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What I have learned in 2012.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

emoticon This has been another interesting health year for me. I spent the summer months having vein procedures for my legs. The clinic came to the conclusion that they had never had anyone who was as sensitive to medications as I was. emoticon Medications and I do not work well together. The procedures were completed in August and they were successful as I do not have the heaviness in my legs that I have had for years. emoticon
emoticon In October I was diagnosed with Gastoparesis. I am a mild case and am controlling it with diet and lifestyle changes. I feel I was able to cope with the changes better because of many of the changes I have made in my life due to my years at Spark People. I eat or rather graze through the day. I have very little reflux now and my breathing and swallowing are voice are better than any November in the last three years. emoticon
emoticon I have found that I have a tendency to overdo for my health issues. BIG SURPRISE! Anyone who knows me well knows that I push myself as far as I can. Some of this is due to low self esteem and needing to prove myself to myself, some of it is just a state of denial that the health issues are in control.
I completed the Jingle Bell emoticon Walk for the Arthritis Foundation on December 1st. I met emoticon AWESOMECAROL and members of the Spark Wichita Team who emoticon me on. This was one of the highlights of my year. I look forward to completing the walk again next year.
emoticon I love challenges but in being realistic I am having to become more selective. I cannot be in them all. emoticon I will remain with the 5% challenge and some of my individual team challenges. emoticon Christmas Melt is one that I will defiantly continue. I have few new teams that I am enjoying the daily challenges. I am having to plan now more Day to Day and take some of the pressure off that I put on myself.
emoticon I do feel that in many ways I am healthier than I was before I found Spark People. I have learned ways to exercise that I can do with my health issues. I can eat correctly for my tummy issues and I have new and wonderful friends who help motivate and support me through all the ups and downs.
Thank you to Spark People and the staff for all of the work you do to educate us. Thank you to all of the team and team leaders who challenge us and support us and keep us looking forward. Thank you to all of the Spark Friends who are there for you no matter how low you feel, who lift you up and help you fly when all you want to do is crawl.
emoticon I don't know that I could have made this journey without you. You are emoticon
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CANDOK1260 12/30/2012 8:10AM

    one of the best thing on spark is you

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SALIJACKT 12/29/2012 11:19PM

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BLESSEDBEING 12/22/2012 11:33PM

    What wonderful progress, and lessons learned! Sounds like you are finding a better balance for yourself. I am so pleased for you! emoticon and emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 12/22/2012 5:00PM

    Wishing you a very healthy and happy New Year and may these issues resolve! (I don't do well w/ most meds either) ......... It is tricky ........... emoticon

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PAULAAUTUMN 12/22/2012 8:17AM

    Youv'e come a long way emoticon Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/17/2012 8:42PM

    I don't do well with meds either and take as little as I can get away with. Sounds like the vein procedure was a huge success.

I need to do what you are doing as I have some problems with swallowing food.

It sounds like you are doing really well!

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CINDYSDAY 12/17/2012 10:26AM

    Great job!

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NEW-CAZ 12/17/2012 3:07AM

    Nola you've come a long way in a short time hun emoticon emoticon

I am so pleased those vein ops have helped you so much. It's been a hard year hun but you've come through it with flying colours emoticon

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RGEETING 12/17/2012 1:16AM

    It sounds like you've learned a lot about yourself this year! And that you're ready to the challenge of 2013! :-)
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MEETSADMAMA 12/17/2012 1:00AM

    Sounds to me like you've come along way in 2012!!
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I'm so glad those vein procedures have helped you so much. I know you went through a lot this summer and I'm glad it's been worth it =]

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SUSIEPH1 12/16/2012 11:43PM

    Loved your blog Nola and so happy you are feeling so much better..
It is amazing what the right foods can do for you ..Love that you did the challenges and meet so many lovely Sparkpeople .. So very proud of you my friend
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JILL313 12/16/2012 11:14PM

    Hi Nola, It sounds like overall 2012 has been a good year achieving better health. You're such a sweet Lady that I've had the pleasure of meeting this year. You always look out for others and I want you to continue to treat yourself as well as you do your family and friends. I've had stomach issues the last couple of months and no acid reducer, etc. takes it away. I'm going to google gastopparesis and see what the symtoms are. Wishing you a fantastic healthy 2013. Take care my sweet friend.

Hugs & Love,

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-BENI- 12/16/2012 8:49PM

    Nola, It's been difficult for you, but keep it up, here's to a happy & healthier 2013!! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
xo Beni

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1STATEOFDENIAL 12/16/2012 8:02PM

    Everyone has challenges, and unfortunately the more challenges we need to face the easier it is to overdo it trying to be 'normal'. You don't need to prove anything to yourself besides that you're doing what you can. Progressing slowly and steadily can help you achieve your goals easier than pushing yourself too hard over and over again.

You're doing good - believe that. Keep up what you're doing and you'll be ahead of many others.

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SAMI199 12/16/2012 6:08PM

    You have had a Sparktacular year overcoming challenges & I am with you-Spark Friends make all the difference.

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/16/2012 5:13PM

    Nola, you did a great job of reflecting on your progress and "year in review." I bet that with all you've learned this year, the coming year will be your best ever! emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jeannie

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JINLYNN 12/16/2012 5:10PM

    Great blog Nola - I am so happy that you are doing & feeling better.
Merry Christmas to you, and the healthiest and happiest of New Years!
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LANAHAUTH21 12/16/2012 4:53PM

  Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

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MOM2ACAT 12/16/2012 4:50PM

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