• 6 months ago

    A NEW ME

    I am dealing with several chronic and debilitating illnesses but I am encouraged.... Lupus, fibromyalgia, osteo-arthritis in my knees and degenerative disc disease in my back, stress fracture in my foot along with a bone spur. I feel like I'm falling apart lol but God has been really good to me. No matter how fatigued or how much pain I feel I keep it moving. I have found over the years that if you don't move and stay focused, that you begin to lose any quality of life that you have gained through perseverance, determination and hard work. I thus far have lost about 95 pounds, I gained a lot of weight from taking the steroid prednisone. I was not able to work out like I wanted to the last several months but I am I am very eager to continue my journey. I have about 85 more pounds to go. It may take me a while and some doing, but I am going to get it done. Those who are struggling, be encouraged. I had to sit in a chair and lift 2 pound weights when I first started, I could not walk to the corner of my street or go grocery shopping or drive my car, some days I could not even get out of the bed, I bought a treadmill and a weight bench and used one of my bedrooms to create a mini gym. You really don't have to buy expensive gym equipment, you can use good old fashioned exercises ex: jumping jacks, leg raises, sit ups squats, planks etc. I also bought a juicer, started drinking more water and started eating a whole lot more healthier. You can do it, you can do it, you can do it!

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  • 6 months ago

    RE: A NEW ME

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us! Your words of encouragement are so welcome for those just starting out. Congratulations on the weight you have already lost, and I hope that you will keep us updated as you continue rocking it!
      • 6 months ago
        Thank you sweetheart, I am hi honored to belong to such a strong group of like minded individuals. I have learned in my journey that there is always something that one can do to give back to others and that my challenges, pain and hard places in life is what makes me strong and also gives me a way to help and to encouragement others.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: A NEW ME

    I loved your story!
  • 6 months ago

    RE: A NEW ME

    Your story was very encouraging. I too have gained alot of weight for taking the steroid Prednisone. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens and osteo arthritis in my knees all that make it extremely difficult to move around. I wish you continued success on your journey.
      • 6 months ago
        Thank you love, stay encouraged...
      • 5 months ago
        Hello sweetheart I know that it's not easy most days to stay focused when you are in so much pain. And it's really very depressing sometimes to think of limitations as compared to how your life was before these debilitating illnesses, but as long as there is life there is hope because the battle may not be won each and every day but we can win the war by just participating in our own wellness. all of us are in different phases and categories of function, healing and recovery so there is always something that we can do to defeat this beast. Even if it is meditation, or prayer, getting enough rest or making sure that we eat healthier foods, like more vegetables and fruits, drinking more water or portion control to lose weight. Making sure that we take our medication properly and in a timely manner, Some can even do yoga or walk on a treadmill .... or just making sure you move your body, I know that it hurts honey, it always hurts, but movement is the key. Don't over do it but listen to your body. I pray for your continued recovery and the best blessed life that you can imagine. God specializes in impossibilities and that is also how I gained my victory over depression and feeling beat down. I decided that I am not going to feed the beast and woke up each day determined to not let illness, depression, pain or negativity defeat me on that day. sometimes I won, sometimes I had to start over again but the victories became sweeter and sweeter and I became more determined to win. Our mindset is very, very important because believe it or not, that is where the battles are fought. If you think that you can't, you never will. So put on your armor and go to war!
  • 5 months ago

    RE: A NEW ME

    I too had to take steroids for boop, a condition caused by the drug amiodarone that I took for afib. I had steroid induced cataracts and steroid induced arthritis before they took me off of them! Boop is pneumonia, that is drug induced and can not be treated with antibiotics, but does the same thing that reg. Pneumonia does, lungs fill up with fluids and you suffocate. I was on oxygen for a long time to breathe and needless to say could not breathe to exercise. Now I'm well and need to lose the weight...Struggling, but find your message encouraging.