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One week later post neck resection and being blessed with the information that I don't have cancer.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I have been walking everyday. Not to the extent that I use to be able to but none the less doing it. I'm still feeling a little like I'm in a fog and lack energy. I have to avoid the sun on my neck incision right now so I do it early in the morning or night. I walked uphill into town 1 mile this morning with my hubby. I bought a light scarf to cover my neck when needed. I'm eating healthy and well with in my range. I started taking vitamins for better healing. I miss daily sparking but won't be able to for another week and a half. This is when I return home. I have been reading the Spark book. I bought a journal that is totally designated for health. I have been taking notes and using daily visualization of how to overcome health obstacles etc. Also trying to visualize a healthy and fit me. That's hard to picture as it's been so long. I think I'm getting the hang of how to be more consistent with healthy actions. This time off to recuperate after such a major health scare has it's blessings. emoticon

  
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TRY2KEEPGOING 9/9/2012 10:46AM

    What a blessing!!! Enjoy life! emoticon

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TRY2KEEPGOING 9/9/2012 10:46AM

    What a blessing!!! Enjoy life! emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 9/9/2012 9:48AM

    So glad it was not cancer! Hope you have a speedy recovery. emoticon

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JAMER123 9/7/2012 11:51PM

    Fantastic news!! So good to here! emoticon emoticon

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BEEJAY49 9/7/2012 5:10AM

    I'm glad you're on the road! Love you! HUGS!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/6/2012 10:48PM

    I am very glad you are well and making plans for a healthy future!

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EATVEGAN 9/6/2012 9:30PM

    I'm glad for your wonderful news. Your attitude is inspiring, after losing so much ground, being willing to get started over again. Of course, that's the only way to get there. I'm so very happy for you. emoticon emoticon
Janet

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EWL978 9/6/2012 4:09PM

    Wonderful news!!! There are no more blessed words spoken, are there??

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CHICCHANTAL 9/6/2012 3:49PM

    Fantastic. I'm sure everything feels unreal right now. The only way is forwards!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/6/2012 3:43PM

    you are right some times we need a scare like that for us to appreciate what we have more and notice the little things in our life that are sometimes over looked.life is a blessing and sometimes we need something to happen to make us appreciate it all as we should.take it easy and enjoy all that life has to give.take care and keep smiling(or trying too)remember we donīt just smile with our mouth) emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/6/2012 12:02PM

    What wonderful news about your post-op!! Now is the slow process of healing correctly.. good luck!

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God is So Good To Me!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

It's been a little over a month that a major health concern was discovered during a routine physical. I had an enlarged lymph node on the side of my neck that the Dr. discovered. I thought nothing of it and took the prescribed antibiotics. All routine lab work was better then it had a right to be. My Dr ordered a neck CT and referred me to an ENT. The needle biopsy revealed nothing. An open biopsy was scheduled. During my pre-op physical the Dr. asked me if I would consider going to Mayo. A chest CT was normal too. So I was sent to Mayo. Several biopsy's later nothing was discovered. But the Dr. still wanted to do an open biopsy and more extensive surgery if indicated. Because I'm an adult cancer was the number one concern but all was looking great so far. I haven't felt sick. Had a minor cold in May. Before that I don't know when I was sick. During the week I sleep about 6 hrs a night and I feel rested and strong. On my appointment late Tuesday afternoon the resident Dr. said that I need to be prepared for cancer. He basically said that it won't be anything else. It's Mayo they know what they are doing but I honestly considered going home as it didn't make any sense to me. I was able to talk to the consultant physician and I decided it made enough sense and I agreed for surgery. My husband and I basically cried for 24 hrs all the way until surgery. I was the last person for the day. I prayed. I journaled. But mostly my husband and I held each other and cried. The worst cancer was not identified. Things looked abnormal. Cancer was still high on the list. Now I have a very long suture line on my neck. I'm not able to smile my usual smile but It's suppose to come back in a few months. They cut off my wedding and mothers rings so everything would be safe in case of an emergency or swelling, A little more salt to the wounds. Then I waited for 2 days for the results . They were suppose to know in one day. On Friday night long after office hours the Dr called. He said that they can't find any type of cancer. They tested for several things and basically they couldn't find anything at all. They are still are going to test for other fungus and bacteria but they seem to have exhausted most tests. It was just reactive lymph nodes. They did what lymph nodes are suppose to do. To protect you. Why or what caused it we may never know. But to the amazement of my Drs. they confirmed what I felt deep in my heart. I'm not sick. God fave me a rock to stand on and I knew he would give me wings to fly with if I needed them. My work with refugees has further developed my understanding of life. This past week has intensified the need to value life. Taking care of this body God has given me is certainly a major priority for me. I had so many people praying for me. I need to make the most of this new lease on life. God is so good.

  
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WINEALITTLE 9/13/2012 7:17AM

    What a relief! I was surprised by how aggressively Mayo pursued their testing, but I guess that's why they have such a high rating. You and your husband, family and friends can now go on with living, and you & hubbie have an even closer connection than before this issue arose. God IS good.
Wishing you a speedy recovery, Sharon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/4/2012 1:56AM

    glad it wasnīt cancerous after all.i know how you and your husband must have felt haveing been through that a few months back when they found a tumour in my brain which luckily was benign.god sure is beneverlent in his mercy.take care and keep smiling in your heart. emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/4/2012 1:18AM

    I am glad you are OK. Indeed, make the most of this life that is given to you!

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CRYSALLIS1 9/3/2012 4:34PM

    Thank you all for your many kind words.

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EATVEGAN 9/3/2012 2:22AM

    What a wonderful blessing. I, too, am rejoicing with you. What a wonderful God we serve!

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MOMFAN 9/2/2012 10:41PM

    Rejoicing with you!

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AMYROSEC 9/2/2012 6:50PM

    I am so happy to hear that you don't have cancer! 15 years ago I had a huge swelling in my neck my outcome was the worst I had cancer, Hodgkins Lympoma. Weird thing it has tured out to be a blessing instead of the curse it once was. I have gained strength that I didn't know I had.

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JENNA54 9/2/2012 6:09PM

    I am so glad to hear that all is well. What a relief for you and your family. And yes God is great. Hope you are soon back to your old self and raring to go.

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CONNIER64 9/2/2012 4:01PM

    God is emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 9/2/2012 11:43AM

    emoticon God is good!!

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EFFIEANNIE 9/2/2012 10:03AM

    What a terrible week for you. My husband was just diagnosed with prostate cancer, so I know what you have been through. So glad you are OK.

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BEEJAY49 9/2/2012 9:47AM

    Yes! He is very good to all of us, it's just a shame that more people don't see that. Praise be to God for you! Love you! HUGS!

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JUST_BREATHE08 9/2/2012 8:30AM

    Yes, He is...All of the time. He is the emoticon!!

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JUDYAMK 9/1/2012 11:22PM

    Praise be to God!!!
Judy

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Why am I Fat.....

Thursday, August 09, 2012

This question was on a spark thread. I thought it was worth pondering. I was not very coordinated in PE so I was not an athlete. Never thought about just doing exercise for health until years later. I didn't realize you don't have to be an athlete to do that. Greed keeps me eating too much. If a little is good I tend to think that I need to eat allot. I think that I "deserve" to eat it. I eat when I'm celebrating. I eat when I'm stressed. I eat the wrong things when I'm in a hurry.Sometimes I feel that the only time I can afford the time to sit is when I'm eating. I have changed several of those behaviors this year. So little by little, pound by pound, it added up. Now little by little pound by pound I'm working it off. emoticon

  
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CRYSALLIS1 8/10/2012 6:58PM

    Aren't we interesting with the ideas we come up with to get ourselves in so much trouble? Good thing we are getting older and much wiser. emoticon
I wasn't overweight as a child but I made up for it when I got out of school. emoticon I remember measurements of 36-28-34- I think?

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EFFIEANNIE 8/10/2012 9:24AM

    Boy, I can relate to some of what you said. I thought of going to a buffet where I used to overeat to "get my money's worth!!

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BEEJAY49 8/10/2012 4:40AM

    Keep up the good work. :) I was always the skinny one in my family growing up. I could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce...till I was about 23. Then it happened, it started sticking, I stress ate, I ate because I loved the food, I ate fast because I like my food hot if it's supposed to be, I binge ate, ate from boredom, etc., etc., etc.!! Now we all know better! HUGS!

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MOMFAN 8/9/2012 10:54PM

    I wasn't fat growing up, but didn't realize it until I was over weight. My mom was always complaining about my weight because it was more than my sis and hers. I am much taller than both of them, but the damage was already done.

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MENNOLY 8/9/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon emoticonAs I am doing more and more ST exercises, it came to me that 50 years ago the powers that be ordained that fat kids had to work harder than scrawny kids for the same grade. This set fat kids up for failure and they thereby hated PE. A chin up is much harder for a kid who weighs 150 pounds than for a kid who weighs 80. But they were both expected to do that chin up. When the exercises were using body weight as the resistance the heavier kid was always at an disadvantage. Yes that kid was stronger because he was used to carrying more weight but was he twice as strong? He was still a 10 year old. Just a thought.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/9/2012 1:22PM

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 8/9/2012 12:26PM

    I could have written this blog. One day at a time...we will do this together friend! emoticon

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SNEVIL1 8/9/2012 10:39AM

    Figuring out what you want to change is so important. Way to go!

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XMSTAZX 8/9/2012 9:14AM

  Little by little is all you can do.....Changing behaviors is an awesome thing to do. WTG!!!! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/9/2012 8:45AM

    It is so important to try and understand our behaviour! emoticon

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Finishing the Year 2012 Strong......

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I have 5 months to finish the year strong. I'm striving for 1 main principle. Consistency is number one. If I loose .5 lbs per week X 20 weeks I will have lost 10 lbs. If I loose 1 lb. per week that's 20. 2 lbs. per week is 40. No matter which number I arrive at on 1/1/2013 I will still be much farther ahead then I would have been. My recent request for mutual 1:1 on support is helping so much. I gained more then 1 Spark Buddy ready for a mutual no excuses; let's go; accountability. I also joined a smaller group with no fuss, no muss, just daily accountability. That's also helping. Don't get me wrong, the larger groups are great too. It's like being part of an elite university with so much wisdom being shared. But for me closer accountability is what I need. My plan is simple. Ba ha ha!!! (As if any of this was simple!) But anyway in theory my plan is simple. 8 H20 or more per day. 5 freggies or more per day. Eat with in range. 10 minutes or more of exercise each day. I'm going to try to keep logging my food everyday I understand the value of it. It's just so time consuming. But I'm going to try for awhile. (Was that an excuse?)
Now is the right time. I don't want to live with regrets about my health if I can do something to change it. Unfortunately I don't know when Jupiter will align with Mars and all will be perfect in my life. So I'm giving up the excuses and just going for it. My life gets more complicated every year. Between work responsibilities, a growing family, Church responsibilities, etc life has it's challenges. My life is good. It's busy. It's just how life is. I did what I could to uncomplicate it this year. I decluttered. For better or worse I let go of some volunteer responsibilities. I started running away with my husband every weekend to a new camper. It's been great for us, and great for me. We are empty nesters so it works for me. It also means saying no to other people which is hard. I need to do it. We could be home every weekend and attend somebodies something. I care but I can't do it all right now. We do our best to get there and balance it all. Love my family and friends dearly. They are always welcome to come visit. My work is emotionally draining. It's what I'm called to do. It's also spiritually rewarding. I just need to recharge frequently through prayer and rest. None of these qualify as an excuse to take such poor care of my body. I need to take care of myself for ME and all the people that I care so much about. It's going to be a great finish of 2012. I can see it. Watch out beach goers of 2013 I just may be running in my bikini on a beach near you. (Possibly with a long cover up, sunglasses, etc.) emoticon

  
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MOMFAN 8/8/2012 9:44PM

    Go girl!!

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BEEJAY49 8/8/2012 3:27AM

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/7/2012 10:27PM

    What a great attitude. You really can do this because you deserve an improved health to help complete the many worthy projects you have at hand.

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READYBETTY 8/7/2012 10:18PM

    You can do it! I'm taking it 5 pounds at a time and plan on realizing a decent net loss for 2012 even with the set back I've already experienced. We can do it!

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 9:32PM

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 8/7/2012 9:29PM

    Great blog! And a great plan! Your plan seems very doable! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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PCURRIE04 8/7/2012 7:46PM

  You can do it.... one day at a time!!

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Doing Much Better....

Monday, August 06, 2012

I'm doing so much better thanks to some close support of some spark friends. Accountability for me is key. I'm so thankful for that. Tonight I'm exhausted from a difficult start of the work week. I plan to blog some thoughts in the next day or two. Off to bed for me right now.

  
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29POINTS 8/7/2012 9:24PM

   
Have a good night. Accountability, and knowing others care, is so important. Keep up the good fight.

Sue

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/7/2012 6:23PM

    Great to hear! If you get a chance to join a team that offers small group support, that too is a great way to get a kick start back to healthy living. That is was got my last 40 (of 100) pounds off with barely a plateau but for perhaps a week or two. I praise God for SparkPeople!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/7/2012 7:38AM

    Glad to hear you are doing better- just hang in there.

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 12:37AM

    Good glad to hear your doing well..I am a person that needs accountabilty too..it keeps me going in the right direction emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 8/6/2012 10:03PM

    "Accountability for me is key." So true.
Rest well

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