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30,000 Spark Points, What have I learned from this?

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. emoticon emoticon

  
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JANLEEW 6/11/2009 12:49PM

    You rock! Consistency and persistence are learned and practiced.
Congratulations on the first 30000 pts.

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CCHAZZ 6/11/2009 10:07AM

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URSULAVAN 6/10/2009 10:54PM

    Congrats, Inga! Your constant positive attitude is such an inspiration. Thanks for being part of my healthy support network!

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CUBS07 6/10/2009 9:31PM

    Congrats on 30,000 points but more importantly on making great healthy life choices! You are an inspiration Inga! emoticon

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/10/2009 8:45PM

    30,000 point is fantastic. You 've overcome so much to be healthy. You're an inspiration!
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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/10/2009 6:40PM

    emoticon That's an awesome number, Inga! I'm just so glad that you are here and a part of my journey with me. Selfish, maybe. Honest, yes! You are such an inspiration!!!
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LUVS2EXERCISE 6/10/2009 4:34PM

    emoticonon reaching those 30,000 Spark points!! That is quite an accomplishment! I'm very glad to have found this site and you as a friend! I know you will continue to do great and succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate

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! emoticonInga

  
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TERJEGOLD 6/3/2009 3:27PM

    We, too, have breast Cancer license plates. I've always had specialized plates for Raptors and it's so hard to have to choose. So rfar, I'm keeoing my Raptor plates because birds are my passion but if I had a second car, there would definitely be breast cancer plates on it.

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SUMMERHEALTH 5/31/2009 10:57AM

    You should be proud! I'm sure you are an inspiration to those facing this frightening disease.

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IVYLASS 5/31/2009 9:34AM

    Florida has something similar. I was thinking about getting one too.

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SUZQ45 5/31/2009 8:33AM

    Love your license plate Inga! Everyone could use a reminder - great idea! I do mine every year! emoticon

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LUVS2EXERCISE 5/30/2009 9:54PM

    Inga, your plates are just beautiful! I love the color purple and I just love the saying on them! I'm not sure if they have plates for that here in my state, but will have to look into it! Thanks for sharing yours with us!! emoticon emoticon emoticonLove Jen

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/30/2009 9:54PM

    I love it! And I need to see what my state has. Thanks for the motivation!!!

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My Healthy Garden

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! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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LORRAINE_D 6/6/2009 2:40PM

    I love gardening too. We planted several different kinds of tomatoes in pots this year. I have an herb pot that I keep on our back deck. I am still thinking that I need to get some peppers too and some cucumbers. I love fresh veggies! We also just replanted a butterfly garden. I lost about 6 butterfly bushes a couple of winters ago. We replaced 6 of them last year and lost 5 of them too. I only had one coming back now. So, we planted a raseberry colored and a white one, some scabious blue and a few more delpheniums. We also got some lantana in hanging pots. It had them a couple of years ago and they spread out too much if left to grow in the garden.
You would love the dinosaur exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo. We sure did.
We have nephews and nieces in Hobart, Cedar Lake, Merrivelle,

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SUMMERHEALTH 5/30/2009 2:18PM

    I love this! I am just discovering vegetable gardening. Such a great motivator to be outside and to eat healthy.
-Summer.

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KAREN24712 5/30/2009 10:48AM

    It sounds like a great garden. I hope 'our' weather here cooperates for both of our gardens!

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STILLFLYIN 5/29/2009 11:26PM

    Such a lovely description! Thank you for sharing it.

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LUVS2EXERCISE 5/29/2009 8:43PM

    I bet your vegetables are delicious! I wish I had more room here to do that myself! All of your hard work in the garden will pay off when you're enjoying eating them! emoticonI hope you have a great weekend! emoticonLove Jen

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/29/2009 8:13PM

    What a blessing you are to yourself and to your family! Hoping for a bumper crop for you.

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Reconstruction surgery a success!

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 emoticon

  
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JAZZID 5/23/2009 4:49PM

    Great news Inga... I am doing the "happy dance"... emoticon... I will be glad when I get to the point where you are...

I am happy for you... Take care... emoticon ~ Dee ~

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URSULAVAN 5/22/2009 1:12PM

    Great news! I'm so glad you're on the mend. Your positive attitude really is inspiring. Glad you found a doctor who listened!

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/22/2009 8:52AM

    I am so happy for you that things are going well. I applaud your great attitude after being through all of this. Take care and God bless.
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PRINCESSDI733 5/22/2009 7:56AM

    Inga - Your positive attitude and determination are truly inspiring. Congrats on fighting breast cancer 3 times! Keep up the positive attitude and enjoy the long life you still have ahead of you!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 5/21/2009 11:28PM

    WOO HOO that is awesome news!! Congrats on feeling better physically and mentally. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the good job and get lots of rest.
HUGS,
Kathy

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TEALADY0531 5/21/2009 10:43PM

    I'm so glad you're healing and happy! Blessings to you! emoticon

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STANNER3 5/21/2009 9:33PM

    So happy that you're healing well and feeling better. I didn't have to have such extensive surgery, and marvel at all of you extremely strong women who just do it and move on, just another day for you! You have my admiration and my support, keep up the good work!

Suzanne

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IVYLASS 5/21/2009 8:18PM

    Wow, you've had a tough row to hoe! I've always said breast cancer only strikes the strongest women, because we're the only ones who can handle it! I'm so glad you found a surgeon who will listen to you and do a good job.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 5/21/2009 7:31PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm soooooo glad the beautiful woman I've come to love and appreciate is healing soooooo nicely for her Man!!!! You deserve only the very best, my dear, dear friend!!!
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TERJEGOLD 5/21/2009 5:06PM

    I'm so glad you are happy with your reconstruction. Like you, I tried reconstruction after my double mastectomy but, when a cancer reoccurrance necessitated surgery in the same area I begged for the implants to be removed. I've been flat chested, concave really because of scar adhesions, and I am much happier than with the large implants.

Congratulations on finding a surgeon who understood what you wanted and was able to deliver on her promises. May this surgery be your very last and may you live a long and healthy life!!!!

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MARGO1966 5/21/2009 5:04PM

    Congratulations!! I'm glad you're starting to feel better, and that the surgery went well.

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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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