Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month 💜 Did you know that there are 1,000,000 new cases of stomach cancer diagnosed globally in 2018? Unfortunately, Stomach Cancer doesn't get as much recognition or funding compared to other cancers... My original plan was to raise money this month by doing a sponsored hike, but those plans are … Continue reading Stomach Cancer Awareness Month

1 Year Stomachless

It's crazy to think that this time last year, I was laying in the operating room having my stomach removed. The past 12 months have flown by so quickly - it feels like it was only a few months ago since I was in hospital. It's been a challenging 12 months - both physically and … Continue reading 1 Year Stomachless

10 Month Update…

On Thursday 26th July, 3 days into my vacation on Fjørtoft and exactly 10 months since my TG, I was admitted to Ålesund Sjukehus, after going to the Emergency Room. I was only one day into my vacation when I woke up with swollen tonsils and had difficulty swallowing. This got progressively worse over the … Continue reading 10 Month Update…

TG Recovery – 6 Month Update

Has it really been six months already?! -- Food One of the biggest things that I was surprised to discover, is the variety of foods that I can consume. Eating is different now (I have to take my time, take care to chew and eat smaller portions) but I'm not living off soups like I … Continue reading TG Recovery – 6 Month Update

Pathology Results!

So today I met with my surgeon and received my results! During my gastrectomy, they removed 27 lymph nodes from my abdomen. I'm pleased to report that all of these were clear! (Surprised at how many were removed - I'm actually curious as to how big/small they are!) In my stomach, they found 2 foci … Continue reading Pathology Results!

One Month Update

Weight lost from the 26.09 - 26.10 = 7.7kg  My new plumbing! Before and After Photo taken from: https://www.nostomachforcancer.org/ It's been one month since my surgery and I've experienced a few hiccups along the way. I anticipated problems from my new "plumbing" but not the issues I've encountered... Problems with my incision Debilitating back pain … Continue reading One Month Update

Kissing my Stomach Goodbye

On the 26th September, I kissed goodbye to my stomach. Why? Well, to cut a long story short, I inherited a mutation in the CDH1 gene - which means I have an increased chance of developing diffuse gastric cancer and lobular breast cancer. After a routine gastroscopy in April revealed one of the biopsies to … Continue reading Kissing my Stomach Goodbye

A Year of Knowing

One year ago today, (gosh that went quick) I opened a can of worms / was the day I embarked upon this journey / was the day I stepped onto this crazy rollercoaster ride... Today I'm feeling positive - but realistic (hence me describing it as a crazy rollercoaster ride) On my down days, I tend … Continue reading A Year of Knowing

June 21st – The Longest Day (in more ways than one)

June 21st: The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year For me: My first PET/CT scan, which felt like the longest day of the year! So, before I get the final go ahead for my surgery in September, my surgeon decided to refer me for a PET/CT scan to … Continue reading June 21st – The Longest Day (in more ways than one)

The Dreaded Phone Call

Still feeling a little bit blurry headed after the 17th May Celebrations in Norway the day before (which, by the way was fab!) I struggled to comprehend the news that I had just received on the phone. The surgeon, that I had met with just a week earlier, had just called to let me know … Continue reading The Dreaded Phone Call

It will never be the perfect time…

Today I cried; something I’ve struggled to do for the past few months thanks to the antidepressants I’m taking. I've always been skeptical of taking such a thing, but over Christmas, my anxiety was getting progressively worse as I struggled to come to terms with the fact that I was walking around with a potentially … Continue reading It will never be the perfect time…

Deep throating a hose pipe…

Don't worry, this isn't an erotic blog post! I'm simply referring to what took place yesterday morning; my first Gastroscopy. Since I received my genetic test results in November, I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, which can lead to Diffuse Gastric Cancer, I have been anticipating this procedure ever since. Mainly because I … Continue reading Deep throating a hose pipe…