Sugar!

December 6, 2013.  Three years ago I was hit with the news that I was CDH1+.  I’ll never forget sitting around that round table being told I tested positive for the CDH1 gene mutation. 

Many things have changed over the past three years.  But, I can say that they have changed for the better. 

Physically, I’m not as strong as I used to be and I don’t have as much endurance to go go go.  Mentally, I’ve learned more about myself over the past three years.  Being faced with a challenge only pushes you to grow.  The answer to the challenge may not be clear at the time but as the days progress a method to the madness becomes apparent.  The message for me was balance.   But that’s a whole other separate post in itself.  Let’s get on to why I called this post Sugar!

Sugary foods and drink scare me but you can only be scared for so long.  Being the holiday season, I decided to take a risk and start eating some of the delicous goodies that are coming into the clinic.  I’m excited to report that so far so good.  I’ve eaten my fair share of shortbread, gingerbread, and chocolates.   I’ve also ordered half sweet lattes of the Starbucks menu and been fine.    My tolerance keeps improving as time moves forward.  This has been both an exciting and expensive discovery. 

If I eat too much sugar it puts me to sleep.  If I eat sugar too late at night, I wake up 4-5 hours later wide awake.     So on nights where I need to get up early the next morning and be productive…eat a cookie or two before bed.  Also, don’t eat too much sugar around co-workers or patients.  Sugar = gas.  The worst gas.

So this holiday season, I’m going to take that extra cookie.  Eat that extra truffle.  And order that gingerbread latte.  Why? Because living without a stomach isn’t all hearts and rainbows and sometimes you just need a little reward. 

Happy Holidays to you all and thank you all for your continued support.  May all my stomachless friends enjoy 1st, 2nd, and maybe 3rd small helpings of Christmas dinner. 

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The Starbucks Experience – a 2 year, 4 month update

One of my new favourite things to do is purchase an expensive delicious beverage from Starbucks and spend the next 1-2 hours blogging away or writing in my own personal journal.   Why do I purchase a six dollar coffee when I could just make one and write in the comfort of my own home?   It’s all about the experience.  Plus, it takes me a good hour to finish my grande flat white latte.  There’s something about observing the hustle and bustle of the world around us.   People coming, people going, long time friends meeting up after a year of not seeing each other, parents saying goodbye to their kids who are going off to university, widowers and widows, business people doing business things, students studying, and me – the stomachless blogger. 

The interesting thing about having a health scare is that it changes your perspective on life.  It forces your to slow down and evaluate where your priorities lie.  It shakes you out of your normal routine and forces you to develop as an individual.  You truly understand how many people love you and are supporting you.   I realized that everyone is writing their own story that I may know nothing about.   Maybe that’s why I have taken a new love to hanging out in coffee shops.

Cheers!
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