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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm a Versatile Blogger!

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for nominating me! Go visit her at Just Another Friday.

I stole this from her blog:

The rules of receiving this reward are...
1. Nominate up to 15 fellow bloggers, who are
relatively new to blogging.
2. Let the nominated bloggers know
they have been nominated.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you, a
nd link back to them in your post.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger
award picture to your post.

My nominations:
My Life in Progress
Brittany Bucher
yo-yo mama
Baby Steps
Fitness Unscripted

Random facts about myself.
1. I was a cheerleader in high school.
2. I have 7 siblings total, but I'm an only child. Twin sisters from my mom, and 5 brothers and sisters from my dad's various marriages.
3. I LOVE to read. Nora Roberts especially. I can't get into anything heavy these days because my only reading time is at night, and I don't want to have to think too hard by then.
4. My mom took me to one of those modeling casting calls the summer before my freshman year in high school, and I was chosen to go to their big convention later that year. I got to have headshots taken, and walk a catwalk in front of a bigwigs from about a dozen modelling agencies. One of them that focuses on catalogs gave me a callback, and told me to come see them in NY, but I never did.
5. I'm a math nerd. I used to create algebra problems to help me sleep when I was a teenager. Algebra is still my favorite math, and I've been very slowly working on my accounting degree. I hate accounting. Sigh.
6. My feet have grown 2 full sizes since having kids. It's been a gradual thing, and not immediately after having them. I found out I'm now a 10 last summer, 3 years after my last kids were born.
7. I had cancer 3-ish years ago. It was in my right breast, but it was a very rare form of skin cancer. The radiologist who went over my biopsy results had to research what it was. It's called dermatofibrosarcoma. I was VERY lucky it was caught at all! I went in for my 6 week-postpartum checkup and my dr did a breast exam and thought he felt cysts, so he sent me in for an ultrasound since I was nursing. Turned out, he was feeling my milk ducts, but I really do have miniscule cysts in my boobs. Nothing to worry about, but he wanted me to follow up in 6 months with a mammogram if I was no longer nursing. At that mammogram appointment, they saw something suspicious in the very back edge of the picture, so they did a super up-close one that hurt like a bitch! It didn't look like a tumor, but also didn't quite look like a cyst, so I had a biopsy on it a couple weeks later. My type of cancer doesn't respond to chemo or radiation, so if the surgery didn't get it all, I'd lose a boob. Thankfully, I had a fantastic surgeon who took a very large margin and I got to keep my boobs. AND I had plenty to lose, so nobody can even tell. I see the dent when I'm not wearing a bra, and the big scar when I wear boobielicious shirts (see the Superman shirt. The dark spot on my boob is the thickest part of the scar).
I was 30 when I had cancer, and it was the scariest 2 months of my life. I still struggle around the anniversary, and when I have to go in for my mammograms and chest x-rays.

Now that I've depressed everyone, please go check out all the fantastic blogs I linked to above!


  1. When I saw the Superman shirt, I wondered what that was...I assumed it was a shadow or something. When I had my college physical when I was 18, they found a lump. Scared the shit out of me when I had to have a biopsy. Luckily it was non-cancerous but I have a crazy dimple scar too and check myself often just because I'm paranoid as fuck. :/

    1. That's wonderful that it wasn't cancerous! I'm paranoid too, and it freaks me out a little that I only get checked out annually now. The first two years, I went in for mammograms every 6 months. I've also had 11 moles removed in the past few years and most of them have come back "atypical," so I'm completely freaked about getting skin cancer again. I wear sunscreen religiously!

  2. Holla! I played along - your ass is tagged back! ~ Jen J.

  3. Wow, you are even more amazing than I thought! Congrats on kicking cancer's ass! Are you in the clear for awhile or do you need to get rechecked soon? I cannot imagine, having new babies at home and going through all that. You really earned that Super(wo)man shirt :) Was that your motivation to start running, or did you run before?

    1. Thanks, Denise! As of this year, I now only go for annual mammograms and chest x-rays instead of biannually. I also see my surgeon annually, but she cleared me this last Spring so I'm done seeing her now. She said next Spring will be the last time she puts in an order for my mammo/x-ray, and after that, I'll be down to routine ones annually since I'll be 35 next year instead of the more invasive ones I've been getting.

      I started running 7 years ago, shortly after we moved to Colorado Springs. Abby, my oldest, was about 18 months old then, and I was finally ready to start losing the weight I'd gained since having her. Around the time I decided to try my hand at running, I saw in ad in a local magazine for a new running club for women that was just starting out here, called Moms in Motion. It was exactly what I needed! I found the C25K program in and started doing that since MIM wasn't starting for another couple months. Turned out, it was the same program we'd be doing with Moms in Motion so I had a head start. :) We met every Saturday morning at like 6:30am and had an awesome running coach. I met some of my best friends in that group, and I'm so thankful to have found it. It's since folded here, but I highly recommend it if there's one in your area.

      If I'd stuck with running all these years, I wouldn't be trying to lose the weight for the umpteenth time now. Sigh.

    2. Oh, and I went through all my cancer stuff early April to end of May of 2009. My twins were 8 months old to the day when I had that first mammogram where they discovered a spot. I was 30.

  4. MIM sounds like a really wonderful group! So nice to be surprised with being ahead of the game too. I did Stroller Strides when Chase was a baby and made some really wonderful friends, and the 10K I ran last month was started by one of the SS ladies. If I had kept up with those intense workouts, I would have lost weight faster too :/

    So happy for you that you're able to put the super invasive stuff behind! I had to start early on mammograms too because there's breast cancer on both sides in my family. Not fun but it's nice to have the peace of mind that it brings.


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