© Gastrectomy Connections 2017

  • Michelle Lykokapis

Celebrating 7 years



I just wanted to share this memory which popped up this morning on Facebook. I actually clicked onto the post and wrote a comment from my future self. I only wish I could go back in time now and read it and be reassured that everything was going to be okay. 

For anyone heading into surgery we all understand the stress and anxiety of the build up and the fear of the unknown once you come out the other side. Rest assured that all these feelings are very normal. My best advice from personal experience is to try and focus on the now as much as you can. Keep your mind busy with distractions. Don’t put big expectations on yourself for a fast recovery or returning to work to quickly because every day will bring challenges for quite some time. Accept help. Grieve your losses but make sure you continue take small steps forward every day. Chat on the Closed Groups (https://m.facebook.com/groups/876629429182888?tsid=0.7545735861510077&source=result) and connect to others for support and encouragement. No one knows what you are going through accept others that have been there themselves. Seek help if you need it. This is going to be the toughest thing that you’ve ever been through. It will challenge you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The good news is you can come out the other side with a fresh outlook, a new lifestyle and a different perspective on life. You will have a new understanding and appreciation of food and what works for you. You will also discover your real friends and support systems and you will make new meaningful relationships with people who appreciate the new you. ❤️ 

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