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For all those for whom the news isn't good...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

In the past month I have been an infrequent participant at SP. Thanks to all those who have sent me goodies and well wishes...they are much appreciated. I have been so happy with all I've accomplished in the past year and a half on this site. I have lost weight, become an exercise disciple, and really paid attention to my diet. So when I went to my last physical I had no reason to suspect that the news wouldn't be all good. Except for that mammogram...There was a suspicious spot and a biopsy was indicated. The first procedure wasn't possible (after-and I'm not exaggerating-about 30 x-rays) and it was recommended that I have surgical biopsy. I swear I am probably so radioactive that I could guide ships to shore by exposing my breast! Last week I had the surgery. I got good news 2 days later-no cancer. But the anxiety and fear I have felt over the past month (from the initial mammo to the results) has made my heart ache for those whose news is not so good. It is so scary! I have never experienced such an event. I swear from here on out that I will be a proponent for causes that look to eradicate this disease. I have participated in Susan B. Korman events before, but they will have a whole new meaning for me now. And to those who go through this after me...my thoughts and prayers are with you!

  
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LIBBYFITZ 3/30/2010 4:56PM

    Wow. After reading you're blog and then all the responses, it really comes home to me that this is a great site for support. I am so glad that the result was negative. Please keep blogging! emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/30/2010 4:02PM

    So glad the news was good. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/30/2010 3:52PM

    Oh, I have been there. Thank goodness it came up good news for you! I was not as tripped out over my surgical biopsy as I had a needle core biopsy a few years before and it was negative and this felt like the same issue, it was just smaller and the needle biopsy would not work.

I loved your comment about bringing ships to shore! Oh my!

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CSIENK 3/29/2010 6:42AM

    Hi Sherri,

I'm glad to hear your news was good, but I also understand the anxiety involved in the testing and waiting. Had my own scare a few years back - needle core biopsy and all. The news wasn't so great for my mom, who went in to have a sore looked at a couple of months ago. That turned out to be nothing, but it led to an additional mammogram that found a rare form of breast cancer. They think they caught it early enough. She had a lumpectomy and starts radiation in a few weeks. She called me when she was faced with the initial needle core biopsy because she didn't know what to expect. It's very true that walking through something like this seems to impart a dose of empathy that was lacking before.

Take care... and hope to see you around more.

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BUDRFLY31 3/27/2010 6:55PM

    I'm not sure what led me to your blog. I am sure it was meant to be. My girlfriend and I had our first mammograms done together last May because we both turned 40 within the same month, so we thought we would go together and then out to lunch to celebrate. I wasn't worried at all because I had no family history of breast cancer. They called me 48 hours later and asked me to come in for another. My friends test came back perfectly normal, Thank God. After that, it was a sonogram. After that it was a needle biopsy. After that, it was a surgical biopsy. I was so relieved when they cleared me of no cancer, but what a heck of a month I had. I had so much anxiety, so I know exactly how you felt. I have to go back every 6 months for awhile. I feel the same way you do. I can't imagine getting bad news after my surgical biopsy and I have so much empathy for those that do. I have a Therapy Dog. A Golden Retriever named Gracie. I decided to get permission to have her and I visit the breast care imagery waiting room once a month. I think she is a great distraction, and the women love her!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 3/27/2010 11:33AM

    Thank God the results were in your favor! I had a 'lump scare" awhile back and thankfully the situation didn't even progress as far as yours did! So happy for you, my friend!

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SHANNOND5 3/18/2010 11:40PM

    So glad you are healthy. I know just how hard the testing and waiting can be.
I was just given the A-OK ten days ago, after going through a year of watching a clump of funny looking cells. Mammograms and ultrasounds every three months. What a relief to hear I don't have to return for a year.

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STEPHANIE0904 3/18/2010 9:25PM

    Thank goodness that there was no cancer. I'm waiting for some test results right now from an MRI and it is completely unnerving. You are absolutely right that it does give you a new outlook when you come so close to having to deal with something that it gives a new outlook on those that do deal with it. I know I would certainly have more compassion and help in whatever way I could. I'm glad you are well.

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HERE2PERSEVERE 3/17/2010 10:43AM

    Oh my... emoticon
Sorry to hear what you've been going through. I do agree, the testing & waiting & testing & waiting is excruciating...for anyone who has to go through it...our minds seem to go through every "what if" there is...
Yet as you say, some of us get relief somewhere down the road, and for others the news isn't so good...
SO glad to hear your news is good news!
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Let us all appreciate each & every day we have...who knows what tomorrow will bring...
Take care & SPaRk On!
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UNICORN212 3/16/2010 10:59PM

    I "watched" a lump for three years. Though they tried to convince me that it was "nothing" I eventually pushed for removal. Luckily they were right and it was benign.

I, too, ache for those whose news is not good. I am glad you received the good news.
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UNICORN212 3/16/2010 10:56PM

    I "watched" a lump for three years. Though they tried to convince me that it was "nothing" I eventually pushed for removal. Luckily they were right and it was benign.

I, too, ache for those whose news is not good. I am glad you received the good news.
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23,360 ounces

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I think I did the math right. Today marks my official one year anniversary for drinking 64 ounces of water a day. I have not missed a single day since I told myself I WAS going to do it! This has probably been one of the hardest things for me to accomplish, because I am not by nature someone who likes drinking water. Sure, I've always liked my coffee and sodas-but not plain old water. I remember a year ago writing to people on the spark boards asking how DID they manage to do that?! I got lots of advice, from adding Crystal Light to lemons. I asked if people were water 'purists' or if they counted all liquids as part of the total. Again, a few different opinions on that one. In the end, I decided that I would try to add 64 ounces of pure water, in addition to anything else I drank, into my day. I also cut out all caffeine (good for a pounding 2 week headache...). I do every now and then have a regular cup of coffee, but they are few and far between. It also meant giving up my 2 a day cans of Diet Pepsi. I think I've had maybe 3 sodas in the past year. Honestly-I haven't missed it. The water drinking is now a part of my routine. I may not always eat right, but at least I've got this thing nailed!

  
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NEWMOMOVER40 11/7/2009 12:54AM

    Great job! I never add anything to my water. I'm not as consistent as you've been - very impressed with that commitment - but when I am paying attention, I just drink 2 8-oz glasses of water at breakfast, 2 at lunch, 2 at dinner, and 2 before I go to bed. That makes it easy to keep track of how much water I've had during the day. I think for the rest of this year I'm going to try to emulate you and drink all my water every day. Thanks for the extra inspiration!

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KRISSYN63 9/20/2009 12:30PM

    WOW, that's great. I would have a terrible time drinking that much water everyday. I'm lucky to get a couple of glasses in. Your an inspiration!

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TIME4ANEWME47 9/19/2009 3:16PM

    GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!! emoticon


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STEPHANIE0904 9/19/2009 3:13PM

    emoticon Way to go. I've always been a water drinker but now I drink even more since the meds I started taking for my migraines make my Diet Coke taste metallic. Water, water, water.......at least it's healthy - way to go - great job!!!!

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CSIENK 9/19/2009 2:45PM

    emoticon Good for you. That's awesome - and healthy!
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EDROLET 9/19/2009 2:21PM

    Congrats!!!

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An addendum to my previous blog...

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Jeri, owner of the van, informed me the window I was squished through was actually 7"x14". Now I'M even impressed! That would explain some of the bruising...

  
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NEWMOMOVER40 11/7/2009 12:58AM

    Wow, you're 7" from back to front? (Well at least in the middle ... haha ... not counting those poor "girls"). I hope your bruises heal fast. Arnica for the bruises and Traumeel (both homeopathic) seem to work great for me. Then again I've never had a mammogram from a street paver ... :)

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SUMMERHEALTH 8/6/2009 6:29PM

    Oh, your story really did make me laugh! Thanks for shariing! 7 x 14 is TINY! Oh my gosh!

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KRISSYN63 8/6/2009 7:17AM

    Your new name s/b

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CSIENK 8/5/2009 9:09PM

    Wowee - you ARE really thin! emoticon

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STEPHANIE0904 8/5/2009 6:39PM

    holy crap..... emoticon

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When it pays to have lost the weight...

Monday, August 03, 2009

Okay, I have to blog about this while it is still fresh in my mind because it was SO funny! Some of my coworkers and I went out to lunch today at a rather nice resort restaurant. Afterwards a few of them went home and the rest of us decided to poke around in some of the little shops. Well, having done and seen all there was we all decided to call it a day and head home. Jeri, one of the gals, suddenly realizes she can't find her van keys. She frantically digs around in her purse, then comes to the conclusion that she must have left them in her vehicle. I walk across the parking lot with her to her conversion van, because she had left her cell phone at home and I told her she could use mine to call her DH if she needed to. Jeri peers through the passenger window and sure enough, there are the keys on the driver's seat. Unfortunately, she had locked the darn thing. She goes around to every window and door just to see if there is any way in the world she can get in, but no luck. The van has several of these little sliding windows that are about 12" x 18". She said, "When I did this once before I got one of these open and then I could reach around in the back and get the rear lock open. " So she tries each of these windows again and ta da...she gets the one behind the driver's seat to open! Too bad that no matter how far she sticks her arm in she can't reach far enough to get to the keys. By this time, the other 2 friends that had stuck around had driven up in their car. We're all standing there thinking of what to do, when Jeri turns to me and says, "I bet you can fit through the window." Now, this does not sound like a really great idea to me. It really does not look like a very big space, but I am willing to give a try. I had to turn my head sideways and my shoulders went through, but I got hung up by "the girls." So I back out and am like, "No way...I can't fit." But Jeri is nothing if not persistent. "Let's try going feet first. Come on...we'll pick you up and slide you in." So here we are, 4 grown women in the parking lot of this nice facility. Three of them are picking me up and sliding me through this slot like an envelope into a mailbox. I got all the way in except again get caught by "the girls." They are trying to shove me through, and I am hopelessly caught, thinking, "Oh my God; I hope I don't have to explain this to a police officer or need to be extricated by the Jaws of Life." The whole thing was about like getting a mammogram from a street paver. I finally said, "No-this isn't going to work. Get me out!" So they manage to haul me back out. Meanwhile, there is a guy and his son on the other side of the van watching through the windows with these real amused expressions. We are all laughing hysterically by now, because in the process I have nearly been 'depantsed', Jeri then said, "Okay, lets try it one more time face down." I said, "No...we already did that!" She said, "But we weren't sending you through straight." So, once again I stick my head and shoulders through and the other 3 pick up my legs and start shoving. "The girls" are quite compressed (and you have to understand that they are really NOT impressive!) and I am yelling, "OW, OW, OW!" They are all laughing behind me, and, of course, taking pictures. One more good shove and I went through! Now I know how babies feel at the moment of childbirth!
Anyway, I was able to get the keys and save my friend a trip to the locksmith. We took a few more pictures and had quite a laugh. So...I suppose it pays to have lost enough weight to squeeze into a tiny space!

  
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NEWMOMOVER40 11/7/2009 12:56AM

    LOL! Profile pics, please. :)

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PAULAMARIEF 8/10/2009 5:18PM

    Oh I wish I saw this blog sooner. I am laughing. My friends would do the same thing. And yes of course we would take pictures. I really would love to see one! Great story and shows how tiny you are!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 8/6/2009 12:19AM

    That is so funny! You are such a good sport. I definitely want you with me the next time I lock my keys in the car! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/5/2009 3:40PM

    That is too funny! I hope you post the pictures!

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DOINGTHIS 8/5/2009 10:52AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Good for you!

Hilarious story.

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GUIN0001 8/4/2009 9:27PM

    I can't quit laughing. That story is hilarious! I'm sorry you didn't post any of the pictures!

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JOPAPGH 8/4/2009 9:18PM

    Hilarious.

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STEPHANIE0904 8/4/2009 5:42PM

    Oh my gosh -that is just too funny. I can just picture this. I was laughing out loud. Thank you for brightening up my day and I certainly needed it.



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SARALOUOT 8/4/2009 9:02AM

    emoticon That was too funny!! Sounds like a real America's funniest video moment. Hopefully to won't show up on You Tube. Your friend actually owes you more than lunch. DD17 was at the State Fair in Minot most of last week (she is a 4-H ambassador) and she locked her keys in the car....practically in tears when she called home, she said they charged her $50!!!!

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CBUFFY 8/4/2009 8:36AM

    How awesome is THAT! LOL There's a memory you won't soon forget. Congratulations on being the "skinny" one!

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LITTLEA5 8/4/2009 2:04AM

    Lol only someone who has been bigger and lost weight would understand how great it feels to be told you could fit into a window the best! You should put that picture up for your profile :)

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SURLYGIRL 8/4/2009 12:30AM

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I was laughing so loudly I woke my husband sleeping down the hall.
Thanks for sharing !

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CSIENK 8/3/2009 11:12PM

    Thanks for the great laugh. It had my kids (who are in the other room) asking, "What are you laughing at?" You painted a great visual picture. Good for you for being a sport... and isn't it nice that you could be the small one who could fit through the window?
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STREGGANANA 8/3/2009 10:57PM

  LOL at least losing weight comes in handy!!

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HERE2PERSEVERE 8/3/2009 8:30PM

    omg... emoticon
That's a story you'll remember...and probably giggle with the girls about, for a long, long time!
Thanks for sharing!
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KCHARA 8/3/2009 7:48PM

    That's awesome!! LOL Thanks for the great story!

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SHUTRBUG1 8/3/2009 7:27PM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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ELISE11 8/3/2009 7:08PM

    That was GREAT! I can totally see myself in the same situation, but since I'm like "nearly A", I don't think it would be the girls getting stuck. More like my hips! Best story I've heard in a long time!

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BOOPBETTY7 8/3/2009 6:54PM

    Hee hee hee what a hoot!!! Good for you on losing weight. keep at it, maybe now your friends will be more motivated to lose so they too can fit in a small space.
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KRISSYN63 8/3/2009 6:51PM

    I actually did laugh out loud! Too funny!!

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SASH1996 8/3/2009 6:35PM

    I am so glad I read your blog, it gave me a really big laugh and I'm glad to see that my friends and I are not alone in doing goofy things!!

Thank you,
Stacey

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TIME_FLIES 8/3/2009 6:12PM

    You did it!!! How cool is that!

What you need to do is figure out what the space was that you (& the girls) fit through!

I can totally relate to the fit both ways except for the chest!

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Polar monitor

Monday, May 18, 2009

My Mother's Day present this year was a fitness monitor. I wear the chest monitor, along with the little wrist watch thing that tracks all the data. In the house, it is a wonderful thing if I'm using it on my elliptical. However, I'm finding that if I'm outside with the darn thing I get TONS of interference and it only seems to work about half the time. I was so frustrated while running yesterday (6 miles in about 52 minutes) that it showed I only burned 173 calories and my average heart rate was 95! I know there are a lot of power lines near the track I ran on, so that it probably the issue, but it happened at the tennis courts too. GRRR! I really wanted to know how well I was actually doing yesterday, because I did a LOT of exercise. Has anyone else out there had this kind of experience? emoticon

  
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ELISE11 5/19/2009 11:30AM

    What model is it? I have a Polar F6, which was recommended by my group fitness instructor because the F6 and higher models have less interference. Several of us could work out together, and only occasionally would they freak out and read other chest monitors. did you double check the setup of it? There are many personal data items that impact your readings, including your age, weight, resting heart rate, etc. I also remember having to set it (over a year ago) by walking slowly for a minute, then faster for a minute, then fast, in order for it to register my normal exertion rates and to set a range. If you have done all that according to the instruction manual, then try going to their website. If you haven't read through the book, try starting there. Good Luck! I wear mine for every exercise activity, and love the feedback!

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CSIENK 5/18/2009 11:02PM

    Sorry I'm not much help either. I have a HRM - somewhere. I only used it once and then it got put away for safe keeping... and that was the last time I saw it.
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I can only imagine how frustrating it is to know where it is and not have it work...
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CBUFFY 5/18/2009 12:46PM

    Dang - can't help you.

But I CAN empathise. My Spark pedometer decided it was too hot, too sunny, too something and quit working. And I'm HOOKED on that thing! It's so disappointing!

Hopefully you get some good insight from somebody on here. (I have one of the inexpensive Walmart HRM - watch style. Christmas gift from my DS17. It also doesn't work when it's too hot. If you get too much "moisture" under the sensor, it freaks out)

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