Bouncing and Your Lymphatic System | What’s Up with the Number 3? | Battling Bertha 10

Tigger has long been my favorite Winnie the Pooh character. In my early 20’s, I volunteered with a children’s theater in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as stage manager for their production of “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail” three years in a row. There is just something irresistible about a Tigger who can’t stop bouncing.

Bouncing and Your Lymphatic System

Three weeks ago, three lymph nodes were removed as part of the partial mastectomy to remove a HER2+ ER+ lump from my right breast. (See Battling Bertha 8 and 9 for more details.)

Since then, three seperate alternative health professionals have told me that bouncing is good for the lymphatic system.  Get this, a holistic health coach, an acupuncturist, and a massage therapist, all advised me to start bouncing on the SAME day… and none of them knew the other had mentioned it.  WOAH!

Message received. I pulled out my exercise ball and started bouncing the very same day.

What’s Up with the Number 3?

And um, what’s up with the number 3 in this blog post?  Somebody put 3 and 3 together for me!  Maybe I should be bouncing three times per day?

Back to Bouncing

I am not a health professional and I really had no idea what my lymphatic system does and why bouncing is good for it.  So, I did some research:

“The lymphatic system has multiple interrelated functions: It is responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid from tissues. It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats as chyle from the digestive system. It transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones.” – Wikipedia

Oh my!  Yes, I want all of those systems working in my body!

Your lymphatic system does not do this transporting on its’ own.  It needs to be stimulated.  Bouncing stimulates your lymph nodes to start working.  Don’t take my word for it, do your own research here, here and here.

If you need some inspiration to get bouncing, here’s a little ditty from Tigger to help you out:


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Remember Christmas

September Recognition Holidays | 20 Great Reasons to Send a Greeting Card and Gift

September is the month for gratitude with 20 great reasons to send a greeting card and gift to someone special.

I know it’s the 4th already and I’m a little behind getting this list out. I appreciate your patience! Pun intended.

September Recognition Holidays

September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

September 1 is Labor Day.

National Grandparents Day Greeting Card

Here is a cute card to send for National Grandparents Day on September 7th. Click the image to send the card.

September 1 is also Building Code & Staff Appreciation Day.

September 4 is National Newspaper Carrier Day.

September 7 is Grandparents Day.

September 7 to 13 is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.

September 8 is Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day.

September 8 is also World Physical Therapy Day.

September 11 is Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance.

September 13 is Positive Thinking Day.

September 14 to 20 is Surgical Technologist Week.

September 14 to 20 is also Healthcare Environmental Services Week.

September 15 is National Thank You Day.

September 16 is Mexican Independence Day.

September 16 is also Working Parents Day.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 21 is International Peach Day.

Patriot Day Greeting Card

Thank a soldier with a greeting card on Patriot Day. Click the image to send the card.

September 21 is also World Gratitude Day.

September 22 is Business Women’s Day.

September 28 is Good Neighbor Day.

Ta da! 20 great reasons to send a greeting card and gift in September!

Pay It Forward

Speaking of gratitude…

I sent a greeting card and gift to a friend who is struggling with her health and received this amazing thank you on Facebook. Cozet’s response just goes to show that a tiny gesture can make a huge impact.



Greeting card and book that celebrate the power of being happy. Click the image to send this card today.

3 Things to Know About Breast Cancer Surgery | Battling Bertha 9

I learned a few things about breast surgery last week out of necessity.

In short, from my personal experience, here is what you need to know may happen post breast surgery:

  1. You will need to rebuild your lung capacity.
  2. You will need to take steps to prevent lymphedema.
  3. Before surgery, you should go over any allergies with the entire hospital team to ensure you do not have post surgery allergy issues.
  4. BONUS!  I didn’t cover this in the video but you should familiarize yourself with JP drains before surgery so you are prepared.

Watch my video for details:

A huge thank you to my amazing husband, Shane, for being my knight in shining armor through this entire experience.

I feel great and all is well!