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I've come along way since my last chemo treatment!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This is me on 3-3-09. I am happy to say I am getting better everyday! I thought I looked like a pink-soldier in this picture taken by my very sweet nurse Geri. I finally got brave enough to share this with my spark friends. My hair is growing slowly, but it's growing, that's great news! emoticonInga emoticon

  
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JMO070163 1/14/2010 11:31AM

    you take good pictures .you are a very nice person.

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 1/13/2010 12:13PM

    You were beautiful then, and you are beautiful now. You have such an inner beauty. God will surely bless you in all your endeavors and all the days of your life. You have been through so much, but you are still such an inspiration to others.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 1/13/2010 5:29AM

    What a gorgeous beauty you are!!! I'm glad your hair is growing back because it is important to you. But you don't need hair to be beautiful.
I love you, my friend,
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STEPH606 1/12/2010 1:19PM

    You look wonderful. Sending you thoughts for a healthy and peaceful year.
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 1/11/2010 10:00PM

    You look BEAUTIFUL and you have a beautiful spirit, sweet friend!!
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STANNER3 1/11/2010 10:00PM

    You are truly a beautiful woman! Only those of us who have endured chemo (and some have endured it numerous times......) know that our hair does not define us!! We are so much more than that! Nice to see that even in the most trying circumstances, you always have a smile on your face!!

Love ya!
Suzanne

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SPARKLE72023 1/11/2010 7:52PM

    Awww...you look so cute Inga!!!
Shoot . . . . I don't ever look that nice & I haven't even gone thru Chemo..... ok, now I'm gonna be jealous. hee hee hee (just kidding - - about the jealous part but not kidding about the part that I don't look that good ever)!

Happy Hugs 4-U
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JUST_BREATHE08 1/11/2010 7:46PM

    I love you, Inga. You are one BEAUTIFUL lady !!! emoticon

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CHRYS13 1/11/2010 7:21PM

    You're beautiful and an inspiration to all!
Blessings to you and yours,
Chrys

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PRINCESSDI733 1/11/2010 7:18PM

    You are truly an inspiration. I hope you have a healthy year!

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CLAYSGAL 1/11/2010 6:52PM

    Funny, but the only thing you notice in that picture is that BEAUTIFUL smile. So glad your doing better. I'm not a fashion guru or anything but isnt short hair IN now? lol, take care an I'll keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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New Year, New Me, and a New Spark Name!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Goodbye CHI-TOWNGIRL, I have changed my name to PINK-SOLDIER. With the beginning of the new year I have thought about my purpose in life. As a 3 time breast cancer survivor I hope to share the message of HOPE that you can win this BATTLE. I fought the war and came out a champion. I am living a healthy life after cancer, believing it is gone for good. Spark People is helping me to live healthy after breast cancer, and as a spark person I hope to support and care for those who may be going though what I went through, surgeries, treatments, helping them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I will always fight against breast cancer, until a cure is found. I will always be a warrior in the fight against this disease, for myself and others, I am a PINK-SOLDIER. emoticonInga emoticon

  
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BJENKINS1014 1/9/2010 2:59PM

    Hi Inga,

I see I sent you a birthday sparkgoodie by mistake, but I don't think it's a mistake that I arrived at your page. This is where I needed to be today! I am new to breast cancer and am waiting for my surgery to be scheduled. Your blog has already lifted my spirits and made me more hopeful.

Thank you for sharing your hope and courage!

Betty

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JUST_BREATHE08 1/8/2010 5:47PM

    I love the new name but I love you more. Inga, you are a wonderful woman and an inspiration to ALL of us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE72023 1/7/2010 8:56AM

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Yes! It's PERFECT and cute too. At first I was wondering who the "new member" on our team was and then when I went to your SparkPage . . . it made me smile and so proud of your great steps always forward - never retreating in the face of the enemy.

You are blessed by the Lord to be an inspiration and leader for many of us. Thank you for "leading the pack" with this new Spark Name and your NEW YOU!
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CHRYS13 1/6/2010 8:50PM

    You are truly an inspiration!

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 1/6/2010 4:24PM

    I love your new name. My mother was a cancer survivor (not breast, but Cervical) for 33 years, then after a broken hip, cancer went into her liver and she did not survive that one...so I congratulate you on your beating breast cancer 3 times and I am with you all the way. I am a great cancer supporter!

I also was baffled by your name at first...then was glad to see it was YOU.

Keep on Sparkin'
Robin

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PRINCESSBETHI11 1/6/2010 11:45AM

    I LOVE the new name Inga:)

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JOANYC 1/6/2010 10:59AM

    Nice name change, but at first you were showing up on my friends feed and was wondering who is that. Then when I pulled up your page then I saw it was you.

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RJFERRARO315 1/6/2010 10:57AM

    Congrats on the new name. I love it!

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HISARTIST 1/6/2010 10:35AM

    AWESOME! My mother is a survivor as well, and I congratulate you for your courage and strength. The name is very fitting. Wear it well my friend!

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TERJEGOLD 1/6/2010 9:58AM

    The name took me for a loop for a minute. I couldn't figure out who this Pink Soldier was so I had to peak in your window and then I saw YOU! Love the name. Very appropriate.

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ESTELL32 1/6/2010 7:56AM

    Your new name blessed me today! i just read prayer request form our former pastor( we have moved away ) ..a dear friend just had surgery yesterday- she has breast cancer. . you have given me hope and i will share your hope with them, not mentioning your name just telling your story!
God bless You Inga, as you share HOPE!!! You are a very brave soldier!!!!

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URSULAVAN 1/5/2010 9:28PM

    I love it! Inga, you are a constant inspiration!

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SUZQ45 1/5/2010 8:27PM

    Great name!! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 1/5/2010 8:17PM

    That's our girl, Inga!!! Big emoticon!!!!!
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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 1/5/2010 5:47PM

    Way to go Inga!! I like it!

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Need a little Jump Start

Sunday, December 27, 2009

With the new year coming I need a jump start. I have not exercised this month due to recovering from a minor surgery, lymphedema swelling issues and the business of the season. I am glad the new year is right around the corner. I am working on new plans and goals for myself . I have an exercise bike, juicer, small weights, some exercise/yoga/pilates DVD's, Spark People...all the tools I need to get back on track, firm up the flab and start the new year off right. I also hope to eat better, healthier breakfasts, more vegetables, whatever it takes to feel better through fuelling my body. From the beginning of me rededicating myself to health in 2010, I will take things slow, proceeding gradually so not to injure myself, eventually graduating to health club workouts! emoticon emoticon This is a promise I make to myself, so by the time I reach my 46th Birthday in february, I will be feeling pretty good and used to all my healthy habits that make my life so much better. emoticonInga

  
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JMO070163 1/14/2010 11:34AM

    you are about the same age as I am I'm 46 turn 46 in july .hope you succeed in your Goals good luck.

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SPARKLE72023 1/2/2010 10:54AM

    Good luck with your exercise goals. Sounds like you're well prepared.
Let me know how it goes with the juicer.
I've been dreaming of getting one as a gift one day - - - - the family will buy me one for a birthday present maybe this year or the next.
Some people like them, others don't.
Which kind do you think is the best juicer?

HUGS!!! and I hope you will be fully recovered before the end of January.


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JANLEEW 12/28/2009 9:20PM

    You can do this! You have chosen, once you choose you can do anything! I went for a bicycle ride yesterday (cold until I pedaled far enough) I am (are you ready, not sure I am) 60 which is relatively new for me! Keep moving, keep tracking1

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RJFERRARO315 12/27/2009 7:55PM

    Inga,

Sounds like the perfect plan. I'm plan on doing a lot of the same. Take care,

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IRISHUMOUR36 12/27/2009 3:04PM

    This will be a New Year, remember that. It sounds like you have the mindset to make the changes and jump start happen. Good Luck emoticon

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 12/27/2009 3:00PM

    YOU are so worth the effort, my sweet friend. Be gentle, you've had a tough road here recently. We don't want any setbacks.

Love and big hugs,
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BIGDAD1211 12/27/2009 2:18PM

    The New Year will bring a new you my SP Friend! I too look forward to starting over again in 2010. Keeping you in my prayers.
God Bless you
Greg
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SOUPY18 12/27/2009 2:14PM

    Inga,
Best wishes to you for a healthier 2110. You are amazing.
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LINDA! 12/27/2009 2:03PM

    Many hugs to you, Inga!! Wishing you all the best. emoticon

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DRADISCH 12/27/2009 2:01PM

    Inga, You inspire me. This is a great and honest post. Thank you and many Blessing to you my friend.
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Wrapper's by the bed...when it was bad, but now it's better.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I am so glad I am not cleaning up candy wrappers, empty bags of chips, beside my bed. You know, the remnants of my bed-time pleasure, EATING! My night time binges have really been under control again. I had success for many months and then wham, bam , thank you mam, I started eating at night again. I wondered, what am I doing to myself ??? I worked closely with my spark friends and teams. Together we developed a nightly check-in that helped me and anyone else who needed it, to steer away from unhealthy before bed snacks. A few weeks have passed since putting my best foot forward on this battle and I have done well. I found a strength from within to keep me from doing this. The more nights I keep clean, the easier it gets. Glad I am gaining more control everyday. Perseverance counts! emoticonInga

  
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JAZZID 11/27/2009 11:20PM

    ... I am glad that you re-gained control over those night time demons... emoticon emoticon..

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MJVEDT 11/17/2009 3:11PM

    Inga
How great you have been able to move forward. I'm not a bedtime snacker but I tend to graze all day long. I wonder what I'm doing to myself and I hate to think of the holidays coming!

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HUMMDINGERTUB 11/17/2009 10:40AM

    Having others to check-in to sounds like a wonderful idea! How great that others are holding you accountable here. I sure would like to have that support here too. How did you arrange that?

I'm so happy for you that it is working too! That is such good news! Praise God!

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JANLEEW 11/15/2009 4:15PM

    Keep practicing! Make room in your calories for a before bed snack works for me!

We are all here to help, anytime.

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KALISWALKER 11/15/2009 4:07PM

    I sm glad you got your control back. What a great idea to have a check in group to give you the boost you needed.

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SPARKLE72023 11/15/2009 8:34AM

    Hey Inga, way to go!!! One night at a time . . . . . then it will be one week at a time, one month and soon you'll be breezing thru one year at a time!

AND (LOL) it's so nice in the morning not having to be pierced with guilt and wrapper clean up duty. Now you can just move on immediately to your first Spark activity of the day and enjoy!

I'm so very proud & happy for you to be conquering this BIG hurdle - - - kicking your former "bedtime buddies" to the curb!
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CHRYS13 11/15/2009 7:26AM

    emoticon Good for you!
You're an inspiration!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/15/2009 12:10AM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you, Inga!!! What an inspiration you are!
Hugs,
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LINDA! 11/14/2009 11:59PM

    You rock!! emoticon

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Keep going!

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Positive Connections at SP!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Spark People is such an awesome place. Coming here weighted down with extra pounds, emotional issues that stemmed from being a breast cancer survivor, and a shameful night-time binge eating problem, I knew I needed a change in my life. SP popped up on my computer screen just at the right time. I have met so many positive influences and have read countless articles that have helped me mature into a healthier person, mind, body and spirit. I am getting better everyday and the person I have grown into owes quite a bit to Spark People. I hope to support the people I meet here in the same way they have helped me to reach my goal's and improve myself. The friendships are so encouraging, supportive, and motivating. The positive energy I get back from being a Spark Person fuels my inner being, making each day better than the day before. I am finding my way into a healthy life and I like it. Thanks Spark People for the positive connections that I and all your members benefit from! emoticon emoticonInga

  
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SUNNY332 11/14/2009 5:54PM

    Well said, Inga. Spark People has put the P back in positive for me too.

Hugs, Sunny



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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 11/14/2009 11:08AM

    I'm soooooo very glad you are here! Spark would not be the same without YOU!!!! (((Hugs))))
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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 11/14/2009 10:11AM

    Well said, Inga! I couldn't agree more. I come here every day too!

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LINDA! 11/14/2009 12:11AM

    You are so right. I have to come here everyday. I feel positive anytime I am on the message boards. What a community of wonderful, supportive people. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 11/13/2009 11:31PM

    Inga it's people like you who have made SP so wonderful for me. You welcomed me and calmed when I needed someone to give me support and comfort. Thanks for being so special and caring so much about others.

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SPARKLE72023 11/13/2009 8:22PM

    Awww, you're making us feel so loved Inga!!

We love you too. The Lord saved you as a Breast Cancer Survivor to be a sweet light on our Spark path! Our dear friend!

See how selfish I am. LOL emoticon

Seriously, though, SP is a great place to recharge and get in touch with the healthy side of our god-given natures. . . . . and don't forget, our Ratties are so helpful with that too!

Have you hugged your Rattie today? Have you played with your Rattie today?
It's fun and it burns calories too. LOL
Lucky sends his love to Sadie!!! I'm also sending her a long-distance hug too.

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