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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed ...
I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.
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Member Since: 8/25/2009

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My Goals:
Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

My Program:
I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.


Personal Information:
Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down to to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 20 yrs now.

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I am an avid reader when I have time. I like to swim and walk. Love traveling and seeing the country. We belong to Caring Canines, a therapy dog group, and take Abbie to visit hospitals and nursing homes.. I do a lot of volunteer work in the park where I reside. I am the beautification chair and take care of all the flowers and decorating in the park.

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YOGIGIRL58
9/1/2015 10:21:47 PM

Thanks for " stoppin ' by, today !! ;)





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9/1/2015 1:06:11 PM

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INFLATED
8/31/2015 10:26:19 PM

You are welcome to vent any time. I know what you are talking about. Mom went into the nursing home using oxygen. I would go to visit her and the tubing would be unhooked from the walk and she would be in a wheel chair with an empty tank on the back of it.

I finally confronted her doctor about why her nose tubing would be on the floor of her room and she would be in bed asleep and about the tank situation. They eventually took her off of it and she never had it again.

She would have a severe reaction to Avalox and they put her on that once in the hospital and she looked like she was having a grand mal seizure. You are right about having an advocate!



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INFLATED
8/31/2015 9:07:44 PM

I see ads on TV offering to send forms to Medicare for various medical equipment. I am leery of that. Mom was billed for physical therapy on days when she didn't have it. I think companies send in to get paid by Medicare for services and equipment they don't provide.

I wonder if the company you are dealing with would make as much money if your husband got a new machine.

When my mother was using oxygen, forms were submitted that they delivered tanks to her apartment while she was in the hospital. Unless you are keen on reading paperwork, in my opinion, they bilk Medicare for services and products that were not provided.







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IAMWINNING
8/30/2015 7:06:15 PM

Wow! Congrats to Yadi, and to the Cards. That's quite a distinction.



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