Forgiveness Meditation

Part of the healing journey includes the mind and spirit. Letting go in the form of forgiveness helps the body heal and return to well-being (balance).

Be well

ingebirds

Prepping for a Colonoscopy When You Have an Ostomy Bag

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You made an appointment to get your first colonoscopy after you got your colostomy or ileostomy bag. You got your drink mix and you are all set to go, or at least you think you are. But did you get a LARGER bag from the ostomy nurse? If you didn’t, you could be in big trouble — as in cleaning up shit off your floor because your normal size bag broke from all the junk coming out of you.

When I got my first colonoscopy after getting my ostomy bag, the nurse gave me a set of instructions on what to do the night before. There was no mention of needing a larger bag. Luckily, my obsessive, questioning thoughts came in handy this time and I researched online if I needed a bigger bag. Guess what! I did. So I immediately called my nurse and told her to get me a larger bag. Believe it or not, she gave me a hard time about it! She didn’t think I needed one. I couldn’t believe her attitude so I pulled my “Bitch” card and let her know I would be “prepping” for the big event in HER waiting room. Guess who got not one, but two larger bags?

Sometimes you have to demand things, especially from those working in the medical community. They can come off as know-it-alls. Don’t feel bad about standing up for yourself. Its your body and you will experience the consequences, no one else. In my case, I was right. The larger bag was the right size to hold all the output. When you take a laxative like the stuff you drink before a colonoscopy, you have limited time to empty the bag. The poop is runnier as time goes on and is messier to clean up. You have enough to deal with without mopping up the floor.

Get a bigger bag.

Be well!

Ingebird

 

Juicing

Juicing has been part of my daily diet for nearly six years. I bought a juicer after reading Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer blog. She has been living thriving with inoperable cancer for over ten years and when I found her blog, I was going through cancer treatment. When it came to my diet, my doctors weren’t giving me answers that made sense to me. They kept telling me to eat whatever I wanted but my intuitively I knew they were wrong, so I went on the Internet to find other rectal cancer survivors.To be honest, I didn’t find any. That didn’t mean there weren’t any, it’s just they weren’t sharing their stories on social media. I decided to expand my search and that’s how I found Kris. She is a huge advocate for juicing so I bought a Breville juicer and after tasting my first glass of fresh juice, I was hooked.

After only six months of treatment, I was told I was cancer free! I’m sure juicing played a huge part in my speedy recovery. I had two doses of chemotherapy and thirty radiation treatments. Drinking my food was easier on my intestines (since that’s where the cancer was) and my immune system rebounded quickly. If I had eaten whatever I wanted I doubt I’d be typing this right now. Eating whatever I wanted got me into trouble in the first place!

I do have side effects from the radiation which affects my balance but other than that I feel better than ever! Eating a plant based diet (vegan), juicing and drinking green smoothies gives my body the nourishment it needs to stay healthy.

Getting cancer completely changed my life– for the better.

Before cancer I loved food and worked in restaurants for twenty years, mostly diners and what do diners serve? Not healthy food, that’s for sure, but at the time I liked the taste– like millions of other Americans. I did eat a garden burgers when I decided to become vegetarian but what was missing from my vegetarian diet was the fresh vegetables and fruit. 99% of my diet came from processed foods. I didn’t understand what processed meant and that packaged food has no nutritional value. I figured if it was for sale, then it was good to eat.

Wrong!

After cancer I found recipes to make meals from fresh foods for myself that were healthy and tasted great!

Last night I watched the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly dead on Netflix. The star and producer, by the name of Joe Cross, documented his experience of drinking only fresh juice for sixty days and how he inspired a truck driver he interviewed, named Chris to do the same. Both of them suffered from the same autoimmune disease. Their transformations were amazing!  Just watching it got me all excited again about eating healthy. Since I do eat a balanced diet, I wanted to share the trailer to the documentary with you. If you have Netflix, I recommend watching it, it could save your life. Yes, It’s that good!

Joe has a website and Face Book Page, if you want to take a look.

Be well!

Ingebird