SparkPeople Surviving Cancer Team Messageboard For those who are living with cancer and seeking to find ways to deal with related health and weight issues. SparkPeople Surviving Cancer Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:02:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:17:05 EST How is everybody doing? I am taking it one day at a time. A lot of health issues in our family lately. Wed, 4 Mar 2020 20:17:00 EST Here I go! I?ve been overweight the majority of my life and have been on that rollercoaster of weight loss programs many times. <BR> I have yet to figure out ?why? that ride has never come to a successful ending. <BR> I?m eager to get to the bottom of of the ?why? and work on the ?how? to get off of that darned rollercoaster ride. <BR> Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:03:38 EST New Here I was diagnosed with CML (Philadelphia chromosome) 8 years ago. It was a surprise because I was being tested for vitamin D deficiency. I've gone through 3 chemo types (pills) and have finally found one that has me in remission. It's been a rough trip, what with the setbacks, bone biopsies and spinal tap <em>40</em> , but I am stronger every day. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:11:10 EST Hi, I'm new to this team I'm grateful to find this group as yesterday my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The shock hasn't hit us yet, but his doctor called today with the date of his surgery: 10/2. I'm just getting back on my feet from a kidney removal for cancer in July. We refuse to let this get us. Hugs and prayers to everyone here. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:00:40 EST Sharing some insight on my journey.... We are all SURVIVORS the day we are diagnosed with Cancer. <BR> <BR> Cancer and Survivorship is very much an attitude. It's a state of mind. Hope is a constant companion. Determination is the fuel that ignites our energy. Love and support is the ammunition to win this battle. Cancer changes people. It sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, hopes more desperately, loves more openly and lives more passionately. Life during and afte... Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:05:20 EST WOO drinking water. <em>244</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:36:29 EST WOOHOO to moving that beautiful body of yours.... <em>244</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 10:36:06 EST INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS...COME SHARE. <img src=""> Fri, 28 Jun 2019 09:12:08 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY...... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is your go to for working out? <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME....walking through our neighborhood park and then the elliptical and treadmill machines. Thu, 27 Jun 2019 20:03:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:17:59 EST AML survivor Hi there, <BR> I'm refrain Sparkpeople after fighting leukemia off/on since August 2011. I'm also a bone marrow transplant recipient, four years ago come August. After most recent relapsed, my weight went from 106 to 163. I need get back to around 135 for safe, healthy BMI. Fri, 7 Jun 2019 16:14:49 EST Recurrence Hi. I joined Spark/people in January and did day one. That was it. BUT ... I still managed to lose 60 pounds since November. I have been fighting stage 4 ovarian (BRCA1+, high-grade serous, PPC) since Dec. of 2008. I have had five recurrences, and just found out yesterday I have mets to both lungs. Fortunately, I already had plans in place to temporarily relocate to Houston, TX (for one year) to participate in a clinical trial at MD Anderson. I am hoping that I'm able to continue losin... Fri, 31 May 2019 23:48:46 EST Hi, new to the team! Hi everyone! I wanted to introduce myself. I am in chemo for breast cancer and then radiation, hoping to be finished with it all by August some time. I have had 5 treatments so far with the 6th on Monday,so half way there. The biggest issue I have developed right now seems to be afib and it is very frustrating. I would love to hear from some ladies regarding menopause as well and if palps or afib was/is an issue for them as I have been pushed into menopause with the treatments and I was re... Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:39:52 EST Wrong group? I'm sorry but I don't think I'm supposed to be a member of this page. It asked if we have a friend or family member who has been effected by cancer. My ex-mother in law and I have always been close. I married her son November of 1993. I gave her the only two grandchildren she ever had. My oldest has a non verbal form of autism. My youngest was incredibly close to her. Even after the divorce I kept my relationship with her although the divorce was my fault. She forgave me of my sins and our bo... Wed, 9 Jan 2019 19:04:36 EST Personal Goals for 2019 1. Live <BR> 2. Become more mobile <BR> 3. Maintain my goal weight <BR> 4. Be thankful, helping others. (Laurel, I liked your resolution so much I decided to add it <BR> to mine! Thanks!) <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2019 19:37:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:15:09 EST Overwhlemed I am back after, well, I don't know how many years. One of the reasons I left SP was that I was overwhelmed by trying to keep track of everything. Now, looking at all the categories, message boards, and things to keep track of, I have that feeling again. I need the interaction and encouragement, but I want to enjoy my life, not spend it in front of the computer tracking every moment of my day. And there is so much to go through, just to get started again. Any suggestions to simplify the proce... Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:35:03 EST Leaving the medical system for cancer treatment Delete Mon, 7 May 2018 10:51:16 EST Birthday this month? Put the day and month of your birthday to get Spark Goodies. <em>383</em> Fri, 4 May 2018 23:19:41 EST newbie I'm new to this and would like to find friends to help me on my goals. I'm a mom of three adult children and two grandsons. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 09:22:43 EST Hi, I?m Francine Hi, <BR> I?m not really new here. I?ve been here before and wish I would have stayed. Weight lose I?s so hard. I hate it when people say ?just don?t eat?. I have many health issues and many diet restrictions. I had cancer surgery this year, and for now I am cancer free. I had the lower left lung and 11 lymph nodes removed. In addition. I have LUPUS, fibromyalgia, diabetes, kidney disease, gout and minor heart problems. Needless to say I spend a lot of time visiting doctors. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:13:49 EST Did you do genetics testing? Delete Mon, 5 Mar 2018 05:40:32 EST March birthday? If you have a March birthday, please put down the date to get goodies!! <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 16:22:45 EST ms. kathy mccloud I ba wedding this summer and in need to lose weight, not only for the wedding but for myself. All the weight is in my midsection. my bad habit is soda and juice. I need a replacement for this besides water and crystal lite. my eating habit are bad it just sugar drinks. I swim and walking 3 days a week, plus I voluntary at a day care 4 days a week, so the work out is happening. help Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:34:32 EST February birthday? If you have a February birthday, please put down the day to get goodies!! <em>383</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:49:28 EST 16 Foods That Boost Your Immune System <link><BR>s/slideshow-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_din_0<BR>12718&amp;ctr=wnl-din-012718_nsl-ld-st<BR>ry_1&amp;mb=awixB5otjF13VLC%2fkjEH7WdE<BR>pmNqbUHLtW7n8cbV6AE%3d </link> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is avoiding the flu!! Thu, 1 Feb 2018 15:23:32 EST Hi loves Char here... Hi loves, too many ailments & way too much "fluff" to not make 2018 the beginning of the best year yet.Looking forward to losing weight & illnesses both while working out with my hearts love & my daughter as well as any new friends we are blessed to meet along the journey. Blessings to all Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:31:06 EST Curbing your food cravings <link><BR>how-stop-cravings?ecd=wnl_din_010118&a<BR>mp;ctr=wnl-din-010118_nsl-ld-stry_1&am<BR>p;mb=awixB5otjF13VLC%2fkjEH7WdEpmNqbUH<BR>LtW7n8cbV6AE%3d </link> <BR> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 21:55:07 EST hai C: My name is Kota and I am recently in remission from Leukemia. <BR> I look forward to hanging with everyone and working torwards whatever goals we have. <BR> <BR> The whole cancer thing really has messed with me both physically and mentally so I am hoping maybe taking part in this group and reading everyone elses stories aswell might be able to help me thru what I am still going through. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:41:11 EST Points today 3/5/3 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:18:56 EST Personal Goals for 2018 1. Maintain my goal weight <BR> 2. Walk alone with a walker <BR> <BR> May update - maintaining goal weight, still working on walking. Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:14:53 EST Purple Power Foods! <link><BR>s/slideshow-purple-power-foods?ecd=wnl<BR>_din_121817&amp;ctr=wnl-din-121817_nsl<BR>-ld-stry_1&amp;mb=awixB5otjF13VLC%2fkj<BR>EH7WdEpmNqbUHLtW7n8cbV6AE%3d </link> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:12:26 EST New to this, Hello My name is Sheryl. I am a cancer survivor. Some days I feel guilty saying this because my cancer was found and removed within a 6 week period. That was followed by 16 days of radiation treatments and now hormone therapy for the next 5 years at least. I am lucky in that so far I don't feel any different now than I did before I got diagnosed. Mentally is another story. I am still working through the hormone thing. I feel like I'm going through menopause all over again. Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:56:17 EST Cancer in lung....process just starting Yesterday, on the phone, my primary doctor said I have csncer. Needle biopsy results revel "adenocarcinoma". He said he would call for an appointment with an oncologist. <BR> <BR> I am overwhelmed. Do I go with this oncologist? ....get further help from another doctor I trust? Or make an appointment at M D Anderson? This process has just started snd I am confused, sad, and overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> May all of you gain health and joy as you go through your process.. ..blessings Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:35:41 EST Well, here I am. Hello, I have recently been diagnosed with Uterine cancer. I have my appointment with the oncologist on Monday. I am pretty upbeat at the moment. It is FIGO Grade I, so if it hasnt spread, my odds for a cure are very good. I am however, morbidly obese. Time to make some changes! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:49:00 EST Hi! I'm working with breast cancer. Starting chemo next week. Looking to maintain weight and keep track of calories, exercise, and nutrition. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Sep 2017 02:00:56 EST Intro Hello from Charlotte, NC. Stage 4 ovarian/PPC, BRCA1+. When diagnosed doc thought 6 weeks to 3 months left. That was almost 9 years ago. I'm currently fighting my fourth recurrence, this time in my lymph nodes. I've had chemo over 100 times. Last year I also had surgery for melanoma. In the last three years I've put on quite a bit of weight, in part due to being in bed most of the time. I'm currently able to walk with a walker and not fall. Just finished first week and very shocked to... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:21:50 EST Intro Hello, everyone. New to SparkPeople. Lucky five-year survivor stage 1 breast cancer. Lumpectomy and radiation. Finishing last bottle of tamoxifen. Hurray! Glad to be here. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:18:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 31 May 2017 09:37:22 EST Hi Hi Everyone! I'm a long time Spark member, but I haven't been very active with challenges or anything for a long time. I was diagnosed last March with stage 2b, N0, HR/HER2+ invasive breast cancer. I had 6 rounds of chemotherapy between Apr 12 and July 27, bilat mastectomy with reconstructive surgery in Sept and just completed (2 weeks ago) 11 rounds of Herceptin. I did good during chemo with not losing weight - they didn't want me to lose any even though I had a little room to spare in that ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:58:49 EST Joining you all Hi all. I was a member on sparkpeople years ago, but disappeared. Currently I'm almost finished treatment for breast cancer. Had surgery, done chemo, in the middle of radiation. Will be taking meds for the next 5-10 years. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to feel better from most side effects from the chemo, hair is starting to grow....but I've put on weight. 20 lbs since starting chemo. That's on top of the extra 20 I was carrying at the time. Sigh. So, I"m feeling kind of crappy and my clothes don'... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:39:52 EST Newbie Hi <BR> How do you introduce yourself on a forum for surviving cancer? This is new to me. I am having a bad day today and just want to give up the fight. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:57:36 EST New Here New here fighting the rare Appendix Cancer-Pseudomyxoma Peritonei and doing chemo every 2 weeks for 6 rounds before surgery. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:57:36 EST What did you have for breakfast? What did you have for breakfast? Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:28:21 EST It?s time for me to stop complaining: start doing! Hello! I joined some time ago but never kept up. However, I'm not doing well on my own, so it's time to seek out some support. <BR> <BR> I lost 25 pounds initially after going a post cancer reoccurrence medication. I went on a diet at the same time, as losing fat would help prevent a reoccurrence. The ?diet? was mostly aimed toward eliminating my mindless snacking and emotional eating. I don?t overeat at meals. I get bored and stop eating while I am still hungry, and ?make it up? with junk ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:40:52 EST Personal Goals for 2017 What are your goals for 2017! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:27:31 EST good morning Good Morning, I am new to this site, but ready to start making good choices for myself. My plan: eliminate (or at least reduce to start) complex carbs and to move my body every opportunity I get. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the change. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:07:35 EST Started Chemo Today I've been dealing with prostate cancer for 10 years. Had my prostate removed then. Everything was good for 5 years and then it returned. I did radiation...and that helped for a while...but the numbers eventually went back up again. Started hormone treatment 2 months ago and chemo today. The session went well...and no side effects so far. All the medical staff at Kaiser were very helpful and cheerful. <BR> <BR> I do have a question...does Spark people have a suggested nutrition tracker for ch... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:43:50 EST Newly Diagnosed I am about on day 9 of joining Spark People and it is very motivational to read all the posts. I was diagnosed on Thanksgiving day with breast cancer. Have had the breast MRI, mammogram twice, ultrasound, and a ultrasound biopsy. I see the surgeon in a week to discuss the next step which I think will be the lumpectomy. I have two aunts that had breast cancer, my youngest sister, my middle sister has had it twice, and now my 82 year old mother just had her second round of breast cancer. S... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:48:26 EST Dianah needs help! I am 58 a wife, grandmother and have no motivation . I live in Carlisle Indiana <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:15:45 EST God is good I was diagnosed in May of 2015. It was so small that they got it all with the biopsy. they did a lumpectomy and lymp nodes as a precaution, they were clear. It was HER psitive so I went thru a year of chemo and decided not to do the radiation. I am almost 70 years old and decided that quality of life was more important than quantity. I am still cancer free. Praise God for he is the one who got me thru it Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:56:38 EST new diagnosis of cancer My name is Melinda, single mother to my awesome 7 year old son! I was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and will have to get a hysterectomy, I am 42. I am in the Airforce Reserve, and looking for support to help me lose weight. I am over 200lbs, the biggest I have ever been. I need to lose weight to maintain my health, to be there to raise my wicked awesome son! Thanks! Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:13:32 EST Aiming towards a Goal Hi I am excited to have taken the first step and I come with confidence believing that I shall WIN. My goal is not to just lose weight but to obtain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to enjoy some of the things I really enjoy eating. I love to dance, swim, write, watch movies, paly with grandchildren, sing in the choir and encourage and love on people. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> MiMi Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:25:52 EST my story I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago.... had my prostate removed at age 50. Things looked good for 5 years and then my PSA went, I started radiation. Again things looked good for over a year but then the PSAs started creeping up again. Just found out that the cancer has mestastisized to several bones....and will start leupron treatment next week...and chemo probably in November. <BR> Concerned immediately about the side effects of the leupron since I will leave for a fiv... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:34:14 EST My story... I was first diagnosed with a type of soft-tissue sarcoma called an MPNST (rare subtype of a rare type) in 2008 at the age of 28 and had chemo, radiation and an above knee amputation. Several years passed and enforced lack of mobility made me gain weight, but I had been doing well with it lately. My cancer came back late last year, this time in my lungs. I had surgery to remove three nodules from my left lung in April of this year, and then a thoracotomy and lobectomy of the bottom two lobe... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:20:47 EST Still Here! Just wanted to say hello, and let everyone know I'm still here! I'm a Stage IV breast cancer metavivor who has been in treatment now for five years! Less than 15% of metastatic breast cancer patients live that long! I didn't think I would, since 26 to 30 months is the median survival time with Stage IV breast cancer. Thankful, but tired! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 10:16:23 EST I am the caregiver Hi everyone! <BR> I am so happy to have found this team!!! <BR> My husband has just been diagnosed with tongue cancer. We don´t have any family near, so it is just the two of us. <BR> <BR> I have been using SparkPeople for a while now. My husband is a doctor and he has been watching me over the years in my weight loss journey. My husband has read a lot of the SparkPeople´s pages and has found them very actualized and accurate. He has even recommended the use of this page to some of his patie... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:16:28 EST First 45 years - next 45 years Hi there! My first 45 years of life was spent over-indulging on food and alcohol, not focusing on my health or weight. As a result, I was up to 207 pounds, ended up with a benign pancreatic tumor, and now type 1 diabetic as a result of said pancreatic tumor removal. However, I'm more determined than ever to change by lifestyle and be healthy for the next 45 years of my life! Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:50:56 EST Personal goal for 2016 What is the main thing you would like to accomplish in 2016? Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:09:14 EST New to the forum To make things simple, I'm Phil [trust me you don't want to try to say my full name.] <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in January with endometrial cancer. I had a full hysterectomy in March and it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. The doctor thinks the surgery got all the cancer. At this time she's not recommending further treatment. It's wait and see. <BR> <BR> It also created a drastic change in my lupus which didn't seem to like my womb and the hormones from my ovari... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 17:29:54 EST Surviving Friends Of Those Who Died From Cancer I had a friend who was my former college roommate back in the early 1980s. He died of a rare form of lymphoma on June 19,2016. I have been having difficulties with insomnia and overeating. I dont know why he had to get the cancer. He was such a beautiful personality. I thought that I was more deserving of the cancer. I have some anger over this. I am a Christian so the best that I can come up with is that I will honor his memory by leading the best life that i can. I want to support people wh... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 19:54:29 EST Login points 3/7 Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:01:53 EST The Most Fattening Foods of Summer <link><BR>-fattening-foods-summer?ecd=wnl_wlw_07<BR>0116_AM&amp;ctr=wnl-wlw-070116-AM_nsl-<BR>ld-stry_1&amp;mb=awixB5otjF13VLC%2fkjE<BR>H7WdEpmNqbUHLtW7n8cbV6AE%3d </link> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 21:18:01 EST July Birthday? Put down the day if you have a July birthday to get SparkGoodies. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:47:00 EST I am new Good morning. I am new. I am new to this team. And, I am new to cancer. You see, 2 days ago my world was changed when I was told I have Colon cancer. Today I am in that place where I don't know what I am facing. I am in the worry/fear place where I don't know how bad it is, treatment options, and maybe the largest question of all, what are my chances? I am a long-time Sparker from afar and I felt that this would be a good place to go to begin to get information, encouragement, support,... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:51:12 EST HI My name is Jenny and am 40 and from south Louisiana. Momma of two girls, wife, middle school teacher, diagnosed stage 3 melanoma. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in February 2015, and just moved to Pet scans every 6months after having them every 3-4 months for a year. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the positive energy and support ;-) Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:56:16 EST June birthday? If you have a June birthday please put down the day to get goodies! Mon, 30 May 2016 17:16:13 EST How to deal with fear of relapse? Delete Thu, 12 May 2016 05:19:03 EST My Last Ditch Effort I am not good at follow thru but a year ago in Jan. I gave up processed sugar. It was like I had been challenged. One of my clients who is a meth addict told me that I did not understand addiction. I thought how wrong he was as I have struggled with food addictions for most of my life. I used food to feel better, to get high, to calm and comfort myself. I would sneek food, hide with food, hide evidence of food I had eaten. I had an addiction and I knew it but was like everyone of many ... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:53:19 EST May birthday? If you have a May birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! <BR> Wed, 4 May 2016 11:21:47 EST Hello I am new to this forum. I am currently going through radiation treatment 9 more sessions to go. Happy to meet y'all. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:54:51 EST Hi :) Hi there! I'm Chandi. I'm 31 and I hesitate to call myself a cancer survivor, but I have had it, and I deal with its effects on my mental health on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> In March of 2014 when I was 29, I started having pain in my right lower quadrant. It felt like gas pain, and I had just had a very large coffee before work so I ignored it. It was a Friday I ended up doing a 16 hour shift that night at work (3pm-7am) and so I had lots to do to ignore the pain. The next day, I did an 11pm... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:08:57 EST Hello! My name is Michele, I'm a 41 year old married mother of two. <BR> <BR> My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma on 2/6/16. He had brain surgery on 2/13/16. He just completed an accelerated radiation &amp; chemo treatment. My Mom is his primary caregiver. She has been snapping at everyone, every day &amp; every time you talk to her. This is not her normal demeanor. I know it's hard for her, but it makes it even harder for my sister and I to help out when she's constantly ang... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:25:42 EST April birthday? If you have a April birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:43:11 EST barbaraj2877 Hello, I have never done anything like this, I have tried but not followed thru. I am 65 overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, had cancer, and have recently been in the clinics with a serious infection to my stomach. kind of a wrech huh? not to mention a husband that wants me to go on a complete plant based died. I don't know where to start. I am kind of overwhelmed and looking for some ideas. I can oonly eat so many black beans, I do like meat, so any ideas? Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:01:55 EST March birthday? If you have a March birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:51:12 EST Passion My weight has fluctuated since I reached my 40th birthday. I've used different diets over the years, I reach my target then a problem arises and I become a comfort eater my weight piles back on then my passion disappears. I have tried hypnotism which worked for a while. I don't eat badly and I know what to eat its just getting the balance of how much food I intake daily, I don't like gyms but I do like to go outdoors. I just want to get of this roller coaster Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:06:15 EST New to SparkPeople, new to bladder cancer My diagnosis came in July of 2015, had tumor removed, low-grade cancer. Had 6 treatments of immunotherapy BCG. I have to get cystoscopies every 3 months for the next 2-3 years to make sure tumor stays gone! Before cancer I was very active, in good shape and had lost 13 pounds. Now I find I lack the motivation to do anything. I know part of it is getting over the after effects of the immunotherapy ( inflammatory arthritis) and part is depression. I have gained 7 pounds and after reading some o... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:27:18 EST Spring Challenge Progress Thread Use this thread to post goals and progress. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:18:51 EST February birthday? If you have a February birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:33:35 EST Heading toward Spring challenge! The challenge is to lose one pound a week. If you are already at goal weight or cannot diet for health reasons you can choose some other healthy goal. Let's make this a healthy winter! <BR> <BR> Challenge begins 2/2/2016 <BR> Challenge ends 3/20/2016 Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:21:21 EST Howdy Howdy, I'm at a rebuilding time and thought that a group of survivors and fighters could understand the unique challenges. <BR> I just finished kicking cancer's butt. Last radiation treatment was last week... I won't lie, between GI issues and radiation, my body feels like I've been through the wringer. But, I'm concentrating on just rebuilding my body. On mega doses of vitamins and had the first of two iron infusions, to facilitate building my body back. (Turns out, your body is pretty seri... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:24:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:57:05 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:49:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:10:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:26:26 EST 2nd page of Bill <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:07:38 EST George Washington University Hospital Bill Bill for Diagnoses of Thyroid Goiter Disorder <BR> <BR> r <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 18:05:59 EST Thyroid Goiter Diagram <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 06:01:52 EST Thyroid System Diagram <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:56:08 EST Introduction My name is Julia Miller and I'm 46 years old I was diagnosed with cancer in my gastrointestinal track in 1999 and my condition worsen and spreaded to my thyroid gland in my neck which developed into a goiter nodule. Because my conditioned worsened I gained a lot of weight. Secondary to removing my swollen goiter in my neck I want to learn how to maintain a healthy weight. My birthday is June 3, 1969 and I'm single and have no children. I live alone and want to develop a habit of exercisin... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:50:51 EST January birthday? If you have a January birthday, please put down the date to get goodies!! <em>44</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:42:23 EST December birthday? If you have a December birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! <em>30</em> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:19:20 EST November birthday? If you have a November birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! <em>30</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:00:44 EST Toda is the first day of the rest of my life I've been on countless diets. I've managed to not gain ALL of the weight I've lost, but have put 50 of 89 back on. I have well over 100 to lose. I'm very excited to learn of the diabetic tracking and challenges and team offered here! I was going to join Weight Watchers (again) but I think everything I need and then some is HERE! I have been dealing with stage 4 cancer for almost 7 years (given 3 months to live in Dec. 2008!) and have managed to beat that beast and keep on breathing and l... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:56:56 EST 5 Weight-Loss Secrets From the Mayo Clinic Diet<BR>loss-secrets-from-mayo-clinic-diet/?po<BR>s=1&amp;xid=nl_MyCalorieCounterNewslet<BR>ter_20151020 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:23:02 EST Eat these foods to boost your immune system <BR><BR>1/eat-these-foods-to-boost-your-immune<BR>-system/ <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:44:28 EST Hi I'm new. My name is Diana I hope to get to chat with some of you. I have a goal of 40 pounds to lose <BR> Is anyone doing low carb? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:29:01 EST Gallbladder Cancer Hi! I just joined tonight and found this forum. I had my gallbladder removed the end of June. The Path report came back that a cancerous polyp was in the gallbladder. Unfortunately it had grown through the gallbladder wall so there is a question about if it has spread. I have had a series of tests and blood tests and now I am undergoing a series of exploratory surgeries to stage my cancer. I am not yet a survivor but I plan to be. I know that my weight was a risk factor for this rare cancer I... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:58:21 EST October birthdays? If you have an October birthday, please put down the date to get goodies! <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:22:41 EST Endometrial Cancer Stage 3-C Hi, I want to share my story about my diagnosis of uterine cancer - Endometrial Adenocarcinoma, Stage III-C, Grade 2 to give hope out there to women with later stage uterine cancer. I was told in my case I had fibroids, but only until my hysterectomy did my doctors realize it was cancer. Pap smears typically do not detect uterine cancer, it is an erroneous assumption to think the test will detect it, I think even some doctors assume paps with detect it, but I have read advancements may soon ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:25:44 EST are you sparking through chemo I'll be honest, I haven't been. I've been trying to work out as much as I can but it's really difficult because I can't do anything consistently so mostly I feel like I'm always sore but not getting in better shape. I have my last chemo this week, I'm kind of thinking that after after I just start spark over again really. <BR> <BR> what is everyone else doing? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 08:28:45 EST Article on cancer fighting foods<BR>ancer-fighting-foods?ecd=wnl_can_09011<BR>5&ctr=wnl-can-090115_nsl-promo_1&mb=aw<BR>ixB5otjF13VLC%2fkjEH7WdEpmNqbUHLtW7n8cbV6AE%3d Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:25:11 EST Thyroid Cancer survivors? Hello. I have just recently been diagnosed with and started treatment for thyroid cancer. I have a lot of questions about this one in particular since it wrenches your hormones around so much. If is anyone out there who has this experience I would love to hear from you. I will save my questions until I see if anyone is out there. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:17:33 EST Mental health and cancer treatment Delete Sun, 23 Aug 2015 05:18:54 EST Hi I am yola122 I have been trying to lose weight for decades. I read some of the goals achieved by people over 55. <BR> I decided to get back on the wagon and give it one more go. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:19:36 EST Other cancers? Are there people on this team who have had other cancers than breast cancer? I know there was somebody when I started on the team. I am curious if others found help with financial support or other support when they were going through treatments and couldn't work. I just saw something on an Everyday Hero who has an organization for Security through Cancer and she gives financial support to women with breast cancer. It is the only cancer I ever see any financial support for. When I had can... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:45:24 EST Hi i'm Jenny Hello I found out about spark people, through this lady I was listening to a podcast called tip the scale on tune in radio, and I thought, this sounds perfect for me to find support and more, so here I am. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:45:23 EST article on best diet for cancer prevention This is an article on the best foods to be eating for cancer prevention. <BR> <BR><BR>best-diet-cancer-prevention/?pos=1&xid<BR>=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrition_20150817 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:55:20 EST Did you do everything the doctors ordered? I'm wondering if people here did everything the doctors ordered? Or did you do some of what they said, but not all? Or no treatment? The reason I'm asking is that I've been prescribed a ton of treatment for my breast cancer - surgery on both sides, pills for hormone-positive cancer (likely for 5 years), AC chemo (cychophosphamide and adriamycin), radiation therapy to both breasts and Herceptin chemotherapy for a year. As you undoubtedly know, each cancer treatment comes with serious side e... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:58:12 EST Prognosis statistics and side effects statistics? Delete Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:20:27 EST Healthy Food Alphabet Game The healthy food alphabet game - Healthy foods (of any kind) are given in alphabetical order. For example, if romaine is given the next healthy food has to start with S. <BR> <BR> I will start with Apple. The next healthy food must start with the letter B. <BR> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:06:48 EST is it going with insurance? Because I'm now about $30 over my out of pocket max for the year and yet the bills are still flooding in. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:02:37 EST Eating healthy with nausea during chemo Delete Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:05:48 EST A Healthy Breakfast for Weight-Loss Success<BR>g-a-healthy-breakfast.aspx?pos=1&xid=n<BR>l_MyCalorieCounterNewsletter_20150722 <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:23:42 EST Summer Drink Water Challenge Week 3 Beat The Heat Summer Drink Water Challenge Week 2 <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day of the challenge and post. Spark Goodies for all <BR> who participate! <em>91</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:32:41 EST Eat These 3 Foods for a Healthy Gut<BR>nnah-sakimura-nutrition-sleuth/eat-the<BR>se-foods-healthy-gut/?pos=1&xid=nl_MyC<BR>alorieCounterNewsletter_20150716 <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:00:51 EST New to spark team Hi my name is Margie (Margaret) and I'm a cancer survivor I'm 56 years of age and have recently retired from work on Ill Health I live in the UK I am trying to learn how to use the forums so I may get it wrong to begin with lol <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 03:36:56 EST Summer Drink Water Challenge Week 2 Beat The Heat Summer Drink Water Challenge Week 2 <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day of the challenge and post. Spark Goodies for all <BR> who participate! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:11:27 EST about to start chemo Without scaring me what was it that you wish you knew before you started chemo? <BR> <BR> I'm getting a wig today. My chemo starts Thursday so I'm thinking I'll go for the buzz cut on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I've been on leave for a month but planning to go back to work the Monday after my first chemo. My boss says its up to me but I want to go in and if nothing else see everyone and get all my passwords cleared up and start going through a month's worth of email. <BR> <BR> Not planning anyt... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:55:56 EST Beat The Heat Drink Water Challenge Week 1 Beat The Heat Drink Water Challenge Week 1 <BR> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 21:58:31 EST Beat The Heat Drink Water Challenge 7/8-8/31 Drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day of the challenge and post. Spark Goodies for all <BR> who participate! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:09:50 EST Beat The Heat Summer Drinking Water Challenge 7/8 Beat The Heat Summer Drinking Water Challenge 7/8 through 8/31 <BR> <BR> Drink 6 to 8 cups of water each day of the challenge and post each day. Spark Goodies for all who participate! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:57:34 EST Portion control and size guides One is for your wallet and one is for your fridge. I find having a picture useful. I can never remember what size a hockey puck is. <BR> <BR><BR>et-portion-control-size-guide <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ion-control-size-guide <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:17:14 EST Hello I've been yo yo dieting for months now and I'm proud to say, I think I am FINALLY going to succeed because I'm MENTALLY ready, unlike before. I'd love some weight loss support and tips to help me along my new journey if anyone would help. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from someone soon. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:49:45 EST Login Points and Local Weather Login Points and Local Weather Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:47:30 EST jmct's SparkPage Hello. I am new to the whole "Spark People" thing and just sort of stumbling around trying to get traction as I recuperate from a recent surgery. All the articles and pictures of grinning young Spartans are a little over-powering, but my commitment to get into the flow of things (even if I am only shuffling along in the slowest of slow lanes) remains strong. Is anyone out there who has some similar impressions? <BR> peace. jmct. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 23:00:26 EST Article on exercising during treatment<BR>-for-exercising-during-treatment.html?<BR>ecd=wnl_fit_061515&ctr=wnl-fit-061515_<BR>nsl-hdln_1&mb=awixB5otjF13VLC%2fkjEH7W<BR>dEpmNqbUHLtW7n8cbV6AE%3d <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:22:33 EST Independence Day Challenge 6/16 - 7/3 The challenge is to spend at least 10 minutes exercising (your choice of exercise) everyday. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:22:15 EST Independence Day Challenge 6/16 - 7/3 The challenge is to spend at least 10 minutes exercising (your choice of exercise) everyday. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:19:52 EST Here is my story In 1981 I was abducted from my parents I was four years old. I was brought to U.S. with in that year I was locked in a room in the dark until I agreed to be Amy. I was then fed chocolate bars while kept in that room. After being aloud out of that room I was later raped by a 38 year old man he raped me from behind he crushed my lung and I suffered internal bleeding. I was taken to a catholic hospital where I was put on life support and put back together. When I woke up in the hospital and star... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:08:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Jun 2015 02:26:29 EST Aloha from Oahu Hello! I am beginning my Fit before 40 challenge as of...well, yesterday. This is it, my last stretch before the big four-O to get back into shape, become healthy and boost my energy. I want to last over another 40 years, have another child, meet and play with my grandchildren and great grandchildren and be healthy doing it. I'm going to need a lot of encouragement and have a lot of encouragement to give. I look forward to meeting team members on SparkPeople and making lifelong friends. ... Tue, 5 May 2015 02:31:01 EST First day of early Retirement: Fitness is Goal #1 Decided six months ago to retire from my stressful worklife - the generosity of several of my late siblings offered me the chance to do so and when my mother passed away in Dec 2014, I was certain: Early retirement was the only way to truly focus on my health and fitness goals! As an 8 year cancer survivor, I know the importance of a fit body and mind to prevent recurrence. Starting today May 2nd I am renewing my contract with myself to MOVE every day with exercise and be aware of what I e... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:00:25 EST 3 time Breast Cancer Hi I am Helen I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, I was only 37 at the time so they were not even looking for it. I had a mastectomy on the left side and they removed 22 lymph glands and 20 of them we cancerous, had radiation, and chemo and when the rounds of chemo was done I was put on tamoxifen and gained 50 pounds in no time flat. I was clear until 2007 and had to have the other side removed also, this time just chemo. in 2013 it was back and this time in my bones. it was a very s... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 23:13:13 EST Here I go! Hi everyone! My name is Rhoda aka Angelfeather1. I have recently undergone treatments for breast cancer and have a history of high blood pressure and gout. I just turned 50 and want to join you in a new life of weight loss (control), and good health! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our stories and successes! :) Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:27:58 EST Hello! In the year 2010, I was helping my husband clean out our shed, pulling out all the Christmas gear. I stopped a little early because something in my stomach was pulling and it sort of hurt. I waited 2 weeks for it to go away and when it didn't, I made an appointment to see my local doctor thinking I had pulled the mesh from an earlier hernia repair. Wrong. <BR> <BR> Long story short, I had a CT scan which showed a grapefruit sized growth on my fallopian tube. A trip to the GYN also found ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:56:41 EST 20 years survivor HELLO! MY NAME IS BRENDA SPARKS AND I AM A 20 YEAR BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR! iT WAS A HARD JOURNEY BUT i THANK gOD EVERYDAY FOR LETTING ME LIVE THESE YEARS CANCER FREE! i NOW AM WATCHING MY 88 YEARS OLD DAD DYING WITH LUNG CANCER.I NEED YOUR PRAYERS.I AM FROM MORGANTON,NORTH CAROLINA. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:35:44 EST HI :) Just wanted to stop by and say hi to all, I am a daughter of a cancer survivor, My mom had stage 1a uterine cancer, she underwent surgery in January 2015 where they did a full hysterectomy and made sure she was cancer free. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:29:29 EST Daily Inspirational Quotes If you ever think about giving up, remember why you held on for so long. <BR> ~ Hayley Williams ( Motivational Quotes ) Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:04:05 EST Hello everyone!! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople; just joined yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had issues with cancer when I was a young adult; they thought several times that I wouldn't make it. I'm still here 15 years later! I have been struggling with my weight since I was diagnosed...I have been on a roller coaster from hell. Up and down, up and down, that's all it has ever been. I'm hoping I have found a good place to be, I have worked on other websites and with other programs. My current health issues (n... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:07:44 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:22 EST Hello everyone, I just bought the Eat to live book and i am a need of support and help. I would like to loose the weight and be healthy. Had breast cancer 2011 and gained 100lb. Tried so many diets, but i could not loose the weight. I have tried this last summer but i i have stopped loosing and i quit. So I need some help and advice. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:05:57 EST Weigh In We can weigh in on this no matter what year this is. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:48:53 EST Procrastination Meets Determination & Goals Hi! So Military injury & surgeries packing on some weight, changing my look & outlook (on lots of things) has finally reached the need for change. I have become involved with my husband's recovery option of bicycling. 500-600 mile awareness/fundraisers for the military & non-profits who support us. My first one is a few months away and I will reach my goals along the way! I'm excited. I just hope I hold off my old friends 'procrastination & self-criticism'!! Tue, 9 Dec 2014 08:55:55 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:22 EST sassypants1969 Hello, I joined sparks today. I am excited&#128548; Sun, 5 Oct 2014 17:28:37 EST Greetings, folks!! Hello everyone! <BR> I just joined yesterday and I'm very glad to see there is a group for those of us affected by "The Big C!" <BR> I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Metaplastic Breast Cancer two years ago, had a bilateral mastectomy and endured what seems like a million rounds of chemo. So far, I'm cancer free and have been more than ready to do what I have to to keep it that way. <BR> The bad part? Between chemo and high dose steroids for nausea, I GAINED over 60 pounds and my endocrine system ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:43:42 EST Hi, I am Mary Ann I have only been with Spark People for less than a month, and I joined for healthy lifestyle articles. I did not know, that I would feel like I needed the community. A week ago, I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I am 51, and I have always been healthy until a year ago. I was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm two days before Christmas 2013. My husband is a minister, and he had to do two Christmas Eve services the next day. He did a good job, but I know that had to be very difficult. I ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 05:53:03 EST Lone Star My name is Felicia. I am dealing with a serious health crisis with my boyfriend. He has cancer and it's returned and I have not been exercising nor eating the way I should have for the last 4 weeks. I need your help to get back on track and most of all to stay fit,focused, and to find me again. :(:( Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST Moke1963 Hi! I found this website and thought it was just what I need. I am a 67 year old single female who really needs to loose weight and exercise. I don't want to grow any older in the same shape I am in. I had a total knee replacement in May and I am doing very well. No excuses to go forward with the exercises. I really believe the info on this sight is just the help I need. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 17:54:21 EST Calling all Lymphomaniacs! Checking to see if there are any Lymphoma survivors on this Spark page. I was diagnosed with a rare form of NHL in October 2009 -- so rare, I was only the 201st patient to be diagnosed with it since it was discovered in 1991 world-wide. It's called Subcutaneous Paniculitis-like T-cell Lymphoma, or SPTCL for short. <BR> <BR> If there are any others out there, I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> Wishing you a wonderful day! <BR> Jodi &#9786; Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:49:28 EST My Beautiful Rebellion: From Cancer To Clarity It was weird that I got breast cancer. I was healthy (I thought) and I didn't have relevant family history of it. But at the same time that year I had been pretty down - as a homesick expat - lacking sunlight & a strong social support (in a culture where I don't speak the language on top of this), I was doing a job I didn't like & often going into the victim mode with my husband about all this & wanting to move back home. I saw this all clearly when I was diagnosed & in the months following &... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:18:45 EST Fighting cancer and extra weight. Hello everyone, my name is Vanniesa and I am about to turn 49 in November. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March, had surgery on April 3 and started chemo on May 1. I have 4 more treatments. After a break (not sure how long) I begin my radiation treatments. On top of all this, I have to lose this extra weight. When I went for my checkup in March my doctor said I needed to lose 30 pounds because of my blood pressure. I weighed 161 pounds! I am down to 150 and my goal is 125. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:28:01 EST New to this! Hi my name is Michelle I'm 42 and have over 56 lbs to lose. I live alongside a rare bone condition and fibromyalgia. My goal is to be healthier in body and mind and reduce the meds I'm on. I could do with all the help you can give. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone, Michelle xx Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:59:59 EST WALK WITH ME! 1-4 MILES A DAY. Anyone want to walk with me. You set your own goals. My goal is to walk 2 miles every day. <BR> Come walk with me see how many miles we can get in Aug. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 02:18:51 EST walk with me! 1-4 miles a day Anyone interested in walking with me? You set your own goals. My goal 2 miles a day. <BR> Lets get walk... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 02:14:47 EST For today I give For today I give <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord, O my soul; <BR> all my inmost being, praise his holy name. <BR> Psalm 103:1 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:42:52 EST Question: Chemo brain Hi everyone, <BR> Those of you who have been done with chemo for a year or more, this is for you. How many still seem to suffer chemo brain? My last chemo was November 2011, but I have found that I still struggle with my brain functioning properly. I struggle to remember the basic things, find I get confused easily, ect. My friends and family think it's chemo brain, but I didn't know the effects could last this long. So how many have experienced this post-chemo? <em>198</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:32:05 EST Prayers Please A dear family friend's mother is dying of brain cancer. She is struggling to even continue breathing but she wants to hold on long enough for her mom to get in from out of state before she lets go. She is a very sweet person and faught a long battle and I hope she knows how proud we all are of her and how strong we know she is. We love you Christine. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:25:42 EST Semi-new intro (was under Natalie40) Hi all, <BR> I joined while back (Natalies40) but forgot the password and everything. So I signed up again with new ID (FABNATALIE). Once again, I am a three year (this Sept) survivor of AML. I was going allowed every 5 month check up until I was hospitalized for pneumonia two months ago; so I am back to every three months. Oh well-cautious and caring oncologist. Lol I am currently planning my wedding, so looking ahead to a better future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:13:27 EST Hi! Hi all! I am a 32 year old, 9 year survivor of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. I am very excited to get (re)started on my path to a healthier me. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:20:12 EST New to Spark People Hello I am new. My name is Pattie. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:04:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:41:54 EST Newb that wants to be fit and have time! My name is Renee and I recently just started college for my BSN degree. I have worked so hard this past year to earn a 4.0 and I even started summer classes. I'm beginning volunteering at a nursing home and hospital. I also work a part time job while still living at home. (I'm a commuter). I just want the motivation and extra time to earn a healthy and fit lifestyle. I can never find the time or energy to workout between studying and working. I have turned to google and came across this wonde... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:14:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:51:40 EST moved to intro area moved to intro area Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:27:20 EST Hello All! I'm Winnie and I've got weight to lose! Hello Everyone. I'm a 34 year old mother of two and I need to lose weight; not only to feel healthy and confident,but for my boys. I want to run around with them, play horsey (i'm the horse of course) and just have fun without feeling as if i'll collapse after 10 minutes with them. <BR> <BR> I'm also a bit shy, so I probably won't have a lot to say. However, your stories are an inspiration to thank you in advance!! <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:26:20 EST Hello I have been a Sparks member for a few months but have just figured out how to put messages on my Spark Teams. <BR> I have been diagnosed and have had surgery for melanoma 3 times. I am seeing my derm doctor every 6 months now and and am keeping a close eye on my skin. My best advice to everyone is to always wear sunscreen. <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know you all!!! Thu, 15 May 2014 12:52:09 EST cindy I am over weight and in bad health, I am trying to change my way of eating and getting exercise daily, I am a cancer survivor and I give God all the praise for giving us doctors who believe and pray before surgery's I had stage 5 colon cancer in 2005, I was told I had less then 5 percent chance to make it off the operating table to get my things in order but with my faith in God I had no fear and He ( God ) answered my prayers through the good doctors. My God is bigger then cancer! <em>10... Fri, 9 May 2014 07:30:23 EST Over 50 and ready to be healthy I joined SparkPeople some time ago but I'm feeling more motivated now since the weight has been creeping up along with my age! My weight has been fluctuating due to thyroid issues. It's been a little over a year since I completed radiation for breast cancer. Now that the weather is warmer I've been walking more and hope to get my kids on the bike path frequently. I don't have much willpower(right now the Easter candy and Cheese-its are my weakness) so I need help remaining on track. Thanks fo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:35:29 EST AML survivor Hi there, <BR> I am a 2.5 year Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor!! :) I just recently started a job and am trying to move on with life. I still have to go for oncology check ups every 5 months, but otherwise I am trying to get back to life. I feel so blessed to be a survivor! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:52:20 EST April 2014 Exercise Challenge sorry this is a day late - I got 50 minutes today Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:38:32 EST Prediabetes. Want to get my A1C below 6.0 and lose 20 lbs. by summer .It can be so difficult when you are past the age of 50. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:07:58 EST I'm new here Hi, <BR> My name is C.J., I'm 40 & I am newly diagnosed. I am 2 weeks out of surgery & will be starting chemo on Apr. 7th. I have been trying to prepare my body for chemo and learn how to take care of myself during the next 6 months. My cancer type is 3C Mucinous which was bilateral. I had a hysterectomy & they had to take out my lymph nodes that drained to my ovaries because they were enlarged & my appendix to make sure that the cancer hadn't spread. Also had my gall bladder removed because ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:43:09 EST Kelly Hi everyone, I'm scheduled for gastric sleeve tomorrow morning at 7 wish me luck. It was actually recommended by my specialists because my health is very bad. so here I go, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:17:15 EST Weightloss with Godly scriptures for 2014 I read Lynn Modranskis Biblical group weightloss plan and I decided to start one in my home. <BR> We are on the 2nd week of her plan. Which group should we join on Spark people? Christi Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:37:29 EST Molar pregnancy Hello, <BR> My names virginia and I'm 35yrs old. Last year, 15wks into my pregnancy, I started bleeding heavily and was scheduled for an ultrasound right away. They found out that I was carrying a molar pregnancy. Instead of a baby developing my placenta was filled with clusters of grape like tumors. They removed it 2 days later but it was already too late, the cancerous cells had embedded into the lining of my uterus. I was diagnosed with gestational trophablastic disease and started on chem... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:32:27 EST Hodgkin's lymphoma I am a two time survivor and wondering if there were any fellow hodgers out there! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:10:39 EST Finding me under all lol. My name is Kayla and like the title says I'm trying to find the person I know I am underneath all the "me" I've put on over the years. I'm 24 years old and have a five and three year old. My kids are my world and I hope to get fit so I can be a better mommy. I've always had a little trouble doing it on my own so if anyone wants to chat or get together to work out let me know! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:55:55 EST Good morning Sparkspeople! A little bit about myself. I'm a mom of 3. My 33 Birthday is this month and I have spent my whole life over weight and ready to make a change. Its been a hard year on my family and I've come a accept the things I can not change and change the things I can. Its time for a better ME! I started my journey last week at 259 and as of today 253.6! My workout is T 25 ready to start week 2! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:56 EST March 2014 Exercise Challenge Once again you all have done a fabulous job!!! keep it up in March!!!! Try to aim for at least 10 minutes a day three times a week Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:11:12 EST MY FIRST DAY hello there its my first day here on spark im feeling happy i have made my first step to health fitness beauty and happiness! good luck for all of us ladies and gentleman Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:45:57 EST newbie Hi I am Sarah and I have just joined - not sure what happens next as I came across this site by accident, but I want those 100 lb over the next year Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:50:45 EST I'm ready to begin! Hi everyone! I'm mid 40's my goal weight loss is 50 Lbs.( nail #1). I have been inactive for the most part for 4 years since my total hysterectomy ( nail#2). I currently have 2 hernias that need repaired...but I need to lose weight first...(nail #3). So I have lived the last several years worrying and sitting and wasting!!! I'M READY TO CHANGE!! I'm just unsure which direction to go. <BR> I started really " practicing" tracking on Spark people about a month ago( possitive#1)I've join... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:16:19 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Mel, and I just joined yesterday! I'm so excited to be here! I have my fitness down no problem, but I struggle everyday with healthy nutrition. It is my biggest obstacle. I was living on my own and eating so healthy. I lost 30 lbs! But I had to move back in with my parents recently. My mother was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. I moved in to help my father and brother take care of her. My family has never been healthy eaters. They can't go a day wit... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:33:25 EST Renewing my commitment to myself to be healthier Hi all, I've been here before. A couple of times actually. Decided to give it one more try, and to take it slow. Previously I'd jump in with both feet and get a good start then run out of steam fairly quickly. Hopefully by taking it slower this time I will succeed. After all I didn't get this way over night. Happy Sparking and God Bless. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 09:19:44 EST February 2014 Exercise Challenge Start posting here folks! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:55:19 EST Breast Cancer Survivor Hi! I am new to this. 5 month breast cancer survivor and new to SparkPeople. Looking forward to meeting new people. I pray for all cancer survivors. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:48:13 EST Carola I have decided to give this program a try. I had cancer for the first time in January 2011 it was inflammatory breast cancer stage 3c which was really scary for me. They started chemo within 1 week and I did 6 months of chemo then bilateral mastectomy that was July 3 once I recovered from that surgery I went to the radiologist and had 33 radiation treatments. then in December 2011 the found the starting of cervical cancer so in February 2012 I had a total hysterectomy. After all this My oncol... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:13:02 EST Hi. My name's Kate. I'm an active duty military member who is determined to get back into shape after a hiatus due to a demanding job and the arrival of a small tyrant. :) I'm looking to lose about 30 lbs and more importantly gain the energy to keep up with my whirlwind child. It's important to me to be there for him. I don't want to be the insanely stressed, worn out Momma anymore. I know that by adding exercise back into my daily routine, it'll help relieve that stress and tension that wake an... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 15:22:05 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST Fighting for my son! Hello. My name is Kristi and we are fighting for my 14 year old sons life. On September 13, 2013 he was diagnosed with Desmoplastic small round blue cell tumors and we have been living at a Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis ever since. He is in his last round of chemo and we will be done with that tomorrow. This is a very rare aggressive deadly cancer that usually attacks young boys around puberty. His cancer has shrunk but it is not gone and it is still up taking about 3% sugar. They... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:22:16 EST Thanks, all, for the welcome. It's nice to connect with folks who've been where I am and have come out the other side. The statistics may be against me, but I'm certainly coming out swinging.... <em>104</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:27:58 EST Back, to get back on track. Hello. I just started back today. I got a lot done. My husband is a cancer survivor. He is extremely positive. I gained a pound in almost 4 months running amok. I didn't log, anything. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:15:37 EST Thanks for the invite I had a wonderful walk with my dog and entire family this afternoon. My husband and I did planks this evening. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:54:09 EST "suck it up buttercup" is my new motto I am 65 and it has been 7 months since my cancer surgery. Who would have thought? No cancer in my family and I never thought I would be the trail blazer. When diagnosed, I was positive and upbeat and had a great eating and exercise program in place. I never felt better and when my priest called me to say he wanted to give me the sacraments for the sick, I remember thinking "but I am not sick". I had a radical massectomy and 20 lymph nodes were removed. I was positive that this would not... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:00:43 EST Hello Everyone!! Cervical Cancer Survivor Here!!! Hello Laides! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephaney and I have had cervical cancer twice and survived by having a radical partial hysterectomy! I am super proud to have found a group for cancer surviviors! We are all champions! <BR> <BR> My health is not that great at the moment, so I am trying to lose weight to better myself and my health! <BR> <BR> xoxo, <BR> Stephaney Sat, 4 Jan 2014 10:51:33 EST New to the group. I just joined this group, it seems like you give alot of support to each other. I will tell you alittle about myself. <BR> Dec 5,2013 I had a mammogram was told I had breast cancer, Doctor told me it is was like winning the lottery of breast cancer, we just have to go in remove it and you will have 6 weeks of radiation, and you will be done. also it was our 25 wedding annivsary that day! <BR> Dec 31, 2013 I had my surgery, I had the healing time, then I had radiation. <BR> One yr later, I'm v... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:36:45 EST Hello my name is Jacqui I am a thyroid cancer survivor and grateful for everday. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 02:33:34 EST 14 year old son battering cancer Hello! I am a single mother of 5 who is now relocated away from home to get cancer treatment for my son. On Sept 13, 2013 he was diagnosed with Desmoplastic small round Blue cell tumors. This is a very aggressive rare cancer in young males that often results in death. We are fighting like crazy and keeping the faith that God will save his life. With all the stress and anxiety of the constant worry it seems as though the pounds just keep packing on me. I am looking for something to help ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 10:39:52 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 Hope everyone is doing well today, I have had a wonderful day, except for burning my black eyed peas. Oh well.... <em>148</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:08:24 EST Hello all! I'm new to Spark People.. Hello, I'm so excited to be starting my weight loss journey with Spark People. My goal is to lose 100 pounds by This time next year (January 1, 2015). I am also a breast cancer survivor since August 12, 2009. God saved my life. I was 28 when I found out I had breast cancer. What was crazy about it, it never showed up on the mammogram. The nurse was sending me home, and not knowing why but I question their results and demanded a biopsy, which they originally told me no, there was no reason fo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 06:57:40 EST Let me introduce myself I just saw your team and thought, "why not, I had prostate cancer". I had surgery in April 2013 to remove my prostate. It went like clock work, and I healed well. I still need to see the doctor but I have no PSA reading as of the autumn. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:11:16 EST January 2014 Exercise Challenge Challenge yourself to exercise for at least 10 minutes a day, 3 days a your results here <BR> <BR> I've got 50 minutes so far today Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:50:06 EST 2014 Positive Thinking Give us a quote or word that is positive in nature... <BR> <BR> A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can't get very far until you change it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:48:33 EST 2014 Weekly Weigh in 339 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:45:51 EST Need special prayers or encouragement - post here Sometimes we all need a little extra encouragement or special prayers for a specific time in our lives...please feel free to post here about any extra support you need <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:41:47 EST 2014 Daily Devotionals Disclaimer = these are not personal stories. These are from emails I get for people dealing with serious illness. I believe they are relevant to the wonderful folks on this team. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Could This Be A Miracle, Lord <BR> <BR> Kerryn has some fabulous news we can celebrate, and she also shares how she is guarding her heart from asking too many questions. <BR> <BR> “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those w... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:36:29 EST I got a new attitude Good morning everyone, I have created my page yesterday and today I am ready to start losing weight. I weigh 243 lbs, I am a breast cancer survivor twice and I want to get healthy. I hope to talk with members that have this same struggle and GOALS. OH AND HOW DO I GET A TICKER SHOWING MY PROGRESS LIKE YALL HAVE? <em>390</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 12:05:09 EST Hello, new and needing motivation Hi I am a mother of 3 girls who teach high school technology classes. I just came across this site and hope that it will help to motivate myself to get up and start moving again and eating right. I need to lose 40 lbs., 20 of which I have gained in the past year :( . I tend to keep to myself, but am looking forward to meeting new friends and trying a different type of support group since doing this on my own does not seem to be working. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:48:53 EST Starting over... I am a 58 year old cancer survivor with lots of support. However, I am overweight and tired all the time. My lifelong poor food choices are catching up with me. I have a slipped disk in my back as well as fibromyalgia which are leading some time ago to help with weight loss and was successful when I stayed connected. For me, journaling food is essential to weight loss. I need to learn to eat more healthy foods and less junk. It worked once, surely it could work again... <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 17:28:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:08:26 EST Milestone reached in my Breast Cancer Treatment Yesterday, I reached what I consider to be a "milestone" in my breast cancer treatment. I was diagnosed with triple negative (grade 3, stage 2b) breast cancer in late July. <BR> <BR> I'm getting neoadjuvant chemotherapy right now. Then I will have surgery and radiation. For the chemo, I am having 12 weekly infusions of taxol and then 4 bi-weekly infusions of AC. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I got my 12th and final taxol infusion! WHOO HOO! All in all, the 12 weeks went pretty smoothly. Ama... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:24:34 EST my journey in a nut shell hi my name is Christina! I am a writer and a stay at home mother of two! my son's name is traegan he is 6 and in the first grade ! and my daughter is 3 her name is chesakah and she is my litte mini ! I have struggled with a lot of bad habits growing up, before becoming a mother (drinking, drugs, sleep disorders, depression/anxiety) and ive conquered them all except for my weight .its been a rollercoaster and though I lose a few lbs here and there it would never stay off! but im defiantly im... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:27:20 EST Fuzzy Hello, I am a 52 year old women in desperate need of support. I have been on diets all my life and have finally lost my goal of a 100 pounds. When I went into pre- menopause the weight started going back on, as well as I had many other symptoms. I am starting to have other issue.with my health as well. Spark People have helped me before , but I was never on the message board. <BR> <BR> Today I am calling for help as I am finding it harder the second time round. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:00:38 EST Interesting Article Today I was doing some reading this morning and found this interesting article from <BR> <BR> Not only does eating right, working out and losing weight help in preventing cancer, but coffee has been show to protect against some cancers as well....quite an interesting read. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:39:56 EST hello my name is peggy I am new here I am diabetic and have heart problems and nuarapathy fibromyalgia, asthma,my legs and back are bad, I am trying to lose weight and learn more about carb and calorie c OK counting, and I am just learning about the tools used here,I am allowed 195 carbs daily'45 for each meal,15 for each smack,I takes 18 units humalog with meals and 56 unit lantus at bedtime. My blood sugar goes low and high,I don't eat right I usually only eat ¹ or 2 times daily and usually do not snack,so I need... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:20:01 EST healthy hi again for the month of november i plan to take baby steps like not eating late or when i am stress Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:36:31 EST Here's Hoping November is a Good Month Thank you Team for the SparkGoodies, Here is hoping November is a good month for all of us. <BR> <BR> Rae <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:12:30 EST I AM BACK!! July771 I have recently started shopping in Aldi again & when I go past the banners it says "You know you should get your 5 a day"? Why not pick from our range of fruits! Aldi Store is narrow but quiet & nice. Not like the other big supermarkets or noisey. Oh all Aldis own brand! My husband birthday next week 40! No no party going out for a meal on Saturday his birthday is Tuesday. My dad decided against a party! Any how a nice quiet Meal with my family parents & sister & partner. Glad really that we... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:52:34 EST leighleigh57 Hi. I am new at this and kind of lost about how to do all of this right now. But I need to get moving and into shape, and I am so tired of being overweight. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:58:10 EST New Member Breast Cancer Survivor Hi there everyone! <BR> <BR> I had breast cancer 2 years ago. Had bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction and chemo. I gained 25 pounds since then. Guess I was celebrating :) <BR> <BR> I would like to be more active so will start by taking a daily walk of about 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I also want to eat more vegetable and I've been finding creative ways to use them. <BR> <BR> I have a terrible problem with anxiety and eat cookies, cake, chocolate or some other sugary food when I'm feeling l... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:46:11 EST Hi I am a 28 year breast cancer surviror an 9 year uterine cancer. I am diabetic an am very over weight. I have lost 28 lbs since trying harder from May. It is not easy. I have lymphedema in my left arm which is a constant. I suffer from boughts of celluitis an have to go on IV per pic line at home. But after this last bought a few weeks ago I now have permenant pain in my upper left arm. I have a wonderful husband who has been my stout supported for 51 years. <em>41</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:58:08 EST Hello Hi all Im Key and I am so excited to join Sparkpeople and these groups. I look forward to getting motivation on my journey and giving motivation when I can. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:10:57 EST Cancer of Bladder my name is Jeannie and last year in november I was told I had bladder cancer. The DR. was suppose to scrape it off the bladder wall,but instead she cut through the wall. Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:32:50 EST It's time to move on... I've gained and lost the same weight for the past 20 years. I don't mind gaining and losing the same weight--as long as it's between 140 and 150 rather than what it has been. LOL! <BR> <BR> I am a widow of 18 months with 3 kids--boys--in their teens. I recently moved closer to my family, but 1500 miles away from where my kids have spent their entire lives. I am working online to receive my Masters degree--I have four classes to complete and am enrolled in one now. I am currently une... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:28:27 EST Retired teacher Hi! <BR> I am new to this group and looking to lose 80 pounds by next July!! I was a first grade teacher for many undertaking the take care of me motto and get healthy!! Losing weight and getting fit is just a part of getting healthy!! I am so glad to have found this site. I have lost 40 pounds so far with WW and a lap band but fell off the wagon :) and am climbing back on. Thanks to all for adding me!! I need all the encouragement I can get. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:43:33 EST In Remission -Thank God! But still taking chemo. I was diagnosed January 2012, after having my gallbladder removed - it was cancerous. So I guess gallstones saved my life. Stage 1 Follicular Lymphoma. Some to the liver and small intestine. My surgeon and oncologist had never seen this particular cancer before. My mother always told me I was special! Took the wait & see first, but grew between scans. 9 hour sessions of chemo every 3 weeks and after the 4th round -Remission!!! Continued 2 more rounds. Now I'm on maintenance 3-4 hour ch... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:12:53 EST hi new to this page Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:14:00 EST FIRST TIME ON MESSAGE BOARD HI I"M NOT SURE THAT I AM COMFORTABLE WITH GOING PUBLIC WITH TOO MUCH SHARING BUT I DO ENJOY TALKING WITH OTHERS SO HERE GOES.........I AM 82 YEARS OLD ,MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS TO A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND LOVING CARETAKER ,WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND LOVE TO SERVE OUR LORD IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES (AND AS OUR AGING BODIES WILL ALLOW) WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES ,8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREATS AND ANOTHER TWO ON THE WAY. I SINCERLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND EAT HEALTHIER IN ORDER TO BE ACTIVELY IN... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:54:38 EST Daily Devotionals Here I will post a daily or weekly devotion for all of us to enjoy and share in fellowship of faith. <BR> I hope that it will bless you and keep you in God's Loving Care, and comfort you as we all gather here. Be Blessed. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:14:21 EST new to the group Hi everyone, <BR> I am glad I found this group. I am from Chicago but I am in Florida now. I really want To loose weight and improve my health. I am trying to do my part. I use to think, what difference it makes if I do not eat as healthy as I should. I try to dwell on the positive. My goal in my life is to make good memories for my family and friends. <BR> I am grateful that you have shared your feelings and experiences. It makes me feel that I have the support of <BR> others. I was diagno... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:06:29 EST new to the group Hi everyone, <BR> I am glad I found this group. I am from Chicago but I am in Florida now. I really want To loose weight and improve my health. I am trying to do my part. I use to think, what difference it makes if I do not eat as healthy as I should. I try to dwell on the positive. My goal in my life is to make good memories for my family and friends. <BR> I am grateful that you have shared your feelings and experiences. It makes me feel that I have the support of <BR> others. I was diagno... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:05:36 EST hello everyone my name is ria i really want to lose weight and be fit joined spark people just now i have two wonderfull kids and iam a stay at home mom spark people tells me that i need to lose 13 kgs hmmmm thats sounds like a lot of weight just dont know how will this miracle happen but i will try whatever i can do to be fit and slim this time Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:11:51 EST NEWBIE Hi, my name is Dawn. This is ANOTHER NEW start for me. I have over 100 lbs to lose. I am looking for motivation on this plan, but really interested in exercising . I have been sedentary for some time, so looking for tips of getting moving. I was disabled most of my life due to knee damage, I have had 16 knee surgeries, but the last 2 where total knee replacements & they are GREAT. After the new knees I told the doc lets get fit for 50, he said just 1 more check up and then work out t time. We... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:47:03 EST Help losing 30+ pounds - 53 years olad Hi <BR> I have tried all the diets and have lost then once off the diet on comes the weight. Life has dealt a few hard blows and that brings me back to the junk food, I look for food as comfort. <BR> I need to lose this weight, I have accepted a challenge to bike in a 25km race, it's not far, but when your not used to it, it can be. It is a goal I can reach, but I would like to do it in better time. The race is Sept 06 and if I can drop 15 or 20 lbs by then it will really help. <BR> <... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:33:42 EST Potato chips Cancer/C hordoma. Greetings. I do not have cancer. My husband has stage four Chordoma. Seven years ago my husband started having horrible shoulder and stomach pain right after eating. He went to our primary care Dr. Received a referral for gallbladder removal. That Friday while tying up loose ends for pre-op we received a phone call from the gall bladder surgeon saying that surgery was canceled. Back to the primary Dr. He went. Not knowing what was going on, the primary Dr. told us that husband had a la... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:23:53 EST Introduce Myself I joined Spark People yesterday. My daughter has been on for over 2 months and has lost weight. I see this is more than about losing weight. It's about a new lifestyle and helping myself feel better. I think I'm going to enjoy this and will stick with it. I am a breast cancer survivor. My diagnosis was in 2011. I'm almost 2 years away from my last chemotherapy. I lost weight during that time but have gained it back. I need to lose 100 pounds. I'm married and retired. My husband and I are tryi... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 07:35:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:46:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 May 2013 20:04:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 29 May 2013 15:50:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 22 May 2013 22:52:41 EST Help! What exercises can I do ............ Hi Everyone <BR> My name is Diana I was diagnose with cancer 6 months ago I've had chemo and my operation starting radiotherapy tomorrow. I was extremely active before going to the gym 5 days a week doing free weights 3 days and cardio 5 days a week for 2 years lost the weight felt stronger eating better had that feel good factor. Since treatment I've gained all the weight back that I lost , I struggle daily to do anything that involve using my hands or feet as its still painful after treat... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:46:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 18 May 2013 17:47:32 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 14 May 2013 11:33:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 13 May 2013 20:53:24 EST total curiosity re: chemo effects This came from a TV show, but I also talked to the husband of a friend who had one of the cancers I had. On both they said how the effects of chemo on everyone were a lot more than just the loss of hair. My friend's husband said that she and everyone in the chemo center would flush really red within 15 minutes of starting their infusion. She had a lot less cancer than I did. Whenever I got mine everyone just fell asleep but me. The first two times my leg hurt a lot unless I kept walking ... Sat, 4 May 2013 17:43:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 2 May 2013 22:43:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 May 2013 16:05:07 EST Family I don't have, nor have I ever had, cancer. So I feel sort of odd being a part of this team. But my grandma, the only one I have a relationship with, was diagnosed with 4 types of cancer in January of 2012. Non are actually 'fix-able', but they can slow the growth with chemo and treatment, which they are trying. It's hard, because I can't understand why her? Why the only grandmother I have that has always cared and always loved me and is helpful to a fault. Why four types? 1 wasn't hard enough... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:48:57 EST Battling Multiple Weight Loss Issues Hi my name is Carol and for years I have tried to get my weight under control. Healthy eating is not an issue but because I have under-active Thyroid in addition to high blood pressure and slightly over 40. So I have joined Spark People in hopes of finally balancing my weight and losing 50+ pounds. Fingers crossed. :-) Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:35:00 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:32:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:49:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:09:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:23:34 EST Hello! Ello! Jello! Hello there! I'm a recent college graduate who has gone into the real world working full time. I'm new to sparkpeople and hope to find some new fitness buddies as well as aspiring people to go through this life style together! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:15:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:36:12 EST Hi everyone I am back finally I have been on here before and for some un beknown reason, call it lazy, I got off. I am back now and plan on staying. As for my Cancer I was in remission back in 2009 and STILL AM YEAHHHHHHHHH.....I feel great just not alot of energy and it is all due to not doing a lot, ...that's why I am back I need motivation. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening :-))))) Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:05:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:57:30 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:39:29 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Marty aka AutumnsRain Hello =) I am Marty & Im 38 yrs old. Have been married to a wonderful man for 23 yrs now & we have 5 awesome kids. I have been a medical night mare since my husband & I met so keeping fit has been very difficult. I had a major surgery last yr that has resulted in some weight loss. I was told that the condition I had could interfere with me loosing weight & it had. After surgery I lived in sweat pants bc thats all I could wear without being in tons of pain. I had recently went out for our anni... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:52:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:14:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:04:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:21:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 Feb 2013 23:15:27 EST Introducing me Hi! I've been on SP for a few years but after my experience with colon cancer last year I have come back to it with a vengeance. I am 33 and was diagnosed last April, had colon resection in November and so far surgery will be all the treatment I need. I feel really lucky to have had the experience I did and would like to send love and strength to everyone in this forum! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:22:15 EST hello I am new here. Both to Sparkpeople and recovery. I am now cancer free for 1yr. Was down to 130 while having surgeries. Know I am at 198 . Need to loss and need to enjoy being free. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:26:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:56:45 EST Surviving with Multiple Myeloma Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and I am very glad that I found this team. I just didn't fit in to any other groups that I looked at. changes your needs and your outlook...sometimes for the better <BR> <BR> I am 56, married with canine and equine "children". <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma almost to the day 2 years ago. I did 7 months of chemo drugs and then they found a secondary cancer - Carcinoid tumor (appendectomy). I haven't had any chemo since t... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:42:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:22:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:27:29 EST Hello I'm Stevie 26 yes I'm a woman I have a 3 year old daughter she is my world and reason for waking up in the morning, I have been married for 4 years this past december. We both are overweight and when we got together we just became even more unhealthy because we just ate whatever we wanted im ashamed to say. My daughter loves fruits and veggies and i love vegging out with her. Since I was a very young teenager i had always had unwanted body and face hair i thought well my genes were hairy, wasnt until last week when i watc... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:42:35 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:50:34 EST Hello from melanoma patient Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am sorry that anyone has to be a part of a group like this, but I am very thankful there is a group like this. <BR> <BR> Next month I will be 3 years NED. I struggle with the lymphedema from having the lymph nodes in my left groin removed. Not only do I have lymphedema in the left leg but also the abdomen and groin. <BR> <BR> I would really like to lose weight, but the lymphedema makes it a struggle. Last year, I averaged 1 pound a month. I would be happy if I c... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:13:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:15:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:15:42 EST Hi, I'm Betsy the new girl <em>30</em> hi everyone, I have been on SparkPeople since 2007 but intermittently. Just started back around the first of the year. I really need this. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in June... tumor removed in July, chemo started in August - 4 sessions, last one in October, then radiation started in November. I just had my last rad on 1/7 YAY after 33 treatments. I picked up some weight in the process. Guess I was trying to find something, anything, that tasted like it was supposed to! ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:01:02 EST How can I think and live the way I used to? I am so struggling with getting my life back to "normal" after being diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer and testing positive for BRCA2. <BR> <BR> The one thing in life I loved to do was run, workout, and eat healthy. I can't do that anymore. I don't know why I have this mental block, but I do. <BR> <BR> Every time I try to eat right and vow to do some kind of exercise every day, my thoughts turn to cancer and the fact that I have no control over this dreaded disease coming back because of my... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:59:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 10 Jan 2013 04:55:32 EST 30Days I am trying to get back into working out and exercising and just being more active. My goal is to do some form of physical activity every day for 30 days. If you would like to join me. Just post what day you are on and what you did. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:40:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:13:40 EST Introdcuing myself Hi, I'm Cat. I'm 42 years old, a military wife with 2 teenage boys. I am on my third go round with metastatic thyroid cancer. I was undiagnosed and misdiagnosed several times before they got it right. I've had multiple surgeries, radiations, over the last 13 years and you know the drill. I take meds daily to keep the cancer in check and well not go into a coma and die (talk about motivation to take your I have gained over 100 pounds with this cancer. My last remission I lost over... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:54:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:14:43 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:16:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:39:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:51:35 EST Wig question Just started wearing my wig yesterday for the first time. Is it normal to make your head sore after a few hours of wearing? It feels like a rubber band around my head after having it on for a while. Maybe it is adjustment period for me to get use to it?? That is what I do not know. My hubby actually likes the hats or my bald head better than the wig. My 14 yr old son asked can you fix it in different styles?? Umm no, lol. He is still having a hard time adjusting that my hair is gone. I have s... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:34:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:59:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:27:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:14:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:52:53 EST Introducing a New Attitude!! I'm new to this. I mean, I'm new to SparkPeople, but also to the "slow and steady" thought. I have always have issues with my weight, with my whole self image actually. I have usually gone to diet pills, or 7 day flushes, or special diet plans. <BR> <BR> If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result then I guess I have been insane (I know some would agree with that!!). It doesn't work, obviously, so, let's try something new. Every... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:01:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:58:43 EST need help I am 62 years old a mother of 2 and grandmother of 5, great grandmother of 1. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago am doing well but not in remission yet. i want to learn how to be healthy and need to lose 50 lbs. I do not have a lot of energy and stay tired, so trying to excersise is challanging. Hoping sparkpeople can help me get started. I need all the help i can get. <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:43:25 EST