Saturday, April 16, 2011

Breakfast with Emri

Chassi is running the Moosic City Dash (10K) today. Josh took Morgan and Anna to help cheer her on. Emri spent the night with us so she would not have to get up and out so early.
Emri and I enjoyed a waffle and milk this morning, along with some Saturday morning cartoons.

Ahh...the weekend

The last few weeks have been very busy with my new job, and I am cherishing my weekend days. There are so many changes to get used to and so much to learn. For the past nine years I have driven to an office and worked with a set group of people. This job is very different, I am traveling to different sites in Tennessee and training new people each week. It's quite a change, but I am really enjoying it. The people we work with have been very nice, and it is interesting to hear all their stories. It seems on a daily basis we are treated with stories of funny adventures with children, grandchildren, husbands and family.

There are also those moments that stick with you long after you leave the clinic. We met a lady last week who had a very high grade oral cancer. The doctors have told her that typically with this type she should live another five years. I am sure she still has her moments, but said she had made peace with the diagnosis and was concentrating on making the most of each day. It was apparent that some of her co-workers are still having a hard time dealing with her diagnosis. It just verifies to me that we are each on our own unique journey and must live each day to the fullest.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Great advice for the day...

Monday, April 11, 2011

CPR party?

I am convinced my former work spouse and fabulous friend, Katherine can turn anything into a party! This is probably why she is one of my favorite people.

Katherine had asked me a few weeks ago if I would teach her infant CPR, and what to do for a choking infant or child. She has a precious new baby and a sweet and busy 4 year old and wanted a refresher course. Several other new Moms expressed interest in learning as well and before I knew it a she had organized a CPR party, complete with food and drinks!

We had separate rooms set up for skill practice and for partying, just to keep things organized. I took Josh and Jenni along to help, both of them have Red Cross certifications as well. I hope and pray none of us ever need to use these skills, but it's great knowledge to have.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The big C

I think one of the reasons that breast cancer gets lots of attention is because breasts are something that people notice. You never hear - wow she's got a great looking colon, or look how big her kidneys are? Breasts are another matter. I ran across this photo and it is pretty powerful. I hope it won't offend.

The first time you see yourself without breasts, it certainly takes your breath away. The only photos I had done after my mastectomy were the ones the doctors took. I think this is a very brave woman to show the world in living color what breast cancer takes from you.

We hear about cancer research and statistics on TV every day, but I think it's important to put faces to the cancer battle. When you can look into the eyes of someone in the trenches of their battle, or a survivor it makes it much more real.
Here's a link to the Colondar that raises money and awareness for Colon Cancer -

Once again, it breaks my heart every time I hear of another cancer diagnosis. In the past month I have had far too many emails from someone who has a friend or family member who has been diagnosed recently with cancer. There is too much cancer in this world and I think it's important to support research to help find ways to battle cancer. I also think we have to focus on prevention and living a healthy lifestyle. I can't help but believe that our environment/diet/lifestyle is also playing a big role in many cancers.

Please remember to see your doctor and report any changes in your bowel or bladder habits, moles, breast or other tissues. Women, listen to your intuition - if something doesn't seem right - have it checked out!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

This song has been stuck in my head lately...

The past two weeks, I've been to Chattanooga, Knoxville, Jacksboro, Gallatin and Clarksville. I am learning the highways and byways of our beautiful state.

New job

I have been doing a lot of training in Chattanooga and have been shadowing the trainer that will cover the Eastern part of the state. Her name is Camille and she is fabulous and we bonded pretty quickly while driving from clinic to clinic to train. Once I get comfortable training by myself I will be mostly covering middle and west TN. I can't wait to drop in and have lunch with my Dad!

Even though I still miss my friends at Onlife, everyone at Shared Health has been so nice and helpful - it is making the transition much easier.

Saturday afternoon picnic

Jenni and Carson
What a beautiful Saturday it was. We met some friends and had a picnic at Arrington Vineyards. Arrington has acres of green grass to spread out and enjoy the sun or shade. 

This time of year they have free Music in the Vines and it's relaxing to sit on your blanket and enjoy music and friends.


I've loved Marlo Thomas since the days of That Girl. I have always admired her for continuing her father's work with St. Jude. I've had several friends, and friends children who have been helped by St. Jude. I love that they never turn any child away due to lack of money or insurance.

I also have Marlo's other books The Right Words at the Right Time and I really enjoyed those. I can't wait to read this one!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My hero!

Cancer isn't stopping this girl! 
Amber is recovering nicely from her surgery and enjoying
her "Wonder Wear" - thank you to my blog friends for your continued prayers!

Leavin Onlife mix-tape

Here's the musical line up from my "break up" CD:

Goodbye to you - Michelle Branch
Bye Bye Baby, Baby Bye Bye - Franki Valli
All will be well - Gabe Dixon
Better Days - Goo Goo Dolls
Funhouse - Pink
Landed - Ben Folds
I'm Movin On - Rascal Flatts
Leave Me Alone - Sister Hazel
Emerge - Fischerspooner
Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5
Bye Bye Bye - N'Sync
Goodbye Again - Vertical Horizon
This ain't goodbye - Train
Closing Time - Semisonic

Thank you Amy!

Farewell to Onlife Health...hello new adventures

For almost 9 years I have called Onlife (formerly Gordian) my work home. When I started there it was a very small company. There were 5 Health Coaches when I joined their ranks - 3 full time and 2 part time. I was part timer #3. The company's basic mission when I joined, and to this day, was/is promotion of Health and Wellness. I had previously worked in the disease management space and while I enjoyed that, I was always interested in prevention and this is what attracted me to Onlife. Through the years I wore several hats - Health Coach, Clinical Trainer and Clinical Development Manager. 

One of the best things about Onlife is the people that work there. I made some lasting friendships while I was there and I cannot imagine not having those people in my life. Many of them were my biggest supporters while I was going through breast cancer surgery and therapy. It's comforting to know we will always be in each other's lives.  My last few days at Onlife were very special. I had lunch with friends, a potluck with the coaching center and a party or two after work. My friend Amy even made me a "break-up" cd to listen to at my desk on my last day. It was fabulous and made me smile when I felt like crying. 

As for my new adventure...I was alerted to a job at Shared Health in Chattanooga. They were looking for a Nashville based trainer to train their electronic health record software and other e-tools for health care to clinics and medical facilities in Middle and West TN. I was not really looking for a new job, but it sounded very intriguing so I checked the posting out. I decided to apply and ended up driving to Chattanooga for an interview. After hearing about the company and how they are positioning themselves in the industry I was very interested. Electronic medical records, health records, electronic prescriptions and tracking looks like where healthcare is heading. Of course taking this position meant stepping out of my comfort zone and learning brand new things, and that was a little scary. After much thought, prayer and discussion I felt it was a good career move. To sum things up, I was offered and accepted the job!

Please say a prayer and send good thoughts that this transition will be easy for me.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The land of plenty

Have you ever browsed the snack aisle at a gas station? It is amazing! When I go to the grocery store, they have 1 or maybe 2 types of bugles or chex mix. At the gas station you can find flavors you never knew existed, and honestly some that probably shouldn't.

However, I do recommend the chocolate peanut butter bugles - they are perfect for those 2am munchies!

Great "family" quote

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
~Erma Bombeck