First of all-I wanted to post this photo from one year ago that popped up on my Facebook memories.
The FB post said, "Radiation treatment today! One down-thirty two to go! Peace, love, radiation and HEALING!!"
Sometimes it's hard to believe it was a year ago, and other times it seems like it was a lifetime ago!
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2018
I had an appointment on Monday with the NP (Wan) at my Oncologist's office for some blood work and follow-up for the two clinical trial studies I have been participating in. The only lab results I have received so far are the glucose numbers, and I was happy to see that the number is down from 98 to 91! I need to get that number down even more, but that's a good start. I should be receiving the rest of the results over the next few days.
I mentioned that the follow-up was for two different clinical trials that I am participating in, and one of these two I decided to drop out of. The study required that I take 300mg of aspirin daily, and for various reasons, I decided that I did not want to continue taking such a large dosage of aspirin. I will, however, continue with the second study.
In November of last year, my Oncologist asked if I would like to participate in a clinical trial study that investigates the impact of weight loss on breast cancer recurrence. The study is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology-in partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fitbit. The study will involve nearly 3,200 overweight and obese women with breast cancer to test if weight loss can help prevent the disease from returning.
The results of this study will help determine whether weight loss programs should become a part of the treatment for women with breast cancer.
Although I have been a runner for many years, I have struggled off and on with my weight. Over the years I have been motivated by different factors to change my eating habits in order to lose weight. Often, my motivation was related directly to vanity! I wanted to LOOK better. I wanted to fit into a particular outfit for a specific occasion. Sometimes I wanted to lose weight in order to feel better, but more often than not-it was that vanity thing!
When my doctor first suggested the Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study (BWEL) I jumped on it immediately because I so wanted to lose weight.
This time I had some pretty valid reasons for wanting to get rid of the excess weight.
- To feel better about myself
- To possibly help prevent a recurrence of breast cancer
- To help future cancer patients/survivors
- To improve my overall health
- To set a good example for my family
Since starting on the Bwel program the beginning of December, I have only lost 7.6 pounds. That's not a lot. So maybe the program doesn't work?? Actually, I'm pretty sure it wasn't because the program didn't work, but because I didn't actually adhere to the plan the way I should have. I could give a lot of excuses-stress, holidays, birthdays, depression, etc. But it all boils down to the fact that I just didn't stick to the plan. I didn't keep my food log updated, I didn't always exercise as much as I should have, and I just ATE TOO MUCH CRAP that I should not be eating!
When I look at the graph of my weight over these past few months, I don't know whether to laugh or cry!!
I came away from my doctor's office with renewed determination to start living a healthier lifestyle and to get this excess weight off. Did you know that there have already been studies done that have shown that getting your BMI to a healthier number can decrease the risk of having a breast cancer recurrence by 55 to 60%???? That is freakin' HUGE!! Talk about motivation!! I had no idea we were talking those kinds of numbers here!
After talking to Wan, I decided that I have been underestimating the importance of living a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, and of getting the excess weight off. This is so much more than vanity. This could be life or death, folks!
Am I going to work harder on sticking with the program now? You bet I am! It's pretty much a no-brainer! I went through many, many months of treatments-chemo, surgery, radiation, and more- in hopes of getting rid of the cancer that had invaded my body, so why would I NOT do something that could very possibly keep that cancer from returning???
Do you struggle to get or keep your weight under control? If so, what motivates you? Is there any particular weight loss plan that has helped you?
I really appreciate any feedback you might offer! I should probably go work on my grocery shopping list now. I will be sharing some healthy recipes later this week.
Y'all take care!