Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Prologue: A Picture of Health

So I figure that I really should start this blog at the beginning: a prologue of sort - pre-diagnosis.  Mainly because friends have already questioned how I can have cancer when I'm a picture of good health.  And honestly I am.  Not only do I live a very healthy lifestyle but I'm also a rule follower.  That means I see the doctor and follow their recommendations.

December 2009 was my 2nd Annual Mammogram.  No problems.

May 2010 was my yearly physical with my primary care physician.  No problems.  I even got some nice comments about my EKG.  You know things like you can really tell your a runner your resting heart rate is nice and low. 

Picture of Health Right?
In May, I joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/ a great website for helping you keep track of your nutrition and fitness goals.  I had really been trying to eat a very clean and healthy diet: whole grains, more fruits and veggies, and choosing healthy fat options.  At the end of May, Gary and I headed to Secret's Silversands in Mexico for a very relaxing vacation.  If you have cancer, bikini pictures are a must ;-)

June 11, 2010, it was time to start Half Marathon training.  I registered for the CRIM 10 mile race scheduled for August 28th in Flint, MI.  This is a fun race.  Anything bad you hear about Flint, this race proves them wrong.  The community comes out in full force and really cheers for the runners.  I also registered for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon set for October 3rd.  I ran this race last fall and had a personal best preformance. 

June 19, 2010 as part of the Brandon/Ortonville Relay for Life event, I registered for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3).  Because I was in good health and had only ever dealt with Basal Cell Skin Cancer, I was a good candidate.

June/July Half Marathon training was going awesome.  After spending a lot of time this winter on strength training (I love my ChaLean Extreme), my running paces were much faster than last summer.

Next up - I guess if you can't judge a book by it's cover, a picture of health may not be healthy.


  1. Cancer or not that picture deserves to be posted...you look fabulous!!

  2. You look great!!!!! Hugs, Annette (aka alf from myfitnesspal) :)