Getting the Word Out!

Although the attention is still somewhat weird to me, I still haven’t been able to get used to it, I am so excited to see yet another example of publicity coming to the cause! This month Best Health Magazine has featured a handful of the climbers from our expedition! 

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The focus of this article is on the preparations that each of us made to physically get ready for the climb. Each of the women interviewed talks about the challenge that we took in doing this, and how we got ourselves into shape to do it. It discusses how much each of us raised as well as a mention of the cause itself. 

I am SO happy to see that months after our expedition we are still seeing attention brought to the cause from this! For every person I see mention the climb and the cause it makes the whole preparation and the climb all worth it all over again! 

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If you can get your hands on the magazine check it out! Its on shelves now – We just saw it out at our local Shoppers Drug Mart! 

Christmas Update!

Well the Christmas season certainly seems to have an effect on my blogging… it keeps me away from the computer so much that you’d think I vanished off the face of the earth! With making homemade gifts, shopping, wrapping, Christmas parties, Christmas movies, getting together with friends/family…. We’re definitely super busy this time of year! All for great reasons!

I know I have referenced on here that I belong to an online group of women I met during wedding planning. The ‘September 2012 Wives’ (we all got married Sept 2012 which is how we came together) are still a community growing strong, supporting each other through the ups and downs of married life, and I am SO thankful for them! Well this year for Christmas we opted to do an ornament exchange and I got some GORGEOUS ornaments back. There was one set though that I wanted to draw attention to on here considering the main focus of this blog…

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Are they not gorgeous? What a beautiful way to commemorate the year we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Canada! We have been talking about getting a real tree next year (I always had one growing up) and these ornaments sparked the idea of what I’m going to do with our little 4 1/2 foot tree… I think I am going to watch the sales after Christmas and decorate myself a teal and silver tree! It will be SO perfect for our house!

To continue on the update, my work Christmas party was last weekend. We got quite the storm here Friday night into Saturday and Saturday was the party…. Stories all over the news made it clear that the roads weren’t pretty, with accidents everywhere. The ride in that normally would have been 1/2 an hour tops took over an hour, and we even had sections of the drive where we weren’t positive we were even on the road (it was just a big blanket of white before us) but a ton of people still made it there for a great evening of music, food, and good company.

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Besides that it has been a busy, busy time getting all our gifts together. The UPS man showed up last night with a special gift we had ordered for our God Daughter which then prompted a trip to finish shopping for all the kids in the family – a big feat in itself! I still have some homemade gifts to finish, and a couple more gifts to buy for some of the adults, but we’re SO close now… Which is good because we’re quickly running out of time!

Let the race against time begin….

Breaking Through the Media Barrier

There’s one thing that has always seemed to hold us back here, locally, when it comes to getting the word out about Ovarian Cancer… the media. It seems like no matter how many events we hold – walks, zumbathons, yogathons, you name it – we struggle to get the support of most of our normal media outlets. 

Today I am grinning as I know that I have put one more hole into that wall. I just got off the phone with a reporter from our local newspaper. They will be running a story about my husband and I and the Expedition of Hope this Monday, a photographer is coming by tomorrow to take a photo. 

Its just one step, but its a step in the right direction! If I have to climb a darn mountain just to get people’s attention, then that’s what I’ll do! Getting the word out, making women everywhere aware of this disease…. THAT is the key! 

The Joy of the Burn

Before my diagnosis I was a martial artist, a hiker and a gym rat… Funny how one little statement from a Dr seemed to change that so quickly. During treatment I wasn’t able to keep up with it all anymore…

Before long I had gained weight, started feeling VERY down on myself and wasn’t even sure whether I had the drive left to start again. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to accept being back at the starting line again, starting the journey back to being in shape.

I poked at it with a stick… Debated doing it many times but never fully giving myself a chance to really commit to getting back to the shape I knew and loved. I was full of excuses – Always too tired, too sore, too busy…

I am blessed the Expedition of Hope came into my life for the moment I signed up it was finally the turning point I needed. I now had a long term goal and the drive to run for it…

So here I am now saying its not too late! Set a goal, announce it to the world, hols yourself accountable and run for it! If you believe you can do it, you will 😉

Article from Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Seeds of Hope Newsletter

Article from Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Seeds of Hope Newsletter

Click on the link to view! My husband and I were featured in today’s Seeds of Hope newsletter. The article shares a little bit of our story as well as some information about our involvement in the Expedition of Hope. Thank you very much to the author Annie, we really enjoyed getting to know you!

Let’s Get This Started

My name is Britt. I am 27 years old, happily married with 4 furkids. Just a few short years ago my life was turned around when I heard those three little words ‘You Have Cancer’.

At the time I had been on one date with my now husband, I had a physical job that I loved and was actively involved in martial arts. Suddenly having to take a desk job just to keep working and downgrading my life, life changed and fast!

Now with a clean bill of health my husband and I have decided to embark on our newest adventure – The Expedition of Hope 2013 for Ovarian Cancer Canada. In September 2013 a group of 30 people will fly out to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness.

This climb means so much to me on so many levels. My husband and I have created our own slogan for this adventure “No Mountain Is Too High”. This climb for me is a way to prove that Cancer has not and will not win.

This blog is going to detail our adventure as we prepare for this climb as well as get into shape.

Time to go out and show Cancer that it messed with the wrong woman 😉