Wednesday, June 10, 2009
30,000 pts. after being a spark person since january of 2008. What do these points mean to me? They mean time spent here at SP improving my health. During this year and 4 months or so I have worked on my well being. I have earned points for eating healthy, and some days not, but with practice my diet has evolved and is healthier now with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I have earned points for household chores and exercise or sports activities, I now seem more inclined to do daily exercises. I journal things about my diet and exercise. I have learned to reward myself for reaching goals, spark people has taught me many things that have lead to the improvement of my health. I have reached my weight goal as a spark person, I beat breast cancer, I met a lot of neat people from all over the world. As those points have added up, so has my knowledge of how to live a healthier life and be a better me. Earning 30,000 spark points has been a fun, motivating, and life changing experience. I look forward to every future spark point I earn, as I gain the knowledge needed to maintain my healthy lifestyle. These points have taught me much, I am a happier person, who eats better, exercises more and looks forward to continuing and acquiring new healthy habits. It's been fun being a spark person and I love my healthy outlook.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Does your state have special license plates for different causes? I think the most important cause is to prevent breast cancer. In illinois we have a plate that says" Mammograms Save Lives". This is a fact for me, my life was saved by a mammogram which detected early stage breast cancer at age 40, in 2004. I purchased a special license plate promoting mammograms, with my nick name on it. It makes me proud to be a survivor and share the importance of this test wherever I am driving. So if you see these license plates, think of how many lives are saved, get a mammogram, you just might save your own life, and remember breast cancer is highly treatable in it's early stages. One Smilin' Survivor! Inga
Friday, May 29, 2009
I spent the last week planting my garden. I planted flower seeds and annuals. My excitement is in the planting of my vegetables. I always enjoy growing my own. The taste of fresh grown veggies from my garden is very pleasing to my taste buds, and the rest of the family enjoys them too. I have planted red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, larger yellow tomatoes, orange bell and purple bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, japanese eggplant and all kinds of herbs. I have some established perennial herbs and have added rosemary, lemon thyme,greek oregano, italian parsley, and basil. I have an established peach tree that has a huge yield in early august, it looks like it's starting out perfectly. Now I water, weed, and wait. Hoping for both rain and sunshine to nourish my garden as it grows. I will be able to use some of the herbs soon, but the vegetables take some time. When the vegetables begin producing I will add them to many things, salads, veggies on the grill, pastas, etc., their flavor is so much better than store bought. So as my veggies, herbs and fruit tree start yielding, I will be enjoying them to the max and have the simple satisfaction that I grew them, they are pesticide free and they make healthy choices easier, and trips to the grocery store less frequent. Having my own garden saves time and money. This truly is one of my biggest joys as the weather warms up, I love to garden and the benefits I and my family reap are priceless!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
It's been a long 9 months since discovering I had a return of my breast cancer, for the 3rd time. I went through more surgeries and a strong coarse of chemo. I debated whether to try breast reconstruction again. I had a bilateral mastectomy in 2006 and had reconstruction after that, the DR. didn't do a good job, I was left with bad plastic surgery, a staph infection and a hole in my chest, The implants he had put in had to come out and I was glad, they were too big and not at all what I wanted. I lived over 2 years without a chest, before cancer struck again. I am lucky with my 3rd breast cancer diagnosis, only 1 lymph node was affected, my prognosis for a long life is very good. I decided the "flat as a board" look wasn't for me. I researched plastic surgeon's in my area and found one who listened to me and said she could repair and restore what I had lost. I had lost much skin and tissue, so she told me new techniques were available where pig tissue is used to rebuild my breast area. She also told me she would use the smallest implants possible, as that was what I wanted. My surgery was three weeks ago, and yesterday I saw my plastic surgeon, she says I am healing nicely. Now this has not been an easy 3 weeks. This has been my 8th surgery related to all my breast cancer and reconstruction issues, but it has also been the most painful. In order for a woman to get implants who has undergone a mastectomy, the pectoral muscles must be pulled and stretched. I am happy the pain is slowly easing up. I have been told it will be about a 6 week recovery, that's ok with me. I am happy I will be feeling better by summer. I couldn't be happier with my new womanly figure. It has been a rough road, but the results bring a smile to my face and my Husband's! Man, I feel like a woman! Inga
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! 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. I give thanks to God for this healing, & SP! You have been a constant source of kindness and sunshine! Inga
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