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More of an incentive to run this 5K breast cancer race in June

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well, my friends daughter is very sick. Turns out her breast cancer is stage IIIC. This is so NOT good. She's 23 years old! It's HER2+ and estrogen- and progesterone-. It was the size of a grape in December and now is the size of a grapefruit and has invaded her chest wall. She also has positive nodes. She also came back positive for a mutation in the TP53 gene which is associated with larger tumors and more aggressive cancers. I'm not even familiar with this gene factor and will have to research it more. The breast surgeon said she can't do surgery until she has chemo first to shrink the tumor some. At this point they are not sure if chemo is something they are even going to attempt. She has a PET scan Monday. They are going to wait for these results before they decide if they want to proceed with any treatment.

I feel so sad for her and for my friend. Breast cancer is just about unheard of in 23 year olds...and such an advanced case at that.

I am SO glad I have always been such a supporter of breast cancer screenings, fundraisers, etc. It's always been a passion of mine. I've had many relatives and patients with breast cancer over the years, but this one is the hardest for me. I am SO going to rock this Race for the Cure run in June....all for Ashley.

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THE_JULES1 3/19/2010 2:30PM

    Oh that is just so sad. I am so sorry.

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LLTS01 3/19/2010 1:21PM

    Carla- I am so sorry. We definitely have a million reasons for our run on 6/5.

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 3/19/2010 11:40AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I am praying.

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JELLI-LEAN 3/19/2010 11:11AM

    How horrible for her... she is so young... God does have a plan for her life. I will be praying for her.

Good for you in the run! You go girl!!

Happy Friday Disco Lady!!

~ Janel :)

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CHANCE0719 3/19/2010 11:01AM

    What awful news! I am so sorry for your friend's family; i will keep them in my prayers.

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DONNAEDA 3/19/2010 9:00AM

    Oh, how terrible, what a waste of a young person. All the more reason for all of us to support breast cancer awareness and research. Your friends are in my prayers

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CHOPOLA 3/19/2010 8:08AM

    That's terrible. My husband has a friend at work that was just diagnosed at 28 and I thought that was terribly young. I hope she stays strong. We are going to rock this race for Ashely!

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St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I just wanted to thank all my Spark friends for all the cute St. Patrick's Day goodies and wishes. Being a lot Irish, I love this day :-)

Can you tell?

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LLTS01 3/18/2010 10:53PM

I love this picture.

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JELLI-LEAN 3/18/2010 11:14AM

    Cute... cute...cute... you gals were making to wear green and not get pinched! emoticon

You go disco lady! emoticon

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MINDYJ1 3/18/2010 10:30AM


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KIMSTUTZ 3/18/2010 7:52AM

    Green is a great color for you!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 3/17/2010 10:57PM

    I'm only a little Irish, but I had a lot of fun with green eyeshadow, and green glitter all over my face. (we have to wear a blue uniform) And I DID pinch all the students I saw without green, even the department head! LOL Hope your night is a great one! emoticon

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Work blues...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Today was a crazy work day. I work in a small, but progressive medical practice. We spent the last 3 years perfecting the templates and spending 1000+ hours of non work time transferring information from our old paper charts and making our electronic medical record software and practice management software work for us....only to find out that the company we chose was bought out by another company that is "sunsetting" our software and after next year will no longer provide support nor offer any updates. This is after a 5 year lease of literally thousands and thousands of dollars.

We now have the daunting task off finding a new system and starting over, almost from scratch....again. Yep, the new company will offer deep discounts on converting to their new software, but their support is not the best and their new program is nothing like the old one. Yep, there are companies that are doing conversions, but the conversions don't include all the extras we did when we customized our templates... the customization was one of the biggest selling points of what we picked plus the conversion packets are very pricey on top of the already steep prices for a new software package....never mind having to learn a totally different and brand new software.

We stayed after tonight for a demo of one of the contenders. It was supposed to be a 1.5 hour demo and ended up being 3.5. Not complaining as we got a lot more out of it than we would have otherwise, but it was not planned time and it prevented me from making my goal at the gym this evening. I got home after 9 and still had dinner to cook and other household things to do. Looks like there will be a lot more late nights to come too....and we thought we had already put in all the work for the last 3 years and could enjoy ourselves now. NOT...

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TIFFYFANNY 3/18/2010 9:34AM


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LLTS01 3/17/2010 10:15PM

    Interesting- I interviewed someone today who was working on converting a medical practice to EHR and they were really struggling. This is really a tough call. It's bad enough when the sunsetting of products happens to larger companies but the cost and time effort for smaller practices can be daunting. I don't know if there is an easier way. Can't local practices band together to contract with one company? What is the local hospital system doing that can be leveraged?

Yikes- putting in my working hat.


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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/17/2010 8:21PM

    emoticonI'm sorry you all have to go through that! You could come work in my place emoticon emoticon

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THE_JULES1 3/17/2010 10:46AM

    Ugh! I would want to scream, too!

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MTNGRL 3/17/2010 9:38AM

    The hospital I worked for changed over to a different "paper less" system and it was a nightmare changing everything over. Especially when everything we were doing was working so well. Good luck with the changes. I know how frustrating it can be.

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Time change and sleep

Monday, March 15, 2010

Well, losing an hour of sleep over the weekend isn't agreeing with me very well. I feel so incredibly tired! I had to force myself to change and go to the gym after work. Instead of feeling my normal exhilaration after exercise, I just feel tired.

About the only good thing is lighter so much longer now. I'm off to bed...really early for me, but I am exhausted!

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KIMSTUTZ 3/16/2010 7:53PM

    ditto for me.......i did take yesterday off going to the gym. worked an 11 hour day today but went down to execise for awhile. yea! love longer days too!

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 3/16/2010 10:04AM

  I feel your pain!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRIGNALIA 3/16/2010 9:15AM

    Ohhh my, I am right there with ya! I hope to recover soon.

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LLTS01 3/16/2010 9:14AM

    I could have written thi blog but I do feel much better today.

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DAWG-TILL-I-DIE 3/16/2010 7:22AM

    Girl, I feel ya... I am going through the same thing. Guess we just have to suck it up and persevere.
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CHOPOLA 3/16/2010 7:22AM

    I was really tired yesterday too. I really had to force myself to exercise when last week it wasn't so hard. Hopefully we will adapt quickly!

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Sunday~~I got lots of exercise in and feel great!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Well, today was a good day exercise wise! I worked out for over an hour at the gym, bowled for 3 hours (just 3 of us on 2 lanes so we were able to bowl A LOT!), walked 90 minutes and did some jogging in there too. During the day, my daughter and I played Wii bowling, boxing and did Wii fit hula hoops.

I feel great to be able to get so much done in one day. Too bad it's not the weekend everyday. I manage to get at least 1-2 hours per day during the week, but today I way surpassed that.

I am determined to get myself in shape to run my 1st 5K in June and I really need to get back to losing weight on a regular basis.

I also spent a good portion of the day cooking and preparing meals for the rest of the week. I find if I don't plan well on the weekends, I don't do as well during the week. Being organized works much better for me :-)

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DIGISCRAPPY 3/15/2010 3:06PM

    What Louisa said! Man, we could do some HUGE THINGS if we didn't have to work!

Sounds like you had a terrific weekend of being active. I love weekends like that! Can't wait to get back out hiking, myself.

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LLTS01 3/15/2010 2:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Now if we could only quit our jobs we would be a super healthy group.

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CHOPOLA 3/15/2010 6:51AM

    You are committed! Great job on all of the exercise!

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JANNYPANTS 3/15/2010 3:03AM

    Wow - you are a powerhouse!

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