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Good news...breathing a sigh of relief :-)

Friday, December 07, 2007

I went for the biopsy today. The new ultrasound showed that the previously suspicious looking nodules were in fact lymph nodes. :-) So the doctor / radiologist recommended no biopsy and just a followup ultrasound in 6 months.

SOOOO relieved I could burst.

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    Whew. Been there. Done that. What a relief!

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SHELLSLYN 12/8/2007 10:41AM

    Tess, that's wonderful!!

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SPARKNMOM 12/7/2007 9:54PM

    Yes...good news indeed!! So happy for you : )

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COFFEE_KISS 12/7/2007 6:32PM

    PHEW and great news! What a way to start the weekend! Have some filet mingon to celebrate!!

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LISA32989 12/7/2007 6:14PM

    Woo hoo! I really understand relief this week!

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Me? running a 5k?!?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I guess this is on the same theme as me feeling brave or stupid!

I've downloaded the Couch to 5K podcasts. I've already done Week 1 day 1, and tomorrow at the gym I'm planning to do day 2. I've never never never ever thought I would ever be someone who would run a 5k, so this is really incredible. A HUGE step for me!! I don't know how long I will last in this training, but I'm just gonna keep going, and see if I can actually do it.

The first day of the training went really well. I did a little over 3 miles on the treadmill, in around 45 minutes. I'd like to get that down to a better time, something around 35 minutes. We'll see how it goes. If anyone wants to join me, and be Couch to 5k buddies, let me know!!

Second day also went great. Will be focussing on getting my time down into the 30's for 3 miles.

Week 1
Day1: 3.1 miles in 45 min
Day2: 3.0 miles in 41 min (Decided to start tracking time)
Day3: 3.0 miles in 44 minutes

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SPARKNMOM 11/29/2007 10:11PM

    Wow...you're doing great!! I'd love to join ya...but not yet LOL!!!! someday I really want to run...and I will!

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KRISTENE50 11/29/2007 1:06PM

    Thats awsome. You are already improving on your treadmill times and will be at that 5k in no time. I am hoping to get a treadmill for christmas and if I do, I would love to be your 5k buddy. However, you will be way into your training by then. With my two kids and work schedule, I only get to workout after 8pm when the kiddos go to bed. Wyoming has not been introduced to 24Fitness yet, so I do my elliptical at home. Again, I am really hoping to add the treadmill in a few weeks.

Good luck to you in your 5K training - I know you can do it.

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OHANAMAMA 11/28/2007 11:39PM

    Wow, I wish you the best on that! It is a Huge step, but in the right direction. What is "Couch to 5K podcasts?" Your treadmill time is great! ~Renee'

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I'm feeling brave.. or is it stupid? lol

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

So I'm jumping into the hot tub, and well.... feeling hot! :-) Or at the very least, hotter than I've felt in a long time. Damn, I am ONLY 15 pounds from the weight I was on my wedding day (5 years ago) So.... I did the unthinkable...

I took pictures of myself in a bikini. :-)

I haven't found the balls to post the pics in my profile just yet, but I vaguely remember Randy daring me to do it.


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MELYNN68 11/27/2007 8:58PM

    Woohoo! You go girl! I remember taking pics of myself with my shirt tucked in for the first time in years - I can't IMAGINE a bikini yet! That rocks!! Keep up the great work!

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SPARKNMOM 11/21/2007 9:16PM

    Wow...that IS brave - good for you!! It's amazing what a confidence-building accomplishment is it to lose weight. It's funny that you used the phrase "brave...or is it stupid". I use that line every week when I go to the grocery store with all 4 kids. Everyone stops me and says "wow...you're brave" and I usually reply "or stupid" : )

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SHELLSLYN 11/21/2007 8:36PM

    Ohhhh, let's see Tess! You can do it! I bet you look great or you wouldn't have taken it to begin with.

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PRRRR4KITTYKAT 11/21/2007 8:15PM

    congrats!!! it;s so nice to have that feeling! Good luck on the wedding, too!

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On the Upside- I'm 40 lbs lighter!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

This is crazy to realize a day later, but I just realized that as of my ticker update, I have officially lost 40 pounds since April 8, 2007. (I go by whole numbers, unrounded, so I was 223 and now I'm 183.8- so by my crazy math, thats 40!)

Somewhere I wrote down what my reward would be, and I actually don't remember! lol

I'm feeling better since my blog of yesterday. Still very very distracted and worried about the potential for breast cancer, but determined to try and keep optimistic... And very grateful for SP people, friends and family and that have been so supportive.

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SPARKNMOM 11/18/2007 9:25PM

    Huh... the 40 pounds was even in your title!! LOL. I said I wasn't so good in math... apparently not in reading either!!!

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LISA32989 11/18/2007 4:56PM

    Woo hoo! Doesn't it feel good? You did it faster than me...I'm just a turtle but the destination is the same. I'm glad you found something positive to focus on!

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SPARKNMOM 11/18/2007 1:50PM

    Hey...just caught up on both blogs. I, too, am 33 with cancer running in the family and am thinking "yikes"... maybe I too should get one done. I'll send prayers and good thoughts your way. I use your same weighing system...no .#'s for me either. 80 pounds since April 8 is awesome...and that just so happens to be my birthday : ) Thinking of you....Holly

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JNORMAN1969 11/18/2007 10:45AM

    Good morning Tess just read this and yesterdays blog just wanted to say we are here for you, hang in there sending hugs and prayers your way.

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SHELLSLYN 11/18/2007 9:57AM

    Breaking 180 is new jeans! It's on your front page!! LOL You have done so amazingly well. You are frequently in tough to handle eating situations yet you've found a way to get around them, eat according to plan for the most part and have lost the weight. Great job!

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Medical Issues will NOT derail me!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Sorry in advance to anyone who happen to read this and discovers its TMI.

I had my first mammogram 6 months ago and was told that there was item of concern, and I should return in 6 months.

I did that this week, and the results have thrown me for an emotional loop. Its all that I can do to NOT bury my head into a tub of Ben and Jerrys right now.

The radiologist came in after a gazillion additional mammo's and an ultrasound, and told me that he was recommending a biopsy for a small lesion in my left breast. For anyone who knows about BiRad scores on mammo's- I have a Birad score of 4. This means a suspicious abnormality, with a recommendation of biopsy. I did a little reading (and talked to the surgery liason) about the statistical odds of having cancer if you are given a Birad 4....

So..the odds of this lesion being malignant range from 20% to 50%. Or, conversely, I have an 80-50% chance of this being benign.

I am totally freaked out about this. I'm only freekin' 33. It was just supposed to be a baseline mammo, and all the sudden I am possibly looking at a 50 - 50 chance of a malignant tumor?!

How on earth am I going to get through the next few weeks, holidays, a biopsy and waiting for results, without completely going mental? Am I really expecting to stay on plan through the holidays, AND through all of this? I am determined, but skeptical of my abilities to stay on track...

I have a lump in two places - a breast, and my throat. :-(

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WYBALL 11/19/2007 7:04AM

Keep a positive attitude, not everything they do means cancer. I had several tests done because they were abnormal and so each step lead to another test But when all was said and done my final test revealed abosolutely nothing abnormal - Hope this helps

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LISA32989 11/18/2007 4:55PM

    Oh man, I'm sorry you're going thru this. We'll all hang in there with you.

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TELANY 11/18/2007 10:09AM

I can't even imagine how difficult what you're going through must be. I hope you have a good support system with your family/friends but remember you always have us to vent to or seek support. Sending good thoughts your way. I wish the whole Low Carb Lifestyles Team could come fix you dinner (and dessert!) and give you a hug :)

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HONEYBUNNYKJF 11/18/2007 12:49AM

  Hi tess: You are not going to believe this but I had a mammogram on the 19th of last month and on the left breast they found a calcification mass and now on the 21st of this month next week I go to the surgeon because there is a chance of malignancy. I am eating out of control as I am really really scared. My doctor does not want a needle biopsy just wants it removed - that really freaked me out. 3 years ago mammogram showed a lump on right side - they took it out and Thank God Almighty it was not cancer and has not grown to this day. I hope and pray i am as lucky this time. Let's pray for each other and please kep me posted. HoneyBunny

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SHELLSLYN 11/17/2007 11:23PM

    Tess, I'm so sorry you're going through this! I'm sure it's going to be a rough few weeks waiting for results. I"m a true believer in the power of positive thinking...so try not to think the worst right now. I can tell you that my dads oncologist told us, and him, that low carb eating was the best thing for people living with cancer. You know you feel better physically when LCing. My prayers are with you and you know we're all here for you if you need us {{{hugs}}}

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