Hello, all! :wave: During a quick poke around here I was really happy to see a few familiar names ~ hope you guys remember me! :^: I can't wait to catch up with you guys, and I'm also looking forward to getting to know all the folks that are new to me. :)
Brief history: I worked my butt off to lose 78 pounds back in 2004 before getting diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease (it's a form of lymphoma - cancer.) So that sucked! :lol: I was successfullyl (we thought) treated with 6 months of chemo and steroids, which resulted in a bit of a weight regain. I struggled to get back into the swing of things and regain my mojo, and was about there when I relapsed this past June. That REALLY sucked! :lol: I went right into extremely high dose chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. (After, of course, eating a "last supper" at every freakin' meal and lobbing on even more weight! :rolleyes: ) After a few weeks in the hospital that I'd prefer never to repeat, I'm now in the process of recovering from the transplant's many effects on the body, and rebuilding my health and life. It will be a process, and at only a couple of months out I'm at the starting end of that process...but I'm doing well overall, even if I do have my physical challenges. The key is that I'm getting there! (She said brightly.) ;)
Last Tuesday I got back on plan (and so did my partner, to a lesser degree, which will make it so much easier this time around because she was NOT on plan last time and that presented challenges) and so far I'm down just under 5 pounds, which I'm really happy about! I'm in the midst of my SECOND chemo-induced menopause (now doesn't that seem unfair??) so I didn't really know what to expect in terms of my body's cooperation in the weight loss department. So far, so good.
My plan: Low cal, low fat, low sugar, high fiber, fairly high protein, low glycemic, low sodium, lotsa water, frequent small meals, blah blah blah. You guys know the drill! ;) I'm doing cardio at least 5 days a week, and I'm going to work up to weights a couple of times a week. My energy and stamina are still pretty low, so I'm going to have to be patient with myself. (For an idea of where I am in the process, I've been told to expect to reach the 50% point about 4 months from now. :sp:
I've been struggling a bit emotionally with the aftermath of my cancer and transplant, but that comes with the territory so I'll just work through it. I'm choosing to focus on the positive and retain control over those aspects over which I CAN......starting with my weight loss!
Thank you in advance for all that you give and share here, everybody -- if this place were to help me only half as much this time as it did back in 2004, that would still be a wonderful gift. :goodvibes
01-08-2007, 07:17 PM
Hi Sarah! Welcome back :hug: I'm glad to hear you are doing as well as you are under the circumstances. Congrats on the 5 pound loss and I'm glad your partner is doing it with you (Lorraine? not sure if I'm remembering that correctly).
01-08-2007, 07:24 PM
I remember you! You had actually just been diagnosed with Hodgkin's when I fell off the wagon back in 2004 and left 3FC's but I remember you and I've wondered how you were doing (of course I couldn't remember your name because I have trouble remembering my own name!) I also don't remember you living in the Atlanta area though - I was thinking you lived up north - maybe Boston?? I'm north of Atlanta. :) But what I do remember is that you kicked butt and you always motivated me to exercise harder so WELCOME BACK!! I look forward to seeing more of you!!
01-08-2007, 08:09 PM
Welcome, back Sarah. Looking forward to getting to know you.
01-08-2007, 08:35 PM
Welcome back, Sarah! I remember you and your great progress! So glad to hear you are on the mend. And if you are doing cardio 5 times a week after all that your body has been through, then I'm just going to have to shut up about not finding the will to exercise and get off my rear. I've got zero excuse next to the one you are choosing not to use! That's what I call inspirational!
01-08-2007, 08:50 PM
SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARAH!!! I will always be your rocky ;) and you'll be my big-nosed guy!! I'm so glad to see you kickin' again. I hope you keep us updated.. I've missed you!
01-08-2007, 08:51 PM
Glad you're back. Your positive attitude has always been such an inspiration. Keep hanging in there!!
01-08-2007, 08:53 PM
Of course I remember you Sarah. Glad that you finally checked in, I thought of you often. I can't imagine what you have been through/going through. I commend you for trying to get back on track. Not many people in your position would. Glad to see ya back...
01-08-2007, 09:25 PM
Here, kitty, kitty--drop the nice Sarah! Hey, welcome back!! You stopped writing in your blog so I tracked you down through other nefarious means to make sure you were okay. :devil: Glad to see you back and ready to go!
About the menopause thing, I've managed to do okay losing weight while in menopause, but it's definitely a lot harder. Exercise has been the key, and you'll get your groove back there eventually. Is your pool ready to go??
01-08-2007, 10:03 PM
Hi Sarah! It's great to meet you and I can't wait to get to know you better.
01-08-2007, 10:31 PM
Sarah! I'm really glad you posted. I was worried about you. I have no way to really understand what you're going through, but I am really glad to see you back!
01-08-2007, 11:01 PM
Glad to see you again, welcome back!
01-08-2007, 11:03 PM
I'm so happy to see you back! Welcome home Sarah! :)
01-09-2007, 11:15 AM
Sarah It's so good to see you back. You've always been such an inspiration to me.
Ivanna B. Skinny
01-09-2007, 11:25 AM
YAY!!!! Sarahs Back!!! I just returned myself.....Im sooo glad to "see" you!!
01-09-2007, 12:25 PM
Heyyyyyy Sarah (and Lorraine too!!) So happy to see you! You have been MISSED!@
01-09-2007, 12:45 PM
Hey there, welcome back. :) I can't even imagine what you've been through in the past year but on top of that it looks like you kept almost 40 lbs off through all that! Congratulations and I'm looking forward to reading more from you.
edit: Make that OVER 40 lbs!
if you are doing cardio 5 times a week after all that your body has been through, then I'm just going to have to shut up about not finding the will to exercise and get off my rear. I've got zero excuse next to the one you are choosing not to use! That's what I call inspirational!
This is what I was thinking too! :lol: I have no excuses left after reading your post! Wow, you are accomplishing so much!
01-09-2007, 12:57 PM
I'm so glad to see you back around here. You are such an inspiration to many of us here.
Glad you are back on your feet and doing well.
01-09-2007, 01:39 PM
Good to see you back!! :hug: Glad you made it through another round, and kicked cancer's *** AGAIN!!! :drill: You go, girl!
Very glad to hear Lorraine is on the bandwagon this time, it will make it much easier.
01-09-2007, 03:22 PM
Oh...Sarah...I have missed you DESPERATELY!!!! :hug:
I'm so happy to see you....maybe I can jump on that big, bad bandwagon with you...will you sit beside me? :lol:
****, maybe we should walk beside the bandwagon and get some exercise!
I love you, girl...and have missed you so much..I am so glad you are home.
Now hear this, cancer :coach:: Sarah has not let you beat her so far...why don't you just get lost and leave her alone...permanently!
01-09-2007, 03:43 PM
Sarah - your courage and determination is amazing! Good to see you again!
01-09-2007, 07:27 PM
:eek: WOW!! Jeez, you guys, now you went and made me cry! (Especially you, stupid Linda ;) -- you ALWAYS make me cry, you frickin' sweetheart!! :lol: :hug: )
Gina, you mentioned that not everyone in my situation would resume the weight loss battle and that you commend me for getting back on track. Thank you! I know that I didn't fight like **** and go through all that I did to end up with a life limited and negatively affected by anything under my control. I know that after a cancer fight so many people do some reevaluating of their lives, and end up switching careers, or spouses/partners, or residences, or SOMETHING that they've been unhappily putting up with....sustained weight loss requires a bit more of a long-term commitment than some of the other stuff, but in my case, I really feel that I'm just resuming the path I was on before I was so rudely and painfully interrupted. I got unavoidably sidelined, but now it's like, "OK! So, that crap is hopefully behind me....now, where was I?" :s:
Sheila, you wily devil, did you go looking for me over at the Hodgkins message board? You know, in addition to the premature, chemo-induced menopause thing (this second menopause will surely stick, but really: poor LORRAINE having to deal with me going through it TWICE! :devil: Not pretty. :p ) the docs say that I'm at risk for a thyroid shutdown or reduction in function, so they're going to check it out periodically (beginning next month, when I get my first post-transplant scans to see if I'm in remission.) It doesn't seem like it so far, since I was able to lose this past week, but the blood tests will tell the whole story, I guess. As for the pool: YES! We got it installed right after we moved in last June and I was able to enjoy it all summer and right up until I went into the hospital in late October. (It was such a gift during the chemo last summer; I felt almost human when I was in the water -- it gave me energy! -- so I'd hang out in there for like 6 hours a day! Thank you for remembering! Our home turned out beautifully, and not a day goes by that each of us doesn't give thanks for it and say, "God, I love this house." :goodvibes This spring we'll focus on landscaping, but we did plant 2 varieties of Japanese Maples as my transplant trees -- as a symbol of my fight and so we can grow strong together. I'm just so grateful to be able to recuperate in such a beautiful home -- even if we need me to get back to work so we can pay for it!! :o
Dana, I'll always be your big-nosed guy! Do you hear it??? I totally hear it.... Damn. Now I can't get it out of my head. :dizzy: I'm really glad you're back here, too. We're in it together, ok?
I wish I had the memory to respond to each of you individually, but please know that I SO appreciate each of you being so sweet to me and giving me such a warm welcome back. :love:
I am SO feeling the love! :grouphug:
01-09-2007, 07:40 PM
Hey, I forgot to say that it's SO GREAT to see so many people I know!! (And also all the folks I will get to know soon seem really great, too. :))
Has Gretchen been around? Mez? Does Jen (from NYC) still pop in with her skinny self? And beautiful Beverly? I saw the Howberlies chiming in on an earlier thread, but are they still active? (I sure hope so!)
01-09-2007, 08:06 PM
:lol: :cry: Sarah...thanks!!! That is my goal in life...to make you cry!!! MMmmuwuhhhaaahhaaahhaaa! :s: :lol:
This is, of course..because I wear my heart on my sleeve, and say what I feel, as much trouble as it gets me in :)
As for the others, I haven't seen any for a while...by Gretchen's blog, it looks like she's struggling to get started just like me.
I'm so glad you are back
01-09-2007, 08:28 PM
Hey good to see you back and at it. The place is not the same without you.
01-09-2007, 08:50 PM
Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! *running around in circles*
Hi!!! I have totally missed you. Happy New Year! New Life! I'm visualizing all your new bone marrow and white blood cells kicking butt - like Xena warrior princess style. Hiiiiyya!
Don't be a stranger.
01-09-2007, 08:59 PM
Good to see you back. I've been missing for a while too.
01-11-2007, 11:58 AM
It's Sarah!!!! :hug: I'm so glad to see your shiney face back in here. I too snuck over to the hodgkins board just to make sure you were OK.
Gretchen has been in and out. She is gearing up, so I'm sure she'll be back soon!!
Miss You bunches!!! :hug:
01-11-2007, 06:56 PM
Actively lurking, as always.;) Good to see ya girl, you had me worried there for a bit with no update to your blog. Lovin' the positive outlook, so good to have you back. :hug:
01-11-2007, 08:04 PM
Welcome back Sarah!! You have been missed!
01-12-2007, 03:58 PM
Sarah-- so glad to see you around here. I've been following your blog. I poke my head in here sometimes. Not having a very good go at it yet. I think you may have just inspired me.
Happy New year everyone!
01-12-2007, 04:27 PM
:welcome3: back Sarah! I was always checking in your blog but it is so good to see you back!
01-12-2007, 10:38 PM
:love: :hyper: Gretchen!!!! :hug:
You know what? You don't have to be doing perfectly...or even doing at all, (if you're like me)..to COME BACK and post!!!
I'm soooo happy to see you! I've missed you.
01-13-2007, 06:47 AM
I think we just missed each other on this board over the past year so we never got to meet but I did send good wishes your way. I am glad to see you back. And.....congrats on the 5 pounds so far!
01-13-2007, 05:50 PM
Not only do I remember you but you run across my mind from time to time. It is so good to hear from you.
01-14-2007, 01:06 AM
OH MY GOSH!!! MORE love???? You guys have made me feel so special, and so cared for -- I had no idea that so many of you read my blog! :o I'm back to updating now, by the way. I explained my silence in a rather long recent entry, but the short version is that I've gone through a difficult time since the transplant -- it just really takes a toll on you physically and emotionally (not to mention financially, which affects the former two) and I felt so overwhelmed I just didn't know even where to begin in terms of checking in on how I was doing. :( Sort of the reverse of "no news is good news."
ANYWAY! :p Things are steadily improving, and I can't even tell you how great it is to see all these beloved faces!! (Teahoney, I'm sorry, I forgot all about you, you sweetheart -- now I remember just loving you! :hug: )
Gretchengirl (can we make a phone date?), Bev, Jessica AKA She-Ra ;), Sandi (did you get my Christmas card?), Mr. H, sweet Carol......all of you guys and EVERYBODY are so, so special to me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring about me and thinking of me and welcoming me back so warmly!!! :goodvibes :goodvibes
Hey, has Jillegal been spotted in recent times?
SO much love for all of you amazing people!! :grouphug:
01-14-2007, 09:15 AM
You are special. So I'm glad you feel that way. You have a lot to offer us all and you have always been an inspiration.
Have not seen Jillegal in a while. Sure do miss her though.
01-14-2007, 09:26 AM
OMG, I don't know how I could have missed this thread. What a dunce I am. Anyway, I did not know of you, way back when. I'm fairly new to 3FC, since Sept. 06 in fact. What a hardship you have had to endure. And look at your attitude - it's just phenomenal!!!! From the sounds of the previous posters you are certainly LOVED. So, yeah, I am most definitely looking forward to getting to know you. Best of look on your weightloss journey and STAYING CANCER FREE. :hug:
01-14-2007, 05:35 PM
Just popping in to let you know...I'm SO glad you're back! :hug:
01-14-2007, 09:13 PM
Hi Sarah, welcome back! I wasn't around yet when you were here but I remember the ladies asking about you and mentioning your blog, which I then checked out and have not since forgotten. So it's great to have you here! Best of luck :D
01-14-2007, 11:41 PM
I miss Jilly too...:cry:
I haven't seen her here in a very long time...pm'd her though, and she did answer me, telling me that she was ok...but that was a while ago...we need a new update JILLY! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!
Glad you're doing well today Sarah, Love :)
01-17-2007, 04:13 PM
I'm a bit late, here. But welcome back, Sarah!!! I've been gone a while, too. It's so good to see you back here! You really are an inspiration to the rest of us.