Smiling into 2020

I’m ending 2019 with a big smile and here’s why…

✔️ year 2 mammogram clear

✔️ got married

✔️ hysterectomy results clear

✔️ got enough hair that I don’t look ill

✔️ lung function improved

✔️ lost 1 stone of my steroid weight gain

Still a few things to work on but definitely going in the right direction.

Target for this year is to;

🔹loose more weight

🔹lower my blood pressure (currently have stage 2 hypertension 😩)

🔹 improve my liver function (won’t be raising a glass to the New Year 🥃 )

Sadly both the BP and Liver issues have been caused by the chemotherapy, but without chemo I wouldn’t be here.

Chemotherapy drugs can cause liver damage because they are toxins and they place added stress on the livers filtering function. The liver removes toxins and chemicals from the blood stream and changes them into products that can be readily removed through the bile or urine.

The liver is a unique organ. It is the only organ in the body that is able to regenerate. With most organs, such as the heart, the damaged tissue is replaced with scar, like on the skin. The liver, however, is able to replace damaged tissue with new cells. So I’m keeping mine as healthy as possible to help it to do it’s job.

As for my BP, I’m hoping the weight loss and increased walking will help to reduce it as the last thing my liver needs is more medication to filter.

Happy new year from my family to yours and hope 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ brings you health and happiness

My amazing support network without who I’d be lost! 💕

One thought on “Smiling into 2020

  1. Well every day is a learning day when you’re Sam! Thanks for the liver lesson. I’m sitting here drinking tonic water because it’s a bit like gin- not much difference except for the toxins!! I know that I should give up alcohol for the good of my chemo battered liver but when so many other things about my body or abilities have changed I guess I’m kicking back a little…. I don’t tend to binge so that’s my excuse :)) xx


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