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My goal is to balance my life with better healthy eating habits and exercise, as well as living my life with simplicity and grace.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 26th, 2010. I had a lumpectomy on my birthday, June 8th ( I gave myself the gift of life) and received my birthday wish of no nodes!! I finished radiation treatments (33) on August 25th, had a full hysterectomy on September 17th. I will start hormone therapy soon.
I cherish each day and all its beauty....I took back my life the day I was diagnosed and I am not looking back but forward...appreciating all that is to come my way!!

Member Since: 11/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 31,707

My Goals:
Rebalance my life...for health, spirit and mind!

My Program:
Finished radiation treatment on August 25th, full hysterectomy on September 17th and will be starting hormone therapy soon! I racewalk 8.8 miles a day, once my 12 weeks are up post op will add strength training, and increase my speed for walking!!
7/10/13 - Rebalancing my life - suffered from plantar fasciitis for over 8 months, lost my dad, at 68 from a rare form of cancer on February 8th, and our dog, Jules, two weeks later Regained some weight, so I need to reset some goals...its different this time since I just turned 50:) Restarted to walk again...up to 7.4 miles per day, 7 days a week.

Personal Information:
I am 50 years old, married to my best friend for 25 years, have two children, a 20 year old son with down syndrome, and a 19 year old daughter, who just finished her first marathon in less than 4 hours in Lake Placid!

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Books: Eat To Live, The Secret, Lean In

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    Thanks for the walking shoes. I'll put them on and go for a walk as soon as it cools down this evening. emoticon
    3910 days ago
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    Hey, Chris! THANK YOU so much for being such a faithful reader of my blog. When I started at SparkPeople I never thought I would ever get to the point where I would share anything 'really' on my mind... and then blogging fast became my way to search deep inside and see what I could find... things I never realized were in there... and things I needed to reclaim to be successful... not just with regard to releasing weight, but in every aspect of my life. That people appreciate and find something of value for themselves in my writing is icing on the cake! What helps me most is when people tell me how they grow from the reading. Again, thank you for being a companion on my journey.

    When I get over here, though, I am reminded that my struggles are small in a larger scheme of things, and that I must never forget to count my blessings. I am so glad you are DONE radiation. You and your attitude inspire me! I'm also so glad to hear that you and your girl still snuggle and talk at bedtime... it is my greatest desire that this be so for me and my Divine Miss O... I actually don't mind that she joins me in the bathroom, and snuggling and talking before she goes to sleep is my favourite time of the day... right next to her smooching me on the forehead to wake me up each morning. I haven't needed an alarm clock for two years now, LOL! See? How blessed am I?!

    May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    3911 days ago
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    emoticon Hey Chris, how are you today? Hope your skin is healing well from your treatments. emoticon
    3912 days ago
    I will look for the Mindful Eaters Team. I definitely can use practice and guidance.
    3912 days ago
    Hi JO ~ How sweet of you to be keepin' an eye out for me! :)
    I'm doing much better than I was last week! And now, while I can, I am playing catch up at work ~ which is where I am right now. LOL!
    I am a professor and classes start in a few weeks, I have to prepare my course schedules and I am reworking my student handbook... busy busy.

    I have a fill next week -- the doc says it is the last one -- but I want my boobies a little bigger! I'll let him know and see what he says.

    How are YOU? Hope all is well ~ let me know :)
    3912 days ago
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