26 Sep 2015

Conquerer

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First, thanks for the words of encouragement after my last post. I was feeling a bit down, but your support buoyed my spirits.

Last weekend I got a letter from Seattle Cancer Care saying they detected something—not to worry—but come in for a second look. After talking to my sis-in-law (RN), I felt better. She said in most cases it’s a benign cyst. And I had a feeling it wasn’t cancer—but knew you can’t go on feelings alone. I was more annoyed that I’d have to wait a few days to get confirmation. On Thursday, I got the best news. It wasn’t even a cyst. The positioning from one of the scans showed a fold. No spot, no check-up. All done. Phew.

The surprise was my emotional response. I immediately wanted to call and tell my mom and as soon as it registered that I couldn’t, I started to cry. And not the teary-eyed stuff..the ugly sobbing kind. I know it was part relief, but it’s just one of those moments that I really missed her.

It’s so easy to be annoyed by your parents—I get it—but I encourage you to focus on something positive and thank them…today.

On Tuesday, I met with my doctor and had my blood drawn. She came to the same conclusion—pre-diabetic. With diet changes and exercise, I can avoid diabetes all together. So no meds! I’ll go back for a blood draw in 3-4 months and see if I’ve made improvement. My doc is extremely optimistic. She has many patients who have changed their lifestyles and are no longer in risk of diabetes.

Did you know that Asian women are prone to diabetes? I had no idea…and it doesn’t make a difference that I was raised white. It’ll be interesting to see if I have markers for diabetes when I review my DNA results with my coach next month. Either way, this program has already paid for itself. Since I don’t have major symptoms, I could have progressed to a stage in diabetes that would require medication.

All in all, it was a good week! I feel empowered to control my fate and live a long healthy life.

Do any of you watch Empire? I feel like one of the songs featured: “I am a conqueror.”

In the wise words of Estelle Swaray and about 7 others:

We all make mistakes,
You might fall on your face,
But you gotta get up!

I’d rather stand tall
Than live on my knees,
‘Cause I am a conqueror
And I won’t accept defeat!

Julie in Seattle

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2 Responses to “Conquerer”

  1. Reply Susan says:

    I love you JLC!!

  2. Reply Jen says:

    Julie “the conqueror” Chase!!!! I ❤️ You!

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