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on 4/8/18 12:23 pm - Irvine, CA
Topic: RE: Stomach muscle support "belt" after an removal of a stomach

There are binders and such that can be bought and used to help support the stomach muscles. You want a good quality binder that will provide support and they can be quite pricey. The hospital may have a binder that they use, so I would inquire with her surgeon before you purchase anything. If he can arrange for one through the hospital it will be sufficient to give her the support she needs.

on 4/8/18 12:06 pm
Topic: Stomach muscle support "belt" after an removal of a stomach


I hope you can advice me on a concern i have, even if it is just an opinion and not just send me somewhere else to get the information.

My wife is having a total gastrectomy (Stomach removal) due to cancerous tumors and she is overweight. Her stomach area is quit large and there is certain amount of belly hanging down and hence dragging on her front and putting strain on her stomach muscle and back, so my question is, that after the operation her stomach muscles would have weekend due to having to cut them and therefore is there something one can get to support the the stomach ,in her case to reduce the drag and weight on the front?

sorry for being blunt, but do not know how else to put it


on 3/7/18 11:58 am - Hawthorne, CA
Topic: Slightly freaking out - Possible BC

Well, my pride and foolishness may have caused the predicament I am in now. For most of my life I have had a battle with weight/over fatness. Now, damn near seven years I am facing possible breast cancer.

I will be 52 this Friday and am scheduled for a stereoactive biopsy on one breast and a new ultrasound and diagnostic mammogram on the other.

I have failed in my half ass efforts to lose weight/bodyfat and just let it slide - never really working my vsg and getting real with myself and my life. Now - I am being slapped back and rightfully so.

I am going back to a protein sparing modified diet was instructed to stay off all NSAIDS, Vits, Fish Oils supplements but allowed to use Tylenol as needed. Also instructed to eat a full lunch before my procedures later this month.

My question is this: My NP gave me Phentermine to help cut my appetite with that - do you think that metabolism booster pill can aggravate possible tumor growth? Common sense tells me yes but what do you think? If you are or have dealt with BC, (female or male) what eating changes have you adopted/worked with before, during and after treatment?

I am angry at myself but am ready to get real with myself now because now it is not about vanity but LIFE.

sorry for the rant, but I believe this has to be one of the best support sites around and one in whose community I missed.


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on 1/24/18 3:40 pm
Topic: RE: wls, breast cancer and tamoxifen

Hi Robin91,

I am in the same boat and I am looking to have wls next month. I am on tamoxifen and I wondered if you had any issues with hair loss? I expect to lose hair after wls, but I am worried since the tamoxifen impacts estrogen, that maybe my hair might not grow back? Yikes!

Thanks for any insight!

on 9/13/17 4:46 pm
Topic: RE: Medical Marijuana


I know this is late but...

I've had a bad relapse of leukemia this year which has been an ordeal. I spent over a month in the hospital, enduring procedure after procedure, test after test, relentless blood sticks, chemo, steroids. The whole nine. I was and in a way, still am, in pretty bad shape. The disease and treatment caused some awful bone/joint pain and nausea.

Prior to this, I had never really taken pain pills. Of course, I caution you, not to take this advice over any doctor. What are the laws like around you? Can you talk to your doctor about it? In my personal experience, nothing helps me like marijuana. Dilaudid, oxycodone, morphine, none of it helped. I will say I was never really a casual smoker, either.

Unfortunately, the state I live in is a little conservative, so I don't operate under the umbrella of any laws lol. I've tried CBD tincture and found that I can't do the taste. Makes me want to hurl. They make CBD goodies, which I did find helped. There's a brand of water that is infused with CBD that I really like too. I'll just be honest, most of the time I flat out just smoke it. Smoking anything isn't great for you, so this is a "do as I say not as I do" type of thing :).

I hope you're doing okay.

on 9/13/17 4:28 pm
Topic: (Pre-Op) Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia/Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia


I am 32 years old, struggling with chronic obesity my entire life, BMI 60+. Diagnosed with CML in 2014. Was in remission until early 2017. As of today, still reeling from a subsequent genetic mutation which has cause a pretty bad relapse is now looking like ALL, and being aggressively treated as such.

My oncologist wants to proceed with a stem cell transplant, but will not do it until I lose significant weight (200+lbs). You'd think now, more than ever, I'd be motivated to beat this obesity monster once and for all. He's suggested looking into WLS, which I have done in the past and pre-dx. If I were an otherwise "normal" super obese 32 year old, I'd be a perfect candidate for DS.

I've had my consult and the surgeon, wisely, does not want to commit to a procedure with a malabsorption component due to the medication I take and may need to take in the future. He has suggested the gastric sleeve, which is about what I expected. Although, he seemed not very hopeful due to my weight, cautioning me that statistics show people of my size generally are not successful long-term. Basically just wanting me to manage my expectations, and not blame myself if it fails. As an aside, I understand what he's saying, but it just seemed weird?

Alas, am feeling utterly defeated at this time and just generally beaten down by life. I've lost my job after exhausting FMLA and have just become extremely reclusive, hiding away and taking comfort in sugary treats and salty yumyums. Sort of just.. let go. I'm afraid I just don't have it in me anymore to fight alone. Ultimately I know my success is up to me, but I really can't do it without help.

Sorry about the wordiness.. I just want to share as much as I can in case there are ever others in such a position. It's been hard to find support on this subject. Although there are some similar posts around the site, they're all old or very old. Anyone else have/had an issue like this? Would love to hear your stories and hopefully start a narrative. Thank you all.

on 4/24/17 2:36 am
Topic: Medical Marijuana
Hi All, I just want to ask if anyone ever tried using medical cannabis as an alternative meds? I have read many articles about medical marijuana and how it can help you in terms of chronic pain, glaucoma, eating disorder/anorexia, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Like this article about a marijuana strain chemo from Cbd and thc are also new to me and I don't even smoke. If this is true I cant find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy. Any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks
on 4/18/17 1:09 pm
RNY on 03/29/17 with
Topic: Any breast cancer survivors, or previvors out there who had free flap reconstruction?

In 2014 I had a free flap breast reconstruction where they harvested fat from my belly and transplanted it to my "breasts" after removing implants that were just not working (encapsulated). Now I've had WLS and I'm wondering if I'll lose just some, or ALL of this faux breast tissue.

I need to get my body fat off to be healthy, so either way it's worth it, but I really will be sad if they go all the way back to the post mastectomy concave stage.

5'4" 49yrs at surgery date

SW - 206 CW - 136
M1 - 20lb M2 - 9 lb M3 - 7 lb M4 - 7 lb M5 - 7 lb M6 - 6 lb M7 - 4 lb M8 - 1 lb M9 - 2 lb M10 - 4 lb

on 2/10/17 6:59 am
Topic: RE: August 9, 2016 - My Cancer Free Day!

Having a very recent diagnosis of DCIS, I came to the forum to see if anyone has or has had the same.  I'm glad that I stopped to read your topics so that I can congratulate you on your Cancer Free Day and, hopefully, learn from your attitude. 

Your comment that makes an enormous, positive impression is "...only felt sorry for myself the first 3 weeks after diagnosis."  Thank you for the reminder that there are more important things than self-pity to occupy one's mind when learning what a diagnosis means and what's to come.  I keep reminding myself when my hand is reaching for extra chunks of cheese and crackers or other over-the-top, non-weight losing food that what goes into my mouth is one of the few things that I can master now.  That you've done it with apparent, comparative ease is as admirable as the rest of what you've related.

Hail to you.