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I saw my chemo doctor today

Friday, May 22, 2009

Just a port flush and a follow up, no biggie. But he paid me a wonderful compliment today.

He told me people ask him how he can be a cancer doctor. As you can imagine, it's a hard specialty, and with all your efforts, patients can still die. He told them the reason he keeps going is people like me. He called me his Energizer Bunny, that I've come a long way since my diagnosis and he's so proud of my progress, and I'm the only patient he had who lost weight while on chemo. (That was on purpose with the help of SparkPeople, so that's okay.)

I thought that was a nice warm fuzzy.

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LORI2008 5/30/2009 9:23AM

    You're definitely my hero, too! I wish I had remained more active during chemo like you did. I feel so behind an 8 ball now trying to regain strength. 2 more weeks of lifting restrictions (from the hysterectomy - I need to find out if I'll have any restrictions with the shoulder when I see the physical therapist). I'm so glad I already had healthy eating in place to keep my weight steady......ish. LOL!

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RACINGSLUG 5/23/2009 8:15PM

    You definitely have a gift. I'm glad the doctor saw it!

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PMCFARM 5/23/2009 10:13AM

  What an awesome experience...sometimes it's hard to remember that we are often as important to Dr. support as they are ours!! emoticon

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PINK-SOLDIER 5/23/2009 9:36AM

    emoticonIvy, you must be so proud of your positive attitude and how you keep going! It's awesome when others notice, emoticoncompliment from your doc! emoticon

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SHERRYCHERIE 5/22/2009 10:01PM

  Oh, IvyGirl, I am SO HAPPY for you! What a wonderful report!
Your dr sounds like a very special person.

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MOM2ACAT 5/22/2009 8:24PM

    That is awesome!

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Rain, glorious rain!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We've had a bit of a dry spell here in Orlando(ish,), so when the forecasters say it's going to rain straight through until Friday, you'll know who the true Central Floridians are because they're cheering. The tourists will groan, of course, and make jokes about how it's the "Sunshine State." We've had problems in past years with wildfires and drought, so rain rain, DON'T go away!!

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PINK-SOLDIER 5/19/2009 9:15PM

    Hoping florida gets out of the drought, hope it really comes down! I know it can, the last few july's we were there it rained quite a bit! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mother's Day is today!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Well, for my family, it is. My husband thought it was today, not last Sunday, and was caught completely unprepared last week! So, we agreed to celebrate it today.

I had breakfast in bed, and now we're getting ready to go see Star Trek 90210 emoticon, do lunch and maybe hit the Coldwater Creek Outlet store. I have a real problem with letting my husband and children spend money on me...I'd rather they put their money into savings or something. It makes me very uncomfortable, it always has. But they're going to do it anyway, so I might as well not make such a fuss.

Yesterday we met a friend to tour Leu Gardens. The butterfly garden was beautiful, lots of butterflies zooming around. We went out to lunch and I ate so much I didn't even have dinner!

I'm going to try to blog more here...I've been maintaining for eight months now, but I still check in daily to spin the wheel and get my points for reading e-mails. This place has been a tremendous find for me, and I don't want to let it slip through the cracks.

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PINK-SOLDIER 5/18/2009 9:24AM

    What a beautiful way to celebrate being a Mom! I had my Mom's day yesterday too, as I was sick on the real one. I hope you continue to do well with your healthy habits and exercise.

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SHERRYCHERIE 5/17/2009 8:43PM

  Let them spoil you, it gives them joy!:)
Congratulations on maintaining, Ivy, you are truly an inspiration to us all, in more ways than one!

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MOM2ACAT 5/17/2009 4:14PM

    Enjoy your day!

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PMCFARM 5/17/2009 1:24PM

  Instead of feeling uncomfortable, think of the positive...you are allowing them to feel blessed by blessing/gifting you.

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It's been nearly a month since I blogged?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wow, where did the time go? Well, luckily, not much to report...I'm still maintaining. Work has been crazy busy with my boss on vacation, but the team stepped up and we got everything done on time. I'm meeting a friend to tour a local garden tomorrow, my husband may FINALLY have his neck surgery scheduled, and I've had a lot of fundraising fun lately with my Pink Ribbon Ladies.

I'm still here guys...reading e-mails, spinning the wheel, checking out the message boards, so don't worry! I think Sparkpeople needs a "poke" function like Facebook!

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RACINGSLUG 5/17/2009 8:57AM

    Congrats on maintaining despite being so incredibly busy! It's always hardest for me to keep things under control when I'm running around, so this is quite an accomplishment!

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MOB8/2009 5/17/2009 8:39AM

    What are the "pink ribbon ladies"? Women with BC are a wild, bawdy, hysterical group, but we try to keep that quiet, eh?

Glad to see you're maintaining. During gardening season it's hard for me to sit down at the computer and blog so I just aim for MONTHLY updates instead of my winter weeklies!

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MOM2ACAT 5/15/2009 7:14PM

    Glad to hear you are still maintaining, and it sounds like everything else is going pretty well too.

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Still maintaining!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

It's been more than seven months since I hit my goal weight, and more than a month since I stopped tracking my food. Thanks to what I learned on SparkPeople, I have stayed steady at 120 lbs. I'm still keeping an eye on my portions, getting to the gym when I can and going for a walk around my neighborhood when I can't, and passing by tempting foods by whispering my weight to myself. Friends and family are surprised at how slender I am, and I feel so good about myself, more confident and more serene.

My hair is coming back (slowly) and although I don't need to blow it dry yet, I did buy some hair gel to spruce it up a bit before work. SparkPeople was not only a place of support for weight loss and fitness, but also breast cancer and common interests and hobbies.

This community is awesome and I'm so glad I found it.

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LORI2008 4/21/2009 3:50PM

    Woohoo! Congratulations on your continued success! That's awesome news!

I hear ya on the ever so slow hair growth. Every body keeps promising it's going to take off like crazy any time now....I'm still waiting. Mine has gotten to the point that the top gets all fluffy and sticks every which way and I can't do a thing with it. Maybe it's time to spike it up with some gel. But I'll hold off on dying it white and going for the totally 80's short hair doo. LOL!

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RACINGSLUG 4/19/2009 6:38PM

    I think maintenance can be the hardest part, ESPECIALLY when you stop tracking your meals... I tried to do this prematurely and it bit me in the butt. It takes a special kind of discipline so I hope you feel every bit as fantastic as you deserve. It must feel amazing!

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CHEFROSE 4/18/2009 2:28PM

    I agree that Sparkpeople is a great place to get encouragement. May God continue to send blessings your way!

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MOM2ACAT 4/18/2009 2:07PM

    I can really relate to what you said, and Spark People has helped me in those ways too.
Congrats on your maintenance, and how cool that your is growing back! It will time for that first post chemo haircut before you know it!

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