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Monday, November 14, 2011

Crazy weekend. Basketball game Friday, Basketball game (kids) Saturday morning, Big Horn Sheep festival Saturday afternoon, DU Hockey game Saturday night, Sunday morning church, kids choir practice, football, raking leaves, cleaning house, pass out.

Worked out today. Took a class that I haven't done in eons. Needed a ride back to the office due to arms and legs feeling like spaghetti noodles after the class. Yikes. (I did walk back but it sure was a slow one!)

Wow am I out of shape. Haven't done weights in a long time and it sure showed. Oh well. Mix it up.

My sister's double masectomy went well. She is cancer free in her lymph nodes. They feel they got all the cancer but she has yet to find out whether she still has to do chemo or not. She skipped the part where they insert a little box in her chest that releases medication for a year. She has some heart issues and a side effect of that drug is heart problems. hmmm So we'll see what they make her do instead. Perhaps they'll just have her start immediately on the taxminofen. She is now able to drive and has been walking daily so recovery has been good. She did get a rash from one of the medications so she will see the doctor about that.

Otherwise she is doing well. Still can't lift anything above 5 pounds. Very happy about her results.

I feel a sisters day out coming on...

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CARANN56 11/28/2011 1:34PM

    Glad to hear your sister's surgery went well and is doing well with her recovery.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/14/2011 5:24PM

    Phew! you definitely had a challenging weekend, emotionally and physically. All the best to your sister.

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Holy cow Oct is almost over!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Where did the time go? Been super busy at work. Homelife has been equally as busy. At least we have a reprieve before basketball season starts. I need to workout while Jake is doing basketball practice. I can't believe Halloween is upon us!

DH has been getting more substitute teaching calls which is good. Esp since he has been out of work for 3 years now! It is good to see him getting out of the house. His mood is definitely improving.

My sister decided to do the double masectomy. The left didn't have any problems just some benign growths. But she is doing it for preventative measures. If during surgery they find out no cancer has hit the lymph nodes she may be able to skip chemo. But if they do, she has 6 treatments of chemo. I talked to her Saturday and she seems to be in a lot better mood. Still a bit flighty with all that is going on. Her surgery is Oct 31st of all days! I'm taking the day off work so I can be at the hospital with the family.

I need to get myself to the gym this week. My goal this week is to stick to my menu plan I created this weekend for the week and to exercise at least 30 min every day. Also to keep on track with the fly lady flight plan. :)

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CARANN56 10/25/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like your sister is being very proactive. Good for her. I'll say a prayer that her lymph nodes are clean and she can just move on - that would be wonderful.

Glad to hear your hubby is getting some work. That's pretty stressful to be without for so long.

Halloween is stressful for me too. I just got our candy yesterday so I won't be tempted for too long. I have to be in Denver for a procedure on Halloween so I'm not even sure we'll be back in time, or I'll feel like handing out the candy. We usually get over 200 kids, so I'll be stuck with a lot of sugar if I don't get to hand it out. I'm sure the addicts at work would help me out if need be!

Have a good week.


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DOROTHYBERO 10/24/2011 1:29PM

    Hugs and prayers to your sister and your family.

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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 -

Carol emoticon

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