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My Life Changing Moment (off WL topic)

Friday, October 25, 2013      8 comments

I've been going back and forth about blogging about this, mostly because it seemed too personal, too precious, too "mine" to share with others for awhile. But while I've treasured and savored the details for nearly 2 months, I'm also ready to s... Read more

Relosing regained weight, surgery, and a plan

Thursday, October 24, 2013      18 comments

I know I've been MIA lately. In all honesty, I've been depressed about my injury and living in chronic pain, seeing no light at the end of this tunnel. And I've regained 30# of the 80 I lost last year. Sucks. But only I did it. And only I c... Read more

Changes and challenges

Monday, August 05, 2013      9 comments

Hello Sparkpeople friends! Just some reassurance that I am still here. :) I continue to struggle with my large abdominal hernia which has been deemed inoperable by 3 surgeons. This has taken my pain level way UP, and my activity level way DO... Read more

Update... and perhaps a little TMI

Sunday, February 17, 2013      19 comments

I haven't blogged for a while. Mostly because I have been very preoccupied with my health and just getting by. As I've noted in a few status updates, my surgery was canceled due to an insurance authorization oops. I worked with the local ... Read more

Nothing says "Happy Valentines Day!" like a bedpan...

Friday, February 08, 2013      13 comments

Or "Happy Birthday" for that matter. As surgery is on Tuesday afternoon, I will be in the hospital and drugged pretty efficiently for both my husband's 45th birthday on Wednesday, and V-day on Thursday. Doesn't that sound fun and romantic? <... Read more

Surgery is scheduled!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013      16 comments

I saw the surgeon this afternoon. And after a lot of hemming and hawing about doing the surgery here vs. Seattle, he agreed. BARELY. Apparently he's the best hernia surgeon in town, but he said it's a very complicated and HUGE hernia (he call... Read more

Woo Hoo! I'm "Obese"!

Monday, February 04, 2013      13 comments

I saw the doctor today about my hernia. Bad news: Surgery is inevitable, and will be sooner rather than later. She wants me to see a surgeon this week, and a CT scan will likely be soon as well. Since I've had a life threatening bowel ... Read more

Anxiety about sizing OUT of a plus size store?

Saturday, February 02, 2013      27 comments

Weird, right? But yes! I'm having some anxiety about this. Yesterday I was pretty down about my recurrent hernia and beginning the process of surgical consultation all over again. But after some prayer and emotional re-grouping, I am t... Read more

Overwhelmed and Frustrated

Friday, February 01, 2013      14 comments

I'm so annoyed and frustrated right now. I have been so focused on getting the pannectomy surgery that I WANT that I have been avoiding a very real fact. I have a hernia. Again. That probably needs surgical repair. Again. SERIOUSLY!?!?!?! ... Read more

I don't wanna!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013      16 comments

That has been running through my mind all day when I thought of the gym. "I don't wanna!"... like my 4 year old tells me about eating her vegetables. Have you had those days? When you just don't WANT to eat well or go to the gym? Yeah..... Read more

What are the odds that EVERYONE around me has poor vision?

Saturday, January 26, 2013      22 comments

Pretty slight, right? Seriously, though, today the thought, "is she smoking crack?" passed through my mind a time or two. First, I let my 4 year old play with the camera today while I was prepping some veggies. She captured a few ... Read more


Thursday, January 24, 2013      19 comments

For the past week or so, the serenity prayer has been going through my mind. A lot. At really random times. I'm not an alcoholic or drug addict. The only AA meetings I've ever attended were during college as requirements for my social work c... Read more

It's January.... what can YOU accomplish for yourself this year?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013      26 comments

I haven't been very good about taking monthly photos for the last 5 or so months, but I did take them today. And while looking at them, I couldn't help but compare it to a year ago. At 310#, I was still quite a bit smaller than my highes... Read more

Realistic expectations

Monday, January 21, 2013      27 comments

This morning I met with a plastic surgeon regarding a pannectomy. I can not even express how anxious and nervous I was! After decades of feeling like people judge my physical appearance and find me lacking, I was a wreck about what this one m... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts First time for everything... having FUN clothes shopping????

Saturday, January 19, 2013      434 comments

Yes. Today, for the first time since my teen years, I had FUN at the mall. I was excited to look at styles and colors. Happy to use my coupons to get some good deals. And a miracle happened.... I left the mall feeling FANTASTIC about myself.... Read more

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