Something I need to address, is the feeling of regret... I often look back on the fall of 2016 and wonder if I've opened a can of worms or embarked on a rollercoaster (all feelings I've mentioned before, depending on how I'm feeling that day, both mentally and physically). Sometimes I will joke with friends … Continue reading Regret?
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
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…
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
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!
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
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)
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…