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PAUSE....BREATHE.....RELAX!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I did a 12 mile trail ride yesterday and then went to Red Robin and totally wiped out any good I may have done. But, I did finish the ride in VERY hot weather and I managed to spend some quality time with DH.

I had every intention of doing my longest ride (18 miles) during the July 4th weekend but it just didn't work out. The day was hot and VERY windy! My legs refused to work. I was whinny and a real pain to be with. It has been almost 4 months since my last chemo and I am STILL NOT up to be pre-chemo strength! I am getting very impatient with myself. I really want to be able to ride the Pine Creek Trail from beginning to end come this September. It is a 62 miles trail. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

DH and I are getting too busy (and a bit too old) to be taking care of the HUGE house and yard that we own. We are thinking of trying to sell since the market looks "pretty good" right now. OH JOY! Can you guess who will handle most of the project? PAUSE....BREATHE...RELAX!

Work is going well. I find that I always have the strength to teach a yoga class. I am "trying" to go to the gym at least two times a week. This is not happening as much as I would like! PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

I know that a few of you have asked what my hair looks like. It is growing well but not as fast as I would like it too. It is very grey, very straight, and very soft. Will it stay this way? I'm not sure but my hairdresser believes it may. I will try to get a picture of it up on SP ASAP. PAUSE....BREATHE...RELAX...

DH and I head out on "vacation" 7/17 - 7/14. We are heading to MN to Duathlon Nationals. I am REALLY hoping that DH qualifies for Worlds in Duathlon for next year because it will be held in Australia! We will know by 7/19. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

Next Monday I see the oncologist and have my 3 month blood test done. This will be the first time they take blood from my arm and not a port. PAUSE....BREATHE....RELAX!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and that you take time each day to just.....PAUSE...BREATHE....RELAX emoticon

Until later..... emoticon

  
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TWEETYKC00 7/9/2014 6:43AM

    I hope everything goes well, you are doing so great!

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MAVERICKDR 7/9/2014 6:31AM

    It sounds like you have some very good days ahead of you. What fun to look forward. Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the trip! Be blessed!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/9/2014 1:01AM

    I really think you are doing wonderful! I'm sorry you have so much going on. You are right though...pause, breat and relax. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/8/2014 7:52PM

    You have a lot on your plate!!

I feel like I'm about 60% of the way back to normal so I have a long way to go. I understand that feeling of impatience! Risk of lymphedema is holding me back from going much faster in terms of building strength since I had 14 nodes removed and radiation to my armpit. It forces me to go slow.

Selling a house is a lot of work. We just sold ours a little over a year ago. I agree that the market has gotten a lot better so it's a significantly better time to do it than it was a few years ago.

I have a chemo friend at the fitness center whose hair is also coming in straight. Her's is pretty fine too. It's strange how it can be so different from before. Mine seems really thick and really curly. People keep asking me if I got a perm. I tell them that I got it done by the Vanderbilt Cancer Center!
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/8/2014 2:24PM

    So many exciting opportunities!

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BOILHAM 7/8/2014 2:03PM

    Congrats, you're doing fine! Hope the Duathlon in Australia works out for you.

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BIGPAWSUP 7/8/2014 12:25PM

    I think you are doing fantastic. You are right, pause, breathe, and relax. You got this

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OHANAMAMA 7/8/2014 11:16AM

    emoticon you are doing emoticon !!!
I hope the Australia trip happens!!
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Just a quick check in

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's been so long since I blogged. I dove into this thing called "life" again and I haven't looked back.

Work - I am back teaching at some of my yoga classes. I decided not to try to take on a full schedule yet. I am hoping by August I will feel strong enough to be teaching five days a week.

Physically - I am doing "okay". Better than I was last week but I still am not back to my strong body. I made a PR yesterday by riding 15 miles. Of course, I did not eat enough and bonked (hit the wall). We had to stop. I ate a power bar and rested. I was able to finish the ride feeling strong but stupid for not eating enough before the ride. I have also been visiting the gym at least one time a week if not more. I have to admit that I do not enjoy weight lifting but I do realize how important it is for my return to my pre-cancer body. I haven't lost a single pound only gained a few back. I am very very frustrated! This past Sunday I woke up with a rash around my joints that is not going away. I will have to see my doctor soon.

Mentally - I need to quit beating myself up. I am pretty nice to everyone else but not to myself. I am truly my own worse enemy!

ntil later.... emoticon



  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2014 11:45AM

    Do you have any idea what is causing the rash?

I've heard it takes about a year to recover from chemo. I'm feeling a lot stronger each week, but nowhere near my precancer levels.

Way to go on the bike ride. I've had lots of experience with bonking on rides (or my husband bonking). I always try to carry power bars and electrolytes now for that very reason. I'm glad you were able to finish the ride. 15 miles can be very long depending on the hills and the wind! Good for you for doing it!

How is your hair? Mine looks like a mini-afro and I don't normally have curly hair. A friend of mine that is a hairdresser asked me if I had gotten a perm....it's that curly! Actually, I'm enjoying the curls. I know they won't last...but they are nice while I have them.

Hugs,
Kay

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/26/2014 11:45AM

    Do you have any idea what is causing the rash?

I've heard it takes about a year to recover from chemo. I'm feeling a lot stronger each week, but nowhere near my precancer levels.

Way to go on the bike ride. I've had lots of experience with bonking on rides (or my husband bonking). I always try to carry power bars and electrolytes now for that very reason. I'm glad you were able to finish the ride. 15 miles can be very long depending on the hills and the wind! Good for you for doing it!

How is your hair? Mine looks like a mini-afro and I don't normally have curly hair. A friend of mine that is a hairdresser asked me if I had gotten a perm....it's that curly! Actually, I'm enjoying the curls. I know they won't last...but they are nice while I have them.

Hugs,
Kay

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/26/2014 3:13AM

    Wow! You are doing awesome! You've been through a lot and you should be proud of coming through it. Don't beat yourself up! You wouldn't be so hard on a friend and it's not okay to do it to yourself. Love yourself for what your body has been through and is just now bouncing back after fighting off cancer. Be kind to yourself! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 6/25/2014 7:31AM

    Keep going strong! I hope that rash is nothing serious. Hugs.

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MAVERICKDR 6/25/2014 6:48AM

    Be gentle and kind with yourself. You can be your best friend because only you truly understands what you have been through.

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/25/2014 6:37AM

    Glad to hear you are on your way back. Treat yourself as you would your best friend! You are doing what you can! Let's ride at Hamburg soon.

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OHANAMAMA 6/24/2014 2:30PM

    Work... that is great!
Physically... next time you'll be sure to eat enough. I think you are doing fabulous with everything you do for your fitness and health!
Mentally... Love yourself. Be your own best friend and your own biggest supporter. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a sparkbuddy. You are worth being your own friend. :) Be proud of all you've accomplished!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/24/2014 1:47PM

    May we all find relief from harsh criticism.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/24/2014 9:46AM

    Hoping you will concentrate on not just getting back to pre-cancer health physically (sounds like you are well on-track) but also find your joy for living as your own best friend instead of enemy. I have found that several sites on the internet have helped me in this area by keeping it in the forefront of my mind with articles about that subject. I've pinned a few here but you could follow the sites to other sites that speak to your spirit for whatever you are working on in your heart.
http://www.pinterest.com/
ladyfromthewood/happiness-is-a-
choice/
Just copy/paste that in your browser if you'd like.
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Happy Sparking today!
~ Teresa

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BIGPAWSUP 6/24/2014 9:45AM

    You are doing great. You've been through hell and you made it back. Be proud of that.

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Finally Feeling Better!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I started getting a soar throat on Sunday and by Monday I had a full-blown cold. I can't tell you the last time I had a cold! Funny, but I think i got it by going to the gym. That is the only variation in my life for the past year. Better to get a cold now then when I was doing chemo!

It is now Thursday and, all though I still feel a bit weak, I did manage to get on the stationary bike and ride for 30 minutes. I tried to do this yesterday and every time I got just a bit anaerobic I started coughing. Luckily, that did not happen today and I managed to get in a workout emoticon

My hair and nails continue to grow back in. It is just taking a LONG time! I have set my "return to work" date for this Sunday. Wish me luck!

Until later..... emoticon

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/16/2014 9:33PM

    I'm so glad you didn't get your cold while you had chemo either. That would have been the pits.

I'd love to see a picture of your hair. Mine is still only about an inch long, but it is no longer plastered to my head. It's quite curly which is something I've never had before so I'm enjoying it.

Wishing you the best!
Kay

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BIGPAWSUP 6/13/2014 12:56PM

    Glad you got over whatever you had. Congrats on the workout.

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MAVERICKDR 6/13/2014 6:33AM

    Chemotherapy results in all kinds of changes in your body. Fortunately, you aren't as immuno-compromised now as when chemo was being administered. Please be careful. I am hopeful with you for a continued recovery. Be blessed, SparkFriend.
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CATHYGETSFIT 6/13/2014 1:14AM

    I'm sorry you were sick. I'm glad it didn't last long and that you are starting to feel better. emoticon Great job on getting in your workout even though you weren't feeling very well. You have done an amazing job getting through all of the treatments, surgery and everything else. You really are amazing! I hope you will be able to go back to work on Sunday! Good luck!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/12/2014 3:19PM

    Health is such a blessing! Can't wait to hear more about your journey.

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OHANAMAMA 6/12/2014 1:39PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well, and I hope it's mild and short lived. :)
I'm so proud of you for getting in your workout in spite of not feeling up to par. You have done so well through so much. You're an amazing woman.
Keep it up!!!



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23rd Anniversary!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Today is our 23rd anniversary. Some people might get all dressed up, you know, full make up, high heels, for her -- while he puts on a jacket and tie. NOT US! We are heading out for a bike ride. I hope to do my longest so far this year - 12 miles.
I can't think of a better way to spend time with my best friend!

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/9/2014 3:42AM

    What an awesome way to celebrate such a great day in your lives!! You have a lot to celebrate. Have fun!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/8/2014 1:43PM

    Blessings on your marriage, beautiful!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/8/2014 1:28PM

    Sounds WONDERFUL!!! You have earned time to really enjoy your life.

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MAVERICKDR 6/8/2014 9:08AM

    You have much to celebrate. While you are riding I hope you'll be overwhelmed with joy. Be blessed!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/8/2014 8:19AM

    Have fun!

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NANCYPAT1 6/8/2014 7:23AM

    Happy anniversary

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First Day at Gym

Monday, June 02, 2014

Today was the first day back at the gym. I did 20 minutes of cardio and a lower body workout. It felt good. I am hoping to become a gym rat emoticon

My experience yesterday proved to be a good practice a meditation both sitting and walking. I was told that the program is usually not in the format it was yesterday. It seemed unrehearsed and awkward. I will give it another chance next Sunday to form a better, if not more honest, opinion.

I also did my longest ride of the season yesterday, 8 miles. Doesn't seem like much but the last mile was an uphill.

Until later.... emoticon

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 6/3/2014 8:08PM

    emoticon Upi are doing so well! emoticon emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 6/3/2014 1:03PM

    It sounds like you are having fun and feeling positively wonderful.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/3/2014 10:49AM

    emoticon , I'm so proud of you!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/2/2014 5:28PM

    I am so proud of you, beautiful!

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OHANAMAMA 6/2/2014 4:52PM

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You Got This!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/2/2014 3:38PM

    Excellent!!!

I go to an aerobics class 4 days a week at my fitness center. The classes are structured so they can be pretty easy or pretty hard, so it made it easier to go back after I finished rads two weeks ago.

How is you hair coming along? Mine is REALLY curly!

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FITGRL124 6/2/2014 10:42AM

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BIGPAWSUP 6/2/2014 10:16AM

    Sounds awesome. You can do this.

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