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My story -

I was born and bred in the Midwest, to parents who valued hard work, honesty and integrity. My mom, a dietitian, was before her time as a working mom of three who somehow managed to juggle it all. My dad was a general contractor who shared in all responsibilites 50/50...he too was before his time.
From them I learned a lot of life-lessons about being independant, working hard, not worrying about what others think, taking the bad with the good, that relationships are more valuable than things, being strong, helping others, planning ahead, moderation in all things, that everyone has a job and can contribute, that faith is essential, and that all things are possible.

I met my husband in Chicago while working at a church...we are a great match and now that we have our own children, we are learning even more about ourselves, our faith, and what we are here on this earth to do.

Through mission experiences throughout my life in almost all 50 states and in Africa, I have learned a great deal more about wealth, gratitude, justice, war, evil, life and death.

I've also had some great wilderness camping, back-packing and survival experiences that have taught me a lot about what is essential and what is non-essential in life, not to mention the simplicity and beauty of God's creations.

After my kids were born I was plagued with joint pain and symptoms similar to Lupus. Since my mother also has Lupus, it is likey that it is the aut0-immune disease that I have, although tests over the years have been inconclusive. (I get both positive and negative everything.)

Now, I'm completely changing my life. Getting back to a weight I can handle, exercising and being more active, making career changes, and continuing to strip away any uneccessary baggage.

I continue to be a writer for a Christian youth curriculum, and I teach beginning piano lessons from home. I continue to learn about and try to help my daughter deal with anxiety and ODD issues. And I continue to cut out processed foods and eliminate all kinds of chemicals from our home, choosing simple home made foods and cleaning solutions. So far with SP I've lost about 35 pounds and would like to lose 10 more.

Through it all my well of faith continues to go deep and to keep me afloat. I look forward to the next chapters of life...especially with less weight and hopefully less pain and fatigue!

Member Since: 10/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 7,633

My Goals:
Lose weight I gained after having two kids, getting healthier so I can fight an auto-immune disease

My Program:
Track and Reduce calories, burn more calories, & change some habits

Personal Information:
I love a lot of outdoor activities - walking, biking, gardening, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, hiking, and more, but some arthritis is interfering. Also working and parenting leaves little time for working out, but hoping to change that!

Other Information:
I'm also a writer, piano teacher, wife, mom, and a person who generally thrives on challenge & change

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    Welcome to the Christian Women Dealing w/ Chronic Illness and Pain Team - good to have you aboard!

    Just jump in, join the discussions, & make yourself at home - hope you find this team to be as friendly & welcoming as I did when I joined. We love the Lord, & we're here to help when we can. I'm hoping to get to know you!

    Be blessed,

    emoticon Enjoy some SONshine!
    4080 days ago
    emoticon Welcome to the Sparks with Lupus team! Looking forward to getting to know you better. Stop by soon and post!
    4081 days ago
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    Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4244 days ago
  • v GAEA3070
    Hi! I took you off my page cause you didn't reply quickly enough but now you're back. Why is your page private? Did you change it?

    I'm not that good at remembering everything about my friends but I do visit at least monthly just to check up and I check out their groups to see if I might like them.

    Good luck with your goals and I hope to get to know you better!

    4312 days ago
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