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Fighting For Health

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hey All my fellow sparkers,
Sorry I have not blogged in a while, but I have been recovering from surgery.... I got my genetic test back, and I tested positive for the breast cancer gene. My options were to either monitor and wait, knowing that I had a 90 percent chance of getting cancer eventually, or I could have a full hysterectomy and mastectomy. First my DH and I consulted our pastor. Then we prayed and talked about it alot. We have 3 kids, one who is highly special needs, so it was decided that I would have the operations. The really great thing , and not to get too personal since I do have guy friends that read this, is at the same time they do the mastectomy they replace what they take. And, believe it or not, after 6 hours of surgery, I was only in the hospital over night. But that is ok. IT was nice to recover at home. Trust me, the old ladies at church cook much better than that hospital any day, and I and my family were very well fed for a month.

In other news, Elizabeth our special needs child with autism, started having seizures out of the blue. Well last March, when she almost died, she was without oxygen for 3 minutes , so they decided to do a cat scan. She was found to have sustained brain damage. Now the damage is in the fatty part of her brain, that protects her nerve endings, so she is going to be on a special diet for two years to regenerate that part. Her medical team has full hopes that it will repair her seizures, not sure about the autism.

I know my friends here in the past enjoyed my inspirational blog posts, and I hope to get back to that one day. Maybe when this roller coaster slows down.

Sorry for not blogging in a while, I hope all of my spark buddies are doing well.

Keep Living For Jesus Out There (no matter how bad the news is)

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LINOVER 10/24/2012 10:05PM

    I know doing the operations was a big decision for you and your family to make. However, your health is of utmost importance! Hang in there! Hope everything goes well with your daughter! My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family!

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ALLELUIA525 10/24/2012 1:29PM

    I was just thinking about you and your family a couple weeks ago and praying that you were okay. Thanks for the update.

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Be Content

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hello Sparkers,
I hope this finds you all doing well tonight. Today I want to talk about being content. How hard is it for you truly to be content? For me, and I am sure for most of you, it depends on what I am going through at the moment. Right now, I am waiting on results from genetic testing that can change my life forever. It is hard to be content. But , then I thought, really, who are we to complain? And then I thought well if you have a few basic things, that is alot more than most , and we should be content.

If you are struggling with discontentment, ask yourself these questions.
1. Do you have a stable roof over your head?
2. Do you have ample food on the table?
3. Do you have clothes on your back?
4. Is there enough income coming into your household?

If you answered yes to the above things, it then becomes a matter of prayer. Pray that God helps you find contentment in all things.

Hebrews 13:5 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

Have a blessed evening

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EDITOR 8/11/2012 5:32AM

    Excellent, Carrie, and I have 4 of 4 yes' to agree with. Keep on motivating others. I have learned to be content in all things and am more motivating to myself and others that way.

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Prayer Request

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hello Fellow Sparkers,
I hope you are doing well tonight. Yesterday my doctor gave me another motivator to get as fit as I can, as quickly as I can. Due to my family's history with breast cancer, and my own health history, my doctor thinks that I may have the breast cancer gene. I will be undergoing genetic testing some time next week to confirm whether or not I have it. If I do according to the doctor, I have an 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer, a 45 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer, a 90 chance overall of getting cancer within my lifetime. If I have this gene, I will immediately start close surveillance , so we can catch the cancer , hopefully rather quickly.

Now here is how I would prefer you to pray. Believe it or not, I do NOT want you to pray that I do not have this gene. It may be God's will that I take this journey. No, rather pray for peace, no matter what the results are. Pray for my husband as he is quite concerned as well. Pray that God's good and perfect will will be done through all this.

In Him

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STRNGNGRNDED 8/2/2012 3:10PM

    I will definitely pray for you and add you to my prayer journal. Did the doctor say anything to you about avoiding dairy that has the hormone that has been linked to breast cancer?

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DEBBY4576 8/1/2012 9:46PM

    I will pray for Serenity at whatever news you receive. I was never tested for the breast cancer gene. My sister died of breast cancer. Now, they say I am beyond the age that you get her type of breast cancer. She was young and had premenopause, fast growing kind. So it is possible to have a close family member have had breast cancer, and you not have the gene to get it. Like I said, I wasn't tested. I believe the gene wasn't known at the time of her death, or I would have demanded to know. Remain calm about getting the test. You just may not have the gene.

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Learning to Let Go and Let God

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hey All,
Hope all you out there are doing well. Today I had a light bulb moment. I need to throw out the strict scheduling and all my ideas of how things should go, and let God handle the flow. We homeschool year round, but we only homeschool 14 days a month. And we take plenty of time off for camps, vacations, and visiting relatives, and all the special holidays.
Today was to be a school day. Our youngest is suffering from Autism, and it affects her sleep greatly. Last night I was up until midnight with her and this morning we both slept until 9 am. Breakfast was a bit chaotic and was not over until 10 am, so our whole morning felt wasted, at first. And I knew just from the way the day was going that homeschool was just not going to happen.

So I was feeling very frustrated and pouty. Yes, I pout , and any adult wh says they don't at times , welll....... Then I remembered one of my favorite bible verses. ......Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding". So I told myself maybe God did not want us to do homeschool in the traditional sense of the word. So , instead we did natural learning today. We packed a picnic and went on a nature walk, and I am sure all the little ones did learn something.

A tidbit for you: Next time you are frustrated by circumstantial changes in your schedule, maybe God changed your schedule for a reason, maybe what YOU wanted to do with your day, is not what GOD wanted you to do.

Have a Great Evening

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YENDUCHAKA 7/27/2012 10:23AM

    Great reflection! Thanks for sharing.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Does anyone else fight this problem. TO me , I like to call it the uncontrollable urge to eat...... Not because I am hungry or "need" to, but just I "want" to.... I eat when I am happy, or upset or bored. or..... well you get the point. And why is it we NEVER crave the good for you stuff. For me my crave is salty. I love chips , popcorn, the saltier the better. I really would have no problem with the healthy lifestyle thing, if it were not for my personal "urge monster". When I eat my regular meals, I eat really healthy. And fitting in the active part, well I have a 9 year old, a 12 year old, and a 21 month old, so I stay active. And here is the worst part, I can have a great healthy week, and kill it all for a big mac and fries. I can't stand it.
Anyone else out there have a "urge monster"? How do you fight it? Comments, thoughts , suggestions....

In Him

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ALLELUIA525 7/18/2012 10:07PM

    Check out the book, "Made to Crave", by Lisa TerKeurst or the website

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ROSEREDMAN1 7/18/2012 9:59PM

    Same problem I have too. All my adult life I've had that issue and I have caved-in to those urges. Now I'm 125 pounds over weight and in my mid 40's. This is what I just started to do to help me with those issue and maybe it might help you too.

I Log everything that I eat, everything. I love using the Spark people's food logger for many reasons. It helps with the remaining calories I have left in the day and If I get an urge for something bad, I search for the nutritional value of that item, log it to my food journal. Usually when I see all the calories, carbs and fat I think to myself it's not worth it. Then I delete it.

I also drink lots and lots of water throughout the day at least a gallon (128 ounces). When the urge of eating something bad hits hard, I drink 32 ounces of water, quickly (from my 32ounce Weight Watchers mug) within 5- 10 minutes, and if that doesn't help I drink another 32oz quickly. I don't drink more then 64 ounces within a hours time do to Water intoxication. Now if that doesn't help, I don't know what will. You will feel so full from water you won't even bother thinking about your special treat.

I hope I helped. Good Luck!


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TWOCANS 7/18/2012 9:34PM

    OH YES!!!!! What I did to get back to the basics, (I'm having to RE-lose again) was that I started juicing veggies and fruit, (to re-align my taste buds) and after a week, had really changed my desire for sugar and salt. I still try to juice 1-2 times a day, and have started to see the scale moving downward.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 7/18/2012 9:29PM

    Me! Pick me! Ooh! Me! I have urges. I try my best to not have my weaknesses in my house so they are more difficult to consume on a regular basis. Then the splurges when out don't seem so bad because they aren't part of my daily diet. Does that make sense? Regardless I still haven't found what it takes for me to completely control it... But I feel like I am getting better at it.

I have heard urges can be a symptom of something lacking in a diet. I saw a poster for it once. If I find it again, I will give you a link.

I hope you find a way to help you control your urge monster.

Many blessings,

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