Last year was a challenge. I'm not gonna lie, I know that it is February, but it has taken me this long to resolve my feelings for last year.
Don't get me wrong, there were some beautiful moments last year. For spring break we went to Kennedy Space Center and then to Universal Studios. We hadn't been to either in years. We need another trip to Kennedy soon as we didn't get to see everything we wanted to. As far as Universal, we loved the Harry Potter areas. Worth the admission right there. In October we traveled across the pond to visit London, UK. Amazing! I loved it there and wish we had gone for a more extended trip.
I genuinely have tons to be thankful for, and I remind myself often of that. That is why this year, 2019, I really need to get a handle of my health. That includes weight, body, mind, spirit, and weight. Yes, I know I said weight twice, but it is probably the thing that I need the most help with.
Today is the anniversary of the day my cancer was removed. Weird sentence to type out. Still seems surreal that I had cancer. I lost so much weight and was feeling good about that and "BAM" it was cancer.
I am one of the lucky ones. My tumor was contained inside my kidney so they took my whole left kidney. Since then, I have several scans to make sure it didn't spread and so far my luck is still flowing. I will do probably do those scans for the rest of my life. The new normal is okay though. I didn't die. I survived after a hellish experience in the hospital and months of recovery.
The weight has come back, and that has me pissed off. It doesn't matter if I restrict calories, give up dairy, sugar, or eating all together the scales aren't budging. I know my thyroid messes with my body but it has been fairly stable. It's bumming me out!
Speaking of the thyroid, my doctor for more than a decade has retired so I start a new endocrinologist in mid-June.…
The fear of cancer rearing it's ugly head is always present. I have been having some pain in my remaining kidney. That on top of a doctor telling me that he is worried about my kidney lab levels has me freaked.
I set up an appointment with the doctor who removed cancer almost a year ago, and he reassured me that my levels, for only having one kidney were decent. He did set me up for a CT scan which I did, but had to wait two weeks for the doctor to tell me the results.
Today was my appointment to get my results. The kidney is not compromised! Doing well. No enlargement. So my pain must be something else. It's funny because this past weekend there were a few days where I didn't have any pain. I have been hydrating myself better. When talking to the doctor today, he said that he wasn't any kind of an expert in back pain and I mentioned how it feels better when I'm well hydrated, and he said that when we become dehydrated, any issues we have, rear their ugly …