That is a shame you missed the big family gathering and the 3 year old dancing on the coffee table (sounds so incredibly cute!). But overall, at least you made it to several get togethers and could pull off some of what you wanted to. It does really suck that our guts do not cooperate, 24/7 but then you add in all the party food and well, no wonder we all struggle so much.
I didn't eat at my in-law's gathering but thankfully this year it was a buffet, heavy on the appetizers so guests just ate when they were hungry. Which worked out well for me! I enjoyed soda and had oh one or two crackers. No one even noticed I wasn't eating! I got home by 11 p.m. and had something light to eat before going to sleep at midnight. Usually I don't eat so late but I hadn't had any solids in my system for almost 16 hours (I skipped lunch to pull off going to my in-law's). All in all I did okay.
But if certainly did not feel like xmas this year - at all. Our daughters knew everything they were getting, my husband and I skipped exchanging, and both sets of our family skipped adult exchanges too. It just felt odd. Truth be told, I feel like xmas hasn't even arrived yet. I only got out half of my decorations. Our outdoor lights and blowdryers kept blowing fuses. So we've been blow drying our hair in bedrooms, until the outdoor lights come down, we can't use our GFI outlets. And so it goes........oh well! LOL! Hoping for a better holiday next year.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!