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10/23/12 2:01 P

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Welcome Samantha!

Many good wishes for your new "getting healthy" journey!

Blessings!

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10/22/12 8:35 P

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Thank you so much everyone for the warm welcomes, and encouragement!

The issues I am facing currently is that I do not have nor qualify for insurance so I'm not on any treatments to control my RA, but I do make sure to get my vitamins and I still take the supplements that were recommended to me by my doctor before I lost insurance. As well as I am working on saving up money so I can still continue seeing a chiropractor/physical therapist.

The other issue being that I tend to not eat enough, and when I do it ends up being things that are bad for me because I end up taking the convenience food over the healthy stuff that takes more work. Lately though I've been trying to cook from scratch more in large batches so I can freeze portions to eat when I don't feel well enough to cook.

Hopefully getting to a better weight, and getting better nutrition (more consistently), as well as getting more active will help me to improve my health :)

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ANGEL1066's Photo ANGEL1066 SparkPoints: (69,867)
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10/22/12 7:56 P

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Welcome! I was diagnosed at 16 almost 50 years ago. Lots of good tips and moral support here. The healthy lifestyle really helps! God Bless your journey!

"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach
With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article
MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.


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10/22/12 7:21 P

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emoticon Samatha!
I have had my RA since age 6.5, so its pretty much all I have known (I am 50 now). I wish you all the best with your goal. It is a bit easier to deal with RA when you are as fit and healthy as possible. I hope you have a good caring specialist who keeps on top of your condition with the latest medicines and treatments!
Do join the daily chatter and let us know how things are going!
Linda

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You CAN do it!


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BKWERM's Photo BKWERM SparkPoints: (88,429)
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10/22/12 5:10 P

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emoticon to the team! They're a great group of mainly women who know a lot about RAD and the issues. If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone. I believe the team leader, Cynthia (DEDICATED2HIM) is having her computer fixed this week so she may not be able to welcome you until she returns.

Take care.

Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
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10/22/12 11:58 A

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Good for you, Samantha, to choose a healthier lifestyle!
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There are lots of resources on the website and it's easy to get overwhelmed -- don't try to do everything at once. Focus on one or two things at a time and add new things when you're comfortable.

This is a great group for questions and support - feel free to ask anything and someone almost always has the answer.

We're glad you're here!
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10/22/12 11:33 A

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Welcome Samantha! Sorry that you have RA, but we wouldn't get to meet you if you didn't. This is a wonderful team to be on. There is always someone who's "been there and done that", which I where I get all my helpful tips from as I am not in such an advanced stage yet, but I seem to be working on getting there pretty fast and am terrified to slow down and maybe stall.

We have a weekly weigh-in, and this month it is on Mondays. Also, we have a challenge in exercise minutes where you just post how mnay minutes of exercise you have done during the week. They are both under the CHALLENGES forum on this page. I do hope you will join in. And if you don't want to list your weight, you can always put + or - your # of pounds lost of gained.

I hope you enjoy your time with us and get some great tips and tricks to beat the disease into submission!

Enjoy, Angela

Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012
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10/22/12 10:56 A

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Linda (Florida - Eastern Standard Time )

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10/22/12 9:30 A

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Hi Samantha! You'll love it here. They make us all feel so at home and there's lots of info. and resources here about RA. emoticon and good luck to you!

I'm starting my ticker over with going low carb.

"Little by little whittling my middle!"

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MRSNIGHTENGALE's Photo MRSNIGHTENGALE SparkPoints: (84)
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10/22/12 7:44 A

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Hi my name is Samantha and I'm a mom/housewife from Iowa. I've struggled with my weight forever, and was first diagnosed with RA when I was in 5th or 6th grade after years of joint problems. I've joined sparkpeople (and this page) because I want to be healthier and enjoy life with my family more :)

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