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:


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--


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