Friday, November 30, 2012

November Foodie PenPals Revealed!

Hello all!  This is my last month participating in Foodie PenPals for the time being only because I found out 2 weeks ago I was accepted to medical school!!  That's right, I'm going to be a Doctor, a Naturopathic Doctor.  I start school in October 2013 and although that is a months away, I'd like to put the money I would be spending on #foodiepenpals away for college!  I will need the money for my own food!  Ha!  I hope to continue this program in the future because it really is fun and I have received so many delicious and exciting new treats!  So, onto this month's package.  It came from Natalie and it was full of sweetness!

Those truffles were awesome filled with amaretto.  Yum!  The candy corn assortment was a nice after Halloween treat since I wasn't able to pass out candy and the other chocolates, well, I'm saving those for a rainy day!!  

This Chocolate Cabernet Wine Sauce is so delicious!  I tried a little bit, but haven't had it on ice cream or whatever else you can put it on...but it's fantastic!  A nice addition to any dessert!  

So, it was a package full of sweetness and I'm not complaining!  Thank you Natalie!

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Love, Erin


Monday, November 5, 2012

October Foodie PenPal

I am a few days late, but better late than never!  Thank you Rudie for the GREAT package!  It definitely was loaded with TONS of yummy things!  Some I haven't even tried yet...


Those "Good Good Eat" crackers are probably my favorite thing in the box.  I almost ate the whole bag in one sitting.  I even went to my local Asian market to find some more, but I didn't have any luck.  I think I'll be buying some via internet they were that good!!

Who gets chocolate and raspberry pasta?!  I did!!  This one is going to take some creativity to figure out how to make it but thankfully Rudie enclosed some recipes with it.  I'm so curious, I must try this soon...

I leave sweet, salty, spicy, nuts, popcorn and chocolate so these were a perfect combo!  I have tried popcorn with hot sauce on it, but popcorn popped spicy I'll be in heaven. I don't want to cook it because then it will be gone...haha.  The cashews are delicious and the Pocky sticks are so good in coffee!

And more pasta, yet colorful!  Never had it, can't wait to try it!!!  

Thank you Rudie for a great box.  I loved it all!  I can't wait to see what's in my box for November!!

Erin



Monday, October 1, 2012

September Foodie PenPal Revealed!

It's that time of month again to reveal another great package from a foodie penpal!  This month's package came from Elizabeth in Virginia and like all my other packages, it didn't disappoint!  She sent me a few of her favorites from here there and everywhere!  I haven't tried everything yet, but I'm sure it all is delicious!

This hot texan sandwich sauce just looks hot.  I have yet to try it, but since I am from AZ I'm sure it will be something that I'm used to...S-P-I-C-Y!!  Love it!

Who can go wrong with peanut butter?  It tastes delicious on my Ezekiel bread for breakfast!

 How did Elizabeth know that soup is my favorite?!  It's a little hot yet for soup so I'll save this for another month or so when it starts to cool down here.  Yup, it's still 100 here in AZ.
 The protein powder was a great addition to my post work-out meal.  I love vanilla--perfect!
 Peanuts are always a good nutritional snack and hey, they are VA peanuts!  I wasn't aware that VA had their own peanuts!  HA!
 Turkish Delights?  I have yet to dig into this because I'm afraid I will eat them all if I do...
 You can't go wrong with more peanut butter (snack sized) and TEA!  I love tea!  I have started quite the collection.
So that concludes my foodie penpal box for September!  Thanks again Elizabeth!  I can't wait to see what October has in store for me!

You can fight out more about foodie penpals at:


Till next month--Erin


Friday, August 31, 2012

August Foodie PenPal Revealed!

Another great month for foodie penpals!  It's so fun and it's like Christmas when I get my package!  This month it came from Heather in Reno, Nevada!  She's not that far from AZ so she's still in hot weather like here in AZ so she sent me the fixings for her favorite salad and dressing (well, minus the veggies of course!)  I made the dressing and put the salad together last weekend and it was delicious!  I have never made a homemade dressing before and it was really easy.  It made me feel better than it was so much healthier than a store bought one because I know exactly what was in it!

Here are a couple pictures of what I got.  Here is the box right when I got it!

What was inside!  She included her favorite spice too (the Goya Adobe) and I put that on some turkey cutlets before I grilled them...yum!

Here is the salad I made!  I added tomatoes and turkey to it.  It was fantastic!!

Thanks again Heather a great package!  Can't wait for what September will bring me!

If anyone wants to join (it's free to join!) check out Lindsay's website here:  http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/

Erin



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Balancing Everything

Hello all!  Just thought I'd take a few minutes and update you on how school is going and how I'm balancing everything.  So far so good.  I think I'll be OK.

I'm taking Organic Chemistry and Human Anatomy and Physiology this semester at Scottsdale Community College.  I have O-Chem Monday/Wednesday and A&P Tues/Thurs.  Both classes start at 5:50pm.  I haven't had any trouble this past week leaving work and getting to school on time.  I've been early every day!

Organic Chemistry stressed me out on Monday.  They recommend you have some type of Chemistry within 2 years of taking this class.  Well, for me, it's been 14 years.  My teacher is a little hard to understand as well so that makes it even more difficult.  I am sure though that if I work hard, get some tutoring if I need it, I will be able to pass.  After Wednesday's class I felt better because everything we went over in class I "got."  Whew.  Lab is cool too.  I wrote my first pre-lab yesterday and the 1st lab we will be heating up unknown substances to get their melting points to figure out what the substance is.  I love a good mystery.  I think I'll do just fine...

A&P is my favorite.  I get excited to go to class because it's all so interesting.  I LOVE the human body and even more so now.  So, obviously this class intrigues me.  My teacher is super cool too.  He can't be much older than me and is super laid back and chill.  It'll be a good class.  The lab is pretty neat too. A LOT of memorization but I think I can handle that.  I've always been good at memorizing things.  I just can't get behind!

I spent most of the weekend getting organized.  I got some school supplies, etc and well just got organized.  I had to.  I can't stand dis-organization!!

I also spent a couple hours today doing food prep for the week.  I really feel like it's the best and easiest way for me to make sure I eat healthy throughout the week.  When you are busy it's so easy to eat unhealthy because it's fast, but if you have food prepared it makes it so easy to have dinner ready to heat up when you get home, or even better, a good meal on the go.  I have a "lunchbox" with ice packets so I bring that to me to work and school.  Wednesday and Thursday's are long days with my labs so I have to have something to eat in between!

Here is what my food prep looked like today, and I have a dish cooking in the crock pot as well!  There are veggie packs (5), zucchini sausage roll ups, kale chips, grilled veggies, strawberry/banana protein muffins, spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes.  I also have some homemade lemon garlic dressing and extra homemade pesto sauce.  YUM!  Now I'm set to grab and go for the week...


I have also been really good about the gym as well.  Last week I missed 1 workout because I had my pool party and I was too busy getting ready for it to fit it in, but that's OK...that's the only workout I've missed in 5 weeks.  I hope to catch up this week and work out 5 days instead of 4.  We'll see.  I really do love this program by James Wilson!  It's awesome.  

So that's the update from here.  I hope you all are having a great month. Can't believe September is around the corner.  Hopefully it'll start cooling down here soon!

Chat with you all soon--

Erin

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Still Cancer Free!

Yup, you read that right!  I am STILL CANCER FREE!!  YIPPEE!!!  So happy.  I was just delivered that great news about 45 minutes ago from Dr. Nabong himself.  He feels pretty confident in my progress that he wanted to wipe out the 6 month scan and wait a year!  He still wants to do bloodwork/check-up in 6 months, but no scan for a year (unless I feel otherwise!)  Music to my ears.  What was better was him dropping off the orders on the receptionist's desk and hearing him say, "ONE YEAR!"  LOVE IT!

Since I've been in remission for 2 years now the statistical number jumps to 90% chance it WON'T COME BACK!  Those odds sound good right?!  I'll take 'em.  Seems like I have been doing everything right and I will continue to do so.  It's a relief to know I'm still in the clear, I can still continue my new future into the medical field and well, I can still live life how I know best!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  It means the world to me time and time again.  I'll update here soon and let you know how school is going.  I had my first class last night!!

Thanks again!

Love, Erin

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Twas the night before...a CT scan...

6 months have come and gone.   My blood has been sucked out of me once more.  It's time for another scan in the morning.  Time sure flies doesn't it?  I feel like I was just at Ironwood, getting an IV and prepped for my scan.  Now it's time to do it all over again bright and early in the morning.  Scan is at 8am, I'll be there at 7am.  I get the results Tuesday and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief when I see Dr. Nabong's big smile.

I have to admit the night before a scan makes me nervous.  I'm emotional.  It brings back A LOT of memories.  I have happy emotions and scared emotions.  Cancer really has no rules so it's honestly my biggest fear that it will come back.  It's always going to be a monkey on my back.  This scan is kinda big for me, because statistics show with the type of cancer I had that if it were to come back it would come back within the first 2 years of remission.  Well, I am a little over 2 years in remission so I hopefully and God willingly have beaten that statistic.  I guess I'll find out in 5 days.

I always think positive in everything I do.  I was always a positive person before, but after having to fight for my life I am even more positive.  I know in my heart that I will be fine, still cancer-free, still able to live my life, still able to grow my hair, and still be able to pursue my dreams.  There is always that but though and it's hard to not think about it when you've had it once.  Call me crazy, but it's true.  I think my Mom would even agree or anyone that has had cancer before.  It's a beast.

I just can't wait until Tuesday when I can be rest assured I really am fine!  In the clear!  Good for another 6 months or maybe even a year!  I will find out Tuesday.

So, please add me to your prayer list tonight.  Think positive for a clear scan!!

Thanks so much and I'll update you all on Tuesday!

Love, Erin

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Foodie PenPal Reveal!

Another month of Foodie PenPals is over and I swear it's still like Christmas waiting for my package.  This month my package was a little delayed because of a small typo on my house # and it was delivered to my neighbor's house by accident.  Not sure how long it was sitting out in the 100+ degree heat, but it made it to my door eventually!  The contents didn't disappoint either.  I LOVE trying new things and this box was full of new things once again!


Seaweed snacks are my new obsession and I send these to my foodie penpals.  They are addicting and nutritious.  YUM.  I had never had the sesame "flavor" and it didn't disappoint!


The macaroon was a tasty sweet snack.  I devoured it before I took a picture of it, but you can't even tell it's missing from the package.  Ha.


The chocolate definitely went into the fridge after being in the heat and was a little deformed in shape, but it definitely didn't lose it's flavor.  I'm a sucker for chocolate.

Another thing I have never had, these raw chips.  I was a little hesitant at first, but they actually were quite tasty for a very healthy snack.  It's hard to find yummy healthy snacks.  This one did it!  I'd like to try their other "flavors" if stores here in AZ carry them.


And last but not least was some pizza dough and artichoke pesto.  The pesto is supposed to be used for the sauce.  I have yet to cook my homemade pizza, but I know when I do it will be amazing.  I LOVE LOVE anything artichoke so I'll probably add artichokes to the pizza along with the sauce!


So another great package!  I love all my items.  Thank you very much Marina!  Can't wait to see what August has in my box!




Thursday, July 19, 2012

I know what I want to be when I grow up!

Well, I really think it took having cancer and beating it to figure out what I want to do with my life.  That and meeting a person in this profession really made the light bulb go off in my head.  When I first went to college at UofA (like 15 years ago!!)  I went there to become a doctor.  I wanted to be a trauma room surgeon.  Unfortunately I got caught up in the whole college thing, the sorority life and well, I just didn't really put my heart and soul into getting the amazing grades that I would need to get into medical school, nor did I want to be in school for another 6 years or so.   I left UofA, came to ASU and by then I just wanted to graduate.  With my hodge-podge of classes I graduated with a degree in Business.

Last summer I met a lady named Natalie (she's a friend of a friend) and she's a naturopathic doctor. I really didn't want her to stop talking the entire time she was talking about her field while giving out medical advice.  It intrigued me to no end.  I wanted more.  The light bulb went off.  Maybe this is something I would enjoy?  Maybe this is my calling?  As you all know I have really been living a healthy lifestyle since I have had cancer.  I work out, I eat clean, I buy organic, I eliminated a lot of "crap" from my diet and well, I just care about my health and body and what I put into it.  For Pete's sake I had enough chemicals enter my body while I was sick that I need to treat it nicely now!  HA!  That's what naturopathic medicine does.  It treats the cause naturally.  Obviously there is more to it than that, but basically there are no chemicals that you can't pronounce entering your body to make you feel better!  I could have been treated naturopathically when I was sick and had I had time, I probably would have gone that route, but I didn't.

Upon talking to Natalie and doing some thinking and research and talking with the college I have decided to go back to college and pursue a career in naturopathic medicine.  I will finally fulfil my dream of being a doctor, but this time a naturopathic doctor.  I hope to specialize in oncology as well.  Sounds crazy, huhh?  Maybe I am, but honestly it feels right.  Everything up until this point has worked out so smoothly, and there have been no hurdles to cross yet.  It's as if it's meant to be.

After meeting with an advisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, right here in Tempe, AZ she advised me to take 4 classes.  2 of which were pre-requisites I was missing to get into the college (after all that time away from school, I only needed 2 classes!!  See...a sign!)  Those 2 classes are Bio-Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.  Yikes!  She also recommended that I re-take Human Anatomy and Physiology and also add in there Microbiology.  If I can do well in those 2 classes specifically she said I will have NO problem in SCNM.  Holy cow I'm going back to school!!  I just registered and successfully paid for 2 classes that start August 20th at Scottsdale Community College.  I'm taking Human Anatomy and Physiology as well as Organic Chemistry this semester.  Classes start at 5:50pm M-Thursday so I didn't have to work out anything with my work schedule.  (See, another sign).  I am still able to work full-time and be able to take these classes!  Obviously my life will be busier but luckily I am pretty good with time management.  AND, it's only temporary.  2 semesters.  That's it.

My life will completely change when I get accepted into the college, hopefully October 2013,  but I can discuss that later.  I am just thrilled beyond belief that I finally figured out what I want to do with my life.  I have never been more excited to go to school.   Who would have thunk it?!  Crazy!

So, that is the latest update from me.  It's a big one!

More later---

The future ND---Erin

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2 Years in Remission!

Today marks a special day.  2 years ago today I heard the best words ever to come out of someone's mouth..."YOU ARE IN REMISSION!"  That's right.  I have been cancer free for 2 years!!  Hip Hip Hooray!!  I seriously hope and pray there are many more celebrations like this to come, but like anything, one day at a time.  :)

I already have my next CT scan and meeting with Dr. Nabong all set up.  I will be getting scanned on August 17th, with my Doctor's appointment being on the 21st.  I'm looking forward to it, but like always, still a bit nerve-wracking.  Keep those positive thoughts flowing!

Nothing else too exciting has been going on with my life.  Just living it to the fullest, trying to stay cool in this AZ heat and well, eating healthy and working out!  I have to say my life has never been better.

I really don't have much else to report.  Please check out my Facebook page as I post things in there quite frequently, definitely more than I post in here.  :/  You don't have to have a Facebook account to view it either!  Please share with friends.  I think I may start posting what I post in there on here for you all as well.  It seems silly to do things twice, but I can "chat" about it more through here I supposed.  I will give it a whirl this week!  Any feedback or comments are much appreciated!  Thanks!

www.facebook.com/Fight.Win.NowLive

Till the next time!  Stay healthy!!

Love, Erin

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June Foodie Pen Pal Revealed!

Hello all!  I'm here checking to let you know I received my 2nd box with Foodie PenPals and once again, it didn't disappoint!  My box came from Dayna Haynes from Lynchberg, Va.  I used to live in VA and although I'm not exactly sure where her city is compared to where I live, it's still cool!  She sent me a box of local items.

The Vega One is one of her favorites and it didn't disappoint!  De-lish!  I have never heard of this so I was excited to try it.


Next I got honey made in VA, looks like homemade apple jelly and double chocolate chunky peanut butter!  Oh yum.  The honey was a great addition in tea I got last month, the spiced apple jelly had just the right amount of spice and although I was soooo looking forward to trying the peanut butter on toast, it was moldy.  I opened it up and the "seal" wasn't too sealed and it had mold under the cap.  Boo.  I was so sad, but I'm sure it was delicious and probably a good thing I couldn't eat it because I probably would have eaten the whole things!  Ha!


This granola bar was delicious too.  It had flax seeds in it which I love and it was a great addition to my breakfast.


She also included a small cookbook for Vegan recipes.  I am excited to try one out because I try to eat as meat-free as possible.


So, once again, thank you #foodiepenpals and especially Dayna for a great box this month!  I can't wait to see what next month is all about!  If you want to join, check out the site here:  

http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/

See you next month!



Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!


Foodie Pen Pals May Review
This was my first month with Foodie Pen Pals and I was so excited.  My package came from Michele Theresa near Atlanta, Georgia.  I felt like a kid at Christmas every day coming home to look at my front door to see if I had a package and when it finally came I couldn’t get it open fast enough!  My oh my what an eclectic mix of food!  I got a lot of tea, from common yogi herbal tea to instant Chinese tea.  I can’t wait to try them.  
I got a recipe for “Pepperpot” which calls for pig trotters or cow’s heels and ox tails.  I have to admit I have never eaten any of those 3 items, nor would I know where to purchase them for this recipe!  The recipe also called for Cassareep sauce which was included in my box as well.  This sauce can also be used in fried rice, chow mein and BBQ to add flavor and color.  I wonder if it will be good in quinoa?  
My box also included a box of corn and yuca starch which can be used to make fritters as well as prepared flour for crepes.  I have never made either of these items so now that I have the main ingredient I need to find a yummy recipe to make them!
I was excited to get authentic ramen noodles as well.  I couldn’t read the instructions because, well, they really are authentic!  I got 2 packages, one beef and one shrimp.  I ate the beef one and it is definitely tasty and much better than your regular store-bought Top Ramen!  Yum!
So my first experience with Foodie Pen Pals was awesome!  I am already looking forward to next month as well as making new dishes with the food I received.  Thanks again Michele!


If you would like to get more information on how to become a Foodie Pen Pal, here is the website!  
  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Checking in...

Hello all!  I know it has been forever since I've checked in, but as for me and the non-cancer world there isn't anything to report!  THANK GOODNESS!!  I'm still healthy as can be.  I do have an upcoming scan in August, but until then I just keep living life.

I haven't been ignoring my blog, but I guess I can say I've been ignoring posts.  I really just have been focused on my Facebook page I have created.  You can still view it even if you don't have a Facebook account.  If you use Twitter you can find me too...it tweets my posts from there as well.  SILLEE10.  Here is the link to my Facebook page too so PLEASE check it out.  I post sooooo many things there.  Share it with friends too, it's for EVERYONE!

https://www.facebook.com/Fight.Win.NowLive

I am still doing what I do.  Still working out, running, yoga, etc.  I'm still eating healthy and clean.  I recently joined a program called Foodie PenPals and I'm sending out my first package tomorrow!  You can find out more about it here.   http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/  You get matched with someone else and send them a box of goodies each month!  It looks like fun and I can't wait to see what I get!

I have to admit that I finally don't think about cancer everyday.  I no longer freak out about everything. Is that good or bad?  I don't know.  It will always be a monkey on my back, but now that time has passed and I've kicked it to the curb, every day I feel better and better and worry about it less and less.  Does this make sense?  It actually feels like something that happened to me forever ago.  It feels like a blur.  At times it also feels like a dream, er nightmare.  Regardless, I am happy that I can live my life without worrying about it every second of the day.  For that I am grateful.

I have also been in talks with a producer for a documentary on a local cable station.  He wants me to tell my story.  He wants to get into people's heads that it's OK to talk about it.  It can be beaten.  It's not necessarily the end of the world.  I will keep you updated as I know more!

My birthday is soon coming up (#34).   I am also hitting some exciting anniversaries too with my journey.  Almost 2 years in remission.  2 years of hair growth.  2 years of completing chemo.  I like 2 years.  I can't wait for 3, 4, 5, 6 and many many more.

So, that's the update from here.  Please check out my page.  I wish I could figure out how to link them together...is that possible??

Hope everyone is doing great!

Here is a picture taken today at Mother's Day brunch...


Till the next time...

Erin

Friday, February 10, 2012

See you in August Ironwood!!

That's right, I'm free and clear once again!! WOO HOO! Dr. Nabong walked in the room and said, "you look great" and gave me a hug. I asked, "well am I great?!" He replied, " you are great!" YES!! I was so nervous. Not gonna lie. This one had me really nervous. I am just so happy and thankful that I can breathe again for 6 months. Wish I never would have had to go through this in the first place, but hey, at least I'm clear. I got the best news I could have asked for!

Mom, Dad and I went for a celebratory dinner at Outback and I will save my celebratory drinks for tomorrow night since I have to be at work at 8am for a liquor certification class tomorrow.

So, I'm good again kids! Thanks for all your positive thoughts!! I greatly appreciate them. I know I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't without all of you, so thank you again.

Till the next time...

Love, Erin

PS: Like my page!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-Win-Now-Live/260482797356802

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Another scan completed...

Hello all! I just got back from Ironwood and had another CT scan! I can't believe it's been 6 months already!! Time surely does fly doesn't it! All went fine for the scan. They have a new fancy faster machine so I was in and out of there in about an hour. Thank goodness because getting up at 6am and not being able to have coffee wasn't fun! I needed coffee in my IV instead of that iodine! HA! I find out the good results, yes good, Friday at my Doc appointment.

On Saturday, February 4th it was my 2 year anniversary of when I was diagnosed. My how different my life was 2 years ago. I have to admit, I walked around with a smile on my face the entire day. I am just so happy and thankful that I am still here and healthy. I actually went for a run, then came back to pick up my pups and we went on a long walk. I was thinking on my walk how 2 years ago I could barely walk and here I was on a long stroll with the pups. So thankful.

That night Mom and Dad treated me to dinner and then I went out and had celebratory drinks with friends. It was a great day. Of course Mom had her usual slimy green gifts!! Ha! She's so funny. I even got a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. Love it! My parents are the best ever. :)

I hope you all have been able to check out my new Facebook page. Please spread the word. I want to get 1000 likes. I have almost 100 now! Getting there!! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-Win-Now-Live/260482797356802

Hope you all are having a great start to your February!

Chat with you Friday when I hear the good news...

Love, Erin

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fight. Win. Now Live.

Hello all! I'm baaaccckkk! I'm healthy too...no more sickness! Woo hoo! I am still enjoying the heck out of Bikram yoga. If you haven't done it before and enjoy regular yoga, you MUST try it out. I am sad that my 1 month deal is up on Tuesday. Sniff, sniff. I will be doing it again though. I would like to do it for one month twice a year. I am excited to get back to the gym though, to run, spin, weights, etc. I will be able to do that again next week! Bikram was a nice change...

As I sit here on a Friday night on the couch with my pups (only because I have to work in the morning) I decided to create a Facebook page to hopefully help others, including you, to be healthier. Change bad habits. It also will include news and information related to cancer and how to fight it. I believe you can still view it even if you don't have a Facebook account. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-Win-Now-Live/260482797356802

I am really excited about it and I hope a lot of people "like" it. I feel like I will be better at updating that and posting information more often than my blog only because I'm on Facebook like a million times a day! HA! I will still write in here though since I feel like this is a more personal explanation of my journey.

Speaking of journey, it's already been 6 months since my last scan!! Can you believe it? I have my next CT scan scheduled for February 7th at the crack of dawn, 7am. I have blood sucking on Tuesday with a visit to Dr. Nabong and Scott on February 10th. I am definitely anxious. I want to know that after 6 months that I am still clean as a whistle. Please start sending the prayers! Thank you!

I hope you all are having a great January...it sure is flying by. 2012 is off to a flying start!

Till the next time! Check out my Facebook page!

Love, Erin

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A-Choo.

Yup, I'm sick. Well, I'm fighting it...fighting it like I do everything else, but as far as my nose is concerned, it's winning. Boo. I was just sitting here thinking about how if I was sick like this almost 2 years ago this measly cold probably could have been a lot worse. My immune system was already compromised by the beast called Cancer so a simple cold could have turned into something more like pneumonia or even worse. So, I'm thankful. Am I complaining about my cold? Not really. I really try and not complain about the petty things because when it comes down to it, it's not worth it. There are people out there fighting for their lives right now. My dumb cold is not worth whining about. It will pass. I will be healthy again.

I sure hope everyone is having a great start to the year. I have been doing good with my New Year's resolutions that I mentioned in my last blog, although I still want to write in here more often. I did try something new though! I started Bikram Yoga. I LOVE it. I only have a membership for a month (thank you Groupon) and of course I had to pull a muscle and I had to get sick so I haven't been able to go this week. Last week was great though. Each class is 90 minutes long and you go through a series of 26 poses. Each class is exactly the same, the flow is the same and well, it's still 105+ degrees in each class with 40% humidity. So, you sweat. And sweat some more and by the end of the class you are drenched. It sure does feel good though. If you'd like to learn more about it and what it can do for your body check out the website. www.bikramyogatempe.com I can't wait to get back at it this coming week.

My parents lost a friend of theirs that was diagnosed out of the blue with pancreatic cancer. Here is her story through the words of my Mom: "Phyllis is the epitome of why Cancer Sucks! This past Christmas she was visited by one of her daughters and on a shopping trip to IKEA Phyllis glanced at herself in a mirror there in the store and asked her daugher "Do I look jaundiced?" Her daughter somewhat agreed and took Phyllis right to the ER. They ran numerous tests, she got sent home and they continued their visit until the results arrived . . . "Get your mother to the hospital ASAP!" The tests proved pancreatic cancer that had also spread to other vital organs. There was nothing they could do. She was given 1-3 weeks to live. Phyllis asked to go home. She was surrounded by her family, dogs and cats when she passed. She never experienced any prior symptoms. Just like that, in literally a blink of the eye, Phyllis Kilcullen isn't with us anymore. Phyllis was 87 years young. And that's why Cancer Sucks! And that is why we all need to be THANKFUL for TODAY. Be thankful for every blessed thing in your life--and TELL those that you are thankful to. Don't assume or expect others to acknowledge your thanks. Never take anything for granted nor assume you're "due" it." Wow. Pancreatic cancer is a silent killer, obviously. It has a 5.5% survival rate. Here is something I got today in my email that shows a new link between bacon and processed foods and pancreatic cancer. Check it out. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/bacon-processed-meat-linked-to-pancreatic-cancer.html

It just goes to show you that life can change in a blink of an eye. As I come up on my 2 year anniversary of being diagnosed I know this firsthand. So, enjoy life. Do what you want. Go on that trip. Go out with your friends. Life is too short. Be thankful for what you have. Although I am being brought down a notch by this dumb cold, I am still thankful it's nothing worse.

Till the next time...

Love, Erin

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Ok people, I'm starting off the new year with a bang! A post!! It will be one of many this year! Promise! Speaking of New Year's resolutions usually I keep them to myself. I feel like they don't always succeed if I don't share them so this year I am going to share them with you and hopefully then I will own up to them!

1. Write more in my blog. (I'm off to a good start!)
2. Work out at least 4 times a week.
3. Eat clean as much as possible.
4. Cut back on TV watching and read more.
5. Try something new.

Ok, those are reasonable goals right? I probably could think of a million more, but those 5 are the most important to me. I know I can achieve them. What are your resolutions for 2012?

I wanted to share with you some of my latest obsessions. I really like the new timeline on Facebook. Especially in my case it's good because I can go back "in time" to when I was sick and find out specific dates, posts, etc. It's waaayyy easier than scrolling through every single post I have ever made. I did that once to find a carpet cleaning company that was recommended to me. It took me all night to find it. HA! I am slightly, ok really, obsessed with Pinterest. If you don't know what it is, stay away! It will consume you. It's really a cool thing though. I am liking Twitter more and more. I mainly like "stalking" what other people tweet about. If you are on it, tweet me. @SILLEE10. I know after tomorrow night I will be obsessed with Bikram yoga. That's hot yoga. I am starting a month long session of it and I can't wait. I will be sweating out 2011 in no time. I will report on my feelings about it after I take my first class tomorrow night!

I will leave you with some interesting info on lemons...did you know??

Even doctors are now saying that there in value in trying "LEMON"

So, a tablespoon of "real lemon" (the concentrate in a bottle) in a glass
of water every morning. What can it hurt?

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C.
Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201.
This is the latest in medicine, effective
for cancer! Read carefully & you be the judge.

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000
times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in
making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now
help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial
in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the
horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this
closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial
multimillionaires large corporations?

As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes.
You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press,
prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues,
but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors..
This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is
very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as ananti
microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against
internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high
and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the
largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20
laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the
malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and
pancreas ...

The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product
Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the
growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of
therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does
not affect healthy cells.

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Cause Street , Baltimore ,
MD1201


I hope you all had a great welcoming of the new year. I was a bum and enjoyed it from the comfort of my couch with my pups. I was safe, warm and happy there. Here's to a wonderful, happy and healthy 2012!

Love, Erin