My Journey To Better Health (Pt 1)

18 years old 
Since some of you have been following my weight loss, etc. on face book, I thought I would just share my health story with you.  May it encourage you on your journey to better health; wherever you may be on that journey.

As far as weight is concerned, I never have had too much trouble...except during my first three pregnancies.  I ate what I wanted, when I wanted it,  and however much I wanted of it.  I gained anywhere from 53 to 67 pounds each time.  Finally, I had an appetite...ahem...that surpassed that of my hubby's most of the time.  But it was all ok because after each pregnancy I lost my weight very quickly with no effort.

My sister-n-law on the left.  We are holding my daughter.

That was in my twenties!

In my thirties, weight was a different issue all together.  I went through four more pregnancies (two resulting in miscarriage).  The weight did NOT come off until I worked very hard to get it off.  In fact, I am just now trying to get it off from my last live birth.  I don't have very much more time to do this in my thirties!  Ssshhhhhh.......

Another factor into my weight gain is our ministry schedule in the summer months.  We typically eat late at night and eat a lot of fast food.  The older I got, the more the weight hung around.  I think I thought that ONE DAY it would surely go away.  I've never been a health conscious person and grew up on good ole Southern fried foods, meat and potatoes, pizza, sandwiches and chips, Dr. Pepper, and lots of desserts!  Yeah.  Excess weight doesn't just go away eating like that!

Now these are the details of my weight story, give or take a few.  Now onto my health; or lack thereof.

There are a lot of rabbit trails I could take in this post, but I will try to stay on track.  One such trail begins with our eighth "monthi-versary".
One year after my first surgery. Was pregnant with our first, but didn't know it yet.
One morning just before we had been married eight months, I experienced doubling over, excruciating abdominal pain and was rushed to the hospital where they did an emergency surgery to remove two ovarian cysts.  One was the size of a grapefruit and the other the size of a baseball.  Rude awakening for this nineteen year old, newlywed girl.

After being seen by 4 emergency room doctors, the fourth one did a Laparoscopic surgery and removed the liquid.  He increased the strength of my birth control pills and sent me on my way.  Here is where I'd like to go on a rabbit trail to tell you why I experienced the ovarian cysts, but that will have to wait for another day.

Stay tuned for part two of my journey to becoming healthier!

Have you or anyone you've known been affected by 
ovarian cysts?

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Kristy H said...

Enjoyed this post and am looking forward to reading more, Niki!

bluecottonmemory said...

We're working on getting off that weight that crept up on us - and getting into heart-health shape - it takes SOOOO much focus:) It's more about quality of life for us right now:)

Wishing you luck in this journey!

Niki French said...

Thanks, Kristy and BlueCottoMemory for visiting and commenting. It blesses my heart. I hope you swill stick around to the end and find out all that I am doing to get in better health. The first few posts will be about my story and then we will get into the good stuff! :) Thank you again for visiting Ladies!

TMichelle said...

Oh I'm very curious about that ovarian cyst. I'd be happy for you to go on that rabbit trail for a moment.

Anonymous said...

This is my first time, I believe, to your blog. I found it through a linky party. Please elaborate on the cysts. Thank you. Christine