Sorry to hear of your diagnosis. I see you originally posted in July 2013. What treatments have you had? Have you made any progress? I agree with some of the others about a more upbeat and positive username. HAPPYFEET63 would work.
I am a three+ year survivor. I had a lumpectomy and radiation treatments. I refused to take tamoxifen after reading all the statistics and side effects of it. I exercise regularly, watch what I eat and try to keep a good attitude in all situations. Humor works wonders.
I've been a member of SP since January 2010. And may I tell you this site is a great resource for living a healthier life.
We get support from those who have been through our trials. We have celebrations with those who have overcome the same hurdles we manage to overcome. It is just an overall great place to come to. Check out the Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care team here on SP it was a great resource to me at my time of diagnosis and Inga (PINK-SOLDIER) is a very active team leader. teams.sparkpeople.com/breast_cancer_awaren ess I hope that helps. Best wishes to you.
~~If your dog is fat, you're not getting enough exercise. ~~ ~Author Unknown
I am a 5-year survivor. I had a partial mastectomy and radiation, but chose not to have chemo because the results for my cancer were 1%. After treatment, the oncologist and radiation oncologist told me my prospects were better because I was lean (had recently lost 30 pounds). That was a great incentive to keep the weight off and also to exercise. It has been remarkable to see the changes in my body from long-term exercise, and at 69, I am happy to say that I am fit and healthy.
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I am a 1 year 5 month survivor. I had a lumpectomy on my left breast. I too have gained weight and it is difficult to maintain your exercise and diet. I have been to some really good classes and groups for cancer. These support groups give you help with many questions we feel strange asking. I had my surgery at U C San Diego which has so much information and classes. I went back to my yoga and all was going good until I injured my Achilles tendon on my right leg. I don't know your specific situation but in mine I avoid speed bumps. I have 5 families, my personal family, my Sparks family, my church family, my walking club family and my cancer group family. All encourage me with different aspects of my life. I am working on the relay for life committee in my hometown which brings together cancer server's and families of cancer patients. Good fun, good food and lots of activities. You will lose the weight it might be slow but it will happen.
Hugs, I am 6 yrs out since bc diagnosis and kept my weight at 136 after gaining back a much needed 10 lbs that I lost during tx. Now all of the sudden I gained 4 lbs out of nowhere, but I think because we've had 3 deaths in the family that I was eating out too much or something. Just now started adding my regular diet, removing most of the junk and adding some excercize, but I get tired too, and I have other diseases, lucky me..so best of luck, dont stress it, cuz stress can cause you to feel bad too..
Hi I am a survivor also, it will be 6 years for me on Sept. 17th. I took Tamoxifen for 5 years, which has added to my weight gain. I am tired of my clothes not fitting comfortably and people asking me if I am pregnant. It is hard getting started with diet/exercise. I have a membership to LA Fitness, which I have not been consistently using. I find myself needing at least 9 1/2 to 10 hours of sleep. I have been more active this week working around the house. I am going to make it a goal to continue doing something every day to be active. I want to feel better and have more energy. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, High Blood Pressure, and I am Lactose Intolerant. I am thinking about trying a Gluten Free diet to see if it will help. My doctor felt it was worth a try.
I'm sure you will do fine with the treatment they have today. Do go to Dr. Mercola's web site there and read all you can. He is a MEDICAL DOCTOR and has great help on health issues. He recommends a low carb diet, since Cancer Cells thrive on sugar/starches.
Also, Roby Mitchell M.D. has a great YouTube channel where he is DrFitt and he is a medical doctor & a PhD. He had advanced prostrate cancer and cured himself with diet and exercise.
Hi Survivor Girl! (Just a suggestion for your new alter ego. When I got cancer 7 years ago, mine became Ginger). My advice is to take it easy on yourself. When you survive breast cancer, you have to wrap your head around your own mortality and that takes time and effort. When you top that off with working on weight/fitness--and that's what it is, not just weight--you will need extra time. I have come to a point where I look at it this way--I am running around a HUGE structure and so far it seems to be square. It might be a polyhedron (remember geometry?) and I don't know yet how many sides it has. I have made it around the first corner--the mortality issue--and I am around the second corner--getting into a fitness groove, exercising and eating well is a pattern--and I am losing size--but now I am working on my next corner--that one is losing an appreciable amount of weight. The structure is Cancer. I am outside of it and free of it, but I still need to get around it. It's working. It takes time. Give yourself time and keep plugging.
I agree about your name....each time you see it there's a statement being made that is very negative!! You don't say anything much about your treatment and the prognosis...for me it was 16 years ago and I'm fine today!!
Keep on keeping on and let us know how you're doing!
LIVE FOR EACH MOMENT... TODAY well lived makes every YESTERDAY a memory of happiness and every TOMORROW a vision of hope!!
ELAINE... (Originally of Boston, MA now living in Boynton Beach, FL)
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Hiya, sorry to hear what you've been going through. Are you still having treatment? I had breast cancer 3 years ago and, quite honestly, while having chemo etc wasn't the time to be thinking about weight loss. My body craved red meat, so I decided that was probably what I needed, and I couldn't exercise because I had no strength. Having said that, I didn't put on much weight during that year of surgery and treatment. (I was already overweight though). I do think you should change your Spark name because to keep calling yourself something negative can have an adverse effect. But I don't think you should beat yourself up and be too hard on yourself till your treatment has finished and you're able to exercise a bit more. Really hope all goes well for you. God bless.
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