Friday, December 20, 2013
On 8/17/2007 our 7th grandson was born. Within three weeks of his life came the unwanted diagnosis of CANCER. He's just a baby, how can he be born with cancer? Baby Isaac had a rare form of cancer, infantile fibrosarcoma. Searches on the internet came with almost no information. At three weeks of age doctors performed surgery on him on what they thought was a hemangioma. Upon removal of the mass the doctor had not seen anything like it before and sent it to pathology. It came back positive for fibrosarcoma. After meeting with the doctors, the course of treatment was to wait and see if it would come back. Yes, it did come back and another surgery was performed. Again we would have to wait and see and again it came back and this time it had mestatisized to his lungs, another rare event for this type of cancer. This time treatment had to be more agressive, chemotherapy for 9 months on this now four month old baby.
Today, Isaac is 6 years old and received his five year scan. Our heavenly Father has answered our prayers, the diagnosis, clean scans, Cancer Free! He will now be transitioned to clinic for follow-up to continue observing his growth and development for side effects of the chemo. Scans are finished for now. Doctors are pleased and our family is ecstatic!!!!!
Tears of joy filled my eyes today for this most precious life. Thank you, Lord for this most precious gift.
Friday, December 06, 2013
This has not been a very good day for me. We were to leave for Memphis and the St. Jude Marathon weekend. Had the rental car reserved. And then came Cleon. What a bummer! This would have been our 3rd year down in Memphis. It's such a sight to see, people lined up along the streets cheering on the runners. I've often wondered how the runners must feel. They are running for a great cause. Two years ago my hubbie and I did the 1 mile family walk with our daugther, son-in-law and four grandsons. Last year I surprised myself and completed the 5K, walking of course, alongside my hubbie. What a great accomplishment. I had often tried to do a 5K but it was always too hot and I never quite made it. I was so thrilled when I completed it while others cheered us on. How exciting and emotional it was for me! I so wanted to beat my time this year. I have worked hard these past few months on exercising. My body keeps wanting to say no and I keep saying yes, I can and will do this. Oh well, I'll push harder for next year.
I also wanted to do so much today and ended up being my old sedentary self. I guess I wasn't a happy camper, I let life get in my way. I vow to do better tomorrow. I paid no attention to the healthy eating habits. I drank all my water only because I have many pills to take daily. Although I did dance around a little today, I did not make my daily stepping goal.
Received my spark people tracker today. Not happy with it and will be returning it on Monday. Too cold to go out tomorrow. I need to see the actual amount of steps taken daily as often as I would like. The fitbit shows the amount of steps whereas with the spark tracker all you see are the little green dots showing how far you've come. The only way I can see the amount of steps is to go to spark people or you can download the app onto your phone. I don't have a cell phone that you can download apps to. My cell phone is used only for emergencies and I do not use it very often. I don't want to be at my computer all day. Being on the computer makes me very lazy. So back it goes. I will stay with my fitbit.
Tomorrow is another day so I will have to improve on my mood. I had a rough day today and only I can do something about it. I will get back on track. My body needs movement and nourishment.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Today marked the end of the October Fitness Challenge and the Fall Harvest Challenge. My resolve is to keep at it and continue with my exercise programs.
Three months ago I was considered sedentary and now I can't wait for each new week to begin so that I may get back to my exercise programs. I do cardio, strength and balance 4 times a week for about an hour each. I can now ride the recumbent stationary bike for 30 min. at a time.
Tomorrow I will start training for the 5K walk in Memphis, Tenn. the first Saturday of December. We walk for St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital. We have been going down for about 3 years now. Last year was my first attempt at the 5K and I was so touched by the families cheering us on and raising signs stating we are their heroes. We're not the heroes, the children going through the devastating illness of cancer are the true heroes. We walk for them and in thanksgiving for our 6 year old grandson who is a cancer survivor.
My weight is slow to come off but I'm eating anything that I want. I have not given up any of my favorite foods. We have cut down tremendously the times we go out to eat. My fridge and pantry are full, and yes, they include lots of goodies. I find the more I deny myself of junk food, the more I want. So I keep it around and up high and when I feel the urge for a chip are two, or more, I know I can have it. But you know, oftentimes I find myself not really reaching for those goodies. I'm cooking healthier and feeling full. I'm eating more fruit, and trying to get more veggies down. I know the weight will eventually come off as I learn to cut back on my portions and continue with exercise. I'm trying not to stress myself out over losing the weight, it is so overwhelming for me and it's not helping me by feeling stressed.
I've come a long way this year, the process has been slow but I know I can do it.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Today marks the ending of another month. It's been about six weeks since I began moving my body more. The month of September I had only a .2 pound weight gain, yippee! The scale is moving slowly, I am only down about 3 pounds and I'm okay with that, my body keeps trying to push it along, my eating habits are beginning to change, Baby Steps.
I don't know how it happened but I thoroughly enjoy exercising now. It might be because I am working out with a great group of ladies, both at the SHAPE program and the Exerstart program. Both programs offer different exercises.
Then it happened. For some unknown reason about a week and a half ago I could not do squats. I love doing squats, maybe I pushed too hard. The back of my knee is in pain. My legs are hurting. What's this, now my foot is hurting.
I refuse to give up, this week I started doing modified squats, I'm okay with that. I truly believe the pain I'm feeling in the lower part of my legs is due to medication that I need to discuss with my doctor. Do not feel that it is diabetic neuropathy. Does not fit the symptoms. Still wondering about the pain in my foot, it came on all of a sudden but it's in the arch of the foot where I feel the pain, so I know it's not plantar fascitis, which I have had before. I'm putting in my orthotics to see if that will help support the arch.
Saturday, my daughter hosted the Sunshine Run, Creating Brighter Days for Kids with Cancer. She formed Isaac's Rays of Hope, a nonprofit organization, in honor of her son, and my grandson, Isaac, who was born with infantile fibrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The organization raises money to help meet the needs of other families of children going through cancer treatments. It was a 5K/10K run/walk charity event. I was determined to walk the 5K. Even experiencing pain, I had a goal to walk it. My second 5K. It made me cry seeing the posters with pictures of the children with cancer along the way who have survived, or are still fighting, and those who have been called home. My pain is nothing compared to those children dealing with cancer. It was my reason for walking the 5K. I did it for the children battling cancer. It was my driving force. I completed the 5K. WOW, what a feeling of accomplishment! I feel GREAT!
Someone once told me, about a year ago, that she could see me doing 5K's. She saw something in me that I didn't see. I have a little time to rest and heal but then, watch out St. Jude's I'm coming back to try and better my time from last year. I'm doing it for the kids.
I'm walking for a cause, Let's Cure Childhood Cancer.
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