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Confessions, My Battle with Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013

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I wanted to share a few photos from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure OKC 2013 with you along with some of my thoughts about this past race day.

The photo above is pretty stinkin' special to me, and yes I am going to tell you why. That is my amazing friend Ali with me, and I don't know what I would do without her in my life! Seriously! If Ali is your friend then you are blessed! She was by my side every step of the way through my battle with breast cancer, and now she is by my side again as I celebrate life and try to help raise money to find a cure. I couldn't have done the 5k without her, I would have given up but she is such an encourager that I found the umph to do it.

BJRaceThis is me and my McD! I cannot put into words how much I love this man!

I told him that Ali and I were going to be doing the timed 5k, and asked if he wanted to join us or walk with my family. He was just going to walk, and I was fine with that. But then there was a snag in the plan, a jog in the road, a speed bump ahead that we weren't aware of – it seems that no one else was going to be walking or running with us.  I just assumed that he would just wait for us at the finish line, cheer us on, or something because he hasn't ran in about twenty-five years, he had a knee replaced, and his doctors say that running on it isn't the best thing to do.  He told me to sign him up for the timed 5k, I did and he ran that thing in thirty-six minutes!

You read that right. Hasn't run in 25 years, and finished 3.1 miles in 36 minutes. I was impressed!! Still am! I've been training, and I won't even tell you my time. He beat me, let's leave it at that.

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This was my first time going to the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City. I do plan to go back, but I loved how we were welcomed with all the pink. This cell phone photo doesn't do it justice, but it was spectacular!

That wasn't the only thing I found to be spectacular.

The turn out for the day was amazing! There were three of us and we were up at 4am, on the road by 4:30am. I know we weren't the only ones who had to drive a ways to get there, and people did it!  People went to bed early the night before to be able to get up and drive a few hours to get there.

I realize that a lot of the people there have been touched by cancer in some way, whether they are fighting it now, survivors, or family members of those fighters we lost, fighting it now, and survivors. There were tons of people there that haven't been touched by this horrible disease, and for them to take the time to raise money to support this cause just amazes me. 

You might think I'm being silly, or easily amazed, but that's not the case. I'll be honest here, and I will tell you that during chemo you can kind of start feeling like you are alone in your fight. And that morning, I was having myself a pity party. I don't have them often, but my feelings were hurt. People that I care about the most were not interested in participating in something very near and dear to my heart. It wasn't important to them, and I took it personally.

When I got to the race, there was a sea of pink! There were people every where! It was 6:45 am and people were laughing, chatting, ready to celebrate the survivors, ready to run or walk in memory of loved ones, and they were happy to be there! People weren't complaining about the cold, or upset when someone bumped into them because we were there for a cause and that is what was important.

When I crossed the finish line, I saw my best friend, my husband, my McD waiting on me and I heard the announcer say, "Here comes Julie! This is who you are supporting here today, folks!" My pity party was over.  I had two very important people in my life there, and I was blessed!  And it didn't hurt that they gave me flowers as I crossed the finish line.

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The timed 5k started at 7:30am so, we missed being able to go to the Survivor's Pink Cafe. We made our way down there, not knowing they were closed and were greeted with several lovely ladies cleaning up. They welcomed us in, and told us to help ourselves to the goodies. McD made a b-line to the coffee. 🙂 And I just stood there admiring all the decorations, the photo above is of the ice sculpture with a pink ribbon inside with the 20 year anniversary carved into it. It's kind of amazing too!

I know I haven't blogged in a while, besides book reviews, but I really wanted to share my thoughts from a survivors point of view. Maybe I'm being too mushy, but I was touched at the outpouring of love that day!

I felt special that day, and I'm not ashamed to say that I liked it!

Family

The Bible Series on the History Channel

Mainimageproduct_03From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.  (taken from www.bibleseries.tv)

Sunday, a friend of ours told us about this miniseries that would be on about the Bible, and we are so glad he did. We were both glued to our seats, soaking up every scene, and reading the actual Bible during commericals to compare. We were very pleased to see that they had done a pretty good job at staying true to the Word. 

It was great to see how many of our friends were watching it too. If you are watching it, let me know what you think about it. 

I can't wait to see it next week!

Click here to preorder the dvd, and if you preorder I think they are giving you the soundtrack for free. Score!!

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday – Jan. 3, 2012

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Black-eyed peas are not my thing. Do you eat black-eyed peas each New Year? I realize they are a symbol of luck, but I really don't do superstitions. Okay, I might not open an umbrella in the house, or walk under a ladder, but it doesn't mean I believe in superstitions. Some of them are kind of fun to do like holding your breath over a bridge, or raising your feet when you drive over a railroad track. Fun, that is all they are for me.

The year of 2011, we ate black-eyed peas to play along with the world. That is the year I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The year of 2012, we skipped the black-eyed peas, and I beat breast cancer!

This year, 2013, I started the year cancer-free! I have finished all of my treatments and surgeries. I have to take Tamoxifen for another 4 years, but that's no step for a stepper. And my hair is growing!

Today, I am thankful for my cancer free life.

Food

Linda’s Cranberry Cookies by Vicki

Well hello there!

Julie has allowed me to park here for today and get my food blog fix taken care of.  Once upon a time I had a food blog, however to have a food blog required me to 1. Cook every night (Which I do) and 2. Take pictures of what I cooked.  Sometimes I just don’t have time for that picture taking part.  So the food blog dreams went up in smoke. 

Then about a month ago I sent Mrs. Julie a Banana Bread recipe and said, “Hey this looks good! Cook it for your blog!”  She sent back, “Hey cook it for me and you can be a guest blogger”.   Neither Julie nor I have much experience in Guest Blogging but we are going to knock it out and give it a try! 

Then I lost the Banana Bread recipe.  

Story of my life.

However, my friend Heather gave me a cookie that I could not get out of my head.  All buttery, soft with white chocolate and cranberries.  Little bite of heaven I tell ya!  I told Heather I needed the recipe.  She smiled and said “Okay I’ll get it for you.”  Heather is one of the nicest people I know.  I am positive she would get me the recipe but I am not known for patience so before the day was up I called Amy Jo and explained to her how I needed this recipe.  She knows Heather better than I and must have heard the desperation in my voice because she then contacted Heather for me to then get the recipe.  You have to network people!  Network!

So I may have lost the Banana Bread, but I found something better.

This cookie recipe.

Turns out Heather got it from allrecipes.com   So I’m crediting Heather and allrecipes.com cause stealin’ recipes as your own just ain’t right! 

Gather up these Ingredients

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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 (6 ounce) package white chocolate chips

1/2 (6 ounce) package dried cranberries

Let's get it started!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  You’ll need at least two baking pans.  I used three because I was hoping to get them all done in one whack.  I tend to forget I’m baking cookies and the second batch ALWAYS ends up burnt.  I have two Pampered Chef baking stones and one good ol fashion cookie sheet.  The cookies on the cookie sheet were done quicker than the ones baked on the baking stone so beware on your times.

Combine baking soda and flour in a bowl and set aside.  (Once I didn’t do this “combine” action very well and let’s just say baking soda does not taste so well.) 

Combine butter, both sugars and instant pudding until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time making sure one is combined well before adding the second egg and with the second egg throw the vanilla in there too.

Now add the flour to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.  Don’t be over mixin’!  Gently add the white chocolate chips and cranberries and drop cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

You want these cookies out at just the right time, a little crisp on the edges but still soft in the center.  Oh! And you MUST let them cool before removing from the pan or they fall apart.  For the baking stone it was more like 15 minutes and for the cookie sheet it was right at 10 minutes.

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The bright cranberries make these cookies perfect for Christmas time gifts or to have a plate of them on the table when company comes over.  I have a box of butterscotch pudding in the cupboard and some left over Heath Bits in the freezer.  I’m going to combine them next week and might throw in some pecans for the fun of it.  Try this recipe out, mix it up with your favorites and report back here.  I’d love to hear what you come up with!

Thanks Julie for loaning me your blog and letting me get my food blog fix fulfilled. I hope I did right by you and maybe you’ll let me come over and play again another day?

Over and out. Check you on the flip side!

Vicki

Well, Mrs. Vicki these sound just delightful.  :)  Thank you for taking me up on my offer.  We will have to do this again.  And didn't you say you used a special action on those rounded corners on your photos?  Do fill me in on those.  Sorry for the technical difficulties yesterday, we have learned a very valuable lesson. :)  Thanks to everyone that offered their advice, I do appreciate it.

Enjoy your evening everyone, I am off to watch Survivor.