Whole30Sue Posted April 28, 2016 Share Posted April 28, 2016 Finished my second whole30. It feels so good to have gained some control. I still have serious health issues. Still have a long way to go, but I'm on right path. My health goals. 1 - Cancer. Some people are blamers and blame everyone but themselves when something goes wrong, I'm the opposite, I blame myself for anything and everything. I'm five years out since breast cancer diagnosis. (Did the works: chemo, mastectomy, radiation.) I'm still doing quarterly injections as prevention treatment, putting me and keeping me in menopause. Here is where it gets tough to talk about: My goal is to be doing everything I can to get into good health and prevent a reoccurrence. If it reoccurs, there is no cure, just management. So if it does happen, I want to not have the guilt that I wasn't taking care of myself and it is my fault. Make sense? I'm not scared. I don't worry about recurrence on a frequent basis. My oldest daughter has Spina Bifida, paralyzed from the hips down. She needs me the rest of her life. I need to be here. I've had two friends die with recurrences in the last few years. I know it can happen. If it were to happen to me, I don't want the guilt that I wasn't doing everything possible to make sure I am here for her. 2 - High blood pressure. I've had high blood pressure and been on medication for years. I would love to get it under control such that I no longer need the meds. 3 - Sleep apnea. I believe my weight is causing this, and the sleep disturbances are causing my exhaustion and my brain feeling so foggy. Struggle with compliance in using the CPAP machine. Lack of good sleep, my body having to flood itself with adrenaline to wake itself just enough to clear the blocked breathing passage, is causing much stress to my mind and body. 4 - Lymphedema. Lymph nodes were removed during my mastectomy and now my left arm tends to feel strange, off and on through the day. Heavy. Fluid. It swells very mildly. I keep it under compression during the day. I used to wrap it every night but after my whole60 last year it felt so much better, I stopped the night time wrapping. My arm is the first thing that feels better during a whole30. In fact, I still stare at and wiggle my left thumb several times a day, it feels so much better with this way of eating. 5 - Body image. This is another tough one. Breast reconstruction failed miserably for me. Long story, involved emergency surgery, five months of caring for an open wound... Wow. Didn't expect tears to well up while writing this. So my body looks butchered. Scars all over my chest and back. I wear a prosthetic breast on one side. I hate it. First thing I want to get off when I come home. The imbalance causes my bra to dig into me because the weight is so different from one side to the other. If I could get to a healthy weight, I would get smaller on the other side and the balance would be better. I still have reconstruction options but cannot consider putting my body through that right now. If I felt healthier, I might consider it. There is a possible future that does not include a prosthetic. I guess those are some majorly huge goals. So understanding that it truly does START WITH FOOD, is where I need to keep my focus. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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