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All I’m saying is try. Be the best you can be everyday

Sunday, August 19, 2018

My life has revolved around my pain 24/7 for the last 25 years. Throw in my depression and the rest of my health issues and I had pretty much given up hope. My wake up call was dying from gallbladder surgery in late November 2007. It wasn’t my time to leave my earthly home. My road to recovery was very slow and very painful on top of everything else. I slowly started walking after my doctor discharged me.
I barely could walk across the street to my Aunt and Uncles house. Steps were so difficult. In 2008 I started walking. Just to build my strength up. Very slow. I still remember my first mile walk later in April. I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe. I have asthma and my lungs were on fire. My first mile was around Osceola Island up at my brother’s house in NE Tennessee.
The pain was overwhelming and I basically gave up after that. I’d take very short walks every now and then it wasn’t until my diabetes went out of control that I finally said enough. That was on July 24, 2011. The day my life started changing forever.
In June 2012 I took my very first hike up at Carvers Gap on the Appalachian Trail. I got to the top of the first knoll and my brother said that he really didn’t think I was able to go that far but he was glad. I was standing there an shouted out to the world see I did it despite my doctor and physical therapist saying I would never walk without a walker or a cane. We walked a little farther towards the second knoll. Then I saw steps. I can’t do steps very easily. I have severe arthritis in both hips and knees. So we turned back.
My walking journey continues. I hit 10,065.4 miles yesterday.
My thing is, yes I’m in pain. I get depressed but I feel better when I walk. We need to get up and move our bodies to the best of our abilities. It doesn’t have to be a six mile hike uphill, even though a gentle walk may feel like it.
My challenge is to do something for 10 minutes three times a day. If you can’t make it ten, do what you can and slowly build up. The main thing is to just start moving. You can do it. Put more life in your life. One step at a time and one day at a time. Live your life now. Love yourself now. You are all beautiful in your own unique ways. If you are hurting, listening to your body is very important. If the pain is really bad, just some gentle movement helps. Until you learn how your body responds go slow.
I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, bone spurs, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, migraines, asthma and allergies and trick knees...one hyper extends and the other has screws to keep it from dislocating itself again.
Sending you this challenge with much love, hugs and prayers for a wonderful life.
Ramona
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Meet the challenge
    455 days ago
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    457 days ago
  • INFLATED
    We went to our son's house last night for an engagement party/birthday party. I didn't get to bed until after 2 AM and hubby told me he set the alarm for 6:30 AM. I have been dragging all day. I got mixed up about what time it was this morning and thought it was close to 9 AM. We leave for the drive to the church building about 9:20 AM and I wasn't showered or dressed. Here it was 8 AM and I got ready in plenty of time.

    I napped a lot today. I have to put the trash and recycling out on Sunday and I got that done plus I folded and put away two baskets of laundry. I should time doing the trash, but I don't, it is a very strenuous chore for me to do. I clean the litter box and put in new litter. I put a trash bag over the box and then turn it inside out to gather the dirty litter.

    You show us that we can exercise even with major health problems.
    458 days ago
  • LIZZIE138
    You inspire me to move at least 10 minutes a day. emoticon
    458 days ago
  • DARLENEK04
    Ramona you are an inspiration. I have some of the same issues healthwise that you
    are dealing with, and some caused by abuse from first husband, but if you can keep
    going and do more, then so can I.

    DarleneK
    458 days ago
  • JCMSMILE
    Doing my best to do my best every day! ! Sometimes it is hard, but I can't afford to give up. Thanks for being you and inspiring us to continue the journey emoticon
    458 days ago
  • SIMPLY_JAE
    Thanks for this.. I was to have a pity party about the way life is going and when I came to Sparks ..got a notification about your new blog..and as always I was inspired to keep trying and not give up.. I have the same conditions as you so seeing you not giving up helps me know I can do it to...
    458 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Thanks for the challenge. Some days when I think I just don't want to walk, I think about you and some other Sparkers who push thru more challenges than I have and kick my can and get moving.
    458 days ago
  • CEEMEE11
    That's all we can do if we know we've done our best and we should be satisfied with it not everyone metabolism is the same and we can expect everybody to have the same results in the same amount of time
    458 days ago
  • BLONDELLC
    Great inspiration!
    458 days ago
  • CLESSOFME3
    You are such an inspiration. I also live in upper East TN. My goal for this week is to walk 15 min each day. I also have arthritis and have had a hip replacement. Trying to work past the arthritis pain
    458 days ago
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