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Body image post transplant

AliEm14Transplant Patient
September 21, 2021 in General

I made, and ate, cookies last night. Too many. And I am still so excited because I can eat cookies again. And my body loves cookies.

@meghansmith made a post on Instagram a bit ago about post transplant bodies, and I’ve been thinking about it too. My body has changed post transplant, and not only in the cookie eating way. Looking at pre and post transplant pictures of my body I don’t even look like the same person. And that’s hard sometimes. To go through such a big ordeal that you feel like you’re not even yourself anymore.

how has your body changed since transplant? How are you dealing with it? What helps you cope? And do you have any not so guilty pleasures (and how do you manage listening to your body and also not eating an entire pan of cookies? Asking for a friend 😉)

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  • ChefAmandaTransplant Patient

    I really struggled with the body post transplant. Especially having to go back to high school with prednisone cheeks. It honestly took me years to accept my body and all the scars and bruises. Even when I lost weight and got the fluid off from my bad kidneys I still struggle with body dysmorphia.

    September 22, 2021
  • DebTransplant Patient

    I’ve always been a big girl but when my liver began to malfunction I gained lots of weight, mostly fluid. As my illness progressed I quit eating and lost a lot of weight, people didn’t recognize me at all then I had my transplant. I’m back to eating but still eating not small amounts at a time but my weight is climbing rapidly. I miss the skinny me but not the sick me. I have fat in places I’ve never carried weight before and yes I crave sweets. I read Tacrslimus could cause weight gain. I was told by a friend to be proud of my body and think about what my body has carried me through. I try to remind myself that everyday.

    September 22, 2021
  • AliEm14Transplant Patient

    the dysmorphia for me, even when my weight had settled and i lost all the fluid and had a working liver again, is such a struggle. I definitely didn't prefer being sick, but i felt like i knew who i was more in a bigger body. All the loose skin and stretch marks from gaining and losing weight so fast is a big struggle too

    September 22, 2021
  • Howanitz39Transplant Patient

    I was 170 the day of my transplant when I left to go home in March I had to stay at the hospital from January till March I was down to 124 8 months later I am 183 pounds. I know I need to lose the weight and do it know but I just crave sweets. As for my long scar that is in the middle of my stomach I think of it as my badge of triumph for all that I want through before my transplant. 💚

    September 29, 2021
  • AliEm14Transplant Patient

    I had a moment of strong body dysmorphia last night and from it, wrote a blog post. If you’re interested you can check it out here:

    what are your tips for getting through, and thriving in, bad body dysmorphia days?

    October 18, 2021
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