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August 27th, 2010: I opened my e-mail today and found birthday wishes from my Sparks Friends. You have made my day! Just the sweet gesture from people on this website has truly touched me. Thank You!

July 17th, I had to change my weight loss ticker. I had been slowly gaining weight in the tummy and just kept thinking I would lose it but it hasn't happened. So here I am at 200lbs. I have allowed my health problems to be my excuse but I can't do that because RA will never go away and I can't let my weight get so out of control. I do eat if I am in pain and I have to eat when I take my medications. Now I have to exercise and pull it together!!!
June 25th, how time flies....I've had 3rd tx last week, dose was increased because the 2nd tx wore off two week to early. Pulmonologist had me repeat sleep study and take a nap study. Felt my BiPap machine may be faulty and got a new one. Sent the other to be tested. I failed the nap study, slept to well. So I started Nuvgil to keep me alert during the day. So far so good. Obviously I am awake and online. I haven't done that since January. Thanks for reading and letting me vent.

January 12th, got my first Remicaid treatment for RA, all went well and looking forward to improvement. Thanks for your support!

January 4th, I reviewed my Intro and would like to be more positive for the new year! I will get my new RA treatment on 1/12/09. So now instead of backinshapein08 I'm thinking "Feelinfine409"!!

December 8th, finally, the insurance and Dr. got their stuff together and I am scheduled to start Remicade (IV medication) for my RA, which has been getting progressively worse. I can only hope this will work for me! I'm really excited, I still remember how it is to feel good, I can't wait to have that again. Then you all better watch out cause I will be loosing weight and looking good! LOL

UPDATED: December 1st
I've found the great healing powers of yoga. I want to get into the Zin. It is really helping me cope with RA and feel better. Now, I am still the same person but feeling improved!

UPDATED November 08:
I an stuck in the 180's but still fighting a lot of illness. Had to have an EGD to check stomach problems. All biopsies where OK and will need to take medication to sooth my stomach. The Dr. call the problem erosive gastritis. But it has settled down and I can stop having to put something on my stomach to settle it. So over the last two weeks I have lost 2 pounds. Gone!
I will start IV medications for my RA. It has been getting progressively worse. So I hope it works and I feel less pain soon.

UPDATED September 08:
I just feel so frustrated with my health and how difficult it makes it for me to lose weight. In 2004 I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis also called lymphostatic colitis (anyone have this?), Hasihimoto's thyroiditis (hypothyroid), 2006 rheumatoid arthritis, Minere's disease and 2007 Sjogren's Syndrome. It looks as though I will be plagued with autoimmune problems and 2008 has still been one flare up after another. I know this is hard on DH.
I'm taking medications to keep the autoimmune disorders somewhat in check and hoped to be on my way to getting fit yet I have had foot problems and a repeat Minere's attack that just make it much harder to exercise not to mention the fatigue of auto-immune disorders.
I would just like to work past my medical problems but it seems like it is always something. I'm trying to stay positive but need a little help.

UPDATED July: Only a month and 1/2 to go. I was at a plateau at 180 but now have started to lose again. We will go Rving alot now and I have to stay on track. I am proud of how my attitude and weight have improved.

UPDATED May: I'm feeling better. I still have weight to lose but I'm not beating myself up over it. My son turned 18 and graduated. I'm so proud of him! He will be going to A&M. My puppies are so sweet except when they tear up things. My husband is still the best. I'm not working and feel that has helped my health conditions improve. I've lost 8 pounds but lost and gained it a couple of times before I can honestly say i have lost it for good. I have three months to reach my goal....... I hope I can but if I can't my goal to feel better has definitely improved.

START January:I'm ready to get back in shape to look and feel fine by fifty which is only 7 months away!!! I'm determined to do it......... I've been using everything in Sparkpeople for this past month.
I just like to work past my medical problems. I'm trying to stay positive but need a little help.

Member Since: 12/31/2007

Fitness Minutes: 365

My Goals:
By planning on losing 4 pounds a month which is 1 pound a week (just thinking small steps). I just plan on taking it one month at a time. I also want to gain a more positive outlook on my health.

My Program:
I'm being open and honest in the Sparkspeople. I find it easier not to hide the fact that I need help and I like knowing it is there for me.

I have to learn to eat foods that I know are good for me, not just what I want at the moment. I have to push past the arthritis pain to exercise.

Personal Information:
I'm from South Oklahoma and am currently taking a break from working as an RN so I can focus on getting better and fit. My husband and I love to go Rving when ever we can. I have started doing yoga. I really miss teaching and maybe I will be able to learn to teach yoga since it is helpful for RA.

Other Information:
I love my two maltese puppies. My Mom is my best supporter in my life. Spring is my favorite season, I love to yoga, garden, go Rving and be outdoors. I am having to deal with the empty nest now that my son has gone to college but staying busy helps me not miss him so bad.

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    Happy Birthday to You!!

    Born August 27, you may seem, at some point, to come from nowhere and take the world -- or your own little corner of it -- very much by storm. You live for excitement, and yet you don't always seem like the most exciting of individuals -- for you can be quiet, subdued, aloof and quite pensive at times. Still, there is much going on beneath the surface, and this is likely to be evident in your work, which is prolific and highly creative. What may take others by surprise as well, of course, is that you are both highly social and secretive at the same time.

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    Happy Birthday to You!!

    Born today (Aug. 27), you are not only interested in justice, fair play and equality for all but also in the effects that the pursuit of these all-important interests have on the world around you. There are times, in fact, when you feel somewhat isolated from most other individuals, though you will always do your best to avoid feeling in any way superior to them. Still, you may be somewhat superior in more ways than one, but this isn't something that you let go to your head.

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    Today’s Virgo Horoscope: You have someone looking out for you at this time, but you may have to go it alone for a while to gain valuable confidence.

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    3916 days ago
    I am so happy to get your comments, Nice to know there are friends who do care, Thank You!
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    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
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