Monday, November 04, 2013
Where do I begin this love story and how it relates to Sparkpeople? Maybe I should just start at the beginning.
I needed to loose some weight for my own self esteem, as well as my health. I had gained weight taking some medication as a cancer follow up. So after 5 years, my Dr. and I agreed it was time to stop taking it. I allowed several months to drop some pounds with the help of Sparkpeople.
I talked in my April blog post about a dear friend of mine who lost her battle with cancer. She and her husband worked in the school district with me. After watching my beloved friend's husband grieve so sadly for his loss, I decided I needed to help in some way. It had been over a year since her death. Long story short, in being available to discuss his loss and let him talk about is love for her, we realized that our spirits were connected. A bond developed that was obvious to everyone we knew, except me I guess.
Our friends started to notice that he wasn't as sad as he had been for so long. That he was smiling more, that he was coming alive again.
And then it happened. He approached me and made the first move to make the relationship more than just a friendship. And every day it's a little more loving and every day it's a lot more obvious that we have a spiritual bond that is growing.
I love this man and he loves me.
And without the loss of a few pounds with the help of Sparkpeople, I don't think I would be as comfortable in my own skin as I am today.
And I'm going to continue to improve my health, not just loose the weight. Because we would like to enjoy the rest of our lives together in joy and health!
Wish me luck.
Monday, June 24, 2013
I have been on a long personal journey this week. I've been somewhat absent from my SparkFriends as I've been dealing with my own Cancer Recurrence scare. I get so tired of talking about the BIG C in my life. But last week I got a call back (the first since my diagnosis) on my mammogram. As if it isn't enough to have to have one! So to my oncologist office I went to vent my concerns. Long story short, I had the second mammogram. Inconclusive. Sonogram. Inconclusive. Biopsy. and a 3 mammogram. OUCH. Enough all ready. Waited 3 days for the results. Drum roll please.
NO CANCER CELLS!!!!
I survive another year.
Exceptionally Great day.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Today I start the 2 week challenge from the new book The Solution!
I'm going to see just how far I can take this. I've been motivated this year to make this my year to get back to my pre-cancer weight.
This 2 week kick start may just be what I need to re-charge my diet mojo. I've lost over 25 lbs since Jan 1 (yes, that was my New Year Resolution) and I've been at a kind of stand still her the last 2 weeks.
Unlike in years past, I consider that aging has played a part in my new found acceptance of my self and my progress. I no longer live by the numbers on the scale, in fact I only weigh when I go to the Dr's office now. In the past, that 1/2 lb or 1 lb gain or loss could cause me to become manic or depressed. I don't care so much now about the short term as much as I do the long term. I'm in this for life, for the rest of my life, so I just want my health back.
So I'm going to follow this new 2 week Solution Diet as closely as I can. I may change the order of the days to meet what I have in the refrig at the time. During this 2 week solution, I will go to the gym 3 days a week, I will walk at least 1 mile 5 days a week, I will get my sleep (if work doesn't keep me out late) and most of all, I will continue my Spark streak. This is my promise to myself so I'm blogging it to keep me honest.
Here's to the healthiest year of the rest of my life!! Go Me!!!!!
Friday, April 26, 2013
This week I had another friend call me to tell me she was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Let me start this journey. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 7 years ago. Wow, what a shock that was. Fast forward a little (don't want to write about my journey here now). My good friends husband was diagnosed about a year later and passed a year after that. He was a scientist for Genintex who discovered the Hercepton drug that I had for 21 months for the Her-2-Nu genetic receptor that 20% of women with breast cancer die from. There were hundreds at the funeral. I sat next to other dedicated scientist there to honor him, who are frantic to find drugs for cancer patients. I have survived.
My older brother was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma 2 years ago. After numerous test, a trip to the Mayo Clinic and a 3 month stay at Harvard Medical Center for a new form of radiation, he was sent home. Unfortunately it had little to no affect on the tumor. He is confined to a wheel chair with a morphine drip now but refuses to give up to this disease. I know his will to live. I inherited it as well. Time is precious for his family now. I have survived.
One of my dearest friends in the world was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer 2 years ago. I watched as she bravely fought to rid her body of this menace for 18 months. It had spread through her entire body. She was the most faithful of spirits. She had just had her first grandchild and together we had planned to enjoy this time as Nana's. She drew her last breath at 55 just 6 months ago. I have survived.
Now our good friend called me last weekend, encouraged but devastated. She has breast cancer. They felt is was early, stage 1 or 2. She went to the surgeon today after her MRI and was told the grim news. They found it in both breast, most likely Stage 3 in both and it has metastasized in many lymph nodes. Chemo treatment starts next week before surgery. I am honored that people call me an inspiration and ask for prayer. I know how truly blessed I am. I have survived.
In the past 5 years, Cancer has been all around me. It taken too many of my friends. I HATE CANCER!!!!!
BUT I HAVE SURVIVED. I will not let it beat me.
Live every day as if it's your last. Control stress in your life. Live in the moment, it's all we have. Love your loved ones as if there is no tomorrow. Thank God every day for the blessings he's given.
I have survived another day.
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