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Get On The Bus Part 2

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

These are the 100lbs of fruit we bottled last Saturday. A couple of geogal friends came over to help and we made a party of it.

Back from my 50 min walk/run. What a gorgeous morning to get out there in the forest and stretch some muscles, breath deep, get up a sweat, crank the rock and roll and suck up the gorgeousness of the day.

However, as soon as I returned home there was a phone call for me. Some medical assistant saying I had an appointment with a Dr. W, a cardiologist, next Thursday. WTSupernovas??

Catching you all up... About 10 days ago I went for a "stress test" which my SportsDr ordered after I complained it took me awhile to feel normal after an hour long Zumba class in which I worked my butt off and which I assumed sent my endorphins through the roof. "Let's do a stress test" he said, "just to be sure" and then we both forgot about it until a couple of months later when he said... "oh ya, we should do that stress test." So, it was done about 10 days ago and, according to the technician administering the test, everything looked just fine and I was 2% above average fitness for my age, even at 15lbs overweight. So, I'm thinking no worries.

Well, now I get to worry. Results were also sent to my GP and he did the referral to the cardiologist, who called me today. I'm going to see the SportsDr next Monday so will see what he says too. Sheesh. As if I needed something else, besides veggies and fruit and my partner's cancer, on my plate.

Right now I'm going to sit down and drink some Organic Sweet Ginger Heat, a tea from David's Tea. Yum.

There is so much to tell you all ... just not enough time to get to it today. I hope your day rocks. Hugs to all my SP friends and neighbors. ;)

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/18/2012 10:49AM

    Let them look after you and get the updates. You still inspire me-- big time!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/8/2012 9:39AM

    I hope all turns out well! You sound as if you are really doing very well mentally and physically. Let's hope it is just an overly zealous doctor being overly prudent.

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MISSIFISH 9/7/2012 10:11PM

    I am hoping that the doc has some comforting news for you. The fruit looks amazing! I am looking forward to hearing all you have to say, and I hope that there is lots of good coming your way. You soooo deserve it!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 9/7/2012 6:32AM

    I will keep both you and Elaine in my prayers, hope all is fine, take care and have a great weekend!!

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GEORGIAGIRL26 9/6/2012 9:40PM

    I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.
We can get through this together my friend! Holly emoticon

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Get On The Bus

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

My title is appropriate for this Sep 04, our back to school day. As usual summer holiday was far too short.

An SP update blog. Writing, always feels good. My writing always needs rewriting.

Party hardy last night. Didn't quite get to tell off the preacher, but it was close.

Today, the silly scale is back at 131lbs. Has to be muscle, right? Running (only in 20 sec intervals), walking, stationary biking for the past few days is all good. I've got in 10,000 steps in the last two days. I'm turning over a new leaf and taking off that last 15 lbs. You can't tell me it isn't going to happen. I have modern medicine on my side.

So, right now my dear SP friends, I need to get out there and take a walk. The morning is beautiful.

Hugs all round. Be back later.

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/18/2012 10:47AM

    I know that sign post! It's a good visual for a beginning!

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GEORGIAGIRL26 9/5/2012 8:11AM

    I know that you can get it off my friend.
Hope that your walk was pleasant.
Have a good day sister! Holly emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 9/4/2012 3:19PM

    you will get there, I have the same 10 tolose as well, but we will get there together
Take care

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Looking forward to some summertime R&R.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

This picture was taken on Thursday at Butchart Gardens. Loosing almost 40 lbs looks good, eh? ;)

It's already the August long weekend and E has the last of 25 radiation treatments on Tuesday. Then that part is done and we await surgery in five weeks. I didn't know how I was going to get through it, but I was there for every treatment. It will be wonderful to not have to go to the Cancer Agency every day. Our deck, loaded with flowers and comfy chairs, awaits. The weather is sunny and warm and the list of things to do is almost do-able.
Like many losses in life having cancer forces one to go through the grief stages. Today, I'm a little closer to acceptance but easily slip back into anger given a half chance. We just have to move forward each day. I can't let it get to me. I've had some chest pain and some nausea this past week. I'm pretty sure it's stress related. I see my dr in a couple of weeks.

Weight wise... I've dropped a half pound and saw 128 for the first time today. That would be an over all loss of 2 lbs since May, but those 2 pounds have been lost quite a few times. We have been eating out a lot lately. It's a strategy to save time and energy. I try to choose salads but then I'll have two glasses of wine and a dessert. Sheesh. The important thing is that I'm not putting on weight. I even got a couple of work-outs in this past week and plan on another one today. Now, without the daily trip to town, I'm planning on getting out of the restaurants and back into the kitchen.

Note for today:
If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

I hope all my spark friends are having a good weekend. Hugs all around and thanks for sharing.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/10/2012 6:12PM

    Thinking of you both. I am glad that the treatments are ending. 128 is a good number--a very good one. You exemplify grace under pressure, even if you do eat desserts sometimes.

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OREGONFAERIE 8/10/2012 2:35PM

    You are an amazing woman - thank you thank you thank you for sharing your story. When it gets rough around here I think of you and that helps me keep at it.

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  RnR well earned. Enjoy the flowers :) I hope it's only stress.

Congratulations on getting through this difficult time and keeping it together and losing some weight.


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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/7/2012 2:24PM

    I will be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.
(Hope the last chemo treatment goes well).
Your friend in health, Holly emoticon

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MISSIFISH 8/4/2012 8:03PM

    I'm so glad that the treatments are coming to a close. You are such a wonderful partner!!! E is lucky to have you, but I'm sure she knows that.

Congrats on the 128, I'm hoping it will stick for you!

Feel better, I hope the doc has a nice stress remedy for you.

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AZMOMXTWO 8/4/2012 11:22AM

  way to go on 128 have a great day

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What doesn't kill you, makes you a better cook.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

It's about time... on my partner's battle with fibrosarcoma, some good news ... according to the CT scan done this week the cancer has not spread to her lungs. We are once again breathing, and even smiling. We've learned that after radiation and surgery, the odds of E being dead from the disease are 8%, with an 8% +/- error within 12 years. It's not perfect, but we are moving forward with the odds on our side. E has completed 9/25 radiation treatments and so far there are no surprises and little discomfort. A mix of Glaxo base and aloe vera gel seems to be reducing the heat and keeping the skin moist. The side effects are expected to get worse but it shouldn't be anything we can't handle.

It's been 2.5 months of shock and awe but we now feel more positive that we can beat this thing. We are strong and beautiful and smart. In another 5 months our lives should return to something more normal and, except for followups, this life changing experience will be mostly done, sort of.

We have been savoring little victories and moments of laughter.

I love to cook healthy food. For me, chopping vegetables is very relaxing and so very productive. I use all kinds of curry-like spices in a stir-fry, including turmeric, yet I've never actually looked at what else turmeric can be used for. Well last week I read the label and tried it with eggs. Mmm, mmm, yummy. A new taste sensation. Try it. Put a 1/2 teaspoon in your scrambled eggs or mix it with mushrooms you cook for an omelet. Turmeric is one of those cancer fighting foods you've heard about. We are very skeptical when it comes to miracle food claims and never skeptical about good taste. We laughed at ourselves, and life, when we learned... "What doesn't kill you, makes you a better cook."

One more tad of life to share... E's thigh is starting to show signs of radiation stress; some redness and some heat, so we shared this bit of news with the RT team, as per protocol. They were helpful and gave us the recipe for a saline solution, and, as we were leaving for the day, we started discussing the likelihood of chaffing on the thigh and how we were going to cope with that side effect. I mentioned something about skirts and E said "Getting her into a skirt would really be a life changing event!" Maybe that doesn't sound so hilarious right now, but at the time, and if you know E, the comment just cracked us up. It was the lightest of moments of all our daily journeys to the cancer center.

Other than that ... I'm hardly getting 10,000 steps in, hardly 5,000. I was struggling with momentum before May and now it seems I've given in to entropy. I'm still watching calories and that's a good thing so my weight is stable at 130. But there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to workout. I know I need to re-prioritize and ditch the last 15 pounds, but at the moment it's not happening.

Dear SP friends, thank you for your well wishes and connections and for your sharing. I totally appreciate the thoughts and words. BTW, I've uploaded a few new pictures to my photo gallery.

Hugs all round and never give up.

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NASFKAB 8/4/2012 9:13PM

  all the best

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/22/2012 5:23PM

    I continue to think of you both. Hang in there!

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MICHELE142 7/18/2012 12:53AM

    What a caring an sincere blog. E. is fortunate to have you in her life. Once she has progressed toward more activity for herself your bond with her will be stronger. Stay strong for her and keep that determination going. Blessings to you both.

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/17/2012 10:35AM

    E is fortunate to have you as her support team. Be her cheerleader for now, then she can urge U on for more steps a little later on.

May I suggest a summer weight cotton "kilt" to help control abrasion? There is a skirt style for every taste and body image.

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POGOMOP 7/17/2012 9:46AM

    I used tumeric for the first time in this recipe and it is absolutely amazing! Ton's of fresh vegetables and the broth is so exotic, I think you should try it! I added some spicy turkey meatballs to it, it is so hearty and filling


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MISSIFISH 7/16/2012 9:25PM

    What a sweet blog! I am so glad you guys are getting good news, and glad that the radiation is going well. I think maintenance is a great plan for now, but maybe try some fitness you can do easily - butt squeezes while you wait, calf raises, etc. I always find that fitness minutes help me handle stress better, even when I'm not doing enough to cause a weight loss!

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GARBLEDEEGOOK 7/15/2012 11:34PM

  Considering what you are going through, maintenance is commendable! You can worry about dropping those last evil pounds later :)

I'm glad you are finding humor in all this; laughter is still a great medicine.

Lotsa hugs to both of you.

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OREGONFAERIE 7/15/2012 1:29PM

    Wow - so impressed with your focus and your determination. Thank you for sharing your story.

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MARGOMCP 7/15/2012 10:48AM

    Glad there is a little good news. Good fortune with the continued fight.

LOVE, LOVE the title :-) I had to throw out a lamb roast the other night, I had marinaded it and had DH grill it and the first comment out of his mouth was that it tasted like liver :-) It was too fat and had too much gristle so it was impossible to cut, never mind chew. I had to throw most of it away and he made himself a sandwich for dinner.

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MISSLISA1973 7/15/2012 10:40AM

    Sometimes you need to accept maintenance as what's right for the time. It sounds like you have enough going on without needing to worry about losing. And that's OK. Just remember the lessons you have learned so far. Lessons like, emotional eating doesn't help anything, it only makes things worse. Hugs to you both.

I had to read this blog because the title was so cute. It's great that you both are able to keep laughing even in this horribly difficult time.

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NASFKAB 7/15/2012 3:09AM

  all the best praying for you all

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NIGHTOWLKIM 7/15/2012 3:08AM

  I'll keep a good thought for you and your partner.

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The Victory Room

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Defeat is not an option and the odds are still on our side. I've got a Victory Room in the making: white boards, cork boards, file folders, calendars, electronic journals, wish lists, must do lists, meal planner, etc. Last week was a myriad of phone calls to dr offices, support people, forms, and the ubiquitous 150 final report cards.

Next week ... the radiation simulation, meeting with support people, my 4th mri guided cortisone shot into my shoulder, and finishing the school's yearbook.

Then we are on vacation. I'm glad I can take care of details while E finishes school she doesn't need all these hassles at the moment.

So ... victory room enabled ... positive energy rays activated ... we are going to be the best we can be.

I completed the best ever results on my stationary bike today: 30 minute program #3, 12kms, 207 cals burned. Yehaww!

I also updated my Virtual Walk Across Canada and today is the day I cross into Saskatchewan from Alberta. The last few weeks have been trying but I know how to do this, the diet activity thing, so there are no excuses.

hugs all round.

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MISSIFISH 7/2/2012 10:06PM

    I've been out of touch because of my trip, and I had no idea what was going on with you. I'm so sorry to hear about your fight - cancer is a big sucky mess of nastiness. You and E can beat it though.

I am thinking of you both, and hoping that the victory room is needed for a giant celebration very soon.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 6/18/2012 2:58PM

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A Victory Room is PERFECT!

Very best wishes

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/17/2012 12:58PM

    A victory room what an awesome idea, wow you are such an inspiration, thankyou for being my friend
have a great day

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