I was at Spark People between my first cancer diagnosis, October, 2007 and the second in November 2008. After surgery, radiation, and 5 months of chemo, when I was declared cancer free, I started working at losing the weight. SP was very helpful.
The second diagnosis wasn't supposed to happen, but that's cancer for you. This time, I needed the colostomy, over Christmas. That operation was fraught with problems and needed to be resited in May, 2009.
Everything is fine with the colostomy and life. Many problems arose after 28 months of maintenance chemo ended in November 2011. Migraines, forever diarrhea that never stopped once radiation started, tinnitus, peripheral neuropathy, problems with balance. And I blamed them all on complications from the chemo.
The Livestrong program at the Y fixed the neuropathy after 3 weeks of weight training. I was delighted. I could walk again pain free. Chiropractic have gotten rid of the migraines, balance problems, and tinnitus since my head was sitting at a 30 degree angle. I can only blame that on too much sitting in the recliner through all of the above.
My primary doc finally came up with a new med that I take as needed for the diarrhea. And I've only taken it 4 times since May 5. Hooray!!
And my oncologist did a B12 test and a deficiency there was causing my lingering fatigue.
So, life is better than it ever was before 2007.
My SP Goal is to first continue to lose the weight gained while taking the steroids during chemotherapy.
Then I want to continue, perhaps to a healthy weight which I don't ever remember having.
I am active with the local Ostomy association. I am a visitor, and I have set up our web page and manage it,
edit the newsletter, and plan the programs. I also started a Relay for Life Team last year and am currently on the steering committee for 2013 and publish their newsletter as well. We are publishing a book of ostomy stories, and would welcome submissions from all of you.
I had to retire June 2011 from teaching after 41 years because of the fatigue. But Retirement is wonderful. I paint, write, swim, spark, garden, walk my Yorkie, and currently help my mom deal with a recent diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. She was my care giver for 5 years. I'm glad I'm able to pay it back in a little way.
So we are both following a diabetic food regimen and I use the SP nutrition tracker to plan our meals. Maybe that will help keep me from the same path.
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