Tuesday, April 10, 2018


I have been feeling SO extremely tired & lethargic lately.  9pm rolls around and I am beyond beat and ready for bed.  After seeing a post about iron supplements and how too much can be bad for you, I decided to try and stop taking my 65mg of iron/day. Well, needless to say....Friday I was trying to figure out why I've been so lethargic and tired lately and what I've changed in my life. DUH!!! This! So, I started back on the iron train and guess what?!  In TWO days, I already started feeling 100000x better!

*side note and TMI...it, also, sure does help my stool to be much more "stool" like, too

Saturday, March 10, 2018



One thing I hear from a GOOD majority of my TG friends is the fact that after surgery (not right after, but months down the road) is that they are ALWAYS cold. Sometimes it's a vitamin deficiency and usually iron, but other times it's just the mass amount of weight-loss. My iron has been good since day one and although I DO take 65mg of this a day (to help my stools be less loose), my being always cold comes from the weight-loss (135lb to be exact and HOPEFULLY no more!---the struggle is real). This winter has been BRUTAL for me...living in North Dakota doesn't help.

Friday, January 12, 2018


So, what do you do when you don't have a stomach and you don't get hungry or full?? You portion out your sizes so THIS doesn't happen!!!!
The smile on my face doesn't show the misery and awful pain I had in my gut from TOO.MUCH.FOOD! I was so relieved once that feeling passed and my system was "emptied out" if you know what I mean....
 BEFORE- TOO MUCH FOOD---so much pain!
AFTER- I was so relieved once that feeling passed and my system was "emptied out" if you know what I mean

Monday, January 8, 2018

B.S. and A.S.

We all have those defining moments in our lives.  Having this total gastrectomy surgery is one BIG defining moment for me.  I find myself referring to situations as BEFORE SURGERY (B.S.) and AFTER SURGERY (A.S.).  Even things that have NOTHING to do with surgery get these descriptions.  I was talking with a girlfriend about a face wash I used to use and even in that moment, I told her, "I used to use that face wash before surgery."  Why does THAT matter...why couldn't I just have said about 2 years ago?  Because THIS surgery was defining for me and there will always be my life BEFORE surgery and AFTER surgery.  It might drive people crazy (it even drives ME crazy sometimes), but this moment will always be a HUGE defining moment in my life.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

OVER SEAS?!?!!? :) :) :)

BEST Christmas present to date!!! My story is being shared across the WORLD!!! Here are just a couple places I have found my story has shared to out of MANY!!! :)

All I have wanted to do, since day one, is help even just one person....I've said it before and I'll say it, again, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2017


After my story was published in our local newspaper, it has been shared and published in other newspapers here in North Dakota and it just posted to the Billings (Montana) Gazette the other day, too. 

From there, I had an editor out of New York contact me to share my story with her, too.  Here is what she came up!! :)