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Am I In Control

Monday, August 23, 2010

Six years ago I spent five weeks in the hospital in Gainesville FL diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. I had blood clots on my heart, in my left leg, and a horribly diseased gall bladder. To make a long story short they debated if they should put me on a heart transplant list if I didn't improve. I belonged to a wonderful, praying church in Lake City FL and had many Christian friends who prayed for me every day. I also had a fabulous team of doctors under the guidance of my son's best friend who was a doctor in that hospital. He spent every day of my hospitalization with me and making sure he knew exactly what was going on. Do I believe in miracles~~my life is one. Do I believe in properly getting medical help~~absolutely.

In the past five years I have quite a list of medications that I take which include three heart meds, a blood thinner, diuretic, aspirin, and a combo mineral therapy of mag.oxide and niacin. A total of 14 pills a day which are monitored and checked all the time. I have a great team of doctors and a wonderful Savior that has shown me that with all these medical marvels I have to do my part. So as of Jan, 2010 I reached out and started doing my part~~strictly tracking my food intake and exercise. I have faithfully followed my sodium intake and increased my exercise from a slow 10 minutes twice a day to average about 40-45 minutes of cardio walking~~indoors on my gazelle. And all these wonderful "tools" are provided by Sparks~~along with my teams and fabulous friends

Am I in control. YES!! Finally!!! It has taken me 6 years but the way I feel right now and the joy I see in my family is worth every single thing I thought I was sacrificing. It takes commitment and I know I am far from perfect but with 72 pounds gone I am going for my goal of 175 and a healthy heart and body comes along with that.
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    You are such a great inspiration to so many. Keep up the great work!! It is definitely working for you and therefore helping so many others.
    Blessings, love and hugs,
    3944 days ago
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    3948 days ago
    God is so great. He has provided so many miracles in my life. I am so glad he is watching over you and keeping you healthy. I truly believe God has led both of us to Sparkpeople at just the right times in our lives so we would listen. You are doing great. You will be at your goal before you know it. May God continue to bless your life.

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    3950 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your story . Knowing from where you came it makes your progress even more amazing and I am so glad I got to know you. To those who think they can't improve you are a walking picture that says 'Yes you can"All things are possible with prayer ,friends ,family and a strong determination . I know you children must be so proud of you.You encourage all who have the pleasure of knowing you emoticon
    3951 days ago
    You are doing amazing, GF!!! emoticon
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    You have certainly come a long way and are definitely succeeding!!! WTG!!
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    3951 days ago
    WOW, you have been thru a lot - thank you for sharing- the inspiration does help.. I need it at the moment life is kinda crappy.. I know I will get through it- but I am only human... so thanks... Hugs
    3951 days ago
    Wow Mona, PTL for saving your life and thank you for inspiring and helping us by tellng us your story. What a wake up call. My oldest sister turned 60 in June and last summer she almost died with her lungs full of blood clots and her legs as well due to a knee surgery 4 months earlier. She is still not working and is trying to lose weight. WOuld you mind if I send her a copy of this blog. I am hoping it will inspire her. She is a lot better but is now on many medications like you.

    Thanks Mona for being such an example!!

    3951 days ago
  • P316LEIA
    emoticon Mona!! Thank you for sharing this with us...no, with me. I've been wallowing in self-guilt/pity/anger the last few days and reading your blog helped to remind me that I am the only one who can change what is happening.

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    3951 days ago
  • 11-RENEWAL-20
    Mona...With your faith and that good attitude you are going to succeed...actually, you are already a success but I know you are determined to do more and you will. Do not ever give up...keep the faith..it is worth every sacrifice you've had to make. emoticon emoticon emoticon Sharon
    3951 days ago
    You are definitely in control! You are also a great inspiration!
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    WOOHOO!!!! The MIRACLE Woman is in the house!!!! God is SO GOOD!!!! You CAN & WILL do this!!!!
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    3951 days ago
    Beverly is right, you are a miracle and I am so proud of you. YOU are doing everything right to be healthier emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon You ARE a miracle, woman! Good for you!

    Hugs! Beverly
    3951 days ago
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