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Why Sit Here and Die? Get Up and Live!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This year makes for my 5th year of cancer being in remission. TYJ!!!!! A few weeks ago, I went to my oncologist for my three month check-up. They checked my BP which was high, checked my weight which had ballooned to 306lbs, and checked my blood counts. The doctor informed me that one of my blood count levels had dropped a bit, he wasn't overly concerned about it; however he was concerned about how my weight issue was having an affect on my over all health. The doctor had told me that my metabolism was extremely slow (perhaps from the treatment I had received to put cancer in remission). He stated that my metabolism was something which I couldn't control, so he recommended that I have a gastric surgery to deal with my weight troubles.

I was apprehensive about having the surgery, but was excited about the possibility of finally getting this weight issue behind me. I had an informational meeting with the surgeon who would be performing my recommended gastric surgery. I listened intently and asked questions to make sure this was something I wanted to do. At the end of the meeting I felt comfortable with proceeding with the process and was really excited. I was told to give my insurance company a call to verify their policy for weight loss surgery. I called my insurance company only to be told that my employer doesn't have the weight loss surgery rider on any of their policy. Needless to say I was sooooo disappointed. I felt as though they had literally given me a death sentence, Not willing to give up I placed call after call, only to hear "I'm sorry there's nothing we can do". I became anxious and felt like I was in despair, as if all hope was gone.

Then a light went off in my head and said, " you control what you put in your mouth" and "You have the ability to move". So, I'm no longer stuck on what I can't have but I feel empowered over what I can do. I can eat healthy and I can get up and move. I have the power to live!!!!

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