Congratulations to Kristy and Joe - 60km Walk Complete!
Firstly, I just wanted to congratulate Kristy and Joe for completing the 60km walk over 2 days as part of the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. They raised an amazing $5,761 between them for the Peter Macallum Cancer Centre. Such a great effort for a great cause!
As somebody who loves food, I never thought it could be so difficult to consume enough calories in a day. The majority of my days are spent making sure I eat every couple of hours and figuring out how I can add extra calories to everything I eat. Given my portion sizes are so small, added calories are a necessity.
I was starting my days out with scrambled eggs until the other day, I had a issue in which the eggs got stuck (I'm guessing in my esophagus) and I was unable to eat or drink anything for the majority of the day. I frantically called my dietitian and surgeon thinking that something was seriously wrong with me but as it turns out, this is quite normal for my situation. The one thing that did help (believe it or not) was a few sips of a can of Coke which broke down the eggs that were stuck and helped me get back to normal. Just showed me how bad Coke can actually be!
I've steered clear of eggs after this incident and am now having pureed porridge for breakfast. My other foods include pureed veggies with mince and I add cheese to each serving to increase the calories. I've also been having a serving or two of ice cream each day - as we all know, this is great for calories! Yet I'm still struggling to meet my daily requirements of 2,000 calories. I'm slowly increasing this day by day so I'm sure I'll get there eventually.
I've also discovered my biggest downfall which can make me feel really sick if I'm not careful - sugar. I mentioned in my last post I'd bought some Nutella to have on ice cream - turns out this wasn't such a great idea and I felt terrible for the rest of the night. So now I'm very conscious of the things I'm eating that do have a high sugar content as I would like to avoid this happening again.
Before I went in for surgery, I put on 5 or 6kg as I was told that I could lose 10 - 20% of my weight post surgery. I didn't deliberately put on the weight but indulging in all of the foods I wanted to ultimately led to this result which I wasn't concerned about.
I'm now happy that I did put on the extra weight as I've already lost about the 5 - 6kg I put on and am back to about what I normally would be (prior to all of my pre-surgery bad food). I could still keep losing weight but by trying to increase my calorie intake each day, hopefully I won't lose too much. Although, it could be a good excuse to go shopping!
One things a lot of people ask me about is my scars so I thought I'd post a picture so everyone can see the amazing job that the surgeon and his team did. I'll have very minimal scarring once I'm healed properly which I'm really grateful for. I have 6 small scars total - 1 on my belly button and 2 on each side and one above my belly button. You can see them a little better up close but even still healing, they're very small.
My TV Debut
Another question that everyone has been asking is when my story is going to be on the Channel 7 News. As soon as I have an answer, I'll be sure to post it. I'll be very interested myself to see how the story turns out and the type of response it'll receive. I've never been interviewed for TV before so I was quite nervous but Kristy and the team were lovely and made it all very easy.