The Story that Touched My Heart

As a cervical cancer survivor and having been involved in the cancer community for a couple of years, I have heard and read my share of inspirational stories from amazing survivors.  I have also shed tears for the ones taken by this horrible disease. 

Everyone tells a different story, none of them alike, yet you hear and read the emotions that bond us.  The emotions that we all share, the fear, the fight, the uncertainty and the hope.

A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a blog post from an awesome lady named Terry.  Terry is a cervical cancer survivor, but unfortunately the cancer is back and now it has metastasized to her lungs. I don't know Terry, but after reading her story I feel like I do and it moved and touched my heart in a very special way.
Terry writes: "This cancer is incurable.  I am, apparently, going to have cancer for the rest of my life. I can only hope this treatment will put me in remission for a long time. How much chemicals can a body take before it starts kicking back?  I realize miracles do happen and I’m hoping that some of these tumors will be eradicated by the treatment."

Reading her story, I see her inner strength, her fight, her uncertainty, but I also hear her hope in every word she writes.  She has not given up, she is ready to fight again.  I believe that miracles do happen and I pray that God keeps her healthy and well for a long time to come.  Terry, I will  always keep in my prayers...

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones. ~ Mother Theresa

Read Terry's Blog post HERE

My Hard Work Has Paid Off....

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about a year and a half ago and I was put on oral medication for it.  I was also on high blood pressure and high cholesterol medication.

My doctor gave me a firm warning about my health.  The path I was on was leading me to jeopardize my life.  The fact that I write about health on my other blog was making me feel a little bit of a hypocrite since I was not practicing what I was preaching.

 I had to take responsibility for myself and make a U-turn.  I realized that I was the only one that needed to take action and I had to make the right decision.  I'm a cancer survivor and I love paying it forward by being an advocate for cervical cancer, but I was forgetting one important thing.  I was forgetting about the gift I'd been given, a second chance, a second shot at life.

Since last July I made the decision to take care of myself by eating healthier and exercising.  It has been hard at times, nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but consistency and dedication pays off.

Due to my diabetes, I see my doctor every three months and on my recent visit my doctor gave me the good news that he was taking me off all medications. My blood glucose has been under normal range, I don't have high blood pressure and my cholesterol is normal.

"Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say" ~ W.H. Auden

Wow! I couldn't believe it. It can be done!!! I did it!! This is not the end of my destination, this is the beginning.  I have to continue on the path and make these changes my new lifestyle.  The difference on how I feel is amazing, and feeling good gives me motivation in itself.  I still get checked every three months by my doctor, but I have learned to be accountable for own health and destiny.

"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings" ~ Hippocrates

Related Links to My Weight Loss Journey:
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part III 
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part II 
I Won Ketsy and Lost Pounds - Part I
Zumba and Spinning for a Newbie
Running Like A Diva

I Won Ketsy And Lost Pounds!!! ~ Part I

About six months ago I made the conscious decision to make a U-turn regarding my health.  I started eating healthier and exercising.  

To help with my mission I joined a health club (Whitehall Club and Health Spa).  I have been doing pretty good the past 5 months exercising on my own and seeing results, but I have gotten to the point that I needed a bigger challenge. I needed to step it up a notch.

In December, I notice a flier on the club's bulletin board where they were announcing a "Weight-loss Challenge" starting in January.  To enter you had to submit your name, show commitment and bring a note from your doctor stating that you were OK to participate in this kind of challenge. They were choosing only 10 names out of a hat from all the entries.  So, I thought, I never win anything, but like the lottery, to win a million dollars you have to be in it to win it.
The "chosen" were getting a trainer, taught what to eat and what not to eat, how to food shop, and be a part of a support group. So, I submitted my name and waited not expecting to really be one of the ten names.