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Hello and welcome to my spark page. I am really looking forward to starting the 5% Spring challenge. I have been doing these challenges with the SUDS team since 2013. I love these challenges as they help to keep me motivated and doing my best to stay on track. It has not always been easy to keep going, but doing something is better than nothing. I have had my share of set backs and I have tried very hard to not get discouraged but to keep on going. I am a care giver for my husband as he is a 100% disabled vet, who served 27 years in the Navy. He is still mobile but falls and I don't leave him for any longer than I have to. I am a 5 year Breast Cancer survivor. The treatments take a toll on your body and takes a while to get over. The meds I take to help keep the cancer from returning makes you gain weight, affects your joints and bones and just make you feel yucky at times. My oncologist tells me to work through it and don't give in to it. I am trying very hard to do just that. I saw my oncologist for my 6 month check up and I am still in remission and on July 1st of this year I will see him again and the will do tests on my tumor to see how aggressive it is. This will determine if I will stay on meds for another 5 years. God has been good to me and that is one reason, if not most important, I keep going and don't ever give up. NEVER GIVE UP is what I try to live by. If I have a bad day I just keep going the next day. I know I can do it!! Best of luck to my fellow DAWGIEs, old and new. WE CAN DO THIS!! Let's show the other teams what we DAWGS are made of!! I went to see my oncologist in February and I am almost 6 years in remission. I am off of my meds and I don't have to go back and see him anymore. I just have to keep having my diagnostic mammograms done once a year. The test they did on my tumor showed that the meds had done their job and that I have a 9.8% chance of long term return of my breast cancer coming back. I gave this to God 6 years ago because I knew I couldn't do it by myself. Whatever he has in store for me will be what's in my future.

Member Since: 4/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 221,867

My Goals:
I hope to continue losing weight to avoid heart problems and diabetes as these are two health problems that run in my family. I am currently on a diabetic diet as I was borderline on being a diabetic. I will exercise every day and drink my water. I am participating in the 2020 5% Fall Challenge and want to meet my goal during this challenge. I also will be fighting to keep my cancer from returning.

My Program:
I have a treadmill and an elliptical that I use at home. I also have several other exercise machines and various exercise videos I use. I use the pre-diabetic diet now and of course I use the tools available for me here at SP! I am slowly making progress and I know that one day I will reach my ultimate goal. I have dropped my A1c from 6.0 to 5.7 so I am in the normal range for not becoming diabetic.

Personal Information:
I am 68 the mother of 4 and have my 12 grandchildren and 1 great graanddaughter. My husband retired from the Navy after serving for 27 yrs. I got to live in Rota, Spain and I also got to visit Bermuda. We will be married 49 years this year. We also have our first great grandchild. She brings a lot of joy to us.

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I live in TN and I am a retired Teacher's Asst. I worked with special needs children and I miss them terribly. I am trying to get use to not working every day and this is really a hard thing for me to get use too. I have developed some bad habits since I retired, like staying up too late and sleeping in too late. Things have got to change and get back into a regular routine.

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    Depression hurts. Make sure you get help.
    I too am 56 and have grandchildren.
    You need to be loving those little ones.
    I noticed you only have one SparkTeam.
    Try looking for a couple more teams to join.
    The people are so nice.
    I will be thinking about you and I will check back from time to time.
    Keep at it but don't push yourself too hard.
    Best Wishes,

    Mark emoticon
    4742 days ago
    Hi Susan thanks for addding me to you friends list...I added you to mine also.!!!.....Nan
    4756 days ago
    Hey Susan--thanks for adding me as a friend! You are one of mine too!! Have a blessed, healthy day!!!!!!

    Barbara emoticon
    4757 days ago
    From your huddle this morning it sounds like you're feeling a bit better today and that's wonderful. I have chronic depression w/ anxiety and I can say that when it starts closing in on you and can be very distracting and down right debilitating. Keep your focus on the future, and come chat with us whenever you need to. I've only been here a week and I am amazed at how much the daily encouragement and commitment has picked me up and made me realize I CAN. You can, too!
    Bless your heart today, feel good and stick w/ your goals as best you can!

    Bluejeans emoticon
    4758 days ago
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    Hi, Sue! You can do it! I've been with SP since January, & have lost about 15 pounds. That's not a pound a week, but I'm going in the right direction, anyway. Sometimes I gain, then I lose, but it's working!
    I also am an assistant in an integrated preschool, meaning we have both special needs and typical children. I thought about retiring at the end of this year, but will keep going for at least one more year.
    My husband was in the Marines for 7 years. We were in Pensacola twice.Were you ever there? We've been married 42 years, have 4 boys (all grown) and 6 grandchildren.
    4758 days ago
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