We all have parts of our body that we don’t like, mine is my stomach. I should clarify that. I don’t like the way it looks, and have been working for a long time to get to the place where I like it more. But the way it looks is because of life saving surgery, which took place 26 years ago, when I had a strangulated bowel. It was the worse thing I ever had happen to me. I was told that the pain you feel is worse than a gun shot wound to the stomach. I can say it was 100 times worse than labor, but knowing labor breathing is what I think saved my life, but that is another story, for another time.
The scar that you see, in the photo below, is the result of an 8 hour emergency surgery where 2 feet of my intestine had to be removed because it had died. My doctor told me that 95-99% of the people who have this condition die because it is hard to find. I had gone to the hospital three days earlier and was told to go home because it was just gas. If they would have discovered the problem at that point they could have saved the intestine and me a lot of pain. The two feet that were removed had specific functions. One the absorption of B12 and the absorption of bile. Because I could no longer absorb them I had to have B12 injections and take a medication that would absorb bile so I didn’t get sick.
If I didn’t take the medicine I would get diarrhea. I haven’t had a normal bowel movement in 26 years and often got sick even if I took the medication. I tried several times over the years to stop taking it, because it is a pain, it taste nasty and it is expensive, but I never could without getting sick. I was afraid to be without it, actually because I knew what the consequences were.
Here is where the beautiful miracle part comes in…
I was part of an 8 week challenge with my company to test a new protein powder/superfood that they were going to introduce to the line called ProFIT. Midway through the challenge I started feeling constipated. Trust me it was a new experience for me. Just over two weeks ago I stopped taking my medication to see what would happen. What happened is that I am back to normal, how I was before the surgery, with normal bowel movements. I have also lost almost 8 pounds and 22 inches, because of this amazing superfood,.
Now, you tell me how your body can recreate a function that was removed, because I can’t figure it out. That is how beautiful our bodies are. This is life changing for me! I never thought I would ever get off of the medication and have a normal body again. So what if my stomach has a large crater through it? When you think about it on the level of renewal and what some call healing, it is beautiful even in the state it is in.
I asked the formulator of the ProFIT if she thought it was possible that this happened because I was taking it. She said it was the combination of ProFIT and Greens which were part of the Ultimate Makeover. I love miracles, especially when they happen to me.
This is how my stomach has looked for most of 26 years
I have written about my stomach before in this blog of June 24, 2010, Titled Uncovered, my WEIRD BUT BEAUTIFUL TUMMY http://myitworksmakeover.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/uncovered-my-weird-but-beautiful-tummy/ It was written after I posted this photo, and was struggling with what people would think:
In light of what has just happened that is a very prophetic thought I had 18 months ago! Love your body, with all of it’s so called flaws and blemishes, because it is truly a miracle!