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My 8 Year Spark-versary

Sunday, July 06, 2014

I just realized this weekend that I passed my 8 year "Spark-versary" on the 3rd of this month. I guess I have been so focused on dealing with my health issues and keeping track of all my medical appointments that the day had just slipped by me unnoticed.

This isn't going to be a blog with "profound words of wisdom"'; I've already been there and done that on past Sparkversaries. I'm also not going to go into my story of why I am here; you can read that on my Spark page if you are interested.

But I would like to take a moment to thank all of my Spark friends and my team mates on the various Spark teams I am on for all your support and encouragement over the years. You've shared my joys with me, such as when I reached my goal weight, and you encourage me to keep on pushing when it comes to my fitness minutes. You're prayers and support have also carried me through some tough times too, especially when I found out my cancer returned and spread to my bones, and when I lost my dad 3 years ago.

Whether you are one of my newest friends, or one who has been there since the beginning of my journey, I'm thankful for you all, and you are why I am still here after 8 years!

Even though I have been maintaining my goal weight for a few years now, I'm still sticking with Spark. A healthy weight is just one component of being healthy; I look at my life as a "work in progress", and I still have a lot to work on. With your help, I can do it!

  
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RAESUN54 7/9/2014 4:13PM

    Congratulations on your "Spark-versary". I have not been SparkPeople as often lately but read you have been having some disturbing health issues. My prayers are with you and I hope that you start to feel better and it is wonderful you marked this anniversary and shared it with you SparkFriends. Here is to many many more.

Take care and God bless you.

Rae

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JANET552 7/9/2014 5:53AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your success!!

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YELLOW09RED 7/8/2014 8:14PM

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Hugs and God bless your journey.
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OPALMOON 7/8/2014 3:36AM

    Dear Shari,
Congratulations on your 8th Spark anniversary, and for maintaining all this time.
Thank you so much for being my Spark friend as well! I am one of many who so very much appreciate your wisdom, positive spirit and constant inspiration. You are such a treasure and I am so proud to be your friend.
Wishing you the best of everything possible.
Sending big hugs and continued prayers your way,
Nattacia

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GOANNA2 7/7/2014 8:42PM

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Happy 8th Sparkversary!
You are such an inspiration and I am privileged
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PATRICIA441 7/7/2014 8:18PM

  You are the sweetest gal with a heart of gold dear one. So proud of you ,all you have been through and you keep on. Your an inspiration to us all. Tender, loving hugs. Pat

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FLORIDASUN 7/7/2014 8:11AM

    I always LOVE your spirit and you sweet loving nature! You've been a remarkable advocate for breast cancer and I always appreciate all of the caring advise you give our dear friend Kay. I hope you are ALWAYS with Spark as it is such a wonderful and supportive community.

I'm sending you BIG beams of love and light and absolute HEALTH...you are a shining inspiration to ALL of us! emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 7/7/2014 1:17AM

    emoticon emoticon + emoticon = 8 Years

Happy Sparkversary Shari, keep up the great work, you are doing a good job, I'm so proud of you...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/6/2014 10:46PM

    emoticon plus emoticon = 8 years on Spark People!!! Wishing you all the best each and every day, Shari.
THANK YOU for your continued inspiration through all of life's trials and tribulations. You are AWESOME and I just wanted to tell you so.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/6/2014 9:06PM

    WOW! 8 yrs already! It'll only be 4 for me in October!

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ALLENJOSEPH 7/6/2014 4:05PM

    Shari, you have always been a shining light of inspiration since I came to know you on the surviving cancer team.
Wishing you God's blessings always, Janis emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/6/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon 8 years is a long time to continue to maintain. You are such an inspiration to us all. I am thankful you and I have met here in Spark land.

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    emoticon you are a joy to have as a Spark Friend.

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MISTYSMOM06 7/6/2014 1:23PM

    emoticon Shari!

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NPA4LOSS 7/6/2014 12:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I feel so privileged to have met you on my journey and for our continued walk together. My hope for you in the next year is for joy and peace and a smooth journey. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2014 12:50PM

    You've been a sweetheart to know. I didn't realize your relatively recent loss of your dad. Very sorry to hear that. As you know, you are a huge inspiration to me. Big hug and happy SPversary.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/6/2014 12:08PM

    Happy anniversary. I'm happy to have gotten to know you this past year. I've learned a lot from you and I'm more than happy to be part of your support team just as you are part of mine. I think we will be a work in progress as long as we are around.

I hope this coming year is a good one for you. I look forward to reading your blogs and seeing you on the various teams.

Hugs,
Kay

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    Congrats

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20 Day Exercise Streak

Thursday, July 03, 2014

I had to end a 20 days in a row exercise streak yesterday because I had a "sick day".

Yesterday morning, I woke up with migraine, and nausea. Shortly after taking my thyroid and stomach meds, I ended up throwing up my dinner from the night before. I had an appointment at the pain clinic scheduled for 2pm, but I knew the way I was feeling, I wasn't going to make it, so I called and cancelled it, and got it rescheduled for the 28th (the earliest opening they had,) Then I took my migraine and nausea meds, went back to bed a little before 9am, and didn't get up again til almost 4pm.

I don't think the nausea and vomiting had anything to do with my headache; I'm sure it was a flareup of my gastroparesis. It was just an unfortunate coincidence that they happened at the same time.I still felt pretty "blah" when I got up this morning, but by early afternoon I was feeling a lot better, more like myself. I even got my workout in this afternoon.

Which brings me to the point of this blog. I don't feel disappointed because I broke my streak. It's more like "I exercised for 20 days in a row, Go Me!" With all the health issues I have had to deal with, I think 20 days in a row is pretty darn good. I had one day when I could only manage 10 minutes, but the rest of those workouts were at least 24 minutes long, and I had 13 workouts that were at least 30 minutes long. That is an improvement for me.

I am aiming next for a 14 day streak; since I have an endoscopy scheduled for the 17th, I won't be able to workout that day, but after that, I can try for a longer streak again.

And by the way, this time, I wasn't going to be getting injections at the pain clinic; it was just a followup appointment to check on me since having had the rhizotomy procedure done last month, so having to wait another 3 weeks for that appointment will not be a hardship for me.

  
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JUDITH316 7/6/2014 2:53AM

    Wow, emoticon emoticon on accomplishing 20 days in a row of exercising, Good Job Shari...Keep up the emoticon work

I'm so sorry you had the migraine, nausea and vomiting, hope you are feeling better today and you have a good day tomorrow...

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/5/2014 8:16AM

    I think you are doing fantastic with your exercise!

I learn a lot from you in terms of self care and dealing with the ups and downs of life.

Hugs,
Kay

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/5/2014 7:17AM

    Great job!!!

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YELLOW09RED 7/4/2014 12:13PM

    emoticon For your 20 days. You inspire me.
I'm sorry you didn't feel good on the 2nd. Hope today is better.
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OPALMOON 7/4/2014 11:31AM

    Hi Shari,
You did amazingly well keeping up that 20 day exercise streak with all the health issues you are faced with. Sorry to hear you had a day of not being well; I can imagine it must have been draining for you. Glad to hear you felt better in the afternoon, and I hope it stays that way. Happy 4th of July....enjoy your celebrations and seeing some familiar faces again.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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GOANNA2 7/4/2014 4:06AM

    Get well soon! Don't worry about your streak.
You have done so well with all your pain, it is
a credit to you to still keep exercising.
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ANGELBELIEVER 7/3/2014 11:13PM

    I think your 20 day streak was fabulous. You are such a trooper you put me to shame! Don't feel bad....it's a good shame of staying motivated like, If Shari can do it, so can I. I am trying 4 days a week at Curves. I'll go in Sat. to get in my 4 days. I need more workouts to lose once again. If that works out, then I'll go to 5 days a week. See, you help me more than you'll ever know as I know you know my health issues as well. I, like you, must keep moving.

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ALLENJOSEPH 7/3/2014 6:16PM

    You are such an inspiration to me and so many of us, Shari! You are a positive and an upbeat person.
You work vigorously at being healthy. We can all learn something from you. You are definitely a positive person. That is a very big part of being a survivor.
We definitely know that with God's Grace we can persevere. We know that our faith helps to keep us strong.
Thank you, Shari, for sharing your journey here on Spark People with all of us.
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SLIMMERJESSE 7/3/2014 5:04PM

    You always amaze and inspire me. I know you're tired of hearing that from me, but it's true. Wishing you better days.

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ICECUB 7/3/2014 5:00PM

    emoticon I think you are doing amazingly well in spite of health issues. hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 7/3/2014 4:34PM

    hope you feel better soon!

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MISTYSMOM06 7/3/2014 4:31PM

    I'm glad you are doing better. I hate it when I have to break a streak but it happens. I think I have logged in 54 days.

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NPA4LOSS 7/3/2014 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticon on your Streak! I am happy these days to get 7 days in. I felt a lot of relief it seemed from the ablation yesterday but I feeling a little rougher today. It may be that I still had enough of the meds in my system yesterday that I did not feel the pain as much. I will take it easy for the next few days but hope to see some major relief in a week or so.
Take care of you and enjoy those streaks and all of that fun reading!

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/3/2014 3:47PM

    It seems like a wise decision to skip exercise when you were feeling so poorly. In the grand scheme of things you have exercised 21 of 22 days, a pretty darn good %

Way to go! and Happy 4th of July in case you aren't online tomorrow.

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Eating healthy and summer gatherings

Sunday, June 29, 2014

With another holiday coming up, for many that means get- togethers with friends and family, which can present a challenge when it comes to healthy eating, especially to those who are just starting their weight loss journey. It's much easier, (for me it is anyway) to manage a healthy diet at home where we are in control of what food we bring into the house, and how it is prepared. Family gatherings and other parties are bit harder when we often don't know what we will be eating until we get there.

I thought I would share a few tips that have helped me over the years.

It seems like with a lot of gatherings, the focus is on the food. I try to remember to focus on the people instead, and making it an occasion to socialize, instead of what I can fill my plate with. I make it a point to focus on the fun and conversation rather than the food. I am always telling myself, "I'm here for the people, not the food!"

If it's a potluck type of gathering, take advantage of that and bring a healthy dish to share. This time of year, with natures bounty of fresh fruits and veggies, it's not that hard to put together a healthy dish; almost everyone loves a fruit salad, a bowl of melon chunks, or a tray of raw veggies. Even if it's not a potluck, you can always ask the host if they would like you to bring a dish to pass.

Don't starve yourself before going either; when you do that, it makes it that much harder to avoid the temptation of going back for seconds or thirds. I still eat the day I am going to a party or gathering, but I eat light; that way I can still enjoy eating at the gathering but without being so hungry that I am just scarfing food down. And when it is time to fill my plate, I fill it with the healthier options first; that way I am not tempted to fill half my plate with something yummy but high calorie like potato salad.

If you are lucky enough to be near a beach, the woods, or other place with scenery, why not suggest an after dinner walk with a few guest or family members? Or get out the badminton or croquet set; it doesn't matter if no one is good at it, the point is to get moving. If the host is providing music, you can even try to get people dancing.

And even if you do end up eating too much, don't beat yourself up, and don't give up! I've slipped more than a few times on my way to my goal weight, and I know I am not the only one. Just make sure you get back on track with healthy eating and exercise the next day.

Now, have fun! And don't forget the sunblock, gotta stay safe in the sun too! emoticon

  
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SHARONSIZE8 7/2/2014 11:10PM

    Great advice! Thank you for sharing! Have a happy 4th!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/1/2014 8:48PM

    Great blog with a lot of wonderful advice!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/1/2014 6:59AM

    Great advice!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/30/2014 10:41PM

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Thank you for sharing this super blog with some great ideas!!!
Enjoy a wonderful holiday week!!!
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MISTYSMOM06 6/30/2014 8:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the tips. I will be alone on the 4th (except maybe babysitting). I plan on making a salad that I saw on SP from coach Nicole. Watermelon and Blueberries!

Praying blessings on you with your health!

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OPALMOON 6/30/2014 1:45PM

    Great ideas and advice, Shari. Wishing you a happy July 4th holiday!
Hugs, Nattacia

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/29/2014 8:22PM

    emoticon Shari. I agree with all of your tips. Thanks for the reminder to focus on the people, not food. We are to eat to live, not live to eat! emoticon

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ALLENJOSEPH 6/29/2014 7:02PM

    Thank you, Shari, for all the good food for thought. You sure gave us many healthy ideas. I loved your blog!!
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MYTURNNOW2013 6/29/2014 3:08PM

    Great reminders! Thanks for sharing!

One of my favorites is so easy to make sugar free jello jigglers :)

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DAISYBELLEKIA 6/29/2014 2:45PM

    Great advice!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/29/2014 2:30PM

    Wonderful reminders. Thanks, Shari. Have a good day.

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    emoticon Great tips!

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ICECUB 6/29/2014 2:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon GREAT ADVICE!! HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 6/29/2014 2:07PM

    WE CAN DO THIS!

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First appointment with hematologist

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I had my long awaited appointment with the hematologist this afternoon. He was running late today, so it was about 45 minutes past my appointment time when he finally got to me, but when he did, he took his time with talking to me. I don't mind so much a longer wait for a doctor if it's because he's giving his full attention to his patients and not trying to rush through to get to the next patient. (And if you regularly read my blogs, you know I always have a book or my Kindle with me.)

Anyway, he does not believe that I have an iron overload. He did 3 other test for the iron along with the one for the ferratin, and only the ferratin was high; the other tests were in the normal range. There are other things that can cause an elevated ferratin level besides iron overload, one of those things being inflammation. Mine could be inflammation from the bone mets and arthritis, and possibly some inflammation in my liver. The Abraxane I was on last year, and the Afinitor I am on now, can both cause inflammation of the liver. And knowing now that I also have some ulcers, that's yet another source of inflammation.

He does not want to put me on medication to lower the ferritan level if I don't really need it, because he said it's expensive, and one of the side effects of it is diarrhea; something I definitely don't need, with my IBS, and what I went through with that this past spring. For now, he will have my oncologist keep an eye on the iron levels and my liver, and if it looks like I am developing an iron overload then, he'll have me come back and see him. (And now that I have seen him once, if I do need to see him again, hopefully it won't be such a long wait to get in next time.)

I was kind of disappointed not to have a "simple fix" to my problem, but it's a relief to know that it's not an iron overload, as that can have some very serious effects on the heart and other organs.

  
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JUDITH316 6/29/2014 4:18AM

    Hi Shari, sounds like a good Doctor, I'm happy he takes time to listen to you and thoroughly checks everything, however in spite of that I'm sorry a "simple fix" wasn't found for you, however, one good thing, at least you know you don't have an iron overload. My prayers continue.. emoticon

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HANOVERLADY 6/26/2014 1:48PM

    Sounds like you've found a great doctor!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2014 11:16AM

    That's really interesting. It pays to have an expert look at things like that because he can recognize what is and isn't a problem. I'm glad you were finally able to see him. I agree that now you are a patient of his, it should be a lot easier to get an appointment the next time around.


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RAESUN54 6/26/2014 11:02AM

    I have been trying to follow your blogs but as you know things have been somewhat crazy for me lately. I hope they are trying to find out what has been giving you all the issues. I did see you have stomach ulcers. I know they are very troubling.
I do the same as you do though when I have doctor appointments. Always have a book with me. I have thought about getting a nook, but I am still very old school. I love to feel the book in my hand. I love books and love to read many different topics.

Thank you very much for following me on the few blogs that I have posted lately. It really meant a lot to me all the kind comments and best wishes. I am still dealing with the loss of my sister since it was not even 4 years since we lost our other sister. But she is not suffering and I know they are my angel.

Take care and I pray you feel better soon.

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OPALMOON 6/26/2014 10:13AM

    Hi Shari,
I'm glad the haematologist took his time with you and is mindful of you not being subjected to more side effects, particularly if medication is not necessary. I am glad you don't have an iron overload, though if it's inflammation that has caused it initially, that's not ideal either. I can understand how you would be disappointed not to have a simple answer or 'fix'. It is good to hear that he is asking your oncologist to keep an eye on your iron levels and liver. I am hoping and praying that all this settles down for you.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/26/2014 7:20AM

    I love doctors who take their time to listen!! So glad he seems to be one of those. Good to hear the news is fairly good and he's considering your entire health picture!!

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GOANNA2 6/26/2014 3:56AM

    Glad to know that the iron is OK. Good that the
hematologist took time to talk and explain things
to you without rushing. Also good that you don't
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ANGELBELIEVER 6/26/2014 12:30AM

    Hi Shari, Glad you got to see the oncologist but am sorry there is no quick fix. At least he'll keep an eye on your levels and be in the mix of doctors watching over you. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/26/2014 12:12AM

    Shari, So glad that you were seen and the doctor took his time with you. How wonderful that is!!! Sorry you didn't get a answer with a quick fix, but definitely glad it isn't iron overload. (I have two friends who have to go in twice a month and have them take a unit or two of blood to get their iron levels down.)
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry about the inflammation and definitely about the ulcers. You definitely don't need any more diarrhea!
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOONGLOWSNANA 6/25/2014 10:31PM

  Well, what a way to spend an afternoon. I feel better though that he is taking a watchful waiting approach, and gathering more evidence. That's better than the possibility of diarrhea or other side effect from rushing into anything. And now that you have met he will be thinking and ready to treat you if necessary when he gets more info from you and your oncologist. Sounds like a good appointment Shari even though it was a long afternoon! emoticon emoticon I'm sending you thoughts, prayers, and a four leaf clover for good luck! emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 6/25/2014 7:14PM

    emoticon Shari,
Sorry for you not finding the answer.
I'm glad you finally got to be seen. Hugs for your evening.
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MYTURNNOW2013 6/25/2014 6:40PM

    Mixed blessings, but glad it's over. I am like you, if the doctor is taking his time with a patient, he/she may be a little late, but they are giving quality medical care. I'm ALL for that!

I try to schedule our family doctor for the first appointment of the day and/or the first appointment after lunch to avoid some of the waiting. Doesn't always work.

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ICECUB 6/25/2014 5:25PM

    I AM GLAD YOUR DOCTOR TOOK HIS TIME WITH YOU. IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO DOCTOR AND FEEL COMFORTABLE SITH HIM OR(HER), DONYINUE TO KEEP YOUIN MY PRAYERS. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 6/25/2014 4:56PM

    You are having some positive results along with the negatives so that is very good. I hope that the boy will be able to heal itself in some ways and bring you a little more good news. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/25/2014 4:38PM

    Glad he took his time with you. I understand about disappointment with no quick fix, but glad it wasn't anything else.

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Dealing with stomach ulcers

Friday, June 20, 2014

Yesterday I had my followup appointment with my gastroenterologist, regarding the results of the tests I've recently had.

The colonoscopy and small bowel x-rays were normal. It sounds like what was causing my intestinal problems was just a bad flare up of my IBS.

The endoscopy though showed several ulcers in my stomach; all very small ones, but he is concerned both because there are so many of them, and because they had been bleeding at one point. They were not actively bleeding at the time he did the scope, but he could see trickles of blood on the stomach wall which indicated past bleeding. He is going to do another endoscopy on July 17th, to check them again, and he's hoping they will be healed by then.

He does not believe that any of medications caused them, he thinks mine are from stress. I don't feel I've been under any more stress than is normal lately; I mean, there isn't really any one big thing stressing me out, but I suppose if a lot of little things are causing stress, it can add up. I know my IBS is definitely triggered by stress. I can't say that the cancer is causing me a lot of stress right now, because I've been living with it for so long, it's not like it's a new problem for me, but maybe because my immune system is compromised because of the cancer, maybe my body isn't handling stress as well as it use to. I have no idea when those ulcers may have started; I wish I had thought to ask my doctor that yesterday.

He hasn't put me on any medication for them, because I'm already on Protonix for my acid reflux, so I just have to continue on with that, and stay away from foods that aggravate my condition.

I really haven't noticed any symptoms with the ulcers, since a lot of the symptoms are things I experience from time to time since I have GERD and gastroparesis. The only symptom I've had which is out of the ordinary for me is having nausea more often.

I'm not really alarmed or anxious about the ulcers, but it's just one more thing on my plate that I didn't need right now.

  
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ALLENJOSEPH 6/23/2014 3:15PM

    I just became aware of your blog on the ulcers your Doctor discovered. I try to keep up on your blogs. I appreciate so much your sharing. It can make us more aware and definitely you give us courage with your example of strength that shows in all you do. You are my Role Model, Shari!
Always be assured of my many prayers for you.

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JUDITH316 6/23/2014 2:39AM

    Hi Shari, I am so happy the scopes were normal but sorry you are having the flare with your IBS and that you have stomach ulcers. For sure my prayers are with you as always...

In spite of all your health issues I am so encouraged and blessed to have you as a friend who takes the time to visit my blogs on my page and on our Team pages, you are such a blessing in which I thank God. You are amazing and such an inspiration. God's Blessings on your week ahead!

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GOANNA2 6/22/2014 8:46AM

    Glad your scopes were normal. i hope that next time
you have your next one, the ulcers will have healed.
You just look after yourself and try not to stress.
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OPALMOON 6/22/2014 7:52AM

    Hi Shari,
Sorry to hear about the stomach ulcers, though I am glad to hear your small bowel is okay and the colonoscopy was all clear. I too wonder if the ulcers aggravated the IBS symptoms, and also suspect that your immune system may be compromised with all your body has needed to cope with. I'm not sure if 'stress' is an adequate explanation...at the same time, Kay is right about relaxation being helpful. I'm glad you aren't alarmed or anxious about them, and that the specialist isn't either. I am praying that all goes well with the endoscopy on 17 July. Take care my dear friend, you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. God bless.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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YELLOW09RED 6/21/2014 8:00AM

    Good morning Shari,
I hope you have a nice weekend.
I hope your ulcers will clear on their own.
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SUNRISE141 6/21/2014 6:32AM

    Praying for you my friend on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! I am on humara and methotrexate for my immune disorder and arthiritis without it i would go blind. I have gained 30 lbs in 6 months and the meds have horrible side effects but i chose to take the chance because i don't want to be a burden on my dh the rest of my life ! I don't know how to lose this weight i am trying and making wise food choices most of the time. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND THANK YOU FOR BEING ON THE TEAM AND MY FRIEND !

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NPA4LOSS 6/21/2014 12:14AM

    I am so sorry about the ulcers but I am so glad that it is something he believes can heal. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/20/2014 10:24PM

    Stress is their catch-all explanation when they either don't know or don't want to find out. I have a friend who had an emergency issue and the doc told him the same thing - stress.

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/20/2014 8:44PM

    I'm sorry to hear that but am glad you are not too concerned nor is your Doc. I had an ulcer once and it hurt. Once that was healed I've had no more problems.

You may not think you're stressed, but you are even though you seem to handle things really well. You can't help but be at least a little stressed with what all you have been through. I'll keep you in my prayers, as always dear friend. emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 6/20/2014 8:37PM

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MYTURNNOW2013 6/20/2014 6:38PM

    I was wondering if the ulcers might have exacerbated the IBS and/or vice versa? Your body has been through a lot. You don't outwardly appear to be a stressed out person, so I'm thinking it's more wear and tear from all the meds and illnesses as opposed to mental stress.

Hopefully the next endoscopy will show an improvement.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/20/2014 6:30PM

    Even though the doc thinks the ulcers are caused by stress, they could be caused by something else completely. It was years before they discovered that h. pylori actually caused ulcers....before that, they always assumed it was stress. Being relaxed helps our immune system do it's job, so it's helpful to try to be relaxed as possible, but I'm thinking that your body just isn't able to fight of things as well as it used to. Years of chemo is natually going to wear the body down. I think you are doing wonderfully in terms of keeping stress at bay considering all that you have had to deal with for so long.

I'm glad your lower GI tests all looked normal.

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Kay

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ICECUB 6/20/2014 5:44PM

    stress can cause a lot of problems. glad your colonoscopy was normal. sorry about the ulcers. take care and try to relax. keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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