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At Goal; At Last after 4 years


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Friday, June 07, 2013

Looking back in my records I find that on June 3, 2009 I had reached an all time high for me of 206 pounds. At 63 my health was suffering with such problems as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Now exactly 4 years later I have reached my goal of 150 pounds. My blood pressure is normal and my diabetes is reversed. Sounds like a success story and it is but there were some major bumps along the way.

Just over two years ago I entered the hospital for observation with a diagnosis of kidney stones and was scheduled for removal of said stones the next morning. A month later I woke up in ICU on a ventilator undergoing dialysis. The surgeons hand had slipped injuring a kidney and infected urine poured into my abdominal cavity resulting in toxic shock syndrome and multi - system failure. What this means in lay terms is my heart, lungs, liver and kidneys had all failed and I had been in shock for a month causing many at that time unidentified problems. I woke up totally deaf. At first it was sort of amusing, then frustrating, then downright scary. Gradually I went through the recovery process and when another month had passed I was sent for inpatient rehab. At this time a small amount of hearing had returned in one ear and I was able to sort of hear with the use of a hand held amplifier. I had lost 20 pounds while in the hospital and was unable to stand with two people holding me up. I was on dialysis three times a week at this time.

Another month later found me at home, still going in for dialysis and trying to adapt to my first hearing aid as the hearing loss was predicted to be permanent. Eventually I fought my way off dialysis by finding another nevermore who was willing to give it a try. Since then my kidneys have continued to improve to the present day where I am hovering between stage 3 and 4 kidney disease. A year ago I had a cochlear implant in the non hearing ear and now am able to manage quite well in most situations.

This Spring I decided to try to take it a step farther and returned to Spark People as a means of losing a bit more weight and gaining in strength. It was time to return to normal living. I was tired of being treated as someone fragile and needing to be protected. I looked about for a form of activity I would enjoy as I knew I really do not like "formal" workouts as in a gym. I hit on an old love, gardening. Now I have worked up from doing about 10 minutes a day in my flower beds to developing several more flower beds and planting and maintaining a huge vegetable garden (with my husbands help of course). I credit the Spark system of starting slow and building up for my success. I now spend hours outside doing whatever I can find to do and am feeling much better.

I still need to work on the balance issues that were also a result of my illness, but should be starting vestibular rehab for that shortly. It is said to be very successful in most cases.

My work towards goal weight was relatively easy this time with only 15 pounds left to lose. My new goal will be to maintain that weight or lose possibly 5 more pounds. I plan to stay physically active and work on the balance problem and, oh yes, enjoy my gardens! Thank you Spark Friends for all your support and encouragement over the years.
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MY1FAN 8/14/2013 1:43PM

    Congrats!

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SUSE326 7/13/2013 1:28PM

    Congratulations!

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KOMTRIA 7/11/2013 6:12PM

  Good grief your story sounds amazing and frightening.
Good for you for rebounding.

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SPARKINGMYWAY 7/11/2013 4:10PM

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LENELLA 7/9/2013 7:35PM

    Wow, what an amazing journey! I am so glad that you took control of it, instead of letting it take control over you. I know there must have been days you felt like giving up, or days of complete meltdowns... but you stuck with it and look what you have gained through all of it.

I am sorry that this has happened to you, but I am so proud of you for overcoming it. Keep smiling and encouraging others. :-) emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/8/2013 9:00AM

    What an amazing story. You are an inspirational woman. I don't see anything that could stand in your way!

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LIBERTYWALK 7/7/2013 8:21PM

    With an attitude like yours, I doubt there is an obstacle that you can't or won't overcome. Wishing you a speedy rehab so you can focus ALL of your energy on your favorite activities.

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MOMMY445 7/5/2013 6:53PM

    what an amazing story! congratulations on meeting your goal weight! woo hoo! have a fabulous day!

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SUSIEMT 7/5/2013 11:11AM

    Thank you for sharing your very personal story with us. It reminds me that we can be strong. You have put what spark encourages us to do into practice. Thank you for a great reminder. Keep up the good work. Good luck with your new therapy.

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BESSHAILE 7/5/2013 7:02AM

    wow! What a story.

Congratulations on each and every step you took to take back your health. How symbolic you chose gardening - bringing forth beauty and nourishment from the earth.

simply a fantastic story. thank you for sharing it.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/4/2013 10:12PM

    Love your inspirational story. Thanks for sharing. So glad you were highlighted by the At Goal &... Team. Best wishes for continuing success and greater health!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/4/2013 9:03PM

    What a triumph! Like you I love gardening and find it's a great source of peace and tranquillity as well as terrific exercise!!

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SUSANFL1 7/4/2013 8:58PM

    You have a great story to share and your attitude is so positive. I am glad that you found gardening. emoticon

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SUNSHINE20113 7/4/2013 8:53PM

    What an amazingly positive attitude you have!! Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on achieving your reaching your goal weight.

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LRSILVER 7/4/2013 8:00PM

    Thank youu for the inspiration. emoticon

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_JODI404 7/4/2013 6:27PM

    You are such a wonderful inspiration!!

I also love gardening. So glad you found something that you can really enjoy to remain active.

I wish you continued success and best wishes with your health and continued progress with recovery!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/4/2013 4:55PM

    You inspire me. I love your attitude.

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MJREIMERS 7/4/2013 4:36PM

    You have been through so much! Yet, you turned your negatives into a positive outlook! You are an amazing person and wish you continued success in your health journey!

Strive for continued strength!! emoticon on all your accomplishments and here's to continued health! emoticon


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_LINDA 7/4/2013 2:55PM

    So very sorry you had to suffer through all this all as a result of a surgeon's fateful error :((( You are an amazing, strong woman to have come back from that brink! Gardening is so good for the soul, bringing things to life! Wishing you continued recovery and getting back to a more normal life! Thank you for showing no matter how bleak life seems, there is always some light at the end of the tunnel!
Hope you have a healthy, happy, fun 4th of July!

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/4/2013 2:03PM

    You are a fighter, a survivor, and a champion.
Thank you for sharing your story. I can see you being an inspiration to many.

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MANILUS 7/4/2013 1:06PM

    Wow, you are inspiration, what a fighter! Thanks for sharing your triumphant story, great job!

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DIANNEMT 7/4/2013 12:34PM

    Wow! You have had to overcome so much--but you have a powerful attitude!! Thank you for sharing!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/4/2013 12:27PM

    Your story is truly inspiring. You never gave up. I don't know what I would have done. You are truly remarkable. Bless you.

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LESLIESENIOR 7/4/2013 12:15PM

    God Bless you Millifred! Your story is beyond inspiring. I read your blog to my husband and we both agreed that you have given us divine inspiration to appreciate each day, stay positive, and persevere no matter what life throws at us. We needed this important reminder.
Thank you for sharing your journey. Wishing you much joy!

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BOOKAPHILE 7/4/2013 11:24AM

    Your story is inspiring. Such obstacles to overcome, yet you have a great attitude. Congratulations on reaching maintenance, and best wishes as you keep that weight off.

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EVERLEARNING 7/4/2013 10:34AM

    What a fighter you are! emoticon

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story!!

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FELINA 7/4/2013 9:55AM

    What a amazing and inspiring story ! You've done an awesome job of coming back and reaching your goal. Congratulations and best wishes on your continuing journey back to health !
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KANOE10 7/4/2013 9:43AM

    That is an inspirational story. You have faced many challenges successfully and have continued to seek health and lose weight. I admire your positive attitude and strength.

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MIDROAD 7/4/2013 9:32AM

    Amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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MANDELOVICH 7/4/2013 9:24AM

    Great job!!

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JULENA1 7/4/2013 9:19AM

    Wow! I admire you for your determination. Congratulations on your weight loss and not giving up with all you have been through. emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 7/4/2013 9:14AM

    What an inspiration! Your story brought tear to my eyes as I read all you have endured and all you have done to fight your way back. Hope to read more great blogs from you!

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SANDICANE 7/4/2013 8:56AM

    My goodness you have overcome so MANY obstacles!!! Really, you make me feel like a cry-baby for whining about my journey!!! Cudos to you and onward you go!

Cheers,
Sandi

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Great job on keeping yourself motivated!
I know it is hard!

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Jean

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MARIANNMC 6/10/2013 12:14AM

    What a story! I should NEVER complain about my life. And I should never take my health for granted. You inspire me to keep sparking so I can be as healthy as I can. God bless you. CONGRATS on meeting you goal and living, as you say, "a normal life." Cheers!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/9/2013 11:06AM

    Very happy for you. Sorry you had to go through all that first, it must've been real scary. Glad you are overcoming it and becoming a healthier person along the way.

*HUGS* You can do anything you set your mind to.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/9/2013 7:33AM

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JLWOF1 6/8/2013 11:04AM

    You are a very inspiring person! So sorry that you had such a hard time, but look at you now! Thanks so much for sharing!

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MARMAERT 6/7/2013 11:36PM

    What is great is that you are still able to do what you want after all that. I am so glad you woke up!

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MTRACHEL 6/7/2013 11:23PM

    Wow! It's amazing how you've kept a great attitude. Congratulations on reaching a goal. You are really an inspiration! stay well. emoticon

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MNABOY 6/7/2013 9:16PM

    Thanks for sharing such a strong story. You have really moved mountains!

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MLH148 6/7/2013 7:29PM

    Wow! What a story!
Congratulations!!

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CLESHER 6/7/2013 11:55AM

    I am so proud of you and what an amazing story, I am so sorry you had to go through all of this...toxic shock is very serious...I am glad God saw a reason to keep you here....

You have done something remarkable and are a true inspiration to others, I am so thankful to have you as a spark buddy...

Congratulations on meeting goal....

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