Ever wonder, as a breast cancer survivor, about how to eat healthy while dining out? Our guest blogger Nancy Ancrum has answers to that burning question. Welcome Nancy to the Breast Cancer Partner Network!
You survived breast cancer, so you’ll survive life without dessert – at least the high-sugar, white-flour confections that have been the tasty conclusion to dinner at your favorite restaurant.
Here’s the ultimate goal: You want to prevent a recurrence of the disease that caused so much fear and uncertainty in your life. And this much is certain: After treatment, your diet will play a big role in helping you stay healthy. Read Post »
Yesterday, I attended my first official event as a board member of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation – the grantee awards ceremony. It was a great feeling to be welcomed by my fellow board members, most of whom I met for the very first time, and to see and hear all of the ways in which the money that the Susan G. Komen Foundation raises is utilized on the local and national levels. It made me proud to be part of such a great organization. It’s amazing what one organization has created and the impact it has had on the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer all over the world. What’s even more amazing is the power of women and what can occur when they come together for a common cause, in this case breast cancer. Read Post »
I never would have thought in a million years that having a life threatening disease would have actually been one of the best things that could have happened to me. My breast cancer diagnosis, in May 2008, was not just a life altering event but even more so, a life enhancing event. Who knew?
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A few weeks ago I completed a half marathon. It was quite an accomplishment if I do say so myself, especially because I didn’t really train for it. It wasn’t that bad actually and aside from the annoying pain in my hip afterward and a small blister on my toe, I walked away pretty much injury free.
Now, waking up early in the morning to run/walk 13.2 miles on a whim is not something I do regularly, but I was inspired by a group of women I had dinner with a few nights before to stop talking about it and fulfill a commitment I made to myself. Read Post »
Three weeks ago, I turned 50. It took me a while to actually get my head around me now being qualified for membership into the AARP. I couldn’t picture myself being 50, and I contemplated long and hard about how this milestone would possibly affect me and my life.
In reconciling this, I realized that there was no need for me to freak out about reaching this milestone because I am living my best life ever. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been. I am leaner, stronger, and have more vigor than I have ever had. I earn a living doing what I am passionate about and what I now consider to be my life’s work. I have great friends and family who love and support me unconditionally, and I am confident, secure and at peace with who I am. Read Post »
I started out with a completely different intent with this blog, and totally focused on something else all together, but I received an email this morning from someone that really touched me. So, I decided to re-direct my thoughts and talk about something that we are aware of but often may not always address appropriately or enough. That is, the journey that men experience who are the spouses or significant others of breast cancer survivors.
We had another gathering today of my Link of Hope sisters at Pat San Pedro’s house and it was just as incredible as the last time. Even though there were fewer women in attendance it was just as powerful, if not more than my first experience with the group.
There were a couple of newcomers, there for the first time, and as I listened to each of the women talk about what’s happening in their lives and share their stories, I heard a common theme – how being diagnosed with breast cancer was a “wake up call”.
I can’t imagine having boobs at 8 years old. It was difficult enough at 13, and I hated the fact that they got in my way when it came to swinging a tennis racquet or a baseball bat — which I was definitely more into than the responsibility that came along with being a size 36B at 13.
Do you love what you do? Are you happy in your career, or are you rethinking your life and what you want to do with the rest of it?
It seems as though the more people — let’s say, women — I talk to, the more it becomes apparent that there’s some sort of shift happening in the universe. Or maybe it’s just that more of us are starting to assess what we’re doing and where we’re headed with our lives, wondering if we’re truly happy doing what we’re doing in our careers, lifestyles and even relationships.
Every so often, I’m painfully reminded how lucky and blessed I am. Too often I hear about women who have died from breast cancer.
Today, I read about Leah Siegel, who, at 43, lost her battle with breast cancer. She was a pioneer in the world of sports, one of the first women to become a full-time field producer for ESPN. She won three Emmy Awards for her work.