Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cancer Fact Friday

So a new bill was passed last week and I forgot I share. Here you go:

Manhattan Beach, CA (September 19, 2012) — Today, the United States House of Representatives passed unanimously the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act (H.R. 733), formerly known as the Pancreatic Cancer Research & Education Act. The bill requires the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to create a long-term plan, referred to as a scientific framework, for pancreatic and other recalcitrant cancers that includes evaluating its current efforts in the disease and making recommendations on ways to accelerate progress and improve outcomes.

Read more here.

Yet another great reason to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, they get things DONE!! Join the fight.

Know the facts and pass it on😊.

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20 Mile Run…HUH?!?!

So my first marathon is less than 6 weeks away. This weekend will be my longest run yet. 20 miles!!!

My training started off great around June. I made sure I did every run on my schedule. I cross-trained with Pilates 3 or 4 times a week and an ab workout twice a week. My runs felt good and I actually enjoyed the long runs. Surprisingly I was a lot looser than I thought I would be and my breathing was great. That’s all probably because of the Pilates.

Then schedules changed. AAAHHH!!! For the past month or so I’m luck if I get 2 runs in per week and cross training is out the door. My long runs are still not too bad but I can definitely feel the tightness in my body when I’m done, especially my right hamstring. EEK!! I purchased a foam roller that I try to use at least before and after my long runs.

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I’ve decided that I MUST get my miles in any way possible. And running for a cause (pancreatic cancer) is added motivation. So I’ve been trying to break them down even if it means running 3 miles during lunch than 2 miles during my little brother’s football practice. October is my last chance so it is on and poppin.

So by sharing this last month’s journey with all of you I think I’m more likely to get my workouts in. As a mommy, I HAVE to learn to make things happen for me.

So here are my marathon training goals for the month of October:

  1. Get In My Miles
  2. Cross train at least twice a week
  3. Junk food especially ice cream no more than twice once per week and
  4. STRETCH! STRETCH! STRETCH!

So there it is. I’ve put it out in the universe. My race goal is 4hrs 30mins.

26.2 HERE I COME!!

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Cancer Fact Friday

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Here’s another great thing about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. PanCAN plans events year-round to keep people connected and informed of medical breakthroughs and other information regarding pancreatic cancer.

One of these events is next weekend. September 30 we will be lighting a candle during the PURPLE LIGHT National Vigil For Hope. This will be my first event with PanCAN and I am extremely excited. It will be a great way to give hope to families of people fighting the disease now and for those who have lost a loved one.

So join me by wearing purple next Sunday as we create HOPE for so many. Then share what your day was like. Have a great weekend!!

Know the facts and pass it on😊!

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What’s a mom to do?

So let me just say I thought twice about sharing so much but I figured I started this blog to share my learnings in life and to learn from what others choose to share as well. So here it is this is how I’ve been dealing with my little one’s first big illness.

For the past 5 days I’ve been nurturing a not so well baby. My little one has been really healthy in his 13 months of life so far. As first time parents my hubby and I have tried to think all of our decisions through. We chose to live vegetarian lives knowing that we will have to be very conscious about meal plans for our children. Well about a month ago I was told that our little one had low iron stores and was advised to get an iron supplement (fer in sol [sp ch]). When I went to the pharmacy the pharmacist said that supplement is way too strong for babies and was very surprised that he was prescribed that. I already second guess meds so I headed to Whole Foods and got some beet juice powder and blackstrap molasses AND have included more green leafiness in my little one’s diet. Every meal must include some source of iron.

Now I receive a call from daycare requesting to come get little one from school early because he may have pink eye. AAAHHHH! Something else, my goodness. Back to the doc we go. This time we had to see a second doc in the office, not our usual doc, who prescribes an antibiotic for pink eye. Although his eye was never pink or even a little red he had a discharge coming from the eye. So of course we gave the antibiotic drops as suggested by the doc. We were supposed to give 1 drop in each eye twice a day (giving an infant eye drops is a huge challenge, I must add) for 7 days. After the second dose of drops we stopped. Our little one, who is usually full of energy and eats everything in sight, was now extremely lethargic, throwing up and sleeping ALL DAY. He was even refusing to nurse which has been very soothing for him when he was a little down or upset about ANYTHING. After 2 days of this I called the doc’s on call line and she mentioned ER. We didn’t think it was that serious and didn’t want to risk getting an IV and no time to think about other options so we decided to wait til Monday (the next day) to see the doc first thing in the morning.

At the doc’s office we see the 3rd doc in the practice who prescribes a second antibiotic and explains that the other doctor gave the first antibiotic for a reason and we should continue to give them to him. HUH?!? Now I asked why she thinks he was reacting like this if these weren’t normal behaviors for pink eye. Again I need to continue the drops and no explanation. After listening to my little one’s breathing and a bit of silence the doc looks up and says he may have a touch of pneumonia so let’s try another antibiotic and if that doesn’t do anything then we’ll have to do a chest X-ray. WHAT?!?!

In my head at this point: SO FIRST YOU GIVE ME ONE DRUG THAT TURNS MY LITTLE ONE INTO A ZOMBIE, NOW YOU WANT ME TO GIVE HIM A SECOND DRUG EVEN THOUGH YOUR NOT SURE WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, THEN WE MAY NEED TO ADD RAYS OF WHO KNOWS WHAT ON A LITTLE BARELY 1YEAR OLD SYSTEM!!😁😢😡 This sounds scary and potentially like a lot of damage…all due to “pink eye”.

But I just took a deep breath received what the doc had to give and made a follow up appointment. At this point I’m just confused. I believe in holistic health and natural remedies although I can’t really afford the care all the time. I believe in the power of food and the body’s natural ability to work things out but I also have a doctor who is a professional but still human which means mistakes can be made. All I could do now is pray for guidance and an answer.

So now I’m expressing my frustrations and my aunT (thank God for families) who makes an appointment with holistic health practitioner Dr. Flowers of Flowers Healing Arts for a consultation. We sit and talk FIRST about what has been happening recently AND a bit of history. Age of first teeth, first solids, type of milk, MY lifestyle… I shared the meds including vitamins. THEN we proceeded to get my little one checked out. He checked breathing, eyes, ears and SKIN. He noticed light spots on his skin and asked a few questions. He talked to my little one as he went through the process.

Now I take a deep breath and prepare to hear a new verdict. Dr. Flowers believes that we are dealing with an issue in the gastrointestinal tract. According to Dr. Flowers the Chinese believe a lot of congestion anywhere (nose, chest, ears, eyes) may be cause by this tract and a problem with digestion. This made a bit if sense to me. And this was the first explanation that I received that didn’t include a med thrown at us to just take. So now what!?!? We do a stool sample and try to strictly breast feed, NO SOLIDS, for the next couple of days, and give some homeopathic eyedrops. I feel much better already.

Now I just have to think about the next steps. I’m going through this with the help of my aunt. This is the type of healthcare I believe works, addressing one problem without causing another problem. And looking at ALL aspects of one’s life to make a diagnosis then prescribing something natural to take care of whatever the problem may be. Our ancestors did it that way and they seemed to have fewer problems than we do now. My dilemma is this. How can I afford this and who do I turn to when something else comes up? It’s frustrating that life has to come down to us wondering if someone is doing something to help us or to help their pockets.

On top of all this I get an email from work asking about my time off since I don’t have any more sick days. Are you kidding me? I’ll just have to take unpaid days if I’m not allowed to take my vacation days. My little one’s health is a priority. I’ll have to deal with any financial constraints later.

As a parent we have to think about so much. And to add questioning the people who are supposed to be caring for us just adds another level of stress. I’m a pretty positive person and since returning from the Peace Corps I have a better understanding of the importance of making informed decisions. And our doctors should be comfortable explaining why we are given something. And we should be able to choose which type of care we prefer and be covered by our insurance for whichever decision. Ok now I can tell that I’m about to start rambling so I’ll stop here.

I will say that the positive thing about this experience is that I have been able to spend some quality time with my little one. Since he started daycare he’s had to deal with a lot, including separation everyday (which hurts me too). These last couple of days have been filled with loads of cuddling, skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding. He’s starting to get his energy back so we will see what happens. I’m loving this tease of being a stay-at-home-mommy and wish it didn’t have to change. Oh the joys AND challenges of being a mommy😊.

What do you think about holistic health?

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading such a long post. I hope this has been helpful or comforting for someone.

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All he wanted was to be held and listen to reggae music on the iPod.

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Starting to get his energy back. You can kinda see the light spots on his face here.

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Cancer Fact Friday

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Tuesday I sat at my desk debating whether I should go for a lunchtime run or not. Then I received an email with the latest report about pancreatic cancer from PanCAN. Pancreatic Cancer may be moving from the number 4 cancer killer to the number 2 cancer killer by 2015.

Out of the top 5 leading causes of cancer death (lung, colorectal, breast, pancreas and prostate) pancreatic cancer seems to be making the least amount of progress. There’s not much attention being paid to this killer. It’s up to us to push the government and finders to fund more research to help detect and treat this form of cancer. We must see seas of purple as we do pink.

Let’s fight together by passing on a fact about pancreatic cancer or http://teamhope.kintera.org/ingnyc2012/majutarundonating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Know the facts and pass it on😊!

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Moving Mommy Monday

So the last 2 weeks we have been doing a fun activity as a family and grabbing a bite to eat. I think I like the idea of making this a family tradition or habit. It’s so fun to think about the family habits my hubby and I are interested in starting for our little family. We’ve also been trying to have more meals together at the table instead of on the couch in front of the TV and making health and fitness part of what keeps us strong and together.

This Friday’s my hubbya, little one and I tagged along with my mom and brother for a WNBA basketball game. It was our little one’s first professional basketball game and he had a BALL!

It was kind of rainy Saturday but I was able to get a 4 mile run in with Black Girls Run and my Aunt Tracy came along and walked 2 miles. Then we headed to a community picnic before getting Dee Dee (my sistercousin) from the train station.

Sunday I went on a 12 mile run in preparation for the NYC Marathon and it felt a little cool. I was supposed to head to the city but we decided to go to my little brother’s football game, grab a bite to eat and head to the park. It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be at the park and it was DeeDee’s first time at the park withy little one. I’m definitely not ready for the summer to end. 😒

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Cancer Fact Friday

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Here’s some information about an amazing service that is offered by The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

We all know that when we are not well or are caring for a loved one who is fighting for their life, we have many questions. Or just need a little help, guidance or support. Well there are many services out there that can help and PanCAN has one. No this isn’t an ad and I’m not getting paid for this but I just keep reading about this service and thought I should share it with you.

PALS (Patient And Liason Services) provides one-on-one support for families fighting pancreatic cancer. You can build a relationship with an associate and get that helping hand web you need it. So check out the PALS website to read all about it and pass on the information. You never know who may be in need of or know someone who needs the help.

Don’t forget you can also donate to help PanCAN keep services like these available in addition to adding to research and creating hope for the fighting cancer by donating to the org.

Know the facts and pass it on😉!

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CELEBRATE EDUCATION!!

It’s back to school time…well not for me but for many people around me. This weekend got me thinking about the many occasions we get together. For my family going to school is a big deal. ESPECIALLY college.

My little younger 😉cousin Brie started her junior year at Barnard College this week and I just started reflecting. When I was going to Temple University my family would MOVE ME IN all four years. I mean there was never a drop off HA! They would bring my belongings, then we would shop for cleaning supplies, that we didn’t already have, do a THOROUGH wipe down, unpack COMPLETELY, then go out for dinner. Oh and I can’t forget stopping at the grocery store to stock up before parting. It was truly a family affair EVERY YEAR!!

Same thing for my cousins even if you chose NOT to live on campus. Many calls or texts would be sent to wish you well on your first day. And the this tradition continues. My aunt flew with my cousin from Cali, stayed for the week and spent Sunday (with her two daughters) MOVING BRIE IN!!

I love family gatherings and support especially when it’s all about encouraging each other to reach for the stars!! I always think about the holidays or special occasions and how a lot of the focus gets shifted to “things” instead of people and this is one of the special occasions that allow you I focus on people instead of “things”.

Congrats and good luck to all the students who start school this season!! And many thanks to all the family members pushing each other to ALWAYS dream big, set goals and go after them!

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Moving Mommy Monday

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So we were scheduled to go to the Rock n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon on Friday but plans changed. I thought I would be disappointed but it wasn’t that bad. I had a great weekend with my family.

Saturday, I went for a walk with my mom, aunt, brother and little one. Two miles with a couple of hills. We went out for breakfast and I realized that switching to a plant-based diet MUST be something you WANT to do because it can be a challenge ordering something from any restaurant. I thought I would be ok with steamed carrots but they were steamed in chicken broth, oh my goodness! Ok fine I’ve learned to be a lot more patient since becoming a mom so I ended up ordering cabbage, black eyed peas and a corn and spinach mix. Then we waited for AAA to come help us get our car started again. UGH!! The guy that came was really nice and got the car started in no time so we headed to a park for just a few minutes while my aunt popped in a friends cookout. Then off to a third park. Saturday was loaded with fun.

I woke up Sunday and headed out for my 16 mile run with my running buddy. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I do need to improve my time but that will come when I get back on schedule FINALLY!! I went on only 1 run last week and NO cross training for the past 6 weeks or so…NOT GOOD! After my run, we headed to the Jersey Shore for my little ones first beach experience. That was so much fun. The weather was great, overcast but still warm enough to enjoy the water, and since the sun wasn’t BEAMING we didn’t have to worry too much about the little one.

Oh and did I mention my hubby stayed in the entire weekend to catch up on some much needed rest. When I got home it was spotless. NICE!! AND my boy is taking steps on his own now, 9 has been the most so far.

So not going to VA Beach wasn’t bad AT ALL!! I got my run in which was why I was going, I spent loads of time with my family AND we saved some cash. YES!! This weekend was AWESOME! Hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!

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

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