Monday, October 14, 2019

#574 Did You Ever Wonder?

Maggie with her product in Kodiak, AK.

October 14

Goal #14
Learn something new Every. Single. Day.  Nothing more needs to be said. Click to find out more--Learn a new skill

MBC Fact #14
Did you know there are many organizations who generously give to our fund without asking for recognition?  The fact is almost everyone is touched by cancer and many want to be part of the solution.  Please support these businesses and thank them for making a difference.  In no particular order, I will list them in the next several blog entries. Consider this as learning something today!
Emerald Isle Essentials by Maggie Dellemann is the first one to check out.  Visit her website as she has a personal connection to MBC-- also her products are fantastic!

Thanks for reading #574 of 7777+.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

#573 Metastatic Breast Cancer Day

Maggie and Heather speaking at the Die in

October 13--MBC Day

Goal # 13
This is not necessarily a goal but an extremely moving video on the only day dedicated to metastatic breast cancer--October 13. Click to view--The Die in video--not to be missed. It is worth the time to watch it in its entirety.  The three of us speaking at the event were all diagnosed within months of each other and I am the only one left to continue advocating for more for Stage IV.  Heather and Maggie were wonderful young women who had so much to offer--but time ran out.  Their daughters now inspire me to continue to raise more funds for MBC.   Please donate for Heather and Maggie's daughters at More For Stage IV fund at the UW Carbone Cancer Center . 100% of all donations go directly to the researchers.

                                        MBC Fact #13
To learn more about National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13 and to access resources specifically for people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers, visit

Thanks for watching and reading #573 of 7777+. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

#572 Ha! Ha! Ha!

October 12

Goal #12
 Laugh--just laugh!  I have friends and certain family members who can induce snorting noises at the silliest things. The phrase, "laughter is the best medicine," tends to be an accurate description for those of us needing a lively chuckle every once in a while. Visit this site to find out how a good belly laugh will help you--laughing at a joke  

MBC Fact #12
There are no definitive prognostic statistics for metastatic breast cancer. Every patient and their disease is unique. MBCN

Thanks for reading #572 of 7777+.  This is no joke--
while you are laughing go to More for Stage IV at UW Carbone Cancer Center and donate.

Friday, October 11, 2019

#571 Get Up and Go!

Exercising and socializing!

October 11

Goal # 11
Exercise and enjoy it. Check out this site for ideas and why it is so important to move. Exercise for you!

MBC Fact #11
Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of their disease, some will live for many years. MBCN

Thanks for reading #571 of 7777+ as you do your pushups!  Go to More For Stage IV fund at the UW Carbone Cancer Center to donate and keep us living for many years.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

#570 Best Fam---EVER!

Missing a couple key players in this photo but they are in my heart.

                         October 10

                                      Goal #10  

 Ahhh!  The family.  Love them or love them more.  Those are my choices.  If you are fortunate to have landed in a special group of people who have your back and will hold you up no matter what, hang on to them. I LOVE my family.   Families are number 1

                                 MBC Fact #10 
Metastatic breast cancer is not an automatic death sentence. Although most people will ultimately die of their disease, some will live for many years. MBCN

Thanks for reading #570 of 7777+ and send your family one big hug today while you donate to More for Stage IV fund at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

#569 Travel!

Seeing the world!
                              October 9

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

                                         Goal #9

Travel expands your mind and brings the world a little bit closer. Read this fascinating article on the benefits of getting on a jet plane (or other modes of transportation).   Sign me up for traveling!

                                    MBC Fact #9
Treatment choices are guided by breast cancer type, location and extent of metastasis in the body, previous treatments and other factors. MBCN

Thanks for reading # 569 of 7777+ and seeing the world.  Please consider a donation to More For Stage IV at the UW Carbone Cancer Center

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

#568 Read

                           October 8

                                       Goal #8
This is day 8 of my goal setting blog.  Keep up the good work!

Read--join a book club or visit your library for the latest and greatest hits. Have you read a good book lately?

                                                         MBC Fact #8

Like early stage breast cancer, there are different types of metastatic breast cancer.   

Thanks for reading #568 of 7777+ and finding a good book.  I would be remiss not to remind you to  donate to More For Stage IV at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Monday, October 7, 2019

#567 Shake it Baby!

                              October 7

                                       Goal  #7
 "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.  It's about learning how to dance in the rain."  Go Dance!

                                  MBC Fact #7 
Young people, as well as men, can be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. MBCN

Thanks for reading #567 of 7777+ and dance around the room while you donate to the More For Stage IV at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

#566 Sing!

                              October 6

Fa la la la la!  Tell me you have never sung along with the radio while driving or burst out in song while in the shower.  There are benefits to this activity so put it on your to do list of something that happens every day!

                                                              Goal #6

Sing as if no one is listening unless you are the next Adele. The benefits of singing

                                                              MBC fact #6

20% to 30% of people initially diagnosed with early stage disease will develop metastatic breast cancer. MBCN

  Thanks for reading #566 of 7777+ and singing your heart out while you donate to More For Stage IV at UW Carbone Cancer Center!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

#565 Play Tag (or anything) With Your Favorite Kid


Not a child but a cat who would love to play with one!

                             October 5

Being a retired teacher and now a full time grandmother, this one embraces my heart.

                                                           Goal #5

The theory of making connections with children has numerous articles on the importance of engaging in play with your children.  It works both ways--seeing such abandoned joy in the simplest things does wonders for the experienced (okay, so older) person's heart.  Being around youth does keep us young and alive. Spending time with children can-benefit-your-mental-health

                                                           Fact #5 MBC

Early detection does not guarantee a cure. Metastatic breast cancer can occur 5, 10 or 15 years after a person’s original diagnosis and successful treatment checkups and annual mammograms. MBCN

Thanks for reading #565 of 7777+ and reach out to a child.  To further protect your loved ones, consider a donation to More For Stage IV will save lives.

Friday, October 4, 2019

#564 Sweet Chocolate

                                                       October 4

You are going to love this goal.  It's on the top of my list of things to do every day!

                                                                Goal #4

 Eat more chocolate --Read all about it in Healthline.  Okay, twist my arm...

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Very Nutritious. ... 
  • Powerful Source of Antioxidants. ... 
  • May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure. ... 
  • Raises HDL and Protects LDL From Oxidation. ... 
  • May Reduce Heart Disease Risk. ... 
  • May Protect Your Skin From the Sun. ... 
  • Could Improve Brain Function.
                                   MBC Fact #4

About 6% of people are Stage IV from their initial diagnosis. MBCN 

Thanks for reading #564 of 7777+ and as you enjoy your treat, please consider a donation to More For Stage IV at UW Carbone Cancer Center!   

Thursday, October 3, 2019

#563 ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz

The BHE can sleep any place!

                                October 3

First of all, before any goals are read today, please consider a donation to Support the More For Stage IV fund .  Thank you.

Since last night was another sleepless night, this goal is near and dear to my heart...unfortunately.

                                                               Goal #3
Get more sleep--Ahhh. The elusive sleep conundrum.  As I lie awake at night thinking how important it is for a rested body, I simply can not get to sleep.  Here are a few suggestions to help you find those sleep fairies. Sleep is important!

                                                             MBC Fact #3

Treatment for metastatic breast cancer is lifelong and focuses on control of the disease and quality of life. MBCN

Thanks for reading # 563 of 7777+ and happy zzzzzz's.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

#562 Chug-a-lug of H2O!


Bottoms up!

                                                            October 2

It is still October and I thought by now the flurry of "Pink" activity would have been replaced by an AWARENESS that we need more research funding to save lives.  Nope, the hilarity and "good feelings" of cancer survivorship continue on national TV and I have not heard one mention that we need a cure. Wake up, people!   Grrrrr.

Enough ranting, I'm back with our second day of healthy living and an important fact about MBC.
                                          Goal #2

Drink more water.  Obvious a goal we have heard for eons but it is true according to  Medical News Today:  This is only the beginning of the list.  Check out the website for more benefits.

  • It lubricates the joints. ... 
  • It forms saliva and mucus. ... 
  • It boosts skin health and beauty. ... 
  • It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues. ... 
  • It regulates body temperature. ... 
  • It flushes body waste. ... 
  • It helps maintain blood pressure. ... 
  • The airways need it. 

                                                MBC  Fact  #2

An estimated 155,000 Americans are currently living with metastatic breast cancer.(also called Stage IV breast cancer) Metastatic breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually in the U.S. MBCN

Thanks for reading #562 of 7777+.  Now go have a drink...of water and donate to UW Carbone Cancer Center--100% of all donations goes to research

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

#561 Eat Your Veggies!

                                                 October 1

The month of October is upon us and for many living with metastatic breast cancer it is a difficult time due to the "survivor" mentality of the "Pinktober" message. Unless you have been living under a rock, you are more than aware of breast cancer and what you can do to prevent, eat, do, etc. etc. etc. to dodge the bullet. None of these activities would have changed the outcome of my prognosis no matter how many vegetables were consumed or the number of hours I exercised


in an effort to ward off the bombardment of Pinktober, I have chosen an alternative way of thriving through the fanfare of the Pink days of October and will post a goal a day of what I will be doing to improve my mental and physical self.  Mary Oliver once wrote,

              "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
And I say, if you have your health-you have it all.  This will not be a lecture--I am not your mother-but hopefully sage advice from someone looking back over her shoulder and thinking, "Dang, why didn't I do more?".  For the next thirty-one days I will be dispensing a pearl of wisdom a day with links for how to and why the activity is important followed by a fact to keep educating about metastatic breast cancer.

Today we shall begin (These goals and facts will not be in any particular order)...

                                             The Goal # 1

1.  Eat more fruits and vegetables.  I know, I know we've heard this a million times.   Personally, I'd rather eat a bowl of ice cream but I know those fruits and veggies are vitally important.  As someone (can't recall if it was my mother---it seems as if she would have simply said, "Eat your vegetables...NOW", but I digress) said, "We are like a car engine--good gas equals good results." This link will provide you with the reasoning and motivation to add them to your diet.    Eat more Fruits and Vegetables.

Now for a fact about MBC:
                                                             MBC FACT 1

What is Metastatic Breast Cancer?  (pronounced as Met-a-STA-tic) MBC also known as Stage IV is cancer that has spread outside of the breast to other organs such as bones, liver, lung or brain. This process is called metastasis. (pronounced as Me-TAS-ta-sis) Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

Thanks for reading #561 of 7777+ and eating your fruits and veggies today.