Listen to your body.
Defend what your body tells you to everyone - including the doctor.
Get good medical care.
2011 was a tough year for me.
I started off in great stride for health - losing 20 pounds and getting off BP meds.
Around March, I started walk/run routines and was doing great. I joined Sparkpeople then and started tracking my food and exercise.
However, I started feeling lousy around April and went to the doctor. I wasn't losing weight - in fact, I was gaining as well. I had to be very persistent. I knew something was wrong. I finally found a doctor that would listen to me and not excuse my symptoms as "being overweight," or "going through the change," or "you just need some meds!" Through many visits and Sparkpeople print-outs, the doctors found out that I had polyps and needed surgery immediately.
I thank Sparkpeople for helping me KNOW that something was wrong!
I was in bed for about a week in April recovering.
Around mid-May, I started back on my routine. "Second time is the charm!" I thought - with 10 pounds gained back from the sedentary lifestyle and recovery. In July, I became very sick again with severe cramps - very, very sick. Found out through an emergency room visit, that I had a LARGE ovarian cyst burst and it had leaked into my abdominal cavity causing infection.
Upon further investigation, the doctors became worried that I had cancer.
With an exploratory surgery, they found that my uterus was 5 times the normal size with intensive adenomyosis (blood in the muscle) and my ovaries were infected. The only option, at that time (I will talk about other options I have since found out later!) I had a full hysterectomy. I was recovering for about a week with no physical labor for 3-6 months. I was given the go ahead on exercise and dieting in March. I struggled on my own for about 2 months.
Now, I am here.
I am really needing Sparkpeople so that I can be the woman I can be - and, I am looking forward to the fellowship and health improvements.