
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LORILEEPAGE 5/10/2012 2:40PM

    Sounds like you are doing a good job following dr's orders! keep up the good work!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/10/2012 2:21PM

    Hang in there! You are doing great!

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ANNAMARIE1958 5/10/2012 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHi Martha ..I keep praying that you heal right and this is your last surgery.....

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EXCIRA 5/10/2012 1:34PM

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