Sunday, September 19, 2010

Getting Better...

So, how's this for updating the blog more than once every 2 or 3 months? I'm thinking it's only been a week or so. Wait, Wait...I think I can hear all of the shocking "wows" and clapping right now. Thanks, I'm taking a fake bow just for you girls.
I have some majorly interesting news that I MUST share with you girls. I have been going to see a Preventative Medicine doctor here in Clarksville for a few months now. I've always been skeptical, but until I went did I really understand exactly how amazing this doctor is. So, after taking a super long and involved history of my breast cancer and previous health, he decided to run some new labs on me and this is what we have discovered. I have 3 risks factors that contribute or are directly linked to breast cancer and I will for sure include the links so you can read the articles yourself. Believe me when I tell you that this is interesting.

The one I want to focus on tonight is COPPER! Yep, like the copper penny. The things pipes are made of, etc... Copper is indirectly (or directly) linked to estrogen positive breast cancers. Copper is necessary to have in the body, but too high levels are bad...just like having too much of anything. One of the things that copper does is increase the estrogen levels in our bodies. Hmmm...not such a good thing if you have ER + breast cancer. Copper is also responsible for growing new blood vessels which is bad if you have cancer as that gives the cancer a means to spread (angiogenesis).
So, my level was/is at a TOXIC level. Holy crap! How did that happen? After researching, and still needing to do some more research, we discovered we have copper pipes so all of our water has copper in it. Other than that though, I have no idea because I definitely don't eat liver which is high in copper. I'm in investigative mode now. In the meantime though, my only option is to take a ton (8 pills/day) of zinc glycinate to get this copper out of my body. Once it is back to a normal level, I am coming off of the supplements and will hopefully then learn what to or not do to prevent it from happening again.

Here is the link to an article that I found extremely interesting
Please keep in mind that I am a nurse so research articles are super interesting to me. I pretty much skimmed this one and am even more determined to get my copper levels down. And of course, I am NOT a doctor so please don't freak out and go demanding copper levels be drawn on you. Instead, ask your doctor what he or she thinks about this and go from there.

Happy almost Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Oh good gravy biscuits (how's that for some southern talking?)!!! It's been since May since I've updated?!? Seriously??? That's crazy. I don't even know where the time has really gone except that I have had 2 toddlers at home all summer long and have been traveling a decent amount, and have had surgery (again), and get weekly injections that leave me in pain for 3 days...but besides that, where has the time gone?!?
So we are fully back into the swing of things now that school has started back. We have an amazing fall schedule lined up for our group and really want to encourage all our girls to invite their friends/family to our educational meeting in September. Dr Steely, who is one of Clarksville's finest surgeons is coming to speak about breast cancer, early detection, etc... We all know that there are some friends of ours who NEED to hear this and we need to be reminded of all of it. Just because we are survivors doesn't excuse us from doing self-exams and having regular check-ups. I believe the date of that is 9/24.
Now, for this month, our meeting tomorrow is a girls' night out. We are getting together at Lynne's house and just having fun! They have just built an amazingly beautiful new home with an equally amazing outdoor kitchen. We are going to hopefully just sit out there and relax, laugh (as usual), and partake in some good food and maybe a glass of wine or two.
OK - we'll catch up tomorrow at our get together. For now, I must go get my 2 year old out of his room...he's somehow locked himself in there and is screaming at me to "come git me, mama, come help me!"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Meeting Cancelled!!!


The meeting for tomorrow night (May 6) has been cancelled due to the flood. I'm sure that some of you would be fine to get there, but some would not and we do not want anyone taking any chances.
Stay dry, stay safe, and if you girls need anything at all, don't hesitate to call us and let us know... even if it's just to say you want someone to go get coffee with - you know how much we both LOVE our coffee! We miss ya'll (that's me being truly southern!)


Friday, April 16, 2010

Wow - 2 Months! (part 2)

See, there was so much to update that I decided to break it up into 2 seperate posts. So, moving right along to April...
This month we were priveleleged to have a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Mary, come to talk to our group. She spoke about the normal feelings that are associated with cancer diagnoses, how it affects our husbands, friends, and children, and gave us some helpful tips in regards to dealing with these vast range of emotions.
For me personally, I was relieved to know that being so open with my 3 year old about what was going on was the RIGHT thing to do. My hubs and I wondered for a while if we had made a mistake because she would constantly ask if I was going to chemo, if my arm was still hurting (from the mastectomy and node removal surgery), and if my cancer was all gone. Then she would start crying when I went to the doctor because she was scared that I would have to stay and wouldn't be back home. We really thought we had possibly made a huge mistake by being open with her about it.

Mary has an office and sees her own patients here in Clarksville. She is able to prescribe medicines if she thinks it is necessary and is able to provide counseling in her office. What a valuable resource to have! If any of you want her information, email us at

Also in April, we welcomed 2 more new women to the group. And to my surprise, one of them I had met in chemo down at Vandy when we were both bald as could be. AWESOME!!! We are so blessed to have these girls in our group.

So next week (April 22) we were going to have our Wig Out night at Ingredients. A chef was going to prepare several different "cancer friendly" dishes for us to try after the store closed and allow our group and our friends to experience this privately. Unfortunately, we have to change this outing to May because the guy scheduled to do it is having surgery that day. Be in prayer for him! We will be doing it in May though Lord willing so keep that in the back of your mind. in prayer for the staff at The Looking Glass because we will be going back there again next week instead. Ha!! This time I will get to go and am so pumped about that.

I think that is all for now. Much love to the the "groupies!" See you all next Thursday night.

Wow - 2 Months! (part 1)

Seriously??? Seriously??? It has been 2 months since we've updated. Where has the time gone? So, let me just hop right to it since I have 2 months worth of things to catch up on.
In March, we had a FANTASTIC meeting. Kelly Boyd, a physical therapist at High Pointe Rehab, came to talk to the group about the importance of exercise in regards to breast cancer and mobility after the surgeries that we endure. She answered the million questions that we all had and even spent some one on one time with the girls. We showed scars, practiced some mobility exercises, and laughed more than you can imagine. It was a blast! A huge thank you goes to Kelly for coming to our meeting and sharing all of the information with us.
Also in March, we welcomed several new girls to the group. I was thrilled to death to meet these ladies and even more excited that they enjoyed themselves.
And finally, the last meeting in March was our "Wig Out" night. The girls all met at The Looking Glass for dinner, wine, and laughs. I was unable to be there (cause I was in Florida with the fam!!!) but they called me and totally had me wishing I was there with them. They were cutting up and having a big ol' time. Totally hated to miss that party.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy One Year To Me...

That's right! Today marks my "I'm a ONE YEAR SURVIVOR" anniversary. Wow!!! What a crazy busy year this has been, but what an extreme amount of blessings that I have received because of it.
Psalm 103:1-5 is the passage that I have chosen to claim as mine for today and this current season. It says "Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's."

I do have a fun story to share that I will follow up with pictures when I get home (I didn't bring my camera cord with me). David and I are in Washington DC for the annual CFA seminar. One of the events last night that we could attend was to see Buddy Valastro, THE CAKE BOSS complete a cake that he had made for CFA. Before he started though, we were able to ask questions. So, being in the front row and super excited, I just HAD to ask a question. And of course it was about the bridezilla who ruined the cake he had made for her because she was basically a brat and trying to be funny on camera. He let me know that she ended up "getting hers" because America found her on facebook...and I don't really need to say much more other than the things they were writing to her were none to nice! Anyways, after that, he shared that his dad had died of cancer and how that event had shaped him into becoming the owner of his dad's bakery. So...having a common denominator, I told Buddy that I was a 1 year survivor and that in 4 more years when I am considered cured that I will be coming to him for a pink ribbon cake. He said he'd definitely make it for me. I will hold him to it. I will take my entourage on Feb. 23, 2014 and roll on up to the front door of his bakery in New Jersey to get some of that delicious cake. And in exchange, I may take him some yummy Chick-fil-A. So...I had total conversation with THE CAKE BOSS!!!

OK - pictures to come...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Updates and Thoughts...

Hello S.E.E. Pinkers!

First I would like to update you on the "goings on" with S.E.E. Pink. We will be meeting on February 25th for a wonderfully fun fundraiser! The event will be held at "Cherry Lane Home & Gifts" on Madison Street in Clarksville across from Kroger. The store will be closed to the public but you may come and shop between the hours of 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. They have some pretty things. You can use it as a time to shop for yourself, your home, or gifts for any occasion you have coming up! We will have refreshments. Cherry Lane has graciously agreed to donate to Komen for the Cure in our name for the 3 day walk event coming up in October in Atlanta! Each member of the S.E.E. Pink team is required to raise $2,300. So, you will find us having a few fundraisers between now and then!! Please join us.

Secondly, I just have some random thoughts that I would like to put out there! They are simple quotes that we hear, and say, all of the time and probably don't put much effort into implementing into our lives.

- "life is short" / "stop and smell the roses" / "you only get one life" / "live life to the fullest each day" / "things could always be worse" / "be careful what you ask for because you just might get it" / "treat others as you want them to treat you" / "put yourself in someone elses shoes"

I'm very reflective today. I'm waiting on my husband to call via the webcam from overseas so that we can connect today face to face rather than just email. Don't get me wrong, I love the emails I have each morning when I wake up, but I love even more the few minutes we are able to share via the webcam.

Life can be fleeting and we never know what tomorrow will bring. We can only live each day as we believe God intends us to live it. For some those days may be cut short without warning and for others they may linger on. There are those who must fight a great battle and do it without their "other half" by their side because of a call to duty.

There are those of us who feel compelled to be there for others who are fighting this battle we call cancer. Kelly and I have chosen a path that many may not understand. It will be filled with joy and pain, and we will absorb both of these emotions. The pain will no doubt take a small piece of us along the way, but if we stand firm and have the support and understanding of our loved ones then I know that we will be victorious in the end. We both feel God brought us together by way of cancer and that his plan for us goes well beyond our little worlds. There are those who need what we know we have to offer through S.E.E. Pink. It is our hope and desire to serve them. Please keep us in your prayers as we walk through this journey, and at times stumble, because we truly need them!

God Bless you all!

Love, Lynne and Kelly

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Next meeting...

Hi all, it's Lynne. I'm sitting at Kelly's house letting the kiddos run around and get some energy out before bedtime. Today is David's birthday and Kelly took him to a hockey game! Hope they are having fun. Just to let you know...when a 3 year old says her 1 year old baby brother is drinking's code for "there is water in my play tea pot and my little brother is pouring it everywhere"!!!!

This Thursday, the 11th, is our next meeting. We will meet as usual upstairs at Exit Realty Clarksville offices just off of Exit 1. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Exit Realty Clarksville for their generosity. Without their support I really don't know where we would meet at this time. Thanks Verisa and Cheryle! SEE Pink loves you!!!

We had a guest speaker booked, but she has had to cancel. We are trying to have someone else fill the spot, but if we don't I know we will still have a great meeting! Remember, this is the one that survivors, those in treatment, caregivers, spouses, children, etc are welcome! We will have an activity for the little ones to enjoy while the grown ups are talking grown up stuff!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email at Give us your contact info and we will call you or if you prefer we will correspond via email.

One last thing. We are picking up a 1000 brochures tomorrow!! If you or your organization would like to have some to distribute, please contact us via email.

God Bless You All,


P.S. A very special thanks to Grace Community Church for their support in so many ways! SEE Pink loves our church family!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Rockin' and Rollin'

Good Friday Morning!! It's Kelly here updating the blog with lots and lots of fun and exciting information. As I mentioned in the previos post, we have lots and lots of activities planned for this year and we are thrilled to share them with you guys. Let me just list them off as lists are my favorite thing to make!

Feb 11 - guest speaker Beverly P. - she is an oncology nurse that works at the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic who will come and just share some information with us and answer any questions you may have. Also, bring your children for a craft and story time with Michele - our kids' coordinator.
Feb 25 - Girls' Night Out - meet at Cherry Lane Boutique. Bring your friends for shopping and snacks! 10% of all purchases will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in SEE Pink's name!

March 11 - guest speaker Jessie Carter - she is a physical therapist who owns High Pointe Rehab. She will come and speak to the group about exercises that will help keep the strength and mobility after lumpectomies, mastectomies, and radiation. Also, bring your children for a craft and story time with Michele.
March 25 - Girls' Night Out with Spouses and/or Support People. Beachaven Winery party room.

April - guest speaker Mary - a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the emotional aspects of oncology. She will be speaking about coping mechanisms, what's normal and abnormal in regards to depression and anxiety throughout your journey, and life after cancer and the emotions that come then. This will be one meeting that you may want your spouse and/or support people to attend so that they too can understand better what you are feeling and so they can get some tips for coping. Again, bring your children for craft and story time with Michele.
April - Girls' Night Out at the Looking Glass.


3 Day Walk For A Cure - In October, the SEE Pink girls will be heading to Atlanta to participate in the Susan G. Komen 60 mile walk. We will be raising money for breast cancer research and details on this will follow soon.
Relay Walk - In June, SEE Pink girls and their friends and family will be meeting at Rossview High School to walk all night to raise money for cancer research. We will set up tents, cots, lawn chairs, etc... and will walk in teams. This will be a wonderful night to honor those who have beat cancer, and to remember those who are now healed and whole in Heaven.

So you see, our plates our full and we couldn't be more excited. Please pray blessings on this group as we move forward. We love our members and are praying that we will have more women that come to us for help, support, and love.

Monday, January 25, 2010

What's Happening?

OK - first thing's first. Our next get-together will be this THURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 6:30 pm. We'll meet at the same place. Exit Realty (upstairs) off of Exit 1. We are soooo looking forward to seeing every one of your sweet faces...and your children's! Yes, that's right, bring your kids as we have a fun craft planned for them to do.

Next, I just came upon my "one year since being diagnosed" date. It was an emotionally odd day for me. I remember all of the raw feelings that I had from January 23rd until February 23rd (when I had my mastectomy) and they seemed to overtake me at first. I started reading my "cancer blog" and soon, I was thrilled to be able to look back and see how the Lord always provided for me during that time. Whether it was through Scripture, friends, family, etc... He always comforted me and gave me perfect peace. So my next big date will be February 23rd when I can officially call myself a 1 year survivor. I'm thinking of having a party with my hubby and kids and making it a yearly event...kind of like another birthday. Afterall, I was given a new beginning through this journey. And heck, I'll be honest...we love cake and parties so it's just ANOTHER reason to have those :)

Lynne has been super busy this month too. She, unfortunately, experienced the passing of her grandmother a few weeks ago. During that same week, her hubby also deployed again, and her uncle had triple bypass surgery. WHAT A CRAPPY WEEK!!! But, she is doing well and is also super excited about this Thursday night and seeing all of you. She and I have been planning and organizing like crazy and are excited to share these things with you guys. We have some guest speakers lined up and some fun events planned that we'll talk about Thursday.

OK - enough rambling. My 3 year old is begging me to play UNO and I am determined to beat her this time (seriously, she always wins and no, I don't let her). Last time, I promise...