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4 Tips for Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risk

Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Which means the Boobiethon is here again!!  As you know, I support the Boobiethon every year with both a donation, and a picture.. So wanna see some boobies and support breast cancer?  Then visit the Boobiethon website, make a pledge and gawk at the pictures of the beautiful boobies that you’re helping to save :)

Don’t want to look at boobies?  Then here are four lifestyle changes you can make to lower your breast cancer risk:

  1. Stay physically active: Regular moderate- to intense exercise, such as walking, for at least 3 hours a week has been linked to a significantly lower risk of breast cancer.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight: A new study shows combining weight loss and regular exercise will drive down hormones that raise risk. Even a 5% weight loss helps.
  3. Reduce estrogen exposure: Avoid long-term use of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, particularly any combination of estrogen plus-progestin forms. If you do need hormones to help relieve menopausal symptoms, review your options with your provider.
  4. Avoid or limit alcohol: A 20-year U.S. study of more than 100,000 women found that even light drinking (3 to 6 drinks a week — beer, wine, spirits) increased risk slightly. Research is continuing to further clarify the relationship between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk.

Also, talk to your provider about breast cancer screening. This will include learning about other lifestyle factors you may need to change, as well as professional breast exams and mammograms. Remember, early detection of tumours can save lives.

Have you or has anyone in your family had breast cancer?

This Past Week…

This past week has been very stressful and challenging for my husband and I. My husband’s mom has Cancer. She had a hysterectomy in June, began Chemo in August, finished chemo in November and has now begun 6-8 wks of daily radiation. Two weeks ago she lost her balance, fell and spent a week in the hospital so my hubby went up to Ottawa, ON to visit her for 5 days and I got to spend yet another period of solo-parenting. What does this have to do with Christmas stress? Well 1/2 way his 6 hr drive back home my hubby’s engine blew. Gone – according to the Mazda dealership in Belleville he brought it into. A $6 grand expense we just hadn’t planned for with our 3 yr old car.

After hubby’s car ordeal I decided to take my truck in for some routine maintenance that ended up costing us $300 (oil change, engine flush, air filter, cabin air filter etc…). It was a good thing I brought it in because it was discovered that the cabin air filter was missing – not clogged and dirty – missing, as in never ever there. A cabin air filter filters dust, debris and emissions from other cars. They should be replaced every year, but I think this was the first time mine has been checked in the 7 yrs we’ve owned the truck. My routine maintenance has saved my life. Every day because I had no cabin air filter I’ve been sucking in carbon monoxide from the traffic I’ve been sitting in for an hour to and an hour from work each day. I’ve felt light headed, foggy, headachy and have been having an incredibly hard time focussing and functioning at work. Every night I’ve been exhausted – falling into bed most nights when the kids went to bed. I’ve had no energy to do anything – gaining weight, eating poorly, drinking a million coffees everyday and not exercising. I’ve felt amazing over the past week being off from work and not driving in my truck.

Unfortunately being home this week with our dog has brought to our attention that she’s sick. She’s a 10 yr old rottweiler that we rescued when she was 1 yr old – she’s trained for several marathons and 1/2 marathons with me over the years and has kept me company through 2 maternity leaves. Molly has been having bladder control problems that have been controlled by a weekly estrogen pill. WIth everything going on over the past 3 months hubby and I forgot to give her her pills – Molly has been leaking on her doggie bed. No big deal right? Just wash her doggie bed and give the dog her hormone pills. It’s not so simple because her pee spots are tainted red – she has blood in her urine. Yesterday and today I took her out for a run and when she peed on the grass her pee was dark red – almost pure blood. Molly’s kidney’s are failing and because of our car expenses we’re not sure what to do – we can barely afford a regular physical for her, never mind extensive tests, medications, surgery or even euthanasia for her. Hubby is bringing her to the vet tonight at 5 pm.

With worrying about my MIL, the dog, our cars and the normal Christmas stresses of cleaning, baking and wrapping I’ve been an emotional eating mess. I ate ALL the chocolate turtles + 2 other boxes of chocolate – arrgh! Yesterday and today I tried to redeem myself by running. According to my Nike + I ran 3.93km yesterday and 3.75km today (though both days I ran the exact same route).

Tomorrow (or tonight) we hope to pack up the car to head to trek up to Ottawa to see my MIL for Christmas. Though with everything going on it would make more sense to stay home with the sick dog, I just couldn’t live with myself if she took a bad turn and we missed out on seeing her at Christmas. I’m going to bring my running gear and try to eat as healthy as possible – though that’s always hard when being away from home. Here’s to a better week next week!

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