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Hello! I am here because I had a reality check recently regarding my health and weight. I have gained 45 lbs since june 2015 to jan 2017...because of the stress of handling my mom's terminal colon cancer. In January 2016 I brought my mom home from the nursing home because I knew she had terminal colon cancer. In June 2016 I quit my job and became her full-time caretaker. I went from 150 to 188 in one and a half years and it has to stop. Taking care of my mom is complicated because she has schizophrenia and colon cancer. Her psych issues often times affect her desire to eat. And I've learned to be creative and in feeding her. That involves cooking our Macedonian homemade meals and lots of takeout food that she craves. However that also involved me eating the same food. It's strange that food has been such a huge issue for both my mom and myself. Sometimes my mom psych issues will keep her from eating anything at all ...or she goes thru phases...like no chicken, only beef....and she always wants pastries cookies and chocolate. so it's been a struggle to try to basically keep her alive, and not pass away from malnutrition. If I would have left my mother in the nursing home she would have passed away by now from malnutrition because she absolutely stopped eating anything while she lived in the nursing home. that was my deciding factor in bringing her home with me. So far her colon cancer has been pretty calm ever since she received an ostomy surgery and October 2016. she was so cachexic having lost her muscle mass..and at 106 pounds the doctors thought she was going to pass away within a month last august. she's actually gained weight because of the ostomy surgery, and because of providing the food that she will eat. But I too ended up gaining weight and pretty much let myself go because I felt guilty that my mom was slowly dying before my eyes. I know realize that I have to take better care of myself because my life will continue even though my mom will not. I have to learn to find a way to proceed with my life right now, I cannot afford to wait until after she passes. It's so hard for me to do anything good for myself or enjoy anything without feeling guilty about my mom but that's a struggle that I will have to learn to deal with and I know that God will help me.

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