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Wake up the fighter in YOU!

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Everyone has their own set of struggles…
It’s what you do with those struggles that can make or break you!

I choose to be fighter and to make it!

For all of us … “our fight” will be uniquely ours.
Some may need to battle with a few unwanted pounds;
Others struggle with a lot of unwanted pounds…
Sometimes it is our personal family issues or
as in my case…my health.

I am just starting out on this breast cancer battle but feel like I have already won.
Yes, I still need to start chemo and will need additional extensive surgeries but, my victory was in my spirit and the way I choose to fight this head on.
Yes…cancer I’m talking to you and Look out… cause I plan on stomping out every last cell of you!

We all need to wake up the inner fighter inside each of us!
Whatever our struggle may be…that inner warrior IS inside everyone and I plan on letting mine kick some cancer a$$! emoticon

Will it be easy? No way!
Will it be fun? Not at all!
Will I get through this? Damn straight!
Will I come out on the other side stronger? Yep!

I’m a very easy going person and historically would just agree with physicians and do whatever they say is best. This cancer has really woken up this crazy fighter with a bit of an attitude (haha) and I NOW find myself questioning and countering my docs. I am a very informed, educated patient and will fight for myself to get the BEST outcome with this!

I have the most incredible support system of family, friends, neighbors, faith and of course spark friends! I feel so surrounded with love, support and prayers and with that personal “army”…
I’m ready for battle!! emoticon emoticon
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(. ;.•.♥ Have a Spark Fabulous Day.
(¸.•´( -:¦:- ♥ Karen ♥-:¦:-


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AHARGROVE 11/12/2012 9:08PM

    God bless you during your treatment & during your journey. May He keep you strong in mind, body & spirit. emoticon

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LUCINDARW 5/29/2012 1:31PM

    Your name brought me to your site, I loved Patrick Swazy! I read your blog and my health problems that I blame for no weight lose (just excuses) are small potatoes compared to your battle. The positive motivated person you are has already beat your cancer! You are a survivor of life no matter what it throws at you! You can do it you have done it! May the rest of your journey go smoothly. Lucinda emoticon

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NITA-BERRY 3/29/2012 12:18PM

    Hey Girlfriend,

I know this blog is old and I may have even commented on it way back when, but I needed the "re-read".

I re-focusing for my own health and finding this high blood pressure to be a real stressor! Ha Ha. Considering that medically there is nothing else wrong with me, it's just stress! Go Figure!

Unplugging is harder than I thought! Thanks for the pep talk. I really needed to find my inner fighter again.
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JENREVAMPED 2/23/2012 8:22AM

  Hello! I recently rejoined spark people. I'm currently battling hypothyroid. It may not be cancer but at times it can make me feel so powerless and my mood swings can be such a bummer...not to mention hard to lose weight. But I decided to get back on here and try again and find the support I need from people who understand what I'm going through.Thank you for your post! It's encouraging that we do have the will to fight..more so with faith on our side!

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NIKBEE1 12/29/2011 2:17PM

  Hi there, Your story has touched my are amazing! I struggle with depression, and there are days when it feels like a cancer; days that are dark where I feel like crawling into a dark hole and just praying for death...and then I read your story and it gives me the strength to pick myself up and keep going and to make the decision to start living a healther life with nutricious food and exercise! Thank you for sharing your story. Keep fighting for you are already a winner! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12GRATEFUL 12/24/2011 2:59PM

    Sending you strength and cheers as you triumph!

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COLDELJAX 12/21/2011 3:27PM

  I love the word fighter. It makes me feel strong no matter what my mood is. Great job and thanks for the motivation.

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DVS0222 12/11/2011 11:43AM

  Just by reading this, I know you won this battle. Keep fighting and never give up.

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SJGR8DAY 11/17/2011 7:08PM

  Your strength and courage are amazing! Keep fighting!

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NICKYLUV 11/9/2011 11:08AM

    Best wishes!!!!
I pray for your health and strength as you travel through this journey.

Your optimism and courage is inspiring and I believe you will "stomp out every last cancer cell"!!! emoticon


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LENHARDT 11/9/2011 6:43AM

    You will definitely beat this thing!!! Your attitude and strength are AWESOME. Keep up the fight. I know YOU WILL WIN! emoticon

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GWENNIE56 11/4/2011 10:01PM

  You can & will win your fight. Keep your great attitude & boxing gloves on. My thoughts & prayers will be with you...

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PATTISTAMPS 11/4/2011 11:28AM

    You are a month further along in your battle - I know this is a hard fight, but you can do this. Keep your spark burning and your spirits strong. And when you need to cry, lean on your friends and family. Prayers are with you

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ANNIEPA1 10/31/2011 2:53AM

  Swazy33, you go girl! You're an inspiration and I truly believe not only will YOU win this battle but because of you many other women will follow in your footsteps. Keep fighting the good fight and know there are millions of us standing beside you in spirit and praying for you. emoticon

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FATHINSN 10/17/2011 11:20PM

    There's always a good thing come out from a bad thing, we just need to be patient, be more stronger and never give up (or like in Justin B's song, NEVER SAY NEVER!)

Way to go, I hope you will continuously be a strong fighter!

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DOROTHYBERO 10/16/2011 9:43AM

    Way to go - you have the attitude to win this battle - you can do it!!

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ILOVEBIRDEEZ 10/13/2011 10:14PM

  You are the pillar of strength! You go girl! To help you eat healthfully during your fight to win, visit

You can learn tons of nutritional advice there. He wrote the book Eat To Live (by Joel Fuhrman, MD)



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MAYBER 10/13/2011 1:47PM

    what a wonderful positive blog to fight this disease cancer
best wishes as you continue your journey and know you will achieve with dedication and determination
you are in my thoughts and prayers
thank you for sharing your great attitude
I have the same journey to face with my DH only it is alzheimers and have been dealing with the memory loss for 15 years and am a real advocate for my DH and others
together we can
one day at a time
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AHODGES7 10/13/2011 10:35AM

    You can so totally do this!
Educate yourself, eat right, pray right, get support from family and friends, don't hide your light under a bushel -
and work with your physicians for the best outcomes.
I had ovarian cancer and have been symptom free (with great blood test results since Jan 2008) - life is fabulous!
Rock on . . .
Keep Looking UP!

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SMWILLIAMS29102 10/11/2011 8:49PM

    Your a great motivator.

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EMILYJEN 10/9/2011 11:07PM

    You GO Karen!!! Channel that inner fighter!!! You can do it!

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KLAYLAB 10/7/2011 9:36PM

  I am a survivor (21 years) I feel and support you Karen. You have the right attitude and please keep the faith. emoticon emoticon

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JASPEED 10/7/2011 9:18AM

  What a positive, strong attitude. My thoughts and prayers are with you. My daughter has fought this fight and hopefully will stay the winner she is. Nothing is more important that your faith, family and friends. With all the support you will be a winner. I'm starting my fight against ovarian cancer and I hope I will have the same attitude as you and my daughter. God bless you.

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COWGIRL888 10/5/2011 8:18PM

    You got this!!!

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ROXYHON 10/5/2011 2:31PM

    Way to go! Your positive attitude is HUGE in the success of your battle. You CAN do it. You WILL do it! You are an inspiration to everyone, and are in my prayers as well.

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K_RENEE 10/2/2011 8:30PM

    You're a warrior! And we're all gonna join this fight with you! Let's do this!


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KPOUD00 10/2/2011 7:35PM

    Wow!!! Wonderful attitude!!! Keep it up!! You have wonderful support around you!

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TOOLE-RANCH 10/1/2011 10:43PM

  You go girl!!! I am training for the 60 mile Susan G Komen walk in Atlanta 2012. Keep in touch with that inner Warrior!

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LINDAHOLTERHOFF 9/30/2011 7:39PM go. I'm in your corner too!!! Linda

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BISSA7 9/29/2011 7:34PM

    You go girl! With an attitude like that i have no doubt you'll kick cancer in the a**!

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PICKLES84 9/28/2011 2:03PM

    God Bless you!! You are an inspiration to us all!!

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KARLAJPOWELL 9/28/2011 10:55AM

    Your positive attitude will take you far in this fight. Keep it up. You can do this! Praying for you.

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SHEILA8383 9/28/2011 12:37AM

    I love your positive attitude! Keep it up. Your fighting attitude reminds me of Kris Carr at She is another awesome resilient woman.

Sending prayers and healing energy your way.

Love, Light & Peace

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MELLISOND 9/27/2011 1:51PM

    I love your enthusiasm and am taking your example to heart.

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FIESTY_NANA 9/27/2011 6:13AM

    As a nurse for more than 30 years I can tell you a couple of things! Keep up the great attitude and stay up to date on treatment options they change all the time! Never forget you are the consumer and the most important person in this situation! If you don't feel like your doctor is meeting your needs shop around! You are not just fighting for you! You have many people that love and need you! Go! Fight!!! Win!!!

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CASAGRANDMA 9/26/2011 11:34PM

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ELLDOCKE 9/26/2011 8:20PM

    Great attitude. I have watched two sisters and my mother beat this with great attitude and spunk! You go, girl!

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LOVEBUGMEXICO 9/26/2011 1:09PM

    I like your positive attitude and energy!! Keep the spiritit up,!! Happy Monday! emoticon

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NATHLIE 9/26/2011 1:00PM


Just to let you know that you CAN DO IT - I have fought bc 4 times so far, and since the type I have is pretty aggressive, I'm pleased that so far I beat it each time.

I treat it just like any other decease you might encounter - like flu - it can kill you I guess, but if you take your medicine (and eat healthly) it probably won't.

So good luck with your fight - I probably will be starting a new one soon since I think it has decided to make a visit again - have to go check with my onc - probably next Saturday.

Keep your spirits up and kick b*tt.


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GWENNYBT 9/26/2011 10:27AM

  God Bless you! Keep that spirit alive and never give up.

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KDJONES551 9/25/2011 9:06PM

  God Bless you and keep the fire going to keep you fight going. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


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MENDICK1841 9/25/2011 12:22PM

  I had lung cancer over 10 years ago. I was as brave as I could be. I truly believe that your strength is the best medicine in fighting cancer. I always looked ahead and kept a positive attitude. Don't give up the fight! Keep up with your healthy diet too. Best wish for a complete recovery.

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NYON3419 9/24/2011 3:44PM

Fight on warrior and may God reward you with complete healing.

I will remember to say a prayer for you too. TRUST IN THE LORD

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GOLFLADY11 9/24/2011 12:40PM

    Thatta girl! my prayers are with you. emoticon emoticon

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REENSKI 9/24/2011 8:45AM

    You are awesome! Sending positive thougfhts your way-keep kicking butt girlfriend!

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JEHILDE 9/24/2011 8:39AM

    You go girl! Remember the motto "Fight Like a Girl" and we will win this battle!

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MENERI 9/23/2011 6:12PM

    The best way to kick its @$$ is to eat right. You can do it!!

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AMO3MOM 9/23/2011 8:25AM

    You are in my prayers! Your attitude is awesome and I have no doubt you will beat this! emoticon

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MMPEARSON13 9/22/2011 11:45PM

    Don't stop fighting. You will be in my prayers.

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NANAMOM652009 9/22/2011 9:13PM

    Don't lose that attitude. Keep the Fighter spirit and you WILL win! emoticon and prayers

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