Well that ain’t right…

Oh my. Three months since my last blog post. I am so ASHAMED of myself… Too much to talk about now, so I’ll just use this moment to provide an update on my 3-Day experience…

Earlier this month I reached the minimum to “officially” walk in the 3-Day here in Tampa. That’s right, folks. Over $2,300 has been earned. But I will not stop there. Of course I’m going to work hard to earn every dollar I can for the foundation!¬† That’s how much I believe in what the Susan G. Koman Foundation is doing. Please, if you can, please use my link to the right (or above, or all over the place here in this blog…) to make a donation today. You can even click here!

In addition, the training is also going strong. We’re up to 10 miles now in our official team training walks. And although I have missed a few of those walks here and there, I am still well on my way to being ready for the big event come this October. ūüôā I rock!!!

On that note: We are exactly 3 months away from the start of the 3-Day Event here in Tampa. In fact, check-in opens today and I am eager to sign in! (Maybe I’ll hop to it right after finishing this blog…) Yup, October 28 is the big day! I can’t wait!!!

Until then, please wish lots of luck to all those who are walking for three days this weekend in Cleveland. It’s hard to believe the Event Kick-off and first walk has already taken place (Boston last weekend).

Until next time!

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The Official 3-Day Training Season Begins!

I just came back from the official Tampa Bay 2011 3-Day for the Cure Training Kick-off Event. And while it took place in an indoor (mall) setting, boy was that a HOT walk!

The event started at the 3-Day core sponsor’s location, New Balance (as in the incredible walking/sporting goods¬†shoe store), in Westshore Plaza. We were able to do a foot analysis and shoe fitting as well as enjoy awesome discounts on their products. Then there was a brief overview and walking pep talk before we took off in the mall (pre-opening hours, so no distractions or crowds other than the walkers).

I was able to reunite with walkers that I have met before in previous (unofficial) walks. One of which is a nice woman, named Debbie, a 15 year breast¬†cancer survivor. In addition, I finally decided to join a team here in town, ‘Thanks for the Mammories’. They are an¬†impressive group of women with whom I look forward to sharing this journey with¬†as we get ready for the “Big Event” (only 6 months to go!) They will be a great “support group” as I discipline myself while training. I need someone to help get my butt in gear, someone to say “HEY! Get up off that couch! We’re walking today!” No excuses, Jenna… Thanks to my new team, there will also be plenty of opportunity for me to get in shape and make an amazing¬†new group of friends (which is something I could definitely use). ūüôā

I’m definitely feeling the drive to do more with this event this weekend, so I¬†made myself a challenge to raise at least $100 for the 3-Day before the weekend is out (since there were almost 100 people in attendance at the Kick-off). Could you help me reach this goal? Remember: Your donation goes toward something even bigger than helping me reach a simple goal. You could help save someone’s life today.

Thank you.

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My Mom’s Healing Inspiration

A good book for healing and guidance? Time shall tell.

Another book came to my attention recently, this time courtesy of my mom. She’s very passionate about¬†the subject of¬†healing and self-help, two subjects which I naturally tend to avoid. But just recently she became so excited about¬†this book titled ‘The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing’ by Beth Baughman DuPree. So-much-so that she insisted on purchasing the $30 book for me at full retail cost (in this current day and age, and with your government job currently on the line, THAT’S what I call¬†excitement!)¬†

It reached my doorstep today, and I must say, having not even read more than¬†a handful of pages, I am already¬†engrossed. Mind you, I have a feeling this book may become overly preachy (“spiritual healing angels” and “chakras” are frequent topics) but I couldn’t help but mention the book here, as it has supposedly inspired my mom to finally decide to commit to the 3-Day along with me this year.

According to it’s description on Amazon.com:

“Product Description

This wonderful book is filled with stories of healing, curing and the ongoing and wonderful interaction between Dr DuPree and her family of patients. It tells the story of her journey from Western-trained medicine to being a surgeon with a new and transforming belief in the power of spirit to heal even when cure is not attainable. This new edition contains a long series of spiritual messages on healing, trust and hope.

About the Author

Dr Beth Dupree, breast cancer surgeon in Pennsylvania, has performed surgery on thousands of patients. The personal and energetic connection she shares with her patients is as important to the healing process as the surgery she performs. Her focus as a phusician has shifted from one based solely in Western medicine to one that combines the wisdom of Eastern medicine with state of the art Western medical technology. She is the founder of The Healing Consciousness Foundation which supports healing services for breast cancer patients. A portion of the proceeds of this book is donated to the Foundation. She is married and the mother of two sons.”
At it’s core, this is a book about dealing with the inevitable after being diagnosed with cancer (specifically breast cancer – see the connection?)¬† The author herself has even participated in the 3-Day. I hope to gain plenty of inspiration from this book. I will update as I continue to read it for myself.

Thank you, mom!

Current Status: My hooters are healthy. My heart is heavy. My mind is open.

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Bad Blogger. Very Bad Blogger.

I cannot believe it’s been a month since I posted an entry in this blog. This past month has certainly been a busy one, during which the world has witnessed a natural tragedy occur in Japan, changing the lives of millions. We’ve come to see a new war occur in the middle east. Now there’s another threat toward our environment and the wildlife that is attempting to survive in the Gulf (darn off-shore¬†oil drilling)… There hasn’t been much good to talk about in the world, but plenty of good is occuring in this house.

This week, I have been happy to invite my own family (my sister) into our house for the first time in over 3 years. This has been good Рvery, very good. In addition, I have a newly potty trained 3 year old kidlet. I am enjoying this achievement even more than I could ever have imagined. And finally, I have a new obsession: A Canon Rebel 2Ti 18.0 megapixel D-SLR Camera with super awesome lens attachments. Seriously. Take a look at these photos!

I am now Mommy Paparazzi. So sue me. You will likely see many, many more photos on this page in the future.

In other news, I am just over a month into fundraising for the SUsan G. Koment 3-Day for the Cure. I have raised over $1,300. Less than $1,000 to go until I can officially walk! I aim for much more than that, but I feel good about what has been accomplished so far. I look forward to seeing what can be achieved in the 7 months left until the Walk.

Current status: Going strong. And going… and going… and going!
How far can you go? Donate today!

(Or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 in support of the Japan disaster relief efforts.)

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A time of reflection…

I attended a “Get Started” meeting tonight for the Susan G. Komen¬†3-Day for the Cure. My sister-in-law, Nanci, joined me for support. While I have already been “getting started” on my fundraising for the 2011 3-Day and am already approaching the half-way mark to the $2300 requirement to walk (thanks to some generous donations as well as¬†three highly successful eBay auctions!), I must say that this meeting was more enlightening than I had anticipated and it is¬†still affecting me as I type.

A number of cancer survivors were in attendance at the meeting, and at times their stories nearly drove me to tears,¬†or at¬†the very least¬†got me thinking. Maybe it was their own passion mixed with my own fidgety tendacies, but I frequently found myself wanting to shout out and join them in their passion for the cause. My story may not be as strong or heartwrenching as theirs, but (as you already know) I, too, have lost a loved one to breast cancer, and I, too, know the fear of the unknown and the possibility of disease permanently affecting my life… Let me share:

Not everyone I know may be aware¬†of this, but I also have had a “brush” with a form of cancer. In early 2003, I¬†had a precancerous mole removed from my chest. I was just barely 20 years old. It was a dysplastic¬†nevi; a precancerous mole¬†caught¬†and removed at the earliest possible stage, before becoming a melanoma.¬† I have many atypical moles on my body, which puts me at higher risk for developing melanoma. It may not be breast cancer, but it is just as scary and just as deadly. So I know the fear that people go through; the fear that maybe (just maybe) the next time you go it¬†for an exam, that might just¬†be the day you get the news…¬† Because¬†of this, I know¬†all about the desperate¬†hope and need¬†for a cure.

This meeting gave me a mix of emotions in the span of a mere 90 minutes. The high of Pride; realizing that what I am doing will make a difference and will be recognized by thousands. The low of Truth; remembering that every day people are losing their lives toto this disease and that any day it could hit closer to home. The high of Excitement;¬†knowing that I’m taking part in something so awesome and realizing¬†the affect that it has in developing me as a person. And the low of Raw Emotional Power; hearing the cancer survivor’s personal (and often tragic) stories, then going home, looking at¬†my young and innocent daughter and hoping that she will never have the need for what this cause is providing.

I’m still reflecting on everything that¬†I have brought home with me from this meeting. I’m going to hold these emotions close to me as I continue to raise money… What a way to “Get Started”!

For more reading on dysplastic nevi visit: http://www.skincancer.org/dysplastic-nevi-atypical-moles.html

Current Status: My hooters are healthy. My heart is heavy.

Do it for someone you know whose hooters might not be healthy.
Do it for their skin, their lungs, their heart, their ovaries, their colon…
Make a donation today.

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Good Read: ‘LEFT Neglected’ by Lisa Genova

Hemispatial neglect is most frequently associated with a lesion of the right parietal lobe (in yellow, at top)

Do you remember that book called ‘Still Alice’? It covered the topic of early¬†onset Alzheimer’s, and definitely brought tears to this girl’s eyes. Now the author is back with her second novel, ‘LEFT Neglected’. This time¬†she has¬†something to say about a condition called (you guessed it) left neglect, more commonly known as ‘hemispatial neglect’.

According to Wikipedia:

Hemispatial neglect, also called hemiagnosia, hemineglect, unilateral neglect, spatial neglect or neglect syndrome is a neuropsychological condition in which, after damage to one hemisphere of the brain, a deficit in attention to and awareness of one side of space is observed. Hemispatial neglect is very commonly contralateral to the damaged hemisphere, but instances of ipsilesional neglect (on the same side as the lesion) have been reported.

Hemispatial neglect results most commonly from brain injury to the right cerebral hemisphere, causing visual neglect of the left-hand side of space. Right-sided spatial neglect is rare because there is redundant processing of the right space by both the left and right cerebral hemispheres, whereas in most left-dominant brains the left space is only processed by the right cerebral hemisphere. Although most strikingly affecting visual perception (‘visual neglect’), neglect in other forms of perception can also be found, either alone, or in combination with visual neglect.

In an extreme case, a patient with neglect might fail to eat the food on the left half of their plate, even though they complain of being hungry. If someone with neglect is asked to draw a clock, their drawing might show only the numbers 12 and 1 to 6, the other side being distorted or left blank. Neglect patients may also ignore the contralesional side of their body, shaving or adding make-up only to the non-neglected side.

Neglect may also present as a delusional form, where the patient denies ownership of a limb or an entire side of the body. Since this delusion often occurs alone without the accompaniment of other delusions, it is often labeled as a monothematic delusion.”

Wow. A pretty heavy topic¬†to write about. But the author knows her subject well and does-so with finesse and (occasional, where appropriate) humor. It makes you suddenly think about a condition you may have never heard of before, or¬†perhaps didn’t entirely¬†understand. Much like her previous novel, the book involves a lead female character whose priorities must change after her condition develops. You travel with her as she gets used to life with her disability and you see¬†how she recovers, if at all. The author knows how to keep it real, pulling our heartstrings along as if it were our own friend or family member (or perhaps even ourselves) with the condition.

Highly recommended reading.

Text Resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemispatial_neglect
Find¬†‘LEFT Neglected’¬†here: http://www.amazon.com/Left-Neglected-Lisa-Genova/dp/1439164630/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297740443&sr=8-1
(I am not an affiliate of Amazon, nor do I make any money off this post.)

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Me and the kidlet

I'm a real person and not just a cyber bot! That's me and my adorable little kidlet. We love to have fun and take pictures.

My name is Jenna DeTrapani. I am a happily married wife and mother of a 3 year old “princess” in Palm Harbor, FL. For nearly 5 years (and counting) I have worked for the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (aka NMEDA, a non-profit for the adaptive automotive equipment industry) as their Creative Manager.

I love who I am and I love what I do.

I try my hand at blogging off and on, but you know… Being a full time mom with a 40-hour work week means there’s not much time for anything but the daily commute and child’s play until bed. But now I have a $4,600 goal to fundraise for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure and I will do anything in my power to reach it. And if that means blogging like it’s my new religion, then so be it!

(Oh, and if there’s anything else you would like for me to post here in order to give me more credibility, please comment! I have plenty to spill about my current reads, current events, parenting tips (ha!) or any of the other million-and-one ongoing marathon of thoughts inside my little ol’ head…)

Current Status: My hooters are healthy.

Do it for someone you know whose hooters might not be healthy.
Do it for someone you lost to breast cancer. Make a donation today.

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It starts with a goal…


Goal driven and wanting to make a difference, this year I have decided to join the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure¬ģ in Tampa, Florida, taking place October 28-30, 2011. The next step is to reach that huge monetary goal. How does one manage to raise that much money with limited time and seemingly limited resources? One thing’s for sure: It’s a challenge. A challenge I am willing to take.

Do I have a “personal story” as to why I am participating in one of the largest fundraisers for breast cancer research? A story so uplifting, so touching… Enough to bring a tear to your eye? Not really. Sure, my grandmother (on my father’s side) passed away in the early 90’s from breast cancer. It was caught too late to allow her the chance of living a long lifetime. Yes, that hits close to home and, sadly, I can’t even count on one hand the number of times I¬†was able¬†to see my grandmother before she died. But is that enough to drive a person to take part in such a huge undertaking? Compared to most of the stories I’ve read about those who have¬†participated in the 3-Day, I’m not so sure. It’s heartwrenching to think about the number of people that I will be joining on the walk who are cancer survivors themselves. Rather than mope in their own misfortune, they are out there doing something about it. Just for that they deserve more admiration than I do. Really.

If I can help to make a difference by taking part in this event, I will. But I cannot do it without the support of people like you. Through your donations you can contribute to my goal and allow me to walk in October. I can’t walk without $2,300 raised, but I’ve decided to double that. Let’s go above and beyond and raise as much as we can for the cause!

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