Reaching Out for Support and Help
Sunday, November 11, 2018
I have been off Spark for the last 5 weeks due to taking care of my older sister. She lives in a different state. Five weeks ago we were called by one of her good friends telling us that she was in the hospital. My brother and I drove 10 hours to get there and were told by the neurosurgeon the next day that she had a glioblastoma tumor in her brain. (Same as John McCain.) It is impossible to surgically remove all of the tumor as it is one that spreads like roots on a plant. The cyst inside gathers all of the dead cells and continues to enlarge creating pressure in her brain. Right now it is affecting her sight in the occipital lobe and causing a lot of confusion. She has been given 8-15 months to live. We spent the last 5 weeks finding a place for her close to us, clearing out her home for an estate sale and eventual home sale. She has settled in pretty well and we are able to have her in our homes often.
I have done a lot of emotional eating and very little exercise other than the physicality of getting a home cleared. I think I am ready to get back to it since things have settled somewhat. I am going to get a personal trainer for about 12 sessions to keep accountable until I get back into my routine. Now that we are home, I can have more control over what we eat.
I know from reading blogs on this site that many of you have and are experiencing similar situations. I am looking for support and any helpful tips and information that any of you can give.
Thank you for reading this blog even though it is not directly related to much of what is in most blogs on this site. It's a great site and has helped a lot in the past.