Day 248 • The 2nd of March, 2023
Day 248 • The 2nd of March, 2023
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Day 248 • The 2nd of March, 2023

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🌄 Day 248/365

Already life is moving along. It happens fast.

Before I get too far without updating people, (it’s not exactly my favorite topic), all my mom’s tests have shown that the tumor is very tiny and the cancer has not spread anywhere else. Under the circumstances, this is pretty darn good news. Treatment plans are up next.

Not only am I returning to a life of art, but one of health as well. I need to sleep better, eat more, be physically active again, and explore this beautiful island I live on. Admittedly, I got about a million steps in every day working at the bar, but it’s not a form of movement I want to maintain long term. More than that, I’ve lost about 15-20 pounds since I began working there last spring, stemming mostly from the fact that I had no appetite whatsoever while working. “Restaurant stomach”, I’ve heard it called, when you’re around food and the smell of food so often that your stomach sort of … shuts off. All food becomes unpalatable, even when you’re not working. Not everyone suffers it, but I was primed before I even began. It’s hard enough to maintain an appetite during normal life, especially when I turned it into a weird, unhelpful coping mechanism as a child. And it was noticeable — people in the bar started asking me all the time if I’d eaten that day. Not usually, unfortunately.

But I’ve been hungry this week. My appetite has been increasing and the idea of food is starting to make sense again. I want my clothes to fit better and not be falling off me. I want the energy and strength to accomplish all those healthy things I want to do.

Change can be very, very good.

This sunrise was captured in Kihei, Maui at 6:44am on the 2nd of March, 2023.

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