SparkPeople Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=17755 This team is for Breast Cancer Survivors and anyone who cares about Breast Cancer Awareness. SparkPeople Breast Cancer Survivors and Those Who Care Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=17755 New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x57333627 Hi everyone. I am new to this team but it has been over a year since my diagnosis of breast cancer. I consider myself very fortunate all in all. I had a mammogram in which a very small lump was found. I ended up haveing 3 surgeries for it. At first it was said to be infiltrating breast cancer and then after prayer and other surgeries it was said to be DCIS. My OctoDX test or whatever it was called had amazing results. Out of 0-100 % chance of breast cancer re-currence my number was 0. Zero. A... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:29:18 EST New to cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x57323328 I am Donna 69 years old and live in St. Louis. MO. <BR> <BR> Just found out last week that I have breast cancer. I had a biopsy on 3/20 got the call 3/25 that it was cancer. I went in to see her on 3/27. It is DCIS noninvasive, I will just need a lumpectomy and radiation after. <BR> We have set the surgery for April 11. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:12:21 EST Weekly Question 3-27-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x57279600 What Super-type stores do you shop at, Target, Walmart, Meijer, other? How often do you go to these places, weekly, monthly? How do you keep costs down? Do you use coupons, make a list?, do you buy only what you need or are you an impulse shopper and pick up things you see as you shop around? Are you on a budget? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:37:28 EST Weekend Question 3-23-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x57230681 Are you happy Spring has finally arrived? How have the temps been in your area? What outdoor activities do you look forward to as the weather improves? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:16:59 EST Weekly Question 3-13-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x57111758 Have you ever watched any fitness programs on tv, like Biggest Loser, or any of the others that may be on, I know The Livwell network has Live Big w/Ali Vincent, they explore health and fitness? Share any show you may have watched on this topic and if you liked the show or did not care for it? How would you feel if you were in the public eye on your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:59:13 EST Weekend Question 3-8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x57050635 What color is your bedroom painted? Do you find is soothing to you? Do you have a tv in your room? How have your sleep habit's been? How many hours of sleep do you get on average, per night? <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:14:15 EST March Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x57050587 Post anything special to you during the month of March! <em>438</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>170</em> <em>503</em> <em>408</em> <em>509</em> Goodies will be given out to those who post! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:09:14 EST 2nd Time Cancer Warrior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x56995488 I'm currently battling Stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I was diagnosed Jan 13th of this year. I start chemo on Monday, March 10th. (Happy Birthday to me! I'm turning 45 on the 9th) My first diagnosis was 8.5 years ago with Stage 3 ER/PR+ cancer. My thyroid died on me last year and menopause was surgically induced in 2012. So... in the span of 2-3 years I have put back on more weight than I ever weighed even pregnant. I'm hoping to get it all back under control and get back to bei... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 22:43:33 EST Weekend Question 3-2-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56973778 Do you generally watch the Oscars? Will you be watching tonight? Have you seen many movies at the theater this past year? If so, what movies would you say were really good? Post also if you have no interest in this, what will you be doing instead? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:44:25 EST Weekly Question 2-28-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56947234 How do you deal with stress in your life? Do you participate in anything that helps you slow down, yoga, meditation, other? Has food ever been a source of comfort, during those tough times? How do you avoid stress eating? How does Spark People help with such issues? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:51:17 EST Weekend Question 2-22-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56870301 How often do you eat poultry, chicken, turkey, other? What is your favorite way to cook/prepare these meals? For new ideas you can always try Spark recipes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:31:58 EST Weekend Question 2-16-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56794781 How often do you go grocery shopping? Do you check ads and follow sales? Do you make a list and or plan recipes so you have all you need in one trip, or do you go to several stores? What stores are popular in your area? What would you say your weekly food cost is, and for how many people? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:16:09 EST Weekly Question 2-14-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56774152 Happy Valentine's Day! Do you do any kind of celebrating, any gifts, cards, candy, etc? Are you going out for dinner, or bringing it in, maybe making it? Do you have any suggestions for a romantic V-day type movie? Most important is..., how can you show love to someone today? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>290</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:06:11 EST Weekend Question 2-8-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56695188 Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics? Will you be watching any events? Which are your favorites? Have you ever known anyone who trained or went to the Olympics? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 11:19:04 EST Weekly Question 2-6-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56668928 What a winter, how is the weather in your area? This may have been asked recently, but this winter has been extreme for most. Do you know how much snow fell in your area if you have it? How do you cope with these conditions? If you are lucky to live in a warm area, have you been able to get out and enjoy the weather? <em>311</em> <em>332</em> What temps will be in your area over the next week or so? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:23:34 EST Weekend Question 2-1-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56602130 Do you have any hobbies or participate in any arts and crafts that you enjoy? There are so many handicrafts, photography, knitting, needlework, ceramics, leather work, painting, etc? have you ever taken any classes to learn your craft? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:42:53 EST February Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56602025 Post any special occasion, milestone, goals met, etc. Goodies will be handed out to those who post! <em>242</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>383</em> <em>77</em> <em>248</em> <em>503</em> <em>44</em> <em>364</em> <em>408</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:34:48 EST February - BC Topics in the News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56601978 A monthly posting of any breast cancer news. Please post if you hear anything important relating to this disease, and then share it with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> I just read hot flashes can last 10 years for many women. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:31:27 EST February Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56601922 2nd month of the year already. <BR> <BR> Aim for at least 3-5 days of exercise a week, take rest days in between when needed. <BR> <BR> Try a Spark People Challenge from challenge central if you need some accountability. <BR> <BR> <BR> Try a new piece of exercise equipment this month. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:28:02 EST February Daily - Take Your Pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x56601836 <em>235</em> February! <BR> <BR> new take your pick! <BR> <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer? <BR> <BR> Winter Olympics <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer Olympics <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I'll go winter, like skating, bobsledding and <em>329</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 11:21:42 EST Weekly Question 1-31-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56587629 Do you shop online? If so, how many times a year do you order something? Do you participate in sites like Ebay? What are some of your favorite sites that you have received goods from, and you were satisfied? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:27:53 EST Food of the Week (Jan 26. - Feb. 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56548043 This week our food is Eggs, easy, simple, generally inexpensive. Do you like eggs, are you aware of their nutritional content? How many eggs gives us too much cholesterol for they day? Check your nutrition tracker to stay on top of what you are eating. <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> So gives eggs a try this week, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or a recipe, you will enjoy it! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:56:09 EST Exercise Equipment of the Week (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56547971 This week we will explore the Ab Roller, do have one? they are not too expensive and you can do some really great workouts. And don't most of us need to strengthen our abs and core. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have one myself, and you can really feel it working. <BR> <BR> <BR> Check out SP workouts to use the ab roller in your fitness plan. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:51:19 EST Weekend Question 1-25-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56508492 Do you carry a purse, if so, what size, small, med., large, x-large??? What essentials are in there that you must have at all times? What could you remove that you don't really need? Have you ever cleaned your purse? I have seen studies that show they can be real germ carriers. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:10:12 EST Weekly Question 1-22-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56467546 Do you wear makeup? How much, and about how long does it take to apply? Do you wear it for everyday, or just when you go out somewhere? Have you ever tried false eye lashes, if so are they difficult to put on or remove? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:36:24 EST Exercise Equipment of the week (Jan 19-25) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56452519 This week we focus on small dumbbells for arm workouts. <em>34</em> <em>85</em> <em>34</em> Try 1, 2 or 3 lb weights to help sculpt and shape your arms, As women age, our arms sometimes get bigger, seems to come along with menopause. Measure your arms, and choose comfortable weights and workouts that fit what you are trying to accomplish. Go for 10 minutes or less to start, remember all the Spark videos available to help you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:18:42 EST Food of the Week (Jan. 19-25) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56439322 Our food of the week is sweet potatoes. I think most of us have tried them. Try baking them for a simple snack or meal. SP recipes has many recipes, and you may also have some of your own. This week get out and try some new sweet potato recipes, whether simple or a bit complicated you will enjoy it. <BR> <BR> more info during the week. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:31:42 EST Weekend Question 1-19-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56426443 Have you ever used protein powders? If so, what do you mix them with, water, milk, other foods? What type of protein powder's have you used, brand names, ingredient types? Spark people has some interesting recipes that use protein powder, like pudding, check them out if you want to find out more ways to incorporate this into your diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:17:52 EST Weekly Question 1-16-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56387426 Did you make a New Year's resolution this year, or did you just make some goals, small steps which can get you on the right track? How is it going? have you faced any obstacles? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:45:58 EST Hi everyone, I'm new to Spark but not to cancer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x56338949 Hi everyone, I'm turning 57 soon and want to lose at least 57 lbs. I've survived bilateral invasive BC and the rounds of chemo. I moved onto Tamoxifen and gained most of my excess weight. I'm now off Tamoxifen and starting to get my energy back. <BR> <BR> I look forward to participating on this team and hope to celebrate many successes along our journey. Blessings to all. <em>213</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:53:00 EST Weekend Question 1-11-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56316006 How many things do you own that can connect you to the internet? Home PC, Laptop, Smart Phone, other??? I know there are tablets and so many new things, Share what you own, how often it is used, what you like best? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>17</em> <em>387</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:46:28 EST Weekly Question 1-9-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56286800 How many Spark Teams are you currently on? Have you joined any new ones for the New Year? Have you participated/joined any of the teams in Challenge Central? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:21:46 EST Exercise /Fitness Equipment of the week 1/5-1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56226868 Each week a new exercise or piece of exercise equipment will be featured. <BR> <BR> Week One, try a Kettleball! <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> do you have one, if so try some new workouts. <BR> <BR> consider buying one if you would like to add a great piece of fitness equipment to home workout area. <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:25:52 EST Food of the week / Jan 5-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56226799 New Thread Idea! <em>189</em> Food of the week! <BR> <BR> A food will be posted each week, so join in and try it, maybe make a new recipe! <BR> <BR> Our first food of the week is: Parsnip <BR> <BR> I will post more info as the week goes on, <BR> <BR> Have you tried parsnips before? If not try them now! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 12:20:19 EST Weekend Question 1-5-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56225181 What kind of weather are you experiencing currently! I know there is a lot of extreme stuff going on, be safe! <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! I know some of you are in the <em>259</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:34:11 EST Weekly Question 1-3-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56194632 How many calories are in a typical lunch for you? What are some of your favorites that you eat for lunch? For those who work, do you pack a healthy lunch or try to get something healthy at a fast food type place or restaurant? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:24:34 EST January celebrate with a Goodie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56165389 <em>503</em> <em>244</em> Post anything special you celebrate this month, any occasion, goal met, etc. You will receive a Goodie to celebrate your personal milestone! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>58</em> <em>251</em> <em>344</em> <em>337</em> <em>104</em> <em>205</em> <em>279</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:08:35 EST January 2014/ Get Moving Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x56163333 Start the new year right with at least 10 minutes of exercise a day. Then build on that until you are at a pace that works for you. Hopefully by the end of the month you will have a consistent routine. Choose a rest day too, that will help you to not overdo. <BR> <BR> Post goals, workouts, anything else that keeps us going! <em>381</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:10:06 EST January Daily - Take Your Pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x56163261 2 items will be presented daily, or every few days, choose your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> New Years Eve night out. <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> New Years Eve, cozy night home. <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I choose home! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:05:22 EST Jan./Feb. Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56163207 Post your starting weight and how you are doing each week, ups, downs, maintaining. <BR> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:01:43 EST Weekend Question 12-28-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56112646 How was your fitness plan this year, did you reach any goals, what were your major accomplishments? What did you learn? Whatever you did, be happy, you are <em>345</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:11:07 EST Introducing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x56054948 Today is 3 years since my surgery. I was diagnosed with IDC stage 2, no lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation. We moved across the country this year so just established with a new doctor. I really need to lose my belly fat and I was off to a great start until this week of Christmas, but I am not discouraged, just more determined. I wanted to join a team and hopefully make some new friends who share my goals and experiences. Looking forward to joining team goals and getti... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:34:19 EST Weekend Question 12-21-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56050759 What is your favorite food you eat around the Holidays, special family dish, ethnic favorite, a special sweet treat? Where will you be spending the Christmas Holiday if you celebrate? <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:30:51 EST Weekly Question 12-20-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x56040557 How many hours do you watch tv per day, week? Do you watch too much, or is it just the right balance? How many TV's do you have in your home, are they all used regularly? Do you have cable, satellite or just antenna? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:03:59 EST New to the team, but not Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x56034687 Hello! <BR> I've been a member of Spark for over 7 years; my name is Shari. <BR> <BR> I will try to keep my introduction brief; my story is kind of long and it's already on my Sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I was first diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in May 2003; I had a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction, followed by chemo and radiation. <BR> <BR> My cancer returned early in 2007, in my bones. It's not curable at this stage, but it's still treatable. I've been through more radiation ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:09:51 EST Weekend Question 12-14-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55977731 Do you have any devices that track your steps, exercise, calories etc. throughout the day? (examples, fitbit, spark activity tracker, body bug, other?) Do they link up to a computer? Are you happy w/your device and would you recommend it to others? Maybe these type of items are on your Christmas wish list. <em>543</em> <em>544</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:04:01 EST Weekly Question 12-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55967942 Do you have any ongoing health conditions in addition to having breast cancer, or are you a supporter of bc, never had it, and you may be facing other health problems, if so what? how do your health issues motivate you, how do they make working out or being healthy difficult? Post anything that you struggle with, and how you overcoming hurdles in your life, to be a positive force in a sometimes dark and negative world! <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:53:02 EST Weekend Question 12-7-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55897527 How much money will you spend on Christmas this year, do you have a budget? What is your favorite thing about December, shopping, the music, Christmas specials, etc? What do you dislike? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:20:43 EST Weekly Question 12-6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55885726 What is your favorite feel good or Holiday movie for the month of December? Is it a family or annual tradition to watch it? <em>272</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Where do you get your movies, rent from a service like Netflix or Redbox, library, own them, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:08:05 EST Weekend Question 12-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55824460 How do you handle the busy of month of December as far as eating goes? Will you be attending parties or holiday functions that may have high calorie food which may derail your healthy eating? Do you make/bring healthy recipes to parties you attend? What is your secret to not gaining those extra pounds during the Holidays? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:11:19 EST December - Daily Take Your Pick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x55824400 new month! <BR> <BR> Take your pick <BR> <BR> Black Friday Shopping <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Internet Shopping on Cyber Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> me - I would rather do the cyber Monday shopping at home. <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:06:48 EST Interesting interview with Kathy Bates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x55788174 Here's an interesting interview with Kathy Bates about her breast cancer. It's one of the more complete interviews I've seen with her about it. <BR> <link>www.lifescript.com/health/centers /breast_cancer/articles/how_kathy_bate s_beat_breast_and_ovarian_cancer.aspx </link> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:45:14 EST The cancer experience registry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55786402 I went to my first BC support group meeting yesterday. At the meeting, they were looking for volunteers to complete a questionare about their cancer experience. The purpose is to try to develop better support for cancer patients. Anyone that has had cancer can complete the questionare. They are gathering information from around the world. <BR> <link>www.cancersupportcommunity.org/MainM<BR>enu/ResearchTraining/Cancer-Experience<BR>-Registry.html </link> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:42:17 EST Weekly Question 11-27-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55784108 What is your favorite side dish that you enjoy on Thanksgiving? What makes it special? Do you make it, or does someone else? Have you ever made a Spark Recipe for Thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:30:32 EST Weekend Question 11-23-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55739346 What are your Thanksgiving plans this year? Will you be cooking a turkey if it is at your home? What are some of the side dishes your family enjoys? Do you have a special recipe you make every year? Bonus: How do you cook your turkey, oven, roaster, friend, etc? <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:29:29 EST Weekly Question 11-21-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55715627 How many pairs of shoes would you say you have? if a lot estimate. What are your favorites that you find most comfortable, like for everyday? If you and your family have a lot of excess shoes, many areas have donations sites to send your shoes to countries where these shoes prevent injury/infection, etc, they provide life. Think about donating your extra shoes if possible! <em>295</em> <em>331</em> <em>68</em> maybe you have already done this! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sh... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:58:53 EST Weekend Question 11-16-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55655430 Do you enjoy cooking with beans? Do you use the dried or canned varieties, or both? What are your favorite types of beans, and what are some of the recipes you make that include them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:32:08 EST Weekly Question 11-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55619959 Do you eat yogurt? How often? What is your favorite flavor/type/brand? Do you check the amount of sugar in your yogurt? If not, check the label, how many grams is in a serving of your favorite yogurt? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer with the team! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:45:52 EST Weekend Question 11-9-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55573318 Who or what inspires you to keep going, even when the going gets hard? How do you stay self disciplined? What features on Spark People help you the most to keep healthy and active? Do you read others blogs to support them and inspire yourself, if not, please give it a try! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:08:03 EST Weekly Question 11-7-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55548991 What is your typical workout attire? Do you exercise at home, outdoors or at a club, or combination of these? What time of day do you usually do your routine? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:11:15 EST November Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55497892 Post any special milestone, occasion, birthday. goal met, anything that is special to you. Team Goodies will be given to those who post. <em>242</em> <em>58</em> <em>384</em> <em>337</em> <em>383</em> <em>107</em> <em>251</em> <em>170</em> <em>248</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:40:52 EST Weekend Question 11-2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55486304 How do you feel about changing the clocks back? (It's tonight) How does your body react during the first week and deal with the early darkness? What are the positive and negative affects you may experience after the clocks go back? <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:36:22 EST November Exercise Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x55486258 Every new month is a chance to try something new and work harder on your fitness goals. Aim for at least 10 minutes of exercise per day, Try weights, join a gym, get out and take a nice autumn hike What can you add to your routine, do you have small weights, a stability call, kettle ball, you may want to add some of these to your home workouts. Share your workouts and how anything new is going. <em>306</em> <em>34</em> <em>323</em> <em>319</em> <em>295</em> <em>426</em> ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:31:16 EST November - Daily Take Your Pick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x55486185 2 items will be posted daily or every other day, pick your favorite of the two! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's <BR> <BR> <BR> Hot Coffee <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> <BR> Hot Tea <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> me - Hot Coffee Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:23:53 EST Nov.-Dec. Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55486138 Post your weight loss, ups and downs or maintaining. Post if you reach your weight loss goal for the week, month. etc. <em>306</em> <em>390</em> <em>386</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>48</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:20:50 EST Weekly Question 10-31-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55461276 Happy Halloween! <em>431</em> Will you be giving out candy, if so what kind? Does Halloween post any risks to you, will it sabotage your healthy eating plan for the day? Will you have a calorie conscious treat, if so what and how many calories? Bonus, anyone dressing up or have a cute family member costume to share, have a great day! <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>333</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:55:30 EST Weekend Question 10-26-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55400578 Name something you have seen that has gone <em>390</em> PINK <em>390</em> for Breast Cancer Awareness month, it can be in your area, national, on tv, or any where. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:05:30 EST Weekly Question 10-25-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55389506 What are your favorite autumn foods and activities? <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:28:35 EST Who's who on the team - Re-Introduce yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x55318645 Spark People is ever changing, so let's post a little something about ourselves, so we can get better acquainted and reach our goals. Some of us have been here for years, others are brand new, let's work together on our goals! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:34:55 EST Weekend Question 10-19-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55318198 How often do you drink coffee? What is your favorite type, with what in it? Do you like flavored coffee, if so what is your favorite flavor? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>271</em> <em>287</em> <em>106</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:53:29 EST Irony http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55315795 <link>www.flickr.com/photos/28897577@N02/1<BR>0358783013/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos/28897577@N02/1<BR>0358586706/in/photostream/lightbox/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our tax dollars at work. <BR> <BR> The real irony is that some people will believe that these do have nutritional value. <BR> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:23:45 EST Surgical Drain Logger App http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55225639 They even have an app now for logging surgical drain output. <BR> <BR> http://surgicaldrainlogger.com/ Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:21:47 EST Lotions, sunscreen, makeup, deodorants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x55188511 Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I've become concerned about the chemicals I had been putting on my body though my makeup etc. I switched deodorants to a natural crystal and only use that when I think I'm going to be hot and sweaty. Turns out plain old soap and water every day works pretty good for me most days. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research on sunblocks and makeup but I haven't settled on brands there yet. Anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I have discovered that ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:30:08 EST Starfish Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55114668 As most of you know, I work on the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation's Hope Bus. For nearly two years, as we traveled through Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, we asked people who were touched by this disease in any way - patient, survivor, family, friend, medical caretaker - to create a starfish to represent themselves or the person they love who lives with breast cancer. Yesterday we revealed the art display. Though you don't get the same effect as if you see it in perso... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:04:42 EST Weekend Question 9-28-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55061881 Do you enjoy nuts? What are your favorite types? How often do you eat them? Do you eat them alone, in recipes or both? Do you have a favorite recipe that includes nuts? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:27:00 EST The Bathtub Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x55015853 A friend sent me this today and made me laugh so I just had to share it with my other friends! <BR> <BR> The Bathtub Test. <BR> <BR> During a visit to a mental asylum, I asked the director <BR> "How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized?" "Well", said the director, "We fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a tea cup and a bucket to the patient and ask them to empty the bathtub" <BR> <BR> "Oh, I see, So a normal person would use the bucket because i... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:17:40 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x54921422 I am Rhonda I live in SHelby NC & I am a 2.5 yr breast cancer survivor. look forward to chatting with everyone. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:01:50 EST Weekly Question 9-11-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54863342 Where were you when you heard about the tragic events of 9/11? What are your feelings on the situation, how has it affected how you view safety and homeland security? Take a moment to think of those who lost there lives. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:39:33 EST Weekly Question 9-2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54751049 Happy Labor day! How will you spend your day? Any great memories of Labor days past? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:45:01 EST Weekly Weigh In - Septembe /October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54751018 Post any weight loss ups and downs or maintenance. Also post if you are experiencing a plateau or need some extra support on your weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> <em>386</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:43:03 EST Weekly Question 8-30-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54715495 How would you sum up your summer this year? Were you able to keep up with a regular exercise routine and did you try anything new? What was your greatest adventure of summer 2013? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:10:28 EST Weekend Question 8/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54634306 I'll take the weekend question for this week: <BR> <BR> With autumn just around the corner for many of us, let's share some of our favorites: <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn activity? <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn food? <BR> <BR> Favorite autumn clothing? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:34:43 EST Has Anyone Else Been Told This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54537184 My daughter saw her primary doctor today and was asked if she had the the "red" chemo drug adriamycin during her treatment which she did have. It's the A in the cocktail of drugs like AC, ABC, etc. <BR> <BR> The doctor said that anyone who has had this drug needs an annual echocardiogram because the red in the drug goes directly to the heart through the port and causes some sort of damage which can show up even years later. She wanted to do a baseline echo now even though there is no sign o... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:38:09 EST Weekly Question 8-14-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54520372 Have you been tracking your foods, and how many calories you eat per day? What is your current calorie range? Are you allergic or do you avoid certain types of foods? Does having cancer, being a survivor, or a person concerned about cancer, have any impact on your eating choices? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:57:00 EST Weekend Question 8-10-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54469416 What is the largest body of water near your home? Do you participate in any water sports/activities, swimming, boating, water skiing, jet ski/wave runner? How about kayaking or something else that involves water? Have you made it to the lake, ocean, etc. this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:35:04 EST Weekend Question 8-3-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54379667 What healthy foods do not taste so good to you, but you eat them anyway because they are beneficial to you? have any foods grew on you over time, maybe you used to dislike them and now they are a regular part of your diet? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:04:22 EST August Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54353790 Share any special occasions, milestones, birthdays, goals met, etc. Everyone who posts will receive a goodie to celebrate! <em>242</em> <em>248</em> <em>383</em> <em>251</em> <em>337</em> <em>516</em> <em>58</em> <em>270</em> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>205</em> <em>264</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:16:21 EST Weekly Question 8-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54353749 What is your favorite summer time treat if given a choice, Ice-cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, gelato, other? What is your favorite flavor? What is the best place in or near your area that you can enjoy such a treat? What would a good size serving be for you ,as you are on a healthy lifestyle change? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>76</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:12:47 EST Long-time Sparkmember having biopsy tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x54341535 Hi all, <BR> I have a 2 cm lump in my left breast that the mammo and ultrasound results last Tuesday were "highly suspicious of malingnancy." The local breast center even sent me the mammo results by registered mail....signature required. They aren't messing around! <BR> <BR> I'm having my biopsy done tomorrow in Nashville at Vanderbilt. They say it will be 3-5 business days before they have the results. I was initially very scared and extremely depressed, but I'm kind of thinking that ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:45:53 EST Triple Negative Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x54111436 I am in a research study for TNBC. I have received excellent medical care. I had two lumpectomies, chemo, & radiation. I joined the SparkPeople coach to work on gaining my strength & stamina back after chemo. I am a retired RN in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I enjoy water aerobics @ the YMCA 8 hrs./week. I am using 8 lb. weights on each arm. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:48:28 EST Weekend Question 7-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54109188 How often do you read? Have you or are you involved in a summer reading group or book club anytime of the year? How often to you go to your local library and utilize their materials and technology? When and what was the last book you read? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share you answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Jul 2013 08:27:57 EST Weekly Question 7-11-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54086047 What are some of your favorite snacks, sweet, crunchy, salty, <em>38</em> How many calories do you allow for a snack, and how many per day is usual for you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:21:36 EST Am I supposed to still be having mammograms??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54072243 Okay to start with I have just returned to Spark this week and I can see already that it was the right decision. <BR> I had DCIS, in Dec 2009 I had a bilateral mastectomy and was told it is estrogen receptive. <BR> I did not have an oncologist involved because of the surgery I chose. I had no radiation, chemo, tamoxifin, etc... <BR> I have silicone implants and do not regret my decisions at all. <BR> I had a many appointments in the first year after my surgery, mostly due to my reconstructi... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:38:06 EST Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x54046702 I woke up this morning and wondered why am I not doing Spark People? I know it works because I used it before with success and I need help, so here I am again. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 11:33:10 EST Weekend Question 6-6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x54021577 How much water have you been drinking lately? Do you get 8 glasses a day or more, or do you have trouble drinking all that? What other beverages do you generally drink? What drinks do you avoid, which may not work for your healthy eating plan? Share any tips or secrets for consuming more water, and have you seen any benefits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:22:20 EST Weekly Question 7-3-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53985131 How do you celebrate for the 4th of July? (Independence day) Do you watch fireworks, go to a party, stay home and make some food on the grill? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your plans and what you like about the Holiday with the team! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:02:34 EST July Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53962442 Post any special occasion, goal met, Sparkanniversary, BC survivorship anniversary, etc. There are so may things to celebrate in life, share them here. All who post will receive a goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>337</em> <em>58</em> <em>410</em> <em>170</em> <em>503</em> <em>205</em> <em>248</em> <em>208</em> <em>510</em> <em>380</em> <em>44</em> <em>250</em> <em>218</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:21:44 EST Weekly Weigh In July/August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53959128 Post any weight loss ups and downs or remaining stable. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> <em>344</em> <em>386</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> post <em>248</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:39:43 EST A reminder for our sisters and daughters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53932159 This is for our sisters and daughters... <BR> <BR> Stay healthy! Remember to check for lumps and bumps and get your mammograms. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsyE2rCW7<BR>1o&list=PLpNdH752uT_Tb232u2YNuT6YjXdyp<BR>YuCH Sat, 29 Jun 2013 08:57:28 EST Weekly Question 6-27-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53909410 When was the last time you took a vacation? How did you handle your eating habits while away from home? Will you be going away this year? If so how will you stay on track, will you have a max. calories range for the days gone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:06:45 EST Weekend Question 6-22-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53842483 What healthy foods might we find in your picnic basket? <em>191</em> <BR> What is your favorite BBQ food? <em>53</em> <em>496</em> <em>498</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:20:13 EST Summer Workout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x53830726 Summer is here! <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make working out a regular habit this season. Have you been exercising at least 3 times a week or more? Do you want to add a little more, maybe start something new, try a hiking or biking adventure? How about swimming, water aerobics or, kayaking? Post here to share your workouts, which may be journey of exploration? Anyone going to a cave or National park this summer, post what you please here! Let's all mak... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:51:01 EST Weekly Question 6-20-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53816240 Do you enjoy walking, hiking or running? How often do you get out for a walk or run? Do you have nice hiking trails near where you live, if so what are they like? What is the farthest you have gone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:13:12 EST Weekend Question 6-15-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53752757 With father's day this weekend, share a special memory of your dad, wisdom learned, etc. or a memory of your husband w/your kids that brings a smile to your face. If you didn't have a dad in your life, who was a man you looked up to, uncle, grandpa, other, how did they influence you? I hope all the dad's out there have a great weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:31:00 EST Weekly Question 6-14-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53740545 What are your favorite beverages? what do you drink most around the house? how about when eating out, what do you usually drink? If you were on a road trip and had to get a gas station beverage, what would you choose? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:23:19 EST New cute nipples today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53699914 Hi all <BR> <BR> ......So now Im sort of done.. went for my tattoo nipples today <BR> it was easy friendly professional and it looks great. <BR> <BR> .....or like I told the tattoo maker..:) when you have walked the BC walk <BR> everyday is good every breath is fresh <BR> Life is good <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> From Sunny Florida <BR> Yvonne Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:38:42 EST Weekend Question 6-9-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53669112 How do you make your baked goods healthy, less sugar, special recipes, adding apple sauce or other things that lower calories? Do you like or make fruit pies? what is your favorite? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:57:43 EST Weekly Question 6-6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53631013 How many days per week do you eat meat (pork, chicken, beef)? <BR> How many days per week do you eat fish? <BR> How many days do you enjoy meatless meals? <BR> favorite meal you eat at home. <em>190</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:22:04 EST It could not happen to me......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x53619733 ....but it did...I never had a mammogram (I'm 70 years young) <BR> and we have no BC generations down in our family so why worry .. <BR> but I should... <BR> <BR> I went for more estrogens which I have used since I was 38 years old <BR> had in my head the idea that I could not live without them <BR> <BR> The Dr refused to prescribe them to me if I didn't have a mammogram <BR> I said...I don't believe in putting radiation in women's breast. <BR> She returned that by telling me that she ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:07:09 EST Happy to join you guys :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x53602376 Hi to everyone <BR> I did not expect to land here but a Lady kindly asked me to join since I put in blog <BR> that I just had a double mastectomy with expanders and now "The real thing" <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> It was all over and done with in 5 months and I dont know how I would have survived it all <BR> if someone had not introduced me to the daily devotional "Jesus Calling" author Sarah Young <BR> It has kept my sanity . <BR> However Im happy to join this group <BR> and I wish you... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:10:00 EST June Fitness Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x53602038 Post any mileage of fitness activities you participate in this month, keep a running total. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> <em>217</em> <em>313</em> <em>324</em> <em>314</em> <em>311</em> <em>332</em> <em>363</em> <em>57</em> <em>231</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:47:56 EST June Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53560127 Share any special occasion, milestone, making progress, reaching goals, etc. All who post will receive a team goodie! <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>58</em> <em>383</em> <em>390</em> <em>248</em> <em>205</em> <em>380</em> <em>170</em> <em>337</em> <em>204</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:49:08 EST Weekend Question 6-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53560092 What is your favorite summer time activity? How often do you participate in it? What are the normal summer temps in your area? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:45:56 EST Hello i'm Maggie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x53558300 Hello all, <BR> I am Maggie in Texas. I am in my third year of fighting breast cancer. <BR> I am ready to reclaim my health !! I want to get some of this medication weight off of me. I want to build my strength back up through exercise !! I want to connect with other survivors. I am thankful I found this group !! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:12:41 EST Weekend Question 5-26-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53483274 Do have any veterans or loved ones your are remembering this memorial day? Let's share there names, who they were and what they meant to us. Do you generally visit the cemetery during the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>220</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 26 May 2013 09:31:17 EST Weekly Question 5-24-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53462544 Are you currently reading any books? How many days a week do you devote to it, daily, other? Do you read during exercising? How often do you complete a book? What is a favorite you have read? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. <em>149</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:37:46 EST Need Survivor Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53461242 Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am working on my doctorate in Health Education and I need to find survivors (as many as possible) that are willing to share their experience with me ~ <BR> <BR> If you are interested in sharing with me (I am hoping to publish this research and maybe even create a short booklet - all anonymous of course) ....please send me an email on here with your email address and tell me how long you have been a survivor. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Dee Kinney (3 year survivor) Fri, 24 May 2013 09:00:22 EST Weekend Question 5-18-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53385115 What are your top 3 favorite kitchen appliances or cookware items? Which do you use most often, why is it so essential? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 18 May 2013 08:09:21 EST Weekly Question 5-16-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53367023 What is the biggest city you have ever been in? What is the farthest you ever traveled away from home? What did you think of your experience? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 16 May 2013 10:08:47 EST Weekend Question 5-11-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53303253 What is the <em>285</em> advice you received from your mom, grandma, aunt, or other significant person in your life, maybe even a teacher? How has that person's wisdom and guidance shaped your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answers with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>146</em> Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandma's, great grandma's, anyone who celebrates the day! <em>214</em> <em>251</em> <em>81</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus, share how many Kids, Grandkids you have! Sat, 11 May 2013 10:54:25 EST Weekly Question 5-8-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53265884 Do you have any of the Spark People Books or DVD/Videos? If so which ones? What do you think of them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>348</em> <em>305</em> <em>307</em> <em>756</em> <em>308</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 09:30:45 EST Experimental Drug Shows Dramatic Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x53256802 Experimental Drug Shows Dramatic Results at Stopping Spread of Breast Cancer <BR> <BR> Just read this article and wanted to pass it on to my sister survivors. <BR> <BR> http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/<BR>Experimental-Drug-Showing-Dramatic-Res<BR>ults-at-Stopping-Spread-of-Breast-Canc<BR>er--206353251.html <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 May 2013 15:04:57 EST Weekend Question 5-4-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53215085 How many devices do you access the internet with that you own pc, laptop, Phone, android, etc. Which do you use the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 4 May 2013 09:21:44 EST Weekly Question 5-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53178886 Do you plant a garden, what types of vegetables, fruits or herbs do you grow? Do you use plants, seeds or a combo of both? What is your favorite home-grown food? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 1 May 2013 11:38:21 EST Weekly Weigh-In May/June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53178423 Post any weigh loss, goals met, ups, downs or maintaining. <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> <em>192</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 11:05:09 EST Unloading bad habits, unhealthy foods, dump here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x53178390 This a thread to unload anything that is weighing us down, unhealthy trigger foods, bad habits we want to quit, even a bad day, come vent here. Get it off your chest, out of your mind, out of your house if you have to. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>493</em> <em>228</em> <em>495</em> <em>227</em> <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> Today is a fresh new start <em>249</em> time to unload anything that may be toxic to your life, release the negative and concentrate on th... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:02:03 EST May Fitness Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x53178312 Now that the weather has improved, let's log our miles, walking, running, biking, treadmill, elliptical, let's see how far our team can get this month! <em>249</em> <em>311</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> starting at zero, keep a running total as miles are added. Wed, 1 May 2013 10:55:28 EST May Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53178272 Post any special occasion, milestone, weight loss goal met, cancer survivor anniversary, what is special to you is a Celebration to the team! Anyone who posts will receive a goodie! <em>384</em> <em>390</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>503</em> <em>170</em> <em>244</em> <em>205</em> <em>344</em> <em>58</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 10:52:26 EST Weekend Question 4-27-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53126830 How long have you been fighting the weight loss battle? Where you overweight as a child? When do you first remember trying to lose weight? How many pounds are you now from your goal? Have you ever reached goal and re-gained and had to go back to start again? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:27:48 EST Weekly Question 4-25-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53104972 What are your top 5 healthy food favorites? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:45:52 EST Fellow Survivor - help with informal research? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53056649 Hello Everyone! I just celebrated my 3 year survivorship ~ and I am currently working on my doctorate in public health. <BR> <BR> I am writing a paper on sexual health and body-image in breast cancer survivors post-mastectomy and I would really appreciate it if you could email me or post comments here if you are comfortable about your personal experience with sex and sexuality or body-image and self-esteem. Here are some questions to get you started.... <BR> <BR> In my own experience sexua... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:39:10 EST Weekend Question 4-20-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x53041083 What is your favorite tv show you currently watch? What is one of the dumbest shows you have seen which you think is ridiculous, there are quite a few these days? How many hours do you watch tv, daily and weekly? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:11:03 EST Biopsy was today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52979115 Well, my biopsy was today. <BR> <BR> At first, they couldn't find the lump. I was talking to the woman who did my ultrasound and she said some women come in and you can tell it's cancer and mine wasn't like that. She said it was round in shape and looked more like a complex cyst to her. <BR> <BR> I just don't know what to think and I am scared. <BR> <BR> <BR> THanks for reading. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:49:37 EST Smelly girl..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52964361 My "flavor of the month" right now in the chemo department is Doxel. I guess it's working okay, Im still here and the side effects are easier than my last. Won't know for sure until my next scan. The problem is, I stink. I stink BADLY. My urine and sweat smells. My clothes smell. My HOUSE smells. Everything smells like this drug. I go through terrible sweats that soak my clothes and furniture. Being at someone else's place when it happens is awful, because then THEIR house smells! I have to c... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:07:33 EST Weekend Question 4-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52950330 What kind of bed do you have/sleep in? What color is your bedroom? Do you find your room to be soothing or distracting/confusing? Do you have a tv in there? What can you do to improve your sleeping area? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:27:17 EST Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52923220 Did any of you have pain in your breast with your cancer? Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:40:43 EST Biopsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52923202 I am going in for my biopsy Monday. Wow am I scared. They found a lump of 1 cm but couldn't tell me anything more without biospy. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:39:59 EST Oncology appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52918988 Good news! No chemo! A good score of 14 on the onco test and less than a 9% chance of recurrence in the next 10 years. Less because I have only 10% breast tissue. I have some kind of infection going on though so I am on an antibiotic. Check with the next doctor on Friday Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:48:05 EST Weekly Question 4-10-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52908707 What is your favorite way to prepare/eat chicken, grilled, baked, salad, etc? <em>53</em> How often do you eat chicken? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:06:13 EST Weekend Question 4-6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52852746 What are your favorite leisure activities? What do you enjoy doing when you have some free-time? Do you have any hobbies? Are you a part of any clubs or organizations that you enjoy? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:07:57 EST April Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52852716 Post anything special to you this month! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>205</em> <em>337</em> <em>170</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> Goodies will be given out in honor of your special occasion, event or milestone! <em>244</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:05:30 EST Weekend Question 3-30-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52754297 What does Easter mean to you? How does your family celebrate and spend the day? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>449</em> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:31:00 EST Not fat and happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x52748452 Getting back on that horse called weight loss. Gained 20+ pounds last year through chemo and radiation. Now is the time to get back to taking it off. Training for the Boston Komen 3 day and would like to do it with 20 less pounds to hall around. <em>386</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:08:04 EST Weekly Question 3-27-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52714677 How many pairs of shoes would you say you have? How high is your highest heels? What pair are your favorites? Have you ever donated old shoes of yours, or your family to organizations that send old shoes to underdeveloped countries? If you have alot of excess, think about donating old shoes, look for a drop-off in your area, they can provide a lifesaving gift to needy people. <em>331</em> <em>295</em> <em>138</em> <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:12:32 EST Currently a Warrior, trying to get healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x52699731 My name is Courtney, I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed August 2012 with stage 3 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. I have since gone through chemo (gaining 15 pounds due to steroids!) and a bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction. I start radiation on April 1st. <BR> <BR> I am more than ready to shed the extra weight I am carrying and I feel the NEED to cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible since we all know that cancer thrives on sugar and I have no other "protection." I... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:33:11 EST Weekend Question 3-23-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52658860 What are your favorite first signs of Spring? Do you have any blooming plants on your property, flowers, trees, etc. What activities do you like to resume when the weather gets warmer? How has it been in your area? many are having a very cold spring. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:11:11 EST Weekly Question 3-21-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52630466 Do you buy girl scout cookies? How about eating them, do you? How many would be an acceptable portion? What is your favorite variety? <BR> Bonus: Were you or your daughter a girl scout? (if you have one) Any former leaders? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:04:25 EST Please read this!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52620284 <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/losin<BR>g-180-pounds-really-does-body-8212-160<BR>-163900419.html </link> <BR> <BR> Please read this article if you didn't already see it on Yahoo. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:33:48 EST Weekend Question 3-16-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52559395 How many times do you eat a day, meals, snacks? Do you track what you eat? if not, start today! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:58:48 EST Weekly Question 3-13-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52514642 How many hours of sleep do you get on a regular basis? What time do you generally go to bed/wakeup? How can you improve your sleep habits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:34:16 EST exercise during treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52487328 I have been using a rowing machine, but am starting radiation, and am thinking the friction wouldn't be good. Anyone do workouts during radiation? If so, what were they? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:10:51 EST Weight loss on Tamoxifen? (Early menopause) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52457137 Have you lost weight while on Tam. Tips? Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:43:51 EST Weekend Question 3-9-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52455158 What is the highest weight you have been at? How much weight have you lost on Spark People? How many pounds do you have to go on your weight loss? <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:22:43 EST Weekly Question 3-7-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52427292 What do you wear during your indoor workouts? t-shirt/shorts, sweats, yoga pants, other exercise clothes? How about if you head outdoors, anything special you wear outside? <BR> What kind of athletic shoes do you have and how many pairs? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:47:22 EST Has anyone undergone neoadjuvant endocrin therapy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x52362216 Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I received my diagnosis of Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the left breast earlier this week, ER+/PR+. I meet with my surgeon for a consultation Monday morning, but I've been doing a lot of research, and have come across a fair amount of information about neoadjuvant therapy. Has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> I'd love to connect with others who have ILC - I understand it's fairly uncommon. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Christine Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:35:25 EST Out with Old Habit's - In with the New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x52352511 Now it the time to get rid of something that is weighing you down, any habit you want to quit, and any new habit you want to incorporate into your life can be achieved. Focus on who you want to be, and what you want to release in your life. Just give it some thought, we can all become better, healthier and fitter. Spark People can teach us so many new things! <em>252</em> <em>225</em> <em>249</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:26:12 EST March Fitness Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x52352354 Post your mileage on walks, runs, bikes, elliptical, treadmills, etc. Let's see how many miles we can rack up for the month! <em>137</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</em> <em>311</em> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> keep a running total Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:14:17 EST Weekly Weigh-In March/April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52352320 Post your weight loss, gains, or stability. <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>306</em> <em>344</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:11:33 EST March Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52352294 Post your special occasions, accomplishments, goals met, any success or special event for you! Goodies will be given in celebration! <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <em>248</em> <em>242</em> <em>264</em> <em>205</em> <em>503</em> <em>390</em> <em>408</em> <em>204</em> <em>251</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:09:57 EST Weekend Question 3-2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52352253 How many types of exercise equipment have you tried? What do you use regularly? What equipment did you not like for your work-out? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>322</em> <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>327</em> <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:06:08 EST No health insurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x52332637 I just got the word today that the health insurance offered through my employer will not insure me due to pre-existing conditions. Mind you, I hadn't even gotten the opportunity to MENTION the breast cancer...the minute they heard about the diabetes (now well controlled by diet only) and the blood pressure meds, they were done. <BR> <BR> So, now I'm facing this journey without insurance. The Breast Care Coordinators at the hospital have told me, "No matter what, you WILL be treated!" - th... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:02:57 EST Weekly Question 2-28-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52323182 How many cookbooks do you have? Do you use them often? Do you have a favorite? Do you have the Spark People cook book? Do you make recipes you find on this website? <em>756</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team? Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:51:40 EST Newly diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x52302598 This morning, I found out what I think I've known deep in my heart for the last few days...I have breast cancer. I've been very fragile all day, with tears off and on. At one point, I apologized to my husband of 5 years, knowing that he surely did NOT sign up for this. His response, God bless him, was, "Honey, neither did you." He's right, of course. Frightening though this is, I am grateful that at least I now have a sense of the dragon I will be waging war against, thus ending the last... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:01:14 EST Weekend Question 2-23-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52246759 Do you watch the Oscars? Have you seen any of the movies up for an award, or even recall the name of any? If you saw any, what movie was best to you? I know alot of people don't go to the theatre as they used too, how many times a year do you go? Do you prefer watching at home? <em>272</em> <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:27:45 EST New to the team - biopsy results pending http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x52235314 Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I now know what it's like to live in fear...I had an MRI-guided biopsy (2 sites, L breast) this past Tuesday, and I'm anxiously awaiting the results. I know it sounds fatalistic, but I have to tell you that somehow, I'm convinced that there's SOMETHING going on in there - now, it's just a matter of what and how serious. This journey of diagnosis, which has been going on for about a month, is truly humbling. I've heard it said that God only sends serious life challenges ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:41:55 EST Weekly Question 2-18-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52175502 Happy President's day, hope some of you have the day off. <BR> <BR> What is one of your favorite historical events of the United States? Share any of your favorite moments in history since the country began in 1776. <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:51:47 EST Weekend Question 2-16-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52148360 Do you eat fish and seafood? What are your favorites? Do you cook it yourself, or eat when dining out? Do you have any concerns over mercury or other chemicals that may be in fish products? Do you eat fish in cans, like salmon, tuna, sardines? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>492</em> <em>498</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:08:17 EST Weekly Question 2-14-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52124079 <em>129</em> Happy <em>214</em> Valentine's <em>26</em> Day! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> If you could give yourself a gift today what would it be? new hair style, pedicure, starbucks treat, etc. go for it if you can! <BR> <BR> Do you do anything special with your friends or family today? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:16:33 EST New to this team and back to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x52077944 Hi. I actually joined Spark over a year ago but after several tries never really followed through. Now due to raising insurance costs, the orthopaedic group where I work has decided to offer a Wellness program in which they will reduce our insurance premium if we participate. So I'm back and hopefully will make it work this time. Also, this is my 5th year of being a breast cancer survivor! I found the lump five years ago end of January and my last chemo treatment was end of August. So at that... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:32:52 EST Weekly Question 2-9-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52050315 What's your favorite restaurant in your area for a nice lunch or date night out? Since valentines day is coming up, make plans for a nice time out sometime this month, you deserve it, take hubby out or call a friend you have not seen for a while. <em>190</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Bonus question, What is your favorite romantic type movie? <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> share your answer's with the team! Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:20:04 EST Weekly Question 2-6-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x52004834 What is your favorite type of music? Do you listen while you work-out? Any favorite songs that really get you going? <em>276</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:42:43 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51955661 hello there. just a little about myself. I have always been a big supporter of breast cancer awareness. any doubt would be dismissed if you see my kitchen where i have all pink appliances that donate percentage to the cause. Then about 6 months ago i got a job setting appointment for mammo's. and i felt i was doing real good, till the reality of health care and insurance system set in. 4 months ago it hit home when my sister was diagnosed with Padget's disease. luckily she caught it at ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 09:21:52 EST Weekend Question 2-2-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51942625 2 parts today..... <BR> <BR> Do you believe this "groundhog" tradition, or is it just for fun and not really accurate? <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you watch the superbowl? Whether you watch or not, what is a healthy snack you like to eat during such an event? <em>281</em> <em>291</em> <em>22</em> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:10:28 EST February Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51927396 I slacked off on this for a while, sorry to those whose celebrations we may have missed. <BR> <BR> Post anything special for you this month: <em>384</em> <em>248</em> <em>383</em> <em>503</em> <em>58</em> <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Team goodies will go out to all who post! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:47:25 EST Weekly Question 2-1-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51927092 How has the weather been in your area? have you been exercising indoors or out? Do you change your exercise routine as the season's change? <em>425</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:28:35 EST Daily Take Your Pick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x51926774 Each day or so, two items will be posted, choose your favorite of the two. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deep Dish/Stuffed Pizza <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Thin Crust Pizza <BR> <BR> <BR> me - deep dish/stuffed <em>483</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:07:23 EST Miles Away...how many did you do today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x51926719 Post how many miles you did on your choice of exercise, treadmill, bike, elliptical, walking, hiking, running, anything where you keep track of mileage, go for at least a mile each time you exercise. Post here, mileage and an emoticon of your exercise if possible. Let's keep a running total for our team, how far can we go? <em>324</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>363</em> <em>295</em> <em>306</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:03:18 EST February 4 week Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x51926655 February is a great month to get going again. Each week we will concentrate on getting back on track and keep up with a goals. <BR> <BR> Week 1 Water and Food Tracking <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>194</em> staying hydrated is important, all year round. make your daily goal, and stick to it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>277</em> <em>492</em> <em>140</em> <em>470</em> track your food, set a daily calorie limit and stick... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:59:12 EST Support for 3-Day walker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51835280 Hi All ~ Some of you may know me, others may not. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2010 .... so I am a survivor. <BR> <BR> As part of having a sense of closure from that experience I had wanted to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk that year. However, I had developed plantar fasciitis and had other issues related to my treatment. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I am finally feeling like I am back to where I was prior to my diagnosis. <BR> And - this year I have committed to walking ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:14:55 EST Weekend Question 1-26-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51832031 Do you eat breakfast? What are some of your favorite's, and how many calories do you usually consume? Do you ever incorporate vegetables into your breakfast? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:23:57 EST Weekend Question 1-19-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51719841 Easy 2 part question for this weekend. What is your favorite piece of exercise/fitness equipment? What is your favorite exercise with no equipment? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:57:38 EST Large Breast Size and Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51712125 All the women in my family are large chested and my mom always feared that large breasts were more prone to breast cancer. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else heard this or know of any information stating this is a myth? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:07:12 EST Inflammatory Breast Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51684119 Recently, I had a scare that I had inflammatory breast cancer. I woke up and my left breast was swollen and sore. It looked to me like my nipple was inverted. <BR> <BR> Well, I read everything I could on the topic and saw it was rare, but very deadly. So, I made an appt with an ob.gyn. <BR> <BR> Well, she did a manual breast exam and just said "I feel no lumps, nothing." So I explained to her I was worried about IBC because there was no presentable lump. She just proceeded to look at... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:14:28 EST Reducing the risk of a re-occurre nce~Taking charg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x51681026 Hi, I'm Emily...I have been out of tx for almost 2 years now...I am overweight and don't exercise...I need to take charge and cut back the risk of a reoccurrance. I feel like I set myself up to fail...does anyone else seem to have these issues? Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:04:39 EST NEW YEAR AND NEW ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51664323 Hi, my name is Addie and from a state where people love to eat, New Orleans,La. I'm 66 years young and retired. <BR> <BR> My purpose for joining your team is because I too am a cancer survivor, this past August I had a bilateral mastectomy and thankfully I did not have to have radiation or chemo, but I do take a HER2 inhibitor. I feel pretty good, sometimes I tire real easy. Had physical therapy but I have one arm where there are limitations as to how far I can reach or how far back. <... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:03:24 EST Weekend Question 1-12-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51601523 Hope everyone's new year is going well! Since we are in a time of new beginnings, think of a food you have not tried, something new to you, maybe tofu, quinoa, pomegranate, etc... Pick your food to try, do a little research, find a recipe, let us know what you chose and if possible come back and share how you liked or disliked it. <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:07:50 EST I am a 2 year survivor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51556139 Hello to everyone first time that I have come across this team page site. So glad to connect to a group of beautiful woman that has traveled the journey I am on. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer back in 2011. I had a right breast mesectomy, 6 months of chemo, and 34 sessions of radiations. I will be having my reconstruction surgery the early part of this year (2013) as I want to put this phase of my life behind me. I try to have a positive out look on life each and everyday, an... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:25:06 EST New to team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51513418 <em>213</em> everyone! I just finished my radiation treatment, just days before Christmas and I'm here to give support where I can. I'm not new to SP, but have been absent from the site for a while. Life handed me a few challenges I had to get through first before I was ready to commit to losing weight. Getting cancer showed just how tough I really am and I'm ready to get tough again with my weight. <BR> <BR> <em>390</em> sooz <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 05:56:40 EST Just joined the group.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51508198 I am a survivor! I found out in July of 2011 that I had breast cancer and lived on the roller coaster of life and still am on it!! Not that it has been a thrilling ride but I am still here enjoying the smoother side of the coaster. I was over weight prior to my cancer and only gained more during treatment. I was always trying to get that medicine taste out of my mouth... now I only that a bill that leaves no after taste and it is time for me to get healthier. I know I can do it after th... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:11:25 EST Weekend Question 1-6-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51500802 Do you get a flu shot each year? Has alot of flu been reported in your area? Have you got the flu this year? How do you prevent illness or treat it when it hits? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:48:20 EST Weekly Weigh-In Jan./Feb. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51411920 Post your starting weight for the year. Post on a weekly basis, ups, downs, maintaining. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> it may be helpful to do your weigh in on the same day each week. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:24:03 EST Weekend Question 12-29-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51368349 Time to reflect and look at how you did for 2012, give yourself a personal assessment of where you made progress and the areas where improvement is needed. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job <em>380</em> Now is the time to set new goals for 2013, what do you hope for in the new year? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:32:51 EST Weekend Question 12-23-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51304011 What are your plans for Christmas this year? Are you ready, shopping done? Do have any baking or recipes to make? Have you wrapped your gifts? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Merry <em>445</em> Christmas! <em>460</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:56:25 EST Winterbreak!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51285851 Happy Holidays everyone, Christmas shopping starts today. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:07:19 EST Weekend Question 12-15-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51219634 How many Holiday celebrations will you be attending this month, work, family, ethnic, clubs, etc.? <em>446</em> <em>500</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> How about Holiday baking, do you do any? What is a favorite of yours to make? <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team. <BR> <BR> <BR> also, let's keep our thoughts and prayers with those in CT and all who were touched by such a senseless tragedy. <em>220</em> <em>458</em> ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:16:39 EST hello - freshly diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51160223 Hi everyone...this may be premature because I haven't met with the surgeon yet, but I was just diagnosed with breast cancer this morning. I have an appointment later tonight with the surgeon to discuss further testing and surgery, but until then I'm sitting on my couch with my thoughts. So, I needed to do something...and here I am. :( Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:43:26 EST Weekend Question 12-8-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51132117 What's your current favorite healthy snack, one that keeps you on track and away from the Bad stuff? What exercises have you been doing lately? How many days a week have you been exercising? How much water have you been drinking daily? Basically this is a check up on YOU with a series of questions, share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>390</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:27:19 EST Weekend Question 12-2-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x51052711 Have you had problems in the past with weight gain during the holidays? What Holiday de-rails you the most, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Other Ethnic Celebration, etc.? What strategy helps you eat healthier during such times? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:52:59 EST Returning member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x51013557 It has been a while since I was a member, but, I am back! I am a 5 year survivor, however, I have discovered another lump, but we are just keeping an eye on it, for now. If it gets any bigger, I should call. Anyway, I am happy to be back and have promised myself that I will work hard and do what I need to do. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:13:12 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50899173 I just woke up and can't get back to sleep. I found out a couple weeks ago that I have breast cancer. I have my first appointment with the surgeon at 8am. I am so grateful to find this link. <BR> <BR> My diagnosis has made me aware that I need to be more committed to exercise and healthy eating. I've procrastinated. This is a wake up call. I am scared but grateful for your being here. Grateful for an early diagnosis. Grateful for being knocked out of denial.. May we all have a peace filled... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 03:31:13 EST Weekend Question 11-17-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50863423 What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? If you are doing cooking, what are some of the specialties you will be making? What other traditions make your family holiday special? <BR> How many of you will be traveling, or staying home? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>426</em> <em>428</em> <em>427</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 10:39:49 EST Weekend Question 11-10-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50768022 What is your favorite way to reward yourself, beauty treatment? shopping? special outing?Other? Share how you celebrate any progress or reaching goals on your weight loss journey? <BR> if you are maintaining, how do you remain stable, how often do you weigh yourself to prevent gaining again? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 09:28:58 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x50739847 I'm Rhonda, and I am a 4 1/2 yr survivor. Glad to join your group and looking forward to hearing from everyone. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:07:53 EST I am thankful for.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50671345 In November most of us share thanksgiving with our families, loved ones, friends. In that spirit, let us share things we are thankful for in our daily lives. Post as often as you wish during this month. <em>426</em> <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:28:50 EST Sugar Danger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50671288 There are so many types of sugar, do you have problems with eating too much sugar? Do you check how much you actually consume? Be aware of hidden sugars. I will be posting types of sugars that exist, and as cancer fighters and survivors, eating less sugar is <em>285</em> . Please add any info. you come across as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <em>495</em> <em>228</em> <em>493</em> <em>227</em> <em>494</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:25:36 EST Weekend Question 11-3-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50671207 Name 5 things you do for yourself to make your life better! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> You can use emoticons if you wish! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:20:44 EST Weekly Weigh In - Nov./Dec. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50671085 Post your weekly weight loss, gains, or remaining stable, ask for help or suggestions if needed! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>192</em> <em>381</em> <em>11</em> <em>446</em> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:12:12 EST Pink Glove Dance 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50563753 I've watched a lot of the videos & this one is my favorite. It makes me cry every time & it is so inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link>on.fb.me/T0UJRu </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:21:10 EST reconstruct or not reconstruct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50517771 I was diagnosed with stage 0 DCIS in November 2010. I had a right side mastectomy with an expander placed at the time of surgery. After going through the weekly Dr. visits for expansion, my expander leaked and I had it replaced only to ultimately have it removed due to skin and Aloderm failure. I am BRCA 2 positive with family history of breast and ovarian cancer. I had ovarian surgery in May to complete a hysterectomy and I take Tamoxifen. Now I am considering preventive mastectomy on t... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:22:17 EST Weekly Question 10-23-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50515470 How many hours of sleep are you getting per night on average? What time do you go to bed and get up in the morning? Is it usually the same on the weekends? Have you had any problems such as insomnia? Give your best relaxation tips for a good nights sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>102</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:18:43 EST Weekend Question 10-20-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50469986 Do you have a Pedometer? What Kind? Do you use it? Do you have any other fitness devices, body bugg, other? SP is promoting a new device, have you seen it? It is called the Fitbit, I saw it on the Daily Spark, check it out. Do you think you may get one? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:49:33 EST Weekly Question 10-18-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50443966 What ways can you help our world stay GREEN? Do you carry your own bag to the grocery store? Do you recycle, re-sell or donate items you no longer use? Does your home have any special features such as solar panels, wind energy, other? Have you seen wind turbines in your state or in the car as you traveled through the country? Is your car a hybrid type or gas efficient, even electric? Do you avoid plastic water bottles and use your own fillable one? Give any other info, on a GREEN lifest... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:45:25 EST Hello.....I'm ready to get healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x50391938 Hello, I was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in less than a year. I finished chemo this summer and will finish radiation on Tuesday. I thought I'd lose some weight during chemo but actually gained 15 pounds. I am at my heaviest weight right now. My hair's finally growing back, I'm back to work and feel pretty good except for my weight. I am having a hard time getting motivated but am ready to lose weight, get healthy and get on with my life. I've hear nothing but good about this website a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:36:18 EST Question about Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50369703 A few weeks ago, one of our weekly questions was about the top 5 beverages you drink. I noticed not too many people are juice drinkers. I drink it daily, and was wondering why some of you avoid drinking juice? Thanks for sharing some info. about this. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:44:46 EST Weekend Question 10-13-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50369655 How long have you been a member of Spark People? How many teams are you active on? <BR> How far are you from your weight loss goals? What have you accomplished by being a SP member, have you reached your goal and now following a maintenance program? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:41:52 EST Weekly Question 10-11-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50343224 Do you watch movies? What are your favorite types, comedy, thriller, drama, etc.? <BR> How often do you go to the movie theatre? Do you watch at home? How do you rent/view your dvd's, Netflix, Redbox, other? Last great movie watched? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>272</em> <em>103</em> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:56:58 EST Weekend Question 10-6-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50268007 What exercises do you do for your core? Do you use equipment? have you tried any of the SP exercises and watched the videos? Please read the daily Spark today to get more ideas for core exercises. I think many of us bc survivors can gain in the middle/abs, especially due to many of us being put into a med. Menopause. How is your core, how many inches have you lost, or plan on losing? maybe a size goal? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the TEAM! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:39:46 EST Seeing PINK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50252162 There is alot of Putting on the Pink going on everywhere, post when you see something interesting to share! <BR> <BR> I just heard this morning the White House has gone PINK for BC Awareness! Very nice to see! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:07:52 EST Weekly Question 10-4-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50239156 What is your favorite slow-cooker meal for autumn? How often do you make it? Have you tried any SP slow-cooker recipes? If given a choice would you prefer chili or soup on a cool crisp fall night for supper? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:01:24 EST SP Breast Cancer Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x50220924 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quizzes<BR>_start.asp?quizid=84 </link> <BR> <BR> Stuff I didn't know in here. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:20:25 EST October Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50206051 Share your personal celebrations for the month of October. Anyone who posts will receive a goodie to share in your celebration! <em>242</em> <em>503</em> <em>383</em> <em>248</em> <em>337</em> <em>77</em> <em>218</em> <em>58</em> <em>104</em> <em>44</em> <em>364</em> <em>215</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 10:17:45 EST October Pink Carnation Goodie Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50205679 As a team, lets spread the word of the importance of monthly self breast exams, mammograms, offer support, inform. We can do this by giving goodies to communicate our desire for Breast cancer awareness. It can also be used to support or honor a team member or spark friend. Aim for 1 a day if you are on SP every day. Team goal would be at least 3 a week, you will feel good sharing this important info. with others. <BR> <BR> Post here if you are participating. <em>184</em> <em>390</em>... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:59:58 EST Wearing PINK in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50189322 Last few years our team did PINK mondays, basically wearing PINK one day a week to raise breast cancer awareness. Pick one day a week or more and wear your pink with pride! <BR> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Post here when you wear Pink, let us know about what you wear and how you can spread bc awareness with friends, co-workers, family, etc. <BR> <BR> Have a PINK month! <em>223</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:39:03 EST Weekly Question 9-26-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50115767 What are the top 5 beverages you consume on a regular basis, number one - five, with one being the drink you consume most often? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:36:40 EST An awareness.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50107893 The past three days I haven't been binging, like in the past, BUT I have become aware at a behavior of mine that sets me up to jump off the wagon every time. I'd eat a little extra at lunch or another meal. Then, I would do the same over a period of time and finally find myself binging on food. All of the intensity of emotional eating would resurface and I'd spiral down emotionally for a very long time. Last night, I had a mexican food meal with friends. Because of schedule conflicts, I... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:07:50 EST AZ Dragonriders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x50073884 At a recent breast cancer expo I discovered a group of local (Phoenix metro) women who had started a team of bc survivor/patients paddling a dragon boat (think 2,000 year old Chinese/South Pacific sport of racing large dugout canoes). The team, called "Abreast in the West", was organized to promote exercise (fantastic upper body and core!), create a sense of well being, and foster a sense of harmony and togetherness. I've been to two training sessions and am sold! We meet Sunday mornings ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:47:31 EST Weekend Question 9-22-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50053418 Happy Autumn! <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>427</em> <BR> <BR> What are your Fall favorites, activities, foods, hikes, colored leaves, etc? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:14:56 EST Weekly Question 9-20-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x50023560 What is your bed-time ritual like, do you read, take a bath, listen to music, other things? What time do you usually go to bed/get up in the morning? Is your schedule the same on weekends, or do you sleep in? If you have had any sleep problems, share ideas that have helped you get a good night sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:39:57 EST Weekend Question 9-15-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49945431 Did you cook as a child? Did you learn special recipes from your mom, grandma, aunt, other? <BR> What where some of the first things you ever made? Did your HS have home economics classes? Did you ever take one? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:35:08 EST Weekend Question 9-8-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49828104 What is one of your favorite healthy meals? Do you cook it, or is it made by someone else, restaurant or carry out? How often do you eat this? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus, Do you know the calorie count of the entire meal? If not, track it here on SP! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:01:36 EST Weekly Question 9-6-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49797490 How often do you go to the grocery store? Do you go to more than one to take advantage of sales? Do you use coupons or follow sale papers to save you money? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the Team! Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:35:23 EST Have to share something funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49790311 Today I was at the gym with a good friend of mine. I haven't the guts yet to work out without my prosthetic breasts, so I work out with these monsters on my chest despite the extra heat caused by them smacking against my chest cavity during a cardio workout. Anyway.... today, I was working on an ab machine, and what I had to push on to lift the weights was situated right at my breasts. I didn't realize it had been this long since I have been on this machine because the last time I was, I h... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:56:18 EST Weekend Question 9-1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49721504 Do you have any plans for the Labor day Holiday weekend? Do you attend any parties, visit friends, get to the beach one last time? Have you ever traveled over Labor day, and will you be going somewhere this year? Are you sad summer is coming to an end, or do you enjoy cooler temps? Will this weekend be one where you enjoy some physical type of activity? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:59:21 EST September Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49721412 Share any special occasion you are celebrating this month. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Sparkanniversary, Survivor anniversary, ANYTHING that is special to you is worth a Team Celebration, you will receive a Goodie for posting on this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>337</em> <em>503</em> <em>58</em> <em>390</em> <em>244</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:52:54 EST Weekly Weigh-In Sept./Oct. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49721308 Post your weight loss/gains or maintenance. Post any problems you may be facing, like hitting a plateau. Also share when you reach a goal! <em>193</em> <em>55</em> <em>15</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>248</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:44:52 EST September/ October Walk, Hike, or Run Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x49721135 Walking is a great way to keep on top of your fitness program! As the weather cools down, plan some walks in your area, start slow and try to get up to 2-3 miles. You can also run if you are more experienced. Post your walks, hikes or runs here (share how far/long and where you went). Our goal is to try to build ourselves up so we can do anywhere from 3-5 miles. Join today! This is also an opportunity to ask a friend or spouse, or a child to come along, or even the family dog! <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:32:28 EST Daily Workout Sept./Oct. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x49721047 Post your daily workout here, also try to watch the new SP videos and get spark points for them daily! <em>315</em> <em>295</em> <em>307</em> <em>348</em> <em>308</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:24:56 EST Weekly Question 8-31-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49707038 End of August generally means end of summer for many. How would you sum up your summer? Did you take a vacation, take day trips, or visit anything interesting in your own state? How has your weight, exercise and healthy eating been? Have you done well, average, or is there room for improvement? All in all, did you enjoy your summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:36:11 EST Weekend Question 8-25-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49617105 What is your favorite piece of cookware or kitchen appliance? What are some things you make in it? How often do you use it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>286</em> <em>302</em> <em>254</em> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:36:57 EST Weekly Question 8-20-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49543701 How have your summer eating habits been? Do you eat pretty much the same as the rest of the year, or have you eaten bbq, icecream, etc? Has your weight remained stable, or have your experienced any gains or losses? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:47:57 EST Slipped and fell http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49408709 I have been lax about posting for quite qwhile.Have been thinking about getting back on track. My dr says that I should be able to loose weight once I finish my 5 years on Arimidex in January. <BR> <BR> Wow, I did a real number on myself July 29.I slipped and fell in the bathhroom andbrokemy pelvis - a badthing to do! I am a patient at an inpatient rehabilitation facility at St Mary's Hospital We have 3 hours of therapy a day. Iam really making progress. Yesterday was my second time in th... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:13:34 EST Weekly Question 8-10-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49395632 Last Question was about the Olympics and we will continue with another regarding that. Have you been watching the Olympics? Have you learned about any new sports you had no knowledge of? What has intrigued you? Have any athletes or events inspired you? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:24:57 EST August Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49256923 Post any special occasion you are celebrating this month. All who post will receive a team goodie! <BR> <em>242</em> <em>383</em> <em>58</em> <em>503</em> <em>384</em> <em>248</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:26:30 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x49249246 Hi I am slowly trying to learn how to navigate this site. I am ready to make changes now that I have the last of my reconstruction surgery in less than two weeks. I am hoping I will be off the steroids soon. 20+ pounds later, out of shape, curly short hair. Old friends don't even recognize me and that makes me sad. I used to be proud of the physical shape I was in. Now i am out of shape and all my old clothes don't fit :( thats depressing. I need the support of others like myself to tr... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:29:11 EST I am a survivor and blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x49200218 Hi. My name is Karyn, and I am a breast cancer survivor. I was blessed to find only a small lump (the beginning of stage 1) considering I hadn't had a mammogram for THREE years! I know, shame on me. I have between 80 and 100 pounds to lose. I developed serious infections back to back when I started reconstruction. I believe all of this was due to my diabetic condition and my obesity. I want reconstruction, and I don't want to die, so I checked into bariatric surgery. My insurance won't ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:01:44 EST Weekly Question 7-27-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49184924 Are you going to watch The Olympics? What events might interest you? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:50:08 EST Hi! Iam a survivor, wanting to become a thriver. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x49145574 I am a 5 yr survivor as of last February. I am a single mom of 2 daughters, (widowed). The two blessings I call my daughters are getting older and I am able to think more about the direction my life is going to take. I want to become more active and take better care of my health, First on the journey to better health is to lose weight and then to maintain it. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:45:31 EST Weekend Question 7-21-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49085270 What is your favorite type of ethnic food? Do you make it yourself, or go to a restaurant, if so what is the name of the restaurant where you enjoy it? What do you usually make or order? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:45:39 EST New Breast Cancer Survivor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x49084327 Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been on and off Sparkpeople for ages, it seems. I had been at about my goal weight for a bit, finally, and then I got diagnosed with BC. I did a lot of eating and drinking and my weight went up and up and up. I just completed radiation this week, and now I need to start getting back into the exercising and watching what I eat. I also started Tamoxifen this week, so hopefully I won't gain too much weight (if any) from that. I wanted to join a team of ladies who have... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:32:50 EST Weekly Question 7-20-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49072178 How many vehicles does your family have? <em>433</em> How often do you drive, daily, a few days a week, never? Is there anyplace you currently drive to that you could walk to instead? <em>311</em> How often do you rely on public transportation to get somewhere? What type do you use, bus, train, subway? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:17:37 EST Self-Parenting NOT Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x49038645 You know, at 47 years young I am starting to recognize that dieting is a lot like self-parenting. <BR> <BR> For as long as I can remember - for me - and for many of my clients - dieting is living a life of extremes and is usually quite strict and punishing. At least the type of dieting I used to put myself through. It is a life of good or bad, all or none. It is a life of punishing exercise where you don't miss a day at the gym even if you are sick or sore from the prior day's workout. It is... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:29:50 EST Great Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x49029354 Hi - I'm a 2-year survivor of bilateral breast cancer. Yes, I had it in both breasts at the same time! But, I'm doing well and planning to live a long, healthy life. <BR> Besides killing cancer cells, the only "benefit" of chemo I could think of was losing weight - but I didn't lose any. And, after chemo I began gaining steadily. So, here I am --- determined to eat right, exercise, and take back my health. <BR> I had a follow-up with my oncologist today and I don't have to see her for anothe... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:52:33 EST Medicare "Boob Benefit" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x49018004 I just celebrated my 2-year anniversary. My tumor (invasive ductal, hormone +, herceptor-) was a little less than 3 cm and had not spread to the lymph nodes, so all I needed was a lumpectomy followed by brachy radiation (the internal form when you go every day for one week then you're done). After talking with other survivors, I definitely considered myself fortunate (no one but another woman who's gone through breast cancer would understand my gratitude for a "good" tumor). There was no n... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:39:43 EST Weekend Question 7-14-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48978234 What fun activities do you enjoy in summer that you can't do other times of the year? Are you going on a vacation this summer, or have been on one already? Or will this be a Staycation year for you? If you are staying home, what is something interesting to do in your area? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:35:47 EST Weekly Question 7-12-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48949655 What is special about your home? Do you live in an apartment, condo/townhome, single family home or other? What special touches make where you live special and comfortable to you? Do you have a special room in your home for something like art, exercise, music, games, other things? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <em>436</em> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:31:04 EST Going Non-Dairy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48919966 OK, this is pure speculation on my part, but here are some observations I've made lately. I take Tamoxifen, and my hot flashes became pretty tolerable quite a while back. I've been very careful to keep certain foods out of my diet (foods that have a high concentration of estrogen, like soy). As we all know, doctors recommend soy milk to women going through menopause, because the estrogen in it helps ease the hot flashes. <BR> Anyway, I have had an annoying persistent cough for years that g... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:26:37 EST Breast Cancer Surviver and New to SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48918953 Hi everyone, <BR> I was diagnosed with stage 3a breast cancer last May. I underwent chemo, then had a mascetomy, followed by radiation. I am now on tamoxifen. <BR> I hope it does not come back but it was found in 6 of 8 lymphnodes tested during mascetomy surgery. <BR> I dont dwell on things and live each day to the fullest. TO do my best at this I am trying to get to a healthy weight and lose 100 pounds and exercise to get physically fit again. <BR> I live in Lake Geneva, WI and am a singl... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:06:58 EST Weekend Question 7-7-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48868087 What is your favorite cookout meat or other food that is usually a part of a barbecue/summer party? <em>496</em> <em>491</em> <em>53</em> <em>140</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bonus: If asked to bring a dish to share, what would you bring? Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:27:02 EST Postivitystreak Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48861181 Hi there Teamies! <BR> <BR> I have decided to start another blog streak (my last streak was 103 days and I want to break it!). So - this streak is "positivitystreak" ... no more whining, no more focusing on what I am doing wrong. From now on... I will focus on the solution and stay positive. <BR> <BR> My blogs will consist of sharing one (or more) daily challenges that I overcame and I will post one AMAZING fact about my body each day. Enough picking my body apart... no more too fat, too wr... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 21:11:38 EST Weekly Question 7-5-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48836971 How did you spend the 4th of July? Did you overeat or indulge in anything you know you shouldn't have? Now is your midsummer chance to get back on track, in what ways do you need to discipline yourself? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:15:38 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48820471 Hello Everyone, <BR> Just a little background and to introduce myself. I have a history of breast cancer on both sides of my family. I was very cystic from the time I was 27 (first breast operation) and am now 51 years old. And yes, I am now a breast cancer survivor - September 18th will be 3 years! I went through 2 lumpectomies (Oct 7,2009 and it came back in March, 2010 while going thru Chemo), Chemo for 1 year - every three weeks, and radiation for 6 1/2 weeks. When I think back I can... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 07:46:57 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48815095 Hey all, I'm stuck and having a tough time. The scale isn't moving and I am so frustrated. Life keeps getting in the way of my gym time, chemo is slowing me down some but I don't want excuses, I want to drop pounds. I could really use a good push and "suck it up" talk. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 20:19:40 EST Daily Workout July/August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x48774068 Post your daily workout, use emoticons, post how much, what type of activity! <em>324</em> <em>402</em> <em>313</em> <em>332</em> <em>319</em> <em>311</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:34:32 EST July Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48774027 Post any special occasion you are personally celebrating this month. Anniversary, Birthday, Weight goal met, whatever is special to you is special to the team! Goodies will be handed out to those who post! <em>242</em> <em>410</em> <em>408</em> <em>337</em> <em>503</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:31:57 EST Weekly Weigh In July/August http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48773950 Post your weekly ups, downs or weight maintenance. Also post any goals or milestones on your weight loss journey. <em>49</em> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> <em>248</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:28:11 EST Weekend Question 6-30-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48760171 How often do you see your doctor for check-ups? How many doctors are on your team, primary, surgeon, oncologist, ob/gyn, others? Are your satisfied with the care you have been receiving? Have you had to shop around for doctors that suit your needs? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:03:44 EST Pink Light Burlesque classes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x48746164 In or near Seattle?? Pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested. I know Miss Indigo Blue. She is a lovely woman and a fantastic teacher. <BR> <BR> PINK LIGHT BURLESQUE OFFERS FREE CLASSES FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS <BR> <BR> Seattle, WA – The Academy of Burlesque is proud and delighted to partner with the New York School of Burlesque to provide Pink Light Burlesque classes at no cost to breast cancer survivors in the Seattle area! <BR> <BR> <BR> The Pink Light Burles... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:35:41 EST Annual Breast Cancer Appointment in 3 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48734725 I scheduled my annual breast cancer appointment with the oncologist in three weeks. I am very nervous about going to this appointment. I was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes and I have schizoaffective disorder and hypertension and GERD. Enough is enough. I've had enough of this life. Many of my friends are deceased and I feel very alone. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:09:50 EST Weekly Question 6-28-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48733238 With many of us going through a heat wave, what is the hottest temperature you remember having in the area where you live? <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:19:51 EST Weekend Question 6-24-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48667634 What is your favorite summer time beverage to drink, besides water? How often do you drink your favorite beverage? Have you tried any of the ones on SP recipes? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! <BR> <em>470</em> <em>478</em> <em>469</em> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:08:51 EST Summer Fluff Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x48618814 Having BC has given me the opportunity to get away from reading all the technical material for my grad. degree and read just for the fun of it. I've read 5 books since my surgery in early May and an currently working on "The Land Grant". Just one more positive! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:19:26 EST Summer 2012 Reading Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19151x17755x48608432 Reading is exercise for our brains, pick yourself up a good book, maybe 2 or 3, even ones you have around the house, make a goal and stick to it. Post what you are reading and when you complete your goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal is to read 3 books this summer, I started my first one, it is called Gaining It, by Valerie Bertinelli, I read her first book Losing It, last year. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:26:57 EST Summer 2012 Challenge: Walk or Run 3k, 5k or 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3381x17755x48608323 Team Challenge for summer is to go for a big goal for yourself. SP has a special team set up for this and we are making it a team goal. You can join the team to Spark has set up to train for whichever virtual walk/run you choose. There's is set for the week of July 29, but our team will have until 8/31 to complete this goal. Pick your distance and start training today! <BR> <BR> I joined the training team and virtual race, I am in the 5k walk run, what will you be doing? <BR> Post your g... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:19:52 EST Weekly Question 6-20-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48608206 How often do you eat on the run, for example in the car on the way to somewhere, or maybe walking to the bus or train? Do you buy fast food, if so are you able to make a healthy choice or not? Do you bring your own food with to eat on the run? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:12:44 EST First day Back in the pool since surgery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48564587 I had forgotten how much work swimming is but if felt so good to be back in the water! No hair left do to chemo means no swim cap and a lot less time in the locker room. Can't wait to do it again tomorrow! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:58:55 EST Weekend Question 6-16-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48549752 How many websites do you go on beside Spark People, are you on Facebook, do you use Pinterest, Twitter, others, ? What do you enjoy about the ones you are active on? Share any sites that may interest the other members of our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> As always share your answer's with the team! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:39:44 EST Weekly Question 6-13-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48506027 What are your favorite fruits and vegetables of the summer season? Do you have your own garden in the summer or others times during the year depending on climate? Do you grow fresh herbs indoor or out? What are the benefits of growing your own foods? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:49:03 EST jogging & bone mets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48492205 Anyone else with bone mets who jogs. last year I could hardly walk and have spent the last year building up my walking now I want to get back to jogging. i will take it very easy but wondering if anyone else with secondary bc bone mets? If I did everything the GP said I won't be out of bed.....now I am just working on if it does not hurt more then keep on doing it. <BR> Maggie Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:51:35 EST Feeling Depressed Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3382x17755x48473608 Besides being a cancer survivor, I have bi-polar disorder. A week ago, my psychiatrist reduced my Wellbutrin (anti-depressant) because I was manic. Now, I am very depressed. I think about the huge scar on my right breast and feel unattractive. Also I gained several pounds this week. <BR> <BR> I particularly don't like appearing in public with the breast as I am a singer and have to perform at the annual spring concert on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if my feelings are surfacing because of... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 10:47:48 EST Weekly Question 6-8-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48432283 What are your top songs that make you get going during a workout? What type of music is your favorite, rock, country, blues, pop, etc... Do you enjoy listening to music while you work out? Do you use head phones or listen from speakers? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:09:25 EST Dealing with stupid comments? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48429139 I really wanted to blog about this but...wish I could just post it to the BC team and not for everyone to see...so I decided to post here... <BR> I'm sure we all have heard stupid comments from ppl while we were going through treatment. Most times, I feel ppl just don't know what to say and they don't mean to say stupid things...but, lately I have encountered comments about my short hair. One lady at work came up to me with the most disgusted face and screamed at me..."why did you cut your ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 07:53:41 EST June Team Roll Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48383789 From now on this thread will be put up monthly, just to see who is active and around on our team. We have many people who post alot and some just occasionally. I have been on SP for over 4 years and would like to know each of our teammates a little more personally, so if you are active during the current month, please post here, give any info, I will post first. <BR> <BR> <BR> Pink-Soldier, Team Leader, name Inga, 3x bc survivor, joined SP in 2008. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 09:41:43 EST Report of New Drug Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48348519 This would be an answer to so many prayers if it is successful!! <BR> <BR> <link>abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/stud<BR>y-smart-bomb-drug-attacks-breast-cance<BR>r-16483969#.T8rtwtVtqSo </link> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:58:00 EST Healthy Meal Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48329771 Please post any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner, which you feel is on the low calorie side, satisfying and full of nutrients. This is designed to help fellow team members find meals that may suit their needs. This will be a permanent thread. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 17:17:16 EST Spark Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48329697 This thread is designed for those of us who may want to meet. If you have any interest in meeting a BC Sister, post where you live, where you will be traveling etc. Individual SPARK connections can be set up through Spark Mail or phone conversations. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to post so you understand how this works. <BR> I am Inga and I live in the Chicago Illinois area, anyone who is coming through Chicago and would like to set up a meeting with me, maybe dinner, starbucks, vis... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 17:12:30 EST Weekly Question 6-1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48327725 What do you hope to accomplish during the next 3 summer months? Post fitness, health, any type of personal goals and how you plan on achieving them! <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your goals, thoughts and answer's with the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy June! <em>249</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:05:35 EST June Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48326182 Post any special occasion that you will celebrate this month! Goodies will be given out in celebration! <em>410</em> <em>337</em> <em>503</em> <em>205</em> <em>208</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:08:41 EST Day After chemo #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48321442 Does anyone have any good nausea remedies that don't include more drugs? I have them if I need them but.............just trying to be prepared for when the pre-drugs wear off. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 07:04:25 EST Sleeping problems after breast cancer/m enopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48275330 I want to discuss the sleeping problems that can occur with women during breast cancer treatments, and to those experiencing a medical/chemo menopause. I have heard that these experiences can lead to not sleeping soundly due to night sweats and hormonal changes. Sometimes medications are given to induce sleep, or natural supplements such a Melatonin. Have any of our team dealt with such things? What can be done if these meds/ natural products fail to help one get a good night's rest? I... Tue, 29 May 2012 09:43:22 EST Happy Memorial Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x17755x48266889 I'm very new to all of this, Bi-lat mastectomy on 5/2 with reconstruction started immediately. Chemo starts this Thursday with the final treatment in early August. So far so good, but from what I've read, the "fun" is just beginning. <BR> <BR> My best to all of you! Mon, 28 May 2012 18:26:28 EST Weekend Question 5-27-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48248084 What do you usually do/ or have planned for this year on memorial day? Do you visit the cemetery, go or have a bbq, hit the beach, camp, or anything else? <BR> <BR> Share your answer's with the team! Sun, 27 May 2012 10:18:22 EST Back and asking for accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48209762 Hello My long lost teammates! <BR> <BR> As many of you know... I've been through a couple of major losses.... having lost my mom to leukemia this past memorial day (ugh! the ONE YEAR anniversary is coming up) and then my little brother passing away from a heart attack in January ~ ugh ugh ugh. On top of this I have plantar fasciitis and have gained a bunch MORE weight. <BR> <BR> I fell into such a deep depression that I started Cymbalta. It has helped. <BR> <BR> All of this while working ... Thu, 24 May 2012 09:19:24 EST PET Scan Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48168357 Hi <em>223</em> , <BR> <BR> I went to my first Brest Cancer Dr. appt since moving back to PA and my blood test CA marker is higher than the Dr. liked so he wants me to have a PET scan done, this Thurs., <BR> (the first one ever). I have read up on this and am not worried, and I know God is in control. Am a little nervous since I've never had one, but I am up for it!! <BR> <BR> I didn't make much headway with finding financial help with the Femara costs, but the Dr. put me on Exemestan... Mon, 21 May 2012 13:53:02 EST Weekend Question 5-19-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48138647 How has your healthy diet been, what are some of your favorite foods that help you stay in shape and fuel your body? What are some the foods you shy away from as you know they are not good for you? Have you had any problems staying away from those unhealthy snacks? <BR> <BR> <BR> Share your answers with the Team! Sat, 19 May 2012 10:27:18 EST I have a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x17755x48092090 Will someone please tell me how to send a goodie to someone? I see the page that tells me how many points I have to spend and how to buy things for myself but I don't see where to buy goodies for others. And can I only send a goodie to a friend or can I send one to anyone? Wed, 16 May 2012 09:05:35 EST