Thursday, 28 February 2013

My 1st Swim Clinic

Well it is official - as of Sunday afternoon - my Triathlon journey has begun! I made my way to Milton for my very first Swim Clinic.

The Ontario Women's Triathlon series is meant to be a starting point for beginners. The main objective is just to get women out there and moving, all by challenging themselves through sport. So this series is ideal for first-timers - which is perfect - because that is exactly what I am. Running has been my focus for the past year. And while I used to swim competitively in high school - that was over a decade ago now. And open water racing is something that I have never done. So I knew I had a lot to learn.
So Impressed with the turn out!
I spent the majority of the 2 hours on the sidelines, as official clinic photographer and just taking it all in. Upper-body movement/training is still a big no-no for this post-op recovery gal, so I just listened to advice and techniques offered safely from the deck while cheering on the ladies in the pool. (**Nerd-Alert I even took notes! So I can mimic the drills/techniques they used in a couple months**)
Safe and Dry on the Pool Deck
The ladies in the pool, however, had a totally different experience. They left after finishing a kick-butt 2 hour pool workout. Whew! After a brief introduction, Q&A, and warm up everyone was in the pool. The coaches took everyone through drills, talked technique, and the full workshop really tested everyone's endurance. I was impressed and definitely found myself longing to join everyone in the pool (<--- patience has never been a virtue of mine).

More than anything though, I was reminded how AMAZING women truly are. A little community formed almost instantly and we all bonded over our shared love of sport. In between drills you could hear women cheering each other on, supporting one another, laughing, and rocking the essence of GIRL POWER at its finest. (**Yes, I am of the Spice Girl generation. Don't Judge**)


My first clinic reminded me that Sport is not about age or size or even natural ability. It reminded me that Sport goes so much deeper than speed, distance, or PRs. Sport is a lesson in strength, determination, and the true definition of health. Sport creates a community of positive supportive people all working together to get stronger and be healthier. And Sport teaches us to love our ourselves and our bodies for what it can do, not what it looks like. It reminded me why I do this.

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

#WIAW - Cranberry Strudel Muffins

It is What I Ate Wednesday over at the lovely Peas and Crayons. And since I have been off for the last few weeks recovering, I have had some time to revisit my love of baking. So I have a yummy healthy muffin recipe to share with you lovely folks today.

Cranberry Strudel Muffins

*Recipe makes 1 dozen, and each muffin is approx 200 cal*

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup of coconut oil (in liquid form)
1.5 cups of cranberries (frozen)

1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar

  1. In a bowl combine flours, baking powder, and salt
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the egg, almond milk, brown sugar, and oil
  3. Combine flour mixture and egg mixture together and add the cranberries
  4. Portion out batter into a muffin tin
  5. Mix together the cinnamon and the brown sugar and sprinkle over top of each muffin
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F for 20-25 min. 
Enjoy!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Soap, Suds, Bubbles, and Glow

It is no secret if you have been reading along, that despite my many, many, many Darwinian Failings and Medical Setbacks, I try to do my best to take care of my little defective body. For me that generally means eating whole healthy foods, with some room for fun and enjoyment, and getting a regular sweat on.

But one of the other areas I have been looking at lately is cleaning up the other products we use in our life and in our home. That has meant really looking at what is in our cleaning supplies, my makeup, skin care products, shampoo, everything. My husband and I have been looking at trying to incorporate new products in our life that alleviate our exposure to some of the unnecessary chemicals and toxins that are present in so many of our household items. Have you ever read the ingredients list on the back of your shampoo bottle?!

Admittedly our adventure down this road started as a result of vanity. I have long had issues with sensitive skin. If I use the wrong soap or apply the wrong lotion - it is Hive City. I was regularly plagued with rashes and itchy spots. And left in search of the cause and the source. Even products that were marked as hypo-allergenic could still potentially cause problems.

Luckily my husband is a little research machine, and I am outing him for his secret love of artisan soap and skin care. So he was the first person to point out that we should look at getting products that are Paraben and Phthalate Free. We slowly found ourselves really scrutinizing the products we use regularly and we started making changes. And I found that I was no longer experiencing regular hive-attacks. It was a huge change. This part of clean living adventure is still a work in progress, but we are working towards finding the right balance for us.
My cousin Nicole, knowing about my healthy living pursuits recently introduced me to Arbonne, a company she has recently started consulting for. They are committed to creating clean earth friendly products, and their laundry-list of AMAZINGNESS had me intrigued.
  • Paraben Free
  • No Phelates
  • No Animal Bi-Products or Renderings
  • No Animal Testing - PETA certified
  • Hypo-Allergenic (tested to zero - which means if anyone has a reaction they reformulate)
It all sounds very impressive doesn't it?! So I gave their skin care line a whirl and it didn't disappoint. My skin felt fresh and clear, and definitely no hives! The one red flag for me with the Arbonne line is the price. It is not cheap, but it is clearly well made. Nicole has informed me that by working with an Arbonne consultant on your order there are perks and ways to help make these products a little more affordable.

Are you intrigued? Curious? Arbonne does require a consultant ID number to place an order and Nicole has lots of great information, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact her...
via email - nicoleremple12@hotmail.com
or shop on your own with her Arbonne ID - 115594758

What are your thoughts? What clean products do you use?
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Monday, 25 February 2013

Happy Heart Project + the Perks of Winter Running

I have known for a long time that my ticker performs better in the cooler weather, so I have always favored the winter run (or at least the cool-ish weather run). It's ideal for long runs and Marathon training. And since it is week 3 of The Happy Heart Project I am encouraging to try something new, push past those boundaries, and get moving!! Even with all this crazy weather we are having.


Here's why you should consider giving Winter Running a whirl...

Well to start, its pretty well known that exercise floods you with feel good endorphins. But did you know that because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin levels get that extra boost. So when you finish your cold weather workout you feel that extra bit happier. Definitely a bonus for this stressed-out crazy-pants.

The Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise recently published an article trumpeting the effects of the chilly workout. Your body has to work harder to stay warm; so you are more likely to run faster and burn more calories. WOOHOO! All good news in my books (especially as a Canadian gal)!

And all of the snow and slippery surfaces we face during this delightful season also offers us winter runners extra resistance training. You are forced to utilize your smaller stabilizing muscles as you navigate those treacherous paths. And the resistance created while trudging through the snow offers a more intensive workout and allows runners to get the benefits of both cardio and strength training. (** always use your caution and discretion though to avoid injury**)

Definitely worth ditching the Treadmill right?! How are you gonna get moving this week and make your Heart Happy?? Share with me and And I will thank you with a chance to win your choice of a Brand New Pair of Mizunos! WEEEEEE!! Who doesn't want a new free pair of running shoes especially when they are this fabulous?! 


How to Enter: 


Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to your heart this week

Tweet: "I am joining the Happy Heart Project with @Darwinianfail
and @MizunoRunning"

Instagram: take a photo showing me how you are making your Heart Happy this week and tag @darwinianfail so I can see your progress!




*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Week 2 - Happy Heart Winner

YOU GUYS ARE SO AMAZING!!! 
I love all the positivity, self-love, and heart healthy choices I saw this week! So excited to share this journey with you all. You sure know how to make my healing robot heart happy.


This week's randomly selected comment if #35!! CONGRATS SARAH WESTLAKE! Please email me at ksibabishop@yahoo.com to claim your prize. Please respond within 48 hours, or another name will be randomly selected.

Don't despair if you did not win this week. The Happy Heart Project continues next week, and I still have 1 last pair of Mizunos to giveaway. So make sure you check back next week!
 
Hope everyone has a HAPPY HEART HEALTHY weekend!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten  

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Ready to TRI Something New

The countdown is on - I am in the final days of my post-op recovery. And while I know I still have a bit of a ways to go - I am ready to move forward. I have enough medical drama-rama this past year to last me a little while, and more than anything I just want leave all my genetic failings in the dust. This was not exactly how I saw 2013 going, but I still believe that this year is gonna be my year. 2013 is all about health, happiness, and dreaming big. Which is why along with my Marathon Training, I want to TRI something new! (Ha! Get it!)

Long before I ever started running, I used to happily settle in and watch the full-day coverage of Kona IRONMAN World Championships year after year. Perhaps it was because we didn't have cable for the longest time growing up - so it was one of the only things on. Or perhaps it was because the lure of that kind of discipline and that kind of determination has long had a hold over me. I am not sure. But I do know that I was always inspired by those men and women who swam, biked, ran, and crawled their way to the finish line of something that huge. I sat there for hours, mouth gaping, totally in awe, and secretly wishing that one day I would have what it took to get there too.


So when I received an email from the Ontario Women's Triathlon Series asking if I would be interested in doing my first Triathlon with them as their Blogger Ambassador I knew that this was my chance to take the Triathlon plunge. It sounded like the perfect match. A women's only beginner Triathlon series - Check. And a race that benefits Girls Inc a charity that provides after school activities to help at-risk girls to develop confidence - Double Check. Needless to say not much convincing was required here, and I signed myself up for my very first Sprint Triathlon!

That means...
750 meter Open Water Swim
20 km Bike
5 km Run

I am really looking forward to this new challenge! 

I think the distance is definitely manageable for my first Triathlon attempt (*gotta start somewhere before I can jump to IRONMAN status*). And I thinking adding regular swimming and cycling sessions into my running routine is actually going to help keep my training more balanced and potentially make me a better Marathoner (*a girl can dream*). So I am off this Sunday to my very first Training Clinic with the group. I realize I won't be able to do much in terms of physical training this time around, but I am excited to meet the everyone and look forward to my next adventure.

Wish me luck!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten  

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

#WIAW - A Long Weekend and a Valentine

It's that time again - What I Ate Wednesday - except that I am sharing my long weekend adventure and my Saturday eats.

It is pretty safe to say that after 2 weeks essentially stuck indoors I was starting to go a little stir crazy. I was ready to shake off the cobwebs and get out for a little while. All of  which is always a good sign - because that means I am healing and shows that my energy levels are returning to normal.
So the hubby and I decided to venture out Saturday morning for a belated Valentines Day celebration. Our love of all things Breakfast sent us out in search of city's best Waffles - which is how we ended up Le Petit Dejeuner. Mr. Darwinian Fail has had a hankering for a good waffle in the worst way, and these folks are known for theirs. Waffles for him and Apple Pancakes for her. It was delicious! And the perfect start to our long weekend.
After breakfast we strolled over St. Lawrence Market to explore the farmer's market and enjoy the hustle and bustle. We left stocked up with all the making of a delicious dinner and smiles.
 I must confess that morning was more activity than I had seen in a while, so I came home primed and ready for nap. My tummy is still a bit of a work in progress, so I must admit I didn't have too much for lunch. Just a smoothie and some veggies topped with tazkiki.
With all of our fresh ingredients and a bottle of red I was looking forward to our kitchen experiment. I stopped taking any pain meds last Wednesday, so I felt a glass of celebratory wine was well in order. We toasted over Poached Halibut dressed a sherry vinegrette, served with broccoli and roasted potatoes.

It was a Delicious Day. And the Perfect Long Weekend.
Lots of time with my family, filled with food, rest and recovery.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Happy Heart Project - Your Body

It is Week 2 of the Happy Heart Project and this week I want to remind you to LOVE YOUR BODY!


Because after all this why we make these healthy choices. The same rules apply, and another pair of Mizuno Running Shoes is up for grabs!  We are asking you to make a commitment to your Heart this month! And that means we want you to get moving! The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5x a week to maintain a Happy Healthy Heart. So let's thank our hearts this month for all that they do! And Rock It Out!! 

This week's musical message of Body Love and Happy Hearts is from Miss Diva Christina. (*and yes I realize that this song has some...ahem...sexual undertones...but bare with me!*)


 So don’t even tell me your name. All I need to know is whose place. And let’s get walking...
No, literally let's get walking. Or yoga-ing. Or swimming. Or cycling. Or running. Or really just any sort of movement at all. This week let's commit to get moving. I am still on restricted activity, but I will be getting out this week for some nice hikes with Mr. Clark to start the rebuilding process. I am committed to a 30 min hike each day this week. So Let's Go!

All I wanna do is love your body.
And I want you to LOVE your body too! You only get one. And yours is amazing, strong, and beautiful.

It took a long time for me learn to love mine. But despite its flaws, I can finally see all of its beauty. The scars that mark my skin signify the hard battle we have fought and the strength it possesses. It has been a tough year, and I know it has been hard on both of I us. I have asked a lot of my body, but I have learned to love my body better now. I will never forget all that it is, or question what it is capable of. We are in this together.

 Tonight’s your lucky night, I know you want it.
Shoes! I am talking about shoe people! Get your mind out of gutter! JEEZE! I know you want to win a new pair of Mizunos for your efforts. So this week...

Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to your heart this week
Tweet: "I am joining the Happy Heart Project with @Darwinianfail
and @MizunoRunning #happyheartproject"

Instagram: take a photo showing me how you are making your Heart Happy this week and tag @darwinianfail so I can see your progress! 
*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*

A winner will be chosen Friday! So let's make those Hearts Happy this week!
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

This Contest is Now Closed!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

WINNER #1 of the Happy Heart Project!!

WOWZA!! So many Happy Hearts!

You guys have been so AMAZING this week! What a response! It was so amazing to see so many of you taking the time and putting your heart and your health first. I am so so so proud of all of you. The winner was chosen via the comments on the original blog post  and a random number generator. Comment #13 was selected! This week's winner is... 
Heather from Yummy Sushi Pajamas
Congrats Girlie! I have sent you and email, please respond within 48 hours, or another name will be randomly selected.

Don't dispair if you did not win this week. I still have 2 more pairs of Mizunos to giveaway. So check back next week as the Happy Heart Project Continues!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten   

Exercise = Happy Hearts

February is Heart Health Awareness Month and we are celebrating over here with Happy Heart Project! Have you guys joined the fun yet?! You could win your very own brand new pair of Mizunos just for taking care of your heart this month!

You might be a Darwinian Fail with a genetic predisposition to heart disease, but even with a strongly inherited inclination to the condition you can cut your risks dramatically by pursuing a heart healthy lifestyle - and it's easier than you think!

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Over 800,000 Americans died from heart attacks and other cardiac illnesses lasts year, but most of those deaths - four out of five in fact -were preventable. You can make simple changes to ensure that you have a Happy Healthy Heart, and making exercise part of your everyday is a HUGE first step!

All you need to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more times a week. That could mean anything - a brisk walk with the dog, a fitness class at the gym, a yoga session on the mat, or even my favourite way to sweat - a run! And you don't have to do it all at once -- 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening are just fine.

Getting the right amount of exercise has serious benefits for your heart.  Exercise is the gift that keeps on giving...
  •  Exercise is thought to significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • A regular exercise routine has been proven to improve cardiovascular efficiency
  • It improves inflammation/hemostasis and blood pressure
  • And it can have a profound impact on preventing clinical events, for those who are predisposed
  •  It prevents diabetes and maintains healthy cholesterol levels
Convinced yet?! Let's Get Moving this Month! And thank our hearts for all they do!
Happy Valentines Day from my Heart to yours!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

#WIAW 5 Happy Heart Diet Tips

Have you joined the Happy Heart Project yet? What are you waiting for? You could win your own brand new pair of Mizunos! (<---happy hearts love new shoes)

Ready to step up to a diet rich in the healthy nutrients your heart craves? It is easy-peasy, and even small changes can make a big difference!

1. Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fiber.
One way to make sure that your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and low in saturated fats, is to divide your plate at each meal:
  • 1/2 vegetables 
  • 1/4 high-quality protein (like legumes -- terrific sources of protein and great for a healthy heart! Or a very lean meat)
  • 1/4 healthy whole grains.(don't be scared of carbs - they are not the naughty enemy they are made out to be, its all about balance and portions)
Supplements are fine and can be a great addition to an already balanced diet, but you should focus on getting your nutrients from foods themselves. The antioxidants and other heart-healthy goodies found in foods like blueberries, beans, and artichokes don't pack the same punch when they're not in food form.

2. Eat fish at least twice a week.

3. Limit how much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol you eat. 
Only 30% of your daily calories should come from fat, with very little of that from saturated fats. Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to reduce trans fat in your diet.

4. Limit your salt intake.

5. Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diets typically result in short-term weight loss but leave you weighing even more a year later, and preventing weight gain is one of the best ways to prevent developing heart disease risk factors. Just focus on making small healthy changes to your lifestyle that you can see yourself maintaining long term. There are no crazy secrets here - portion control and a diet rich with whole healthy foods is all it takes! (<-- please check out my weight loss evolution if you need proof)

You can do it! Sending you Love and Happy Hearts!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Happy Heart Project

February is Heart Health Awareness Month!

And trust me the irony is not lost on me that I went in for my most recent robot heart tune-up on February 1st of all days. It is moments like these that remind me how beautifully balance my life is and let's me see that the world is exactly how should be. Sometimes the universe is just too perfect isn't it?

This is my perfectly imperfect life. And I like to think that maybe I was given this life for a reason. And maybe this latest greatest medical misadventure has a reason too.


My heart has long been a source of sadness, frustration, and pain. But it has also allowed me to live this beautiful life than I am so so grateful for. It has been my constant companion, working hard, and beating endlessly.

It is easy to take your body for granted. To expect it to work hard, but forget to thank it for all it does for you each and every day. I started running and leading this lifestyle as a way to keep my heart happy and healthy. You always get back what you put in, so this is my promise to always to care of my heart and my health.

This month I am teaming up with Mizuno Canada for the Happy Heart Project

We are asking you to make a commitment to your Heart this month! And that means we want you to get moving! The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5x a week to maintain a Happy Healthy Heart. So let's thank our hearts this month for all that they do!

And I will thank you with a chance to win your choice of a Brand New Pair of Mizunos every week for the next 3 weeks! WEEEEEE!! Who doesn't want a new free pair of running shoes?! Mizuno has long been my running shoe of choice, but their commitment to health and wellness as we work together on this campaign puts them a head above the rest in my books!

How to Enter
Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to your heart this week
Tweet: "I am joining the Happy Heart Project with @Darwinianfail
and @MizunoRunning"
Instagram: take a photo showing me how you are making your Heart Happy this week and tag @darwinianfail so I can see your progress!

*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*

Your heart is there for you in ways that you don't even notice. Mine might need a little robot assistance, but it is still strong and steady. And it is always there for me. For all of that, and for this life that I have been blessed with - I am saying "Thank You" with all that I have. I hope you will join me!

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

Contest is now closed! A winner has been chosen!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Random Recovery Ramblings

    • Recovery and Healing is Humbling. It is hard to go from a girl who is training for a marathon, to a girl who is struggling to walk for more than a block and a half. It reminds you to never take your body for granted.
    • Puppies are the best healing companions. Snuggles from Mr. Clark instantly melt my heart.
    • If you have not yet read Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - then I highly recommend you do! I have been dying laughing all week! I could really relate to her hick town well-water struggles. I DIED!!
    • British TV is the BEST TV! I have been watching non-stop Downton Abbey, Twenty-Twelve, and and Doctor Who.
    • I realized that I have spent the majority of 2012 fighting a losing battle. My body never healed. And I have been struggling with a certain level of chronic pain and discomfort ever since - I just didn't want to admit it.
    • So all that running I have been doing, all that strength training, all effort I have put into recovery was for not. I struggled to log miles, run races, do a proper pushup, find my mojo, even run my first marathon, and it was all harder than it should have been. But that is not my fault. I did the best I could with what I had.
    • Looking back now, that 5:20 Marathon is looking pretty BADASS.
    • This time we are going to get it right. This time I will heal. This time I will be stronger and healthier than I have been for a long. And I can't wait!
    I cannot wait to see what this body can do once it is all healed, and healed up right!
    Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
    Krysten

    Genetics and Hereditary Cancer Quiz

    It is no secret that genetics and I have tumultuous relationship. I have been battling my Darwinian Failings for the laste decade. And as a result of my long and sorted history with my genes I feel very strongly about my choice to act proactively and the knowledge all of these medical advances have afforded me.

    You can't have a blog title like mine. And talk about the things I talk about. Without getting a lot of questions about genetics. I guess I was sort of asking for it, wasn't I?!

    I often shy away from really discussing the brass tacks of genetics and genetic testing, because quite frankly it is a complicated topic. And results of which, offer a double edged sword. Once you know, you have knowledge and a choice. But once you know, you also can't unknow either. So you need to be ready to face your results and what they mean.

    When I went through my first round of genetic testing for Long QT syndrome, I was already diagnosed, I already had my robot heart, and I had already been through 2 surgeries. So hearing I carried the genetic marker wasn't shock and it didn't exactly change anything either.

    Source
    When the opportunity arose the be tested for BRCA gene - I knew what that meant for my health, I knew what it meant for my Breast Cancer Risk, I wanted to be tested and to act proactively, and I also knew what my choice would be if the results came back positive. I went into testing pretty resigned to the fact that I would test positive - genetics has never been my strong suit so I assumed that this would be more of the same. I was very prepared for what having this information would mean.

    That being said, not everyone has the same checkered medical past that I do though, so making decisions regarding genetic testing and preventative treatments are not always so cut and dry. So to the many people who question me about this type of screening I feel the need to caution you before you journey down this road. Are you ready to face the results whatever they may be?

    It is very possible that you will get good news only 7% of all Breast Cancer cases are attributed to the gene, so carrying the gene is rare. Only a very small percentage of the population actually carry the gene, but those who are BRCA+ have an exponentially higher risk of developing the disease. So once you know that you are a BRCA carrier - you know. And choices about screening and preventative options will always remain forefront in your mind. It is something that will begin to inform everything - so you have to be ready for that.

    All that doom and gloom aside, I know there are many people who have been affected by Breast Cancer and are curious about the prospect of genetic screening and the BRCA gene specifically. Myriad Genetic's has created a Hereditary Cancer Quiz that anyone can take to assess their risk and to see if genetic screening is something they should look into. Knowing the potential risk can help the healthcare provider and patient make better, more informed decisions about the patient’s health, before the onset of cancer or before a second cancer has a chance to develop. Testing should be considered for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer if:

    The Patient:
    • Has had breast cancer at age 50 or younger
    • Has had ovarian cancer at any age
    • Is male and has had breast cancer at any age
    • Is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and has a personal or family history of breast, ovarian or pancreatic cancer*

    The Patient’s Family:

    • Has had two breast cancers in the same person or on the same side of the family
    • Has had somebody diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at any age
    • Has had pancreatic cancer and an HBOC-associated* cancer in the same person or on the same side of the family
    • Has three or more family members with breast cancer on the same side of the family
    • Has had a previously identified BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in the family
    If any of these red flags speak to you and your family history, you can follow the link below and take their specifically designed quiz.

    Myriad's Hereditary Cancer Quiz

    Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
    Krysten

    

    Monday, 4 February 2013

    Post-op Update

    Hi Friends.

    I am home. I am well. And Surgery #6 is in the bag.


    Friday was relatively uneventful as far as surgeries go. There was a whole lot of waiting around. My OR time was delayed, so we waited around some more. And then I rolled off to the meet up with my entourage of surgeons relatively relaxed and cracking jokes.

    I drifted off telling them "To bring their A-game. Because I wasn't coming back."  "No more surgeries", I shouted into my oxygen mask as I drifted off into a drug induced sleep.

    I woke up an hour and half later, feeling woozy but pretty good compared to the last time. I spent the rest of Friday being poked and prodded, checked and tested, and to be honest also being very very stoned on pain meds.

    Because I was feeling good and I loathe spending the night at the hospital - the team agreed as long as my pain was under control I could go home that day. So home is where I went and where I have been for the last few days. And life has been pretty uneventful since. I have been sleeping, nursing my sore tummy, watching a lot of Food Network, and snuggling with my puppy Clark and amazing hubby Jamie.

    I have been forbidden from doing much for the next 4 weeks, so there will just be a whole lot of resting, reading, and convalescing happening up in here. But don't worry, I will be up and running again before you know it!

    Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
    Krysten