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I am 76 years old. I am married to a great man who worries about me all the time. We love the outdoors and love to fish/ hike/ camp and we have done all sorts of adventures and being up in the mountains is where we love to be.

I have lots of health problems right now that tries to stop me from doing the things I love but I won't let it stop me. I love going to church and love God for letting me do a lot of things I do. He is my Strength and Salvation. What out him I would not be here today.

I have beaten all the odds that have been thrown at me. From 8 discs removed in my back / 13 compress fractures / back fusion /been paralyzed from my waist down/ a head on car crash / shattering both my hands / a few heart attacks and other heart problems / cancer 4 times. All Dr. say that I should not be alive or even walking. I will not let any of this get me down or stop me. My Faith I God keeps me going.

I would like to thank everyone on SP for all the help and encouragement that I have gotten from you. I have met so many good people. I am so thankful for that.

This is all after I joined Spark people.

I was told that I had Breast Cancer.

On 10/08
I had Breast Cancer surgery.

I started Radeation.

I died 3 times and they brought me back. I had blood poisening through my body.


Well I have made it into 2009 by the Grace of God. I really didn't think at one point I would be here now and writing this. The Dr's didn't think I would make it through the night. They say I had Blood Poisoning through my whole body. They had the Police wake up my DH to rush down from McCall to Boise in the middle of the night. They reasserted ( spelt wrong) me three times.

I have made it through Cancer once again for the 5 time and dieing. I pledge to keep my Positive Attitude and Motivation and to be as helpful to all my SP Teams as possible and anyone else that needs it. Also be able to help others that have Breast Cancer or any other Cancer get through all the difficulties of the treatment that we go through.

I am starting all over again, you would think with what I went through I would have lost weight in the hospital, but I gained.

God has me here for a reason and has given me a second, third, and forth chance at life and I don't know at this point why. I am so thankful I have him in my life.

God has taken care of me through so many battles.
I have spoken to so many people and have handed out the site address also. I know that is why God has me around to spread the word and to motivate other as I have been motivated by others.

I was told that I had 5 heart attacks this month.

08-30-09 Update.....
Well I went to the hospital on Thursday as my old DR insisted I needed a stint put in my heart. The new Dr I have did the surgery on Friday and found that I did not need the stint again. This is what I call the power of Prayer and Faith in God. His hand has healed me one more time. The DR did say that I have had 5 heart attacks in the last month. He is really suprised at my Positive Attitude and said it is part of why I am still here. I do have 2 stints in my heart already from back in 2006.
I give God all the Glorie.

9/13/09 Update.....
Today I accomplished something that I thought I would never be able do. I did the 3 day 60 mile Breast Cancer Walk with SP friend Shelia in Washington State. I feel so lucky that I was able to do such a thing.
God Willing I will be doing it again next year.

9/26/09 Update.....
It has been a good week and I got the 3K done with Mircrouse from Sarasota Fl. and the American Heart Association.

10-11-09 I will be doing another 3 Day 60 mile Breast Cancer Walk with Betty from Washington DC.

10/13/09 Update....
Well I made it through the weekend. Ended up with a blister on my heal. Glad that was all except sore feet which is to be expected. Not nice to say but glad all my walks are over for the year.

Will still be doing my 1 mile walks if not out side in side on treadmill or just walking in place in the house.

Not sure of the date but I did a 3 mile walk for Breast Cancer in McCall Idaho where I live.
See my walks never stop for Cancer reserch.

I am Cancer free for the fourth time.

I will be trying real hard to reach a goal for November of 140. I am going to need all the help I can get as one of my Med's is fighting me on that. I do not want to stop my Cancer Med but that is the one giving me all the trouble.

I have changed my user's name to outdoorgirl65 being I am going to be 65 the 1st od Dec.

Well today is my 65 Birthday. I am home to celebrate it this year. I am in much better shape then last year. My goal is to eat even healther then before and to be at 140 before Christmas.

I made my goal pulse 5 pounds. I want to be as healthy as possible while I am still going through my cancer treatments. I want to stay at the 135 as I was back in 2005.

01/25/10 Up Date.......
Well today I found out that I have Thyroid problems. This is just another chaptor in my life. I will get through this just like I did with the Cancer. I will keep Motivated & keep a Positive Attitude. Thanks to all my SP friends that are there for me when I am down and need some incouragement.

03/09/10 Up Date
Dr upped my med today to 75 msg. Trying to get the Thyroid under control.

06/23/10 Up Date
As of today I am on 100msg for my Thyroid. It does not sean to be helping.

Well today I turned 66 and changed my user name to outdoorgirl66.

I have a new hair cut and will try to get a better picture.

Been have heart, and breathing problems. They found some nodule on my right lung. Will be retested the end of may.

Today I found out that I have a lung problem. I have to have Oxygen on 24/7 for now on.

I hurt my knee. Come to find out I have a tear, ligement tear, a meniscus tear and a piece of the meniscus bone floating under my knee cap and a slight fracture. I have had to slow down to almost no walking except what I have to do at work. I will be getting 3 shots of a ned medication starting on Monday the 29 of Aug.

Under went knee surgery. He found that the Potilla bone was cracked on both sides and part broke off and floating under knee cap.

Started thorepy today. Found out I really will not be able to really do a lot of walking till April 2012. Very frustrating.

DH got hit in the head with the dumpster lid at work. He ended up with a brain injury and then fell a month later. We have been fighting with workman comp for the injuries. Between him and myself we have been struggling. He has been very depressed which is very hard to handle on my part. I have to keep a positive attitude and our faith in God so we can get through this.

Haven't updated in over a year. My knee is still not healing.
My thyroid is still not stable and I have put on over 10 pounds in 1 year. It is very frustrating.
In the last year DH & I have bought our own home. I am still out of work and DH also got let go and he is looking for work.
We are doing OK for now and we know God will keep watching over us.

Found out the other day that I have some medical problems that need attention. I have a cyst on my kidney for one & a lot of fat on my liver. One of my kidneys is smaller then the other. There are other things also.

Went into the hospital to have a colonoscopy and had polyps removed. I am thankful it turned out to NOT be cancer

I had 6 polyps removed and found out that they were not cancerous. Thank God for that. I am still having trouble swelling food. I will have to go back to Boise to have more tests done.
DH got hurt 1 year ago in April. He is still having all sorts of problems. He got hit on the head with a metal dumpster lid.
He has been fighting with the State of Idaho over it.. I worrie about him as he keeps blacking out & doesn't remember things at times.

The DR figured out what is causing the pain in my knee. He said it is either a pinched nerve or the nerve got cut during my knee replacement. Right now he has me using numbing pads to see how they work.

Well I made it through another month. It is nice to be down 22 pounds. I have gone from 198 to 176 in 2.75 months. I just hope I can continue to lose.

A lot of medical problems during the year. Had surgery on my throat. Lost 19 pounds for the year.


Found out that I have to have more surgery on my throat. It will be done in Feb. Starting my weight lose again and see if I can make another 19 pounds go away. I will stay positive that 2014 will be a better year.


Well today I found out why my hand has been hurting since Dec 1. The Dr. said I have De Quervain Tenosynovitis. I have a brace on for 2 to 3 weeks now. Just one more thing in my life that I will get through.


DR telling me now that I will have to have the brace on for at least 2 months more.


Had to go in and have surgery on my throat again. They had to stretch the mussels so I can swallow . It is better, but I am still having the same problems.

My DH had heart surgery and they put a defibrillator in his heart as it is only pumping 30 % of blood through his body. The DR'S do not know how he is still alive as they said he should be dead. I know why and it is because his Faith in God.


Went in and had heart surgery. They found out that I have small vessel disease. The DR is changing some of my meds.

DR Visit went well. DR said I have lost 31 pounds since May 9
2014. Going to have to go in for Hiatal Hernia surgery. She is setting it up for me.

Doing good and getting ready to head to Boise to see a surgeon for my Hiatal Hernia.
DH is doing so much better and has lost over 106 pounds. He is walking both indoors and outdoors when it is nice out side. He still has trouble remembering things brain wise, but the good Lord is healing him . The depression is not as bad as it was, but still there. We have both come to be able to handle it and cope with the different things it brings.


Struggling with my weight. I am doing a lot of walking with Leslie Sansone and just walking and strength training. I am eating healthy and trying my best to stay within my calorie count. It doesn't help that I am waiting to have hiatal hernia and gallbladder surgery. My DH really helps me with encouragement as he is walking with me also and he is dropping pounds.


Had gallbladder surgery as I was having a lot of chest pain. Thought it was from my hiatal hernia. Come to find out that my gallbladder was so scared that it was not working and was what was causing all my problems with being sick after eating and the chest pain and shortness of breath when I would go out walking with my DH. God did great work in healing me.

6/5-7 / 15
Went to Boise for a great revival with Donnie Swaggart. The Holy Spirit filled the place.

Had test done so I could get cleared for Hiatal Hernia surgery. Test showed Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD. and that I could not have surgery.

Went into hospital for heart surgery. Thing went well and I am feeling better now.

Went back in to have more testing on my heart again. Found that one of the valves was not closing.


Started having pain in the left kidney area again. Being I only have one kidney and lots of episodes of kidney stones I just figure it was stones moving again.


Went to ER and spent the day there. They did some tests and said I have a kidney stone sitting there, but all the pain is a muscle strain. I really do not believe them as the pain is only in the kidney area.


Been having some problems where I have been having blood showing in the rectal area. The DR'S here are saying do not worrie about it. As always this is what they always say. I am 110 miles one way from my other DR'S in the Boise area and can not just up and go down there. I can not wait for my home to sell as we can be in the Boise area.

Well we sold our home in Sept and are in our new home now. A lot has happen since Sept. My DH was rushed to the ER with what we found out to be a blood clot in the main artery to his heart. He is on medication to help now.

Well I did not finish the year like I would have liked. I only lost 2 oz. But with all the medical problems I had during the year I still feel good that I did not gain. I go in for Kidney surgery on Jan 4 and then it is back to working on my weight.

9/8/19 had surgery. Went well. Doing better on that.

Member Since: 1/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 325,294

My Goals:
My Goal for 2019 is to get to list below 175

Get my weight under control. Trying to get to a stable weight with all the meds I take.

Is to try to help others to live a better life

To encourage others to do better. Also help people that is battleing cancer in my town and helping the families.

My Program:
Read a verse in my Bible every day

Walk at least 1 mile per day.

Exercise at least 30 min

Eat healthy foods.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water

Personal Information:
My name is Ida
I am 745 years old. Married have three children. I am a
grandmother of 7
I am from MA/ CT/ OR / WA
I currently live in Nampa Idaho.
I love Church / Fly Fish / Camping / Hiking / Exercising.
I joined Spark People to help have a healthy life style.

Other Information:
I love reading the Bible every night as it gives me the strength to keep going.
I love Life and live it to the fullest. God Is My Strength.
I love listening to my Christian music when I am working out.

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