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5-27-09 I knew that I couldn't just give up regardless of what the doctor had to say. If anything I might consider changing pulmonologists and find one that is a little more encouraging and supportive. But I guess the bottom line is I know what I need to do. I need to keep being a member of the SPARKPEOPLE family because it's what motivates me. It gives me the support that I need to be as healthy as I possibly can. Eating well, exercising and losing weight can only add length and happiness to my life. So I plan on sticking around and I thank God that He brought me here to begin with and that He is still carrying me through and guiding me each step of the way. His grace and mercy are new every day and this is a brand new day! And tomorrow will be a new day too!...and the day after that and the day after that! So I'm going to live each one as it comes as God gives them to me..."One day at a time" and try to enjoy them to the fullest!! And to all of my SPARK FRIENDS out there...thank you for all of your support and your prayers...and please know that you too are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I'll be seeing you!
5-21-2009 I have not been very active for the last few weeks due to so many health issues and going to the doctor for tests, etc. My blogs have told most of the story for all of this. So I find myself in a situation where I need to take some time off and consider my options. I will still try to stay in touch with my SPARK FRIENDS and I will be back....You can count on it!
April 2009
I'm happy to say that since I joined the SPARK team, that things are beginning to feel more serene around here. I was diagnosed with COPD over thirteen years ago and came very close to dying. The outcome looked grim at the time because the doctors said with lung reduction I could live for maybe another five years and then with a lung transplant maybe another five years! At the time, my daughter Heather was fifteen and my son Marshall (who is bi-polar and then some) was only nine. I ranted and raved and cried and yelled at God and nothing seemed fair. You know the "WHOA IS ME!!??" trip! Anyway, found a good pulmonologist that convinced me that the only way to go was pulmonary rehabilitation. So my mom, bless her heart, wheeled me in there three times a week and at the beginning I could barely stand up, much less walk on a treadmill or ride a bike. But thanks to a lot of special people surrounding me, by the following summer instead of going to Washington for lung reduction surgery, my children and I went on our very first vacation to see friends in California. (without continuous oxygen either) Now how great is that for beating the odds!! God has been so good to me and I am so thankful that his mercies and grace are new everyday! I've had some set backs and as I said before getting off track really didn't help but sometimes we just have to do what we have to do. My mom had been going downhill for a long while and in 2004 we had to put her in a nursing home and the same month, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. So all of us kids pitched in to help take care of the folks. Unfortunately, Dad only lasted until February and Mom passed away three weeks later. It was difficult, but I wouldn't have wished them back for anything because we never want to see the ones we love suffer. And then it took well over a year to get their estate all sorted out and as a result, I feel very foolish in saying that I totally neglected taking care of myself. Sometimes it just takes me a long time to learn my lessons and it seems like it usually is the hard way. Shoulder replacement, fractured back, allergic reaction to antibiotics, tendinitis in both achilles tendons, extreme vitamin D deficiency, and increased steroid use at last landed me on my back and down and out!! And I really think I was starting to just give in to the fact that Life - NOT life as I knew it, but LIFE WAS OVER for me! I had already taken to my bedroom and then when I ended up in a hospital bed, that just made it more convinient to stay in that room!! And after all, there was no sense in trying anymore. Every time I tried to get back up and into rehab, something else just went wrong and I couldn't breathe so up went the oxygen intake and the steroids and on went the weight and down came the mood! And the vicious circle was becoming less vicious and I didn't even realize it! It wasn't vicious anymore, because I had just laid down and quit running around it!! And then one day not to long ago somehow I ran upon this amazing website and now there's a whole new story waiting to be told. Because if I'm going to die (and of course we all are aren't we?), then I'm going to learn to live while I am dying!! And here's the promise I'm going to use to help me do it......."For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Member Since: 3/9/2009

Fitness Minutes: 4,306

My Goals:
To become a positive, motivated, person. I want to act on what I know is true and good for me, so that I can be a good influence on my family and friends and become the best that I can be!
"I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me!" Phil. 4:13

My Program:
To start each day knowing that it holds something good in it. Take one step at a time and increase my activities and gain knowledge about my diet and my physical strength. Knowing that if I never give up, things will always look up. For every down there is an up and for every failure there is a success. After all, without the lows, I would have no highs. But the greatest gift I have is learning to be content in any situation that I am in. And ah!!!!! those sighs of contentment are such sweet release! AMEN? AMEN!

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in Owyhee County Idaho, called Homedale - right next to the Oregon border. My daughter just turned 28 on Valentine's Day and I have five grandchldren. My son Marshall will be 22 the last day of this month and he lives at home with me.

Other Information:
Life has not always been kind or easy, WE ALL have a story. But this one thing I know for sure - no matter how far down I get or how many things go crazy in my life, God is in Control! And I can always count on Him to pick me up when I fall or to carry me through when I'm too weak to even fall. He is an Awesome God and I will serve Him all the days of my life!

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