Updates on updates on updates

Hi there strangers! Long time no see… and no my post on Christmas doesn’t really count. All I did then was give y’all another name to call me. Lame sauce. Wow did I really just combine the words lame+sauce to make a
sentence”?

Warning: this is kinda long. Warning: it ain’t that pretty. Warning: food porn. Warning: I give too many warnings.

Over this past month or so of my hiatus from blogging I have realized a few different things, and come to terms with a few more. What I’ve realized: I love this community; I really love my training (*in a way that isn’t eating disordered); mistakes happen, life is life, and I can’t change that. What I’ve come to terms with: this isn’t going to be easy. Gaining my health back isn’t going to be easy, but it is necessary. Could it be worse? yes. But, is it still bad? you betcha.

I knew that once school ended for the semester I needed to get back to blogging. I need it for my sanity. I need it for the amazing relationships I have made with other bloggers. I need it… because I simply love it. I may not post often, consistently, or on any sort of semi-schedule but I’m a’ok with that. Right now, it works for me.

This semester went well, better than I thought actually considering all I’m about to lay on the table in a moment. I didn’t get all A’s, but I can’t change that, I tried my hardest. Exercise science intro, math, and psychology were all A’s, with a B in Anatomy & Physiology. Am I going to shoot for all A’s in the Spring semester? you betcha. Am I ok with the fall? 100% I’ll take it.

I miss training. I haven’t talked much about this topic as I’ve shoved it to the backburner quite a bit but I’m ready to bring it up. Let’s discuss. I haven’t stepped foot in the gym since August when I relapsed into my eating disorder. I stopped training due to a combination of injuries that weren’t healing and relapsing. I will not allow myself to workout while I’m deeply into my disorder. This is because I am not ok with my Ed and my passion for training becoming intertwined in such a way that it messes with my future goals of competition. I know that training requires fuel, rest, and most importantly good physical and mental health. Why I fall back into my disorder when I’m so set on what I want training wise? something I like to call a fear of success. I’m realizing I really do LOVE training and have a passion for competition and what I was doing, and that * it wasn’t disordered. Yes, I didn’t fuel myself properly nor did I rest enough but the desire to compete and be the best version of me that was possible was driven by Sarah not Ed. This is a pretty complex topic and I’m going to elaborate more in a future post.

deads

This shit’s my life.

My health. I’ve mentioned I have stomach problems, and gone into some detail but it’s time for me. Last week I had my second colonoscopy. During my first the doctor was unable to get through my colon so that is the reason for a second. It was normal. My colon is floppy/large for my body but that only means I will deal with symptoms relative to IBS. The biopsies taken were normal. No Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac… this is all great, but at the same time not. With a father who suffers from Crohn’s disease I know how hard of an illness it is. It’s “not” because I have about 15+ unexplained symptoms, obviously I don’t want to have any of the previously mentioned, but honestly after having increased medical problems since age 6 – I’d like to know what’s up with my body.

colon prep

Colonoscopy prep fun…

My doctors know that something is wrong though and it honestly as this point feels like 1) a wild goose chase and 2) that for once in my life they believe all of my symptoms, because there are a lot. For a LONG time I felt like a major hypochondriac, things were always wrong, new symptoms, no answers. Until new labs were done showing abnormal blood work that begins to explain my “wide array of symptoms” and my primary doctor telling me “there is something wrong, you should not feel this way”. Sadly, that made my effin day. Today I had a liver biopsy done. Why the heck am I writing a post? because I’m not really aloud to do anything else, oooops. Lazy lazy day. Seeing it was today I obviously don’t have results yet but they are looking for autoimmune hepatitis because all of my lab markers are positive and the only way to confirm the diagnosis is through a biopsy.

post liver biop

Post biopsy, lookin real fine.

At this point all I really know is if it comes back positive I have a liver problem, and if it comes back negative: were looking at rheumatology problems as my mother has rheumatoid arthritis. Nothing really makes much sense as my symptoms literally range from extreme headaches to digestive problems to nerve and joint problems to fatigue/weakness. Throw high antibody levels, high liver enzymes, high blood protein, and low white blood cell count, history of eating disorder, a plethora of sports injuries and symptoms that could be either Ed related or not in there and my current health status poses some big ass questions.

It’s literally been doctor, after doctor after oh guess what, doctor.

Gastroenterologist, primary, orthopedic (I have hip dysplasia and pre-osteoporosis), dermatologist (psoriasis), neurologist (multiple neuropathies), gyno (no period since June 2011 – yet I’m constantly asked if I’m pregnant… #teenage problems), and my beloved therapist who actually manages to keep me sane through all of this.

How’s that for a medical/health update? Winking smile I’ve found that I absolutely have to stay positive, keep up with my naturally occurring sarcasm, and try to make light of everything. It could be worse. Others are in worse conditions. I am thankful for the health I do have,  the support from my family, friends, you all, among many other things. At the same time though I want to know what I am dealing with so that I am able to pursue my dreams to my fullest ability without constantly thinking I’m doing more damage.

The main point I’m realizing: health means everything. The main points I’m coming to terms with: I’m in recovery, it is all going to be ok, and sometimes things aren’t perfect.

I’ve got to keep it simple, keep pushing, and keep a smile.

I don’t want “I’m sorry” or any of that. It is what it is. I deal, and I’ll continue to deal. I’ll continue to fight and keep my dreams/goals in sight. No matter what there is no giving up. At the end of the day, it’s my life and yeah I’ve got some problems, but no I’d never trade them. This is what makes me Sarah. This is what shapes my story.

It isn’t what cards I am dealt, but how I handle them.

fuckin dittto

Happy Thursday, much love to y’all ♥

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18 thoughts on “Updates on updates on updates

  1. uck uck uck I can relate so much to your stomach issues and not knowing what to do. The doctors can’t even explain why I still feel so much pain and have so many stomach issues. I am glad you are keeping at it and trying to get answers. i wish I had to the time to do it. I am so proud of you for coming to terms with what you will do for your health. I can’t wait to hear more from you, you are such a inspiration to me.

    • Doctors are both great and useless. It’s hard, real hard. I firmly believe it is all in OUR attitude. The time thing sucks to be honest and I can see one-hundred percent where you don’t have it. This is why I’m happy to be done school for another few weeks, allowing me to finish up all the necessary tests ect and hopefully find what is going on internally. I hope that you feel better soon, I will be emailing you before the weekend is over ♥ Alex, thank you, reading that means the world to me. xo take care hun!

  2. Thanks for the update! I’ve been thinking about you and I saw your picture post liver biopsy on Instagram. You’re really strong to not let your ED get entangled with something you love. Keep up the awesome attitude!!

  3. Thanks for the update. Really sorry to read about everything you’re going through, and I hope you get some answers soon. I understand you don’t want those diagnosis, but then it has to get hard because you just want answers, you want the mystery to end and to know so you can treat (and maybe heal) whatever you have. Good luck waiting for the biopsy results.

    • Anytime 😉 Gosh I really love this blogging community and y’all keep surprising me with your awesomeness every day. I’m glad you understand what I mean by wanting and not wanting the diagnosis. In the end a dianosis is all it is, no matter what I have or don’t have I still have to live with it, but knowing exaclty what I’m dealing with does help. As always, thank you for the support!

  4. Thanks for the update kiddo. You know if you ever need access to the princess bed of awesomeness, you are more hen welcome! Huge hugs and welcome back. So when are we racing again together?

    • BIIIIG hugs Paul, big hugs! The princess bed of awesomeness is my absolute favorite. I might have to make a road trip just for a slumber party 😉 too bad I’m not kidding. I hope to be racing again soon, but considering I haven’t been in the gym since August – it’s going to take time to do it SAFELY and ensure I’m not causing damage (I shall keep you posted). But in the meantime, keep kicking major ass for me 😉

  5. YOU ARE AMAZING! I’m still just so blown away all the time at how courageous and determined you are to kick all this in the ass. Life has dealt you some hard blows but you keep pushing on. Never giving up. Dictionaries need a picture of your sweet smile right next to the word “dedicated” 😀
    Love you my best buddy!! ❤

    • Zandra girl, thank you. And I’m pretty sure your mistakenly talking about yourself… YOU ARE AMAZING. I couldn’t be any more thankful for such great positive and motivated support in my life. Love you ♥ xo push hard today.

  6. Wow…sounds intense, emotional, and stressful, but you are handling all of this SO WELL. I wish I was better at keeping in touch. I am sorry 😦 I will send you a message soon on FB. Stay well and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    With love and best wishes,
    Kate 🙂

    • Hey baby no worries – I get the ‘hard keeping in touch’ thing. Were all SO busy. I would love to chat before classes get too far underway and make it a point to talk more this semester. Happy New Year!

      xo

  7. Wow lady, and I thought I was having some problems!! Ive been having serious chest pain/flutters for a few months now. They diagnosed it GERD, but Ive been on 2 different meds with zero relief, so its kind of scary! Of course they see a 23 year old perfectly healthy girl, so they dont take me seriously! And since turkey day Ive been having stomach issues as well. No issues going to the bathroom, but just severe pain on the right side. I thought maybe it was my ovarian cysts causing troubles, but its not a crampy type of pain at all. Super frustrating!

    All we can do is stay positive and keep chugging onward!
    Keep the faith woman!

    • Hey hey lady. Chest pain is the worst. I’m really sorry to hear your dealing with it and with no found relief. I am hoping that since this comment was originally posted last week you are getting some new answers/suggestions to try. Medical issues are very obnoxious/fustrating. I beleive they are ‘given’ to those that can best handle them thought. Keeo on keepin’ on.

      Smile my friend! Great to hear from you!!! ♥

  8. Pingback: Wait… my liver is normal? « Do Work n' Destroy

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