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

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