Back in March, I wrote a post about Dumping Syndrome Signs and symptoms of dumping syndrome generally occur right after eating, especially after a meal rich in table sugar (sucrose) or fruit sugar (fructose). Signs and symptoms might include: Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal cramps, Diarrhoea, Flushing, Dizziness, lightheadedness, Rapid heart rate If that wasn't bad enough, there's also Late Dumping Syndrome! Late … Continue reading Late Dumping Syndrome
On Monday 22nd October, I awoke to pain in my abdomen in the lower left side, a pain that I'd never felt before. It was in a specific area and felt tender to touch. In the early hours of that morning, I had wolfed down half a Big Mac (a stupid thing to do when … Continue reading Trust Your Gut
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
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…
Read Checking the Tatas - Part One! Before leaving the hospital after the biopsy was taken, I was told that I would receive the results within 1-2 weeks. On the 18th May, I was informed that the small lesion was a fibroadenoma (as they had suspected), but that there were ALH cells present also (atypical lobular … Continue reading Checking the Tatas – Part Two!
About last night... At 22:15, I had some mild deep abdominal pain (right side under my ribs). Initially, it felt like sore muscles but I couldn't sit comfortably anymore so I got up to get ready for bed. In less than five minutes, the pain went from 0-100 and it felt like I had been … Continue reading Pain in the…
In January, I began my next stage of cancer screening. Since I'm at an increased risk of developing lobular breast cancer (thanks to this pesky CDH1 mutation), I have been advised to have both annual mammograms and MRI scans from the age of 30. When I met with my gastro surgeon back in November, he … Continue reading Next Steps – Checking the Tatas!
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
Most mornings, I start my day with a coffee followed by a smoothie. My usual favourite consists of 1 banana, a handful of strawberries, almond milk and a few generous dollops of coconut milk (the thick stuff from a can). It's my favourite because not only does it taste delicious, it is also lactose free … Continue reading Dumping Syndrome
On the morning of the 26th September, before heading to the hospital, I stepped onto the scales to find out what I weighed. The number glaring back at me was 76.8kg - the heaviest I had ever been. Fast forward to today: 20 weeks later and I'm now 58.8kg... For a long time, my weight … Continue reading 18 Kilos Later
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
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
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 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)
So here it is, my very LONG, open and honest blog post about my 104 interesting days on Escitalopram (aka Lexapro/Cipralex) 💊 💊 💊 Timeline 7th February - 10mg 23rd February - 20mg 16th March - 10mg 20th April - First appointment with Psychologist 11th May - 5mg 21st May - Last 5mg pill Mental health is still a … Continue reading Happy Pills – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
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
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…
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…
It’s been 24 hours since I discovered that I have a mutation in the CDH1 gene, and what an emotional 24 hours it’s been. As soon as I read the words “The CDH1-mutation has been detected in your blood sample”, I broke down and sobbed uncontrollably. I know a lot of people won’t understand and … Continue reading CDH1 Positive