the great medical update.

by Janetha on January 12, 2012

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i have received quite a few emails on my various health issues. which ones, you ask? well.. there are a lot. so instead of replying to emails about all my individual issues, i figured a post was a better option.

my molectomy.

back in november, i had a mole removed from the middle of my chest. i had a piece of the mole sent to the lab a few months prior, and it came back looking sketchy.. so my dermatologist wanted to remove it.  you may remember me rambling about it in this post.

i was put on 2 weeks of exercise restriction and was super bummed about it. looking back, it’s silly that i cared so much because i am healed up perfectly and it’s like i didn’t miss a beat with the workouts. had i skipped the doc’s orders and worked out too soon, i may have hindered the healing process.

my wound is still there, but it is very small and my doctor did a great job patching me up. there will be a little scar, but i am not one to worry about scars.. i mean, look at my arm.


circa 2007

i will continue to visit the dermatologist on a regular basis to make sure my skin is in the clear and there are no suspicious new moles. if you haven’t had your skin checked, i highly suggest you do! it doesn’t take long and it could save your life.

my broken nose.

as you may know, i was in a car accident on christmas eve and broke my nose on the dashboard. i was the passenger. it was super sweet.

lucky for me, my nose wasn’t crooked so no surgery was required. they let me leave the hospital with a broken nose and a black eye.

this photo is from last night:


see! clearing up. no more black eye. my nose still hurts when i touch it or bonk it on something, but not too bad. it does do this weird popping thing if i touch it a certain way.. it grosses me out.. but i will survive.

my lumpy boob.

about a month ago, my gynecologist found a lump in ol’ lefty. this is the third time a lump has been found in my left boob. sigh. my boobs are defective.


circa 2010

i had an ultrasound done in december and the radiologist said it was nothing to worry about. i went on my merry way.

i got a call from my gynecologist (side note, i have been spelling that word wrong. i was spelling it “gynOcologist” because the short term is “gyno”.. but it turns out that’s not how you spell it. anyway…) and she said she’d like me to make an appointment with a surgeon to get it removed.

on the two they found before, one was completely removed and the other had pieces removed using a needle.. so i imagine that with this one they will want to do one of those two options again. i go in for my consultation next week. i’ll letcha know how that goes!

my guts.

this is probably the worst of all my health issues at the moment. if you want some background info on my GI issues, you can read this post or watch this video.

basically, my doctor says i have a lazy colon. my gut muscles don’t work. i am not allergic or intolerant to a specific food.. my body just doesn’t digest anything properly. also, i never poop. i am usually bloated to the size of a 5 month pregnant lady by the end of the day.. every day. so annoying. i had a gastric emptying study at the beginning of december. i recently went in to talk to my GI doc about the results.. which were not very helpful. (yay.)

he put me on a new pill that is supposed to “help move things along” without making my colon lazier than it already is. note: if you have a weak colon and you take a laxative, you are only enabling your colon to be weaker.. so it’s not a good idea. even though i poop once every 3 days or so.. i still shouldn’t take a laxative because it’ll seriously mess up my insides.

anyway, this medication he has me trying out is supposed to help my colon work better without making it lazy. he put me on the lowest dose possible, and i started taking it last friday. so far, it’s not helping a single bit. awesome! i am going to move to the stronger dose and see what happens.

so.. basically.. i still have no idea what is wrong with me. it sucks. but that’s life. i will keep trying to find an answer and manage the bloating and pain.. and in the meantime i will just be grateful i have my health and the issue isn’t something life threatening.

other than all of that, i am in great shape! no cavities, my eye prescription hasn’t changed, and i am still breathing.

good story.


dinner tonight was asian turkey meatballs with lime dipping sauce. i got the recipe from skinny taste.

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the only changes i made to the recipe were that i made fresh bread crumbs with whole wheat bread and upped the amount of garlic and ginger.  the meatballs were delicious!!

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i made steamed vegetables to go with the meatballs and i also made marshall some quinoa. i ate my carbs in the form of 3 clementines.. i am addicted to those things right now. this was a quick and easy dinner, which we needed since we both got home from the gym at 8:45 PM! it came together fast and we were eating dinner by 9:20. yes, we sometimes eat dinner really, really, REALLY late.

after dinner, i had the itch to bake. during the holidays, i was baking cookies like it was my job (sure wish that was my job.. jessica, you’re a lucky gal.)  i haven’t baked anything in a long time, and i LOVE to bake. so i decided to bust out the ol’ kitchenaid and bake a treat. i decided to make my miniature white chocolate cheesecakes. i am slowly but surely trying to make all my recipes over again so i can update the photos with ones that are better than this:


circa 2009

it’s not horrible, but my photog skills have definitely come a long way since the ol’ point and shoot. the cheesecakes are cooling in the fridge now, awaiting their photo shoot.

because mexico is right on the horizon, i made myself a more forgiving version of mini cheesecakes. they are in the oven now..  it’s 11:06 PM. you can see where my priorities lie. if the healthier, protein packed cheesecakes turn out, i will be sure to share the recipe.

hooray for friday tomorrow! chat later.

xo. janetha g.

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Kelli January 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hey! It is your fellow colOnic inertia buddy :) I wanted tot ell you it’s been a month since my surgery and if you want to talk or have any questions you can just email me! I have to tell you in all your pics your stomach looks literally amazing! Not pregnant at all trust me compared to mine >.<… So I hope you find a remedy without surgery! I have a huge old lovely scar down my tummy lol


Eden January 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

I will never be the first commenter. Ever.
Not that I try to be, but you are so dang popular! Ugh, stop being so cool!

I’ m so sorry about all those health issues. And it totally sucks to still not know whats up with your gut! I too am having some gut issues lately. Not fun. I have to get a bunch of blood tests and whatnot. Gah! I hate medical stuff.
I wish I was pony, it would be way easier.

love you.

Kristin @ STUFT Mama January 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

Oh friend. I didn’t know you were in a car accident and broke your nose. I’m so sorry. I’m also so impressed with your outlook on all this. You’ve got a lot going on. I hope 2012 is freaking awesome year for you and your gut issues get worked out and that your protein mini cheesecakes turn out just fabulous so you can share the recipe. Take those gym shoes off! :)

Em (Wine and Butter) January 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

Higher protein healthier cheesecakes are definitely something needed in my life right now!!

Please let them work out – for both our sakes!! :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 13, 2012 at 2:30 am

I was actually wondering about ALL these things but didnt want to ask and appreciate you being so candid with all the personal medical details.

I have been worried about you b/c it seemed there was “one more thing”…more than once. Or twice! Hopefully that is behind you and no new things will crop up and answers to the existing issues will manifest.

emily January 13, 2012 at 2:51 am

Thanks for the medical update, I am really glad that most of your issues ended up being ok! That sucks about your lazy colon though. I have a lazy ass, is that similar? ;)

Erica January 13, 2012 at 4:08 am

Oh lady! Sounds like your mostly getting better-yayyyy! Hopefully you will get to be dr free for a long while

Emily January 13, 2012 at 4:18 am

I cannot begin to imagine how frustrating your tummy troubles must be given how fit & active you otherwise are! On the bright side your dinner looks delicious, I love how bright your broccoli is :)

Sarah w January 13, 2012 at 4:37 am

I have a slow colon too!!

I take Miralax daily to help things along and my stomach FEELS so much better. My doc couldn’t actually find anything wrong with my colon despite my odd stomach pains. She is alsO going off my parents issues too – no celiac either and no Chrohns (my dad has Chrohns)

So I’m on Miralax indefinitely. It’s a genal lax and does the trick. My stomach really hurts when I don’t go on a reg basis. She “says” it’s safe to take the rest of my life but that fact bothers me.,..but for now I suck it up. There really isn’t anything else she can give me.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 13, 2012 at 4:56 am

Boy oh boy! You’ve just got all kinds of things going on with your body right now. The lazy colon thing would be the one that would get to me the most as well – feeling uncomfortable and bloated is the worst feeling ever. I hope the meds start to work for you!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] January 13, 2012 at 5:05 am

that picture of you showing your non-crooked nose is beautiful! You are seriously just such a naturally gorgeous woman!

I absolutely hate your GI issues. They make me so sad. I’ve had my share of miserable GI issues but nothing near as bad as you have, so I can’t imagine anything worse. :(

kathleen @ the daily crumb January 13, 2012 at 5:24 am

i could literally eat the entire box of cutie clementines without a second though! so so so yummy.

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 13, 2012 at 5:26 am

I didn’t know that you were in a car accident! My goodness. I’m glad that you are okay! I’m sending you lots of well wishes! GI problems are no fun at all. I’m going through a bunch of them myself since my surgery and well I had GI problems before that too. I’m glad you have an answer. I hope I get one soon too.

melissanibbles January 13, 2012 at 5:33 am

I’m sorry you’ve had such a rough year (medically speaking). Hopefully things work out with your belly soon. Get well!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 13, 2012 at 5:52 am

Wow- sorry you’ve had to deal with all of those issues- especially the lazy colon. Did the doc say that it might take a week or two to kick in? I hope that you find a solution soon either way- poor thing!
I had a molectomy on my chest a few years ago. The scar was kind of gross at first, but it’s almost faded completely. But really, I don’t mind scars- I have them all over my legs from falling off of mountain bikes or slamming my leg into a wall while rock climbing or face planting during trail runs. I’m clumsy. Those scars are like my battle wounds- and each one has a story!
It’s so great that despite your health issues, you still dedicate your life to being healthy and put your body first. Many people would just wallow in self-pity and throw in the towel!

sarah January 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

I feel you on the lazy colon….and I can fully relate that not “going” for days in a row on a regular basis is NOT fun. You basically feel like you keep blowing up and blowing up and then feel stupid for eating more and more…but obviously there is no choice. So, I feel your pain, and kind of glad I”m not alone!
I don’t take any drugs for it though…doctors have done zilch for me…nothing…just useless jumbo and no real changes. So, I’m hoping that maybe I can work on my high stress, anxiety issues. I am of the mind that our mental thoughts do A LOT more to our bodies than anything else. That is why I eat everything and don’t cut things out (it is more obsessive and stressful to think too hard or feel guilty for food for me, so I can’t go “there”).

Paige @ Running Around Normal January 13, 2012 at 6:26 am

Voted for ya darling!

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

Sorry about all the health issues. Hope you do get some answers for your gut issues!

The cheesecakes sound wonderful! i don’t bake (much), but I used to make mini cheesecakes once a while. It’s been ages; I’ll have to make some again!

Have a great weekend!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

Your willpower is like no other. I would have totally eaten one (or two) of the fattening version.

Beth January 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

I actually work for the American Academy of Dermatology, and think that having your body checked over for moles is SO SO SO important! Malignant melanomas can be found in the strangest places – inside the ear, mouth, and other places people probably don’t check. People tend to think that skin cancer is “not that big of a deal” or it can just be easily removed. Sometimes, it can be removed, if caught early, but it can also spread like any other cancer and be just as life-threatening. I’m really glad you had that mole biopsied and everything turned out okay for you. Your message is important and hopefully your wide influence will help others to go get their bodies checked over.

Megan January 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

Oh I can relate to the digestive issues! And the frustration when they can’t figure out what’s wrong. I had medication for a similar ‘lazy stomach’ and it made me SO TIRED. Like fall asleep at 7PM and get up at 9AM tired. Every single day. But – it made my stomach feel better, so I can’t complain too much. I hope you get answers soon!

Betty January 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

I wish they would just find out what’s wrong with you! I
Know how frustrating that can be! But I’m glad your health in general is good! You’re so pretty in your nose pic!! Def a natural beauty and lucky for that! I will be baking Sunday.. I’ve been on a serious baking kick every free day for the last 4 weeks! Reading Jessica’s post don’t help either!

Hope your friend had a great bday and hope you finally got outta your gym shoes after 11:30 hahah have a great weekend! Mines 4 days :)

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m so sorry all of this has happened. I hope everything gets worked out! I know what you mean about the poop issue. When I had to prep for a colonoscopy, it completely messed up my stomach it was awful.

Nicole January 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

Ugh I feel your pain. They prescribed me with this med called amyltiza and all it did was make me gassy. So after a year I gave it up.

Janetha January 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Pretty sure that’s the same thing I am on.. Amitiza

Andrea January 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I was on Amitiza for the same exact issues you have and it did NOT help me at all! Major bummer. All it did for me was make me feel really weird, gassy, and extrememly queasy. I would get bad headaches and literally have to leave places because I thought I was going to get sick. I semi-helped me go to the bathroom, but the side effects were not worth it! I sure hope it helps for you! I just deal with it and take each day as it is and if it is the lucky day I get to go to the bathroom! Please let me know how it works for you and if you try anything else! It seems we have the same issues! sigh, I take tums like candy :(

Emily January 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hi Andrea,
I had similar symptoms on Amitaza and I only ended up taking it for a week because I just felt so crappy! Recently, I switched to Reglan and it seems to work much, much better for me!

La. January 13, 2012 at 11:03 am

Wow! I’m new to your blog and holy cow! You’ve had a LOT going on. Let’s hope they figure out your colon at some point! Ouch! I feel like I poop all the time!

Jess@atasteofconfidence January 13, 2012 at 11:35 am

Sorry about all of your issues! You are such a sweet person and it sucks that you are going through so much. Keeping you in my thoughts!

Susan January 13, 2012 at 11:47 am

Erm, not sure how I feel about pictures of meatballs after poop talk, haha. In all seriousness though, the worst side effect of chemo BY FAR was that it made me backed up. I will take nausea and vomiting over not being able to poop any day. People tend not to talk about it because it’s gross or funny, but it really sucks and is seriously unpleasant.

Melissa January 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

Happy to hear of your updates. sorry to hear they weren’t all 100% better.

I have some similar GI problems. I’ve been trying to find the source of my chronic constipation since August 2010. In the last 6 months, they are trying to see if they are due to thyroid or adrenal issues. Also, maybe even over-training. I am not training any more or differently than before, but supposedly that doesn’t matter. I had a CT scan of my adrenal gland this morning.

What did they put you on? Amitiza?

Nikki @ Heels to Sneakers January 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Wow! sounds like you definitely have a lot going on, but you seem to be dealing with it well! :)

I hope that they will find a med that works for you! Thanks for keeping us all updated!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness January 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Voted! :)

Christin@purplebirdblog January 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks for the update… been thinkin’ boutcha. Your gropey mcgroperson picture up there has me cracking up. <3

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Sorry about all of the issues! You are so strong!

Pure2raw Twins January 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

always an inspiration to us all! you are such a strong person!!!
we hear ya on the stomach issues, we think Michelle has a lazy colon too, since she gets really gasy and bloated a lot and does not go poo that much either. we are still trying to figure all our bodies issues as well.

Lori and Michelle

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Sorry to hear your guts are still giving you grief! I hope everything goes well with your consult this week too!!! As a fellow guts-acher (I know it’s not a word but whatever) I feel your pain. I started taking a digestive enzyme which seems to be helping, but maybe only slightly. The bloating thing is something I live with as well, good ol food baby by the end of the day! Anywho just keep trucking along and hopefully that drug will work for you! all the best xox

Jill January 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

I really feel for your digestive issues. I suffered most of my life with “lazy colon” so much so that as an adult I thought it was common to have experienced a suppository or enema like it was some sort of rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. Ever since switching to a gluten free and limited dairy diet my digestive problems have improved so much. Usually after a meal I was used to feeling bloated and uncomfortable (I thought that is what being full felt like) Now I just feel full without the discomfort after eating and it is wonderful. WEstern medicine is very pharmaceutical driven and does not look toward nutrition in solving medical issues. I have science degree and am very interested in the science of metabolism and nutrition. Did you know that only 25% of humans are lactose tolerant and that many of us have varying degrees of intolerance to gluten. I know this is only my experience and that your situation is probably very different but I just couldn’t help sharing on the off chance that you would find it helpful.

Allison January 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

Cheers to health! I feel like there’s always something going on with me- two melanomas removed, GI issues, Lupus, iron deficiency, dry eyes/ mouth… But regardless, life goes on and just gotta go with the flow! Some days are better than others, but it helps knowing that you always have your family and friends for support… Sending many positive thoughts your way :D

Susan January 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

Way to go on the mole, nose, and boob! (I loved writing that sentence). I broke my nose a few years ago and it WAS crooked and I needed surgery. I’m sure you are thanking your stars that you don’t have to go through that. Torture devices were involved I think.

I’m sorry you aren’t having any progress with the digestive issues yet. Keep searching! I know it’s frustrating though.

Happy weekend Janetha!

Amanda January 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Ugh, I’m sorry about the GI issues. On the one hand, it’s nice that you don’t have any allergies or in-tolerances but on the other, it sucks that things aren’t better. It’d be nice if they could just pinpoint exactly how to fix it! Hopefully the stronger dose works for you. Guts suck.

Those turkey meatballs look awesome. Your photography is awesome, makes the food look that much better!

Alison January 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Aww sorry you’re going through so many health problems right now! I had the same digestive issues you had and the same many ladies are listing above..bloating, constipation, food not digesting properly. I don’t know if you are a coffee drinker but coffee is one of the number one causes of digestive issues like described. I gave up coffee 4 days ago, and am just drinking ginger green tea and honestly i feel 90% better. The first day or two was rough with some withdrawals and bowel discomfort but after that its been alot better! I have more energy throughout the day and im not bloated anymore. Check out this article:

I know coffee is such a hot topic, but its worth giving it a shot if that’s what the problem is! Best of luck! :)

Janetha January 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm

wow, i am off to check now! i drink a lot of coffee… thank you!

Ashley January 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Good luck with figuring out the stomach issues. Thinking of you girlie!!! xo

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