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Today is going to be a good day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I met with my GI doctor and my GP doctor yesterday. Thank goodness the latest blood work was good and that means I won't have to have the invasive bone marrow biopsy.
The doctors believe that my RA just got nasty and decided to present itself in my GI track. The medicines they put me on are working and other than a bit tired today I am feeling positive and good(darn dog work me at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep). So it looks like I will have to watch the RA for life and will continue to eat gluten free and dairy free to be nice to my GI track.
Carmen came over to discuss new menu plan and will deliver more yummy meals to me.
Oh and I am also juicing which is helping.
So there you are.....finally a more upbeat blog that I can write.

I can't begin to express to all of you who follow me how much I appreciate your on going thoughts and prayers and well wishes. I will admit that this has been one of the hardest things I have had to go through. There were definitely some dark days there. I have so much more empathy now for people who are so sick they can't live daily life. Good health is such a blessing. I say to all that read this....treat your body like a temple and fuel it with good healthy foods and not crap so you can be in good health.

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MELTEAGUE 5/21/2013 8:35AM

    Great blog!

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JANIEWWJD 5/19/2013 12:04AM

    You are sounding more and more like yourself. I am so happy to hear that!!!! God is good!!!! Have a great week, my friend!!!
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WHITEANGEL4 5/18/2013 11:40PM

    Glad it is getting better. Hubby and I are going to juice also. We purchased a juicer Thursday and should start this week

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GAYEMC 5/18/2013 11:23PM

    So great to hear you upbeat, hope you can continue to feel better!

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PJBONARRIGO 5/18/2013 10:32PM

    What great news! So very glad for you. Here's to good health! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 5/18/2013 9:53PM

    You sound so much better, Sallie - I am delighted to see this! So glad you won't need the bone marrow biopsy, too. You have always taken excellent care of your health, but the body has ways we don't yet understand of malfunctioning despite one's very best efforts. Your strength and persistence are such an inspiration to me...and to many of us, I know! May they continue to serve and bolster you as you grapple with the demands of your RA and its GI ramifications.

It sounds to me like you've gotten an extremely thorough, careful medical evaluation and are well along on the road to recovery. So glad juicing is helping you and that Carmen can make any needed modifications in the delicious-sounding food she prepares for you, too.

Sending ongoing healing thoughts and good wishes to one of Spark's finest! All the best - Susan emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 5/18/2013 9:09PM

    Nice to know that things are looking up. Blessings to you sweet Sallie

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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/18/2013 9:00PM

    How wonderful to hear some positives!!
Yup, one can certainly learn from ill health how to appreciate feeling good! More proof that we learn much from the negatives that fall into and onto our lives!
Keep feeling better and better!!
Surely by now you feel you are standing near that proverbial rainbow of good health and wellness! Yes?

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MOBYCARP 5/18/2013 8:44PM

I'm so glad that you finally learned not only what it is, but what you can do about it! You might have to watch things and develop some new habits, but now you can go on with living your life.

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JUDYAMK 5/18/2013 8:28PM

    Sallie this is awesome news. So many of us have been praying for you.If we do not have our health nothing else seems to matter.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/18/2013 8:19PM

    so happy you are doing better. so many people have good health and take it for granted. it people who are sick and in pain that are fighting to exercise that make my hero book. if you are well and not walking not sleeping and eating well, well then you have a problem coming your way. thanks for the great reminder

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BOOKAPHILE 5/18/2013 7:51PM

    Soooooo glad to hear you're feeling better! It sure does make us appreciate something more when we lose it for awhile.

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LIVELAUFLUV 5/18/2013 7:05PM

    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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KSNANA2 5/18/2013 6:32PM

    It is good news that you are feeling better. I think you have been so lucky to have such a good support system. I wish I could borrow Carmen for awhile! LOL I am allergic to eggs so I have to be so careful eating out. I get into trouble sometimes even though I ask. I hope you will continue to improve!

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MSLZZY 5/18/2013 6:29PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/18/2013 5:44PM

    It's not often I am thrilled beyond words, but this is one of those time! Hallelujah! I am SOOOOOOOO glad you don't have to have the bone marrow biopsy. My little sister has lymphoma and has had many of them. It is just absolutely not something you want to have done unless it is just totally urgent.

HUGS HUGS HUGS. Prayers answered.

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IRP1114 5/18/2013 4:09PM

    Great blog Sallie. SO true. We do need to appreciate our health and do what we can to keep it!
Glad to hear you so up beat and positive. Have a great day my friend. emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 5/18/2013 2:56PM

    So glad for you, Sallie, that you don't need the biopsy and are feeling better. Also relieved that you seem to be getting a more definitive diagnosis. I think you have handled all this amazingly well. It must have been so difficult, but you have really shown a great deal of strength and courage. Better days ahead! emoticon

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PMFISH 5/18/2013 12:50PM

    So happy you have some answers and are feeling better. Enjoy your weekend.

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LOSTLIME 5/18/2013 12:39PM

    So very glad that you had some good news. Have a great weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 5/18/2013 12:35PM

    Sallie, it's good to hear you're coming through this at last hun, you are one strong lady and I am so proud of you for not caving in!

health is so precious- you are so right. I have two friends who have recently had wake up calls and I've introduced them to SP. I'm hoping they'll soon join this wonderful Sparkfamily.

Be sure and know we're all here for you, ANYTIME.

Hope the food Carmen cooks up is tasty and you enjoy eating once more emoticon

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LIS193 5/18/2013 12:00PM

    So happy that you don't have to go through more invasive testing and that you are feeling so much better. RA is a nasty decease but can be managed with diet and meds.
Here's to feeling better every day!
You are so right! We take our health and bodies for granted, we need to treat our bodies like a well tuned engine - bad fuel will mess it up.
Enjoy all the meals Carmen will be cooking for you!

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PHATPAT18 5/18/2013 11:32AM

    Good news for sure.

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ELLENIRENE 5/18/2013 11:03AM

    so glad to hear that everything is looking up--health-wise emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/18/2013 11:00AM

    Glad you're feeling better.
I lost a good friend at 80 when RA affected her lungs - I had no idea those sort of thungs could happen.

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BGUMBA 5/18/2013 10:14AM

    Glad you are feeling better. RA can be a lifelong problem, and glad that Carmen is there to cook for you and help you with your diet.

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MISS_VIV 5/18/2013 10:00AM

    a HAPPY DAY......Things are looking up. Have a super day and be gentle on yourself. You are a treasure. (and gluten free/dairy free is not a BAD thing..)
Better days ahead. Enjoy. emoticon

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FCARMICH 5/18/2013 9:25AM

  Be good to you!

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AMARILYNH 5/18/2013 9:25AM

    Oh Sallie, you don't know how very thankful I am to read that your docs feel this is behind you with no more invasive testing! AND that you have a positive plan for going forward!!

I know just what you mean about how precious good health is!! I've never had anything of the serious nature of your illness, but I did go through a 4 year long bout of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (started about 15 years ago). I can remember praying SO often to tell God that I GOT the message and would never take good health for granted again.

And I haven't - I thank God every day for my health!! I'm 65 and feel GREAT!! Yes I have occasional challenges like foot or knee or back issues, but I get through them by being positive and staying active. So YES - good health is the very best gift!!

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GOANNA2 5/18/2013 9:25AM

    I'm so happy for you Sallie. Still praying that you get
well soon. You have wonderful support there which is great.
I completely agree that Health should be a priority for us all.
Glad you are feeling so positive. My friend has RA and I can
understand how it can ravage your body. I am envious of
the lovely food that Carmen is cooking for you. emoticon

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