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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Years ago I was diagnosed with a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN), which is a blood cancer. Just that one word CANCER – really shook my world. And to top it off, this form is a rare one. Specifically I have Essential Thrombocytosis (ET), which means my body overproduces blood platelets. It’s not contagious or curable. They have no real idea how it happens just that I have DNA that doesn’t play well in my bone marrow. The doctor, who diagnosed me, didn’t have a lot of experience with MPN’s, so thankfully my boyfriend, now husband, went into full on research mode. Although technically a cancer, in the sense that the cells are not functioning normally, I can lead a long normal life with monitoring. It can morph into other forms of cancer, but at the same rate for anyone. Now they like to call it a blood disorder.
I didn't realize it at the time, or maybe I just didn't acknowledge it, but I went into a depression. That + a toxic work environment, lead to a really dark couple of years. My health and my marriage were starting to suffer. So I finally made the decision to jump into the first job I could… and it was worse. I had no idea that was even a possibility. But this time I wasn’t waiting to jump and thankfully I found a good place to work, although stressful at times, they believe in me and I really like the people. My ET will always be an issue for the rest of my life and things are okay on that level right now. My marriage is getting better; we are going on a second honeymoon to Costa Rica this year. Now it’s my weight, I clearly stopped caring about what I was eating and drinking and it shows. I turned 50 this year and want to lose about 31 lbs. I think it’s a realistic goal.
My job has a WW program and the new one started in May. They were short a couple of people, so I decided to join. It’s been slow but I have lost 10 lbs and have dramatically cut my soda intake. Something I thought I’d never do. Plus I feel like I’m starting to make better decisions on food. I know WW will end and it’s pretty expensive, to thought I‘d come back to SP.
Anyway, this was the first blog post I’ve ever done. I feel lighter. emoticon
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    460 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. And remember you didn't gain the weight overnight and you won't lose it overnight. It takes time, determination, motivation and support. You can get it all right here! If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    465 days ago
    Glad things are getting better for you. You can do this.
    466 days ago
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