It's so hard to believe that it has been almost a month since I have posted an update. Since my last post I have indeed made some, great and exciting, and other, slightly upsetting, GAINS. Most importantly, each and every one of my "Ouwees" have healed up completely. It really was almost like a miracle how both of the small lingering open areas literally "slammed shut" as we drove to the coast for our 4th of July vacation. This made me SO happy because that meant that I could swim in the water without a greater fear than the next gal of the uncommon "flesh eating bacteria" that has been found rarely in the waters there in Matagorda bay. It was so fun to be immersed in water and to swim again. I really missed that over the 12 weeks prior. It was also very fun and exciting to be back in a bathing suite and to be balanced again without the fuss and muss of my Spongeboob.
We all had a great time.
|Not an effect of Bacteria. They are so cute like this.|
The final, slightly upsetting gain that I have made since my last post is the 4 lbs that, did, literally, "sneak up from behind" after my vacation! I want to mention this because it is an interesting phenomenon or side effect of the DIEP procedure. You might be asking "what's so interesting about 4 lbs of deep fried back fat?" Well I'll tell ya....
About 1 year ago I was warned by another breast cancer and DIEP flap reconstruction survivor that this could happen. (You can see the sides of it if you look closely above)...Anyway, because the plastic surgeon literally cut off all of the fat from the front side of my body (abs), when I gain weight it will no longer go THERE. After 42 years of using my abdominal rolls as an indicator of weight gain I am going to have to rely on another method. I've been feeling so 'thin' lately that I have not stepped on the scale in WEEKS. The other day, I accidentally got a view of my back side in the mirror, and just as the woman that I mentioned earlier had described to me a year ago, I FOUND my 4 extra pounds!
It was shocking, but at the same time I got a laugh out of it because I remember this woman, and her words of warning, so clearly.
15.5 Weeks until the NYC Marathon! I'm cutting it close, but I can do it! I know I can because thanks to you all, my awesome friends and family members, and Fred's Team, my fundraising goal has been achieved (One donation not showing on the page yet). I wasn't sure how I was going to raise that money, but it happened, and this training is going to happen the same way!
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