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I was a life long resident of Northern NJ, but due to financial issues we decided to relocate to an area that would be more affordable, who knew that it would be Naples, Florida? My husband is disabled after a motorcycle accident at the Drag Strip (being thrown from a motorcycle at over 150 mph, we're just happy to still have him!) I was working 3 jobs to make ends meet and missing my 3 kids growing when the job offer came in Naples, we reluctantly agreed to check it out.....and haven't regretted it for a single second! Although we are hundreds of miles from relatives, we feel so at home in Naples, partly because of our new karate family, mostly because of our new church family!

In November of 2007 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after a suspicious screening mammogram on the left side lead to an MRI which showed cancer on the right side! Surgery was the following week, the sentinel node was positive, much to my disappointment, but only microscopically so. Started chemotherapy in December (Carboplatnin and Taxotere 6 cycles, with weekly Herceptin due to being Her2 positive), finishing that in March. We celebrated by going to a hockey game, which was fine by me, as I am a huge hockey fan. Radiation started in April, continuing until mid June, 37 treatments, given in the very office in which I work. My job is as a Medical Dosimetrist and do treatment planning for radiation treatments, primarily for cancer patients, and yes, I performed my own plan! Now I am just going every 3 weeks to get my Herceptin infusion, looking forward to the last one on Dec. 5. I have already told my husband that we are going to have a New Years Eve celebration, as I will be happy to be done with this year!

My entire family trains together in Shido Ryu style of Karate, my husband is a Nidan and Sensei, my son and I are Shodan, my 2 girls are Shodan Ho. It was my goal to earn my black belt before I turned 45, and did test for it successfully, just 2 days before my cancer surgery. Though I took some time off from training, I kept up as best I could, keeping my mind and body focused on the next step. On the day after chemo treatment #5, I tested for my black belt in weapons (bo) and during Radiation treatments, testing for my first degree black belt.

Both major incidents in my life have drawn me closer to God, I feel His power, His love every day of my life. My 3 kids sing in the church choirs, 2 in Middle/High School choir and they sing such amazing praise and worship songs, one of my favorites sums it up, as it reminds us that no matter where, no matter what, God never lets go of us. My life verse is Jer. 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope".

Member Since: 8/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 47,637

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I power walk each morning with the family dog (poor thing doesn't get to sniff as much as she'd like, but she needs to loose weight too, so too bad!) I also train in karate, along with my husband and 3 kids.

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I am 45 years old and reside in Naples, Florida, and originally from Northern New Jersey. I live with my husband of 23 years and 3 kids, ages 16, 12 and 10. I am a blackbelt in karate as is the rest of my family. I am a Medical Dosimetrist for a Radiation Therapy Center. Being a breast cancer survivor, I am grateful to God for each day that He's given me.

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"For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not calamity, to give you a future and a hope" Jer. 29:11

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    Thank you for the flowers. This is such an expensive trip but I'm so glad that we are here for my sister.
    3676 days ago
  • v EVELYN5877
    Thank you for my spark goodie, and the kind comments. Funnily enough I've just returned to karate after a break of about 20 years, I'm trying hard to relearn the taikyoku shodan kata, it's a case of remember the tune, forgotten the words!
    3694 days ago
  • v JAZZID
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    3773 days ago
  • v STEPH606
    Hi! Thanks for checking in, I totally fell "off the wagon". After all the stresses of the last few years, I guess the divorce finally was the last bit. I had a wake up call, and then saw some posts on SP, and decided it was time to come back and take care of myself and undo the damage. Your posts was one of those things, so thank you for that.

    I will probably me in Naples during spring break for the komen 5K (if I can work out the timing). Will let you know for sure. Have you done the race there?

    I hope you and your family are well.
    3818 days ago
  • v JAZZID
    Have a wonderful weekend... ~ Dee emoticon
    3836 days ago
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