When You Find Out You Need Surgery In College

A Day In The Life Of A College Kid Who Just Found Out She Needs Surgery

Where I am since writing this.


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article called "A Day In The Life Of A College Kid Stuck In The Hospital," in which I described what it was like to be in the hospital for a couple of days also while being a college student in a demanding semester. Since then, it has gone viral and when I heard that sitting in a Dunkin' Donuts doing my homework one random Friday, I was shocked. So I thought that now it has been a few weeks since that, it's probably good to give an update.

Also when I told my friend Morgan about this idea, she said to do it.

To summarize what happened in the article I wrote while in the hospital, I had chest pains and I thought they were heart-related so I went to the hospital, they weren't but something was suspicious in my stomach, many more tests, an answer was found. I know I said that Coca-Cola was going to be my best friend in the first article, but thank god it's not now because pop is not my thing and that was just a temporary thing.

So what was the problem? So there is a bezoar in my stomach, which is basically a mass. It's benign so I'm not in serious trouble, thank god. I also had iron deficiency anemia which was caused by this bezoar. When I got out of the hospital, I went back to school for a day and then I had to go home for the weekend for an endoscopy. I don't know how to describe an endoscopy, but it was a procedure.

For that weekend, I had to be cautious about what I ate. I was put on a soft food diet, so I couldn't really eat many of my favorite foods. That weekend was also Super Bowl weekend so it was hard to pick out what to eat and what not to eat seeing all of the food at the Super Bowl party I went to (my endoscopy was Monday). But the Super Bowl… I liked the halftime show more than the game. I'm not a defense heavy fan.

OK, I got off topic.

The morning of my endoscopy was one of the hardest because I couldn't eat a certain number of hours before the procedure. My procedure was at 10:30 a.m. and I was starving. All I wanted was food. The endoscopy happens, and it's concluded that my bezoar takes up more than half of my stomach.

In conclusion, I will be having surgery to have this monstrosity over spring break. It was originally going to be that week, but I persuaded my parents to let me go longer because if I were to do it then, I would have probably had to take a semester off which was something I didn't want to do.

As of right now, I am currently going about my spring semester. I'm taking classes, I'm in a placement in Toledo, Ohio, I'm still involved in my sorority, and I'm hanging out with friends. The only setback is that I can't do anything dance related. But hey, I'm making this work.

Just got to get through the month of March now.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.


Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Working On My Emotional Health Is At The Top Of My To-Do List

I'm finally realizing the importance of my mental and emotional health.


The month of April has been so eye-opening for me. For the first bit of the year, I felt like I was in a slump; like I was just going through the motions and not fully living my life.

I was letting boy drama, school stress, and my poor actions to deal with those issues take over my life. I was allowing the anger and shame from those mistakes bubble up inside me until I was just about ready to explode.

I was allowing myself to go back to old ways of coping with problems that I knew weren't healthy, but I knew would be a short-term fix.

I simply wasn't living.

Then, one day I woke up and told myself I needed to change, and that if I didn't, I'd be on this same path ten years from now... or worse. I told myself I needed to get my life back on track with the Lord and with who I want to be as a rising senior in college.

After meeting with one of the leaders at my church (btw, everyone needs a Mrs. Jenny in their life!) and with my therapist, I'm starting to realize how important my emotional health is. My way of dealing with problems hasn't been working all that well, so I know it's time to try something else.

It's all going to be a huge learning process (and at times, an uphill battle), but I know working on my emotional health now will build me to be the best I can in the future.

By learning to become more open to healthier ways of dealing with issues as they come up (like not avoiding problems and actually facing them head-on), I know I can become my best self, and that is something I'm willing to work on with my whole heart.

So, I'm learning to let go of needing to control everything in my life because honestly, wanting to control everything puts me more out of control than when I first started.

And, I encourage you to do the same.

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