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Some of my health journey story.....

Thursday, January 30, 2014

First of all let me say that I cannot believe how short life is and how fast time is gone...

Just a bit about me - I am going to be 51 years old this year (April), I have had 13 surgeries and procedures, most within the last 9 years. I have a left ankle disability, I live in stage 2 Kidney failure, Graves disease and thyroid disease, I have overcome many other health issues since being on spark - it will be 6 years in June.

On January 8 so many years ago, I gave birth to a baby girl who died the same day she was born. My grief over the years has good days and bad days, but for the most part, I am at peace. Certain things will still set me off. But a piece of my heart is forever broken, buried with my first born baby.

On January 24 so many years ago, my sister-in-law and friend (we graduated together), was killed tragically when a truck driver was hit in the head with a snowball - he was driving with his window open to get some fresh air. The truck ran over her entire car, she was dead instantly and every bone in her body was broken. She would also be 51 this year, but died when we were 21.

January 30,1998 I was hit by a drunk driver. My foot has never been the same. It took me three years and six doctors for someone to believe that I had a problem and for someone to know what that problem was. Studying Psychology - I now know why some doctors will say "its all in your head". Well - I had reconstructive surgery on January 2, 2001. I would really like to see all of those Drs together so I can show them my ankle. It will never allow me to run again, wear high-heals, walk barefoot, or many of the other things I took for granted and loved to do with "normal" feet and ankles.

January 2003 I QUIT smoking - I have not picked up a cigarette since and I never plan to ever again. I started my journey to a healthier me! I have never looked back!

My health today is much better than it was six years ago when I joined spark, as I have left about six specialist drs. I have overcome migrains, allergies, sinus issues, ear infections, improved cholesterol levels without medications, improved my kidney failure from stage 3 to stage 2.
I know the first four may sound like no big health issue, but they are when they are chronic and interfere with everyday life. I was always seeing a dr and always on an antibiotic. I was always spending more time with drs and medical JUNK than with my family.

I owe most of the changes to the nutritional changes that I have made. Some will say how does nutrition impact the ears, sinuses or headaches, well it just does. I do not know all of the science behind it, but today with the help of spark I eat healthier. I drink water as my main beverage, and I get proper rest, and on GOOD days I exercise all that I can... due to my ankle that is not everyday... If I was able I would have an indoor pool to get that exercise.

I work towards meeting my goals of strength training 2 - 3 x a week with walking on my treadmill as much as my ankle can tolerate it. I will be honest 1 - 2 days do my ankle in for the rest of the week. I like coach nicoles videos for sitting in a chair and I do try to do those.

I do eat pretty healthy - I make almost everything from scratch, fast food is only when there is absolutely no other choice and healthier options are chosen. I do not buy or make prepackaged foods, or processed foods.

My journey will take many detours, but I will continue to strive for health and well being. I will continue to strive to lose weight so I can be fit and healthier. My short-term goal is to lose 20 pounds. I have joined the 5% Winter Challenge to get me on my way.

I am currently working on mid-terms but wanted to share my January history, as this January has been challenging for me.

I appreciate you!
God Bless and thank you for stopping by.

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    Way to go on your journey! And especially a emoticon for 10 years as a non-smoker! At 10 years, your body has repaired most of the damage done. emoticon
    1509 days ago
  • HHOLT6
    emoticon how inspiring!
    1510 days ago
    Jean, you really are an inspiration to all of us on Spark! I have always admired you for the courage you exhibit throughout all of these trials and curveballs life throws your way. emoticon emoticon
    1510 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    51 is relatively young and you've been through so much already. You seem to be learning from it, though, and doing your best, which is all that can be asked of any of us. Bless you.
    1511 days ago
    You've been through so much in your life, but you never give up and never give in. I've always admired your spirit, and you are an inspiration to me, and to many others.
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    1511 days ago
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