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I am a new ostomate, looking for friends, information and support as i learn to navigate this new life.
I am currently taking chemo for stage 2 rectal cancer. I have my last 3 treatments in July and 2 in August. Then I am going to focus on getting my life back. I have actually handled all of this pretty well....but I have been struggling with my energy levels, so not as active as I used to be. Hoping that changes after bike is calling my name from the garage!! :o) I have 2 boxers...They have kept me sane for sure, during all of this. And having to get up everyday and take care of them has kept me going. They are seniors now, ages 9 and 10, but they are my world.
I am a born again Christian and I am very active in my church. I play keys in the worship band and I sing.
I was married once a long time ago and never had children. Just always been the momma to fur-children. Both of my dogs are certified therapy dogs and I am active with them in my community.
I enjoy going to the gym and riding bikes and other outdoor activities...Those things are just on hold right now until I get through chemo and get my energy back. Once that's on!! lol I also love playing cards, board games, working puzzles, and making jewelry.
So, life has thrown me a curve ball but I'm adapting. Not gonna let it slow me down...not too much, anyway.
I look forward to meeting others and learning from their experiences. I also look forward to being a mentor to someone who is a newbie someday...getting to help them through this process.
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