Cancer Related Information
A former co-worker at AOL of mine recently shared that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She moved away quite a few years ago but with the help of social media, we have kept in touch. We weren’t super close, but I had many conversations with her while we worked and have always liked her. The news has struck a chord and I can’t get it out of my mind. Maybe that’s what’s causing my funky mood. Scotty and I both have some post traumatic stress from his cancer treatment. I never know when and what will cause the feelings to come rushing back to me…
Even though the cancer is gone, the CANCER never goes away…
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that one in eightreceives a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime?
Like with most cancers, we can all do our part in prevention that revolves around living healthier…
- maintain a healthy weight
- eating healthy including lots of fruit and veggies
- limiting alcohol
- no smoking
- practice acts of kindness
- decrease stress in your life
Here are some resources for information and support:
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Having had to deal with my husband’s cancer battle has given me the gift of perspective. From diagnosis to treatment to learning to live a new reality post cancer is a very real and scary thing- the post below hits home for me. Please read it and learn from someone who had to face the ultimate harsh reality of cancer…
Embrace your loved one and if they cannot embrace you back, find someone who will. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return. Don’t settle for less. Find a job you enjoy, but don’t become a slave to it. You will not have ‘I wish I’d worked more’ on your headstone. Dance, laugh and eat with your friends. True, honest, strong friendships are an utter blessing and a choice we get to make, rather than have to share a loyalty with because there happens to be link through blood. Choose wisely then treasure them with all the love you can muster. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Life has a lot of grey and sadness – look for that rainbow and frame it. There is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it.
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I was overcome with how many people “liked” my FB post about Scott’s cancerversary. Reminds me how lucky we are to have so many people in our lives supporting and loving us. It was a great day all around including me getting my hair done – doing my hair and buying shoes are sure fire ways of making me feel fabulous any day of the week.
The gift that having to deal with Scott’s cancer has given me is Perspective. Perspective about what is meaningful in my life, how blessed I am, what is really important. I sometimes discard it and let insignificant things get to me – but I usually find my way back. But, how do you start gaining perspective and using it to filter your life experiences?
A huge life experience like an illness or a death can get you there but what if you want to start seeing your world differently without having to struggle?
I came across this post: Two Questions to Help You Gain Perspective which really spoke to me. The two questions they suggest asking yourself:
Question 1: If someone had a video tape of your typical day, what would they see?
Question 2: Based on your current actions and behaviors, where would you expect to be in five years?
At the heart of it, these two questions are about self reflection: having a vision and goals for yourself. For every situation and decision – ask yourself:
- Does this align with who I want to be?
- Am I around people who lift me higher?
- Is the situation I am dealing with worthy of an emotional investment?
- How does it make me feel?
I also find getting outside and closer to nature helps. We all are just a small part of a huge world. We get so caught up in a rat race which leads many of us to feel disconnected – something like taking your shoes off and walking through some freshly cut grass can center and bring you back. Research shows that taking a walk in a park can help boost your spirits as it connects you to nature.
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I start my new gig next Monday which means this week is the week to tie up loose ends. It’s been almost a year since I have had to get my shit together and head into an office – and while I am excited, I’m also nervous and apprehensive. I know it will work out the way it needs to so that helps.
I forgot to mention that last week was Scott’s 6 year Cancer Free Anniversary! Hard to believe it was six years ago – Curious to read about our family’s experience? Here’s a link to my first blog which chronicles from them time we found out through his treatment and beyond: Colon C: Our Family’s Life
I was reminded of our experience when I read about a fellow CrossFitter: Jason Fine’s very recent cancer battle. He unfortunately has an aggressive melanoma and has just been told his time is short. My heart is heavy for him and his family – who have had to come to grips with the harsh realities of cancer.
Life is short and none of us knows what the future will bring, so make the most of every day!
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I am planning to head to an evening class this evening — will update if it works out!
My brother sent me some info this week on Splenda. You know the made from sugar, tastes like sugar sweetener. My dirty little secret is I use one packet in my coffee daily. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine and I look forward to my cup of joe each morning. After reading these research findings- I’m going to have to find an alternative…
- Research Review: Is Splenda safe? This review points out that relatively low amounts of Splenda (100mg/kg/day) may cause weight gain and at moderate levels (300mg/kg/day and up), it has adverse effects on your gut, affecting both levels of gut flora and proteins.
- Splenda’s Many Secrets: Gut Flora Destruction, Side Effects This review suggests that Splenda negatively alters gut microflora in rats and may limit the bioavailability of drugs and nutrients.
- Splenda, Sucralose Artificial Sweetener, Could Affect Body’s Insulin Response This one talks about Splenda’s effect on the body’s responses to sugar (glucose) — which could thereby affect diabetes risk — despite the fact that it has zero calories.
Listen To This
The Hidden Plague with Tara Grant – Tara Grant, author of The Hidden Plague, stopped by to discuss a very common tongue twister of an autoimmune skin condition (HS) that no one is talking about, and how she was able to put it into complete remission by healing her gut with an autoimmune paleo protocol.
(29:45 – What Splenda does to your gut bacteria…and your weight!)
I had trouble sleeping last night. I read about a young guy in the NOVA area who lost his battle with colon cancer: Former Hayfield High School Principal Dave Tremaine Passes Away. Dave Tremaine was a son, husband, father, friend, mentor, educator. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I found the blog his wife has been keeping, Embracing the Rollercoaster, and it brought back a lot of feelings and memories of my family’s experience. I am so thankful each and every day that we were able to catch Scott’s cancer early enough – it’s another reminder of how cancer changes everyone involved. My heart breaks for his family and the new normal they must learn to live… The time we have is too precious to hold grudges, to be mean, or to waste!
It’s starting to get VERY hot and humid in Northern VA — so I want to make sure to remind everyone to Hydrate!
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I have discovered that whenever I read or experience something that reminds me of Scotty being sick – it tends to have a lasting effect on my mood. To prepare for the movie this evening, I read The Fault in Our Stars. I know it’s a teeny bopper movie but HB and I are going to see it tonight. Remember, I also love Twilight and Hunger Games – I’m still a teenager in my reading choices I guess. Anyway — I sobbed after finishing the book and it has left me in a melancholy mood for a few days now. I can’t seem to shake it off. It’s another example of the actual cancer being gone from our lives, but it’s never really gone from our lives.
On another note – have you ever thought about switching up your career? Doing a career reboot?
Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career? How changing your trajectory can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaning in your work.
“The idea is that a career reboot not only helps prevent managers from staying in one position too long, being lulled into complacency or leadership fatigue, but that it also pushes leaders to keep learning, to see new challenges with a fresh perspective and ultimately find meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy.”
I have been thinking a lot about finding meaningful work that offers something to the world but I’m not sure yet what it is… I feel deeply in my bones that I am meant to do something bigger, to help people but what “IT” is – is the missing puzzle piece right now.
So many deep thoughts for a Friday…
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There’s still time to join us on Team Hoagie’s Heroes to run this Sunday’s Scope it Out 5K Washington DC Presented by Chris4Life! For more details and to register visitwww.scopeitout5k.com.
It’s a great Spring race and it’s for a great cause that’s near and dear to my family – This past summer marked Scott Hoaglund‘s Five Year Cancer Free Anniversary!! Do it for the silver fox!
Last week I had an experience that reminded me how important it is to know your audience. I made a joke to someone who I did not know well and it didn’t go over in the way I intended. It’s not important what the joke was or anything, just that I was floored that what I had said had not sat so well with her. It was a throw away comment that I didn’t even think twice about and something I have said before to different people. And although I was surprised that it bothered someone, I apologized once it was brought to my attention because at the end of the day — Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy? I choose happy.
It also was a good reminder for me to be more aware of people I meet and not automatically assume they will ‘get’ me. And not everyone approaches situations thinking that the person involved had the best of intentions. It definitely is a hard thing to do and takes practice. I felt like the other person automatically assumed it was a regular occurrence and I needed to be schooled and called to heel – oh well. When you know better, you do better.
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SNOW is what greeted me when I woke up this morning. SNOW is what happened mid-March – mere weeks before spring. SNOW is what made me cranky today. School was cancelled, gym was closed, and it’s cold. I am so over winter – it’s overstayed its welcome. I am all for seasons but it’s time for this one to move on. I need more sunlight, more outdoor activities, more warmer temps. Who is with me??
Next Sunday is Team Hoagie’s Heroes annual 5K Scope it Out Race to help raise awareness and money for Colon Cancer. Colon cancer is curable if detected early and there is no reason why we shouldn’t detect it early. Go to Chris4Life and find out more info about colon cancer, its signs and symptoms and other ways to be in the know. The colonoscopy is nothing compared to what you have to go through if you actually do have colon cancer – trust me. I had to witness Scotty’s diagnosis and treatment and it ain’t something you want to go through.
Now, let’s talk about the impending season change…
With spring is coming – or at least I am assuming it will be here soon, it’s a great time to reevaluate your goals. Many of us make a list of things we want to do at the beginning of the year and rarely check in with them to see how they are progressing. Spring means you can be more active outside, get some more Vitamin D, socialize with friends that you rarely saw during the winter. Do me and yourself a favor, take a few minutes in the evening this week and write down a few things you want to accomplish this season. Don’t jot down too many – just a few things that you have been meaning to do, or really want to do and work towards completing them or making progress towards their completion. It’s a great feeling to be able to feel the momentum that is created when you are moving towards goals you set for yourself.
Here’s a post I wrote earlier this year about Focusing on the process, not necessarily the goal that might offer some help:
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Cancer has been on mind the past day or so- and it sucks plain and simple. It sucks for famous people, young people, old people, fit and unfit people. It really doesn’t discriminate – unfortunately there seems to be a cancer for everyone. Whenever I read or learn about someone newly diagnosed, fighting cancer or losing their life to this awful disease, it brings back so many memories of my family’s experience. It’s a type of PTSD for sure. I am filled with sadness for the families of these young men below and it reminds me how blessed and grateful I am that Scott is still here and healthy. Every day really is a blessing…
“My biggest ray of hope is that God has a purpose for me.” – Shawn Kuykendall #Kuykenstrong
Zachary Lederer, champion of all those battling cancer and other challenges, passed away peacefully today at home surrounded by those he loves. His legacy will never die.
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Introducing a new section, chronicling the actions of my son, Nate. He constantly confounds, challenges, surprises and delights us. I figured, why not share the experience…
The State of Nate
Mom, I forgot my iTouch was in my pocket when I left for school today and yes, I told the teacher I was reading but I was really hiding it in between the pages of the open book playing a game. He didn’t fool the teacher for long…