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Hi. My name is Maud. I have been Dancing Gardener her on SparkPeople since 2012. Back then I lost 40 pounds and having never run an entire city block, was training for my first triathlon. Just weeks after finishing my first two triathlons and turning 50, I had my regular "because you're 50" colonoscopy despite having no symptoms nor family history. Come to find out even though I was fitter and stronger than I had ever been, I was on death's edge. I had 8 tumors, 200+ polyps, 40 some affected lymph nodes. I had Stage 3c colorectal cancer. After two years of hell, I didn't die like folks thought I might.

After not dying, life looks very different. In the last 5 years I have changed in so many ways for the better but those years were very painful. I tore myself out of a 30 year marriage, was homeless in my little tiny camper for 9 months, bought my own house and truly started over. Life is good but after all that had passed, I looked in the mirror and realized it had been a very long time since I felt strong and fit. I had truly ignored my body through all the trauma.

So I'm back! I am on day 17 of intentional eating and intentional movement. I have measured and logged everything. I have moved every day and am now on Week 4 of Couch to 5k. The hard part is my after-cancer plumbing is very touchy and it is very normal if I go through some sort of stress, either good or bad, my body shuts down and I can go weeks without a bowel movement. So sigh, despite the clean eating and exercising, I have actually gained 4 pounds. Eventually, my body will get used to all the good food, water, and movement and become slightly more regular.

But I am more than cancer and weight issues. I am a part time computer programmer for the Wisconsin Extension Lakes office and I also have a small business as a weaver, a spinner, a knitter and a teacher of all three. I have three amazing daughters and three possibly more amazing granddaughters. I love roller derby and wool festivals. I love to slowly make a "runlike motion" through the woods and swimming in open wild waters. I am a militant optimist and have a terminal case of curiosity.

Edited by: DANCINGGARDENER at: 6/10/2020 (15:53)
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4/23/20 1:35 P

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Well, I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor. One year in remission, March this year. I am thankful daily for the good health I've been blessed with. I am 58 y.o. with 2 kids. 21 & 19. The cancer spread to other organs, including my spleen so that was removed as well as female parts. :) It's interesting how I return to Spark People and see that I joined this team and do not remember. I have not been able to exercise for such a long time, due to my 3 surgeries, the last one was Aug. 2019. I also had to have a Colostomy & Illiostomy bags since colon had to snipped from cancer as well. So, here I am, exercising, finding healthy ways to eat, that need to be revamped, but I am finally back. I still take maintenance drugs as this cancer is only stubborn part of me. By nature, I persevere, so Here I am AGain!! Blessings.....

I Pledge to forgive myself for the past & keep going no matter how many times I fall. I have the strength and self discipline from the Grace of God & I will give my challenges to the Lord. I WILL HAVE A FRESH START EVERY DAY!!
Tori, CA

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Hi all, I just came back to SparkPeople after several years, and just joined this team. My sister just diagnosed last Oct with a stage 3 cancer after having a hysterectomy. She has done 3 Chemo treatment 3 weeks apart, just finished 25 radiation treatments this last week, and in 2 weeks starts the chemo all over again. She tries to be positive but luckily feels able to talk to me when she is down. I do feel positive she can beat this, but is nice having you guys here for support.

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I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am a retired teacher, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August/September 2019. I went to the doctor for a regular check-up, and was sent for all the standard battery of tests, one of which was a mammogram. The technician saw something she didn't like, so the end result was a second appointment for an ultrasound, then a biopsy, the confirmation of Stage 1, Grade 3 breast cancer. Too small to detect by sight or touch, but there nonetheless.
I have had a relatively easy path - surgery to remove the lump, then radiation, which I have just finished. I will be taking Tamoxifen for the next five years.
I'm tired from the radiation, but so grateful that it wasn't worse. I feel that I've been given a second chance at life, and I want to live it in a healthy body.

Achieving a healthy weight is not a sprint, but a marathon.

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I'm Bobbie from N. Texas about 10 miles south of the Big Red (we call it) it's the Red River that flows between OK and TX. I'm fifth-generation Texan on my maternal side as far as I could find out. I love doing genealogy.

I have a blended family of 8 grown-ups, 15 grands, and 22 great-grands. Only one of our kids lives in the same town as us (and she is our only adopted one), all the others live hours away, some in other states. My DH and I have been happily married for 39 years. We have both traveled together and separately. My dad worked in the oil fields so, as a kid, we traveled a lot. I can remember living in Wyoming and the show being taller than me. My DH was a military brat. His dad was a 30-year man in the Air Force. Togeather we have traveled with an oil field company from West Virginia to California and back to Texas. DH was born in Tennessee.

We have lived and worked in a lot of states but we have lived the longest here in north Texas for about 25 years.

Well, I guess that's enough introduction for now. We'll get to know each other better as we go along.

Happy trails y'all, Bobbie

Edited by: BOBBIESOCKS-46 at: 12/16/2019 (18:49)
Bobbie ~ from Bonham, TX
There is NO Finish Line in NO MORE SUGAR and a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
I'm on a virtual hike on the Colorado Trail.

I 'm a Stage 4 Breast Cancer Survivor of 28 years.
I'm Type-2 Diabetic, Medication Free 5/27/20 ~ A1C was 8.5 down to 5.0

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My sister is fighting breast cancer that has metastasized. She learned she had cancer when she was finishing her first trimester and began chemo during her 2nd trimester. Her daughter is now 7 months old and this Thursday she's having a double-mastectomy. She'll be doing radiation for 5-6 weeks once she's recovered from the mastectomy. I know what I'm going through isn't at all matched with what she's going through, but it hasn't been easy for any of us.


One day at a time.

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