Inspired – Elly Mayday

I recently had an article shared with me about a Canadian model named Elly Mayday and her battle with Ovarian Cancer. The article talked about how one of the companies she is working with handled it (which I give them a HUGE kudos for) as well as about Elly and how she is facing everything herself. That article can be featured HERE.

I know I sometimes take my time between posts on here, but when something like this comes up, something truly inspirational, I have to drop everything and share it with the rest of you! I know when I was going through treatment and decided to keep working people couldn’t wrap their head around it. It was hard to explain that to me it was a matter of not letting Cancer win, not letting it change my life or my day to day routine. At the time I hadn’t heard much about Ovarian Cancer at all, let alone about others fighting the disease.

Reading this article brought me back to that stage, to those thoughts and to figuring out what was going to work for me through treatment. Elly is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL person inside and out, and I am so happy to see that she’s not letting Cancer hold her back or steal any of that from her! Following along on her Facebook page (HERE) I have had a chance to not only see her beautiful photos, but to see her her smile throughout everything.

She asked on her Facebook page for her fans to write her snailmail if they want to reach out to her right now, and I am going to do that for sure, but I also wanted to put a little shout out on here. Elly Mayday you are an inspriation to many. Thank you for standing up, sharing your story and helping to get the word out on a disease that is WAY too often forgotten about, swept under the rug and ignored!

I should also add before finishing this blog up that I want to give a huge shoutout as well to the company mentioned in the above link, Forever Yours Lingerie who not only has stood by Elly Mayday through this battle, but is doing their own part to put this disease out there to remind everyone that it IS a concern and we SHOULD be aware!

Walk of Hope 2013

Alright, I know my blogging has died of quite a bit recently. That’s largely due to the number of things we’ve had going on! On top of getting ourselves organized for the Expedition of Hope and working on fundraising for that, my husband and I are also both on the Walk of Hope committee for our local walk! 

This morning I watched an amazing group of people young and old gather at Malden Park in Windsor for our walk. I watched tears and laughter, hugging and crying, Zumba and memorial photos…. What a rollercoaster of emotions and what an amazing day! Thank you SO much to my fellow committee members, as well as to AM800, especially Lisa Williams for joining me as an emcee this morning. 

I just wanted to take a moment to share a few photos of what today was to me: 

Up at 0’Dark thirty to gather with the rest of our committee and volunteers to get everything set up (Tim Hortons in hand lol)

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Some of the fun we had set up around including decorations, teal photobooth props and our banner which made an appearance for more signatures today: 

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My husband and I during the set up: 

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Emceeing with Lisa Williams from AM800: 

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Also I had brought a little something special of my own. Last Friday was Wear Teal Day. I belong to a group of women that first met while planning our weddings on The Knot with one thing in common, weddings in September 2012. We have since become amazingly close despite living across Canada and the US (and one person even in Greece). For Wear Teal Day these amazing ladies showed their support to me in DROVES posting photos of themselves, their husbands, their children… all wearing Teal! I took these pictures and created a collage to bring with me so that I could bring some of my greatest supporters to walk with me today: 

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What a day to be reminded of just how blessed we are! 

 

Healthy Eating Tip – Smoothie Packs

In my attempts to eat proper, healthy meals I have noticed the biggest struggle has been convincing myself to take the time for breakfast. I am one of those ‘grab a coffee or tea and go’ type people.

I was browsing Pinterest when I came across a great idea. Each Sunday take the time to cut up and seperate various fruit for smoothies all week.

This not only makes it super easy each morning to grab my little pack of fruit from the freezer but also let’s me have a good collection of different fruits all mixed in without worrying that I might waste anything 🙂

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Highly recommend this for anyone else out there that struggles with breakfast!

Clean Eating Win!

Decided to try my first clean eating recipe and see if I could make something my husband would also enjoy. He very much grew up surrounded by food, all kinds of food, so he’s got a pretty set view of what he likes/doesn’t like. Tonight I made Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Ground Chicken Veggie Sauce. 

ImageFirst off the amount of spaghetti squash you will need depends on the number of people you’re feeding. To give you an idea we did 2 average sized squashes, that fed us dinner as well as enough for lunch the next day. Slice your squash in half and lay it on a baking pan. Drizzle olive oil on the exposed flesh of the squash with a bit of salt and pepper and bake at 350 until the squash falls apart into spaghetti like strings when  you scrape it with a fork. 

For the sauce I used homemade tomato sauce, red onions, carrots, mushrooms and grilled chicken. Pull out a frying pan. In a little bit of olive oil fry up your chicken. Add your veggies and continue cooking like a stir fry until everything is nice and cooked. Add your pasta sauce and let simmer until it is bubbling. 

This meal is super yummy, way healthy and tastes like you’re heating spaghetti and meat sauce! My husband loved it, so total win across the board!!!