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My Mother

Friday, July 19, 2013

This is my 82y old mother. She is a dynamo - she lives independently, is mentally sharp, drives like a 16y old boy, loves dancing, loves gardening, does tons of volunteer work, and has never been overweight her entire life. She has no understanding of struggles with weight, as she is a size 0 and eats like a 300 pound man. She was blessed with the metabolism of a hummingbird - but she didn't exactly pass that on to her offspring. My next older brother and myself came closest - but have still battled moderate weight gain as we've aged. My sister and oldest brother got screwed, and inherited by dad's metabolism, Mr. Type2 Diabetes.

I always joked that my mother would dance on our graves, and my siblings agreed. Her mother lived to age 100, and up to age 81, my mother never had a health concern beyond the occasional cold. A year ago, though, she was diagnosed with lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndrome - unrelated issues that each make treating the other more complicated. Fortunately, to this point she's suffered only occasional, temporary symptoms and has responded well to treatment. Sometimes, it can be hard to believe she is sick at all. But her ultimate prognosis is not good, and her doctor tells her to make the most of everyday, since there is no telling when she might progress to the point when treatment no longer helps.

She is one reason I am committed to this weight loss program. I want her to last image of me to be one I am proud of - fit, strong, and active. I want to achieve this goal in her lifetime. And I want to be able to keep up with her while I still have the chance to have her in my life!
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JIMINY24 7/20/2013 5:10PM

    What a lovely description of your mother. I'm sorry her health is declining but it's amazing how active and fit she has been for most of her life! Best of luck reaching your goals and making more good memories with your mom.

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MJREIMERS 7/20/2013 2:44PM

    What a wonderful example of health. She is lucky she got the genes she did. I'm sure she is very proud of you and your effort to become healthier. I hope that you have many years with her and you make the most of everyday! emoticon

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VIGILANTONE 7/20/2013 10:42AM

    Your Mom is wonderful to be in your early 80's and have such a zest for life! You'll get there, and you and her will have many adventures together to remember forever....

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AKATHLEEN54 7/19/2013 11:24PM

    Wow!! Your Mom is a beautiful woman! I hope she continues to respond well to the treatment and I know it would be a wonderful tribute to her for you to be healthy and fit, but I'm sure she is proud of you either way emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/19/2013 9:48PM

    Your mom is beautiful! Thanks for sharing her picture. emoticon emoticon

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OLIVIASIMP 7/19/2013 1:43PM

    Sometimes family is the best motivator for anything in life! I changed my life around when I thought I was losing my dad a few years ago! Your mom sounds like she is going to be around for a while!!!! I know you will meet your goal!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/19/2013 10:45AM

    She's beautiful and looks like the go-getter you described. I hope her good health continues and you meet your goal far past her lifetime. emoticon

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