Thursday, August 21, 2014
Last week, I wrote that I had been having very severe fatigue for about a month and a half. I haven't been able to determine the cause of it, but it seems to be lifting now. This week has been significantly better. I've been able to attend aerobics class three days already this week and I'm much more active when I'm at home doing things like light cleaning and cooking.
I've been off gluten for several weeks now and the medication that my GI doctor gave me for my Crohn's is helping a lot, so that might be the reason why I'm getting my energy levels back. I have no idea.
I'm just glad to be feeling on the mend again! I still haven't ridden my bike any or done any walk/running, but I'm far better this week than I have been for quite a while. I know I'll get there, it's just taking longer than I expected after finishing my cancer treatments.
One step at a time, as they say!
Wishing everyone a good day.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Since finishing up my cancer treatments, I decided that I needed to take care of the rest of my health and I have been on a journey the past couple months to do that.
Part of that journey was to go see a GI doc. I hadn't seen one in 32 years since I had my colon removed at age 29 due to severe ulcerative colitis. After that, I never wanted anything to do with GI docs. I have an "internal pouch" made up of small intestine directly connected to my rectum. The result is that I've had 32 years of loose stools that I have grown to live with.
Anyway, I decided it was time to break down and actually go see a GI doc and my medical oncologist recommended someone at Vanderbilt. My GI doc literally looks like a Barbie doll, but is sharp as a tack. She did a lower GI scope a few weeks ago and diagnosed me with Crohn's disease and put me on some medicine for that. It is already working and I'm feeling alot better.
The pathology report from the lower GI indicated I might also have Celiac sprue so she did a scope of my upper GI last Thursday to find out for sure. She contacted me today to tell me the biopsy on the upper GI confirms I have Celiac sprue too. I would have never guessed that on my own. So now, I'm off gluten.
Both diagnosis surprised me, but I'm thinking that between getting off gluten and the new medicine I'm on, I'm going to be feeling a lot better in the coming weeks.
I think it goes to show that not all symptoms (particularly fatigue) are chemo related! An unexpected benefit of having cancer is that it has prompted me helped me to get help in other areas that I didn't even realize that I needed!
With my new medicine, I now sleep soundly through the night because I'm not getting up to go to the bathroom. Just that one thing alone is making a HUGE difference!
Life continues to take unexpected twists and turns.
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