My most recent accomplishment!
I recently enrolled in Miami Jacobs Business College. I go to school three days a week on a part time basis. I enrolled in the Medical Coding and Billing Program. I'll be in this program for nine months. I love going to school! It's been so much fun and I love getting out of the house for a change!
It has been 35 years since I've been in school. My first class was Medical Terminology. I was so proud to get a 100% on my final exam. I've enjoyed meeting new people and facing new challenges as a student!
Another Important Accomplishment
A few months ago my husband and I started a diet. I was very unhealthy and very heavy. Last year I had spent many months very sick and was in and out of the hospital and had two operations. My husband had gained weight as well. He had even had a heart attack a few years ago. The diet was slightly expensive to buy, (I had seen it on television on an infommercial.) and we have been struggling with our finances, but I just bought it. I knew I had to make a change in our lives. Since starting the diet just short of four months ago I have lost seventy five pounds and my husband has lost forty five pounds. I have never felt better although I'm just at a halfway point in losing weight - I started feeling so good just three days into the diet - both mentally and physically!
Mental Health Considerations
Several years ago I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and depression. I immediately began taking prescription medication to curb my symptoms. I was on medication for about eight years. Just before the beginning of the year our health insurance was changed drastically. My husband's health benefits through General Motors which were supposed to be part of his retirement benefits - at no cost to us - began to charge us almost $200 a month and would demand that we pay a family deductible of $7000 before any benefits would be paid by the insurance company. I knew I couldn't pay almost $400 a month for my antidepressants - so while I was already sick and suffering from a physical illness at the end of last year - I weaned myself off of the antidepressants.
Life isn't always easy without the antidepressants. I feel so much better on my new healthy eating program though. I always believed that diet was a huge factor in mental health. I have really messed up at times, having post traumatic stress disorder can often times cause me to become hyper vigilant and I lose control mostly when I feel threatened or backed into a corner. I'm very lucky to have a family who loves me and understands my condition. But for the most part I am living my life totally drug free right now and I'm considering this - another important accomplishment!
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