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Me at my last book signing, moderating a lively discussion at my heaviest weight

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"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.�
-Tom Venuto
I borrowed this quote from a comment on a friend's page. I have many obstacles to over come. Severe asthma and frequent courses of steroids. RA (rheumatoid arthritis) PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis) Sj (Sjogrens's Disease) and Glaucoma....Not to mention the 100 pounds I have to lose. According to this quote my persistence and struggle to overcome one of these obstacles will strengthen me and help me to overcome the next obstacle.

It's been a long and bumpy ride. I've been a member of Spark People since 2009....initially lost 70 pounds which later after many encounters with IV Steroids, I regained all of the weight I'd lost. Then I tried Dr Fuhrman's method of eating ...and I lost 25 pounds. Then enter more IV steroids and I've regained 10 of the 25 lost. My husband and I felt so much better on the Eat to LIve program ( Dr Fuhrman's book) and we had a very bad lapse in our diet .

Now I'm back to a regular vegetarian diet with very limited dairy....and am once again, tracking on SP. I WILL GET THIS DONE.

Member Since: 1/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 13,543

My Goals:
To make it back to Onederland...a pedicure for reward (done)

to maintain at least short bursts of activity throughout the day.

To reduce pain levels and perhaps to avoid more surgeries.

To find ways to make my life more meaningful despite severe limitations...To help others whenever possible rather than always being the recipient of help.

to get rid of the HTN meds and hopefully reduce some of the other medications as well.

My Program:
--to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
--to make sure when I leave the house for the day, that I am bringing with me healthy food to eat to avoid eating at a restaurant

--to have at least 2 periods of ten minute long activity each day.

--to begin to journal this leg of my journey.

--to make 90% of my foods nutrient dense foods.

Personal Information:
I suffer from a debilitating form of a Rheumatic AutoImmune Disease (PsA)as well as RA and SJ (Sjogrens's Syndrome) and Glaucoma and have had 7 major joint replacement surgeries thus far, with 3 more pending

I love the Lord Jesus and wish to live a life of moderation and restraint.

I hope to begin to simplify my life. Shedding excess things and getting down to what really matters

Other Information:
I'm looking for ways to continue my creative output despite physical limitation.

In September,`14 my first book, a memoir, was published--that was a dream for years and now is a reality.

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    "In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas. In their hearts we find its meaning.”

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    Happy Birthday to my very special friend!!! emoticon

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    Cynthia, I lost my mother last year. She had lived with us for 11 years and we had to watch her succumb to bowel cancer. Thus I can really empathise with what you are going through right now. Time is a healer and you will get over this but you will never forget. Next week I am taking our church service and my theme is the journey to God. One of the readings is the whole of Revelation 21, and no doubt you will be familiar with it. Now your mother is with God and in the new heaven and on the new earth. As with my mother and years ago, my father, we can, a least, be thankful for that. God bless you Cynthia..


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    emoticon emoticon Maybe you should have used the scooter when you go out? It was a major traumatic surgery and I can easily see it getting cranky. Also your healing will be slow because you are so immunosuppressed. This is also why you are having trouble fighting that infection :-( They may have to take you off the RA drug to allow you to recover. They took me off all my meds when they thought I had the infection in the arm. I was getting IV vancomycin therapy every day! Turned out to be a waste of time as I didn't have an infection (and never thought I did) I don't get infections. Ever. No colds, no infections in the ton of surgeries I have had. Nothing. I have recovered in filthy conditions (where everyone else was getting infections) and still nothing. One small blessing, but perhaps explains why the RA was so efficient at trashing my body.
    Have you done Orencia? Not new, but very effective. I subscribe to a RA newsletter that always comes out with a chart of the latest approved drugs, will have to see if I can find it.
    I used to do a banana a day in my smoothie, but stopped when I couldn't get the calories low enough :-( This vegan diet is really high calorie because of trying to get protein from nuts, seeds and beans which are pretty high calorie. I think a keto diet would have been better, from all accounts its a miracle cure for a lot of ailments, including RA, but requires supervision of a health professional who knows what they are doing and constant blood monitoring.
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