I must say the light at the end of this DCIS tunnel is getting brighter, praise God. I am feeling more like myself for the first time in months. I think I am finally free of that abscess after my surgeon cut out those infected pieces at the last surgery. Praying that I don’t get any re-occurrences of infection. Feeling much better from this flu-like infection that had me sick all week and caused me to cancel my birthday party. My energy is increasing but I have been sleeping 10 hours a night. Tomorrow is my first day back to work in 3 weeks. God be with me and help me through this next week.

Out with the old sickness and in with the new health. I am on the Tamoxifen as of last Thursday. The studies show much success in inhibiting the re-occurrence of DCIS after taking this for 5 years. The cancer I had was hormone based so the Tamoxifen is used to intervene in blocking those receptor sites. God gave me a clean bill of health in that I had the Index Score of 0 on the genetic study so I did not need to have radiation. I will have a check-up in three months with a mammogram. I will update then on my progress, but I have faith that this chapter in my life is over. I claim victory in Jesus.

I just order the Nutribullet RX. I have the Nutribullet and have been making smoothies for myself and my mom for about 3 months since I was diagnosed. I use frozen blueberries, peaches, strawberries, mango and pineapple. Then fresh ripe bananas, kale and spinach. Almond milk and vanilla Greek yogurt is my base and protein. I add in turmeric, chia seeds, honey and cinnamon for their nutritional value. The RX bullet makes hot soups in 7 minutes out of fresh vegetable. I am excited to get it and start making fresh hot soups.

New goals for the New Year: I want to run/walk for 500 miles and bike for 2000 miles in 2015. I want to run in Beach to Bay 2015 and the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in San Antonio. I want to ride the whole 65 miles in Conquer the Coast in September, God willing. As in the wise words of ACDC “I’m back! I’m back in the saddle again!”


DCIS over and out?

Had my surgery this past Tuesday the 16th. Felt more pain this time around. I am hoping to get some results today. I am going to see my hematologist today as well. See what she advises. I really think that the extra white blood cells helped me feel better this time around, though today I am feeling achy and slightly nauseated. This too shall pass. I have faith and I’ve been through this before.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think I have made it through and now looking forward to recovery. I want to be more active in 2015 since the DCIS slowed me down for the past 3 months. I will come back with a vengeance and compete more in 2015 God willing.

I want to thank all my family, friends and acquaintances who prayed for me during this cancer period of my life. I feel so blessed to be uplifted during DCIS. Cancer ain’t got nothing on God. God is so good. Merry Christmas

Back to the daily grind

It feels good to get back to work and start organizing those things that need tending. There are many things I need to get done before my surgery. I want to get caught up with my psychological report writing and complete my professional development hours between now and surgery date of the 16th of December. I have been blessed that I enjoy what I do for a living. Seeing patients and keeping busy make me happy.

I went for a short bike ride with my daughter this afternoon. It was short and sweet. Felt tired but I was able to do it, praise God. I hope to build myself up over the next few weeks to help my body get stronger again and fight off fatigue and infections. I miss my long runs and bike rides. God willing 2015 will be a year of recovery and new exercise goals. I hope I get a new bike for Christmas too.

Honestly, I really don’t think about my cancer much. I know I have to have surgery to make sure the docs removed all the affected tissue, but it is just going through the motions. I am more scared of infection after the surgery and the weakness I feel. I am praying that I will be able to do my usual holiday exercises after this ordeal. That is, with God’s help and the shot my hematologist promised to give me before surgery to beef up my bone marrow into producing more white cells. I usually go for a 5 mile run as a gift to myself for my birthday on January the first. I hope I can do something, if not 5 miles, some type of exercise post surgery.

To all those that are tired, weak and heavy laden, Jesus is alive and there for you. Just ask and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are being heard and tended too. There is no illness, sin, grief or regret bigger than God. God bless.

Great news from the Radiation Oncologist

Praise God, thank you Jesus. The type of cancer I have been diagnosed with is Ductal Carcinomo In situ (DCIS). This means that this cancer is contained in one tumor area. It is just beginning and has not invaded any other tissue. Cancer is not good news by any means, but out of the spectrum of cancers I could have, I’ll take this one. If nothing was done, I would have an increased chance of developing full blown breast cancer in 5 to 10 years.

I am a proactive individual who prefers to ere on the side of caution. I am continuing forward with my next double biopsy and surgery. Radiation is now something to either to go through or not to go through. Dr. Thomson, at Precision Cancer Center, explained my options to me. There is now a test developed to see if I carry genetic markers that would increase my risk for developing more DCIS in the future. If I have low chance of re-occurrence, I will not go through with the radiation. Radiation, as I thought, is not good for the body.

Since radiation is accumulative, if I get this treatment, there is a greater risk of me developing radiation induced cancer 10+ years from now. Since I have been working very hard to be healthy and live a long fruitful life, that did not sound good to me. It will take about two weeks to get the results and I will let you know what my outcome was. I have told you, God is in control. I am going through this for a reason. I trust that I will be healed by the name of Jesus. All cancer will be rid from my body. And I sure as heck have not let the cancer invade my mind or spirit.

I encourage you to be proactive. Get your mammograms and detect early. This helps the prognosis to be better. Hopefully I will not have to endure radiation at this time. I have faith that God will give me the endurance to continue down any path he wants me to go through. HaveĀ  wonderful day and God bless.

God is not dead.

Wow! What a moving movie. We watched this one for church tonight and what a blessing. It really helped reinforce to me that we all have a purpose, whether good or bad experiences come our way, God has a higher purpose to use that experience to complete a mission.

I know God is not dead, but maybe through my breast cancer experience I can give hope to others. Sure this isn’t what I want to go through, but maybe I need to slow down and realize that God is more important than my mission to help children with emotional and behavioral problems. Maybe I’m looking too much at my work and not focusing in God.

Cancer is a sure fire way to slow me down. I am very hyper and have plenty of energy that I am always busy. Work, family, kid in taekwondo, swimming and then my own exercise – always going, going, going. Whoa April. Stop and take time to magnify your God.

Usually when I run and bike I talk with God. (Mind you, I do try to run or ride 50 to 60 miles a week.) It is my time alone to have a conversation. It’s usually the same answers. “Trust not on your own understand and trust in me to take care of things.” I hear ya Lord. I am your servant.

God is with me and I know I am doing God’s work. I know I have a Christian husband and daughter. I have my dream job of Master level psychologist with children. I am blessed, very blessed. I have family, friends, friends of friends and strangers that are acquaintances from Facebook games praying for my healing. I know everything is going to be fine without a shadow of doubt. The plans for my future are in God’s hands. I accept what He wants me to go through with the faith that I’m where I need to be. God is so good. I will serve The Lord where ever I am. God is alive in me! As for me and my home, we believe in the living God. God bless y’all.

Cancer fighting breakfast

Well praise God I woke this morning practicing belly breathing for five minutes before getting out of bed, reading emails, hugging my kid and my big dog. Our little dog was quite a bed hog last night.

I decided to tweak some recipes that I found on Pinterest for cancer fighting foods. I made a smoothie for the family, but made mine with extra ingredients.
Power Greens/Berry Smoothie
1 cup almond milk ( I use low sugar)
1 handful power greens (kale, spinach and other greens)
1-1/2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 teaspoon tumeric (I used 2 and it was too much)

Directions: put all these things in Magic Bullet and had my breakfast. Saved quite a bit for next couple of days.

Next I had my wonderful husband make fruit flavored water.
He put half a gallon of spring water in a pitcher. Then added half a cucumber, 1 lemon, 8 mint leaves. It tastes refreshing from the fridge.

I’m trying to steer away from processed foods and adding more greens in my and my families diet.

Now I put a pot of 15 beans in the crockpot.
Soaked the beans over night
Put them in crockpot with large chicken broth, can of organic diced tomatoes, and two cans of water. Salted and peppered.

I cooked 4 slices if unhealthy bacon. Put that in the pot.

Used the bacon grease to cook onions to translucent and two garlic cloves.

Then I had my hubby chop up that power greens, about two cups. Then I added that two the frying pan. Salted and peppered that.

Now I placed that all in my crockpot. This is going to cook for 9 hours. We’ll see how this comes out later.

Now to rest for a while then chores before church. Hope to get in a family bike ride to regain my endurance after surgery and before to next one.

Trying to take some control even though my life is in chaos. Praise God for another day!

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