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Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian hit the beach to celebrate the July 4 weekend, following the drummer’s release from the hospital for what was the drummer’s “very scary and emotional” experience with pancreatitis due to a medical procedure.

Barker, 46, and Kardashian, 43, shared photos and video of their beach trip to Instagram Story Monday.

The images appeared to show the Blink-182 drummer driving an orange pickup with Kardashian’s children, Penelope, 9, and son Reign, 7, along for the ride, Entertainment Tonight reported.

The images of the newlyweds’ happy beach trip contrasts with photos from a week ago when the drummer was seen lying on a stretcher, with Kardashian by his side, Entertainment Tonight also reported. News broke that Barker had suffered intense pain in his abdomen and needed to be rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where doctors said he was suffering from pancreatitis.

An initial report from TMZ said that Barker’s pancreatitis was possibly “triggered” by a recent colonoscopy. The news raised questions among doctors, who insisted that colonoscopies — performed on millions of Americans each year to screen for colon cancer and other ailments — are “very, very safe” and usually don’t cause serious complications.

Gastroenterologists interviewed by the New York Times and other outlets also said it would be “extremely rare” for a colonoscopy to trigger pancreatitis, an inflammation of the organ in the abdomen, which produces enzymes that help to break down food.

During a colonoscopy, doctors guide a long, flexible tube, called an endoscope, into the rectum and colon, the New York Times reported. A camera at the end of the tube allows doctors to see the inside of the colon and to look for any abnormalities, such as inflamed tissue, ulcers, polyps, or cancer.

On Saturday, Barker clarified that he had undergone a different procedure, an endoscopy. In an Instagram Story, the musician said he went in for an endoscopy on July 27, “feeling great.” He said he had “a very small polyp removed” from a “very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube.”

“This resulted in severe life threatening pancreatitis,” Barker said, concluding: “I am so grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better.”

During an endoscopy, a doctor inserts the tube into a patient’s throat and down into the abdomen, according to the Mayo Clinic. The procedure may be performed to visually examine a patient’s upper digestive system. Sometimes, an ultrasound device at the end of the tube is used to examine a patient’s pancreas, using sound waves to generate images of the organ and nearby tissues.

On Saturday, Kardashian also weighed in on what she described as  “scary and emotional week,” the Los Angeles Times reported. 

The reality TV star, who married Barker in a lavish ceremony in Italy in May, wrote on Instagram Story: “Our health is everything and sometimes we take for granted how quickly it can change.”

“I am so grateful to God for healing my husband, for all of your prayers for him and for us, for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support. I am so touched and appreciative,” Kardashian added. She also  thanked the “specialists, doctors and nurses at Cedars Sinai for taking such wonderful care of my husband and me during our stay.”

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Advice | Dear Abby: I wrote a letter to the classmates who bullied me, but I never intended to send it

DEAR ABBY: I received a Facebook invitation to my 35th high school reunion.

I was bullied constantly in every grade. I had no friends in my class, and the memories I have are not pleasant.

I composed a letter expressing the hope that the attendees enjoy reminiscing, and then added that I have no desire to see any of them again. In the letter, I called out by name several former classmates with specifics on their bullying and cruel treatment. I told those who were the “nice kids” I felt invisible and like a nonentity.

I ended the letter saying that I have a good life, and as an adult one would think the past would be the past, but that invitation triggered all the rejection and pain, which had lasted for years.

I wrote that if any of them are parents, I hope they taught their kids and grandkids to do better. Bullying has long-lasting consequences, and that pain never really goes away.

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I shared my letter with a friend who suggested I send it in Facebook Messenger to the organizer.

I’m afraid to do it. I thought sharing it with my friend would be cathartic. I don’t know what good it would do to share it with my former classmates. They didn’t care then, so why would it matter now?

What do you think?


DEAR INVISIBLE: Feeling as you do, I think you should show up at the reunion with a friend, if you can stomach it, and deliver that message in person.

Whether your former classmates care or not, they should know that having been bullied and excluded carried lifelong consequences for their target. Some of them may even offer you an apology — 40 years late — now that they have matured.

DEAR ABBY: I’m a single mother of a 2-year-old girl whose father has been absent for most of her life. He comes and goes.

He’s in a much better place financially now than he was before, and he wants to be a part of her life.

He was verbally abusive and, on one occasion, physically abused me.

My siblings and I grew up without a father, and it upsets me that my daughter must experience the same. My ex says he’s grown up a lot being away from her and says he’s willing to make it work for her sake.

I’m unsure since he’s broken so many promises, but I want my daughter to grow up with her dad in the picture.

My family, who I live with, knows the hell I went through when I was with him. They are against him being around, so now I feel like I have to sneak around when he wants to see her.

Deep down I want him in her life but, on the other hand, my family’s opinion matters to me since they stepped up when he chose to step down. Advice?


DEAR MOM: That your ex has matured enough that he now wants to be a part of his daughter’s life is laudable. But allow it only if he’s willing to get counseling for his anger problem. If he does that, it will then be time for you to find the courage to quit sneaking around, inform your family you want your daughter to know her father and proceed from there, hoping he won’t flake out again.

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