Today we hit a major milestone in my health because it has been exactly 365 days since the last time I was hospitalized. Considering all the close calls I have had in the past year, including one incident two weeks ago where it took four Norco just to get me to the point where I was comfortable. … Continue reading Milestones and the Parable of the Donut
It is official. I am taking the plunge and attempting my first Half-Ironman, May 13, 2017 in Santa Rosa. 1.2 Mile Swim. 56 Mile Bike. 13.1 Mile Run. Nervous? Yes. Fear? Just for my legs which are going to have to churn out wattage for a few hours. After finishing my first olympic distance triathlon last September, … Continue reading New Horizons – Ironman 70.3
"In many ways, our pain and our way of coping with it define who we are. These experiences shape us and mold us, for better and for worse. They compel us to help others or drive us to numb the pain in whatever way we can." - Mike McHargue In the past two years I've … Continue reading Life on 50g’s
Last Sunday as I was preparing to preach in church, Kate called me before taking the stage to wish me a Happy Gastrectoversary! My second year without a stomach had gone by slipping under the radar of my memory bank which I think captures the normalcy I have found with my new way of life. Things are not what they were, … Continue reading Rejoice, Always. Year Two.
This blog was inspired by a friend of mine who gave me permission to write about a picture she posted on Instagram from the window of her room while receiving chemotherapy treatment a few months ago. The image of her IV pump against the backdrop of the mountains in the distance paired with her caption, "Enjoying the … Continue reading Holding Both Views In Sight
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This is probably the best description of the last week of my life. This may sound a little odd considering my second child was born on Monday. Exactly one week ago today my very pregnant self was patiently waiting for Steve at the … Continue reading Still Good, All the Time by Kate Dang
With another daughter on the way in a few weeks, I decided to hit the road with G-Money to spend some quality time together before my heart starts making room for one more. Now that my brother is home from Korea and working in Los Angeles, a land with warm beaches, hot weather, and delicious … Continue reading Kid Friendly Food Tours and What I Learned about Life from Disney
A few weeks ago I participated in a benefit walk for for Multiple Sclerosis. I consider myself blessed to have a boss I can also call a good friend. Throughout my journey from diagnosis to surgery #1, recovery #1, surgery #2 and recovery #2, Dale Gustafson's friendship has been special. For anyone living with an … Continue reading Sick Days, When You Feel Good
I was standing on the boat ramp as the sun peeked over the hills overlooking Lake Berryessa in Napa, California a few weeks ago mentally preparing for a race. As soon as the warmth of the sun touched my face nothing could stop the lump forming in my throat or the tear that welled up … Continue reading Recovering, Life
"You will overcome difficult times" was neatly contained within the confines of the fortune cookie I ate a couple a days ago. Timely considering the fact it has officially been a year since I said, "farewell" to my stomach. For those who went to elementary school, there is no need to fight immaturity and tack, … Continue reading 365+1 Days – Happy Gastrectoversary!