Good morning! We are loading up and will be ready to go soon! House sitter is coming, and beach, here we come! We have been dealing with a few stresses lately I am hoping I can share with you soon, and so this is a welcomed mental break for me and Bobby.
If you want to check out recaps from last year’s beach trip, check out the links below:
While I am on the road to the beach, be sure to check out the newest installment of RWS Features. Meet Krysten from Darwinian Fail. Krysten has had quite an interesting journey, so read on!
1. When did you start blogging?
I am a new-ish blogger. I just started blogging in April 2011.
2. Describe your blog in a few sentences:
The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail is the story of my battle with my genetic suckiness. If Darwin were to look strictly at my genetic makeup married with my family tree I would expect that he would predict that I am already dead. I am, by all medical accounts, a Darwinian Fail. However, I believe Darwin also qualified his idea of genetic fitness to include more than just biology. Fitness is also defined by adaptability, perseverance, and strength – and this is the definition I want used to define me. I have not exactly been dealt a winning hand when it comes to genetics, but I am determined to lead a healthy happy life despite the setback. Maintaining a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and creating a balanced lifestyle is all part of my Genetic Battle Plan.
3. What do you wish to accomplish on your blog?
I want to encourage women (and men alike) to embrace a healthy lifestyle despite all the obstacles. Prevention is the key! I have experienced my own health struggles both with heart disease as a result of a rare arrhythmia and Breast Cancer as result of the BRCA genetic link. This year I will undergo a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction to ensure that I remain in control of my health. It so easy to say this is someone else’s story. It is someone else’s struggle. It is someone else’s problem. But the truth is Heart Disease is the #1 killer in North America. And according to CDC’s 2007 stats 27 million American’s are diagnosed with heart disease annually. Not to mention that there will be 178 thousand new cases of cancer diagnosed this year in Canada. And Breast Cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women of all ethnicities. The reality is that my situation is not that uncommon. I want to beat heart disease, breast cancer, and genetics with a healthy lifestyle and positivity.
4. What is your greatest healthy living accomplishment?
I ran my first half marathon! As a preventative treatment for my positive BRCA 1 (breast cancer gene) diagnosis I will undergo a double bilateral mastectomy. My surgery date was March 5th. In preparation for my 2 month hiatus from exercise during recovery I decided to go out with a bang. I ran my very first half marathon Burlington’s Chilly Half Sunday March 4th.
Thanks so much for sharing! Be sure to stop by Krysten’s blog to learn more about her and be sure to follow her on Twitter: @darwinianfail
QOTD: What are you doing this weekend?