5 Things I Have Learned About Breast Cancer

Greetings Breezles,

October is breast cancer awareness month.  My mom has been battling stage 4 breast cancer for 4 years and I have been with her every step of the way. Throughout these last four years we have learned a lot about the disease, so I thought I should share 4 of the more interesting facts we know about breast cancer and ways to cope.  I am in no means a doctor, but I hope it helps anyone who is sick or someone who is helping a loved one fight this terrible disease.

Is there an interesting fact you know about breast cancer that you would like to add to the list?

, E

  1. There are different types of breast cancer and some of them can’t be found on a mammogram.  My mom has lobular breast cancer which wasn’t found on her mammograms.  She had a mammogram every year because my grandmother passed from breast cancer, so she made sure to have an examination done on a regular basis.  About 10% of invasive breast cancers are lobular breast cancers.  We found out she had cancer because it has metastasized to other parts of her body making her very, very sick.
  2.  Lobular breast cancer is very sneaky.  It likes to metastasize to parts of the body that are hard to get to or see.  My mom’s cancer has recently metastasized to the orbital area behind her left eye.  We recently heard a story about a woman who has been living with breast cancer for 11 years with it metastasizing to different places all over her body, sometimes more than once, but she has been able to survive because of chemo, radiation, hormone replacements and her will to live.
  3. There are several treatments making it easier and easier to live with breast cancer.  When my mom was first diagnosed with cancer she did a nasty round of chemo for about 6 months.  She had to get chemo once a month for 6 months and it made her very sick, but after the chemo she was able to take hormone replacements.  She was on the first combination of hormone replacements for almost two years before they stopped working and she felt great!  There are many different hormone replacement therapies to help patients live with breast cancer.  One of the drawbacks is after you use one and it stops working you can’t go back to it, so you have to move onto the next combination and keep going until you have no more combinations to try.  My mom has had another dose of a different type of chemo and has tried other hormones these last two years, but nothing has worked better than then first combination.
  4. More and more foundations for breast cancer and other diseases are being formed.  My mom and I just found out about a foundation for women who are battling breast cancer in our area called Image Reborn.  This foundation provides no-cost healing retreats to women diagnosed with breast cancer to empower them to live fully beyond breast cancer.  It is a great way to meet people who are going through what you are going through and gain support from each other all while having fun.

Many people have asked us how we keep going and we tell them we try to stay positive everyday.  Some days are harder than others, but the important thing is to think of everything we have to be grateful for.  My mom was told she had 9 months to live from the first doctor, but she is here 4 years later and plans to keep fighting.

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Image Reborn Foundation

Greetings Breezles,

Last week a couple of my friends attended the Gala for the Image Reborn Foundation and couldn’t stop talking about wonderful the charity is.   The Image Reborn’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer program offers retreats designed and facilitated by a highly professional staff with backgrounds and experience in addressing the special concerns of women with breast cancer. The program includes a women’s support group, education, nutrition, exercise, journaling, massage therapy and rejuvenation time all at no cost.  My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer four years ago, so I was elated to hear about the program and couldn’t wait to tell her.  She signed up immediately and is already planning on attending one of the events.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I find it so amazing there is a program like this for woman who are surviving or have survived breast cancer.  When you are living with a disease like cancer is it so important to look forward to something and a retreat like this gives people something to be excited about.  If you would like to learn more about Image Reborn please visit  Image Reborn.  

I was surprised my mom and I didn’t know this program was available because it is in our own backyard.  I would love to hear what other programs you know about for women who are surviving or have survived breast cancer?

, E

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Dog Walking Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

  One of my favorite things to do is walk my dog.  It is a great way to bond with her, ease stress and get a little exercise.  I love taking her to the mountains and the trails around the neighborhood, but it can be fun to walk her around the city too.  It is important to be comfortable and feel good about what you are wearing when you are getting any type of exercise and I like to dress for where I am walking.  Below is a little outfit inspiration for the next time you are walking around the city; with or without your dog.

Where do you like to walk? Do you prefer the city, your neighborhood, etc?

, E

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8 Tips for New Dog Owners

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Greetings Breezles,

 There is nothing like finding your new best friend and bringing them home, but if you are a first time dog owner there are a few things you should know before settling down with your new furry friend.  I spoke to my friend who works at the rescue we adopted Bella from and she helped me put a list of 10 tips to help making new dog parenthood a little easier.

What tips do you have for new dog owners?

, E

Dog Proof Your Home: No matter the age of the dog a new home can be stressful and curiosity can get the best of them, so make sure your home is safe for your new BFF.  This may include taping loose electrical cords and baseboards, storing plants on higher shelves, removing any objects that are small enough to swallow and placing breakables/valuables in hard to reach areas.

Purchase Supplies: Grab everything you think you will need for your dog before bringing them home.  A few of the essentials are a leash, collar, crate (if you are crate training), food, water bowls, food bowls, identification tags, treats, a cozy bed and of course treats.

Find a Vet: It is important to find a vet you trust.  Ask friends with dogs who they would refer and read reviews online.  Make an appointment with a vet shortly after you get your new dog.  The vet can tell you if your dog is up to date on shots, make sure they are healthy and recommend a dog food it should be eating based on its breed, age and weight.

Microchip and Register: You can have your dog microchipped when you have your first vet visit.  It is important for your dog to have a collar and make sure it has tags with their name and your contact information, but you also want to make sure it is microchipped. Once your dog is microchipped make sure you register the microchip right away.  Collars can come off, but microchips aren’t going anywhere.

Get Outside: Exercise is one of the most important things for a dog, especially a puppy.  Whether you enjoy walking, running, throwing a frisbee or a ball make sure daily exercise becomes a routine.  Being active is great for both you and the dog.

Set Rules: Let your dog know who’s boss.  You don’t need to yell or get too stern, but if you see your dog doing something he shouldn’t make sure you let them know immediately.  When your dog does something good reward them with a treat and tell them they have been good.  Studies have shown that 8 out of 10 dogs respond better to their owner telling them they are a good dog after they do something good than treats, so make sure to let them know verbally that they are doing something you like.

Sign Up For Obedience Classes: Even if your dog is well behaved it doesn’t hurt to sign them up for obedience training.  Not only does your dog learn new tricks and how to behave, but you will learn about how to be a better dog owner.  It is also a nice way to meet other dogs in your community, so you can plan a doggy play date.

Prepare Other Pets and Children: When a newcomer is added to the family other pets and children can get neglected.  Try not to have a favorite and treat each animal the same to avoid jealousy. When introducing your new dog to other dogs in the family or friends dogs meet them somewhere neutral, like a park/ l.  Don’t go to a house where one animal will feel territorial and become the alpha. Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming them.  It is best not to bring too much excitement to the dog in the first few days.

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October is National Rescue Dog Month

Greetings Breezles,

Did you know October is National Rescue Dog Month?  When my husband and I were looking for a dog it was very important to us to rescue because there are so many wonderful dogs who are in need of a forever home.  The local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality, but if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter you can go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters.  We found Bella at a rescue group in Colorado called Mile High Lab Mission and they were absolutely wonderful to work with.   If you choose to rescue from a specific rescue group make sure to fill out all of the required paperwork as soon as possible because it can take weeks to be approved.  I chose the quote below because dogs have always been a part of my life and I couldn’t wait to bring a dog into our little family.   Bella has helped make our home complete and I couldn’t imagine our life without her. 

What is your favorite dog breed?

, E

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Autumn Harvest Farmers Market Grocery List

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Greetings Breezles,

   The beginning of fall means fresh produce from your local farmers will be coming to an end.  This week I was able to speak with holistic nutrionist, Amber Young.  I really enjoyed talking with her about what holistic nutrition is and how we can incoporate it into our diet.  Amber said the three main things to remember is to eat seasonal, organic and unrefined foods and one of the best places to find these foods is at your local farmer’s market.   So, with Amber’s help I put together a list of some of the best fruits and veggies for fall you can find at any farmer’s market.

What is your favorite item to buy at the farmer’s market?

, E

Pumpkins: This festive gourd isn’t just for decoration.  When you are searching for a pumpking to cook make sure it is fully mature, so it is hard enough for short term storage and don’t ever carry a pumpking by it’s stem. If them stem breaks off it can leave the gourd with an open wound that invites rot and infection. Lastly, check the pumpking for any brusies or soft spots.  This could be sign of infection which means the pumpkin will rot very quickly.

Winter Squash: Butternut squash and spaghetti squash are only a couiple of the winter squash varieties you can find at your local farmers market.  Butternut squash has a yummy nut flavor perfect for fall recipes and spaghetti squash can be eaten like pasta, so it is a healthy alternative to noodles.

Apples: You may have heard people saying they like to go apple picking in the fall and that is because although apples are availalbe year round they at their ripest September-November.  Apples contain lots of Vitamin C and heart healthy fiber and can be added to many dishes or they can be a great snack all on their own.  When searching fo the best apple make sure there are no soft spots or bruises

Brussel Sprouts: I feel like brussel sprouts get a bad rap, but they can be delicious when cooked the right way.  If you are a bacon enthusiast think about adding a little iron and calcium your favorite meat by including some brussel sprouts.  If you are a vegetarian drizzle your favorite sauce (maybe a homemade pesto) onto the healthy veggie.

Pomegranates: They can be hard to peel, but boy are they delicious once you get them open.  Pomegranates peak between August and December, making fall the best time to break open the tasty fruit.  Add some pomegranate to your next salad or batch of cookies for some extra antioxidants.

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Athleisure Outfit Inspiration For Strolling Around The Farmer’s Market This Fall

Greetings Breezles,

  One of the biggest trends this fall is athleisure and what better place to be comfortable yet stylish than the farmers market?  Below is a little outfit inspiration featuring some of my favorite athleisure pieces.

Are you into the athleisure trend?

, E

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Nutrition Tips From A Holistic Nutritionist

Greetings Breezles,

  It is important to be mindful of what we eat becuase the foods we put into our body can affect us in so many ways.  I like to be healthy and try to eat “well” on a regular basis, so I was really excited to talk to holistic nutritionist, Amber Young to see what tips she could give me. A short video is below, but if you would like to learn more about Amber and holistic nutrition you can visit her webiste Young Nutrition.

P.S. Amber is 6 months pregnant with her first child and I asked her what to eat when you are expecting.  She suggested seasonal, organic and unrefined foods.

Do you eat a holistic diet?

, E

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Fall Fashion Outfit Inspiration

Greetings Breezles,

  The first day of fall is next week!  I can’t believe it is time to start thinking about a new season and transitioning our wardrobe into sweaters and boots and out of summer dresses and sandals. To help get you ready for fall I put together a little outfit inspired by the top five colors in fashion for fall 2016.

What are you most excited to wear this fall?

, E

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The Most Popular Colors For Fashion This Fall

Greetings Breezles,

Every season Pantone releases their fashion color report.  Although the runways are full of collections for Spring 2017 I wanted to post the colors we will be seeing in fashion the next few months.  The colors were inspired by “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism” says the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman.  Riverside is the color of Fall 2016, so be prepared to see a lot of blues and grays in your favorite stores.

Which colors are you most excited to wear this Fall?

, E

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