Thursday, January 28, 2010






E.D. Hill to Have Preventative Double Mastectomy

January 27th, 2010


Former Fox News anchor and conservative journalist E.D. Hill informed “The View” co-hosts today that she will have a preventative double mastectomy. Essentially,  she does not have breast cancer; she just doesn’t want to get it. And since a strong family history increases her chances of developing the disease, she’s taking action to keep herself as healthy as possible.
Seem too extreme to you? Or would you do it, too?  I admire E.D. very much.  She made this her choice, on her terms.  I love that.  As you know, I didn't hestitate to have my left breast removed at the same time my right was removed.  Having it removed prophylactiacally was a choice I made.  And I'm thankful I listened to my gut on this one, now knowing I had a small invasive lobular carcinoma tumor growing there.  I don't regret my decision.  Even if my left breast didn't have a tumor, I believe pretty strongly that I would still feel grateful and relieved to have it gone.  I hope and pray you never have to make this choice or even have to consider it.  Love, Nancy

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tate's Birthday

Tate's 8th grade science project is due tomorrow so he needed to work a lot on this.  But we did manage to  squeezed in a couple minutes of cupcake fun but that was it.  Poor kid.

Today I make healthy choices that support and fulfill me ~ Louise Hay

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I've got HAIR!

Good morning!  We survived the wild storms, man was that fun!  I love the wet weather but turns out my left knee is not a fan.  My knee is feeling much better today.  Still sore, but nothing like last week.  I hear we're in for some more rain next week.  Nice.  Advil's my new friend.

I was having fun this morning in front of our iMac.  I LOVE THIS COMPUTER!  Anyway.  Here's a fun series of pictures I took.  My hair is coming in, slowly but surely.  The color is ugly.  But that's OK.  A friend of mind told me that I should consider a color wash.   Bonnie!!!!  I'll be calling soon!


Baseball season is here!  Nolan starts practice next week.  Love this time of year!  Tate has an indoor game tonight!  Fun times!  Speaking of Tate. . . my boy turns 14 on Monday.  Man, this kid has changed so much, turning into a young man.  Check out this very cool picture that Dick Sanders took of him at Thanksgiving.  


Here's Nolan's portrait.  Although Nolan was just coming down with the flu (you can see it in his eyes) I still LOVE this picture.
Thank you Dick and Maryann for taking our portraits!  We love them!  
Have a peaceful weekend!  
Love,
Nancy



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hysteric by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's
No longer, no longer

What you ask
Strange steps
Heels turn black
The cinders, the cinders
They light the path
And these strange steps
Take us back, take us back
Flow sweetly, hang heavy
You suddenly complete me
You suddenly complete me
Flow sweetly, hang heavy
You suddenly complete me
You suddenly complete me
No wonder, no wonder
Other half
Strange steps
Heels turn black
The cinders, they splinter
And light the path
And these strange steps
Trace us back, trace us back
Flow sweetly, hang heavy
You suddenly complete me
You suddenly complete me
Flow sweetly, hang heavy
You suddenly complete me
You suddenly complete me
Hysteric, hysteric
Hysteric, hysteric
Hysteric, hysteric
Hysteric, hysteric
Hysterical


Love this song, even after all these months! 


Love,
Nancy

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Whirl Wind Weekend full of FUN!


This weekend went by way too fast.  But I managed to cram a lot of fun and experienced many memorable moments!  The weekend started on Friday night, dinner out with Jeff and our boys.  What a fantastic evening.  We told stories, ate a lot and laughed.  Perfect night.  Saturday morning I had breakfast with Wendy at a really cute newly designed cafe in San Carlos.  I look forward to doing this much more often (at least once a month!).  

 

Then it was off to Temecula to meet up with Sarah, Taylor, and Mary.  Sarah and Taylor were there to check out a riding clinic.  As soon as I drove up to the huge stables I felt an extra surge of energy.  Then I met some pretty cool ladies.  That night we stayed up late telling stories, and schooling Sarah on FaceBook, smile.  Sunday morning I met a Warrior who has amazing energy.  She's 1/2 through her Chemo. She's staying real active, not letting chemo get her down at all.  Since she's a horse trainer, she has a lot of endourance.  It's routine to walk 10 miles a day and ride many horses.  She suggested a book "Beating Cancer with Nutrition"  http://www.4nutrition.com/beating_cancer.html


I plan to buy this book very soon.  Meeting the Horse Trainer Warrior came at a perfect time.  She gave me an extra boost, just what I needed to keep me focused on getting through my radiation treaments and continue to live life with a healthy, cancer-free mindset.  I'm grateful for that!  The weather was picture perfect in Temecula and watching the horses gallop by and spending time with my sisters and getting to know Sarah's very cool friends was so healing.  Wow, perfect.  

Life is great.  My radiation treatments are going well.  Just had my 12th one this morning.  My left knee is hurting, which is probably caused by arthitus.  I saw the Dr. yesterday, they suggested to use ice/heat as well as Advil (800 mg) 3x's a day.  But I call my sore knee (which causes me to limp) an insult to injury.  I'm just say'n. . .

The 3rd rain storm should hit this afternoon.  I love the rain!  Please be safe and stay dry.  I plan to.

Love,
Nancy


Excellent Affirmation from Christiane Northrup:

It is no small task to change your focus from what can go wrong to what can go right, and to empower yourself to shift from destructive behaviors to those that are generally associated with health. Repeat this to yourself often: "I now resolve to listen closely to that still, wise, strong voice within me that always guides me toward health and joy." - Dr. Christiane Northrup

Monday, January 11, 2010

The age-defying, cancer-busting foods to eat!

Good morning!  I just had my 5th round of radiation.  I feel stronger today, mentally.  All is well. 


Click on title to read about more Superfoods you can add to your diet.


Love,
Nancy

Friday, January 8, 2010

Rethinking Happiness: Part III, KPBS This Emotional Life Series

I don't know if they'll replay this on TV.  But you can watch Part III online for a limited time.  I highly recommend this.  Thank you Jolie for telling me about this great series on KPBS!!!!


Click on the title to start watching.  :-)


Love,
Nancy

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Information regarding Radiation Theraphy. . .

Ten Key Points About Radiation Therapy

• Radiation is a local, targeted therapy designed to kill cancer cells that may still exist after surgery. Radiation is given to the area where the cancer started or to another part of the body to which the cancer spread.

• The actual delivery of radiation treatment is painless. But the radiation itself may cause some discomfort over time.

• External radiation treatment, the most common kind of radiation therapy, does not make you radioactive.

• Treatment is usually given 5 days a week for up to 7 weeks. Sometimes radiation may be given twice a day for 1 week.

• Since the daily appointments usually take about 30 minutes, you'll most likely be able to follow most of your normal routine during treatment.

• Radiation will not make you lose your hair, unless radiation is given to your head.

• In the area where you are receiving radiation, your skin can turn pink, red, or tan, and may be sensitive and irritated. Creams and other medicines can soothe these symptoms.

• During your treatment course, you may feel tired. This feeling can last for a few weeks–even months–after treatment ends.

• Most radiation side effects are temporary.

• Radiation therapy can significantly decrease the risk of cancer returning after surgery.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Let the radiation begin. . . already!

Here's the room I'll be receiving my radiation treatments.  I've never been in one of these rooms before and I wanted you all to have a visual on where I'll be every day, Monday - Friday, from 8am - 8:15am.  


Today turned out to be a test run.  More Xrays, more laying STILL for 30 minutes.  Everything lined up nicely.  I'm ready for the real thing tomorrow morning.  Bring it!  


Thank you for your amazing energy.  I'm soaking it in!  


Time to go to bed.  Sweet dreams.


Love!
Nancy

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Weather in San Diego

We can expect temps to be in the 70's for most of this week.  Can you believe it?  So grateful for this amazing weather.  


The Chargers play today!  Go Chargers!   


The  boys return to school tomorrow . . . they've been playing PS3 pretty much non stop during their break.  I don't understand the fascination of war games . . . but they're having fun . . . back to the reality tomorrow, when their alarm clocks go off.  Speaking of reality. . .  my radiation treatments begin tomorrow.  And I'm on my 3rd day of Tamoxifen.  So far, so good.  Since chemo, my joints have been bothering me.  Especially my left knee.  Yesterday was my worst day.  Tate and I went shopping and we were walking pretty fast around the mall, weaving in and out of the crowds; trying to get where we were going.  After about a 1/2 hour of that, my knees hurt bad.  I plan to call my doctor tomorrow.  After Google'ing knee pain and chemo - it looks like this may be my new normal, get use to it.  I'll try my trampoline today, maybe that will help.  And I'll start taking fish oil.


Off to do Yoga!  Have a peaceful day!  


Love you!
Nancy