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I beat Breast Cancer for a 3rd time & reached my weight goal!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The last 8 months have been difficult. As a 2x breast cancer survivor I had hopes of staying cancer free, but last August I discovered a lump under my arm. I had been a Spark People member for about 8 months at that time, struggling to conquer late night eating and drop 15 pounds. The lump turned out to be a reoccurance of the breast cancer. I underwent many medical tests to check for a spread of the disease and had 2 surgeries in october. In november I began a rigorous course of 6 chemo treatments, I was very sick. My support system at Spark People was amazing. I'd come to my computer to read words of comfort, receive spark goodies and spark mail's of support. I couldn't get out much, chemo took the life out of me. I finally reached my weight goal in mid-january, but didn't know if it would last. I am happy to report my weight loss has stayed the same now for over 2 months, so I did it! emoticon Chemo ended a month ago and my PET/CT scan has found me to be cancer-free. My treatments and my attempt at weight loss were successful, and that = one happy me. emoticonI give thanks to God for this healing, & emoticonSP! emoticonYou have been a constant source of kindness and sunshine! Inga emoticon

  
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GYMMAN59 4/15/2009 7:39PM

    Way to Go I am a 4 year survivor Cancer Sucks but if you keep a positive frame of mind it makes it a lot easier to deal with,You are a very strong person and a inspiration to all those who will get diagnosed today Keep up the great job

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MAGA99 4/3/2009 4:07PM

    GOD BLESS

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JAZZID 4/3/2009 8:15AM

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MOB8/2009 4/3/2009 5:45AM

    I'm so very happy for you, Inga. I know how hard chemo is, but if you were sick, you never let on to us! You were always cheerful, upbeat, and supportive. You're an inspiration.

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IVYLASS 4/2/2009 9:14PM

    I am so happy for you!! I also recently had a clean PET and CT and mammogram...can't tell you what a relief that was (oh, yes I can, you know what I'm talking about!)

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WYOBZM 4/2/2009 8:59PM

    What a wonderful person you must be to overcome cancer 3 times. lose weight and still be so positive. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYREN3340 4/2/2009 3:15PM

  Inga,

You are a wonderful person & deserve everything good that comes your way!! Here's to staying cancer free!!!!

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HUMMINGBIRD83 4/2/2009 12:01PM

    This is wonder new. Wish you the best.

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BLUEWILLOW527 4/2/2009 10:47AM

    Hi Inga!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
I am so very happy for you!! You are such an inspiration to me and all of us BC survivors! I haven't been on SP much lately, but I am so glad I came on today to see your post. I wish you all the best for continued wellness!
Love and Hugs,
from Mary Jo
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BUFFCESSNA 4/2/2009 9:23AM

    That's amazing Inga. Congratulations!!!

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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 4/1/2009 11:02PM

    So happy for you Inga! I'm celebrating all your victories with you! And all the while you & Kathy managed to keep our team going while I was running wild and misbehaving! Thank you so much for all that you do, you are an incredible woman and a magnificent co-leader! Love you girl!
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URSULAVAN 4/1/2009 8:23PM

    That's SO wonderful, Inga! You really are an inspiration to all of us.... such strength, perseverence, and determination! Congrats on your health and your goal!

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LUVS2EXERCISE 4/1/2009 7:56PM

    I'm so happy for you Inga!!!! You truly are an inspiration to me!!! Congrats on your weight loss and being healthy!!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove ya, Jen

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Meat, Eggs, Cheese, Green Veggies & Water

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Why these foods, well I had a PET/CAT Scan yesterday and this is all I could eat 24 hours before, it wasn't easy. I am not a huge fan of eggs,so I ate some cheese for my lunch, then my son who sings in a Swedish Choir had a performance. All this delicious food was set out for the people who attended. There wasn't one thing on those tables I could eat, even though I had restricted foods from my diet before, this was incredibly hard. I tried to smile emoticonas my Husband and son enjoyed every bite they took. Feeling like I was suffering from starvation I made a steak, green beans and asparagus for dinner, now I felt satisfied. The reason for the scans is to see if my chemo was successful, I have had breast cancer 3 times and I hope the scan declares me cancer free. I am waiting for my results and I feel positive that I will hear good news from my doctor. emoticonI also wanted to add that the reason for eating these things is they require you to eat no carbs, in order to perform these tests. They inject you with a substance that will illuminate cancer if it is found. I am leaning on God, I am going to be a survivor!
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SPARQUEE 4/1/2009 6:49PM

    You inspire me and give me courage.

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IVYLASS 3/31/2009 6:38PM

    I saw your update...congrats on kicking cancer out!!

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IVYLASS 3/31/2009 6:38PM

    I saw your update...congrats on kicking cancer out!!

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JSTINMT 3/26/2009 3:23PM

    So Inga . . . what did the scan say???????

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LOLLIPOP62 3/25/2009 9:32AM

    I'm so in awe of you. I'm inspired by your attitude and goals. You will overcome the cancer again!! I'm praying for you right now and sending warm hugs!! P.S. I love steak...haven't had one in a few months. Never heard of eating like that before a scan. Anything I've ever had done required fasting and it was awful LOL! Keep us posted.
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LUVS2EXERCISE 3/24/2009 9:23PM

    Stay strong Inga, I'm so proud of you at how far you've come....you can and will beat this!!! You are and will continue to be in my prayers!!! I'm here for you always! emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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KEVANSRT 3/24/2009 6:41PM

    We'll keep our fingers crossed and say a prayer! emoticon

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