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The Low-Fodmap Life

I'm not going to lie, it's been so hard. I'm getting tired of having to cook everything from scratch every night after getting home from work. I'm tired of not being able to freely eat out with family and friends. I've missed some good meals because of it. But I've stuck to it, and I'm determined to stick to it until I can go back to the doctor in March for an upper scope and -hopefully- get some more answers.

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The Case for Teaching Children How to Handle Anger

This experience not only made me thankful for the gentle but strong men (and women) in my life, but it also made me want to work as hard as possible to make sure my son grows up knowing how to handle anger, frustration, sadness, and all of his emotions in productive ways that make him a better human being.

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Getting a Diagnosis – Fructose Malabsorption and SIBO

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve given an update! I’ve been waiting on a more conclusive diagnosis before I went on with further updates. The past few weeks have been full of ups and downs for me. I had my colonoscopy which everyone thought FOR SURE would show that I had Crohn’s Disease. My… Continue reading Getting a Diagnosis – Fructose Malabsorption and SIBO

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“You had a what?” – My Surgery, Fistula, and Getting Close to a Diagnosis

Today it has been one month exactly since my surgery. Yesterday I had my first appointment with my new Gastroenterologist who has begun the process to diagnose what has been causing my digestive issues most of my life. Wednesday I had my last post-op appointment with my surgeon - YAY! I'm finally feeling ready to… Continue reading “You had a what?” – My Surgery, Fistula, and Getting Close to a Diagnosis

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GMST Challenge – Week 6: A Surprise Surgery

Well, yet again, this week didn't go as planned. But that's life, right? As I've discussed many times, I've been dealing with some health/digestive issues most of my life, but especially the last six months or so. Last Wednesday I finally made it to a doctor and, to my unhappy surprise, she immediately scheduled me… Continue reading GMST Challenge – Week 6: A Surprise Surgery

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Getting My Sh*t Together – Week 5: Sh*t’s Getting Real

I've made it to week 5! Eventually I'll actually start posting on Sundays again, like I'm supposed to! Although I'm still dealing with health issues and haven't been able to journal/plan every day, I have still managed to keep up with tasks scheduled weekly and have been checking my calendar each day. Some days I… Continue reading Getting My Sh*t Together – Week 5: Sh*t’s Getting Real

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Getting My Sh*t Together Challenge – Week 3/4 Update

**This update is five days late....so it's going to be covering Week THREE and FOUR.** There's been a slight hold-up, if you will, on the "Getting My Sh*t Together" Challenge. For the past five months, I've been dealing with some health issues off and on -- but mostly on. In about mid-December and through the… Continue reading Getting My Sh*t Together Challenge – Week 3/4 Update

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Getting My Sh*t Together – Week Two Check-In: No Mental Breakdown Yet!

Two weeks down! I haven’t had a mental breakdown – yet – and I’ve been getting lots done. This week was much…lazier than the previous week. The freezing cold weather and snow, plus Landon being home for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and two snow days sort of messed up the flow I had going… Continue reading Getting My Sh*t Together – Week Two Check-In: No Mental Breakdown Yet!

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Getting My Sh*t Together Challenge – Week 1 Check In – Shi*t Got Done!

So, it’s only been a week. And good habits are not established in just a week. There is still a good possibility that after doing this for a few weeks -- or even a few months to be honest -- I will lose my excitement over planning and organizing and fall off the “get my sh*t together” wagon. I don’t want to create a false sense of accomplishment for completing a week of my challenge, but I’m still pretty optimistic I’ll be able to succeed. It also helps that my daily affirmation for the month is “I believe in myself and my ability to succeed.”