06/06/2017: Day 25

Yesterday, the hospital called and there was a cancellation. I was able to go do the evaluation for the aqua therapy early! Woot! Woot! God is good!

This morning, we got up & went to Charlottesville to find a plus size bathing suit. Ugh. Mike was great, as usual, & helped a lot. We started at Kmart which is going out of business. I just got a bottom piece. None of the one-pieces seemed big enough.

Side Note: Toys are 40% off! Got a few for Noah. It was so much fun looking for him. This store has brought in more merchandise than they normally have so it was also a great selection.

We went to JC Penny & some plus-sized store (I forget the name) but the bathing suits were way too expensive. But with trying them on, I realized I cannot wear a one-piece in my condition so I knew I had to go for the two piece. Finally found a good top at Belk.

Next, we went to the therapy session! Since there were stairs, they used a chair lift to get me in the pool. I freaked out going in the water. I finally got calm & the session went great. I felt like “Vickie” was back. I now want to live in water. I’d say my pain level went from a 7 to a 2 while I was in that water. It was terrific!

That being said, leaving the water I was hit with instant pain (level 8/9) instantly. This whole experience makes me realize how much of “me” is gone. Sure, we can say the degenerative bone disease was my genes but we can’t ignore the weight issue. I wish I could warn other people how bad food addiction is.  It was fun at the time but the penalty I’m living right now… well, it just wasn’t worth it.

However, I am thrilled  I got to go in the water and I’m just going to continue to trust God that there is healing in the future for me.



I’m 54, married to the world’s best husband (Mike) for 34 years with two twenty-something sons! Mike & I are both school teachers.

I was recently (July 2016) diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Plus, I have a degenerative bone disease that has taken out my right hip so that walking hurts. I need a total hip replacement but am not allowed until I lose 115 pounds! They say I need a gastric bypass surgery but my insurance won’t cover it. So it looks like I have to do this the old fashion way. I’m thinking a blog may help me be accountable.

This blog is a way to get me through this weight loss journey I am now taking with the help of Jesus. I hope to write a little each day. I’m calling it “Grandma Lilley’s Weight Loss Journey.” Why you ask? There are several reasons…

1. The reason for this journey is that I have to lose 115 pounds! Besides cancer, I have a degenerative bone disease that has wiped out my right hip. That’s why I’m in pain. They say I need a total hip replacement but am ineligible until I lose 115 pounds. I can’t do a weight loss surgery because our insurance doesn’t cover it. Sounds like I’m headed on a journey, right?

2. “Grandma” because I just want to be able to really play with Noah

3. “Weight Journey” because I have to keep 115 pounds! This will let me get my feelings out.

4. “Weight” is like “wait.” I’m going to have to be patient and wait a lot to get through this.

If you are reading this, I need you to pray for me. I can’t do this on my own. God is so there got me but God I want your prayers! Thank you! Let’s get started…