“My husband is geocaching and I am playing Pokemon Go. We met at the Flora-Bama 21 years ago and had a one-night stand. We were both married but found each other and knew it was what we were looking for. He is my fifth husband, but this is the man I am supposed to be with. We were heavy smokers and got older and knew we should quit. On Halloween 2016, I was taking care of our neighbor, an old man who needed help. The phone rang when I got there and my husband couldn’t talk. He had a collapsed lung. The doctor said if he would stop smoking it would heal itself. It didn’t heal and they removed his lung. The doctors said he had ending stages COPD and wouldn’t get better. He retired sooner than he planned and now we get outside to geocache, Pokeman Go and enjoy life. We went to the doctor three months ago and the doctor said whatever you are doing, keep doing it.
I have had ten back surgeries. I was in a wheelchair and walked with a cane. By the time I was 42, I was fully disabled. I stayed home and was the housewife and we didn’t do a lot. When he got sick, he couldn’t carry anything and I realized I had to get in better shape. We went to a park at Five Rivers that had a bench every 50 feet through the woods. I would walk and sit. Walk and sit. I started losing weight just doing that. I started eating better and cut out carbs and sugars. I lost 70 pounds. I no longer walk with a cane. I feel so much better and don’t hurt and swell as much. I was in a size 18 pants and now I am in a size nine. I kept a pair of pants to remind myself of how far I have come. I have cheekbones again and feel so great. I was scared I was going to lose my husband and not be able to care for myself. Sometimes I feel like I wasted ten years of my life being that unhealthy, but it wasn’t wasted because that man is my heart and my life. I want to be better to make his life better.”