Friday, September 06, 2013
First, the really bad news. A couple weeks ago, we found out that my FIL has pancreatic cancer and it has spread to his liver. We went to the oncologist this week to discuss treatment options but the doctor doesn't have enough information yet and needs more tests. More blood work, a PET scan, what she called a smear biopsy to determine which type of cancer it is and a surgical consult.
The bad news, when we walked into the oncologists office, there sat our long time neighbor and her son. She has breast cancer and is going through treatments. She apologized for not telling me but I know this is a sensitive subject nobody really wants to talk about. I reassured her it was alright and if she needed me for anything, to let me know.
Now for the sorta good news, my FIL has what is called a neuroendocrine cancer or islet cell cancer. This is a cancer that forms in the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas, not on the bile ducts cells of the pancreas. The doctor said it was "better" than the other type of pancreatic cancer and possibly easier to treat.
My FIL is doing great, this hasn't seemed to slow him down any, still goes out every night with his friends and is getting all the tests done before the next appointment in a couple of weeks.
Hugs to all!!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Even though my journey started over 11 years ago, I joined 5 years ago trying to find that healthy lifestyle I had lost. My journey began after I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001. After a 14 hour surgery, I spent the next 6 months working on getting back to being able to hike our 3 mile daily trek through the mountain. July 2001 I did it. My next step was to start running again but that didnít happen. My weight was not a problem until I started a 6 week duration of radiation. During the next 6 weeks, I had to take care of myself and not tire myself out any more than the radiation already had. The radiation really took it out of me.
Over the next year, I went from 130 to well over 160. Iím not sure what my final weight was, I quit stepping on the scale. We walked daily, but it wasn't enough. I struggled with my weight from 2002 until November 2006. This was when I had finally lost the weight I gained from surgery and radiation, I was back at 131.
I maintained my weight but with a struggle during the next several months. At times I felt like I was losing the battle and then SparkPeople came into my life. I received an e-mail through ďMy PointsĒ to visit their site, which I did but didnít join. A couple of weeks later, I went back to their site and joined. Iím so glad I did it then. I love my Class team and never would have met any of them if it wasnít for our Class. They have been very supportive. Just a small team of a handful, Janet, Tracy, Mary, BYEPOUNDS and few others who pop in every now and again. But the support couldnít be any stronger and the bonds we have made over the years is awesome.
During the first several months of joining, I hadnít joined any teams yet but read everything I could and started tracking, SP taught me how to maintain my weight and start back on a healthy lifestyle. Several months later, I started joining teams, becoming active on my teams and making goals. My weight goal was to be 125 on my 40th birthday. I met that goal a couple weeks early and what a feeling that was.
I still have times when I feel like Iím struggling, I donít think that will ever go away. Besides it keeps me on my toes and aware of my weight. Iíve been maintaining now for 4 years and have made and met several new goals, including being able to run again.
It took only a year to gain the weight and 4 years to ďlet it goĒ. I always remember how easy it is to gain and how so very hard it is to lose.
What can I say about SparkPeople that hasn't already been said? Nothing. If you are dedicated, motivated and serious about your health, this is the best site to help.
Now, what to have for my Sparkaversary dinner? How about Peppercorn Steak with Herbed Blue Cheese from the SparkPeople cookbook, a large salad with an Italian dressing I made using my Vita Mix blender I won in the SparkRecipes Un-chained recipe contest (shameless plug of my healthy Chiliís version of their Southwestern Eggrolls) & a slice of homemade crusty French bread made into garlic toast. Could it be any better?!
To my Class, Happy Sparkaversary team!! We made it another year and looking forward to many more years with you and all of my SP friends I've made.
OK, my fur-baby is letting me know it's time for her lunch so gotta go. Wishing everyone a wonderful day .
Friday, June 10, 2011
I posted this video on my Dog Lovers team but I wanted to share to share it with all of my friends who aren't on that team. Hope you all enjoy and have a good laugh!! I know I did!
Monday, June 06, 2011
Wow! I cannot believe another year has passed with SparkPeople.
This past year, I spent maintaining my weight and working on a forearm balance (yoga pose). I can do one & hold for 15 sec, I use a block still because I'm afraid. Of what? not really sure. Using the block is kinda like riding a bicycle with training wheels. As with everything, it all takes time.
But enough about me because I couldn't have done any of this if I didn't have the support I've gotten over the years. All my friends have been wonderful, I have so many I can't name them all, but you all know who you are, and my Class has been the best. We are a small Class, but we have become good friends and are very supportive of each other. Big high five to us few left of our Class, Janet, Tracy, Mary, Christine and Byepounds (who has actually been with SP for an impressive five years). Congrats to all of us for a great year and let's make this next year even better!
BTW, July 10 will be 3 years of continued maintenance!!
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