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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My sister had an MRI yesterday to see how far the breast cancer had spread. Luckily it had not. They did find a very small instance of it in the other breast though. One she definitely has to have a masectomy. Depending on the test results of the other, she may or may not have to have one there as well. She is going through with the masectomy though and will have reconstructive surgery. My older sister teased her telling her she could have any size she wanted (silicon). :) What a relief.

But since it has shown in the family, I need to get get the BRAC test done to see if I have the gene for it. If so, then it either could turn into BC or go straight to ovarian. At which point hysterectomy is my only choice. (IF I decide not to have anymore kids. I'm on the fence with that one!)

Got back on the horse today as far as eating right and working out. I was pretty bad yesterday with the comfort food eating. Of course, Jake's school is having one of those fundraisers at Chik Fil A tonight. I'll have to preview the menu to find the best choice.

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SOCKITTOME 10/1/2011 12:51PM

    Glad to hear your sister's cancer hasn't spread. My mother had bilateral mastectomies in January for DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). She faced the risk of recurrence if they did just a lumpectomy on the second (that had failed on the first -- didn't get clean margins) so she decided to just have both breasts removed and be done with it. It's probably not as easy of a decision for your sis since she's younger, but having both done and the getting reconstruction...might be something to consider.

I don't know that we have the gene, but my family does have 3 generations of breast cancer now (everyone was older than what seems typical for BRCA), so I need to remain vigilant, as all women should.

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CARANN56 9/28/2011 7:48AM

    Sorry to hear about your sister, but glad to hear her MRI results were good. I'll add her to my prayer list as she goes through her treatments.

I am a mammographer. My mom and my sister also had breast cancer - my mom had 2. All were found with mammograms and treated with mastectomy. My sister actually passed away from lung cancer at age 50. My mom is still kicking at 82. My doctor has encouraged me to do the BRCA testing also. I have decided not to do it. If you're positive it does not mean you will get breast cancer and if you're negative it doesn't mean you won't. So I will continue to do what I can do with breast self exam, yearly doctor exams and mammograms. I was alternating mammograms and breast MRI every 6 months for a few years but then decided that the contrast for the MRI can be harmful to your kidneys and since I am trying to be a kidney donor for my niece I've decided not to continue the MRIs.

The genetics counselor will give you extensive counseling with the BRCA testing. Is it possible to have pelvic ultrasounds routinely as a screening tool for the ovarian cancer since you have a family history rather than the hysterectomy? I know these are tough decisions for you and your family.

Prayers to you -

Carol emoticon

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Horrible week

Monday, September 26, 2011

Last week was sooo stressful at work. Next week won't be any better. I worked several9-10 hour days but forced myself not to take anything home. Then when a light was beginning to glimmer at the end of the tunnel, I got a call at work from my sister. My other sister was just diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. My sister must have wondered about my reaction as I was not reacting much to it. In fact, it didn't hit me until church this morning. DH told the church and I about lost it. I called my sister last night and talked to her about it. She was barely holding it together. We talked about the family history of cancer. My mom died of ovarian cancer and my dad died of pancreatic and liver cancer when i was in my 20s and early 30s. It saddens me Jake never met his grandparents on my side of the family. But all the pain and sadness of watching my parents go down hill quickly has returned. I feel I was a lot stronger the first couple of go rounds. But this time it is like "oh no not again.". What makes. It worse is my sister who was diagnosed experienced the process as one of my moms caregivers so she knows what's coming and has already begun to despair. What sucks is the only experience our family has had with cancer is that which resulted in death within a year. So despite all the success stories you hear about breast cancer, it is hard not to feel that our family is the exception. I listened to my sister as she worried that it had spread and will be terminal a precursor to ovarian. But I assured her mom had done the mammograms and nothing had shown. Problem with ovarian cancer is it is often detected in stage 3 like my mom when it is too late. So I rationalized that if it were a precursor than it was caught early and may be treatable. I hope I helped her feel a little better. We talked about her genealogy research she does and her voice got stronger and happier. She goes in for her MRI today to see if it has spread beyond her breast. I so hope it hasn't. She's had enough to deal with as she was diagnosed with celiac disease about 2 years ago.

This week continues to be stressful at work nailing down 3 office budgets and employee reviews. My thoughts lie elsewhere though...

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DOROTHYBERO 9/26/2011 10:08AM

    Hang in there - there is always light at the end of the tunnel - focus on it!!

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SOCKITTOME 9/26/2011 9:01AM

    So sorry to hear about your sister. It is hard to be hopeful with your family history, but also keep this in mind: someone has to be first in winning the fight, and who better than your sister! There is a LOT of support out there for breast cancer. Your sister will do well to plug into that support and use it to help stay positive when she's not feeling it herself. Hang in there, and my prayers will be with all of you.

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MAKINYEMI 9/26/2011 8:44AM

  Judt hang in there. We will be praying for you and your family.
The Lord's got this.

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Busy, busy, busy

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

But not too busy to keep on plan!

Last weekend, I pretty much blew my calories out of the water, but luckily didn't gain too much. Taste of Colorado, BBQ cook off, Beau Jo's after a hike. Yeah, you get the picture. Tee-hee. But we had fun as a family which makes it all worth it.

This week is back on track. I'm measuring my food again so I can somewhat come close to my goal. I'm making progress so that's encouraging. This weekend we are going to a church camp retreat in the mountains (can't wait) and then next week the inlaws visit from Florida. Oh and just remembered I'm going to a birthday party tonight and Friday night. Oh no. Self control is being put to the test as I LOVE cake. Esp the frosting.

Took son hiking on Monday. He loved it. Yay! Said he wanted to come back every weekend. I'll have to take him to some other fav spots. He chatted the entire hike. Had to sit a couple of times and get a drink but at least he did it. He was especially motivated by the talk of lunch at Beau Jo's after the hike. ;) So was hubby. haha

I hope to do more hiking this weekend at camp. Can't wait!

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DOROTHYBERO 9/7/2011 9:59PM

    Sounds like a good time!!

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CARANN56 9/7/2011 5:29PM

    Family fun always takes precedence!! Sounds like a great time hiking. I LOVE Beau Jos - and they have gluten free pizza for me - YES!

Enjoy your hiking time. It's starting to feel like the s**w is not far off (can you tell I hate to say that word?) I drove over Rabbit Ears this morning and was expecting some snow at the top with all the rain we've had, but the clouds must have kept the temperature up so it was just very foggy.


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Broke even

Monday, August 22, 2011

Whew. After a stressful week and some not so great food choices, I stayed at what my previous week weight was.

Jake started school today. I heard his teacher was good from other moms so that was a relief. I can't wait to get home and pick him up to find out how his day went. He's now in 1st grade. It will be interesting to see how he does with the increased work load. I think he should be fine. We have sporadically worked on reading over the summer and he loves math by default. Currently, I'm reading Charlotte's Web to him. Sometimes I think he isn't listening and I test him on what I just read. He usually gets it right. He just moves around alot and I assume he isn't listening.

Did my first fantasy football draft last Friday. I stayed up too late the night before and worked straight through lunch. Bad Idea. I made some really dumb choices. Oh well. It will be an adventure. Good practice for my money league! Broncos are looking better. It will be interesting to see who ends up 2nd QB. Quinn sure is fighting for the position.

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CARANN56 8/22/2011 10:54PM

    Wow - 1st grade. Sometimes that's harder on the moms than the students!

I'm sure he's going to have a great year.

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Its the weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm so happy for the weekend to be here. Going out with the girls tomorrow night to a new Mexican restaurant so that should be fun. Possibly swimming with Jake and hubby.

My sisters want to go see The Help on Sunday but hubby thinks he may have other plans which he doesn't want to tell me yet. He gets mad at me for not informing him/asking him but he doesn't want to make a decision until the last minute. Meanwhile my sisters are waiting for a committment. GAH! Makes me crazy. Men!

I hope to get some more geocaching in as well.

Worked out today. Was hoping to catch a step class but when I got there the teacher was out sick so we had 60 min with a personal trainer. Can you say...Ouch? :)

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CARANN56 8/12/2011 7:04PM

    Doesn't sound like you'll be sitting home this weekend.

I know you'll have fun with the girls night and whatever hubby has in mind! (and of course the geocaching) Maybe it will help you forget about the trainer torture!


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TRYINGHARD1948 8/12/2011 7:02PM

    Enjoy your time out with the girls.

I'm looking forward to reading "The Help" , I saw the trailer for the film and it looks good.

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