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Had a transfusion Friday, feeling better now!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My oncology nurse called me Thursday afternoon, and she was able to arrange a blood transfusion for me. I had that done on Friday. It was a long day at the hospital, but it was worth it, because I am feeling better.

Yesterday I was able to change the sheets on the bed without feeling like I had to sit down and take a break when I was done, and I got the laundry and a few other things done. The only thing that spoiled my day was a rotten sinus headache; I get them this time of year when the ragweed is out, and I also think all these up and down changes with the weather aren't helping either. I went to bed at 6pm last night after taking my migraine and nausea meds. The whole right side of my face hurt, and I had an earache too.

Thankfully, today I am feeling better; headache is mostly gone, and the earache is completely gone. I got my workout done, a few little chores done inside the house, watered my hanging baskets outside, and filled up my bird feeders, all before 11am, something I would not have been able to do last weekend. I still get tired out, and still have to pace myself, but it's not the "dead tired" like I had been feeling for the last 2-3 weeks.

  
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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 8/19/2014 9:25AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. Hope your health continues to improve.

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GOANNA2 8/19/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon So great to hear that you were
able to have the transfusion. Really happy to hear
you are feeling better. I used to suffer from sinus
headaches and to me they are like migraines. So
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HOUSEFAIRY 8/19/2014 5:48AM

    Hugs! You are in my prayers for continued better health. emoticon

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CUPKAKE137 8/18/2014 9:20PM

    Glad you are feeling better

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PATRICIA-CR 8/18/2014 1:57PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Cheers to you!

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LOLAINSC 8/18/2014 12:35PM

    Nothing like staring at undone chores you don't have the energy to do to make a person feel even worse. So glad you are feeling better and able to get some out of your hair.
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NOMIS1 8/18/2014 8:33AM

    I am so glad you are feeling better.

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SUSIEPH1 8/18/2014 6:30AM

    Hi Shari .. So glad you are feeling so much better .. Hope you also rest up often too .. Thinking of you .. Hugs and Love Susie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 8/18/2014 4:09AM

    Dear Shari,
I am so relieved you were able to get a transfusion and you are feeling better. I sympathise with your headaches. I'm still trying to get over recurring upper respiratory infection symptoms and associated issues like headaches and fibro head pain, which is another story...plus fatigue...I understand the 'dead tired' feeling too..
You did well to get all those chores done, and it's a good idea to just pace yourself with everything you can. I agree with Helen - some relaxation is a great idea! You are in my daily thoughts and prayers - hope the transfusion keeps your energy at a better level for quite a while yet.
Take care - big hugs, Nattacia

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CELLA_P 8/17/2014 9:29PM

    I'm so glad the transfusion was so restorative, Shari. Here's to easier days ahead with that ragweed, though; it sounds like it really causes some allergies to kick up with full force. Well, fall's right around the corner! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/17/2014 9:00PM

    Glad you are feeling better!!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/17/2014 8:24PM

    Sorry for the double post.
Have a blessed Sunday. Kick back and relax for a bit!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/17/2014 8:24PM

    So glad you had that transfusion and are feeling better!
Continuing prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CARRAND 8/17/2014 8:12PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better!

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RAESUN54 8/17/2014 7:28PM

    Glad you are feeling better today. I hope you get your strength back with each and every day. Take care and God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/17/2014 7:02PM

    So glad you were able to get that transfusion!! Happy you're feeling better. Having more energy has to lift your spirits!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/17/2014 5:09PM

    Hooray for not feeling "dead tired" now! That is huge to be able to change the sheets on the bed and not feel like you have to rest when it's done. I'm so glad to hear that your headache is just about gone too. I'm hoping that it stays away.

It's a rainy Sunday afternoon here...good day to read a book. Whatever the weather there where you are, I hope you have a wonderful afternoon doing something you enjoy.

Hugs,
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LADYDARYA 8/17/2014 4:50PM

    I am so glad you were able to get the transfusion and that it has helped you feel better!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/17/2014 4:45PM

    I am sooo glad she got you in there; you needed that. I was so frustrated reading your last blog about not meeting their requirements to get the transfusion that would help so much. Big hug.

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ICECUB 8/17/2014 3:55PM

    GLAD YOU GOT THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION AND THAT YOU ARE FEELING BETTER. emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/17/2014 3:43PM

    emoticon I am rejoicing that you were able to get the transfusion and it has helped you. I'm so thrilled that after reading your report about all the things you were able to accomplish the Blood Transfusion has surely helped and brought new strength & vitality to your body. I'm glad the sinus headache is mostly gone...I will continue to pray that you will get stronger and feel well...God's Blessings my dear friend...

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NPA4LOSS 8/17/2014 2:21PM

    emoticon I am so glad that you are feeling a little more energy. Sending love and lots of Sparkling emoticon Thoughts.

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Dealing with fatigue from anemia and cancer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Struggling with worsened fatigue once again. I had my monthly lab work done for my oncologist yesterday, and the results are showing a reason for that fatigue; my hemoglobin level has dropped from 10 a month ago, down to 8.5 yesterday. I can't be sure of the exact cause, but most likely it's because of one my cancer meds; lowered blood counts are one of the possible side effects of the Afinitor I take daily.

In the past, anytime my hemoglobin would drop to 8.6 or below, my chemo nurse would order a blood transfusion for me. Now though, after our hospital recently merged with a larger one, the criteria has changed and now the hemoglobin has to be at 8 or below for a transfusion. It's so frustrating to be at the point of "almost" qualifying, when in the past, they have made me feel better as soon as the next day.

But at least I know my lack of energy and motivation wasn't just my imagination, or being lazy. I'm just going to have to take extra care with pacing myself with my activities throughout the day, something I pretty much already deal with on a daily basis, and making an effort to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. I try to avoid naps during the day though; usually if I take a nap during the day, I end up awake most of the night. I'll just go to bed earlier if I have too.

Another symptom of anemia I've been having is shortness of breath after certain activity, such as unloading the car and bringing my groceries into the house after a shopping trip. Even Sunday, just the effort of getting myself ready for church tired me out, but fortunately, I had about 20 minutes where I could just sit and rest before my mom picked me up that morning.

I'm still doing my chair workouts, even though on some days, I really have to push myself to get started, and some days, I can't go as long as I do on others. My daily minimum I have set for myself for fitness minutes is 20 minutes, and so far, I've at least been able to meet that. With my pain issues, not exercising at all makes things worse. I may not be able to get everything done that I want to do right now, but I refuse to sit in a chair or stay in bed all day.

I'll be seeing my oncologist on the 26th; if the fatigue gets any worse, I will ask about getting my blood counts checked again while I am there, instead of waiting the usual 4 weeks. In the meantime, I just have to take it day by day and do the best I can. I've been through this before, so I know the drill.

And before anyone asks; no, taking iron won't help in this case. My iron levels are actually higher than normal. Not all forms of anemia are caused by low iron, mine is because of my cancer.

  
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OPALMOON 8/18/2014 3:51AM

    Hi Shari,
So sorry you had such a rough patch. I am just trying to catch up on blogs, not having been too good myself, and sensitivity to light and monitors of late. I know you are not lazy in any case and are such an inspiration in the way you try to keep going even when not feeling the best.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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JUDITH316 8/16/2014 2:00AM

    Hi Shari

Came back to say I continue to stand with you supporting you with my friendship and prayers...Hope you are able to get a blood transfusion soon and you begin to feel stronger.

You are a rich blessing and such an inspiration to all who comes along your pathway...God's Blessings my Friend!

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SUSIEPH1 8/14/2014 6:44PM

    So sorry you are not feeling well shari .. Take care and listen to your body .. Hope you can qualify for another transfusion soon ..
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NPA4LOSS 8/14/2014 6:29PM

    Save your Spoons and rest as you can. It is a time when you are needing more spoons for each activity. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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LAURIEMN 8/14/2014 11:45AM

    Isn't interesting that our minds even go to wondering if we are just being lazy?!? I say "we" because I am the same way. Your commitment to exercise while so fatigued is inspirational! Keep advocating for yourself and taking good care of you!

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    Good morning,
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    Sending you some love today. emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/14/2014 8:01AM

    I am so sorry you're feeling so badly! I so admire your commitment to exercise. You understand that it helps with the pain and stiffness which helps with that commitment. Sending good thoughts!!

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GOANNA2 8/14/2014 6:01AM

    I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well
Shari. I hope that you can get another transfusion
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ANGELBELIEVER 8/14/2014 12:04AM

    I pray that your numbers will be ok and you'll start feeling better once again. Hang in there my emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/13/2014 11:36PM

    I'm so sorry about the anemia and you having to wait for a blood transfusion, my prayers are with you my friend. Your statement is so true, indeed, you are doing your very best, you continue to amaze me with all that you do in spite of all that you are dealing with. You are an inspiration and a blessing. I stand with you in support and prayer...God Bless you my friend, Big HUGS...

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KARENCOMMIT2FIT 8/13/2014 9:44PM

    emoticon and prayers - am hopeful that you will be able to get the transfusion soon

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CELLA_P 8/13/2014 8:34PM

    I'm so sorry you've got so much to cope with in terms of both fatigue and pain, Shari. There's little in life more infuriating or unfair than "health-uncare" (BRAVA, SLIMMERJESSE! emoticon ) criteria which seem to be shifting in response to cost-cutting for the "bottom line," rather than patients' actual health and well-being. Greed and mismanagement, and we're victimized by it... But you are a study in resourcefulness and a proactive attitude as you continue to shift your activities in response to your body's changing needs and conditions. For all that and more, you continue to inspire us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ICECUB 8/13/2014 8:12PM

    emoticon emoticon FEEL BETTER SOON. KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/13/2014 7:43PM

    emoticon You have such a practical way of handling things.

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CARRAND 8/13/2014 6:55PM

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    emoticon emoticon Thinking of you.

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THROOPER62 8/13/2014 6:06PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

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ANGELN325 8/13/2014 5:36PM

    Just do the best you can and be good to your body. I would like to know the reasoning of changing the criteria for the transfusion. I wonder if they would be so quick if they were in your shoes. You are in my prayers.

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IAM_HIS 8/13/2014 5:08PM

    emoticon Oh sad to hear this. Take care of yourself and know that my prayers are with you. Thank you for posting this blog. I know how tired my sister is when her blood levels get low. Please remember to take care of yourself. Wish I lived nearby so I could drop in for a visit.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/13/2014 5:06PM

    Great blog, Shari, and very timely for me since I'm also dealing with a lot of fatigue right now. I really like how you try to get yourself to do 20 minutes of exercise every day. I've been doing a minimum of 10 minutes of walking each day. It doesn't matter how far or fast.....just that I get up an walk outside. Yesterday, I did 11 minutes! Woo hoo!

That's frustrating that they have changed the criteria for transfusions. I'm glad you are planning on getting it rechecked sooner since it seemed to drop so fast this time. You really seem to think things through and figure out the best way to approach your medical issues. I applaud you for that!

Hugs,
Kay

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/13/2014 4:57PM

    You are funny; you know yourself better than thinking it was your imagination or that you were being lazy! (smiling) I wish they'd give you that transfusion. This is another example of many changes in the health-uncare system. Even if you don't take a nap, maybe just a short rest might be helpful. Big hug.

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Change

Monday, August 11, 2014



I saw this quote on Oprah.com and I thought it was very fitting for Spark People.

So many people feel overwhelmed at the beginning of a weight loss journey; I know I did when I started mine 8 years ago. Even though I have been at my goal weight for over 6 years now, I look back and I am still amazed with myself that I did it!

You can be amazing too! You can do this! The time to start making those changes for a healthy lifestyle is right now, and you never know what you can do until you try!

  
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NASFKAB 8/18/2014 1:35AM

  very true so well put thanks

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CICELY360 8/14/2014 9:15PM

  Good blog.

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OPALMOON 8/13/2014 9:54AM

    Hi Shari,
You keep on inspiring many others with all the things you have accomplished. Maintaining for 6 years is awesome!
Big hugs, Nattacia

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OPALMOON 8/13/2014 9:54AM

    Hi Shari,
You keep on inspiring many others with all the things you have accomplished. Maintaining for 6 years is awesome!
Big hugs, Nattacia

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JUDITH316 8/13/2014 3:53AM

    AMEN emoticon emoticon Keep up the Great work! Cheering you on as always... emoticon Together 1 step at a time!

You continue to amaze me, you are a rich blessing and you continue to inspire me. we serve a Good God, a Mighty God and He has done and continues to do Great and Mighty Things in you...

God's Blessings Shari, I thank God for your friendship.... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/13/2014 12:53AM

    Hugs

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SJKENT1 8/12/2014 10:39PM

    thanks

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    emoticon emoticon Excellent blog. emoticon on you maintenance job!! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 8/12/2014 6:29PM

    Such good advice! Great quote!

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SHARON7464 8/12/2014 6:19PM

    Love the quote!

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JSEATTLE 8/12/2014 3:49PM

  Today was the perfect day for this quote. Thank you so much!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/12/2014 3:03PM

    Just put one fooot in front of the other. After a few times of losing, then regaining, I have lost 120+ pounds and have kept it off for 20 months.

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FELINEBETTER 8/12/2014 3:00PM

    You've been maintaining for 6 years already? Wow! YOU GO GIRL!!

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DJSHIP46 8/12/2014 1:21PM

    This is one of the more motivational blogs I've read. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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DIANNEMT 8/12/2014 1:12PM

    Amen--just start, one step at a time

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NONNAOF2 8/12/2014 12:50PM

  The great part of it all for me, is now I am in a routine that works and isn't as stressful as I once thought it would be! :-)

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  Great blog!

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    Thanks for the encouragement.

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TRYINGHARD54 8/12/2014 8:36AM

    i do have a long ways to go. it is scary .
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    How true! Best wishes!

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    Thank you very much for the inspiration and the
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PENOWOK 8/12/2014 7:28AM

    Very good! Thanks!

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SHERYLP461 8/12/2014 7:11AM

    Change is even difficult for those that like it

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JANET552 8/12/2014 7:10AM

    I've just proved this by doing back-to back no-sugar days. In January, if someone asked, I'd have said I could never even do one. Proved myself wrong several times and now I proved myself wrong again by doing two days in a row. The only thing I know for sure is you'll never accomplish anything unless you try.

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BESSHAILE 8/12/2014 6:49AM

    8 years! Congratulations. and yes. Choose your hard. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Wow! What an encouraging post! emoticon

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CELLA_P 8/11/2014 6:12PM

    A powerful quote and a lovely, serene graphic to match - tanks o' thanks, Shari! I was thinking of you earlier this afternoon, hoping you're doing well and sending my best thoughts and wishes. - Cella emoticon

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    Thank you!! How are you doing?

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DVD Review: Stronger Seniors with Anne Pringle Burnell Stretch & Strength workout

Sunday, August 03, 2014

First, a little background information about myself, for those that aren't familiar with my story, so you can understand why I would choose this type of workout.

I have been living with stage IV breast cancer with mets to the bone and liver. I am not able to do a lot of exercising on my feet because my left hip joint has been damaged by the cancer, and there is some arthritis there as well. Anytime I am walking outside of my house, I use a cane. My first cancer diagnosis was when I was 39; and I am now 50. (But I do not consider myself old enough to be a "senior".)

Now on to the review.

This workout DVD comes with 2 discs. The first disc is pretty simple, about 44 minutes of stretching and toning. It's pretty easy to follow. For both workouts, you will need a sturdy chair with a straight back, such as a kitchen chair; you don't want to use a chair with wheels such as a computer chair. The first workout also incorporates core exercises for the abs and back. If you are a beginner with exercise, this first disc is a good one to start with.

Disc 2 is for strength and aerobics, and is much more challenging. But even though it is challenging, the movements are easy to understand and follow; you don't need to worry about feeling confused or "lost" trying to learn the routine. Disc 2 is about 51 minutes long.

The disc 2 workout starts out with about 7 1/2 minutes of warm up, followed by about 15 minutes of seated aerobics followed by a short cool down. For the strength training portion, which is about 15 minutes long, you will need one 2-5 pound weight; it's followed by about 3 minutes of stretching. The last part of the workout is for balance; it is done standing, but with the chair next to you so that you can hold onto it for support if needed; that portion of the workout is about 10 minutes long and ends with more stretching.

I really enjoyed both workouts, especially the 2nd one; that one really got my heart rate up even though most of it is done seated. Even though the target audience for this is seniors, it is a great workout for anyone of any age if you have limited mobility such as I do.

If you are a beginner, you don't even have to do all of disc 2 all at once. For example. you may want to do the warm up and the weights on the first day, then do the warm up and balance workout the next day, and then try doing the warm up with the aerobics. As you get use to working out, you can build up to doing the entire workout all at once.

You can do a search on Google to find several places to buy this DVD if you are interested. I found mine on Ebay, and I got a good deal on it; I paid a little less than $10 for mine, which included the shipping.

  
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LADYDARYA 8/9/2014 7:07AM

    Thanks for the review and just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/8/2014 5:20PM

    Sounds like a good workout. Nice review. Thank you for the goodie. I'm looking forward to the new fridge and healthy contents. (smiling) Have a good weekend.

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IMAVISION 8/5/2014 10:00PM

    That sounds like a good starter set of DVDs & something any of us would benefit from using.

I was surprised when I realized that being a Senior is for those fifty-five & over. emoticon To my thinking --- Seniors are those seventy & over. Of course, when I hit the seventy mark, I will no doubt consider Seniors to be those eighty-five & older! emoticon

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God bless!

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CARRAND 8/4/2014 6:59PM

    Great review. I like it!

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CELLA_P 8/4/2014 5:53PM

    Excellent review, Shari! And good for you, for looking beyond the somewhat misleading title...even if you ARE young (well, in my book :) !

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/4/2014 3:01PM

  Thanks for the review and I'm glad you are able to participate in exercise.

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BETHLOVESBIKING 8/4/2014 1:12PM

    You are always so inspiring and so dedicated to keeping up with your workouts! I hope you are feeling well! (I've been gone awhile from SP--too much summer-time travel back and forth to see family members scattered all over. It's been fun, but I'm not keeping up with my normal routine.) Wanted to stop by and say hi and give you a big hug. emoticon

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OPALMOON 8/4/2014 12:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this review, Shari. You are awesome the way you keep doing all you can in any way possible.
Big hugs and continued prayers, Nattacia

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/3/2014 7:47PM

    Great review. I bought that DVD to use with my dad when I was caring for him. Anne was a Sparkmember at the time (I don't know if she still is) and I learned about her DVD from reading her posts on a Sparkteam I used to belong too. She does really nice stuff.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/3/2014 7:43PM

    Thanks for the review! You're an inspiration with your dedication to exercise!!

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ANGELBELIEVER 8/3/2014 5:20PM

    You continue to be inspiring and emoticon in your exercising. You are so disciplined and consistent. That makes a big difference. emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 8/3/2014 4:09PM

    You are so amazing to keep up your exercises so consistently. I am not as motivated as you I am afraid. It sounds like a good Cahir exercise DVD!

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ICECUB 8/3/2014 3:15PM

    emoticon HOPE YOU ARE FEELING WELL. HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

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  Thanks for the info

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Bone and CT Scan Results

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today was one of those oncologist appointments that was not just a "routine" visit; today he went over the results of the bone and CT scans I had last week.

The CT scan showed some lesions in my liver, but they are very small, and appear to be slow growing. He is not overly concerned with them at this time. I know from some of the support groups for metastatic breast cancer that I belong to on Facebook that liver mets can be managed and lived with. The lab tests show my liver function is normal, so that is a good sign too.

The bone scan was mostly stable, just a few new tiny mets in my left shoulder and ribs, and some of my older bone mets have actually improved a little. There is an area of concern though in my T spine. I have a new met there that appears that it might be in danger of collapsing and pinching a nerve, so I might need some surgery to stabilize that. Before sending me off to see a surgeon though, he is having me get an MRI done of that area to take a closer look at it.

Overall, even though my scans were not "clean", the news was not as bad as what I was expecting. I actually picked up my scan reports last week, but I didn't want to say anything until I had talked to my doctor and knew exactly what the results meant. Even though I have some concerns, I am relieved because things are better than what I had been expecting just judging from the written reports.

He's not changing my treatment at this time, which is another reason to cheer; so I am continuing on with the Aromasin and Afinitor. I'm glad I can stay on it for now, I think it needs more time to be given a fair chance to work.

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/2/2014 10:18PM

    Big powerful hugs and positive vibes are being winged your way. You are so strong and so wonderful! I'm happy for the mostly good news. Keep that positive frame of mind...it means everything!

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Bobbi Anne

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TERRY011360 8/2/2014 10:02PM

    Keeping you in my prayers. You are such an inspiration to me and so many others that have and are going through this. Sending "Hugs" your way.

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GOANNA2 8/1/2014 7:39AM

    I'm so happy for you Shari. glad that the results
were better than you had anticipated. Keep being
positive. You are amazing and I admire you so much.
wishing you a great August and a happy weekend.
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OPALMOON 7/31/2014 10:42PM

    Dear Shari,
I am so relieved for you that your results were relatively positive overall, and that you have had promising feedback from your support group about the liver mets. It is very good to hear that your oncologist wants to see an MRI first and hasn't changed your treatment. Wishing you well and keeping you in my prayers as always, and sending love and blessings to you.
Big hugs, Nattacia

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JANET552 7/31/2014 6:45AM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/30/2014 7:58PM

    So glad that things are better than you expected!!! Hope you can enjoy a wonderful week.
Continuing prayers, blessings, and hugs,
Helen

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IMAVISION 7/30/2014 12:19PM

    I am rejoicing with & for you that the results were better than you had projected. And I continue to lift prayer petitions for our Creator's will for you to unfold.

\o/ Praising the good Lord for those results! \o/

God bless!





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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/30/2014 12:13AM

    I'm glad it's better than expected. The liver is a large organ, which is why living donors can donate half to another person and still survive. So a few problems there are survivable. (I have a weird ball of blood vessels in my liver, probably from having it rub on my ribs all the time - thanks EDS. But I know it's not so bad because it's in a relatively small area.)

Some parts are a little better, some are a little worse, but there's a plan and there's always hope. Your body is still fighting along with your mind, and that will do well for you.

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ALLENJOSEPH 7/29/2014 11:22PM

    I'm so happy to hear things sounded so much better than what you were anticipating Shari.
You are a part of my prayers always. Thank you for keeping us informed you are my role model.
May God bless you always.
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ICECUB 7/29/2014 5:55PM

    THIS SOUNDS LIKE GOOD NEWS. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS. emoticon emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/29/2014 3:52PM

    All things considered, you are doing a lot better than anticipated. I will continue to pray for no need for surgery and continued improvement on the treatment regimen.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/29/2014 3:46PM

    emoticon for a good report on both tests. That's great news. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAESUN54 7/29/2014 3:46PM

    I am glad that not all was bad news and they will do more testing before they decide you need surgery. My prayers are with you and the upcoming test. I know it is hard waiting for the results and that you need to have all the information needed to move on. It is good you have your support groups to help you understand what to expect. It is always a comfort to talk to people that understand.

I pray that they get the result from the MRI soon so you can know if you need the surgery. My prayers once again are with you.

Rae

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LAURIEMN 7/29/2014 3:07PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/29/2014 2:30PM

    I am glad your MO was so encouraging. He seems like such a nice guy based on things you have said about him in the past. I also have "met" many bc women that have lived for many years after a diagnosis of liver mets. That's great that it hasn't impacted your liver function according to your bloodwork.

I'm hoping they think the met in the thoracic portion of your spine is stable enough not to need surgery. Have you been feeling any pain from it?

Hooray for not having to change therapies.

Hugs,
Kay

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MOONGLOWSNANA 7/29/2014 2:07PM

  I've been waiting for good results and these are pretty good, all things considered. I'm glad to hear that treatment is staying the same and you won't have to make any adjustments to something new. I hope you can hold off on the back surgery for now. I know you will keep us informed, and you were right not to share a lot with your mom. You have good instincts. Take care. Sending love.

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YELLOW09RED 7/29/2014 1:50PM

    emoticon I'm glad your having a MRI. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Hugs for your results. God bless you.
Sending my hugs.
Debbie

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NPA4LOSS 7/29/2014 1:21PM

    Mostly good news! Tuesday is now my special day to think of you and await for the results of your day. I am glad to hear that you even had some improvement. emoticon and emoticon emoticon

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