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Trish on the Move

I am a disabled nurse. I was a nurse for over 25 years and loved my job but it took it's toll on me both physically and emotionally. I now find I am no longer able to be the caregiver but more in need of a caregiver. I have to do this for myself. I need to feel better physically as well as emotionally. I mourned for my vocation for over a year after health issues forced me to quit a long time love/job. During that time I just added more weight and became less active because I allowed pain ...
I am a disabled nurse. I was a nurse for over 25 years and loved my job but it took it's toll on me both physically and emotionally. I now find I am no longer able to be the caregiver but more in need of a caregiver. I have to do this for myself. I need to feel better physically as well as emotionally. I mourned for my vocation for over a year after health issues forced me to quit a long time love/job. During that time I just added more weight and became less active because I allowed pain to be my guide...I now want to master the pain by first losing weight and beginning an exercise program I can LIVE with.
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Member Since: 8/9/2009

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I had gastric stapling way back in 1986 and boy did it work! I went from 275 to 140 in no time. Then in 1997 all of a sudden I couldn't keep much down. I started losing weight, went to my doctor who thought I was a loon and just made remarks like...most women would kill to look like you...and dismissed my concerns. THen one day my husband went with me..and he listened. I was referred to a surgeon who wouldn't do anything for fear of something going wrong.. (I worked at the same hospital with him) and he sent me to another specialist that had a history with these surgeries. Well I had a good old HMO that wouldn't let me go to him. The first surgeon said if I didn't I was going to die...and I continued to lose weight. Then I decided to go to a different surgeon at my hospital...by now I was down to 115 and getting worse...I could drop 5 lbs in 24 hours some days. He said he wasn't sure what he would do but he wouldn't let me die... and a few months later (fall of 1998) I had sur

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I am counting my calories and going to journal each day. I am going to start doing some exercises with my daughter at least 4 days a week. We plan to incorporate some walking too. I don't know how much I can do as my arthritic back, and my fibromyalgia really restrict me some days. I sometimes have to go grocery shopping in a wheel chair (my little grand daughters love to push me around) but when I feel good I'm going to be doing something!

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Hi! I'm Trish from Alabama. I am 58 years old and have been disabled by Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Asthma, Herniated Discs in my lower spine, Migraine Headaches and the list just goes on....I am now desperate for weight loss. I have just recently taken myself off nearly all of my medications. I did this partly because of side effects I could no longer bear and also because without any insurance I can't afford them. I have become so sedintary because of my diseases/condition that I have just gained weight rapidly. I am not so much an overeater as the fact that what goes in doesn't burn off in the recliner. If I happen to have a 'good' day I seem to overdo and it sets me back 3-4 days. I want to exercise and at least get to a functional level of life. I have grandbabies I adore and would love to spend more quality time with them.

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My favorite things to do are to watch Christian programs every morning. I love to go to my ladies bible study and I love to teach...I've always taught children but because I no longer can safely climb the stairs to the classes I have started attending the ladies class in the kitchen (ladies like me who can't get around so good anymore) and I am the assistant teacher now. How convenient to attend in the kitchen! Coffee and sometimes a donut (not so good) when the teens are selling them for a fundraiser. It's a good excuse...lol.

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MSHOPPER63
8/4/2011 2:56:58 AM

Hope your doing well my friend, I was thinking of you this evening. Have a wonderful Summer.

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1/9/2011 5:00:39 PM

Sorry to hear about the various stress issues that has caused you to gain a few pounds back. I am so proud of you for getting back on track. Does your daughter have a Spark page?

You know I heard something last night in a show I was watching and I really LOVE it !!

Strive for Progress not Perfection !! So many times we expect perfection and ignore the progress we made.

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1/8/2011 11:48:27 AM

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MSHOPPER63
7/27/2010 3:59:11 PM

Just stopping by to say Hi, your doing great my friend. Everyday your one step closer to a healthier you !

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7/2/2010 8:03:02 AM

'Hi Trish, I hope this message finds you well. Girl please forgive me for not checking on you sooner. If your taking a break I understand and just know I will be waiting for you when you return.

JoAnn
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