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Way In Over My Head

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I have not want to say/or tell what is going on. I will now, well in preparing me for the weigt loss surgery. The (MRI) test found a rare disorder •Arnold-Chiari Malformation II. www.bing.com/health/article/mayo-MAD
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The neurologist is acting like a kid in a candy store. She wants to operate. So I do not have MS. But this brings MS like symptoms.

I have a few symptoms but not enough to change my life at this point the most important thing is uncontrolled high blood pressure. My primary care dr agrees.

No brain surgery at 57 years old. If God is ready for me he will take me in what ever state I am in.

I first concern is weight loss to get my blood pressure under control and for less of a risk of heart attack or stroke.

Anything else I will think about later in life not right now.

Well I did it!!! I wrote this down and I shared it with my friends. This is a big step for me.

I feel great. I am a little tired than usual however I have started excerise in the chair just to keep moving until I feel better. I still go for walks with DH.

My biggest challenage is my balance. If you remember when you were a child and you would stand still and move your body around and around and feel dizzy this is the way I feel sitting down. It does not last long but long enough for everyone around me to notice. emoticon

For the gastic bypass, The surgeon will talk to me in July and I will know at that time. I am good with this too. It all is in God's hand. His will not mine.

Well that is all for now I want to blog sooner so I going to work at that.

My Mantra
I will not give up on myself. I am the only one that can make it happen for me with God's help . I have the power to succeed or fail. Choose to succeed.

positive lifetime changes will work over time!

Janet
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PAM-I-AM1 7/31/2012 3:53PM

    Hi there, I am so glad that I found you here!
I was diagnosed with Chiari about 5 months ago, and am scheduled for surgery on September 17th. My herniation is 20mm and the neurosurgeon has told me that I must have the surgery in order to begin living a normal life. My symptoms have been really bad, and my quality of life is really bad right now. I can be your guinea pig and let you know how it all turns out!

Thanks,

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DEERLADY45 5/13/2012 9:25AM

    Hi Janet, I know youve been struggling with your high Blood pressure and you cant seem to get it down , so maybe the surgery is what you need to do! You will continue to be in my prayers ! I have a Large list and when i say ill pray i DO it! Blessings to you my friend Im hear for you,BONNIE

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3KIDSMA1 5/13/2012 7:18AM

  Now that you have the right diagnosis you will be able to focus on all the right things. Take one day at a time, come to your spark friends for encouragement when you need us. You are a strong person and can get through anything. Prayers for you!! emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 5/12/2012 9:46PM

    Sometimes it is such a relief just to have the right diagnosis to work with. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing with us so we can support you on our journey. Gentle emoticon

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TWNOMWE 5/11/2012 9:29PM

    Janet, I am so sorry that you have this condition. However Knowledge is power. Now you know what the condition is you will be prepared to get well.
Focus on small changes, like taking small walks regularly, reducing sugar and sodium. Use the small plate drink water and do not isolate yourself. You are loved Janet, rejoice and thank god every day. I wish the very best as you prepare for the surgery.
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ADJQUILTER 5/8/2012 9:00AM

    Janet,
Thank you for sharing. Some times it really helps just not keeping everything bottled up inside. At least now you know the cause of many of your symptoms. I think you are wise avoiding surgery for the Arnold-Chiari Malformation II. If your symptoms can be managed without it, it is better to avoid brain surgery and the associated risks.
So glad to hear that you are able to walk with your DH and do some chair exercises. The exercise will help many things. Your positive attitude is the best help of all.
It's good to know about the Arnold-Chiari Malformation II before your gastric bypass surgery. It gives the surgeon and anesthesiologist that much more information to help you.
Finally, please know that I pray for you daily. God will see you through these challenges. He has much in store for you. He has given you a spirit of hope and power. You can do this! He wants you to be healthy and happy.
Have a great day! Enjoy a walk with your DH. What a wonderful thing to share!
Arlene
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SUNRISE14 5/8/2012 5:17AM

    emoticon emoticonI AM HERE FOR YOU MY FRIEND IF I CAN HELP IN ANYWAY ! REALLY PRAY ABOUT YOUR GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY BEFORE YOU DO IT . I HAVE NO DOUBT WITH THE LORD ON YOUR SIDE AND FRIENDS AT SPARK YOU CAN DO THIS WITHOUT IT ! emoticonThere can be so many physical problems with this surgery ! IF I CAN HELP YOU IN ANYWAY JUST LET ME KNOW ! MY STEP DAUGHTER JUST JOINED AND HAS OVER 100 LBS TO LOSE ! The first thing i bought her was a set of measuring cups and spoons and hung them inside her cabinet on hooks in her kitchen ! TAKE CARE AND MY GOD LEAD YOU THE WAY YOU NEED TO GO ! PUT HIM FIRST IN YOUR LIFE AND THE REST WILL WORK OUT ! emoticon

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TIRED49 5/8/2012 12:27AM

    So now you know what your challenge is and you can arm yourself for battle.

Will be praying that you succeed in your plans for weight loss to get your blood pressure under control and to do what you need to do.

Thanks for sharing this, will be thinking of you.

Keep on keeping on!

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KNH771 5/7/2012 5:25PM

    While it's often hard to get an unexpected diagnosis, I think it's always good to know what it is you're dealing with. My prayers are with you and your medical team while you come up with a course of treatment.

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KRISTINSGOALS 5/7/2012 12:38PM

    Hugs to you, Janet. I love your positive outlook. Thank you for sharing what you are going through and keep us posted. I will be thinking of you.

Kristin

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LIFE-FAITH 5/7/2012 10:02AM

    emoticon I am so glad you shared - I will keep you in prayer. God is so good! You are so faithful! Hang in there and please keep us posted. Jean

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PATTYR81 5/6/2012 11:52PM

    I totally understand about getting the info out of our heads. I never had courage to post until a few months ago. It's helped me feel way better to get out stuff that I always kept 'super-secret' to myself and maybe a very few others.

I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers~ Keep thinking positive! God does have a plan for us!

Patty
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CBEVNOW 5/6/2012 11:16PM

    Sorry to hear this, at least you know why you are dizzy, and the other symptons you have. I am glad you were able to talk about this , now i hope it will make you feel some what better.
Please take care of your self and keep us posted.
C

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JALITH 5/6/2012 10:58PM

  You are an inspiration!

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Facing the results of placing my health LAST!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hi Everyone,

So much has happen in the last few weeks. I realize that not seeing a Dr to manage my uncontrolled High blood pressure has activated my MS. Yes I have multiple sclerosis, I have a host of symptoms now.

My Dr said the Gastric bypass will be very helpful for my high pressure and remission of the MS.

Goodness, this was hard, for so long I have not acknowledge I even had ms in my life. Now I must place my life in front and my secret is out.

I went to the neurologist my DH was with me. This was the 1st time DH witness my limitations upfront. I felt so vulnerable. DH is the most caring and loving, accepting man I have ever met.

Facing the truth, this is part of my journey, this is Janet being uncovered , layers of my past, that I now have the strength and courage to work thur.

This spark journey has changed my life and I know this is just the beginning. It all started with being accountable with what I feed myself and how I treat my body. I thought it was only about food.

When portion controls become not enough I now chose different ways to take care of myself.

Tracking food, be active on my spark page, allowing myself to be a friend and show friendship, sparkpeople has given me this support. Education on anything and everything I could ever ask for, just at my finger tips. emoticon

My Mantra

I will not give up on myself. I am the only one that can make it happen for me with God's help . I have the power to succeed or fail.

I choose to succeed.

Have a great week emoticon's

Janet

  
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TWNOMWE 4/24/2012 5:17PM

    You know that you are not defined by any disease, you are Janet who happened to have MS and HP but who is also a lovely generous and caring lady. So take care of your self Ms and all and we love you. Work with your physicians and love yourselves every day. emoticon emoticon

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LIFE-FAITH 4/19/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep taking care of yourself. You are doing great in your progress. Jean

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DOGLADY13 4/17/2012 10:05PM

    This is a great attitude to have. Stick with it.

I have a co-worker who has MS. She runs marathons. Of course there are times when she can't run, but when she is in remission, she doesn't waste a day.

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EGALITAIRE 4/17/2012 2:44PM

    Thank you for sharing your story.

There may be only so much you can do physically (probably more than most people think, but it is limited), but mentally and emotionally, you are in charge.

Look after yourself, love yourself and STAY STRONG!!!!

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KRISTINSGOALS 4/17/2012 1:58PM

    Oh, big hugs, my friend Janet. You can do this....you can be healthy and happy. I'm so glad to hear that your DH is so loving and supportive. That is so wonderful. Big hugs to you, honey.

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MASALINAS13 4/17/2012 1:16AM

    emoticonI wish you the best of Luck and Will Power you sound like you are on the right track. Taken care of your self First is not selfish its the right thing to do. Just be strong and Never Never Give up !!! emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 4/16/2012 4:57PM

    You have to take care of yourself if you want to be there for those you love.
You are a very special lady, and deserve to be healthy. Please take care, and do what the doctors suggest. My prayers are with you.
Arlene
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NPA4LOSS 4/16/2012 11:41AM

    emoticon You are one of the most emoticon women I know. You are determined and brave and Sparkling. WE are here for you my friend! emoticon

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CBEVNOW 4/16/2012 4:42AM

    I am glad you have seen and know we love you and accept all. wishing you the very best of health. Take care of you,

C emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 4/16/2012 2:27AM

    MS is a toughy, all right... but knowledge is always increasing, and I know that facing it, with the support you have, you can learn to deal with it now. You have a lot of people in your corner, dear friend!

Bravo for stepping up to the plate and taking your personal power in hand!

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DRB13_1 4/16/2012 1:26AM

    wishing you all the best
if you ever feel down, keep and look back on a gratitude journal. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of what we CAN do instead of what is difficult for us to do
I didn't remember if you had mentioned you were haaving surgery, so I will be thinking of you and your healing
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RUNNERRACHEL 4/15/2012 11:34PM

    Thank you for opening up to us, your emoticons. We support you in all you do.

Sounds like your husband is very loving and will support you in all your decisions.

Getting you better is #1 priority. You are worth it!

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Many years of placing others 1st - It is my time Now

Saturday, April 07, 2012

As my day unfold today. I realize how I hand other control to others. I allow others issues to be mine. How do I know this when my food portions are not enough.

That is what happen today. My food portions were not enough. I did little damage however in the past I would have did a lot of damage.

It is the grace of God. Checking in with me. I sense the need to re commit myself to my goals.

To be as healthily as I can even if it means offending other who try and push on me what they want.
This is my life and God has been so so good to me.
This surgery Gastric Bypass, will be a tool to give me better health and another chance. Even if others around me don't understand.

Janet will march on with God's help to experience the promises God has offered me.

My emoticons I have had a trying day. I made it thru.

thank all of you for being here when I have needed the support.

Have a great week
My Mantra

I will not give up on myself. I am the only one that can make it happen for me with God's help . I have the power to succeed or fail. Choose to succeed.

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KRISTINSGOALS 4/9/2012 1:33PM

    Big Hugs, my friend Janet. You are doing amazing things for you. I'm very happy for you. You can do this!!

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LIFE-FAITH 4/9/2012 10:36AM

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Keep loving yourself and taking care of you!
Jean

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I.M.MAGIC 4/9/2012 8:35AM

    I think society teaches us that it's wrong to be concerned with ourselves first--selfish. But I keep remembering something my mom told me... that you can't get water from a dry well. Basically, she had finally, toward the end of her life, learned that each of us needs to take care of ourselves first and foremost, or we'll have nothing LEFT to give to others. We need time to replenish, and restore ourselves.

Choosing weight loss surgery is a difficult decision, and carries with it many risks... but so does just living, and if it's what you need to do... It isn't a choice I would make, but I totally support you in trying to improve your life... and though it will change your life pretty drastically, it isn't something that is going to change your intrinsic nature... you will be lovely still, inside and out!

I hope the people who are giving you pain will realize that, and be there for you...

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/8/2012 3:26PM

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CBEVNOW 4/8/2012 12:18AM

    We as women and as mothers always seem to put our self on the back burner. We need to pull up front and take care of us also. You are doing good. When is your surgery, will they be doing any thig special because of your CKD.
C

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DETERMINEDJANET 4/7/2012 10:38PM

    You're doing great Janet! You are right...you deserve to be the priority. I struggle with this too.

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NPA4LOSS 4/7/2012 10:19PM

    Keep on your journey Janet. You are doing emoticon We are here for you.

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MUSOLF6 4/7/2012 9:34PM

    Don't give up. keep going, you can do it. You are a strong and beautiful lady.
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278 Spark Points from level 14 WooHoo!!!!

Monday, April 02, 2012

All is way!!!! I went to the behavior counsel today step 2 of the Gastric Bypass journey.

Her name is Linda nice lady. As told her about my past she was a bit surprised but positive. I need that. If I am not on the pity pot why should anyone else be when they hear my story.

She felt I would do very well. She also mentioned my size is small compared to a lot of other people who are interested in the surgery.

At that point I realized that being in therapy
for 30 years has given me the fight I have to be in constant contact with myself. Being the weight I am is a blessing and I could have been hundreds of pounds more by not making steps to help myself.

I felt pride of myself and realize the step I am making is just another opportunity to grow and mature in the beautiful person I am.

Linda ask "Janet why don't you write a book"? For the 1st time in a long time I felt I can make a difference by sharing my story that God has given me. emoticon

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Have a great week My emoticons

Janet

  
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TWNOMWE 4/3/2012 7:06PM

    That is great that Ms Linda is understanding and not the pitying type. Not giving up on yourself is making good thing happen. It is a blessing that we are able to fight for our healthy so keep up the good work because you are worth it. emoticon emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 4/2/2012 7:21PM

    So happy that you have a good and supportive counsellor. You sound like you have the right attitude for success in your journey. May God bless and watch over you!
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I am doing great. BP is final down and constant. WooHoo!!!!!

I start my gastric Bypass journey. I had my 1st appt with the MD then I go to psych DR on Monday and the nutrienist in two weeks.

I was told I did not have to lose if I did that would be great however I am not expected to gain. This is do-a-ble emoticon

Spring Challenge has been a gift. I will lose 5% of my weight and be ready for the change of my life.

My mantra

I will not give up on myself. I am the only one that can make it happen for me with God's help . I have the power to succeed or fail.

I choose to succeed.

Janet

  
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NPA4LOSS 4/1/2012 4:57PM

    emoticon You are on a great journey. Keep us posted! emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 3/29/2012 1:42PM

    Hi Janet! So, you are going to have gastric bypass surgery? When? And I didn't know you were part of the Spring Challenge! What team are you on? I'm on the Awesome A's team!

Hugs!!

Kristin

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DOGLADY13 3/29/2012 8:40AM

    Keep believing in yourself and that you can succeed.

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SUNRISE14 3/29/2012 7:59AM

    Wish you luck but I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS WITHOUT THE SURGERY BUT IT IS YOUR LIFE ! Know so many people that have side effects of the surgery I REALLY HATE TO SEE YOU DO IT ! Either way you decide to go I AM BEHIND YOU AND WILL HELP YOU IN ANYWAY POSSIBLE ! emoticon emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 3/28/2012 8:53PM

    And Janet, you will succeed! So glad to see that your hard work is paying big benefits in better health. You are going to be a new creation! God is doing a mighty work in you. Your attitude and faith are allowing Him to work.
My prayers are with you as you continue on your journey.
Arlene
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