Okay, so “ever” might be an exaggeration…but if you’ve done more than casually read my blog and pray for me over the years then you will know that for CASSIA this update is a huge, huge, HUGE deal. Seemingly impossible, honestly, for how tirelessly my doctors and I have worked for 7 years to try to make this happen with absolutely no success whatsoever.
Any guesses at what I’m talking about?
I’ll give you a hint. Or, nevermind, I’ll just give you the complete backstory…
Okay. So. I am 4’9″. The healthy weight for someone of my size is between 85-100 pounds and I’ve only come close to reaching that mark once in my life. The rest of my life I spent around 75lbs, until the last 7 years when I went down to only 70lbs and couldn’t for the life of me, no matter how much my doctors and I tried, get any higher.
We tried everything. I counted calories and for a while was eating enough for someone twice my size (NOT easy with a broken jaw, mind you. It was actually a rare form of torture), I switched around my diet many times to different things doctors recommended, was on strong doses of probiotics, etc. Whatever you could think of, we probably tried it. And maybe I’d gain a few pounds here or there, but it would never –ever– stick.
Fast-forward to earlier this year when I wasn’t sleeping at all, and the weight loss went even more crazy. I went from 70 to 63 pounds the month I got hospitalized.
SIXTY-THREE pounds, you guys. I don’t think people get how truly miraculous it feels that I didn’t die this year. And not just from my weight loss and sleep deprivation, but also from how insanely disease ridden my body had become. Apart from the mercy of God I know I wouldn’t still be here, and I know that some people think I’m exaggerating or being dramatic when I say that, but if anything I under exaggerate when I talk about my health and always have. I guess I try not to give people more than they can handle, and because of that so much is always left unsaid. But that’s a topic for a different time. For now, let’s get back to the purpose of this particular post and the huge, huge health update that I’m guessing some of you have probably figured out by now!
*drum roll please*
I weigh 82 pounds!!!!!!
That, in case you don’t feel like doing the math, is almost TWENTY POUNDS more than I weighed just 7 months ago. I have never, ever, ever, in my entire life, gained twenty pounds in the course of just one year, much less just 7 months. And, on top of that, all this weight gain has been easy-breezy compared to all the effort I used to always have to put in!
AND, to make this even more exciting, “Hit 80lbs” was a part of my 22-week-challenge!! So naturally that makes this accomplishment even more exciting than it already was 😉
How God brought all this weight gain to pass will take two other updates to explain, so this is all I can tell you for now. In the meantime, THANK YOU again to anyone and everyone who has prayed for me over the last 7 years. God hears and I love you all so much ❤