Living Beyond Cancer

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Hi guys, where do I even begin? It’s been such a long time. I haven’t blogged for this very reason. I just don’t know how to get back into blogging. It’s like learning to ride a bike again so forgive me if I seem a little rusty.

It’s been a year and three months since my bilateral mastectomy, which is when the cancerous tumor was removed. I count my “cancerversary” from that date. Some survivors count it from the date they were initially diagnosed. A year is big deal in the cancer world! I’m hoping for many more years.

Your probably wondering what I’ve been up to…truthfully, I’ve been celebrating life! it’s beautiful and I’m deeply grateful for each day. I completed all major treatment in June of last year. I reconstructed my breast in September and I’ve been laying low ever since.

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I needed to heal, physically and mentally. Treatment and surgery were so intense, it’s nice to just take a deep breathe. I’m learning to live beyond cancer, which is difficult at times. I had only known one person with breast cancer before I was diagnosed, now it seems like so many people are either battling the disease or dying from it. It’s so depressing, deeply depressing but I try to remain positive.

I wear this big smile, which hides a lot of pain but it also  represents happiness. Happiness for life, a full head off hair, quality time with my son and the people I love. Thank you all for giving me a warm welcome back, it made heart smile.

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Love,
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Moving on to Tomorrow

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It’s just hours before we begin a new year and I wanted to THANK all of you for taking this journey with me. Sure it’s been a rough year but I feel so LOVED!  I’ve opened up and revealed more than I ever thought I would to such a large audience of people, some of whom I have never met. I don’t know if sharing my story has made a difference for all of you but I know for sure it has touched some of you. I know that someone has gotten a mammogram, done a self breast exam or followed through with making an appointment to take care of their health in general and that says a lot. THANK YOU all for making this year less of a roller coaster ride, I couldn’t be more grateful for the support.
My New Year Goal is to continue the fight against ‘cancer’ even while it’s in remission it’s important to never take your health for granted. I’ll be doing everything in my power to stay as healthy as possible. I already feel STRONGER than ever, more determined and accomplished.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you in advance!
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XOXO
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Part 1: 24 Day Advocare Challenge…

Hi everyone!! I must apologize for the delay with this post 🙁 I wanted to do a full post with pictures of me before and after BUT it would just take me entirely too long to get my act together. Soooooo I’m breaking it into parts. Okay, so I was introduced to the challenge by my good friend, whom by the way doesn’t need to lose a pound *giggles….but thinks she needs to…She clearly is a good friend because she told me about the challenge because I sure could lose some weight LOL!! 
I’m not one for diets because I can’t keep things straight from one day to the next so staying on track with a routine is tough for me to do. The Advocare 24 Day Challenge is a system with lots and lots of helpful information about not just dieting but making a lifestyle change that is truly beneficial for your health. I’m going to be honest, there is a packet and a really nice coach that you can communicate with through out the challenge but I really like to work at my own pace and find what works best for me. I will say that this is day 6 and I’m down 5lbs so far. On average I think if you follow the plan you can lose approximately 10-17lbs in the 24 days. I’ll be happy with a solid 15lbs because any progress is progress and I don’t beat myself up about it. The plan gives you options and great alternatives for what to eat and what foods to avoid. I’ve been able to avoid dairy, alcohol, meats, and CARBS=the loves of my life 😉  The vitamins are excellent and I’m shocked that I actually like the Spark and Meal replacement packets. I’ve mixed them with my favorite fruits and they taste great. I haven’t started on all the vitamins because some are introduced a little later in the game for different reasons. For now I’ve been cleansing and detoxing the body, which is a great start. 
I don’t go to the gym but I do walk for miles religiously, with my four year old 😉 He thinks he’s doing the challenge so he can have muscles and be fast LOL!!! It’s something for him and I to do everyday after work and on the weekends. I’m surprised at how much energy he has for these 2-3 mile walks. I will keep you all posted on the challenge as I continue, I’m happy to say it’s going well so far and I’ll post pictures of myself with more details as the challenge continues. Please check out this YouTube video for more details http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op49b3N4j8k  

My work out partner ;-))
TTFN

Top 6 Fave Lipstick Shades…

Hi beauties *kiss *kiss! I wanted to share my personal top six fave lipstick shades. These are lipsticks that I currently use. I’m a huge fan of L’Oreal, MAC, and Mary Kay. I see all these new colorful lipstick shades like, purple, green, and blue out on the market lately but I won’t be trying any unusual colors 😉

I have full lips and for me that says a lot about the shades that I pick for my lip color. I do not like bright, overly colorful and unusual colors because it just will not look right on me. Besides, I’m OK with not trying every new trend.
For me the lipstick has to have some degree of shine, not too oily, and I hate lipstick that cakes up and smudges for every little thing you do. I look for long lasting, practical colors, that work well with my complexion.
I find that L’Oreal has a great combination of shades, cost, and accessibility because I can grab one at the local drug store or Walmart. For a mother always on the go accessibility is a big factor for me. I love MAC but rarely have time to head to the local mall for a new lipstick and Mary Kay has to be ordered *ugh! 

Check them out…Hope you like!

XOXO

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