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My Story


Thursday, August 29, 2013

In 2005 I was a charge nurse on nightshift in the Emergency Room.I was losing weight and had gone from 242 to 152 THEN My world fell apart- I had a massive stroke(i dont smoke or drink)leaving me partially paralized and partly blind in my rt eye. I was bedridden for 1 and 1/2 years till I started walking with a walker and was up in a wheelchair mostly.During this time I had ruptured 2 discs in my back and in 2008 I had surgeryall the while I was gaining weight faster than you can imagine. I developed high blood pressure and Diabetes and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. I take pain medication due to my back that was worse after the surgery and no one would listen to meFinally in 2011 I went to a neurosurgeon and had back surgery which helped a little bit. I was using the walker more than the wheelchair.Then in May of 2012 I could not walk or function again and had to have major back surgey from s1through 5 and some of my thoracic spine.while all this was going on I had another mini stroke in 2011. When I had my stroke the first time I had to learn to count and the abc's and to write again. I was 1 class away from my Masters Degree and couldn't finish.I can never do nursing again.After my back surgery in 2012 I was a new person still in a wheelchair but walking short distances. My weight had gone up to 260 in sept. of 2012 and I started my weight lose journey. I joined sparkpeople in January with already losing 20 pounds now at 1 year I am 43 pounds lighter .I am in college to be a biblelife coach and councelor right now cuz I feel I could sit at a desk. The past 3 months I have decreased walking ability and am back to my wheelchair. I went to my neurologist today and something is wrong again with my back thus the decreased ambulation. I still am exercising and have 100 pounds now to lose instead of 145-yeah.Although I have a minor setback again I am going to keep pushing forward. I know my numbers and have gotten my memory back and am getting a's in my studies. If I can do it anyone can so don't stop trying cuz I am going to be 60 pounds lighter by next september 1st.Thanks for listening-Love,LuAnn God loves me and I am going to win with him by my side
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HEISTHEANSWER 9/20/2013 8:43PM

    I never knew this my friend. You are really an inspiration to me and to so many more. I never saw anyone worked harder on sparks than you.
I am a little concerned, do you think sitting at the computer can increase your back pain. It does mine.

God bless you,
Lois

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MARICUZA 9/5/2013 9:40AM

    I have added you as a Spark Friend and hope you will add me too. LuAnn you are amazing an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. God bless you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Mary.

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/4/2013 7:07PM

    God will certainly see you through, Luann! Do not give up! I will keep you in prayer, honey!

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TEALHAWK 9/3/2013 6:37PM

  Love the inspiration you have given us. Thank you. Your awesome

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 9/2/2013 10:13PM

    Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration.
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PURPLEBIRD63 9/1/2013 11:46PM

    Wow - you are AMAZING!
And...An inspiration!
What a wonderful attitude
And gratitude you have!
Thnx for all you do on Sp!


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SCOTMAMA 8/31/2013 2:41PM

    LuAnn, I have great respect for you after reading your story, how motivating and inspirational. I hope I never find myself complaining about my little aches and pains again! You are such a great example of positive thinking.

My heart goes out to you as your struggle through all this problem with your back, arthritis, etc. And I'll watch your progress with renewed interest. I'm adding you as a friend if you don't mind.

Love, Eve (from Daily Weigh In)

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KARENE10 8/31/2013 10:25AM

    You are such an inspiration! You can be and do anything you want and give everyone hope! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RISINGBLUESTAR 8/31/2013 3:47AM

    emoticon You have been through a lot but look how far you have come. emoticon

God is on your side and there is no doubt you will be able to reach all of your goals, weigh loss and otherwise! :)



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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/31/2013 3:19AM

    emoticon you go girl! I had a stroke and lost the vision in my right eye, but thankfully nothing else. I was 40 years old, it was in 2000.

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MARYBETH4884 8/30/2013 6:55PM

    Wow, you are are voice of Hope. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENLUCE 8/30/2013 2:53PM

    Thanks for your positive thinking!

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METAMORPHICLISA 8/30/2013 1:30PM

    You have overcome SO MUCH. Very inspiring - thank you for sharing!

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KNYAGENYA 8/30/2013 1:29PM

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LISASGONNADOIT 8/30/2013 10:44AM

    Wow, you are a true inspiration!!! The challenges that you have overcome and your motivation to succeed amazes me. So awesome that you have found another path and continue to keep pushing forward. We can do this!! emoticon

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LORI2562 8/30/2013 10:02AM

    LuAnn, you are truly an inspiration!
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KELLIEBEAN 8/30/2013 9:15AM

    I have tears reading this! Unbelievable. You are truly inspirational.

I am so happy for you and look forward to reading about your journey!

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SUNRISE141 8/30/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing i love it . When we quit we have already lost the battle . I to have had major set backs because of chemo meds ect but thank God i can take them or i would have already been blind . I will lose this weight again if possible with the meds but i have a new focus to eat healthier and be happier but most of all get closer to the Lord than ever before . THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO ON THE TEAM GOD ANSWERS PRAYER YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US ! emoticon

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FTGRLTRYNG2BRK 8/30/2013 8:03AM

    you are such an inspiration!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/30/2013 7:12AM

    wow you are one very courageous lady, and with God's strength and your spirit I know that you will succeed

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WINDSONG~ 8/30/2013 4:36AM

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JACKSGRAN 8/30/2013 2:36AM

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He never leaves or forsakes us, and due to Him we can do more than we ever thought possible. Thank you for sharing your story

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FATFREEMEBY23 8/30/2013 12:32AM

    Good on you Luann for your courage! It really makes me appreciate everything I have more :)

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DJ4HEALTH 8/30/2013 12:27AM

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DRTOVAH 8/30/2013 12:07AM

  thank you for sharing your story with us

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JULIEXOXO 8/30/2013 12:05AM

    Luann You are a true inspiration to all of us.

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MTULLY 8/30/2013 12:03AM

    What a great attitude you have! You are amazing, and I know you will accomplish your goals. emoticon

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GLC2009 8/29/2013 9:49PM

    wow, what a traumatic experience your life has been. i hope you are enjoying your new schooling and enjoy counseling. i think people in the nursing and counseling fields have a very special gift. good to see that while you've been down, you are not out. emoticon the world needs angels with caring personalities.

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THOMS1 8/29/2013 9:48PM

    emoticon You have been through the mill and ended up being stronger for it. I wish you success with your lifestyle change and your studies. You are a very determined lady and I will keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 8/29/2013 9:39PM

    After hearing your story, I appreciate you even more for all you do on the teams. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOMKATKAHSEY 8/29/2013 8:55PM

    Oh LuAnn, you have been thru the works haven't you? I will definitely keep you near the top of my prayer list. Just when you were thinking you were starting over clean, something else happened.
I am absolutely awed by your tenacity. God has given you great strength to get you through tough times. The two of you together make a wonderful team! emoticon Kathy

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TEMIWUMI 8/29/2013 8:37PM

    Wow! Good luck to you on your journey and God's blessings.
Temi.

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ANGGEL40 8/29/2013 8:35PM

    Wonderful..wonderful blog..God Is Good..you are so Bless..glad that you are able to workout and congrats on getting A's in your studies..You Rock! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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