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Scope It Out 5K: March 24th

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With Scotty out of town my schedule is all wonky. I got my workout in and actually got a PR on my back squat.

warmup
600m jog
DROM
MobilityHannah Bea

skill
rope climbs

WOD
2×12 Back squats
210#

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I would love if you would consider donating to our team for the Scope it out 5K – a great cause to raise awareness and funds for families fighting Colon Cancer!

I know times are tight for many – so no pressure!

This is Scotty’s fifth year cancer free –and we are running to celebrate under Hoagie’s Heroes: http://www.active.com/donate/scopeitout5k2013/hoagie

 

 

Cancer: Life Goes On

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The cancer is gone, but the cancer never goes away.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say yesterday was an emotional day for me. Yes, I knew it would be but I guess I underestimated how much it would hit me. I was feeling all jittery on the way to the hospital – my stomach in knots. As we waited for our stuff to get processed, I was ok. We were escorted to the back and I was ok as Scott got situated.

When the nurse came in to say it was time to go — I gave Scott a big kiss and looked him in the eye and said our stuff. He gave me one of his ‘don’t be so schmultzy’ looks and it hit me. This was more my moment to relive. He was so out of sorts when we first found out he was sick — that it probably doesn’t feel so familiar to him.

I thought about things during the hour I was waiting around for him. I did some mobility work with the wall in the waiting room. Yes, people were looking at me like WTF?! The chairs in those places are not made for comfort or napping that’s for sure. Why is that? It would seem that the family/friends waiting around need to be kept at peace too. I digress…

I heard the announcement for the Hoaglund family and went to room 6 to wait for his arrival. There was a nurse waiting for me and said – Nurse Wendy told me to come right out and tell you everything went well because you needed to know asap. I agreed–I did and said thanks. I felt the tears bubble up inside when I exhaled —  but kept them in as I waited for Scott.  They rolled him into the room. Scott was not quite with it yet –and Nurse Wendy looked at me and said everything went well –he looks good and explained to the other medical staff around us that Scott was a former colon cancer patient.  And it clicked with them that this is a bigger moment to us than others going for their routine colonoscopy.  The tears started —

This was the same scene as when we found out and it brought me back. I remember going in thinking oh –it’s an ulcer or something. Who would have thought it was cancer? When they wheeled him in 4 years ago, after his urgent colonoscopy, none of med staff would make eye contact with me and all was quiet. I knew something was up but again, never in my wildest dreams thought it was the big C.  Then, silence and they all left and shut the door and Dr. Crenshaw came in and came up to me with a solemn look in his eyes and explained what they found. I will NEVER EVER forget that moment – the moment cancer entered our lives.

But — this time was different. this time was great. this time we are different. They found two small polyps which will be sent out for biopsy but are not cause for alarm and as long as they remove them (which they did) it should be good as gold.  Scott seems to be a polyp maker – one of his many talents I guess.  He slowly came out of his drugged up, twilight state and we got the heck out of there!  Not before we told the nurse that Scott was driving us straight to the lawyers to have him sign some important docs, and then will operate some heavy machinery like a tractor when we get home.  Thank goodness she had a good sense of humor as I signed the paperwork that said I would do none of those things while he is still recovering from anesthesia.

We went out for a celebratory lunch — and it was time to pick up the kiddos, do homework, make dinner and get ready for the next day.  I stayed up a bit later than usual, still trying to unwind and relax. When I finally put my head down on the pillow — i started crying. Finally a quiet moment to release the emotions that this experience brought up.

Life goes on — and I feel great!

Workout for today was a dynamic motion strength day. Helps you get quicker and stronger!

warmup

  • DROM
  • Mobility
  • 600 m jog
  • squats

skill

  • box back squats 145#

wod

  • 12×2 box back squats
  • 5m Max DUs (I got 86)

Box Back Squats

Colon Cancer Sucks

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I keep reading about these young people being taken away from all of us from cancer.  So many of us live our lives worrying about some pretty insignificant things — cancer is the reality in so many people’s lives and it doesn’t go away. Take a moment every day to realize how much you have in life and how much you are blessed …

Ty Lewis dedicated his life to coaching and mentoring youth in the game he loves, Soccer. He strives to develop attitudes of perseverence, dedication and hard work. Through fitness he strives to support those in need.  Coach Ty Lewis died Saturday April 2, 2011 at the age of 44 from stage IV colon cancer.

Erica Paul: Her own words: But, here I am, 2 years since my diagnosis, and although still fighting to beat cancer each and every day, I feel happy, healthy, and determined to help others by sharing my story and increasing awareness of cancer in young-adults.

This experience has taught me not to take life for granted, and to thank God for each and every day He gives me. I try not to stress about silly, petty things anymore because it’s just not worth it.  Life is just too short and precious. Getting healthy and spending time with my family and friends is my top priority. I know something positive will come from this, and so much has already. I am hopeful that more than just my life is changed from this experience.  Erica died March 7, 2011 at the age of 29 from colon cancer.

Eric Olsen: Olsen taught history and served as Freedom’s cross country and boy’s lacrosse coach in Loudoun County, VA since the high school’s opening in 2005. He lost a prolonged battle against colon cancer on January 25th 2009 at the age of 38. I remember reading about Eric’s passing and thinking –holy crap, this could have been my family. I think of them often.

 

Count your lucky stars —

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The artist, who teaches at Parsons, was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer last month and given a 60% chance of surviving five years.

Nine days later, real-estate agent Elisa, 36, learned she has incurable breast cancer – and just a 16% chance of surviving five years.

Friends and family have rallied around the Bonds, helping them get to their many doctor appointments and care for their toddler.

They set up a website to collect donations to cover the expense of their illnesses – and nearly $60,000 has now been raised.

About half that came in Friday, when News readers like Matthew Zachary, 36, a brain cancer survivor from Brooklyn, were moved to give whatever they could.

“I just want them to know they’re not alone – they can beat this,” said Zachary, who’s been cancer-free for 15 years.

The heart-wrenching story was also picked up by news outlets across the country and as far away as London.

The Bonds, who were too sick to speak to reporters Friday, are drawing strength from the compassion of perfect strangers.

via Daily News readers show support for Brooklyn parents diagnosed with cancer a week apart.

My Colon Cancer Coach

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

There is new tool called My Colon Cancer Coach to help patients become more in the know about what’s happening to them. It’s the first patient-focused online tool for those newly diagnosed with colon cancer.  I will never forget how scary it is to be told you have a certain kind of cancer — and have no clue where to go so that you can get some clarity and information about what’s going on —

The Cancer Coach asks you to answer some questions and then returns an individualized treatment report that addresses your specific diagnosis –ultimately leading to a more informed dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers. An informed patient is the best kind of patient in my opinion!

I never understood how people who find out they have some ailment hand over all their trust and power to their healthcare provider. Yes they will do their best – but you have the absolute right to ask questions, suggest other options, and give your opinion. This is your life– they are working for you! And tools like this help you make the right decisions for your or your family’s care!

Cancer Sucks.

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Sometimes you are going through life, all is good — you are living your life, building it from the point where you found out cancer had invited itself into your life and you hear some news that just brings it all back. It hits you like a sucker punch to your abdomen.

I just heard about Bob a co-worker of Scotty’s – he passed away from Colon Cancer. He found out he had it not too long after we started Scott’s treatment.  It’s hard for me to remember when. It all seems like a blur during that time to be honest. He had more of an emergency discovery of colon cancer than we did and unfortunately it was a more advanced case. Colon cancer is treatable if caught early enough — caught late, it is much more difficult to treat.  I believe they found his at a Stage 4, spread outside of his colon, although I don’t know the specifics of his diagnosis. He was in high spirits whenever I saw him and I although I didn’t know him very well – it was like we all were members of a club – nodding acknowledgment of what our families are going through.

Cancer is so horrible and it doesn’t stop affecting you or your loved ones after your treatment – I am sitting here numb, on the verge of tears thinking about him, his family and their loss. I know it is also because my own family came way too close to going through the same. It could have easily been Scott.   There are no words to describe the fear, the sadness, the anger, the blame that goes through your head and that’s from my perspective – the caretaker of the cancer fighter! Cancer has taken yet another person way too soon and it pisses me off……….

Too young for cancer?

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Too young for cancer?.

Most people who follow me know that a few years ago, my ‘too young’ husband – 37 years old – was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. No family history – And just like Katherine below, his first attempts at getting it looked at were met with less severe diagnosis than cancer. Doctors use statistics when making some calls as to whether to further investigate certain symptoms and age, family history, current physical condition all weigh in. Why would a young, seemingly healthy person get cancer? Right? See the problem…… Thank God, my husband and I knew enough to notice in time that this was not merely hemorrhoids as we were originally told and sought out further help. As the article below mentions, colon cancer untreated early is almost always deadly…I get chills every time I read that —

When Katherine Miller was 24, she saw a doctor for an array of symptoms including anemia, fainting, stomach pain and rectal bleeding. She received a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. At the age of 25, after the full physical exam required for medical school admission, Miller was declared to be in peak fitness. At the age of 26, she died. Just before her death, when a follow-up colonoscopy and CT scan were finally done, colon cancer was found to have spread to her liver. While colon cancer discovered early is highly treatable, once it has metastasized, it is nearly always deadly.I’ve found in nearly 100 interviews with cancer survivors under 40, such stories of symptoms being dismissed with the claim that “you are too young for cancer” are shockingly common.

Colon Cancer Research and University of Arizona!

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Researcher Awarded $1.8M to Develop Colon Cancer Therapy | UANews.org.

I’m an U of Arizona alum so I am always in support of Wildcats! Arizona Cancer Center is a well known cancer research center – Congrats to Emmanuelle J. Meuillet!

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year, $1.8 million grant to an Arizona Cancer Center researcher to study the role of inflammation in colon carcinogenesis and to develop a new therapy to treat colon cancer.

“People affected with Inflammatory Bowel Disease are at higher risk to develop colon cancer,” said principal investigator Emmanuelle J. Meuillet, an Arizona Cancer Center member and associate professor of nutritional sciences and molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona.

5-minute colon cancer test could save thousands of lives

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5-minute colon cancer test could save thousands of lives – USATODAY.com.

LONDON (AP) — A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40%, a new study says.

British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a “flexi-scope” test, an exam that removes polyps, small growths that could become cancerous.

ASPIRIN: May help colon cancer patients

REPORT: 40% of cancers preventable

The test involves having a pen-sized tube inserted into the colon so doctors can identify and remove small polyps. Researchers used the test on people in their 50s. In the U.K., government-funded colon cancer screening doesn’t start until age 60.

Not to be a nag…Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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Colon Cancer takes nearly 50,000 lives EVERY YEAR! It is the 3rd leading cancer killer among men and women but is largely preventable with regular screening. Get screened if you are at high risk – please.

Updated Colon Cancer News:

Colon Cancer Survival
Blood Test May Predict Colon Cancer Spread
Colorectal cancer – 4th most common cancer in U.S.

Screenforcoloncancer.org

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