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My 65th birthday party.

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This is when I weighed 335 pounds. I had RnY bariatric surgery in 2009 and lost 100 pounds.

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I am now 72 years old and have had diabetes since I was 35 years old. Other maladies that are challenges for me are CHF and overlapping asthma/COPD (no, I never smoked). I also survived breast cancer, with a double mastectomy, 20 years ago, and have osteoporosis and recovering spinal fractures. Exercise is very hard for me, as is walking. I use a mobility scooter for the most part and a combination of a walker indoors with walking by holding onto things that are steady. I live in a Senior Apartment complex in Riverside, California and welcome people to e mail me. chiefgrammy@gmail.com

Member Since: 11/10/2017

My Goals:
I need to lose a hundred pounds and get my A1C down below 7.

My Program:
I am just now realizing that there are pages in Spark which have DAILY challenges and tips. It is exciting for me to read them. I would like to do what I can when I can. Many days, I am so exhausted, I don't much get up from my recliner and computer.

Personal Information:
I am a mother of two sons, a grandmother to 6 grandchildren. I was a Special Education teacher when I was working, but I am retired now.

Other Information:
I've won numerous academic and speaking awards in my life. Also I fought the Los Angeles Schoolboard a long time ago when there was a toxic waste landfill across from my school. What mattered more than winning mone was I got the school closed down until the Superfund could clean it up, and made them move over 1,500 students and workers and teachers to another school in the meantime. They called it "Sunrise".

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