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Bootcamp Babes Day #2 - and I could use some extra prayers, please

Monday, May 02, 2011

This morning I was up and got my daily walk and stretching in. Then I did Day#2 video. I kept up even though I had to modify somewhat. After my shower, getting ready to go to the doctor for my first checkup since graduating radiation treatments, I could feel the activity done!! It wasn't that it hurt, it was just a tiny bit sore. I think it must have been from using some muscles I haven't used in a while.

My doctor's appointment was at 1:30PM. I figured he would check how my skin was doing - (really, really well, BTW). But this was a doctor filling in for my doc. He went a little further in checking me and - found another mass. This one is on my right tonsil. Soooooooooooo I'm back to everyday appointments. Tomorrow will be an evaluation with a dentist to see if my teeth can stand up to more chemo and radiation. If not, I'll have to have them all pulled. Then Friday I see the specialist who will take a biopsy either in his office or he'll send me to the hospital and do it while I'm asleep. I had a scope in my nose today! I really didn't care for it, but the nurse kept making me smile and laugh.
However, the doctor wasn't happy with what he saw. He said he really hopes it's a swelling because of all the smoke in our area (it was so bad here over the weekend it got into our home) but he really doesn't think so. Next Monday I see him again for follow up - should have results. Tuesday I will have a SIM Xray where they will see where I need to have radiation and mark me! Wednesday I will have another petscan to see if it has affected anything else. Thursday I will see my chemo oncologist to see what kind I will have to have this time. Now then, if the biopsy returns negative, all those other appointments can be cancelled. But they really want things set up, because this seems to be fast moving and they want to get to it ASAP.

Just out of curiosity, has anyone else heard of this? I'm going to be spending my evening searching for it and finding out all I can - just in case. But as the last time talking to the radiologist after the second mammogram - I knew. That's how I feel now. This could be another reason I kept on losing weight even after the breast cancer was removed.

As positive and upbeat as I want to be, I am finding it very difficult today. I haven't cried or anything, but it sure has taken the wind from my sails. I don't care which religion you are, could you say some extra prayers for me this evening? Thank you my Spark Buddies. I don't know what I'd do without you.

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MEMARE 5/4/2011 7:41AM

    Praying for a good report for you. emoticon emoticon

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SHAREBEAR1963 5/3/2011 3:04PM

    My prayers are with you.

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DIANESMILES 5/3/2011 12:07AM

    HI,,,I just joined the team and saw ur post. i want to wish the best and hope we get to know each other. Also hope things get MUCH better for you ! What I am facing with surgery and chronic pain is so much eaiser in one way I suppose though it's so tiring and I have about zero energy. KEEP the SPARK ! Lets LOSE what we CAN for OUR HEALTH !!! Diane

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GRAMMAP1 5/2/2011 10:51PM

    I often have private pity parties for myself, but after reading your blog and thinking of victims of the storms, I have given myself a good pep talk. Mine is just pain; no cancer. God bless you and I will pray for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON6612 5/2/2011 8:31PM

    Just happened to come across your blog while surfing around. I, too, am doing the Spring Challenge (Day 2). I am in total admiration of your strength and composure - and, I don't know you even one little bit! But, even without ever having met you or chatted with you - I can tell that you are a woman with fantastic inner resources and optimism.

For what it's worth, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I am hoping that you only get the very best of news. Lean on your friends and family and know that there is a stranger out here rooting for you.

Let the positive energy in...Peace, Sharon

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The first Day of my first Bootcamp

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I never felt I was quite good enough to do a bootcamp. I thought I had too many physical problems to "get 'er done." But the last few months had me dream a little. So, I decided to take the plunge last week and make May 1st - May Day - my starting Day - Day one. I completed the Day one video and only had to alter it a little to cover my physical needs. But I was still able to keep up!

This Bootcamp is "Spring into Shape". It will be a lot of commitment, but also a lot of fun. I also believe that there will a lot of self confidence higher, too.
I think the word "bootcamp" is what always made me hesitant and ultimately keep me from even checking on any of them. Now I can't understand what took me so long! I rather think that there was a bit of low self esteem along with the fear of failure involved. Now I feel I'm ready. After the accomplishment of getting myself up from the floor without having to hold onto anything for the first time in years, has spurred me on towards completing my personal goals.

I can barely wait for Day Two tomorrow.

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SOFEDUPP 5/2/2011 7:33PM

    I think that is great that you ar doing the boot camp!! I have to say that I felt the same way before my first boot camp. On another team, I did them for almost a year!! Now, I am looking for the same motivation I had for the others, to get me going again.

I am sure you will enjoy the boot camp!!!

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CHRYS13 5/1/2011 7:28PM

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You're enthusiasm is a true inspiration!

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MOM2ACAT 5/1/2011 4:50PM

    emoticon I'm hoping to be able to do the next boot camp. I've never done one before.

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4KIDS_4ME 5/1/2011 4:03PM

    I'm on Day one of my first boot camp too! We can do it!!!

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NEWMUM8 5/1/2011 3:58PM

    congrats, keep it up.

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26.5 with Donna

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

If anyone is interested in the event - I forgot to leave a link. So here it is:


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SDJOLLY 4/27/2011 10:39PM

    We're batting around the relay idea at work. No definite plans yet.

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New Accomplishment?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today I found I could do something that I haven't done for about 10 years. It's just a little thing, but you cannot imagine how happy it makes me. I must say that SP has helped to accomplish this tiny little thing. I can now stand from the floor by myself! Isn't that wonderful? emoticon I have only used my power chair - I call her Maxine because she has attitude - once since the first of the year and that was when I was so tired from my treatments I was afraid I would fall and no one would be around to help me up.

My walker is pink and has breast cancer ribbons on it. She is called Pinkie - and I am only using her when I have to walk far distances or having a balance day. But that is much more infrequent than before. What is strange is I bought her in 2002. I'm wondering if that was a premonition? But this is also something I consider this somewhat of a big deal. Another mile stone you might say. Oh, I know this isn't much of a deal and I know there are others who might even say, "So what?"

Now I do use a cane when I go to the store, etc., where I'll so some walking but not a lot. This could be a little vanity, too. You see, my wonderful hubby Bob, has decorated a bunch for me! I have so many, but of all of them I think my Gator and Mardi Gras ones are my favorites. People out and about always make comments about them no matter which I use. That makes me feel so proud of Bob for his talents and his helpful attitude that if I had to use one, it might as well be decorative.

Since the first of the year, I have not have to use anything at all when walking around the house!!! This is also a milestone for me!!

It all is connected to Spark. I have become somewhat stronger and have lost 50 lbs. These are two points that are made to change to a healthier lifestyle, which was the only goal when I joined. Over time, my goals have changed. The healthier I eat, the more I learn about activities and health issues, plus encouragement from reading of other members achievements and teams, I think are what has helped me most. Without even realizing it, I have become this new strength - both physically and mentally. In the end, I am so proud of what happened today - when I got up by myself.

As far as new goals, I am 15 lbs from meeting the second one - to lose 65 lbs.
This will be the first time in nearly 15 years that I shall be under 200!! Oh yes, I am very, very happy. I think I can now do the happy dance for real emoticon

My very long term goals are to start running! I'm not sure I'll physically accomplish this but I sure plan to do everything that I am physically abe to do.
I live not far from Jacksonville, FL and there is the national run for breast cancer to help research to find a cure and for helping fund women who cannot afford the tests, treatments, and meds. I want to be able to join and complete the event. I would also like to learn Zumba that is age appropriate. Again, I don't know if my knee will permit twisting and turning, but I really want to find out for myself. There are two other things that I really want to do - yoga and Tai Chi. When I can do all of these - and I will unless that nasty old knee gets in the way - I shall feel I have overcome and can continue to do so. And THAT will be an accomplishment. Will that be a big deal?? You betcha!!!


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DANILYNNG 4/28/2011 12:03PM

    They do offer Zumba classes for older people, Zumba Gold, that you could try. Pop over to www.zumba.com, put in your zip code and it will tell you where you can find a class. I would suggest that if you can't find a "Gold" class, you try a regular class and do what you can! I used to live in Jax, and there are quite a few good yoga studios available. Check around and see if you can do a private class or two, that will get you started off on the right foot.

In the meantime, you've done a great job so far! Kudos to you! emoticon

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PMCFARM 4/28/2011 11:14AM

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Sending you your personal cheering team:

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PMFISH 4/28/2011 12:43AM

    Way to go kiddo!! Keep up the good work!

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SDJOLLY 4/27/2011 10:43PM

    Ev, that is not a small accomplishment, it is a MAJOR accomplishment. You must be very proud and I am extremely happy for you. Congratulations! Your hard work is paying off bigtime. I have no doubt you will accomplish anything that you set your mind to. emoticon

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LAURIELYNN50 4/27/2011 4:46PM

    Amazing accomplishments! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this part of your story.

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HILDABRAND 4/27/2011 11:50AM

    That is a really BIG deal! Wooo Hooo!!! Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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TBID227 4/27/2011 11:37AM

    OK, so I just teared up a bit, I cannot tell you what an accomplishment this is and how proud of you I am! You have such a great inner strenght and such a great attitude about life and everything that I know you will reach all your goals, you do not seem to be someone who will let little things stand in your way! Just an fyi, I have been reading that exercise and doing things with your knees can actually help improve them, rather than make them worse! I know from personal experience that not only losing weight, but also making myself go the distance even when I had some discomfort has made my knees much stronger! This is a huge accomplishment! Keep going!

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PATTIGIRL4 4/27/2011 10:59AM

  yoy are such an inspiration to so many people that I cried when I read your blog. It is a very big deal, so keep up the good work and keep right on inspiring people like me. emoticon

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Interesting info concerning dioxins

Thursday, April 21, 2011

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Please share this with your whole email list.........................
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.. Cover food with a paper towel instead. (Coffee filters are cheaper and more effective than paper towels as they contain less loose fibre.)

I was really surprised about not freezing water in a plastic bottle in the freezer.
That is something I would do so my water would stay cold on long trips to town or to Gainesville, etc. Believe I'll never do it again!!

Another thing that surprised me was no plastic in the micro. I usually reheat things using plastic bowls because it is much faster and easier to handle and use for some types of serving.

I think it is all important info for Sparkers as we drink so much water and do use the micro to help save time.

Until the next time I have something worthwhile to say.


With Spark I no longer cry when I step on the scale!! It is simply amazing to me how much changing lifestyle even a little bit has helped.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/23/2011 12:46AM

    emoticon information! I have heard about this before awhile back and it is so nice of you to be concerned for all of us. I was just thinking about this the other day when I went to put saran wrap on top of something in the microwave and stopped. I like the scale- I guess I am one of the few who weigh everyday, SP doesn't recommend it, but I have read other medical books and they do. So it works for me and I can gauge how I am doing-up or down each day. emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 4/22/2011 9:37AM

    Thanks for the good information, Ev. It's hard to totally avoid all the plastic we take for granted, but sounds like it's something we need to do. Happy Easter, gal!

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EVWINGS 4/21/2011 3:58PM

    No, Joyce I have never tried this, but then I have never seen a
plastic lining in a bag of it either! emoticon

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GATORJOY 4/21/2011 3:42PM

    Oooooh Me too! I love stepping on the scale now at the Doctor's office. Before Spark, I hated the scale in any time. Thanks for the info, I was aware of the plastic thing but I still occasionally use it. I will stop now. By the way, I know micro-wave popcorn is said to have a plastic lining, right? So, have you ever tried to take the popcorn from the bag and place it in a corning dish covered and pop it in the micro? Let me know, if you have.
Blessings, Gatorjoy


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