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7/1/12 12:20 P

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emoticon I love your positive attitude! Thank you for reminding me to keep myself active!

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6/30/12 9:41 A

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emoticon Denise!
I too have been on the surgery treadmill, and was so happy to have found Sparks with my yo yo weight gains (gain weight during surgical layoffs from exercising, then take it off when I am able to move -you get the idea) I discovered I did NOT have to gain weight while being laid up with surgery. Last year I had three -elbow replacement, foot and total hip replacement. Exercise was non existent, but I didn't gain weight because I set my Fitness Tracker to 0 cardio and kept in the calorie range the Nutrition Tracker gave me by careful tracking of everything I ate. It was like being on a diet again, but the thing was with no activity my appetite was reduced anyway. I have had RA since age 6.5 and I am now 50. I have had some 30 surgeries and get tired of starting over from scratch after each one, but do it anyway because to give an inch in this disease means it will take a yard!! I am in the best physical condition I have ever been in my life and can put kids half my age to shame in fitness classes. I still have lots of pain and deformities I have to deal with, but I push through them because I am worth it. The key is any pain you experience from exercising should not last any longer than two hours or you have overdone it. Physiotherapists are my best friend and keep me mobile and splints from occupational therapists help keep some of the worst changes from hurting too much. Keeping in touch with a highly active team like this will give you support and keep you accountable to your goal and program. Be sure to join in the daily chatter -lots of folks post and know what you are going through!
All the best with your program,

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6/29/12 7:06 P

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Hi Denise and welcome to one of the best of SP teams! I know you'll really fall in love with it as I first did when I joined a year ago this coming August.You know what they say, "Misery loves company" and do we ever because everyone here knows just what we're talking about. We're glad to have you back! Oh, and we can really still lose weight with being on Prednisone! emoticon emoticon

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6/29/12 6:15 P

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emoticon back Denise

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6/29/12 4:59 P

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emoticon Denise!
Glad to have you back. We are here to support you.

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6/29/12 1:47 P

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Hi, Denise!

BKWERM is right. This is the most supportive group I have ever seen. Most out introductory blogs sound almost the same. I find that interesting when someone new joins. It always sounds "just like me", and I think that's the best thing about this group of wonderful ladies - they are all just like you, and will stand behind you, commiserate with you, and understand with you.

Am so glad you're making it back to us, and hope you're healing well. I assume you have plenty of help in moving so you won't overdo it. right?

Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012
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6/29/12 10:11 A

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Welcome to the Team. Many of us do understand those feelings when people look at us and say you look fine. There is an interesting web site but you dont look sick dot com. She has a way of explaining to a friend what it is like to just get through a day. I started SP a year ago last March and I want to tell you take baby steps and your life can change...for the better. On SP there is a team called Chair Exercise that has helped me so much. You might check it out. There is hope. Oh by the way my son was station in Lemoore when he was in the Navy.
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6/29/12 5:45 A

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emoticon to the team! You've definitely come to the right place if you want support! This team is the most supportive team that I'm on! Post in the Daily Chat and soon you'll get to know others.

By the way, the reason why the team name is Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disorder instead of Rheumatoid Arthritis is just because people misunderstand Rheumatoid Arthritis. All they hear is the arthritis and they assume it's just aches and pains like everyone gets as they get older and we definitely know it's more than that. However, if you say you have Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disorder, people don't know what that means and generally are more accepting of what you tell them.

Anyhow, welcome to the team and have a great day!

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6/29/12 1:04 A

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Hi my name is Denise.
I joined this group about a year ago but then I left sparks because I had surgery on my Achilles Tendon needless to say I have had one surgery after another for the last year and now I am back to try and loose the weight that I put on because I was not active during those times. I gained 40 lbs in the last year and I am not happy about it. A week from Friday I will be getting the last of the stitches out from my last surgery. I should not have to have any more surgeries for a while.
A little about myself. I am 44 years old a stay at home mom to two teenage boys and I am a Navy wife. My husband and I have been married 19 and a half years. I have been diagnosed with RA since I was 26 years old. Currently I live in Silverdale Washington. I have lived in a few different places over the last 17 and a half years that my husband has been in the Navy. We are getting ready to move again in April to Lemoore Ca. for his last duty station before he retires. I know that if I loose the weight I will not have as much problems with my RA that I am having now. The people that I know do not know what I am going through because they have no clue what RA is and they do not understand why I sometimes get depressed or just don't feel like doing anything. It is not just that I don't want to do it I just physically cant do as much as they can. They are 20 years younger and do not have RA. It makes it hard to not have a support system. I am hoping that this group will help me get over the depression part and keep me on track. I really want to loose the weight and become healthy.

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