Keeping it Together

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My mom has cancer.
How the hell do you react when your parents call to tell you that one of them has cancer? How could I react? I wanted to cry and scream, but didn't. I stayed calm because I knew that's what they needed.
But what happens when you can't lose control? What happens when you can't vent all your frustration at the world? I wanted nothing more than to just start eating and eating and eating and not stop. Eat until I felt numb, until the fear and upset disappeared.
My immediate reaction was to throw diet out the window, head to the greasiest pizza place I know, stuff most of a large pizza down my throat, and drown my sorrows in a pitcher of beer. My husband, bless his soul, would have been a willing accomplice, except he knows how much I would have hated myself in the morning. Instead, he sat next to me as he was pretending to get ready to go to said pizza place and said:
"I wonder how many POINTS a slice of their pizza is? Forty?"
It was enough to stop my deadly downward spiral and start me thinking. That little voice in my head kept screaming for pizza, but every other fiber of my being said "no, this isn't what you want to do."
Would my mom want me to fall off the wagon when I've been this successful? No, she wouldn't. Is she going to fall off the wagon just because of this bump in the road? No, she's not.
So, despite that urge to indulge, I stayed in control. The hubby, best friend and I went to Outback where I allowed myself to have a big, honking margarita along with my usual meal: Chicken on the Barbie with steamed vegetables (no butter in the preparation) and the Seared Ahi appetizer. Frankly, everything but the ahi tasted like ashes, and the margarita was too sweet.
Tonight's meeting topic at Weight Watchers, "Why We Eat", probably comes at the perfect time. Regardless of whether I feel like going or not, I'm going. This particular topic on this specific night is exactly what I need to reinforce good behaviors even in the face of the worst of news.
Food does not control me.
I will not find solace in food.
Food will not make my problems go away.
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    My prayers will be with you and your mother.
    emoticon for you.

    And a big
    for your husband for knowing the right thing to say. I am proud of you for hearing your husband's intent and not taking his words as criticism.

    Last night was the 20th anniversary of my mother's death from breast cancer. I was just a kid at the time (well a college student), so don't have any good advice on how to support your parents through these "interesting" times as a adult.


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  • KIDDER136
    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending prayers for her and your family. That is the biggest test of your will power and you kept yourself in control. Good for you.

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  • LENA383
    I have been in your situation too many times in my life. I know how scary it is to know someone you love has cancer. If you need any support, please let me know. Your family is in my thoughts.
    3067 days ago
    oh girl!!! give urself credit!!! u r super strong!!! & ya, its ok to vent. bite someone's head off....yell, scream!! whatever it takes to get out the feelings cuz when u hold them in is when u want to eat worst. hang in there missy, we will say prayers for u & urs!!! all our luv!!
    3067 days ago
    I'm sending prayers for you and your Mom. I'm glad to hear that your spouse is so supportive.

    3067 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear all that you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    I know all to well how you are feeling I have just gone through this with a close family member. We be strong for them and then we yell, scream, cry and vent to our husbands, friends (including our fellow sparkers) and sometimes anybody else who will listen.

    Burying our emotions with food is what we used to do. Now we feel them, deal with them and continue to make mindful choices about our food and exercise. SP provides us with all of the tools we need and all of the support we need to get through these tough times and continue on our journey.

    What we eat, weather or not we exercise does not change the diagnosis or treatments. It does however change how strong we are both physically and emotionally to be able to support them through this very difficult time.

    I am so glad to hear you will go to your meeting this evening even if you have to force yourself. There are days you are going to have to force yourself. BUT you have PROVEN that YOU CAN DO IT!!

    I know I am not alone as I tell you that you have all of our Support...Just keep reaching out! You know where to find me if you want to chat!

    Take Care,
    3067 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom's diagnosis, that was a true test of your commitment to stay on track and it is awesome that you did. prayers to you and your family
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