Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cancer Fact Friday

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Over the past couple of years my family has been paying a lot more attention to what we put in and on our bodies. The first time we really paid attention to the affects of food and cancer (and other health issues) was after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives. It mentioned how some food may prevent the growth of an already existing tumor or prevent one from ever growing in the first place. Well I came across this fact from The Cancer Project and thought I should share:

Of the many diseases that affect people these days, cancer is among the most feared. But despite a wealth of scientific data, most people remain unaware of how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, as much as 80 percent of all cancers are due to identified factors, and thus are potentially preventable. Thirty percent are due to tobacco use, and as much as 35 percent to 50 percent are due to foods. It is easy to control these and other risk factors.

Things that make you go hmmm.

Know the facts and pass it on😊.
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Moving Mommy Monday

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New discovery this week: WORKOUT EARLY😏

It’s been a challenge to stick to the training schedule I made and I think I’ve figured out why. I MUST exercise in the morning. After work I’m tired and need to get dinner going and prepare for the following day, so squeezing in a workout, whether it’s Pilates in my living room or a run in the park, after work is almost impossible.

Last week I decided to stick with the morning workouts. Now it’s still a challenge to rrrooolll out of bed a 5am but it’s been working. Of course my 10 month old son wants to nurse as soon as my alarm clock goes off so I had to make an adjustment and set my clock for 15mins before the desired ‘time to rise’ time. AND it’s so much easier when I’ve laid out my cloths, both workout and work clothes, the night before. It just helps me get in the zone.

Now it’s just a matter of getting to bed earlier so I can make it through the day without needing a nap. Let’s see what this week’s discovery will be. What do you do to get your workouts in?

Making moves as a mommy… It’s a work in progress😉

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My Date With The Pavement!

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Cancer Fact Friday

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More info for our men! From Duke Cancer Institute

One in six men will get prostate cancer during his lifetime. However, as most prostate cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.

Here are some symptoms as found on Webmd and other sites:

In the early stages, men may have no symptoms. Later, symptoms can include:

  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urination
  • Weak or interrupted urinary stream
  • Painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen

Advanced cancer can cause deep pain in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.

A little motivation to get checked regularly. Knowing is powerful! You can’t get treatment if you don’t get checked.

Know the facts and pass it on 😊.
Thanks for visiting learning life.

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Moving Mommy Monday

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These last 9 1/2 months have been amazingly full of excitement and challenges. My hubby and I can’t get enough of watching our little one grow. His personality is starting to really show. He enjoys all kinds of books, has become quite an explorer and loves to do things on his own. I had to learn to sit back and just WATCH him explore his new world. Now that he’s crawling and standing, there’s no more letting him play while I wash dishes or cook a meal.

Most of the challenges are related to finding a new rhythm as a new working/breastfeeding/running mom and wife. My husband and I seem to be working around the clock to keep things in order, still something ALWAYS NEEDS to be done. AAAHHH!! Trying to figure this all out has become quite an adventure worth sharing.

So starting today we’ll have MOVING MOMMY MONDAYS!! As I learn new ways to figure out a new rhythm for my family, I’m learning to allow things to work itself out. There’s a lot going on in my head as I move through the week and explore attachment parenting, holistic living, train for a marathon while breastfeeding and converting to a plant-based diet. I now have a new appreciation for ALL moms, working, staying at home, working from home… This is by far the most exciting part of my life this far.

I’m enjoying this journey as i move my way through this phase of life. I hope you enjoy my discoveries. I look forward to hearing your comments and experiences.

Making moves as a mommy… It’s a work in progress😉

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Cancer Fact Friday

Here’s info for our men again. This week’s fact is from American Cancer Society

The cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers. Knowing about these cancers and how they can be prevented or found early can save your life.

As mentioned in previous posts, blood tests are needed so as we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day let think about health. Make a doctor’s appointment to help get the men in our lives (father’s brothers, sons, partners, uncles…) checked.

Know the facts and pass it on😊. Thanks for visiting Learning Life.

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Assatta’s Purple Power

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Today was a special day!! I ran a 5K run for The Valerie Fund to celebrate my late God daughter’s life. Assatta’s Purple Power had a team of 70 walkers and raised more than $2000 for children living with cancer or blood disorders. Our team received a 3rd place trophy for walk participation. WOOPWOOP!!

The day included all kinds activities for the children from face painting and jumping castles to hot dogs and chips not to mention live music. This was a great day to raise awareness and money to support child cancer research and support for them and their families.

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The sign read “I Wish Cancer Was Just A Zodiac Sign”.

What an inspirational day!! We love you Assatta and will continue to spread the love and joy that you shared with so many people.

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Assatta 2002-2011

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Cancer Fact Friday

Father’s Day is this month so facts for this month will be devoted to the men. Today’s fact comes from Duke Cancer Institute

-Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer.
-Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.

We know our men don’t always like to go to the doctor but let’s continue to push them to get checked on a regular basis.

Know the facts and pass it on😊. Thanks for visiting Learning Life.

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Cancer Fact Friday

Last week’s fact was about common forms of childhood cancer. A friend of mine asked about signs and symptoms. So I gave her a quick answer and have been looking for more details this week. In my case my father noticed that my brother was breathing “funny” in his sleep which lead him to request some testing; my god-daughter had been complaining of headaches and it wasn’t until she passed out at school that the tumor was found in her brain. Here’s some information I found from Be Child Cancer Aware:

Continued, unexplained weight loss

Headaches, often with early morning vomiting

Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, joints, back or legs

Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits

Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash

Constant infections

A whitish colour behind the pupil

Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea

Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness

Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly and persist

Recurrent and persistent fevers of unknown origin

The American Cancer Society states:

Most of these symptoms are much more likely to be caused by something other than cancer, such as an injury or infection. Still, if your child has any of these symptoms, check with your doctor so that the cause can be evaluated and treated, if needed.

Remember child cancer is not as common as we may think. Blood tests and other scans are necessary for a diagnosis. So just be aware and go with your instinct. If you think something is unusual get it checked by a doctor. Cancer can sneak up on you.

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