My fitbit #Fitstats for 3/06/2014: 9,523 steps and 4.3 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/2F4JRZ
Well, I am sure that a lot of you can tell that the results for the MRI came back, and they weren’t the best. Soooo we rewind alittle…..
I arrived at work and was having a great morning. But I missed a call from my doctor, then played phone tag with his nurse several times. FINALLY, we caught up together. And I was thinking they would say “oh. it’s just a fat mass. NOOOOO BIGGIE”. Well, instead they told me it was papillary renal cell carcinoma. Cancer. Yep. The big C word.
After finding out the results, I pretty much had a break down and had to leave work. Luckily, I have amazing coworkers. I also was in contact with the GI nurse the whole morning, who went ABOVE and beyond her job to comfort and help me. She has set up an appointment with the renal surgeron the NEXT DAY.
From Monday till Tuesdays appointment, I was in such a fog. I guess that’s called denial? haha. My mom and I went to the doctor’s office (where I was the youngest person there by 30 years!) and talked with the doctor for almost an hour. He was so patient and kind. I never felt rushed with him, and his nurse was equally as awesome. I am so excited to have their support.
After the doctor’s appointment, we got to work. We drove to my grandparents and gave them the news. When my grandfather started tearing up, I almost lost it! Then my mom and I stayed on the phone and called family and friends. And the support was AMAZING! I will never be able to describe the love and prayers I received. It was incredible!
Today, I had to arrive at the hospital for a chest CT to make sure that the cancer was not found in my lungs. And they LOOKED GOOD!!! Wahoo. This was defiantly something that I was extremely stressed about. The rest of the day was spent on the phone with work, leave papers, and family and friends. Surgery scheduled for Friday at 1pm.
I had a ton of running around. I basically went to every store in St Louis in search of comfy clothes. and I bought ALL of them haha. I then had a two hour preop appointment. Where they took blood, did a physical, and asked lots of questions. Thank goodness that is done. Next up was packing, prepping for the surgery (more GI fun), and figuring the house and life out before I have surgery tomorrow! Well, then I received a call at 1pm that surgery was bumped up to 9am and I needed to be there at 7am. EEK!!! Bring on the stress. Luckily, I had a TO DO LIST and I just went after it.
So now I am ready to kick cancers butt. hahaha.
The type of cancer that they believe I have, is 95% of that is not aggressive. Which is good. There is also 95% survival rate. Also REALLY good. This cancer is mostly found in adults MUCH older than me. It is extremely rare to be found in your 20s. (lucky me) Mine is about the size of a ping pong ball that is grown into my kidney. So for surgery, I will just get that part of the kidney removed. So I will have one and a 1/2 kidneys starting tomorrow
Well here’s to kicking cancers butt!!! I am watching Ellen to get me in good spirits
I do have a caring bridge site that people can follow along, just email me if you would like to see it! My mom will be updating it tomorrow after surgery!
Thanks everyone for following along, and hopefully I will back sometime this week or next week
A week or so ago, I received an AMAZING gift from Angela!
She had purchased a new fit to record her steps, calories, and sleep, and she sent me her old fitbit! I was thrilled. I have heard great things about them, and even have a few friends at work that will wear them.
I started wearing it just a few days ago, and while at home, I hardly get ANY steps. I get a lot done, but even working on the house, I don’t get many steps.
On Saturday, while working a 12 hour shift, I had a totally different result. (you can see in the steps and distance)
It was even a pretty slow day at work, but my steps were almost 8,000~
I am not so sure if the calories burned really add up, but it is defiantly motivation to get more movement throughout the day!
Sunday, I worked around the house (even deep cleaning the oven and refrigerator) but it doesn’t look like I moved as much as I thought. I will still be wearing this. and it can also sync up with my sparkpeople.com account, so I can get calorie diffs and all!
Question for you:
Do you or have you ever used a fitbit or something similar?
After an early morning trip to the hospital, for my very first MRI, I went to visit a graduate NICU patient.
He has been out of the NICU over a year, and I still visit at least every week, just love that little guy. I also LOVE his foster mom. Who listened to me, and was supportive when I just started bawling when I walked in the door. I guess I was trying to be strong, and not deal with the stress and it hit me all at once. Can’t wait to hear the results!!
(rewind to Thursday night)
Since my test was early enough that I had to be awake at 5:30am, and be there at 6, Andrew spent the night at my parents. And then the laughs began……..
My nephew is such a hoot and LOVES the BLUES
My parents dog, Riley, apparently does as well haha
My dad being silly…
I will say these laughs, talking to several friends about my worries/concerns helped lifted my spirits. My dad is retired, but he was an CT tech at a hospital here in St Louis, and talked with a few of his buddies who told me not to worry. This “fat mass” on the kidneys are common and it is probably something I had since birth. Here’s to praying its fat! haha
Question for you:
Who is the goofiest person in your house?
I hope everyone had a great week! I can’t believe we are week 9 of this challenge! I feel like I was just writing up week 8. This week went pretty well, just need a little improvements
(Goal is to lose 30lbs by my 29th birthday on July 16th)
Week 8: Down 1.5lbs
TOTAL DOWN: Considering I was up 4lbs last week, I am still up. BUTTTT this week, I lost. That I am happy about
Nutrition: Pretty Good
I have been tracking everyday, and I have been getting less than 80 of carbs. This week I want below 60. I can do this!
- Saturday: Strength workout from Angela
- Sunday: off
- Monday: 12 hour shift
- Tuesday: Muscle works class at the gym
- Wednesday: 12 hour shift
- Thursday: sick day
- Friday: 15 min elliptical + 10 minute no excuse workout (I did this 2x with sets, not a time)
Lots more weights this week! my body defiantly feeling it, and liking it. I did miss my spin class and rowing. But I think I will try and incorporate both weights + cardio
Sleep quality and duration: Alright
I defiantly could work on this this week
How I was feeling: stressed
My MRI test and the result of my CT test were REALLY weighing on me. Need to get some yoga in my life, or a massage
Things I did well: Workouts
Things I need to work on: getting the weight off!
Even though I probably won’t make 30 by 29, I am still going to plow through. If I lose or not, I am not going to stress about it. Just try and be healthy eat day, and keep track if the weight goes up or down. Just see what happens!
Go over to Angela’s blog! She is working on losing 30lb by her 30th bday
Question for you:
How do you get your strength training in? classes? home workouts?
Who’s ready for spring time!!
So I MAY have gotten alittle too busy, alittle too stressed out. So you know what that means….
Yep. Not feeling so hot today. I woke up not feeling 100%
This morning, I didn’t want eggs and bacon. Since I wasn’t feeling good, I wanted some comfort food and that ALWAYS means pancakes.
I went to my handy dandy pinterest, and found this recipe for paleo coconut flour pancakes. I was alittle skeptical because the ingredients were pretty simple, but don’t let that fool you. They were amazing! I added some scrambled eggs, and bacon
Today, I had a lot planned. workout at the gym. papers. bills. etc etc. Instead, I am drinking coffee in bed.
Checking emails, relaxing, and watching The Incredibles. I want to be able to breath tomorrow when I have my MRI. Everyone say alittle prayer around 6am that they find fat when they scan that darn mass. haha
Question for you:
Do you workout when you are sick?
-Usually I do, but the class I take, I usually can’t breath/move when I feel great, so I knew that I wouldn’t be able to push it, and then I would get frustrated. it would probably also not help my body heal, and we need that!
I have to say THANK YOU so much to everyone’s response about my not so expected CT results. I will say I am feeling better today, mostly because I stayed pretty busy (otherwise I would start tearing up)
SOOO the day started by having breakfast with Andrew, and taking him to school. Then to Sam’s to stock the frig, especially with lots of eggs.
(I think I could eat eggs for every meal)
Next up, was the muscle works class at the gym. It was awesome.
Then I went on a cleaning spree.
I got the bathrooms, all the wood floors, laundry, dishes, and anything I could get my hands on cleaned up. I even washed the shower curtain. haha
I had stew in the crockpot
Chocolate covered strawberries
Andrew’s new hair cut
I also stopped by the grocery store for some almond “yogurt”.
I even had 20 minutes to lay down before I picked up Andrew from school. That’s when I got a bit teary, and headed to attack more of the house haha.
Lots done today, which I am really happy about, and helped me keep my mind busy.
Question for you:
What do you do to stay busy?
Ever tried almond or coconut milk “yogurt”?