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Ask questions before surgery!!

Yesterday, I was speaking with a new friend and after I told him about my situation, he confessed to me that he had paid to have a gastric bypass surgery. He said this with a taste of shame. What did he have to be ashamed of? I asked him if he had been informed of all …

There’s a place where everybody knows my name

I have been living in this small, picturesque coastal town, since 1994. When I first established with a doctor here, I had only a few minor health issues for which I had to take medication, but for the most part, I was all right. That’s when I started using the pharmacy by my house. After all this …

How to calm the distinctive roar of the sweet tooth

Because I am fructose and lactose intolerant, creating desserts can be a little tricky. I have been fortunate enough to have found a sugar substitute that I can also cook with, or simply use as a garnish on other dishes. I have also discovered a soy and tofu based cream cheese, which is delicious. I can …

Clinging to a quality of life, learning to let go

When I was young, I was an active tomboy. That played in very well to the fact that I had a son. I would spend many a long, summer night, playing Star Wars swords on the front lawn with all the neighborhood boys. What a life! The fire flies were the “real bad guys”. During …

My love/hate relationship with the scale

I have always been a thin, small framed woman, but there was a time when I was a curvy 128 pounds and I loved it! What do they say? This too shall pass? When I was diagnosed with gastroparesis, I had trouble vomiting up what I had just eaten or having immediate diarrhea. Not often …

You can never be too rich or too thin!

Since I had my partial gastrectomy, vagotomy in April of 2009, I have lost allot of weight. I faced the traumatic days of going through my closet and donating the clothes that I knew I would never wear again. At first, the sadness was deafening. I clung to the hope that some doctor would offer …

Mind, body and soul

I wrote about the isolation of having a chronic or terminal disease, but there are things to do that help. I found this wonderful set of full body relaxation tapes. If I get tense and start to unravel, I get my relaxation tapes out and allow the tension to flow from my body. If only for …

The unbearable isolation of illness

Before I got sick, I worked at a job that I loved, I drove a car, and navigated the many emotional twists that my numerous friendships had. Admittedly, I was a neat nick (my son’s name for me), and a control freak. Being in control eased my mind and relaxed me. I knew things would get done the …

Fast sugars, fat, and flatulence

Fast sugars, such as cane sugars, syrup, and high fruitose/corn syrup can bring on an episode of the dumping syndrome, which includes painful cramping and diarrhea. For those who are fruitose intolerant, peanut butter is a tasty spread for toast or an English muffin. I trust as time goes on, I will find other substitutes …