Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tough Girls Guide To Getting Your Groove Back

I like the no sweat kind of exercise generally speaking. Most of you know , I am a Pilates Girl. I've had my days in the gym no doubt. It's necessary sometimes. But for the most part, I like getting my exercise in unique ways. Like sneaking it in as dancing. I like to fit in social events while doing something useful. So, when the opportunity to have fun and burn off some excess steam comes up, I'm all in. I just wish they didn't have those darn mirrors! Seriously. You go along, jamming in your own world and then POW - you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Yeah, usually a deal breaker for me.

I am the guinea pig of sorts. I have eaten more things than I care to admit in the name of health and yes, tried more crazy ways of getting my body moving to get those endorphins going. It's not just me that says so -even though I AM a fitness professional by the way- It's a proven fact that exercise releases stress hormones in the body ( i.e cortisol) and if exercise sounds repulsive to you - think of this: A stagnant pond with green toxins building up. That's kinda like your lymph system when your body isn't moving. Fine. I'm exaggerating a little but you get the idea. So, I am looking to round up some gal pals to explore some new fitness routines. You never know, getting in touch with the softer side of your Tough Girl could be dangerously fun!

If you can't make it to Abby Bella with the rest of the Tough Girls, you might try a dvd with dancing in the privacy of your own living room ~ preferably with no mirrors.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inner Tough Girls Livin' It Up After Cancer

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Do you remember the excitement of your Birthday when you were little? Anxiously awaiting the surprises it would hold. Receiving all the gifts you asked for and then some? The feeling of pure joy and gratitude upon seeing friends at your party?

Well, that's exactly how the Inner Tough Girls felt yesterday at our kick off luncheon at Regions Bistro. All of the hard work that went in to planning and preparing for the debut of the Tough Girls paid off when everyone left with a smile on their face.

Chef Nancy Banner started the day sharing her knowledge and wisdom of not only what types of food Tough Girls should be eating - but WHY. You can ask Chef Nancy for the handouts through her website. http://www.theholistickitchen.com/

Then, Annette Leal Mattern shared her incredible journey and perspective on love, life and cancer. Annette has raised ovarian cancer awareness in literally millions of people throughout the world. If you would like to get an overview you can visit Annette at EmpowHer.com or order her book 'Outside the Lines'.

Next, a few unexpected guests shared their expertise. Naomi Richman of Affordable Acupunture and Natural Cancer Girl, Diane Paradise spoke briefly. We hope to hear more from them at a future date.

There was laughter, tears, and friendships blooming. We even gave away $428.00 from our 50/50 raffle tickets to Ashley Debellis. Ashley is just 12 years old, but already a 'giver' to the community. When we asked her what she was going to do with the money, she said she was going to buy her mom flowers! A Tough Girl in the making.

Everyone left with a happy heart and hope that while cancer is still threatening the lives of millions of people, it can not threaten the happiness of an 'Inner Tough Girl '.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tough Girls Guide to Getting Your Mojo Back

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Have you noticed everyone wants to take your picture at the Doctor office lately? What's with that? I went to the oncologist the other day, the nurse assistant kept asking my birthdate. Like 3 times. By the third time I was concerned. Then she giggled and said " Well, this picture they have on here doesn't look anything like you!" Wow. I felt like saying, "Yes, well, cancer has a way of aging you really fast. Not to mention what it does to your a**!" But I just smiled instead.

So, when the opportunity for Tough Girls to unite with a stylist and make up artist came along, I jumped at the chance. It's not just the hair or the make up, it's really about feeling good and putting the 'sass' back in 'sassy'. So, if your in the Phoenix area, please join us for "The Tough Girls Guide to Getting Your Mojo Back" sponsored by Leidan Mitchell Salon in Central Phoenix. Angela Waters will be giving mini make overs, a massage therapist will be on hand for massage techniques that help alleviate swelling, stress and scar tissue build up. We're having organic juice bar and lots of fun.

Visit Our Life After Cancer for details~ or call 480.323.5280 email mylifeaftercancer@yahoo.com ~ make it easy on yourself.

For all our Tough Girls not in the area, would you be interested in a video clip with amazing tips? It's the best I could think of short of flying everyone in for the occasion.
But don't wait for us to get your Mojo back- Myshape.com goes through body types and finds the clothes that fits you best. Very cool for a short Tough Girl like me with my menopausal butt. :)

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tough Girls Meet Natural Cancer Girl

This story with Diane Paradise and Dr. Dan Rubin will challenge your way of thinking about traditional cancer treatments. The thing to remember is that Dr. Rubin is one of the very top ranked Naturopathic Oncologist throughout the nation - and Diane Paradise truly has a purpose to share her story and her knowledge. It's a winning combination. I heard of a story of a lady who had inflammatory breast cancer, chose not to have traditional treatment and walked into her local GNC and asked what she should be taking. NOT the same thing. Tough Girls have spent countless hours seeking the very best in the field.

Please visit http://ourlifeaftercancer.com for more information on upcoming events!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Updates to The Inner Tough Girl Event on October 30th

Hey Tough Girls~
If you haven't already read our post about changing the venue for our October 30th date, then you might want to scroll down and check it out! I am shocked and amazed by the overwhelming support within our community. It keeps getting better and better. Don't miss your chance to meet some of the most inspiring women I have ever met. These ladies have refused to give power to cancer- they empower themselves and others. You will not want to miss this up close and personal luncheon. You might not get to pick the brains of these ladies and learn from their experience in this kind of setting again. There is limited space,
so PLEASE RSVP with an email to mylifeaftercancer@yahoo.com
or call 480-323-5280 immediately!

Chef Nancy Banner from The Holistic Kitchen will be joining us and sharing her knowledge and expertise on eating the foods that keep us healthy and why they are vital in a healthy lifestyle after cancer. Nancy also teaches class at Whole Foods so, check her out on her events page.

Tough Girl extraordinaire, Annette Mattern will be sharing her inspiring story of a 22 year ovarian cancer survivor, Author, Speaker and President of the Ovarian Cancer Society in
Arizona. Truly, an angel with a face.

In addition to having great Speakers, we will have good food, good company and GREAT fun!

Also, see our new site at http://ourlifeaftercancer.com/ to give your Inner Tough Girl a whirl!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things I Wish My Doctor Told Me!

What you don't know CAN hurt you! Being a Tough Girl means saying good bye to Martyrdom and Hello to being Inner Tough. Your cancer was a wake up call for your body to do something different. Listen up! If your not doing it, NO ONE else will - But sometimes, we just don't have the right tools and information we need to live the best lives we possibly can. Join us for our kickoff luncheon with a cancer nutrition specialist, inspiring speakers, lunch and PRIZES! We love prizes~ and most of all, a chance to meet other amazing women in our community that have 'been down that road'. And just remember, being 'Tough' means arming ourselves with the knowledge that will keep us healthy and HAPPY!

Oh, and PS. It's my 'Cancerversary' That day so I would really love to share it with all of you-
I know, I just pulled the cancer card. I'm gross.. . .

When: Friday, October 30th 2009 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Where: Regions Bistro & Bar 9343 E Shea Blvd Suite 100
Suggested donations includes: Speakers, healthy lunch, drink & dessert.
Space is limited! You must RSVP to Angella Hamilton at
480.323.5280 or mylifeaftercancer@yahoo.com

Sunday, August 23, 2009

In the next hour.

In the time it takes to watch an episode of American Idol, 81 women will be diagnosed with cancer. That's just in the United Stated alone. Mothers, sisters, daughter and friends. Think of all the women in your life. Since cancer is so common now, people think it is easier to deal with. I did. When I was first diagnosed, I thought. " O.k. a little radiation, light surgery and that will take care of things." I knew several people who made it through cancer 'just fine'. I really had no idea. To make things worse, I felt guilty because after the cancer was gone, I still felt like crap. I smiled, I went back to work but inside I was far from 'fine'.
I was very vocal about my experience with cancer and yet, I also went through a period of time I wanted to just move on and forget it ever happened. But I have kids and I want them to know how to avoid this nightmare in the future and yes, I do believe the choices we make now for ourselves and for the environment are critical to our survival in the future.

I can't promise them we will have a cure for cancer or chronic disease, but I can teach them the tools I have learned along the way to lead a healthy, happy life. I wanted to walk away from cancer - but something kept nudging me to share my experience. Teach people the things I have learned ( and am still learning ) form people in my quest for health. I knew it was the right thing to do when I decided to do the "Life After Cancer Event" and people started coming out of the woodwork to help. This told me two things: 1. I was not alone in my feelings after cancer and 2. There were people who really wanted to share their knowledge and expertise as much as I did.
If you are reading this and have experienced cancer, please join us on October 30th at the Fairmont Princess -If you know of someone who might benefit from this, please share this with them- you never know how you can impact a life.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Want A Little Preview of the "Life After Cancer " Event?


O.k. - I just couldn't wait any more to share my great news with you!

Dr. Daniel Rubin has just agreed to come on board for the "Life After Cancer" in October at the Princess Resort.

Dr. Rubin is a internationally recognized Speaker and Naturopathic Oncologist is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association as well as The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society. He also serves on the Elite Medical Advisory Board of Allergy Research Group, Inc., a publicly-held company specializing in nutraceutical research and product formulation with a focus on oncology. A frequent lecturer in both the academic and professional settings, Dr, Rubin has been asked to speak both nationally and internationally regarding oncology. He has appeared on local television regarding his work in oncology and has been featured in local newspapers and national magazines.

Visit Naturopathic Specialists Here for more information and check back often. . . I have more surprises up my sleeve.

The Tough Girl's Guide to Life After Cancer

I was 37 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What I thought was going to be ‘a little cancer’ turned into being quite an ordeal. No one can really prepare you for the experience. It’s like trying to explain colors to a blind person. They might ‘think ‘they have an idea, but you don’t really ‘get it’ until you ‘get it’.

I knew from the beginning of my diagnosis if I was going to get through this, I needed to get my *inner tough girl* on. The ‘Inner Tough Girl ‘blog became my form of therapy.

The Tough Girl’s Guide To Life After Cancer

Many moons ago people would ask what I ultimately wanted to do with my life- I would respond "I want to build something that will outlast me." Meaning,I wanted to change and impact people in a way that would make the world a better place. I had no idea the plan that was to unfold - as most of us rarely do. Besides bring two beautiful people into the world, The " Life After Cancer" events are my contribution to the world.

The other day,I was in the grocery and heard some ladies talking about their chemo treatments. I realized there were 5 of us in the produce section and 3 of us had undergone chemotherapy . It was time to do something about my dream -it was time to make a leap of faith even though I felt it was "too big" for me. As fate would have it, once I made this decision, all kinds of help stepped up to the plate and volunteered for this project. There was no turning back.

In the beginning of my treatment, my ‘tough girl’ was like a cheerleader. Rah! Rah! Save the world- Sack that c-a-n-c-e-r . Then it was like a broody teenager- pissed off most of the time, annoyed and emotional. Then something shifted and I was ready to step up to be the person I was intended to be – Confident and happy with who I have become.

I realized there is a lot of support for women initially diagnosed and going through treatments, surgery etc. but not too much about what happens after the cancer is gone and the treatments are over. I understand there are a lot of people who go on with their former life- a life before cancer-but for me, cancer deeply impacted my life and my relationships. Nothing is the same and to be quite honest. . . I had a tough time dealing with this reality.

People would say "Oh, well you are so young, you will recover fast!" and yep - that's true - but being young and recovering from cancer creates a whole host of physical problems. Yeah, I AM young and I would like my sex life back - I AM young and I did not plan on having debilitating arthritis and fatigue for my 'younger years'. I AM young and did not plan on having to worry about bone density at my age or my teeth falling out for crying out loud. Yes, I will admit - I feel a little robbed of my youth. Whatever-I try not to think about it too much.

A friend recently passed on this quote to me about faith:
When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

It's my time to fly ...