My Epigastric Hernia Journey

HII B*tches!!

So today I am sharing a more personal post with you guys, I am always super open with you guys about all the different aspects of my life so I figured it was time to share this with you all too. This is the story of how I discovered I had an Epigastric Hernia.

About almost 3 years ago today I started having the most random stomach pain and other symptoms like constant nausea, acid reflux, and bloating. This lasted for about 2-3 months consecutively so obviously I started to get worried. As a lot of you know I have the BRCA2 gene which automatically made my mind jump to ovarian cancer, ya girl is a little bit of a hypochondriac, so I went to my Dr. and told her what was going on she didn’t really think it was anything serious and just told me to wait a little bit longer and try some antacids to help with the acid. So I hit 4 months almost 5 and was just so stressed by all these symptoms, especially the constant nausea because it was literally impairing my everyday life. I went back to my Dr. and told her I really needed something done, she finally ran some blood and gave me a total look over. The blood came back completely fine and she couldn’t find anything in the physical exam either. She basically chalked it up to maybe a bad stomach bacteria or bad diet and gave me some things to change. I tried all the things she recommended but I already ate a REALLY clean diet so that wasn’t an issue. During this time frame I wasn’t really working out steadily because I felt so bad but when I did I noticed the symptoms would be worse as well as when I ate really junky food. I was really at a loss at this point and didn’t know what to do anymore honestly.

Around month 7-8 of having these symptoms I went to a different Dr. just to get a second opinion and she basically didn’t know what was going on either but thought it sounded like either an ulcer or allergy to dairy. This started the journey of eliminating dairy for a bit and trying a new diet for ulcers. The weird thing was I would have pockets where I felt fine and these were the pockets of time where I wasn’t doing rigorous workouts and was eating super healthy. Looking back now I can totally see how this was a hernia and wish I could go back and tell myself that to save A LOT of stress and struggle for younger Alex! The times where I didn’t feel fine were so miserable though you guys. I would have the worst stomach pain right above my bellybutton but below my breast bone, the acid reflux was so bad that it was coming up into my mouth at night and making my throat swell up, and the constant nausea was such a downer. I went back in after the last attempt at diet changes for the dairy ulcer theory and this was nearing the beginning of year 2 with no diagnosis. The time it took to try the different diets ate up almost a whole year because they wanted ample time on each one to 100% eliminate the theory of ulcer and dairy allergy. I remember just feeling so hopeless and sad because it hadn’t worked and I was just as miserable as ever. Fortunately this visit was finally about to solve this struggle.

I’m not sure how it even came up but the new Dr. asked me to let her feel all-round my abdomen one more time and I remember having a small cough during this visit, I coughed at the same time she was feeling the top of my abdomen and her face literally lit up with realization. She asked me to cough again while pushing on the spot between my breast bone and abdomen and then looks up at me and says you have a hernia! I honestly didn’t believe her at first because the only thing I knew about hernias were that they were usually in your lower groin and were like a thing older people got! But then she took her thumb and rammed it into the hole and it was literally like someone stuck a burning poker into my gut y'all. So that definitely helped aid in my belief :P

After FINALLY having a diagnosis I felted so relieved. Now as far as treatment the only way to “fix” a hernia is by surgery but my Dr. said that it was small enough that I could just take measures to fix the symptoms it causes when its agitated and to be preventative about the agitation. That way I can put off surgery until it is completely necessary or the only option. The best ways to keep the hernia from becoming agitated are to eat a clean diet free from fatty, greasy, foods, so basically a whole foods diet is ideal, to eat smaller portions which ends up being about 6 small meals throughout the day rather 3 normal sized ones, and to make sure I don’t do any hard core abdominal workouts or workouts that work your abs a lot. If you agitate the hernia too much you can actually cause the intestine to push through the hole and get stuck which can strangulate the intestine. This is life threatening and would mean I would have to have emergency surgery to try and save the intestine and NOOOO one wants that!

I definitely have had to change up my lifestyle to be more mindful of the hernia. I am a super fitness freak so I had to alter my workouts A LOT I was really into lifting and had to scale back on that so much. I am more into light HIITs, light weight lifting, and cardio now. Diet wise I have always eaten pretty clean so that wasn’t really a hard change I just have to make sure I don’t stray to far off clean eating and also not eating too much. I’m really bad about not eating regularly and then wanting to binge and I can’t so I have to watch that. It’s hard because I blog about a lot of food places which means I have to try all these different usually not so healthy foods. I usually just have a bite or two of everything and then pack it up for later or to give to my fam because I really can eat that much “bad” food now. The small portions definitely have weirded people out, I know people probably think I am just super vain or scared to eat but thats really not it at all, I LOVE food and eating I just have graze throughout the day basically and be careful what I eat.

Having the Epigastric Hernia has been a huge inconvenience at times especially when it’s having a flare up. I have had to cancel events with friends, brunches, etc and it sucks because nothing really seems wrong with me but internally I can be feeling so miserable. I have missed out on so many fun workout centered events and food related events because I couldn’t participate and explaining this to people is kind of awkward just because its not really well known but I’m tired of making excuses and just want people to know that this is why sometimes I can’t participate. Just recently I was sick with an upper respiratory infection and I got a terrible cough well that cough pushed my intestine through the hole in my abdomen and caused a BAD flare up luckily I calmed it down and it didn’t turn into anything too serious. I was down for the count though with all the bad symptoms that come with a flare up but no one knew I was dealing with this they just assumed I was ignoring them or being whiney about the upper respiratory infection when I was actually just trying to get that under control while feeling terrible.

I am most definitely NOT sharing this to get sympathy or anything like that, I just wanted you guys to know that this is something I have been and am still dealing with. I also wanted to share my story just in case it might help someone else with an Epigastric Hernia get their diagnosis faster without the months and months of struggle. If it helps one person get their diagnosis or even one person not feel like they are the only one who has this, then my work is done. I also wanted to share it as a reminder that you never know what people are dealing with and even if they look completely fine they could be dealing with something serious or be miserable on the inside. It’s always good to be reminded that you don’t know the struggles that other people are facing and not to make false assumptions about them.

As always if you guys have any questions or comments please leave them down below or find me on any of my socials, I love talking to you guys so don’t be shy ;)

I hope you guys have a fab rest of your week and I will talk to you all soon!

Alex~

Exploring Legacy Food Hall

Hey B*tches!

I hope you are all having a great, fun, relaxing weekend so far! I have been and I am SO ready to share this post with you guys because I just know you are all gonna LUV it, so lets get to it.

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Last week I was invited to Legacy Food Hall in Plano, TX, to try some of the new spots that have opened there. Those being Beijing Brothers, SusieCakes, Whisk & Eggs, and Velvet Taco. It was probably one of my favourite collaborations to date if I’m being totally honest. I love the Food Hall SO much I have gone there for my birthday for two years in a row so far :P

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Alright so I started at Whisk & eggs where I got to try their new Ice Cream Brioche Sandwich and Y”ALL. THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR HOW AMAZING THIS IS like insert ALLLLLL the heart eyes here>>

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So the sandwich consists of a toasted brioche bun, slathered in nutella, sandwiching vanilla ice cream, and it all works together SO DANG well.

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After starting with dessert, I went over to Beijing Brothers to watch the noodle pulling master Willy Lu do his thing. Fun Fact Willy is ranked one of the top hand noodle pulling masters in the country and can pull 13 servings of noodles at one time.

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I tried the Happy Summer Noodles with Chicken and it did not disappoint. You can 1000% taste the difference with these hand pulled noodles. I also tried the Wontons and I loved the fact that this is actually authentic Chinese food not the American-ized version that were all used to seeing and eating.

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After enjoying some noods, I was off to Velvet Taco because everyday is Taco Tuesday ;) Now VT completely won my heart because they have a freaking Paneer Taco!! LIKE WHAT!?! My Pakistani side was IN HEAVEN. I also tried the Buffalo which was delish but nothing tops the Paneer. SO SO glad Legacy Food Hall now has a Velvet Taco permanently.

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Along with the tacos I was recommended the Elote Corn which as you can see by my stuffed face was a winner!

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Last but NOT least I stopped at SusieCakes for another round of dessert and to be honest can a girl ever have too much dessert? I got a slice of the Vanilla Celebration Cake because everyday is a celebration with SusieCakes!!

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I also stopped at Berrynaked to grab a popsicle even though they aren’t a new a vendor they are one of my all time favourites and definitely had to make it on this post. I got the Hydrate which is just coconut water and fruit but it was so refreshing after trying all this food!

I had such a blast roaming Legacy Hall and trying their new vendors, I literally CANNOT recommend checking the Food Hall out enough. There are SO many great options and there is really something for everyone. As always if you have any questions leave them below or feel free to hit me up on any of my socials, I love talking to you guys so don’t be shy.

I hope you all have the best weekend and I will talk to you soon,

Alex~

The Sound TX Grand Opening

Hey Babes!

HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

I am SO SO SO excited to be finally sharing my post on The Sound TX’s Grand Opening, if you follow me on Instagram then you already got some BTS footage of what went down at the grand opening but get ready for ALL the deets!

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The Sound at Cypress Water or The Sound TX is located right on the edge of North Dallas, it is basically a new neighbourhood that over looks North Lake. They have everything from amazing food, gorgeous apartments, outdoor games, a boho market where local vendors set up shop, and live music. I can see this becoming THE spot for the summer for sure.

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Lets talk grand opening now. So when I arrived I decided to head straight for the Boho market because you know ya girl loves to shop!

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Everything was so adorable and I LOVE that it is all local vendors because I am all about supporting my local DFW businesses. This market alone is worth a trip to The Sound honestly!

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Right next to the Boho Market are some fun outdoor games like Jenga and Cornhole. I think it is perf for all the kids and guys that get dragged to the Boho Market to kill time while us ladies shop ;)

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After finishing at the Boho Market I stopped to get some photos at Retrograph aka the CUTEST photo booth EVER. I am such a sucker( insert Jo Bros song here) for photo booths y’all!

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I went straight from the Photo Booth to my meet and greet with Pat Green who was the headliner for the grand opening. How cute are we you guys?! I am the only one not looking at the right camera but it’s still cute right??

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The meet and greeting definitely worked up my appetite so I headed over to Ascension for some refuelling. Ascension is just ONE of the SIX fabulous places to dine at The Sound. They also have Eno’s Pizza, Rodeo Goat, Flying Fish, Flying Saucer, and Landon Winery. The foodie options are a 10/10 for sure.

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After refuelling I made a quick stop at the ADORBS bathroom/outhouse, not to actually use them but for the photo op because they’re literally TOO cute. The judgement from people ACTUALLY using them was real though y'all! #doitforthegram

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Then I went to check out the opening act Bri Bagwell who killed it! Oh and on my way over to the pavilion I ran into 99.5 The Wolf who were so sweet to let me take pics in their booth :P

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Finally it was time for Pat Green to take the stage and he was awesome. His stage presence was amazing and the crowd was ecstatic! Even my Mom was lowkey fan girling.

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All in all this was definitely one of the BEST grand openings I have ever been a part of and I am so glad I got the opportunity to experience everything The Sound had to offer. I HIGHLY recommend all my DFW readers check this spot out because it does not disappoint.

If you want to see more of the opening day I have a Vlog up on my channel that you can watch HERE. You can get a firsthand look at all my shenanigans ;)

As always if you have any comments or question feel free to leave them below or hit me up on any of my socials, I love talking to you guys so don’t be shy!

I hope you all have a great week and I will talk to you all soon,

~Alex