Sunday, March 21, 2010

Super long update on the life and times of Abby

Okay, so I have been terrible about keeping in touch lately. Some of that is my fault, some of that is the craziness that never seems to settle down in my life. In any case, I thought I would do a mini update here so I can inform a bunch of people I care about as to what’s been happening in one go.

1. This is a weird thing to say and I haven’t said it because I haven’t figured out how to word it…but I’ll just say it. Since returning from Japan I have made it a priority to live my life healthier, i.e. eat better, exercise regularly, and most of all lose weight. I have been pretty successful on all fronts. Those that have seen me recently (Jenny and Beth) can attest to that fact. I’m not sure of the exact number but I have lost something like 80 pounds over the course of a year and some change. I kept thinking that I would just post a picture of me but it turns out I still don’t like pictures of me so that won’t be happening. I could still stand to lose like 20 more or so, but at least I’m in a much healthier place now. I have much greater stamina, sleep better, and just generally feel better about myself so it’s been a good thing.

2. I did not go to N. Ireland all that time back, but I will be going to South Korea this summer. I decided to take advantage of the program I applied for to go to Japan and try Korea (and Singapore) this time. I’ve been accepted to the Korea program so I will be there for at least 8 weeks this summer (and probably longer to travel). I’m trying to decide if I want to make a quick trip to Japan, maybe see my lovely host family again (the kids are getting so big!) or see a part of Japan I didn’t see before, but this will mostly depend on whether my parents decide to come visit Korea at the end of my time there. We’ll see. I think I am going to revive my jellyfish and hanabi blog (I wonder if I can change it to include a Korean word?). I found that the easiest way to post, though I will probably still do pictures through facebook as that is way easier to upload (I never did upload pictures from Kanazawa did I – need to do that).

3. All of this is good but I have had one sort of bad thing happen this year. It’s nothing terrible, just frustrating. Basically, my right ovary has decided to go a little crazy. It started developing functional cysts which, while annoying and can be painful occasionally, are not generally a problem and do go away. In the midst of monitoring these buggers, my doctor discovered that I had grown another kind of cyst, a dermoid cyst. These are the really weird and kinda gross ones (the ones that have teeth and hair – both of which mine apparently had). The thing grew quite big (7 + cm) very fast (in less than 2 months) and these things have to be surgically removed. So just last week, my mom came to stay with me and I had surgery to remove this thing. Turns out it was in the nick of time – there were actually 2 cysts, not one, they were wrapped around my ovary rather than being to one side of it drastically increasing the amount of time it took to remove them, and the larger one was starting to rupture. Which is probably why I was periodically having pain with it. In any case, I’m very glad I didn’t wait any longer to take care of it because a ruptured cyst sounds terrible to deal with. I’ve been recovering nicely with little pain(this hurts way less than my ankle when I had surgery on it) more just general soreness. Really the only problem I’m really having is some tenderness with my scars (which inhibits the wearing of some of my pants). But all in all, pretty minor. Hopefully that right ovary will settle down now and behave itself.

So that is the very long update on how I have been doing. I’ll try to be better about responding because I would really hate to lose touch with you all. I hope you all are doing well!


Molly said...

Abby, thank you for updating all of us on things going on in your life-- I definitely share your sentiments of wanting to still be a part of everyone's lives and also wondering how life can move so quickly before I have a chance to share anything of my own life in turn. Your surgery sounds scary. I am really glad that your mom was able to be there and that it ended up ok. I'm also really glad to know that you are feeling healthy and looking after yourself, and that you have exciting adventures waiting for you this summer!

Irene said...

Thanks for the update Abby! I saw a Facebook update about the surgery, but I didn't know the background, so I'm glad to get the bigger picture and to hear that it turned out well. I'm impressed by the lifestyle changes you have made, and the results (I'd love to see a photo, although I completely understand the reluctance to post them). Here's hoping for more good things to come - and do let us know about them!

salsis said...

Yay Abby! I saw pictures on facebook and you look great! I had to take a double look - yep, that's Abby. I joined weight watchers 2 years ago, and lost weight but ww fizzled out with field work and it's hard not to get back into old habits. So you are an inspiration! Have fun in Korea, and glad you got your surgery taken care of so you can travel and not worry!

Beth said...

1) Abby currenty looks great, she's being very modest. :-) I saw her at SICB in January.

2) Ouchy on the surgery - but I'm glad to hear it went well. I saw from FB that it happened but didn't want to ask details there.

And have a great summer with your travels.

Sparkling Squirrel said...

I'm delighted to hear that you are leading a healthy life. I'd second (fourth?) the idea that I'd love to see pictures.
Surgery sounds scary, but I'm glad you had mom and that it was "successful" (side note that early in her time in Kansas, Heather had an ovarian growth with hair and a tooth. I believe it is preserved in a jar at the KU museum.*)
Most importantly, I'm just really glad to hear from you and look forward to hearing more. We miss you.

*I'm not sure that it is ever helpful to hear that someone else had a similar condition, but the intention is not to diminish your issue, but just to let you know that other healthy people have come through similar things. And, I suppose, that our friend Heather is somewhat of a freak.

Erin said...

I'm late to respond, but just wanted to say that I'm glad you're recovering well from your surgery. Anything going on "down there" is scary, but sounds like you will recover fine. I'm also glad you feel healthy and hear you look great!