Over three days this November, I will be walking 60 miles in the Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day. This walk will be much more than “just a walk” – it will be raising money to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund.

Over the next several months, I will be spending many, many, many hours in training (By the time the walk starts, I will have logged enough miles to take me from Phoenix to my hometown of Houston!

I have committed to raising $2,200 to participate in this walk. Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to help me achieve this goal. I’ll be doing all the walking...all you need to do is follow this link to my fundraising headquarters to submit your contribution.

You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in her honor as well. Please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with their name. I will create a ribbon just for them and attach it to my backpack.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women, and the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. Both its cause and the means for its cure remain undiscovered. I’m taking on this challenge to do something big that will help raise awareness and help in finding a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that you’ll share in this incredible adventure with me. Please leave comments or email me (txaggie02@hotmail.com) if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Virtual Trainer 5 Weeks

Countdown: 5 Weeks

Your Training Schedule for This Week:

Monday Rest
Tuesday 5 miles Easy walking
Wednesday 45 minutes Moderate cross-training
Thursday 6 miles Moderate walking
Friday 45 minutes Easy cross-training
Saturday 18 miles Easy walking
Sunday 15 miles Easy walking

Training Tip of the Week: Lymphedema

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissue and presents as swelling to the upper extremity. It typically occurs after breast cancer treatments where lymph nodes or vessels are damaged or removed. It can develop at any time - weeks, months, or even years later. Stressful conditions, such as an increase in exercise can cause it to occur.

Signs can include a full/heavy sensation in the arm, skin feeling tight, hand or elbow pain, skin discoloration, decreased hand or wrist flexibility, difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area or ring/watch/bracelet tightness. Swelling may develop at any part of the extremity. Seek medical attention as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.

Skin care is important to decrease the risk of infection. If you notice redness, warmth, swelling or tenderness to the skin, seek medical care at once. This is even more important if you have diabetes. Tips for skin care include:

  • Keep skin moisturized and clean. Moisturize frequently and do not use harsh soaps.
  • Take frequent breaks and rest when doing vigorous activities, especially if your arm feels tired, heavy or achy.
  • Use an electric razor instead of a safety razor.
  • Use insect repellants that do not dry the skin. Avoid those that contain a significant amount of alcohol.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF factor 15 or higher. Reapply often.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment to insect bites, cuts or abrasions (as long as you are not allergic).
  • Rest your arm in an elevated position, but do not hold it up for a long time without support so that your muscles will not get tired.
  • If you have arm swelling, wear compression bandages or garments and glove as instructed by your health care provider. Bring one or two spare sets with you on the 3-Day.
  • If you have a history of infections, use antibiotics as directed by your personal physician.
  • Don’t carry heavy objects or wear heavy shoulder bags on your affected side.
  • Don’t wear your watch or jewelry on your affected side.
  • Don’t wear clothing that restricts movement or has tight sleeves.
  • Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol.
  • Don’t get manicures that cut or overstress the skin around the nails.
  • Don’t permit blood pressure testing or any type of puncture (injection, IVs, drawing of blood or vaccinations) to your affected arm.

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