MICHELE BROCK'S HEALTH & FITNESS CHALLENGE JOURNAL
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Well, it's been a minute as I deal with some health issues! I am NOT terminal, but, I do have an illness that doctors are saying I will be afflicted with for the rest of my life. There are some methods of relief, but, there is no cure. It has been CONFIRMED that I have "LYMPHEDEMA", an advanced form. During this self imposed 31 DAY HEALTH & FITNESS CHALLENGE, I've been seeing a Specialist and undergoing all kinds of tests including the 2 I had just today:
1. QUANTITATIVE VENOUS FLOW STUDIES, MEASUREMENT OF CALF VENOUS REFLUX
2. ECHO COMPLETE
I'm also scheduled for a...
...next week after which I will go back to see both the Vascular Specialist and my Primary Care Physician.
Basically, I am being told that it is "LYMPHEDEMA", but, the Vascular Specialist is trying to see if I developed "LYMPHEDEMA" outright or if I developed "LYMPHEDEMA" as the result of a medical issue called "VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY". He's also looking to see if the issue is with my veins in my legs and ankles or stemming from somewhere in my pelvic area. I don't know all of the medical terminology, but, what worries me is that he says one is hereditary and the other is not. Mind you, I am THE FIRST woman in my family, both on my mother and my father's side, to be afflicted with this illness. Me, THE HEALTH NUT who don't smoke, don't drink, has never done drugs, have always had a conscious for health and fitness, was athletic all through my elementary and high school years...SMH Also, as a former actress and model who got cast, most times, off of my looks, if anyone had told me that the person I see in the mirror these days would be me, I'd laughed in their face. I vow to continue my press towards meeting my HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS, but, my dreams of transforming my physique to the point where I can actually compete in my first PHYSIQUE FITNESS COMPETITION is dwindling. The Vascular Specialist has advised me that a part of my treatment will be to go through a series of frequent massages of my feet, ankles, and legs to get them back to normal afterwhich I will have to wear "SUPPORT HOSIERY" for the rest of my life. Meanwhile, I am still in pool side flip flops because I can't wear shoes. However, even with these facts, I am in GREAT SPIRITS as I press my way progressively forward in several areas of my life! Again, I AM NOT TERMINALLY ILL! I basically still have my health! I'm still breathing and so far, I'm waking up each day with a sound mind and the activities of my limbs. I DON'T KNOW WHAT GOD has instore for me, but, what I do know is that I am starting to see a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel. I am very hopeful that where my future may not be how "I" had envisioned it, I am quite certain that it is finally starting to fall in line according to GOD's will and purpose for my life, whatever that may be! In that sense, I have decided to let go and let GOD so I'm just going along for the ride to see where it takes me, but, I'm striving daily to do so with a SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE!
New International Version (NIV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.