Thursday, June 23, 2022

Summer Summer Summertime


Wow look at me posting again! Honestly I do better when I blog so I figure even if it is a short post, I can still post nonetheless. Had a fun 56th birthday! Had lunch with my girl Taylor and dinner was hosted by another friend who invited a few other friends. We did not do Wine and Design because they CLOSED! How random... they still are doing remote classes so I may still do it some time but you need to book in advance.


I am not sure if I mentioned I got a Fitbit Luxe a few months ago. I was having an issue with the latex/rubber on the other versions with the heat here in AZ so I did not wear one for a few years. It is quite spendy but I got a bonus at work so I splurged. It was $199.  It did come with 6 months of membership. It even has add-ons for the band. I got a swanky one like the bracelet above for a fancy occasion if I ever attend one again LOL.

My last radiation is on July 7th. I will get a reprieve and then most likely surgery in August. It is MAJOR surgery. It is called a whipple. Basically they take all your organs out, address the pancreas and then put it all back together. It is scary and I can't even think about it yet. I will have all of July to prepare so one step at a time.

Weight is steady. As I mentioned before, they told me to maintain my weight so I have been hovering around 165 to 170. The loose skin is bugging the sh*t out of me but that is whole other post.

Until next time...

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Crispy Fried


Well I did not expect not to post last month but here I am 😄

The last month has been a mixed bag. I completed 4 rounds of chemo and the numbers are trending down which is great news. I had a little break in between starting Radiation with an oral chemotherapy. Radiation is 5x per week for 6 weeks. I will be done on July 6th and then tentatively they will do surgery in August. The treatment is a t 7:10 am and is for only 10 mins but it kicks my arse and makes me suppppper tired. I know the best thing for my body is the rest but ugghhhh I want to do things but I guess it will still be there.

I have had a pretty good attitude about all this but I will say I have allowed myself to feel sad. My prognosis is good so that really helps and having good doctors and good support from my friends and family. I even had my Uncle Steve (bio) come for a visit which was a great distraction. Music, prayers and self-care have been crucial in going through all this.

My birthday is the 21st. I will be 56! Whoa doggers! I have Radiation that day. Most likely will go to lunch with my friends but I want to go to Wine and Design. I wanted to do it last year but it got veto'd so I want to try again. Even if just one person comes with me. Well shall see...

That is about it for now. Hope to come back and post more often. 

Until next time...


70P.S. Weight is 170 and holding

Friday, April 1, 2022

I HIT MY GOAL WEIGHT!!!


Hellllooooooo!!!! There have been so many times that I have thought of posting but never fired up my laptop.  Thank you Crystal for your last comment. At least I know one person is reading LOL!

So, I weigh 169 lbs. This is 4 lbs away from my original goal of 165 lbs. or 150 loss. It took me 12 years but I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

However, in February I went to the hospital with what I thought was kidney stones and 5 days later they determined that I have Pancreatic Cancer.  The last 25 lbs kinda came off quickly and I was concerned but obviously happy with the move of the scale. I have been told not to lose any MORE weight. Can you IMAGINE??? I have never ever, ever heard anyone tell me that! What a weird thing to hear eh??

The treatment plan is that I will do at least 4 rounds of Chemotherapy and then they will reassess. I need to get a PET Scan to determine what stage it is but at this point they think it is Stage 1 or 2. I will be getting my 3rd treatment next Tuesday, April 5th. I was SUPER sick the 1st round but better this last one but I am having side effects like neuropathy which is nerve damage in my hands and feet. I am also super tired ALL the time. Next step would be surgery. I am off of work for the next few months at a bare minimum

For my long time readers, they know about my adoption story but it was just recently that I found out that all the biological people have had Cancer so I was basically doomed from the get...

I have the fortunate of having a great support system here. People have offered to help and I just need to get over myself and let people help. I don't think any really likes asking for help but I know how good it feels to helps someone and I really need it.

That is about all for now. I do want to chronicle this journey like I did my weight loss so I hope to at least do a weekly post. Hope you all are doing okay!

Until next time...


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Katie Be Crusin

Cruising California Topless - Christoph Heuermann 

Hey Hey! Is there anybody in there. Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home? Bonus points for artist!

I am doing good. Better then I have been in a LONG time. Thriving not just surviving!!!

There is SO much to speak upon but I am in training this week so my mind is shot. I am going to juje up the blog a bit in the near future too. I battled about shutting it down and realized I have more of my journey to share!

Things I want to talk about

  • Freestyle Libre CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor)
  • Being in Onderland (189 lbs. currently)
  • NSVs and Changes
  • Skin issues
  • Skin removal
  • New Meds/New doctors
  • Setting up VLOG posts (Scary!)

That is all I can think of for now but there is def more I have to share. Hope you are well and I hope at least one person is reading LOL!

Until next time,

Katie J

 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Summer State of Affairs


Oh my! It has been since March since I posted. At least it is within the year! LOL! What a difference the last six months have made in my life my friends!

First, I started a new job in March. I am a CSR for a Mortgage Company. It is a new industry for me and I have learned SO much! It is a lot to remember. I am doing really well in my position and recently got the nicest compliment from my boss. He said:

Katie does an amazing job day in and day out. Not only providing excellent customer service to our members but also providing amazing cheerleader qualities to our MRC family.

Katie comes up with helpful guides or information emails/chats to help her team anytime an opportunity arises. She always cheers on her teammates and comes to work with a positive attitude and happy to help in any way she can. 

Thank you Katie for always going the extra mile!
 

That is the nicest thing a boss has ever said about me! It really is fun for me to find new processes or help my coworkers.

Second, as I posted back in March, I am still in Onderland. I am at 195 which is 120 lbs you guys! I never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get her again. It has been over 30 years since being in the 100s and I NEVER want to go back to 2s.

Now that I have lost that amount weight, I am actually considering getting skin removal surgery. It was always on the horizon and a dream but never thought it would become a reality. My hairdresser referred me to her surgeon and one of her clients actually got it done AND her insurance covered it due to the fact that she had some skin issues which I have too like HS and yeast infections. I have hidden in the shadows about the yeast infections but I have talked about my HS here before.I would be amazed and thankful if insurance covers it! Wouldn't that be something!

That is it for now. I will definitely be back to chronicle the approval process for surgery.

Until next time,

Katie J




 



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Onderland!!!

 Welcome to Onederland! Enjoy your stay! – The Journey To Find me

 

I never thought I would make it to Onderland!!! As of this morning I am 197!  Started at 315 so a total of 118 lbs. Wow! Just wow! My ultimate goal would be to get down to 150ish. Achievable for sure. I did post it on FB so it will be interesting to see if non-blogger folks will know what it means. A dude from high school laughed but I don't think he knows what it means.

My biggest issue now is the loose skin. I have some issues with it chafing and my HS so it has created another issue.

I do start a new job on March 15th! I am soooooo excited. It is for a large mortgage company. Full time and Full Benefits including Dental and Vision. I need new glasses like there is no tomorrow. Sophie got a hold of my prescription glasses and I have been using readers since and it sucks. I have not worked full time since California so it is going to be a big adjustment but it is ALL GOOD!

Once the dust settles a bit with my new job I would like to consult with a doc about skin removal. I did call one of the local offices but never heard back and kind of left it at that. Curious to know costs, what goal weight would be to get it, what is the down time etc. I will certainly let you know when I do meet with a doc.

That's about all I can think of... Hope you are doing well! Until next time...


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Cha Cha Cha Changes


Hey hey! Hope you are doing okay! I wonder if anyone is still reading my blog. Stats show that they do but I still wonder. It definitely isn't like the old days.

I just got fired from my job. It was over reading scripted words and I omitted the crucial ones when I paraphrased. It did not come out of the blue but still a throat punch. I have been working from home since last March so it has been nice in that respect. I am good at what I do... I guess I am just not built to be a robot. Still in a bit of shock but I already applied for unemployment and will update my resume once I have a little more coffee.

Weight is teetering around 207. Haven't been focusing much on my weight but I have really made an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Eating at home more then I ever have before. Both for health and financial reasons. 

Wish me luck on the job search! Until next time...