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12/9/19 6:09 A

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My name is Elizabeth. I live In Los Angeles in the Port, but don’t consider myself from California. I was born in north Jersey; finished my childhood, teen years and college in southeast Pennsylvania; traveled with military husband to West Germany, and ended up in Southern California with second marriage. Choosing to marry a third time kept me in this same area.

I’m disabled from brain and spinal injury in 1990s, and use a walker. Used to work admin in different fields. Now caregiver for my sweet DH, who has ESRD; we have been together for 23 plus years. DH received a kidney transplant in May of this year. While his new kidney is strong and functioning well, DH has had several complications. For months, he has been fighting a drug resistant infection in his blood (sepsis).

My wonderful DD & SIL live in Colorado with four year old GD Sierra and one year old GD Ryan. My precious DS Scott is forever 27 in Heaven since 2008. A link to his memorial video is in my signature box. MIL had severe Alzheimers and recently passed away. DHs DD lives locally and has three children.

My healthy living plan is simple: honestly track my food, balance my nutrition daily, enjoy treats and special occasions, and focus on health rather than pounds lost. I have food issues going back to childhood, so it’s important for me to look at the emotional side, not just numbers.

I can’t describe myself without talking about my cats and rescue work.

Officially, we had five personal rescued cats: Tabitha, Dinky, Scrappy, George, and Dessy, all from different sources. Dinky, my son's "kitten in a tree" that he died saving, recently became ill with a large mass on her liver. I made the decision to relieve her pain and let her go, but still automatically list her as one of my cats. Tuxie is technically a foster, but since he is still feral, I'm not actively looking for a home for him.

DH and I volunteered for a local cat rescue, but I now do my own rescue work. We used to do a lot of fostering, both long and short term, and for emergency situations, averaging 22 to 28 cats and kittens of various ages, conditions, and time frames. This had to change because of DH's transplant.

I run a trapping program for TNRs; oversee a network of volunteer foster homes (vet care, speuters, vaccines, food, etc); arrange no cost spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats and pets in the local area; arrange large food donations for colony feeders; provide transport, and other tasks as needed.

As I prepare for DH to come home permanently, I've been reorganizing our home to create 100% cat-free zones, and adopting out most of the 26 kitties we had at the time of his transplant.

This recent diagnosis of Afib (from a typhus infection) shook me up. In fact, I’m still in the hospital, but I’m stable now. Gotta focus on the changes needed in my lifestyle.

I have had an eventful life...
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My son Scott's memorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AopgOKaOUwY

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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11/20/19 11:59 P

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hello and welcome to the team

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Faith makes all thing possible
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11/18/19 8:27 A

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I am a hopeful and enthusiastic person. My faith community, Baha'i, keeps me inspired.
I can walk short distances. I am hopeful I will go back to being in the water at the local LA Fitness.
I have psoriatic arthritis, am morbidly obese, and have heart conditions, including congestive heart failure..
My husband is blind and I am his caregiver. He provides the lifting power for carrying heavy things. I am inspired by his dedication to exercising and walking.
I volunteer as a Master Gardener at a local MG phone line. I want to do volunteering at local MG community garden in the spring.

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11/17/19 11:22 P

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hello and welcome to the team

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Faith makes all thing possible
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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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11/14/19 11:38 P

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Hi, my name is jae.. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, as a result I have balance issues and very fatigued. I walk with a walker. I am caregiver to my husband who has dementia.. I also have a new puppy who keeps me busy..I have lost weight while here at Sparks but very slowly..I would like to lose another thirty pounds..there is high blood pressure and heart problems in my family history.. I have chest pains from time to time..but so far it has just been anxiety..I have kidney failure and cannot take water pills..wow! I am a mess..lol

The pain passes ~ only the beauty remains...


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11/9/19 10:40 P

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hello and welcome to the team

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Faith makes all thing possible
Love makes all things happen
Hope makes all things work

God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

Let your life be like Angel Food Cake...sweet and Light---




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11/7/19 4:02 P

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Hi...I am from Ohio. I have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, raynaulds & bunions which have now caused hammer toes. I cannot have surgery due to raynaulds.

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11/4/19 7:28 P

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Hi!

I developed limited mobility from ankle injuries&fibro & m.ecfs&other &vestibularbalance problems& a rare condition

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11/3/19 11:44 P

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hello and welcome to the team

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Faith makes all thing possible
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10/30/19 6:27 A

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@ASHENPOND2 Glad you joined us!

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10/29/19 9:17 P

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Hi , My name is Jenye, and I live in Australia. I broke my ankle 3 years ago and have been in a wheelchair 24/7 since then. I have had MS since the mid 1980s and coped quite well until my ankle incident. At the moment my motivation is very low and the depression is starting to set in. Thank you for having me in your team.

Jenye.

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10/15/19 11:09 P

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Hello and welcome to the team even though I lost a lot the past 3 years my weight was a yo yo with family and nerves etc hang in

DEE Southern New Jersey

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Faith makes all thing possible
Love makes all things happen
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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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10/15/19 9:35 P

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Thanks.

Carolyn

"Not Perfection but Progress" in my lifestyle changes.

Left Knee Fracture: 3-5-12
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Welcome @CAROLYN0107! Glad you joined us! You and @BEARSLOVER (look at post below) are both from Nebraska!



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I'm Carolyn, also from Nebraska. In 2012 I broke my knee and lost my artery in that leg. A vein to artery transplant was done to make me a new artery. But... my leg always swells and seems to get heavier as the day goes by. At least I have a leg! Sometimes amputation is necessary with this type of injury. Oh, I had to have that knee replaced but now there is a bone spur growing behind my knee so I can't bend my knee very much. I am mobile but not for long distances. or times. I do rent a scooter when I go to the zoo. I have problems getting up from chairs because of my knee that doesn't bend enough.

I've been on Sparkpeople since 2008 but I weigh much more now than when I joined.

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10/8/19 11:41 P

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hello Connie

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Faith makes all thing possible
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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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10/8/19 4:58 P

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I'm Connie, I live in Northeast Nebraska by way of San Antonio, Texas! I'm a Texan at heart!
I have SLE (Lupus), Sjogren's Syndrome, Migraines, Essential Tremor, RA, Connected Tissues Disorder. I have bone on bone in my right knee and hip. I can never have a replacement bc of the Connected Tissue Disorder. I have a problem with my tissues connectin'. If they do a knee replacement I'm afraid it won't connect and I will lose my leg.
Walkin' long distances are hard for me. I have an electric wheelchair that I use for long walks. Goin' in the stores, like Walmart and Hobby Lobby. I also have a lift for my van. The van and the lift are the best thangs we ever got. I've had my chair for 20 yrs. now.

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They will soar on wings like eagles:
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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live in New Jersey have spine injury and hip and knee problems

DEE Southern New Jersey

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Faith makes all thing possible
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God is Good all the time. All the time GOD is good.

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10/6/19 5:08 P

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Thank you!

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Hi @JHOOSER2! Looking forward to getting to know You!

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Hi. My name is julie. From kansaa city. I have Multiple Sclerosis.

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Hi & Welcome! Tell us about You and where you are from.

I'm from PA and have OA in hip and knee.

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