Monthly Archives: December 2008

Diet, Exercise and Reccurence

Since reading in Cure Magazine last summer that exercise at least three times a week reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence I have been obsessed with exercising daily.  I’m trying not to feel too guilty when I don’t…..cause I figure that’s stress I don’t need (and who knows if stress causes cancer….lol).  I couldn’t find the exact article for you, but here’s one that’s pretty close

So last night, after dinner, I still hadn’t gotten my exercise in… I went skating.  OK….not really skating….it was actually supposed to be a walk.  But it was freezing rain while I was out….that mixed with dropping temperatures made it quite interesting.  Simply trying to stay upright made me quite sore….so by the time I got home I was exhausted.  

Exercise and eating right seems pretty important to staying away from cancer.  Sometimes I get in a funk.  Like today…..does salsa on mac and cheese count as a vegetable?  It’s tough to do the right thing everyday when you’re a busy mom.  But it’s pretty important so I need to stay on top of it.

I’ve discovered a few ways to exercise with my kids.  I’ve started taking them to the school park nearby and letting them play while I walk laps around the park.  I think one lap is about a 1/4 of a mile.  Some days I run, but it’s been so snowy I think I’ll break a leg if I run.

I also read an article about exercising at the playground.  Since my surgery I have needed to stretch daily, so I usually take the opportunity at the playground.   Here’s a good article with some pictures.  If you’ve had mastectomies like me….you want to stretch everyday so be creative with your upper body.  Sometimes I just hang from a monkey bar.  I’ll never be able to do a pull-up…..not that I ever could before….lol!

I’m off to grab a clementine….

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Thanks so much for praying for Kristen!  She called today and the spot on her lung has shrunk so that means its NOT a tumor (It was probably leftover from a bad cold she had in the fall)!  I’m so happy for her!  What a huge relief!

Prayer Please!

You have been my prayer warriors!   I need you to pray for my friend Kristen this weekend.  She finished treatment a few months before me and was scheduled for reconstruction this week…..but they’ve found something small on her lungs.  They will be doing a biopsy on it this Monday.  She’s young like me with two young kids.  I’m stunned by this news.  Please, Please, Please pray with me that it will be absolutely NOTHING!

This is how I’m feeling……




I’m 37 today.  I’ve never been happier to celebrate a birthday.  I’m not even sad I’m a year older.  I’m just glad I’m here.  I didn’t really care for 36.  It wasn’t really that great.  But it was the year Charis was 7, and Meleah was 4, and Elijah was 1.  So I’ll take the good with the bad.  I’m wearing a few more battle scars.  And my hair is certainly more gray (boo-hoo).  But I am wiser, kinder and a bit more bold.  I’m going to enjoy being 37.


Shekinah Glory

For a few days now I’ve been stuck in 1 Kings 8.  Particularly verses 10-13. 

“When the priests left the Holy Place, a cloud filled The Temple of God. The priests couldn’t carry out their priestly duties because of the cloud—the glory of God filled The Temple of God!

 Then Solomon spoke:
   God has told us that he lives in the dark
      where no one can see him;
   I’ve built this splendid Temple, O God,
      to mark your invisible presence forever.”

This passage of course got me thinking about “God in the clouds.”  He shows Himself quite frequently in the clouds…..or at least that’s how the Israelites were assured of His presence.  Like in Exodus 19.

“And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you forever.”

And Exodus 40.

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38For the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.”

The Hebrew word used in the 1 Kings passage (not exact, but a variation) is the word “Shekinah.”  In Jewish circles this is also known as “shekinah glory.”  The meaning essentially is “an abiding presence.” 

When I think about clouds it makes sense to me that God would reveal His presence with the Israelites through clouds.   There could be lots of reasons for this.  My first thought might be that it was an easy one for them to grasp and identify with.  Having lived in Egypt for quite sometime the Egyptian god’s were often portrayed in the clouds as the deliverer of good (fertility and rain) and of anger and wrath (storms and droughts).

Even now clouds demand our attention. 

Sometimes there are days when there is barely a cloud in the sky.  Nothing but clear blue for miles.  On those days I feel carefree and happy. 

Then there are weeks here in Michigan where we have nothing but gray cloudy skies thanks to something called “the lake effect.”  We don’t see the sun for weeks. 

Clouds can tell us a storm is coming or clouds can tell us we have nothing to fear.  They can mean wind, rain, snow or ice. 

Sometimes we lay in the grass and spot pictures in them with our children. 

Sometimes we dread them before they arrive, or we can be instantly mesmerized by their beauty. 

But we are never without them.  They are a constant presence in our lives and on this earth.

So it would seem fitting that when Solomon’s Temple was complete God showed up.  He even blinded the priests with His glory (His presence).  A reminder that Temple, no Temple, wealth, prosperity or even unfaithfulness, God would always abide with them.

God said he would be in the dark clouds, he said he would guide their way with a cloud.  He even affirmed His love for His Son from the clouds in Matthew 17:5.

“He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

I don’t know what kind of clouds are outside your window today.  I don’t know if you have thick dark clouds around you, or the sky is clear and blue without a care in the world…..but let whatever clouds you are experiencing be a reminder of His presence forever with us.


(This post id dedicated to those who are hurting in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks.  May God’s presence dwell among you.)

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