Feel blessed, Triathlons rock!!

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   Posted 6/23/2011 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't start a lot of subjects but thank you all for good ideas and caring hearts and some great laughs as I might be crying on the inside sometimes.

Life is much settled down since my surgeryin Aug.09. It seemed baby steps to recover. I wanted to get back to "normal" for so long and then I realized that life wasn't going to be the same. I did hope hope I could do another ironman someday though.

It took time to get my walking up to 6 miles, which was a distance I easily ran daily before. It took time to get my appliance to stay on more than 2-3 days. ( Costly to change so often) It took time to go out in public for any amount of time. (I sometimes I still panick about when it leak, and where, on an outing)
It took time to get in the swimming pool with the bulge on the side of my stomach.
It took time to get in front of a fitness class and have fun, (instead of secretly freaking out.) It took time to have my family understand my limitations with the many demands placed on me.
It took time to feel comfortable about my body, how it looked, moved and felt to me.
It took time to try another triathlon, not being so competitive about winning my age group.

So much to do and so little time.

I realized this week that time goes forward with out our help.

I realized as I did my third triathlon since the surgery (2 sprints and Just finished an Olympic distance last weekend) that I really was getting my life back and I might have some litmitations, but have not completely stopped having a great and healthy life. Silver lining is in clouds!!

I feel blessed and now think I do want to train for the 1/2 Ironman distance. Will possibly sign-up to race that distance in Sept. if all goes well. I was the oldest woman in my distance last Sat. I think, but I still went faster than some in my 50-59 age group. Got 3rd, A trophy and cried with so many emotions.

And who knows!! Maybe I will sign-up for the full Ironman distance again. I raced it very ill in Nov. 08 and could probably at least beat my own time if not a few others.

This is just a small part of who I am and what I do but it is a part that encourages me to look inside myself and reach for as much opportunity and joy and love and service as I can in life. Other development is not so easly rewarded or tracked as fitness goals, I guess that's why I do it. Keeps me from gaining a million pounds from liking cookies too!!

They say triathletes are crazy and that could be true to some extent but it's one of those things that helps me feel very a live, so I hope I can do it for awhile longer.

May we all have the hope that fuels successes and joy!! Thanks for letting me share this, I feel so grateful for finally having this ileostomy and finally appreciating this experience.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy

Post Edited (Trigirl) : 6/23/2011 10:45:23 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/24/2011 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on doing another triathlon! It's great that you're feeling so good -- inspiring. I hope you'll have many more years of health and sports that make you feel alive. Thanks for sharing.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

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   Posted 6/24/2011 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
many many congratulations!! what a fantastic inspiration you are! that is just awesome.. and yes I totally think you can do an Ironman! I was training for one last year (before I knew I was ill) and never made it.. am now heading for a permanent ileo but the ironman is still there as that lifetime goal and I honestly hope I can get back to it. Perhaps we should have a triathlon and running thread! good on you and many congrats! go for the 1/2 you know you can do it! x
Sarah - 38 year old mum of 2 boys, runner/triathlete, health and fitness writer from UK
June 2010 - Peritonitis caused by perforated diverticulitis. Emergency surgery.
August 2010 - Sigmoid colectomy and temp ileostomy
October 2010 - Ileostomy reversal - but didn't go well and struggling since.
Currently - DX colonic dysmotility due to surgery/nerve damage
Meds - Prucalopride but not working

Another UC wife
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   Posted 6/24/2011 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Isn't that nice...great post. Good for you and thanks for sharing and being an inspiration.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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   Posted 6/24/2011 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
What an uplifting post! I love how you talk about the time to recover. It does involve so may baby steps and "firsts" to get back to doing the things we love... but it is so worth it to have our health back!!! I can totally relate to being brought to tears by successes after surgery. I am not one to cry much, but so many things have made me weep with emotion since surgery because of the realization of all I have overcome to reach certain milestones and accomplishments.

I am so happy that you have gotten back to the things you are passionate about. Congratulations on your triathlon success and here's to training for the Ironman distance. You will do it I am sure!
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010
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