I'm Leaving You for a While

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dear Spark friends - and there are so many of you,
Tomorrow I will be having surgery for major lower back reconstruction. They have schedule 4 hours for the surgery, so it's rather complicated. I wouldn't do it but I will not have great lower body motor skills and a great quality of life unless I get this fixed and halt its progression. I'll be in the hospital for a few days and recovering very slowly for a couple of weeks. I may not be able to use the computer for a couple of weeks, so you won't be hearing from me.

While I am gone, remember to treat yourself as I would treat you. Treasure yourself, love yourself and if you need it, give yourself a big kick in the behind. Remember how much I value you and care about you, so take the time to see yourself through my eyes - as an amazing person, willing to do the hard work to change your life and improve your health. Invest in yourself, track your food and exercise a couple more minutes for those of us who can't - temporarily or permanently.

I will expect a report from you when I get back and I want you to be very, very proud of yourself when you tell me what you have accomplished. I want grins that split your face. Even if your steps are baby steps, they move your forward and give you that sense of accomplishment that we all need so very much.

I'll be back- I have a goal of 199 by 12/12/12 and as God is my witness, I will make that goal no matter what sacrifices I have to make. I can and will do it and you will too.

So, get out there and Spark, Spark, SPARK!
Love, Martha
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    Martha, I just saw this. Please, please have a complete recovery and I am wishing that your pain will be well-controlled.

    A big but gentle hug,
    3243 days ago
    My Brother just got back from back surgery! His surgery made it so he can do more than he could before... It's amazing how far the Doctors have come... My prayers and thoughts are with you!

    3260 days ago
    I was absent for a while from Spark, too, so only saw this now. Best wishes on your recovery and looking forward to hearing how things are going for you.
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    3275 days ago
    Hope your surgery went well and you are on your way to great healing...complete and rapid healing for sure! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    3276 days ago
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and easy mending!
    3277 days ago
    emoticon "...and if you need it, give yourself a big kick in the behind." I thought you were gonna say give yourself a hug! Well, that's what I suggest for you. I hope you know how much we care about you. Here's to a speedy recovery!
    3278 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Sending Prayers for a speedy recovery.

    3278 days ago
    Flooding heaven with prayers for you Martha. Have a speedy recovery and I will miss you
    3279 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon C U when U return! Will keep you in our t&ps for a speedy recovery :)
    3279 days ago
    God's speed and blessings. Our prayers are with you, dear friend!


    Toast to a speedy recovery! We'll raise our water glasses to Martha!
    3279 days ago
    All the best for a speedy recovery. Come back soon!
    3279 days ago
    I'll be reporting in to you when you're back! You're in my prayers for the back surgery and I wish you a speedy recovery. xx
    3279 days ago
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, dear lady.
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    3280 days ago
    Wishing you only the best. Get healthy and get back soon!

    3280 days ago
    Hugs and Lots of prayers!! Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3280 days ago
    Good Luck! Hope everything goes well!
    3280 days ago
  • GRANDMA1951
    Good luck and I hope you have a speedy recovery. Give us your progress when you can.
    3280 days ago
    Martha, you are such a special person. It is so like you to send out such a wonderful, thoughtful message to others as you prepare for your surgery.

    My good wishes and prayers for you for a successful and speedy recovery. May this bring you the results and improvement you want and more. You are always an inspiration to me for so many reasons. I look forward to seeing you back on Spark very soon and wish you the best.

    3280 days ago
    May the good Lord guide the surgeons hands and may you bet better and better each and every day.
    3280 days ago
    good luck , I'll pray and think about you all the time! emoticon
    3280 days ago
    Oh Martha....
    Time flies....and your surgery is here. I wish you the best of luck and I know your indomitable spirit will get you through... That and your faith. I've selfishly blocked out everyone's problems but my own these past few days. I've not been well, as you know...had a bad reaction to a new medication = and I'm having problems with my co=op apartment.
    Long story we can laugh over while you're recuperating.

    Please know I'm sending thoughts, prayers, vibes, positive feelings and anything else I can think of.....your way.

    I know you need this surgery, and I also know you'll get through it with grace and style and be up and about in no time.
    We'll chat and laugh and we'll be under 200 by year's end....OK???

    Love you lots and lots......
    Hugs...big bear hugs.
    Good luck, love,.

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    3280 days ago
  • ELISELA2011
    Good luck with your surgery! (((hugs!!!))) I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
    3280 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Sending wishes for a successful surgery and recovery. You are truely amazing., thinking of all of us the night before your surgery. I surely will add a few more minutes to my exercises, in honor of you and all the spark people recovering from surgery and are unable to exercise for some reason. Tke care, follow orders and we will be waiting for your return to lead us with Baby Steps.
    3280 days ago
    You are in my prayer for a very sucessful surgery and quick recovery. My experience is that the rehab is critical, do it and double it even if pain meds are required. Ice too.
    3280 days ago
    Good luck!
    3280 days ago
    Dear Martha,

    MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU in every way that you require over these next few weeks. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    3280 days ago
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    Aw your so sweet to say such kind thoughtful positive words of encouragement,you are awesome Martha,thank you.About you?
    Will you have someone who can let us know how you are doing?
    I will be thinking about you and sending positive healthy vibes,for the surgery and the recovery process.If I know somethin about you,I believe you will be back in a few weeks ready to do your baby steps back to your health and goals.Prayers for you too!I will miss you Dear Friend. emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 4/24/2012 11:25:52 PM
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    Praying for a complete and quick recovery!! You will be missed, but take the time for yourself...we will all be praying for you. emoticon
    3280 days ago
    I will say a prayer for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery
    3280 days ago
    Martha, you are amazing. . .always thinking of others, even when you are facing a major surgery. I'm praying all goes well and you will be out there SPARKing again before you know it. Looking forward to hitting goal and seeing you do the same.

    God bless!

    3280 days ago
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    Thankyo, praying for you that all goes well with the surgery
    Take care my friend
    hugs and prayers
    3280 days ago

    I wish you all the best. Thanks for all you have done for our team!!! I will be thinking about you and praying for you. emoticon
    3280 days ago
    Thank you Martha for your beautiful spirit and will surely miss you. I'll be praying for you and looking forward to your return...Take care and get plenty of rest. God Bless you fellow dawg. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3280 days ago
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    Good Luck with your surgery, I hope it goes well,and be patient with yourself,good things take time!
    3280 days ago
    Martha, I will have you in my thoughts and my prayers that all goes well and that you will have a fast recovery! You will be missed greatly. Please be good to yourself and don't try to do too much too soon. Let it take as long as it takes. We will be here waiting for you and waiting on updates whenever you can give them to us. Take good care my friend!
    3280 days ago
    Remember to treat YOU the way you deserve to be treated too! I am praying for you my Sparkfriend..... God bless you!
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    3280 days ago
    Good luck with your surgey.
    Prayers for a full, quick recovery. I'll be thinking about you & praying for you often. You'll be missed greatly and thought of everyday.
    3280 days ago
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