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My 4 children and I in 2004, aren't they an attractive bunch!

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My precious 3 yr old granddaughter A'Nyah Marie and I at Kennywood Amusement Park in August of 2008

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Hello All, my name is Dana and I have an interesting story that I am certain that some will identify with - not all, but certainly some of you are in a somewhat similar situation as I am. I have always been a large person, even as a child. I suffered a brain injury at the age of 34 that left me partially paralyzed and unable to walk. I was in a coma for 42 days and on life support. I was the mother of 4 children with the oldest just turning 14 two days before I became hospitalized and my youngest a set of 5 yr old twins, with a 6 yr old, too. At the time, I was working full-time and being a full-time mom. I was hospitalized from October 20, 1997 until June 23, 1998. I left the rehab hospital walking 100 ft with a brace and walker and 279 pounds. In June of 1999 I suffered a 3rd degree burn on my paralyzed leg and could not wear my bracing and stopped walking because of the pain from the burn and my left leg deformed because I did not wear my bracing . I had corrective orthopedic surgery in October of 2001 to repair my left ankle and achilles tendon to allow me to stand on my left leg again, The surgery was a complete success but the cast rubbed 2 of my 8 incisions raw and opened them to infection and as a result of the soft tissue injury, I developed lymphedema in both of my legs and my incisions reopened. I had a skin graft to close the wound in 2002 and because of post surgical swelling, the skin graft sloughed off. I have had many treatments for my legs over the last 6 yrs since the surgery and gained over 100 pounds to an all time high of 394 pounds on August 6, when I had gastric bypass surgery. Some people have accused me of taking the easy way to losing the weight or "cheating". The surgery I had is similar to having open heart surgery - does that sound easy to you? The surgery is definitely a tool but I still had to make life changes but with the tool that the surgery has given me I am able to make better choices for my life and how I want to live it! It has made it easier to move around after I lost the initial 70 pounds but it is still a daily choice to eat right, exercise and motivate myself to make a change in what I do. I am a mother of 4 and a grandma of 1 with 1 on the way any day. I am a poetess, playwrite, author, advocate for the disabled, student, volunteer and many other things. I like to stay busy and encourage others to reach their full potential. I am born again and living for the Lord and really want to get the rest of the weight off so that I can be healthier. I look forward to meeting more nice folks like the ones that I have connected with already. Peace and blessings to all!

Member Since: 1/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 61

My Goals:
My long term weight loss goal is another 100 pounds and keep up my strength training to maximize my potential

My Program:
I eat a high protein, low fat calorie restricted diet. I do strength training and cardio training

Personal Information:
I live in Pittsburgh, PA the home of the Magnificent Steelers! I am 44 yrs young. I am a mother of 4 children age 24, 17 and 16 yr old twins. I also have a gorgeous 2 yr old granddaughter named A'Nyah Marie, she is the light of my life and I intend on getting to see and spoil the rest of my grandchildren. (getting healthier to live a long time).

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I love to encourage people by telling them that there is no obstacle to large to overcome and no problem to big to deal with, also there is no disability that cannot be dealt with. It is not a disability at all- because "disability" actually means the

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  • v DDANALYNN412
    emoticon Leslie I am sorry that you are not feeling so well but I pray that you will soon be feeling better but if you are really not feeling well maybe you should put off the 5K. Our bodies send us signals that we shouldn't ignore so if you feel really bad then postpone it (there will be plenty of other 5Ks) and then don't beat yourself up about it. Are you staying hydrated (drinking at least 8 (8 oz) glasses of water daily? I am doing ok I guess its just that this has been a very busy week for me I am eating right but I have not had any time to do fitness emoticon . My son just told me that I am losing valuable muscle mass that I had previously by not doing at least 10 minutes of strength training daily. He suggested that I do it during the nightly news for the first 10 minutes of local news. I told him that I would try it and tonight will be the first night that I will try emoticon I will do at least 10 minutes of strength and resistance training and then go to sleep. Leslie I do so hope that you feel better, is there anything that I can get you? all I have to give you is a hug! emoticon
    4252 days ago
  • v LESWHO
    so on wednesday I am running a 5k. I am not feeling well today but I already planned. I hope you are having a good week so far
    4252 days ago
  • v LESWHO
    I had a bad day yesterday stayed in bed the whole day other than a bike ride about 4:00. Then right back to bed. I am going to work real hard this week to move the scale. I hope you are doing well.
    4255 days ago
  • v DDANALYNN412
    Good Morning! emoticon emoticon Wow! seems like all that bike riding is paying off! Have a great day! I am feeling great not only because I got a clean bill of health from my doctor but just because I seem to have gotten my "umph" back! I am so happy to be alive and to have great people like you in my life, Leslie! Have a fantastic day! emoticon
    4257 days ago
  • v LESWHO
    Ok I got this morning and weight like always and I am down 1.8lbs. This will be a nice workout weekend. I hope you have a great day also
    4257 days ago
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