"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Post Gastrectomy Diet

Gastrectomy Diet
{click above for link}

A gastrectomy is the surgical removal of all or part
of the stomach and may affect normal digestion
until the remaining pouch has a chance to expand
and adapt. The following guidelines will prevent
food from moving through the remaining stomach
too rapidly:

1. Eat fewer simple sugars: foods high in sugar
should be avoided because they pass through
your stomach quickly and may cause diarrhea.

2. Eat more foods high in soluble fiber: foods high
in soluble fiber slow stomach emptying and
prevent sugar from being absorbed quickly.
the following foods are
high in soluble fiber:
Apples, Carrot, Oats, Apricots, Dates, Pears, Barley, Dried Beans, Prunes, Beets, Dried Peas, Raspberries, Brussels Sprouts, Figs Spinach

3. Use liberal amounts of fats: foods such as
margarine, mayonnaise, gravy and oils, salad
dressings, and cream cheese should be used
frequently during meals. Fats slow the emptying
of the stomach and can help to prevent dumping
syndrome or diarrhea from developing.

4. Eat smaller, more frequent meals: eating 5 or 6
small meals more often will allow you to eat the
equivalent of 3 regular meals without feeling full
too fast.

5. Drink liquids 30–60 minutes after meals
instead of with meals.

6. If milk causes distress, try a lactose-free milk

Monday, January 18, 2010

Life's Trials

"When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone."
James 1:13

Board Meeting

Mom's oncologist in Springfield will be meeting with the surgeon/cancer board tomorrow to discuss possibilities and benefits of the gastrectomy. If they can find no benefit, the surgeon will refuse to do the surgery to remove the complete stomach. Remembering December 2008 we can thank Dr. Icaza for not removing Mom's stomach back when it was stage 4 - she had a chance to fight it with radiation and chemotherapy and against the odds she told that cancer who was boss! We feel it will keep coming back and regular chemotherapy is not the best/healthiest way to live, so perhaps this will be the best option to just get rid of it? Of course hoping it truly has not spread elsewhere! Mom's stressed out and worried but we trust that they will again make the best decision for her at this time.
Keeping you up to date and thanking you for the love you have for our Momma! She is such an amazing lady!
Lv Jess


Mom's still getting around to doing all of the tests and doctor visits before deciding on the battle plan.
Thank you for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers.
Much Love

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gastrectomy Info

Information about a Gastrectomy from Cancer Survivors Network and Mayo Clinic

Cancer Survivors Network

Mayo Clinic Gastrectomy

Information about Total Gastrectomy
Removes the entire stomach and parts of the esophagus, the small intestine, and other tissue near the tumor. The surgeon might also remove the spleen and/or nearby lymph nodes (lymph node dissection). The esophagus is connected to the small intestine so the patient can continue to eat and swallow.
Side effects of surgery: Recovery from a gastrectomy takes time. While the patient is healing, he or she will initially be fed intravenously and, after several days, will be gradually reintroduced to liquids, soft foods, and solid foods. Many patients who have had a subtotal gastrectomy are eventually able to eat fairly normally, although they may have to make some adjustments in their diet (such as eating smaller meals) to avoid discomfort and indigestion.


I just love this picture Jen look of Mom and Gracie. I was so excited to see Mom's hair is growing back and it looks so cute on her, like she got a pixie haircut!
We have such a beautiful Mom, inside and out!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Data & Decisions

We have a lot to think about, Mom has a lot to think about. She's so strong and such an amazing woman. I admire her so much! We don't have anything new to report yet. Mom has options to (1) remove the stomach (2) more chemo (3) drugs/new studies.
The best thing to do right now it gather the data, meditate on what Mom really wants to do and to discuss this with her doctors. She's in good hands and I trust that she will make the best choice.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tick Tock Tomorrow

We're all anxiously waiting to see what will come of Mom's appointment tomorrow and will keep you posted.
At work today several of my friends asked how my Mom was doing and I very much appreciate you all keeping her in your thoughts. It means much to us and we love you and can't thank you enough, I always say that! :)
Love Jess