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Race for The Cure and Other news...

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Race for the Cure day was a beautiful day. We did the 1 mile walk and had lots of fun. It was humbling seeing all the people. I saw cancer patients riding in bike taxis along the walk as they were too sick to walk but yet they were there. I must admit I did get choked up a couple times. I still do thinking about it.

Jake was excited to see the Avalanche mascot there. I just forgot his name! We got our picture taken with him. I'll post it when I get a chance.

My sister just got her biopsy results for her right breast yesterday. They found two more cancers. One or maybe two in the duct. They wouldn't do the other breast because of the 3 in the right one. So she goes in again on Thursday for tests on the left side. I think she has 2 in that one. She's very fearful it is in the lymph nodes. I guess they can't tell by the MRI if it is in the lymph nodes. She won't know until they do the surgery. So I'm keeping her in my prayers. She's scared also that the gene test will come back positive. She's worried her body won't be able to handle all the trauma if she has the surgeries plus the chemo. My mom had problems with the chemo and in one treatment almost died. She's worried about after care too. I told her that she needs to focus on today. We have her covered for the future while her husband is at work. We will be there for her appointments and daily care. I wish they would just do the surgery already. Stop jacking around testing the one that is definitely going to be removed! They can test it to death once it is removed. Seriously!

I just got my gene test paperwork the other day. Holy moly! 6 pages of historical family info I need to dig up. But once I get it all filled out to the best of my ability, I'm making copies for the rest of the family and for us so we have it.

Work has been a beast this week too. No exercise thus far. I'm working at night to get the reviews done. Lots of writing. Plus budget stuff, plus 3 projects that need to be done yesterday...sound familiar? Eating is going down the toilet too. My lunch has been blown for today due to circumstances beyond my control. I was looking forward to the lunch lecture the U was providing too. Gah! The food is usually healthy so shoot. Guess I'll be eating my Lean Cuisine from yesterday. My birthday is tomorrow so I have all these e-mail coupons being sent from restaurants for free entrees. Had the strawberry and spinach salad yesterday at Noodles and Company. Yum. Got a birthday letter from Kaiser yesterday reminding me to get a mammogram on my birthday. Crazy.


Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Walking the Race for the Cure this weekend with my sister and son. Love the t-shirts this year. My son balked at the colors. So he probably will wear it once and then to bed the rest of the time.

Today Jake has a soccer game. I went to his practice on Thursday and was amazed at how well he was handling the ball. It's cool to see the progress. You don't often see that when you go to every practice. It's more subtle. I often wonder will he ever get the skills down? It was neat to see.

Tonight we go to an exhibition game at DU. College hockey. DU is playing McGill. We have closer seats this year so am looking forward to the game. Unfortunately it is not an aisle seat but Jake has gotten better on not having to go potty all the time. I remember those days vividly. The period is half way through and they have to go. Lol. I can laugh now but then it was so frustrating!

I decided this morning to break up my last 6 pounds to lose into increments. It's my 3-2-1 plan. Lose 3 pounds by 10/31, lose another 2 pounds by 11/30 and lose the final 1 by 12/31. Set up rewards for each mark. Pedicure for 1st, swimsuit for 2nd, and a cruise for the last. Can't wait!

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CARANN56 10/2/2011 6:02PM

    I like your 3-2-1 plan. Definitely sounds do-able.

It's amazing that at 4 years old, kids already have coordination and skills to play soccer. Enjoy every step.

We had a great day for the Race up here. Beautiful scenery with all the aspens in full colors. Fun times. I was only able to help at the finish line because of my knee but still felt like I was participating.


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    Sounds like a sports-filled day for you! Your weight goals sound quite reasonable too.


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SOCKITTOME 10/1/2011 12:52PM

    Good plan, Carole!

I pondered doing Race for the Cure but am having too many issues with my feet (makes walking uncomfortable), so I won't be there. Plus I seem to have picked up the cold/bug going around work -- I was planning to do my own bike ride today and won't be doing that, either.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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Good News

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 -

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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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