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12/27/13 11:43 P

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There are some really supportive people on here and people who really care.

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12/27/13 3:56 P

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I've been on Spark since 2006, and the support I've received and the friends I have made here is why I am still here.

My Spark friends have been a big support in encouraging me to live the best life I can despite living with cancer. The first time I was diagnosed, in 2003, was long before I joined Spark, and it never occurred to me that I could still try to exercise while going through chemo and radiation. One of the first teams I joined here on Spark was for cancer survivors; there were several on the team going through chemo or radiation, and they were still exercising, so when my cancer returned in 2007 (unfortunately, not curable this time), I knew that that did not mean I had to give up on my health and fitness goals. I have limitations now with what I can do and what I can eat, but if you really try, I have learned there are ways to work around those issues.

I know that diet and exercise won't cure me, but it can make the quality of the life I have left better. I hope to encourage others with a cancer diagnosis to pursue their goals also.

My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, and living with Stage IV breast cancer since 2007.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

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12/26/13 10:32 P

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I wrote a blog post the other day and so many people responded to it with positive comments. This was so uplifting to me. That's when I really realized what SparkPeople is really about. We all need support sometimes.

For me, I felt very alone and resigned about weight loss. I'm afraid if I lose weight, I'll gain it all back and more. So in essence, a diet is a very hard way to gain ten pounds. There was overwhelming relatedness to this feeling and a lot of love and support. When I was vulnerable and honest, I was rewarded by this community.

I want to hear more stories like this. Please share your experience of how you have been supported when you needed it most.

Sir Jerry (Jerry Hobby)
CEO of Anything Internet www.AnythingInternet.com
Radio personality, public speaker, internet marketing futurist

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