Little Pink Houses Of Hope

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I’m sharing exciting news today!  I was chosen to participate in The Little Pink House of Hope!  Our toes will be in the sand on Carolina Beach this time next week!  I screamed like a ten year old when I got the email saying I was chosen!  The Little Pink Houses Of Hope give people with breast cancer a break from life and a chance to reconnect.  We will be staying in our own private beach house for a week.  Food and activities are included.  Those of you that read my blog will remember we had a beach trip planned last summer.  Instead of the beach I ended up in the hospital.  I was devastated!  This trip is such a blessing to us!  We’ve been through so much over the past three years!  I’m really looking forward to some down time with my sweet Javiee and T.J.  I am full of gratitude!

Here is the mission statement for The Little Pink Houses of Hope:

To promote breast cancer recovery by offering opportunities for survivors to reconnect and celebrate life.

I celebrate life daily, but what better place to do it than the beach!?!

If you want to help people living with breast cancer please support The Little Pink Houses of Hope.  They are helping breast cancer patients get a new lease on life.  Treatment can be so harsh and cancer takes so much away from you.  Sometimes a break from reality can be the best medicine!  Click the link below to help!

Click here to support Little Pink Houses of Hope

Please Help Those Of Us Living With Metastatic Cancer

If all of my followers will take a moment and read and sign this petition we will have enough signatures!  Please take a moment of your time and sign!  Races won’t save our lives but research will!  Click the link below to show your support!  Thank you in advance!  You all make my heart smile!  All my love…

Please read and sign!  (this is the link)

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Add metastasis research as a specific goal of the Cancer Moonshot

90% of all cancer deaths in the United States are caused by metastasis–the spread of cancer through the body. But the current Cancer Moonshot goals don’t include research into the causes of and treatment of metastasis. Metastatic research has been chronically underfunded, resulting in a continuing lack of understanding of metastasis and how to stop it. Although many of the moonshot goals may help metastatic patients, understanding the metastatic process is vital to saving lives and turning terminal cancers into chronic diseases. Making metastasis research a specific goal of the Moonshot will bring important attention and resources to bear on solving the mysteries of metastasis and providing better treatments for metastatic patients.

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

The joys of being a glamma!  My grandson Jaxon turned one this month!  I felt so blessed to be there when he was born.  I cried like a baby the first time I held him.  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was to be at his first birthday party!  He is such a happy baby and he has the sweetest soul.  He is the greatest gift and I am so blessed to be his glamma!  Thank you to my son, Kori, and to Emily for making me a glamma.  It is a title I treasure!💕

You know pictures have to follow!

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That’s my oldest son, Kori, Emily and Jaxon.

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This is Jaxon with his cake face.

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Jaxon and his Glamma (me)!

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That’s T.J. my youngest son.

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Grandpa Javiee with Jaxon.

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This is my precious Jaxon! Could he be anymore beautiful!?!

 

 

 

 

 

The Cantin Ketogenic Diet…How I went from 70 units of insulin a day to 0!

I will start with a link to a previous post I did last summer when I ended up in the hospital with type 1 treatment induced diabetes.

Treatment Induced Diabetes-The price I pay for my dances with Ned.

Since then I’ve been doing 40 units of long acting insulin every morning and about 10 units of fast acting insulin with every meal.  Even with that amount of insulin my last A1C was 10.6.  For those of you that don’t have a good understanding of diabetes, that’s a really bad A1C!  Injecting this much insulin into my body was frightening to me.  My research leads me to believe that insulin and cancer don’t go well together.  Seeing an A1C of 10.6 was even more frightening.  I decided to try and do something to get myself off insulin and get my blood glucose levels to where they needed to be.  My research led me to this book:

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I read the book in one night.  All the research I had done matched everything I was reading in this book. It was impressive and gave me the push I needed to give it a try.  Living with metastatic breast cancer has made me a skeptic when it comes to simple cures.  I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of a diet allowing me to be insulin free as a type 1 diabetic.   I found the author, Elaine Cantin, on Facebook and accumulated a wealth of information from her and her past posts.  I went shopping for “yes” foods and supplements from her book and began a three day fast.  I love food!  I was concerned about my ability to not eat for three days.  My Javiee was afraid he may not make it out alive! 😀  It was surprisingly easy!  My blood glucose was better than it had ever been.  I was extatic with the results but figured I would still need insulin once I started eating again.  Wrong!  I followed Elaine’s food recommendations and 15 days later I am still off insulin!  Not only am I off insulin, my blood glucose has never been better! I never saw 90 when I was on insulin!  The change in the way I feel is amazing!   My energy level is high and my pain pill count is at 1 a day.  That’s down from 5!  I am amazed and so glad that I found this book!  If your having issues with diabetes you owe it to yourself to read this book and give it a try!

As far as cancer goes, I can’t really say much about that right now.  Here’s where I’m at with that…

My last scan showed active cancer in my hip.  Scary and not what I wanted to hear!  I haven’t had “active” cancer in 2 years.  I still consider them good scans because the cancer hasn’t spread anywhere else ( this is life with metastatic cancer).  Our plan is to stay on the treatment I’m on (Zoladex and Femara) and do new scans in 3 months.  With those results we will make a decision on treatment.  It will be interesting to see the new scans and what kind of impact my diet has on them.  I will update you with the results.

Of course I have to end with pictures!  We’ve been living life and making memories! I am so blessed to be feeling good!

imageSnow Day with my Javiee!  You don’t work in North Carolina when it snows!

imageAt The Panther Stadium with my Javiee and T.J.  T.J. is bigger than my Javiee now!

imageMy precious little Jax! He will be 1 next month!  I love being a Glamma!

imageBecause I’m not a Grandma, I’m a Glamma!

 

Thank you all for your prayers and messages!  You make my heart smile!

A Big Thank You To Healthline!

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I received news yesterday that my blog was chosen as one of Healthline’s Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blog’s of 2015!  I am honored to be included in this list.  I knew nothing about metastatic breast cancer when I was diagnosed.  I found solace by reading some of these blogs.  You can find the list here:

The Best Metastatic Breast Cancer Blogs of The Year

I want to say thank you to Healthline for not only recognizing my blog, but recognizing the metastatic breast cancer community.  I am grateful. I wish more organizations would follow Healthline’s lead.  Metastatic breast cancer needs to be talked about.  More of the billions of dollars raised every year in the name of “the cure” needs to go to metastatic research.  There will be no cure until that happens.

Thank you Healthline!

 

In Memory of Another Stage 4 Sister

Sara el Hassani is now dancing free of pain. She lived with metastatic breast cancer for over six years. Through it all she never stopped dancing.  She was such an inspiration to me.  She will be missed.

 

You can find Sara’s blog here:

https://saraelhassani.wordpress.com

Pink To Black….Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

In an effort to bring awareness and more funding to metastatic breast cancer, my family went to Washington, D.C. to participate in the METUP die in on the capital lawn.  So much money is raised during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  So little of it goes to Metastatic Cancer Research.  1,430 men and women die everyday of Metastatic Breast Cancer.  This has to change. Silence does not bring about change.  It’s time our voices are heard.  If you would like to join METUP or learn more about the group go to http://www.metup.org

I have to share some pictures!

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I was also featured in The Living Portrait Series in The Asheville-Citizen Times.

Here’s a link to the article

http://blogs2.citizen-times.com/photography/category/living-portrait-series/

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Now for family news!!

T.J. turned 13 this month!!  I don’t have to tell you how happy I was to see him become a teenager!!

As for me, I turn 42 tomorrow!! 42…..and they said I wouldn’t see 40!  I am blessed!

Get out and make some memories! I love you guys!!

On The Heels Of Pinktober….#iamsusan

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On the heels of Pinktober I ask all of my friends living with Metastatic Breast Cancer to support my friend, Kelli Parker (find her on Facebook), in her efforts to raise awareness to the fact that of the billions of dollars raised in the name of ” the cure” less than 7% of non-administrative funds went to metastatic research last year.  Susan G Komen died of Metastatic Breast Cancer. Her sister pledged to find “the cure”. You represent her efforts when you “run for the cure”. Yet only 7% went to metastatic research.  We ask Susan G. Komen to stand by their word. We deserve more.

Raise your voice and bring awareness to metastatic breast cancer.  Share your picture with #iamsusan. It’s time that the Susan G. Komen organization remember their slogan “For The Cure”.

I am Tammy Carmona and #iamsusan

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We Are All Susan.

It Is What It Is!

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We had this sign made for our house recently.  It is what it is.  This seems to be our family motto.  We don’t look at it in a negative way.  To us it means exactly what it says….it is what it is!  I live with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and all the side effects from treatment.   Now, I also live with treatment induced diabetes.  The key word here is live.  As long as I’m living, there is nothing I can’t handle.  There is nothing that will break me or take away my smile.  I go with the flow and keep on keeping on.  Because it is what it is, there’s no changing the hand I’ve been dealt.

I’ve spent the last few weeks finding my new normal.  I’m feeling good again!  My diabetes is now under control.  I’m taking Levemir, a long acting insulin, every morning.  I’m also taking 8 units of Humalog for every 10 carbs I eat during the day.  My diet is still very strict.  The only day I really use the Humalog is on Sunday, my cheat day.  I really use it on Sunday!  There’s no denying how much I love my cheat day!

T.J will turn 13 the first week in October!  I am absolutely extatic!  I don’t take these milestones for granted!  Speaking of T.J., I have to tell you all that he went to Camp Kesem this summer.  It was such a great experience for him.  Camp Kesem is a summer camp for children that have a parent with cancer.  It’s funded by donations and no child has to pay to go.  It’s a week long camp.  It was so good for T.J. to spend time and bond with children that have to deal with some of the same things he does.  He will go back for a reunion in November and return to camp next summer.  If you need a tax write off or just want to help a child dealing with a parents cancer, donate to Camp Kesem North Carolina.  They are doing wonderful things for children!  Of course I have to show pictures!

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That’s my mom and I the day we picked T.J. up from camp.  The next one is T.J.  He’s bigger than me now!

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I can’t end without including my sweet Javiee.  I can do anything with this man by my side.  He is my rock!

I love you guys!