Back in December, when I received the diagnosis, the thought of having HDGC consumed my mind. I would think about it multiple times a day and every free moment I had, I was doing research and reading journal articles about the CDH1 gene mutation, prophylactic gastrectomy, lobular breast cancer, etc. Now, I can go a day or two without thinking much about it, unless its the week leading up to a specialist appointment (like this week, hence the blog entry…haha).
I am currently waiting to be contacted by women who have had a child post total gastrectomy so I can gather as much information to make the most informed decision about the timing of my total gastrectomy. I am a person who gathers as much information as possible before making a big decision. For instance, I did about a month or two of research before upgrading my cell phone….andriod…iphone…andriod….iphone. Babies seem to be on the brain for the past few weeks, I’m sure it’s because most of my female friends are pregnant or have children. I was not planning on having kids this soon in the game but obviously circumstances have changed. It may also be because our consult with the fertility doctor has been booked for the end of this month.
The Bucket List
There were just a few things on my bucket list which all seemed to happen within the last year or had been planned before receiving my diagnosis.
1) Snowboard on Whistler/Blackcomb
Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve wanted to go snowboarding at Whistler Mountain. That happened in March of last year with my family. It was an awesome trip!!
2) Run a 5km race
I am not a runner. I don’t enjoy running very much, but I do it because it provides a great cardiovascular work out. I much prefer jumping around in a group exercise class with the music pumping for an hour. That being said, for the past 10 years, I have always wanted to complete a 5km race. I thought it would be a good goal to meet and a reason to keep exercising.
In Dec 2012, Brandon and I ran in a 5km fun Santa Jingle. You run fully dressed in a santa suit in the winter. My goal was to just run the whole thing….I ran it in 31.17. Last year, my goal was to run it in under 30 minutes. Not only did I run it in under 30, but some how I also managed to place in my age category. So I received a sweet Santa Jingle medal. That was just the icing on the cake!
3) Go to Japan
I’ve also always wanted to go to Japan to learn more about my ancestry. Last summer, my friend announced that he would be celebrating his marriage in Japan. So we will be travelling with a large group of my friends to Japan at the end of March to the beginning of April for two weeks of fun filled tourism! We will go to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Saga, and of course, Tokyo!
Flights were booked before Christmas and we just booked our hotels last night which makes things even more exciting.
That was pretty much everything on my bucket list. On a side note: Brandon thinks I need to make a bigger list. But I find it’s funny how those three things had been on my list for so long and just happen to all been planned or completed before receiving my diagnosis.
This will be an excuse to start a new bucket list for after post total gastrectomy.