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11/9/17 3:59 P

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Hi Sonyamariec,
Welcome. I am 6 years post spinal surgery for lumbar fusion, as well as cervical spine fusion, and right knee arthroscopy. I had lost 40 lbs before my surgery to drop to 170's but put it back on over the last few years when I couldn't do the therapy exercises. I finally was able to do my physical therapy, but started having back pain this past spring after spraining my ankle, so again saw the orthopedic dr. and am in physical therapy. I have lost 10.7 lbs and dropped to 207 since August 2017. I am only 4'11" so it is a lot for my stature.

Glad to meet you,
Deborah aka lunadragon

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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11/9/17 1:08 P

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Hi there from Seattle! I am almost 4 years post op from a sleeve gastrectomy. I lost 180 pounds. A few years in, I lost my mom to cancer. I regained from 208 up to 240. Last year, I got sick, and lost 20 in a month. Since then, I seem to have settled at around 225. I would love to firm up and lose down to under 200. I am 5'11" by the way.

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2/8/14 7:48 A

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Welcome Cheryl,
I know after my spinal surgery, I had months of physical therapy. That was my starting point, but the stretches seemed to put my back into spasm for some time. Walking seems to be my best exercise of choice. I personally aim to get back on my recumbent exercise bike in the near future, because I am not quite walking enough. I too gained my weight back post surgery, then again I had 3 surgeries in 2011, two on my spine - one lumbar, the other cervical fusion - involving a total of three discs.
I have a fitbit to count my steps, which I love, and pushes me a little more on the walking. When we go to the store, I have to push a carriage, and that allows me to get a little more walking. But if I overdo it... You know how that goes.
Baby steps count. Increase the activities you can do - walking, physical therapy exercises, drink your water, and don't be discouraged. I had lost about 33 lbs prior to my surgery, and gained 30 back as well, finally, last year by increasing my walking and eliminating foods I am allergic to, I lost about 23 lbs... finally. I haven't lost any more, but have been finally increasing more of my "normal" activities. One little step at a time.
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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2/7/14 9:39 P

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Hi! My name is Cheryl. I'm a mom of 4 and a gma of 1. I had spinal surgery just over a year ago. I've gained about 30 lbs since. I wasn't small before! I don't know really know what exercises that I can do. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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1/30/14 7:51 P

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My husband, just recovering from surgery and multiple complications fell and broke his humerus up near his rotator cuff a week ago this past Saturday (it will be two weeks this Saturday). It has been quite the adventure.
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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1/11/14 1:20 P

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Sherry, One baby step at a time. My husband had ankle fusion in July, followed by several severe catastrophes - cardiac arrest and encephalitis. His health has been mainly on my mind, and mine has been on the side, though I did lose about 23 lbs last year. My main exercise - walking to and from hospital rooms (August through October). And walking at my job at least 2.5 miles per day.
I have also had a cervical spine fusion and lumbar fusion and knee arthroscopy in 2009. I am the queen of baby steps.
Keep strengthening and do what you can do without killing yourself. As you strengthen you will do more, it may be different, it may be with limitations, but you will be able to go forward. Stay positive,
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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1/11/14 1:07 P

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Way to go Cyndi! I didn't think to ask about exercises when I was in yesterday, but I did get approved to wean myself off the crutches. I'm only using one crutch as well, and have thought about trying to use a cane instead. I was so excited two days ago when I was able to drive for the first time since November!

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1/11/14 1:05 P

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Hello! I'm Sherry, and I'm 3 weeks post op from Sinovectomy (removal of damaged cartilage in my ankle) and repair of osteochondral defects in my same ankle. I was fortunate, and no hardware was needed for the repair, but I'm still dealing with my limitations. I have been out of the boot for a week, and yesterday got approval from the doctor to start weaning off of the crutches. He is concerned about pronation in my foot, and when I go back in 3 weeks, he is going to decide if he wants to put me in an orthotic.

I'm also trying to lose weigh. I'm a 39 year old mom of 2, also a caregiver for my mother (who lives with us) with dementia. We go Friday for follow up mammogram, and we may be dealing with other medical issues. DH is a construction worker, and I'm a professional counselor. Needless to say, free time is not something I know much about! I try to keep my kids active, but that means I don't have much free time.

I want so much to start walking with my lab everyday, but I'm not there yet. I have no idea what type of exercises to do with my limitations. I'm looking forward to ideas!

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10/10/13 4:50 P

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Things are looking up for you, Cindy. I am glad you checked with your doctor.

Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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10/9/13 4:31 P

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Dr okayed me for modified yoga and modified excersize today! I'm going to use the video excersizes for the stability ball. So excited!! Get to work up to using 1 crutch also. Things definitely looking up!! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
10/9/13 9:49 A

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Hi Cindy, Ankle surgery is a long recovery! Great that you found us and hope we can help support you along the way. Check with your doctor as to what you can and cannot do. My husband had ankle fusion July 30, and has begun weight bearing a couple weeks back. It is long and difficult, but not impossible. I know his physical therapist has given him some exercises he can do lying down. There are also chair workouts, if you don't have other issues and if you have medical approval, that may be something to look into.
Welcome!
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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10/8/13 9:33 A

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Hello! My name is Cindy, I am 50 years old and I had Achilles Tendon surgery on my right ankle 12 weeks ago. I am still on crutches and in a boot. I am off work until January, so I wanted to establish new healthy habits. I usually work 10-11 hour days, so my big excuse for not excersizing or cooking healthy meals was I was too tired or didnt have the time. I have nothing but time now!! So when I see the doctor this Wednesday, I'm going to ask him if I can start some modified stability ball or some modified yoga. I love this whole Sparks page website! Look forward to watching everyone's progress!!

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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
9/14/13 9:15 P

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Cynthia, I am so sorry about the MRSA, but it is better they found it before they tried to do surgery. It is so hard to be patient and wait for relief. You are in my prayers, and I hope you can find some comfort right now while you wait. It is hard to be a patient patient.
Hugs,
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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9/14/13 2:53 P

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I was scheduled to have a surgery to replace my shoulder joint. Due to a nervous surgeon (he was unsure about operating on me...the risks were very high) and then to a diagnosis of MRSA in my nostrils.--the surgery was cancelled til sometime in the future. Now I need to get rid of the MRSA so that I can begin using drug therapy to attack this PsA disease I have. Having MRSA may derail that therapy as well. So now I'm in a "wait and see" mindset until this issue (the MRSA) can be addressed so that doctors lose their fear of killing me by trying any treatment.
Meanwhile daily my shoulder continues to get worse and worse.
Deborah, I'm so glad things are settling down for you. I know how frightened you were. I'm so grateful that God heard all of our prayers.

Blessings.
cynthia

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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
9/14/13 2:24 P

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Hi ASCHMIDT305,
I had laser surgery for endometriosis around 1991. I then had my first and only pregnancy and my son January 4, 1993. I was grateful how it helped me. I was much lighter than now, but am working at losting mine too.

I have been away as my husband had ankle fusion July 30, 2013, then lots of complications. I am back, but not as full force due to added responsibilities at the moment. I think of all of you, and remember that when you have surgery, your body has that to recover from.

Thinking of you with prayer,
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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DEDICATED2HIM's Photo DEDICATED2HIM Posts: 4,377
4/25/13 4:03 P

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Welcome. How wonderful that you were able to have your children! I know that you will lose the weight necessary. I just read a book and wiht it's help I lost 7 pounds in one week and it mentions in the book that this diet is helpful for those with endometriosis. The book is called 'Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Maybe consider checking it out...it allows you to eat a lot of food and provides rather rapid weight loss.
blessings
Cynthia

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4/25/13 9:58 A

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Hello Group. I am a 36-year-old mother of 2. I have been battling endometriosis since I was 19. I am very fortunate to have my 2 children. After many years of different medicines, surgeries, and other procedures, I have resigned my fight and succumbed to the doctor's orders that I have a hysterectomy. I was 2 weeks away from this surgery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, who is now 2 years old.

Knowing this surgery was coming, I have been losing weight, doctor's orders. I have lost 20 lbs. since June and hit a wall. They have scheduled my surgery for July and he asked I try to lose 5-10 more lbs.

I hope with your help, I can accomplish this goal and keep my weight off during recovery. Thank you, in advance, for your support.

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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
4/3/13 7:59 P

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Gail, glad you found us too. We have all had one or more surgeries.
I had biopsies recently but mine were benign. I understand how scary this is.
Let us know how we can help you. You will be in prayer for certain.
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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3/28/13 2:55 P

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welcome Gail...We will be here for you when you're back from your surgery. I will pray that the surgery is successful, not difficult and that you rebound quickly.


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3/28/13 12:22 P

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I am so happy I found this group.
I am having major surgery in a couple of weeks.
They found cancer in my uterus so I am having radical hysterectomy surgery.
I am really dreding in as I had a hard time after a csection.It took 3 months for me to feel normal again.I can`t imagine what this will do to me.
It scares me so.I don`t like being put under.
I am focusing on eating really healthy to get my body prepared.

Love is`nt something you wait for or something that comes to you from elsewhere,but rather that it`s a behavior,a way of being in the world.


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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
3/21/13 8:08 P

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Lori, we all lead busy lives in between pain, and strengthening. I appreciate your joining. This is at least a place we can share, and encourage each other and others. It is not an easy place to be. Like Cynthia, I admire your strength and sunshine attitude. I keep you both in my prayers.

Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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3/21/13 8:42 A

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I am getting over my third and biggest tendon surgery in my ankle. I am fighting depression and have recently begun counseling for a sexual assault that happened when I was 15, but I never got counseling for it. These two things combined leave me little energy. I hope that I will contribute to this team, but please don't count on it or hold me to it. I will try very hard to be here, but I can only do what I can do. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for making this team, Deborah... it's a great idea.

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3/20/13 9:08 P

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I'm looking forward to getting to know each other better and growing the team into a good support.

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3/20/13 6:44 P

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Hi Cynthia,
You have been an inspiration to me of strength and perseverance. I have seen you go through some of this in the last three years. I hope we can encourage each other.
Deborah

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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3/20/13 3:27 P

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Hi My name is Cynthia and I have psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and as a result have had four hip replacement surgeries in the past two years. I had my most recent revision (due to the fact that it kept dislocating) this year on Jan 2nd. I currently need to have both my shoulders and my elbows replaced as well. I've had 6 lumbar surgeries and the lumbar region of my spine is completely fused. My neck is spontaneously fusing due to the PsA (called Psoriatic spondylopathy). I had lost 70 pounds in my first year of Spark (I'm in year 3 now) however after bilateral hip surgeries and many rounds of steroids from asthma....I've regained it all. It is taking a really long time to lose any weight at all. I'm almost completely sedentary but am hoping to get back into exercising again.

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3/20/13 2:59 P

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Hi I am Lunadragon aka Deborah
I am currently about 2 years post op for cervical spine discectemy fusion, knee arthroscopy, and lumbar discectemy and fusion. I had all three surgeries in 2011, and it has been a long recovery to motion and feeling better. I only recently am beginning to feel well enough to push my fitness buttons a little harder.
Prior to my surgeries, I had lost about 30 pounds, but have since regained it and am back to square one. I realize there are others in this same boat and thought this would be a good place to start encouraging each other.
I have a few small goals.
First, I want to lose 12 pounds by mid-June. Ultimately I have much more to lose.
Second, I want to walk in the Relay for Life again this June.
I need encouragement when I get frustrated by pain. Don't we all.
I want to encourage others by what I have learned by it all along the way.

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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LUNADRAGON's Photo LUNADRAGON Posts: 2,427
3/20/13 2:54 P

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Welcome to Post-Surgery Weight Busters. It's time to pop that weight balloon and make it happen.

Introduce yourself here.
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What you are able to do
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"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." -Lance Armstrong
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"One tiny little thing can spark an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere." from a magazine.


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