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Transformation

Published May 4, 2018 by lynn k scott

Since giving up Facebook, I have gotten more into InstaGram.  Looking through all the pictures, I stumbled upon pictures of me before I got sick and before all the weight loss.  Every time I see those old photos.  I was my heaviest in 2013 (when my mother suddenly passed away).  It was around that time I had just begun a gluten-free diet. IMG_20180504_111055_175.jpg

I walk as my primary form of exercise and it’s not as often as I would like.  Now that chemo is done, I will resume walking.  I do not want to put on all the weight I have lost.

While diet change and walking do count toward a bit of the weight loss, mostly illness has been the primary factor.  I went through a lot with the Celiac’s and a then the tumor that grew for two years before I could get the medical world to believe it wasn’t an ulcer and finally treated me.

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If I had to have cancer, at least a massive weight loss was the silver lining.  I don’t often share photos of myself (and I rarely smile in them).  Here are some that show my transformation.  I did cut my hair to a pixie cut when I was diagnosed.  It was the only thing in my life I could control.  I’m actually happy with it.  Super easy to maintain and color (because I will not go gracefully into that grey night).

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Cancer Journey: Part 2

Published November 6, 2017 by lynn k scott

I’ve been on oral chemotherapy for a week now.  I have been lucky not to experience many side effects.  The worst, so far, has been nausea and fatigue.  Those who know me, know I am always on the go or doing something.  Friends ask me if I know what the word relax means.

My anger has subsided a bit.  I am still less than pleased with my oncology team.  However, I am doing my best to see the positives in all this.  Positives with cancer?  Seriously?  Yup!

I truly believe God has a plan for me; for all of us, really.  I have known so much suffering, loss and tragedy.  What’s a stage 3 cancer diagnosis added to all that, right?

I was speaking to our pastor’s wife yesterday and shared how I recently thought of a positive to having cancer:  it’s brought my oldest and I closer.  One could say we’ve had a tumultuous relationship.  We were having a rough patch prior to my diagnosis.  We had only recently started speaking again.

Once I told him about the diagnosis, our relationship improved.  It reaffirmed how precious life is and how it’s not promised to anyone.  So, if cancer brought us closer together, than I am grateful.

Another positive is, as a friend pointed out when she heard the news, this disease would bring me closer to God.  She was right.  This struggle is not mine alone.  He is with me through this.  It’s my job to trust in Him and give Him control of the situation.  He has guided me to a church with very supportive and caring people.  He will stay beside me on this journey.

I am also learning to rest and pay attention to my health.  Currently, I have energy for about half a day.  I am still working a full-time job, homeschooling my daughter every evening and running a household.  Is my house as clean as I want it?  Heaven’s no!  Truth be told, it’s driving me nuts to have clutter and not having certain areas spotless.  Will we survive?  Yup!

My daughter and husband have taken on a few of “mom’s chores”.  They are aware I just can’t do it all or that it might be postponed if i need to take care of it.  I am taking time to spend a extra hour or two in bed on the weekends.  I am going to sleep hours before the clock approaches midnight.

Today was the first day I had to wear a mask at work, as my immune system becomes more compromised.  I was NOT happy having to do this.  Yet, a friend suggested having my artist daughter (who’s 11), draw happy faces and butterflies on my masks for me.  I’m going to give her a few to try out.  She’ll get to be expressive, I get to count this as art for homeschool and I should have some “designer” masks to make this journey a bit more bearable.

So as much as I hashtag, #cancersucks, there are silver linings to be seen.  You just need to know where to look.

QOTD by Richard Paul Evans

Published January 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have gone through quite a few trials in my life.  There are days I didn’t know how I would make it through.  The quote for today is very true.  It’s the silver lining of a situation, it’s the hope and it’s there if you will just look through the darkness for the light.

“It is often in the darkest skies, that we see the brightest stars.” (Richard Paul Evans – Author)

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