Summertime fun!

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Summer is here and in full bloom!

Kids are out of school, only thing on TV are re-runs, SnowBirds have left to go up North, times are good.

What will you be doing this summer? If you are in my neck of the woods, you will probably have lots of activities outside, right? Hit the beach, go to the park, go to the theme parks, bike riding, canoeing and more.

With that said, here is my PSA for the week. Sun protection is key! Please do yourself and your family a favor and remember to throw on sunscreen and sunblock.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? One in five Americans will develop skin cancer. It is no laughing matter and it isn’t being taken serious.

Look at Ron and I. He was diagnosed wth Squamous Cell Carcinoma (the second most common) and I was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma (the most common). Basal cell is rarely fatal, but can be disfiguring, but Squamous cell can be fatal.

They say that about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV rays from the sun.

This is why I am urging everyone to cover up and use sun protection. You can be beautiful without the deep dark tahitian tan. Plus with all the new sprays and lotions, they are easier to apply and not such a hassle, especially with kids.


Here is a quick Q&A guide to tell you what SPF to use and how often you shoud re-apply.

Q: What is the minimum SPF recommended for kids? For adults?
A: For children 6 months of age and older, we recommend sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher.
Babies under 6 months should be kept out of the sun.
Adults of all skin types should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Q: What is the difference between UVA rays and UVB rays?
A: UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin and contribute to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Our exposure to UVA is more constant than to UVB — we encounter UVA rays no matter what the season or time of day.

UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, but they also contribute significantly to premature skin aging and skin cancer.

High SPF sunscreen products (those with an SPF higher than 30) are designed primarily to absorb UVB plus the shorter UVA rays.

Q: How much should I use and how often should I re-apply?
A: Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.

Long story short, go out, enjoy the sun. Get your vitamin D. Just be safe when you do. You’ll find me at the beach as much as possible this summer, but you’ll find me under a nice umbrella (that also has SPF protection) or out enjoying the waves with my SPF 45+ on. I won’t let cancer get the best of me!

For more helpful information, here are some great sites.

http://www.skincancer.org/

http://www.cancer.org

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Week of mixed feelings

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It’s been a week of emotions.


A wonderful person lost her 2 year battle of cancer this past weekend. I worked with her until she had to go on disability to take care of herself. Holli was like no other person I had met. She had the most positive, hopeful, upbeat outlook. She just knew she was going to beat her cancer and at any time she would be back at work doing what she loved. Over the past two years, her battle had its ups and downs, but in the end, Holli passed away surrounded by her friends and family. She is no longer suffering and is now an angel looking over all of us who knew her.

This past week was also the start of some check-ups for Ron. It’s been 2 months since his 1st post-treatment scans came back clean. He has to continue to have check-ups to make sure everything is still looking good. It could be too easy to quickly believe that he is cancer-free, but you have to keep a bit of realism with you and remember that it takes a few years to be fully sure the cancer is gone.

I constantly find myself with an internal battle. You can’t live your life in fear, but you also can’t be naive. How do you balance the two? I am still working on figuring it out myself. I have good days and bad days. Mostly good, but sometimes you can’t help but worry. He is my love, my life, my future. What would I do without him?

Thursday was Holli’s memorial service. I knew I would be sad, because I was sad she was taken and I was sad for her 19 year old daughter. Man, I had no idea how I was going to be affected by attending that service. It hit way too close to home. To think it could have been Ron, because he was in some pretty shaky spots at times. I felt like a bus was sitting on my chest sitting there in the chapel. I did a really good job of keeping my tears to myself. I didn’t want to lose it. When the service was over, we decided to head home. I wasn’t in a place to be around others and I could sense that Ron wanted to go home too.

As soon as we got to the car I lost it. I can always be myself with Ron. He knew what was happening. He was dealing with his own demons as well, but he pushed that to the side to make sure I was ok. (One of the zillion reasons I love that man.) We both acknowledged we don’t know what tomorrow will hold and we are thankful for every moment we have together and with our family. Can’t ask for any more than that from anyone.

Here I am a day later. Tonight was the Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society.

We signed up to participate weeks ago with the group at Ashlee and Christopher’s school. Really neat event. It’s an 18-hour walk. Teams have their members sign up for hour blocks. It goes all through the night. Each team has their tents set up and there are activities for all. To start the race, the first lap is only for survivors. All caregivers join the survivors for the second lap and afterwards, everyone else for that time block joins in. Great event. We decided that next year we are going to get our own team together and do the whole thing. Sleep-over and all. So get ready, we’ll be recruiting!!! The picture below shows Ron on the survivor lap. The young girl in the middle is in Ashlee’s class. Her name is Ebony and she is a one-year survivor.

So what have I learned this week? I have reminded myself that I am so grateful to be healthy, be with the man of my dreams and have the best friends and family. Some times it takes something big to slap you back to reality.

What I learned from Holli is to never give up, always keep hope and smile every day! Thank you Holli, you are missed!

Carey’s first blog

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Well, after almost a year and a half of reading Ron’s blog and seeing the response from others and seeing how he “slightly exaggerates” some things, I have decided I better start my own blog to make sure my side of his stories is heard.

As most of you know it has been an unbelievable last 6 months, with Ron being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his tonsils and having to undergo surgery, radiation and chemo. Plus, during this time, we continued to fall even more deeply in love, we moved in together and merged our two families and he proposed to me on New Year’s Day. Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind of a year! I couldn’t have asked for anything better (well, minus the cancer of course!)

My plan for this blog is to not only post my rebuttles to Ron’s posts, but I will also post my own entries here and there.

I hope you enjoy and get a giggle here and there at the craziness of our lives.
Carey