Breast Cancer Awareness - Work Out for Free

This is an article I wrote in 2006. This is my story of battling breast cancer. I thought it was worth sharing again. Linda L. Lex

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October, 2005. The diagnosis was not a shock in that I had felt the lump two months prior yet denied the idea that I could have breast cancer. I have annual mammograms and was putting off something I knew I had to face.

Once I was diagnosed, everything went very quickly. I never thought about dying —only about surgery and chemotherapy. I talked to friends who had gone through breast cancer and had 100% support from so many! As it turned out I had a lumpectomy and 17 lymph nodes removed, two of which were cancerous. This meant I required strong chemo as well as radiation. I guess I’m a vain woman because losing my hair was the one thing I was very concerned about.”Will I lose my hair?” “When will I lose my hair?” “How soon will my hair start coming back?” The doctors anticipate and answer these questions even before you finish asking.

My surgery was on October 23,2005. My chemotherapy, which started Nov. 29, consisted of four different types of drugs. The first four treatments were hard core, with the most side effects. Then I had 12 treatments of two drugs that were still potent, but not as hard on my body.

I believe that the awareness and research are the reasons that I never doubted that I was going to come through this. I did not see this as a death sentence.

The love and support I have been given through the past year is certainly what stands out in my mind and completely overshadows the sickness or any of the bad days.

I own and operate Healthy Inspirations of San Luis Obispo, which is an all-women nutrition and exercise facility. I’m offering free exercise to any woman going through chemo or radiation.

“The American College of Sports Medicine has published updated guidelines on exercise and physical activity in patients who are undergoing active treatment for cancer or who have completed treatment. The panel concluded that exercise training is safe during and after cancer treatment and results in improved physical functioning, quality of life, and cancer-related fatigue for many cancer survivor groups.”

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Art After Dark

Come by Healthy Inspirations for more than just exercise! This Friday, Sep. 7 Healthy Inspirations is sponsoring Art After Dark. Featured artist will be Terry Greene, Laura Gaisie, and Linda Lex. There will also be a book signing by Laura Gaisie- releasing her new book "Twelve Mondays". The event will be held 6 pm - 9 pm. Don't miss this fun event!

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Eating Out the Healthy Way

What are the challenges for you when dining out? PORTIONS? Weighing and measuring your food at home can make you aware of what a portion should be on your eating plan. Then when you dine out you'll be able to eyeball the correct portions. Just know this is not your last meal--taking home some of your meal and HEY, You've got lunch with no work!!!

MENU CHOICES? Check out the menu before, as long as you know where you'll be eating. And remember, you are the customer. Ask for changes that you would prefer. If you really want to eat healthier, it's your choice. Almost every restaurant will do what you request When I was eating at an airport, I requested that the chicken be grilled rather than fried and they had no problem with the substitution.

DESCRIPTIONS. A study done on thousands of menu descriptions and the calories in those dishes, showed that items labeled "crispy" have, on average, 130 more calories than those lacking the adjective. Dishes described as "marinated" tended to have 60 fewer calories than their unmarinated counterparts. Pay attention to the wording on menus!

LISTEN. to that little voice in your head. My clients tell me that before making a choice of a hamburger and fries or a salad, they hear me in their heads saying "salad salad salad. Hey whatever works!

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