Friday, January 27, 2012

Fight. Win. Now Live.

Hello all! I'm baaaccckkk! I'm healthy 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:

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 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


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. 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.

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 ,

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