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Old 01-17-2015, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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70 here. Today for the first time in a couple of years, I carried our 16-foot extension ladder around to the back of our pool fence to do some painting on the fence. We have no gate exiting our property in the back, so I have to go a long way around, not far really, perhaps a tenth of a mile at most. I struggled with that, much to my chagrin, and realized that two years has made a difference.

I believe that the only way to be able to remain active is to remain active. So that's what I plan to do, despite little discouragements like I had today. Giving up is the worst thing one can do.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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70 here. Today for the first time in a couple of years, I carried our 16-foot extension ladder around to the back of our pool fence to do some painting on the fence. We have no gate exiting our property in the back, so I have to go a long way around, not far really, perhaps a tenth of a mile at most. I struggled with that, much to my chagrin, and realized that two years has made a difference.

I believe that the only way to be able to remain active is to remain active. So that's what I plan to do, despite little discouragements like I had today. Giving up is the worst thing one can do.
Agree totally. We have to keep going.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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70 here. Today for the first time in a couple of years, I carried our 16-foot extension ladder around to the back of our pool fence to do some painting on the fence. We have no gate exiting our property in the back, so I have to go a long way around, not far really, perhaps a tenth of a mile at most. I struggled with that, much to my chagrin, and realized that two years has made a difference.

I believe that the only way to be able to remain active is to remain active. So that's what I plan to do, despite little discouragements like I had today. Giving up is the worst thing one can do.
Well, ER, you're alone. All the complaining for my very physically active uncle (now deceased) began at the age of 70. The line of aging so clear, I've always remembered it. All the complaining began at age 70. Loss of muscle strength was a constant refrain. He had always done pushups, pullups, did some weights, ran up and down the stairs, walked the dog several times a day. He was NOT a chair-sitter, never smoked, didn't drink. Always puttering around the house, in his workshop, at the summer lake place. Health held out just fine until he was close to 91 - began to fail and was gone in about four months. Maybe today there are supplements and exercise routines which can keep the muscles stronger for longer.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Well, ER, you're alone.
Meant to say - "you're NOT alone."
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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my physical decline began the moment they removed my reproductive organs at age 61. ovarian cyst with no symptoms. wonder what would have happened if they just left it there. I didn't realize how important those organs and any remaining estrogen my body was producing were. Weight gain, two serious falls with broken bones and inability to exercise for months, progressive loss of hearing, macular degeneration and vision problems, depression, etc. I was really surprised. At 68 I'm exercising more and trying to get out more socially but I haven't gotten hearing aids which I need which would definitely go a long way to eliminating the self imposed isolation.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:18 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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my physical decline began the moment they removed my reproductive organs at age 61. ovarian cyst with no symptoms. wonder what would have happened if they just left it there. I didn't realize how important those organs and any remaining estrogen my body was producing were. Weight gain, two serious falls with broken bones and inability to exercise for months, progressive loss of hearing, macular degeneration and vision problems, depression, etc. I was really surprised. At 68 I'm exercising more and trying to get out more socially but I haven't gotten hearing aids which I need which would definitely go a long way to eliminating the self imposed isolation.

We are all different. And - you still can produce estrogen even tho your ovaries have been removed.

I had all my female reproductive stuff removed at 45. Best thing I could have ever done.

I got my life back.
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: delaware
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my physical decline began the moment they removed my reproductive organs at age 61. ovarian cyst with no symptoms. wonder what would have happened if they just left it there. I didn't realize how important those organs and any remaining estrogen my body was producing were. Weight gain, two serious falls with broken bones and inability to exercise for months, progressive loss of hearing, macular degeneration and vision problems, depression, etc. I was really surprised. At 68 I'm exercising more and trying to get out more socially but I haven't gotten hearing aids which I need which would definitely go a long way to eliminating the self imposed isolation.

i can only speak to my own experience in having a complete hysterectomy at age 41. surgery was due to severe endometriosis, and if i had had my way, because of intensity of symptoms, it would have been done sooner. i never took any hormone replacement meds. primarily because i didn't have any serious menopausal symptoms, and most importantly, even 31 years ago, it was suspected that hormone replacement therapy could re-activtate any residual endometrial microscopic tissue that had not been able to be removed. i still had symptoms of endometriosis for a long time after surgery, but i have learned since, that this is not uncommon when disease is extensive.

i never had any real weight gain or any other physical problems. i have never been a particularly active person, although i exercise more now that when i was younger. i never had vision or hearing problems, and fortunately, have not had falls. since i have not had estrogen for so many years, i get bone density testing, and i've been within normal limits each time. often a part of natural menopause,depression was never an issue, although i have to say that i was very much in favor of the surgery, and except for lingering pain, which i didn't expect, was quite happy it had been done.

i don't know what accounts for differences in this experience, but i never felt that this surgery aged me physically or emotionally. i feel, to a large extent, as i did twenty years ago when i was 52. however, if i were a very active, athletic person i might notice some changes.

catsy girl
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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70 here. Today for the first time in a couple of years, I carried our 16-foot extension ladder around to the back of our pool fence to do some painting on the fence. We have no gate exiting our property in the back, so I have to go a long way around, not far really, perhaps a tenth of a mile at most. I struggled with that, much to my chagrin, and realized that two years has made a difference.

I believe that the only way to be able to remain active is to remain active. So that's what I plan to do, despite little discouragements like I had today. Giving up is the worst thing one can do.
That's the philosophy I live by.
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Old 01-19-2015, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The distribution/location of my weight and hair have changed over the past 3-years (ie; to my waist from my chest and shoulders; and to my ears and back from my head).
Which one applies to chest/shoulders, and which to ears/back of head?
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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Which one applies to chest/shoulders, and which to ears/back of head?

Ha ha! But at least there is a cure for all that: lipo and permanent hair removal and I just heard they have some new and improved hair transplant technology
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