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29th Feb 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the last official day of summer but I still think we will get some more hot weather.

Well time for my news. I received my letter about having my fistula inserted into my arm. I go down to Adelaide next Monday for pre-operation assessment and then go into hospital on Wednesday, be in overnight. So I will stay in Adelaide for this duration. Can't really say I am looking forward to it but I have accepted that it has be put in. It does not mean it has to be used. I still hope I have lots of time before it has to be used. Time to lose more weight and time to have fun with the grandchildren.

In the last lot of blood tests for was a big improvement in the kidney function. It has gone back to were it was early last year. I still think it was stress that had a detrimental effect on my kidneys .

The grandies come over on Friday this week and it is Brodie's birthday that day. He will be 8 years old. My precious little (big) boy. We will give a little birthday party. looking forward to the weekend.

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    Great that you have your letter and now have a plan of attack.mthinking of you and wishing you all the best. Cheers

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CBEVNOW 3/2/2012 4:15AM

    Wendy i am with you . Yes if you will need it, it will be there and it has to heal any way. Keep up the good work, Miracles happen and your GFR has already come up so who knows.
we get out spring the first day on the 20 of this month. Have a good time with the grand babies.
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OPALMOON 3/1/2012 5:45AM

    Hi Wendy,

Like Susie says, I guess the fistula is there now if you have a relapse - which I hope won't be the case. Wishing you well with the procedure. Thank goodness you have the grand kids to look forward to tomorrow - have a great time with them and celebrating Brodie's birthday.



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MENNOLY 2/29/2012 2:39PM

    God's blessings on you! Enjoy your grandchildren this weekend!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/29/2012 2:05PM

    Good luck to you and will be thinking of you. Take care of yourself!

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SUSIEPH1 2/29/2012 1:46PM

    Well my friend I guess it is a good thing to have the fistula inserted ... then if by any chance you have a relapse it is there and ready.

Hopefully you will not need it for a while yet !
I am convinced as you are, that the right diet and exercise also the frame of mind can work wonders ..
Love that your grandies will be with you for this weekend They will help put you in the right frame of mind for this next step .Happy Birthday to Brodie .. emoticon emoticon

Always in my thoughts .. Love Susie emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/29/2012 5:39AM

    Summer hasn't even hit here in the U.S. It's still winter.

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How much I have changed

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Laying in bed last night, thinking about a comment had from one of my Spark friends. Who said they want to be like me when he grows up. Sorry David but you did get me thinking.

I was thinking about all the changes I have made in the last 6 months. I have been a member of Sparks for 17 months, but I was a bit slow to take off. LOL.

But the changes in my life have been fantastic, mentally as well as physically.
I think I have grown up at long last. I was not always like this and those of you that have followed my blogs from the start would know this, I had my fair share of ups and downs and melt downs. I used to emotionally eat if anything upset me. The last time I did was about 6 months ago and made myself feel very sick. Not nice.

Like most people I blamed everyone else. The last time I emotionally ate I realised that no-one forced to eat that 1/2 block of chocolate, it was all me and only my fault. This I feel was my turning point in my life. I realise now that I played the victim. Why me, why did this happen to me etc, etc. It did not prove anything, only made me obese and sick. I doubted myself. Was not in a good place.

With everything I have been through lately it hasn't bothered me, I just keep changing my foods I eat and keep trying to learn.

This has occurred because of everyone that have replied to my blogs with your comments. There has been so much support, encouragement, help, love, care and friendship. This has been so important to me. It has changed the way I feel about me. I am important. I am so positive now. I know I am a nice person.

Yes I may have my downs but it does not take over my life anymore and I have that many more ups than ever before.

This has been a long journey to change but I will continue it and fight to continue with my healthy life. I have a long way to go but I will get there.

I am even a co-leader of one of the teams I am on now which I love doing. Never thought I would do that.

So now I am a very positive person
I love me and care for me.
I am worth it.
I know I am loved.
I am doing this for me.
I am not a victim.
I know I have so much to give.
A nice person
Most importantly I am in a very good place.

Thank you for anyone who have ever responded to my blogs, you have helped to make me what I am today.

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OPALMOON 2/28/2012 5:19PM

    Way to go, Wendy! You ARE all those positive things, and your journey is an inspiration to so many people! You are progressing so well and will continue to do so - good on you!

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Blessings and hugs, Nattacia

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LIFE-FAITH 2/28/2012 11:09AM

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You are so very very special Wendy! I think you have no idea how many people you inspire - because you keep going!

Keep on keeping on!

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CHINAGAL 2/27/2012 9:49AM

    You are a winner! I could not be more proud if you were my very own sister. Can't think of anyone who inspires me more.
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JOHNWBROCKSR777 2/27/2012 5:52AM

    Keep it going Wendy...

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KARAMAC2012 2/26/2012 4:40PM

    As one of your newer spark friends, I always thought you were this positive and confident! From now on, so will all those you've yet to meet (unless you choose to share more, that is). emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/26/2012 2:10PM

    You are a great person and you add sparkle to many lives.

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GENEALOGYGAL 2/26/2012 11:53AM

    You ARE wonderful Wendy!!! emoticon

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MENNOLY 2/26/2012 11:32AM

    I have only been following your story for a few weeks but I have always been impressed with how well you have handled what I can only call a extremely difficult time. You are a very strong wonderful woman! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/26/2012 9:20AM

    Wendy, you really HAVE come suuuuuuccccchhhhh a long way from your start on this journey. VERY proud of all you've accomplished, Wendy. You are a fighter!!!

HUGS and keep spreading the spark to others, too, as you have consistently done by your example.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/26/2012 6:07AM

    emoticonA great blog!

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MACILINN 2/26/2012 5:24AM

    I hear ya girl~ great blog. I am changing daily too, I can feel it. I am going from victim to victorious too. Keep up the good work.

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    Wow - you are such a strong determined lady - despite so many setbacks, you still have such a positive outlook. You are a great inspiration. Thank you!!!.
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CBEVNOW 2/26/2012 4:39AM

    A really great Blog Wendy. I believe when you first started you were shy, believe it or not i am shy, but most people dont think i am. I have learned through the years to just make my self do things. We are just like every one else. Yes You are Right You are Beautiful, Hugs. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/26/2012 3:34AM

    Great blog my friend !!
I have watched you grow in confidence and mentality too.
You are also eating well.. love that you are able to exercise and loving it
You are a great co-leader my friend .. and I admire you for your strength with all that has happened over the last few months.
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I.M.MAGIC 2/26/2012 3:07AM

    I've seen it... and you are right to be proud of yourself, you've come a long way and you deserve to be, bless your heart!...

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POPSY190 2/26/2012 1:59AM

    A great blog. Thank you also for all the support and help you give. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 2/26/2012 1:11AM

    I am so happy to read how much you've grown as a person in the last 6 months. I can actually tell just by reading your blogs for over a year that you are now more confident, feel stronger emotionally and are much happier now--WOO HOO! I'm a work in progress but I do feel SP and all my supportive friends have also made me grow more as a person. I now take better care of myself, which I know you do, enjoy life more, it's obvious you do also. . .there are too many numerous benefits to loving myself more and being able to offer everyone I met the real me that has been hiding for too many years. I also would never have imagined I could be a Leader but I also have just doing that for about a year now and overall it's been a really good experience for me. You are Fantastic, Wendy!



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1BEACHWALKER 2/26/2012 12:55AM

    What a great blog! I know exactly what you are talking about! We have been here at SP about the same amount of time - 18 months for me and it has really helped me too! I am a work in progress, but have changed by leaps and bounds in so many ways!
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a good day

Saturday, February 25, 2012

thank you everyone. I have had another good day, didn't do much but still enjoyed it. My son is up at his girlfriend's house, he stays there on the weekend, so it gives me a chance to rest and recuperate and to do what I want to do. LOL.

This gives me a chance to unwind.

diet is going well, but silly me didn't weigh this morning. So I have to do that tomorrow.

Not much ease to report so I will let you know tomorrow if I have lost some weight.

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MOTLEM 2/26/2012 2:06AM

    A bit of peace and quiet! emoticon

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JILL313 2/25/2012 9:43PM

    Enjoy your quiet time at home, you deserve more ME time. I hope you're happy dancing after your WI tomorrow--I need to WI also. Take good care and enjoy your weekend.



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SUSIEPH1 2/25/2012 5:29PM

    Have a lovely restful and peaceful weekend !!.
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AUNTB63 2/25/2012 9:05AM

    Enjoy the peaceful weekend.......stay happy and work towards healthy. emoticon

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OPALMOON 2/25/2012 8:52AM

    Glad you had a good day, Wendy!



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1CRAZYDOG 2/25/2012 7:32AM

    Glad you're finding time to take care of you! That's the most important thing.


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BHOLMAN1005 2/25/2012 6:28AM

    Sounds like a peaceful weekend. Glad the diet is going well. I have ups and downs on my diet. Have a blessed upcoming week

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24th Feb 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hi everyone, thank you for your comments on my last blog, they are very much appreciated.

I am so happy I rang for my blood test results and they have all improved again. My creatinine levels has dropped again to what they were half way through last year. All my other level have also improved.

I still think what happened in January and all I had to do then caused a lot of this as I was so stressed and doing to much.

The changed in my diet has helped I think, but I think it is because I have been looking after myself so carefully. Resting when I need to, totally looking after me.

So happy I now need to keep it up, so I can prove these doctors wrong. I still am fighting to keep me from dialysis.

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OPALMOON 2/25/2012 8:52AM

    Hi Wendy,

I'm so glad to hear the blood test results were good. You are doing so well with everything - here's a big pat on the back for you!



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DAVIDPRESCOTT 2/25/2012 6:16AM

    Seeing how many comments you had made me smile. You are loved .... even here in cyber space.

Your awesome, I want to be you when I grow up.

And keep at it Wendy, you inspire many many people here and in your public life I am sure.



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POPSY190 2/25/2012 2:30AM

    So good to hear of some success and for you to know that it was your own efforts that made the difference. emoticon emoticon

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RUFFESS47 2/24/2012 11:46PM

    All that sounds very good wendy
3 cheers for you


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MOTLEM 2/24/2012 11:36PM

    I am so happy with you too Wendy. You can't do anything more than the right thing, so some good must come out of it.

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ROTTENAP 2/24/2012 3:40PM

    You are so amazing!! I am so happy for you!! I'm also so grateful to have such a wonderful example in my life!! Love ya!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/24/2012 3:09PM

    Wonderful news , I feel your joy. Keep on looking after you.

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GENEALOGYGAL 2/24/2012 11:44AM

    Wow!!! So happy for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/24/2012 10:31AM

    What can I say . . . busting my buttons with pride in how you're improving your health despite the tremendous effort it takes to do it! You are inspirationa. and soooooo very glad that your #'s are improving . . . better than that, that you're FEELING a little better. THAT'S what counts.

Proud of you and keep up your work.

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 2/24/2012 5:49AM

    So proud of you girl...

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TAMI1691 2/24/2012 4:17AM

    you are inspiring Wendy.
Keep moving forward and keep up the positive attitude

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SUSIEPH1 2/24/2012 4:02AM

    I am so very proud of you my friend ..
You are so very brave and sensible to look after yourself and do what is right for you ...
I know you can do heaps to help yourself by food choices and exercise ..
I just wish m y daughter would do the same ...
She has given up again and I am trying so hard to help her understand that what we eat has so much to do with it all ...
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 2/24/2012 3:15AM

    Your efforts are paying off!

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23rd Feb 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

thank you for your comments on my last blog. You are all right I do need a second opinion. I did actually like this doctor, he spent so much time with me. He believes that you need to look at the whole person and all their problems and I have actually learnt things from him.

But I do not like how he went from no treatment to operation in one scoop, why not try me on tablets first. My mother was on thyroid tablets for years before she had her thyroid out. Anything is worth trying (within reason) before an operation.

There has to be other treatment around. Not happy. So glad it got knocked back, I think I have enough on my plate at present.

Apart from that, my diet (low potassium, phosphate, sodium, protein) is going good now. I am learning more every day in what I can eat. I still am only eating about 1000 calories a day but am eating reasonably healthy. I do miss my summer fruit and my yoghurt though. But I can eat pears so I bought some of them today, just need to let them ripen a bit more. (I can eat pears LOL).

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MENNOLY 2/23/2012 7:30PM

    I was wondering if you visited this team yet? They have a lot of information.


Hope everything goes well!

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ROTTENAP 2/23/2012 2:46PM

    You are doing so great!! Keep checking things out! When the right choice is there you will know it.

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POPSY190 2/23/2012 1:55PM

    Sometimes a physician can help - their specialty is weighing up different health effects and needs. Sometimes other specialists can be a bit tunnel visioned. You are doing brilliantly with some difficult dietary requirements. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2012 11:05AM

    Well, I certainly would pursue a 2nd opinion. It would bother me not to at least give medication a try!!

I love the search engine about.com for thyroid information. Google www.about.com and put thyroid disease in the search box. You should come up with information. I find I deal with things best by being informed, just as you're doing!

Hugs and keep hanging in there.

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LIFE-FAITH 2/23/2012 9:57AM

    emoticon keep taking care of you!

You are emoticon!

I understand about the thyroid and the surgery.. am so glad you are not having the surgery. Keep on keeping on Wendy.

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MOTLEM 2/23/2012 12:56AM

    Pears are yummo! emoticon

Gosh only 1,000 calories a day! Can't fit much on the menu there then Wendy.

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SUSIEPH1 2/23/2012 12:13AM

    You are most welcome my friend .. it seems we are on this journey of discovery with you ...
Glad you are finding out more about what you can eat and be safe ..
Look after yourself Love !
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