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Sunday, January 18, 2015

After my kids grew up and left home I wasn't as near a busy mom and chauffeur anymore. I went from being a happy extrovert to spending more time at home alone while my husband worked. I volunteered weekly at our high school for a long time, monthly on our local Girl Scout board, and I learned some tai chi with a group, for a couple of years. It was a long time before I realized that I was depressed, and after my parents passed away within 8 months of one another I went into a depression that waxed and waned for over 10 years. I sought help in counseling and was taking medication. It actually took hospitalization and intensive therapy to turn me around. I finally found an excellent physician, had DNA testing done, got on the right meds and began improving. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we can climb to the heights. An excellent social worker/counselor told me about Spark People, and I have been improving by baby steps in my weight loss, and by leaps and bounds in self esteem, learning to be positive in my outlook, and in offering my thoughts and opinions to my Spark Friends. I am so grateful to have found the Spark and hope to carry it as a torch for many more years. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD14026637
    Boy you really can understand about my depression.
    I am so glad you found the help you needed. I will be
    following your blogs. God Bless
    2369 days ago
    I am so glad that you are doing better sister.
    Hugs to you. Keep going you will meet your goals.
    We are here for you my friend! Keep up the good work!
    Your friend and sister in Fitness, Holly emoticon
    2380 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4212235
    I am glad you found SparkPeople. It has helped me and my sparkfriends are wonderful. We are here for you.

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    2381 days ago
    Glad we are on this journey together, so much to share and learn. Yeah for SP and friends! emoticon
    2382 days ago
    I'm glad you are here. emoticon
    2382 days ago
    all the best to you we are here for each other great you are taking baby steps to improve your life
    2382 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14026637
    Girl all those baby steps add up!!!!
    I am so proud that you sought the help you needed!
    How one feel about their self effects everything in
    there life. physically and mentally.
    You have come a long way.
    Thank you for sharing.
    It so helps to blog and get it out there.
    That is why I blog. I found out so much
    more about myself. You Go Girl!!!!!
    God Bless!!!!
    2383 days ago
    Glad you found us here too, wonderful support here for everyone.
    Baby steps are the key, so glad you are feeling better too. emoticon emoticon
    2383 days ago
    You have done a remarkable job taking care of YOU.
    2383 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    You CAN do it. We are all here to offer support to each other. So if you are feeling down or even up, c'mon in... you can get or receive support here.
    2383 days ago
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