Archive for July, 2010

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Updates & Stress

July 6, 2010

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on here. Life has been pretty busy to say the least, plus I haven’t had many updates to post.

To start off, I want to mention the CFFA charity walk I did. It was May 1st here in Albany and I decided to host a brunch the morning of for my friends and for those walking with me. I had friend in and out all morning, and wayyyyy more food than was necessary, but it was good time and the mimosas were great! Only three of us went to the walk, but I went there $1,200.00 that I raised individually! It far exceeded what I raised last year and I felt very successful in helping out this cause. I was also proud to be walking with my peers who have suffered along with me. I find the TakeSteps walk to always be an emotional experience.

Also, I move to New York City this Saturday (July 10th)! It’s been something I’ve been planning since New Year’s Day 2010, which was the day I told myself I would have a new life. My planned date to move there was October 10, 2010, but I put an application in at Mount Sinai and got a call back for an interview in about two weeks! The interview went great and three weeks later I got offered a position as manager of clinic at Mount Sinai.

I love my current job in Albany and felt really bad about leaving, but there’s nothing going on for me here in Albany and I can’t miss out on this great opportunity. But needless to say, the past month of my life has been very hectic and stressful. First there was waiting to hear back about the job, then the non-ending search for an apartment, and now I’m at the point of trying to sublet my current apartment and pack up my whole life for a big move to Manhatten.

I think these events have flared a little bit of a stress-related bowel issue with me. It’s nothing bad and I don’t feel there’s a serious problem, but I’ve noticed a go to the bathroom a little more frequently the past couple weeks, and I think I may also have a hemorrhoid or some swelling. There’s no bleeding and there’s no pain, but I’ve noticed some increased incontinence. That’s the most annoying part for me and makes it hard to get a restful night’s sleep. Especially at this time when I need to rest my mind the most.

I just started taking my lomotil again last week and also started my steroid suppositories. These are prescriptions I’ve had around, but that I stopped taking because I didn’t feel I needed them. I’ve noticed a little bit of improvement, but I also didn’t change my diet. That is something I’m going to start doing this week, and hopefully in another week or two can be over this little flareup.

I’ve always been a firm believer in mind over matter, so that’s why I think I just have to get my mind on the right track and get over the stress and that my body will follow suit.

Does anyone else normally live healthy, but experiece little flareups related to stress? And what do you find helps the most?

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