I Still Have a Torso

One of our amazing middle school students this past Wednesday gave me a hug, but thought removing my stomach would leave me without a torso. This is hilarious, but I definitely see the confusion. We often refer to and think of our torso's as our stomachs rather than the organ itself. The two most common comments as I've … Continue reading I Still Have a Torso

Today, I’m wearing Purple

It's official. Today, I'm a cancer survivor. We got the pathology results from my stomach. Now remember, after getting negative results from all pre-screening tests, this is what they found: At least 6 different areas of the stomach that already had cancer growing and a few areas that had pre-cancer cells starting to grow . … Continue reading Today, I’m wearing Purple

Union Jack for Endoscopies and the Farewell Stomach Tour

I've been getting endoscopies every single year since I was about 12 years old, and without a stomach, this might very well have been the last endoscopy I'll ever need. As I am now apart of the research studying this cancer gene and prophylactic (preventative) gastrectomies (surgically removing the stomach), I'm now going through the … Continue reading Union Jack for Endoscopies and the Farewell Stomach Tour

Gut checks, the Good News about My Health and FAQ’s

Let me start this blog post with a couple reassurances to put your hearts at ease: 1. I'm not dying. 2. I'm not leaving my position. I do, however, have some things that have been going on in my life that I wanted to catch people up on. While it seems a little impersonal, I … Continue reading Gut checks, the Good News about My Health and FAQ’s