Category Archives: Breast Cancer

Blood Tests

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Today is a sucky day for me…I have to go in and have my blood drawn for my biannual cancer screening.  Can you say fun?  Not!  I hate taking these tests.  It never fails to get me all stressed out the week leading up to it, and I HATE stress.  Then, of course, there is the waiting to find out your results.  Ugg!

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about; anyone who has had cancer, tumors, and other fun killers has to have regular blood tests/work each year to make sure that the fun killers are not returning and taking over your body again.  Talk about a fun day huh?

Today I will hit the gym and get in a good workout, and hopefully those “happy endorphins” I create during my workout will help me get through the day.  If not, I’ll get myself a big box of chocolates and lose myself in a good book (I’m currently reading The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and loving it!).

I’m sorry I don’t have anything more for ya in today’s post.  Writers block has taken over since I’m focused on today’s blood work.  I promise that my next post will be happier and have a workout in it for ya!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a Free Giveaway!!!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a special month for me for personal reasons.  Back in 2007 I had to have a mastectomy at the age of 27.  When it was all said and done, they discovered I had 31 tumors many of which were precancerous.  The doctor told me that if they had not caught it when they did things would have been way worse and I may have been looking at more than just a full mastectomy.

Instead of talking about “awareness” and the whole detailed story of my mastectomy, I would like to talk about the support and awareness of friends.

Like all breast cancer stories, I was completely floored when the doctor told me I had to have a mastectomy.  What to do next?  This was my biggest question.  I didn’t know anyone personally who had gone through a mastectomy, so I really didn’t know what the whole process entailed (my surgeon was awesome, and he gave me a ton of info and talked to me about everything, but I needed more personal info and info from someone who had been through it), and I refused to get on the internet, because I knew that would have a bad outcome.  Instead, I just went on with my daily business.

The next day at the gym my friends asked me how my appointment with the doctor went, and I told them the outcome.  Well, after getting a bunch of hugs they all went into overdrive researching and helping in any way they could.  That same day, one of my trainers and friends, Hal and Sam (husband and wife), introduced me to one of their friends who worked out at our gym.  Her name is Kathy, and she is an angel.

Kathy was the woman who made it possible for me to get through my mastectomy.  She 41490_1423880202_673_nis just an amazing, generous, and caring person.  She allowed me (a total stranger at the time) to ask her a ton of questions for over an hour about her mastectomy, experience, and recovery.  And let me tell you, I was asking some pretty detailed and slightly embarrassing questions too.  Not once did Kathy hesitate to answer any of my questions or brush a single one off.  She took her time and gave me all the details she had to give, which included details about the 3 surgeries I would have to go through, and my recovery for all of them.  Then, she and I continued to talk up and through my surgeries about everything.  Honestly, she was my mental life saver going into those surgeries.  I know I would have been a wreck if it hadn’t been for her.

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After my surgery not only did I have Kathy there for me, I had a whole group of friends and trainers there for myself and my family to help us get through everything.  I couldn’t be more thankful for all the meals, phone calls, Kim coming over to do laundry (a butt load of other chores) and wash my hair, Teresa and Cheryl for your support and helping out so much with our son, Skip and Walt for helping my husband through everything, and an overall outpouring of love and prayers from all of my friends.  From our home/neighborhood to the gym, (Hal and Jessica helping me get through my physical recovery and everyone elses support there) everyone was just beyond supportive and helpful, and I know I would have never made it through the whole ordeal without them.

With their help I was able to go through with my surgeries with my head held high and a smile on my face and a positive outlook.  Thankfully I’m young and had a quick recovery…Plus my boobs will never sag!  Below are pictures of some of the wonderful people in my life who were there for me through all of my surgeries and recoveries.

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I honestly hope there are a ton of “Kathys” out there, and I’m sure there are!  All of us women who have been through this need to help anyone who may have to go through any breast surgeries or are going through them. If you need someone to give you details, email me. I will be there for you and answer all your questions that I can.

Which brings me to the Giveaway!!!!  The giveaway is 2 necklaces!  One necklace is for you, and the other necklace is for a friend in your life who has been there for you.

This charm necklace, Sterling Silver with 14k Rose Gold Plated “Be, Kind, Free, True, Brave, Strong, Happy, Thankful, Compassionate” Two Charm Graffiti Necklace, 18″, is for you.  I want you to always feel these things throughout your life!

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The second necklace, for your friend, is two sided and has a wonderful quote about friends: “A Friend May Well Be Reckoned The Masterpiece Of Nature – Ralph Waldo Emerson”

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This giveaway is for you and a friend!  All you have to do are two things:

1.  “Like” From Florida to North Dakota on Facebook.

2.  Leave a comment on this blog post about the friend you would like to give the “friend” necklace to, and how that friend has been there for you.  Even the little things they do can mean so much!

It is that simple!  The giveaway will last from Oct 28th to Oct 31st.  I will post the winner on my blog, fromfltond,  and the From Florida to North Dakota Facebook page on Nov 1st!!