Today Marks One Year

One year since I proactively checked myself in for a surgery to remove my stomach because it was going to kill me. I underwent a surgery that had a crazy long recovery. And yet today life is darn near normal.

I eat healthy. I eat small portions. I eat slowly, and I chew thoroughly. Most foods have made it back into my diet, though some foods I’m more cautious with since they’re more cumbersome to chew or whatever the case might be.

I proactively start my gut with water, then protein. I make my small but perfect homemade egg muffin sandwich with cheese. I’m holding my weight well and able to run 3-6 miles 3 times a week, plus work full time and raise two beautiful children.

I focus on iron, protein and vitamins. I stay away from much milk unless it’s added to coffee or eggs for scrambling. I can do Greek yogurt now. I’ve added Cheerios as a snack for iron and vitamins. I’ve also been rocking a lot of expensive steaks because they are tasty, have iron and have protein. The best cuts of meat work cooked medium to medium rare because tendons and fat are hard to chew. The good cuts are easy to chew.

I can drink wine and beer. I have to watch restaurant margaritas because they must sneak sugar in them.

I always get a take home box from restaurants. But for lunch, the doggie box is just so I can finish lunch an hour later.

Sometimes I get tired, but most would expect that given my hours and everything I take in. I’m signed up for another half marathon in January.

Life is normal. I still miss my dad, but he’d be proud. My stomach will not kill me before my kids graduate high school. So my surgery has given the finger to my gene mutation, and I’m happy to have that option. It’s still in the back of my mind my kids have a 50/50 chance of inheriting this mutation from me. But I donate to non-profits that fund stomach cancer research in hopes that medicine in 20 years will give my kids even better options than what I’ve had.

So tonight, I’m thankful. I love life and seek out the adventures I’ve wanted for my and my kids. It’s awesome. I thank God for my extended lease on life. My scars have faded and most people’s response is, “Wow, they took your stomach out in that tiny incision!” My surgeon and MD Anderson are the best. And thanks to nostomachforcancer for research and networking folks together.

So that’s my normal life one year post op!

7 thoughts on “Today Marks One Year

  1. I can’t believe that it has already been year. I’ve been so thankful for your blog since the very first day it was a possibility that I might have CDH1 and many months later I can’t begin to tell you how encouraging you’ve been to my own journey. Thanks for writing and everything you do. Happy gastrectoversary! It’ll be interesting to walk through this as parents!

  2. I’m proud of you with your strong determination and attitude. How you have helped people all over the world is astounding. Love you!! Keep up your blogging. Mom

  3. I cannot express how proud I am of you. You have shown strength throughout and have never expected sympathy from anyone. God has a plan for you. Thank you for being a wonderful wife and mother.

    Pattiv

  4. thank you SOOOOO much for all your posts! I am having a TG in October but first I am having 5 weeks of chemo. They found a 1.5cm area on the surface of my stomach which tested + for stomach cancer. It was caught early so it’s all good. I have been obsessed with reading your posts and felt very encouraged as I too am a very active Mom and am also a runner. Excited to get back to normal. thank you again 🙂

    • Glad my blog has been helping you!! Good luck and stay in touch. Between myself and the other bloggers in out community, there’s a lot of resources out there!!

  5. I am new this site. I had my stomach removed at age 28 due to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and stomach ulcers. I am now age 60 and living a very normal life. I joined because I would like to encourage others. My journey has been good. I will encourage others. Thanks for your posts, they encourage me.

    • Thanks David for the comment!! Do you find any long-term impacts?? My husband and I were looking for info on someone 20+ years post-op and my surgeon just mentioned patients worry about the same thing anyone worries about as they grow older and not much more. Do you agree?

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