Chemo Head Wrap Instructions | Battling Bertha 12 | #blogboost

When I lost my hair, I went to YouTube and searched for a great tutorial on how to wrap a head scarf. I watched many and found that Ester Grabow’s “How to tie a headscarf tips” is by far the best.

Yesterday I alluded to my secret head scarf technique. It’s not really a secret. It’s a t-shirt. It’s very hot in Texas and the t-shirt head wrap I learned from Ester has been my go to look for the past several months. The t-shirt soaks up the sweat! Plus, it’s easy. Take a t-shirt, cut it across the body just below the sleeves and voila! You have a chemo head wrap.

Watch the tutorial to see how Ester inspired me:

PS – Thank you to Gail at G & W Photography for the featured image!

Ultimate Blog Challenge | October Recognition Holidays | Battling Bertha 11 | #BlogBoost

Keep Calm and Fight Like a Girl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Click the card to send a card to someone fighting Breast Cancer today. It’s free (on me).

Ultimate Blog Challenge

Welcome to Day 1 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge! It is my intention to blog every day for the entire month of October, and even throw in a few videos and podcasts!

I plan to share some intimate details about my boobs and my breast cancer journey, including some funny, or not so funny, stories about chemo, surgery and radiation therapy. I’ll even take you wig shopping!

Don’t worry, I also have marketing and business tips to share! So, there will be a little something for everyone this month.

National Make a Mistake Day and other October Recognition Holidays

You have 22 fantabulous reasons to send a greeting card and gift in October and here they are:

  • October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • It is also Pharmacist Month.
  • October 1 in National Make a Mistake Day.  You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be nice!
  • October 2 is National Custodial Worker Day.
  • October 3 is Techie’s Day.
  • October 4 is World Smile Day.
  • October 5 is Do Something Nice Day.
  • October 5 is also World Teacher’s Day.
  • Emergency Nurses Week is October 5 – 11.
  • Customer Service Week is October 6 – 10.
  • National Physician Assistant’s Week is October 6 – 12.
  • October 6 is Physician Assistant’s Day.
Time to Get Healthy

Celebrate physician’s assistants, emergency nurses and medical assistants this month with a thank you card. Click the card to send one FREE today (on me).

  • October 8 is Emergency Nurses Day.
  • October 11 is World Plumbers Day.
Let a Plumber Fix It

World Plumbers Day is October 11. Send a card to your favorite plumber for FREE (on me) by clicking the image.

  • October 12 is Farmer’s Day.
  • October 13 is Clergy Appreciation Day.
  • October 14 is Columbus Day.
  • October 16 is National Boss Day.
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Week is October 20 – 24.
  • October 22 is Medical Assistants Recognition Day.
  • October 23 is TV Talk Show Host Day.
  • October 24 is United Nations Day.
  • October 31 is Halloween.
On Halloween You Can Be Anything You Want

October 31 is Halloween. Click the image to send a Halloween Card for Free (on me).

Any day is a great day to send a real paper greeting card.  Your first card is FREE, on me!

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:

Smooches!
Kandas

PS – Don’t panic but as of today, September 15th, there are 100 days until Christmas.  I know a little trick that will make sending Christmas cards easy, peasy for you this year.  Click the banner and request more info.

Remember Christmas

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!

I Have My Fighting Face On | Battling Bertha 8

It’s been a couple of weeks since I laid my heart on the table and exposed my apprehension and vulnerability regarding surgery. Much has happened. I’ve been quiet on social media and haven’t felt like talking on the phone. The easiest way to discuss the past two weeks is chronologically, so here goes:

The Greatest Gift

A housekeeper is the greatest gift you can give to a chemo patient. Seriously.

August 7th, spectacular Sue arranged to have my home cleaned. Shane and Dorothy are tidy, but they do not “clean” well, so the dust and pet fur had settled comfortably in like they owned the place, and it was really starting to irritate me. Sue could not have offered the gift of a clean home at a better time! Chemo patients have a compromised immune system and are cautioned against too much housework to minimize exposure to germs.

Sue is not the first friend to give this amazing gift to me. Judy and Donna had arranged cleanings in the past few months. For which I am beyond grateful!

Charlie’s Angels

My sisters visited the weekend of August 8th. We spent all day Saturday at The Woodlands Mall with Dorothy, back to school shopping. Luckily, there are plenty of places to sit in the mall, so I was able to rest any time I needed. After shopapalooza we walked over to the movie theater to catch Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the lobby of the theater,  Tiger-Rock Martial Arts and Leonardo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, were offering publicity shots.  My sisters and I are never too shy to strike a pose and quickly offered up our best Charlie’s Angels moves.  Leonardo looks a little confused, eh?

My sisters and I strike a Charlie's Angel pose with Leonardo

My sisters and I strike a Charlie’s Angel pose with Leonardo

By the way, Guardians of the Galaxy was hilarious.

Bertha Butt Boogie

Keep Calm and Chemo On with Nurse Kim

Keep Calm and Chemo On with Nurse Kim

First off, a nod and chagrin to Peggy Vincent for exposing me to the Bertha Butt Boogie song.  Wow.  How I lived 44 years without ever hearing that tune, I do not know!

After my sisters left, the boogie began.

Monday, August 11th was my PET/CT Scan.   This was my second scan, so I knew the routine, brought a book and dressed warmly.

Tuesday, August 12th I went to my weekly lab appointment.  The nurse had trouble accessing my port and had to poke me twice.  The first time I think she missed the port because I could feel fluids flowing into my chest.  It was rather creepy.

Wednesday, August 13th I went in for the first day of my new chemo protocol, Herceptin only.  The lab results showed my white blood cell count was a little low, so the nurses had to have a doctor sign off before they administered the meds.

My port site was still a little sore from being double poked the day before, and I was uncomfortable for the entire infusion.

Nurse Kim was wearing a “Keep Calm and Chemo On” t-shirt which I felt was appropriate.

I will be on this protocol every three weeks for the next year.  Herceptin is a biologic which means my hair will start to grow back soon.  It is designed to inhibit the Her2 protein that is produced by Bertha’s type breast cancers.

Wednesday night Bertha reared that ugly butt.  I hadn’t felt it in a couple of months and I “knew” it was gone.   It is pecan sized when it used to be apricot sized.  So smaller is better but gone is best.  Needless to say the wind was knocked out of my sails and surgery suddenly became urgent.

Thursday, August 14th the clinic scheduled the appointment with the surgeon I found a couple of weeks ago; The only surgeon on my health insurance plan who does breast surgery.  It took a couple of phone calls to get the referrals approved.  I am grateful to the staff at the oncology clinic, as I did not have to be involved.

Friday, August 15th Shane, Dorothy and I met with the surgeon.  Refreshingly, he spent a long time reviewing my test results, explaining things, sharing options and reassuring us.  I think it was the longest doctors appointment I’ve ever had.  Seriously, he spent a good 45 minutes with us, if not longer.  He is a cardiologist and thoracic surgeon by trade but continues to do general surgery, as well.

We scheduled a partial mastectomy for Friday, August 22nd.

Random Musings

Can Guanabana Juice Cure Cancer?

Can Guanabana Juice Cure Cancer?

I had my first taste of Soursop Juice last week.  It was surprisingly sweet for a fruit with the word sour in its’ name.

Soursop, also known as guanabana, is said to be a powerful cancer fighting fruit.  I don’t know if it is true, or not.  But I do believe in yin and yang, positive and negative, black and white, matter and anti-matter.  If there is a natural cause for Bertha, then there is a natural cure for Bertha.  So why not research natural cures?

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of American, Soursop has not been tested on humans thus humans are cautioned against relying on it as a cure.

Tuesday, August 19th I got to have a little fun!   Wealthy Sisters Network Conroe hosted a Back to School Brunch at The Toasted Yolk in Conroe.   The food was yummy and the fellowship was much needed after the previous week.

After brunch, I went to my weekly lab appointment.  Again, a little trouble accessing the port.  I’ll worry about it after surgery.

Written on the wall of the St. Luke's Medical Center Pre-Op Hallway

Written on the wall of the St. Luke’s Medical Center Pre-Op Hallway

Yesterday, Wednesday, August 20th, Shane and I ventured down to the medical center for my Pre-Op appointment at St. Lukes Medical Center Houston.

The nurses took my history, vitals and did an EKG.  My blood pressure was a little high, as to be expected considering the upcoming surgery.  The rest of my vitals are fine, and my heart is pumping correctly.

The lab sent over the results from yesterday and my white blood cell count is normal, again, so my immune system is ready to fight, fight, fight!

Written on the way of the Pre-Op hallway are the immortal words of Thomas Edison:

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this:  you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

I have found my new mantra.

The view from pre-op was lovely.  My surgery will take place in the brown building on the right.  Send me some positive mojo, healing energy and prayers tomorrow between 11 and 1:30 pm Central time.

There will be a little less of me when it is over but my spirit will remain intact.

I have my fighting face on.

Stl Luke's Medical Center Houston

Stl Luke’s Medical Center Houston

Pick Another Fortune Cookie | Battling Bertha 7

Christie, Renee and Kim, my chemo nurses

My Final Mega Chemo Cocktail, July 21, 2014

The last few weeks have been tough, to say the least.

The great news is, as of  July 21, I have completed the TCH chemo protocol for HER2 positive neoplasms.   TCH stands for Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. I discuss these drugs in the Battling Bertha 2 post.

That last round of chemo was a doozy.  I ended up with a terrible infection and spent the better part of 2 weeks in bed.  I also required IV fluids twice.

I was prescribed the antibiotic Levaquin for the infection.  Turns out, they use this drug to treat Anthrax.  It’s some powerful stuff. One of the possible side effects is that it may cause you to snap a tendon!  The pharmacist passed along this tidbit, not the doctor.   I read on the package, not to take the drug with magnesium.  Magnesium is in every electrolyte beverage, including Smart Water, which I was drinking because I was dehydrated.   This is why you must ALWAYS research any medications you are prescribed!!

I survived the Levaquin with no incidences, the infection is gone, and I am feeling much better!

Pick Another Fortune Cookie

Shane and I met with my oncologist on the 28th and I was blind-sided when he told us I had to have surgery right away.

My follow up PET scan is scheduled for August 11th.  In my mind, I thought that the next treatment step would be determined after the results of the PET.

My Chemo Nurses

“The Gals” Pencil Sketch by Shane Rodarte

I know that the neoplasm I call Bertha is gone and that the PET scan is only a formality to prove that I am right.

Surgery was not even a slight consideration in my mind because if Bertha is gone, what’s to remove?

Turns out, the boob has to go.

According to the oncologist, I have two choices: a lumpectomy followed 6 to 8 weeks of radiation, or a mastectomy.   Opting out of surgery is not an option in his mind.

Shane asks questions about radiation, how it works and its’ side effects.  Twelve lasers will be pointed at the site of the former neoplasm, 5 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks.  Possible side effects include third degree burns and damage to the esophagus if the lasers are not positioned correctly.

As he was telling us this, all I could process was that my body was fighting a horrible, debilitating infection.  I was dehydrated, weak and very unfocused.  Here he is pushing me to have surgery right away and all I cared about was getting the infection cleared.

In my fog, I heard him say:

“HER2 positive is very aggressive.”

“Before Herceptin the survival rate of HER2 positive was very low.”

“If it was my wife, this is what I’d want her to do.”

“I will do everything I can to save your life.”

The doctor tells me he is sending me to the best breast surgeon in the greater Houston area.  His office assistant tells me the surgeons’ office will call me the following day.

Then, off I go to the infusion room for some IV fluids, where one by one, the nurses come by to reinforce the need for surgery right away.

I waited Tuesday to hear from the surgeon.  Since his office did not phone, Wednesday I called my oncologist and discovered the best surgeon in the greater Houston area does not accept my HMO.  I felt a sense of relief.

Insurance open enrollment is in September.  I figured I could change to the PPO plan and have the surgery in October; give myself some time to process it all.   They are going to remove part or all of my breast.   The breast that fed my baby as we bonded through her infancy will be gone.  This is not an easy thing to process.

August 1, after my weekly lab appointment, Shane and I have lunch at a little Asian bistro near the clinic.  At the end of the meal, I open my fortune cookie and written on the little white rectangle inside is: “Pick another fortune cookie.”

Pick Another Fortune Cookie

Pick Another Fortune Cookie

Rather profound, eh?

I wasn’t ready to understand this message, but I knew it was important, so I tucked it away in my wallet.

Frustration = a form of self pity

August 4th, we met with the oncologist again.  He asks how my appointment with the surgeon went.  I tell him the surgeon does not accept my HMO.  He tells me he had an hour long consult with that surgeon about me.  Then, suggests another surgeon and reiterates I need to see him right away.  I tell him about open enrollment and that I could have the surgery i October.  He says it can’t wait that long.  He is going on vacation and wants me to have the surgery before he gets back.  It’s that urgent, in his mind.

All I can think is, I haven’t even had the follow up PET scan.  We don’t even know what we are removing!

The three of  us walk to the assistant’s desk where the doctor tells her that I need to see the alternate surgeon right away.  She tells him she doesn’t believe the alternate accepts my insurance, either.  The doctor asks to see the list of in-network surgeons.  We scheduled Round 2 of Chemo (Herceptin only, every 3 weeks for one year), plus a follow up appointment with the oncologist, and left expecting to hear back about the surgeon.

The following day, yesterday in fact, I called the office to ask about the surgeon.   The doctor has already left on his 2 week vacation and his assistant was not in the office.

My frustration reached a pinnacle.   I vented to my Bye, Bye Bertha team in our private Facebook chat in a very incoherent, rambling tirade.

Then, Cynthia Powell, an amazing and inspirational work-at-home-mom, posted “frustration = form of self pity” to her Facebook wall.  It was exactly what I needed to read to spur me into action.

Frustration = a form of self-pity

Frustration = a form of self-pity

I called the seven surgeons on my HMO provider list and asked, “Does the surgeon do mastectomies and lumpectomies?”

My heart sunk with each no.  I heard no six times.  On call number seven the answer was yes!  Of course, this particular surgeon is in the Houston medical center about an hour and a half drive from home.  Not convenient, but he accepts my insurance!

I called my oncologists’ assistant and left a voice-mail message with the surgeon’s information and asking for confirmation that the oncologist approves.  I will wait to hear back before scheduling an appointment.

What about the fortune cookie?

We each must make our fortune.  If we don’t like our fortune, we are allowed to pick another.

I don’t like the idea of surgery.  I don’t like this feeling of being rushed into something that I don’t want.

Now, I am not so rushed.  I can walk this path slowly, with clarity, and know that at the end of the journey Bertha will be gone forever, leaving me to live a long, happ, productive life with my beautiful daughter and incredibly supportive spouse.

All is well.

Radical Remission | Pink 5K Success | Gratitude Shout Out | Battling Bertha 6

Radical Remission by Kelly S. Turner

Radical Remission by Kelly S. Turner

Radical Remission

I’ve been raving about this book for weeks. Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. is a must read for anyone with, or caring for, someone diagnosed with cancer. It outlines 9 factors that can help with healing.

Thank you to Renu Agrawal for sharing this important book with me.

There are several sections of the book that really spoke to me and I’m going to review what I learned here but I encourage you to read the book for yourself, because you may take away entirely different nuggets more relevant to your own life.

Sugar Makes You Sick

In chapter 1 is entitled “Radically Changing Your Diet” Turner, who interviewed hundreds of people around the globe, writes “the majority of the people I study all tend to make the same four dietary changes, they are:

• greatly reducing or eliminating sugar, meat, dairy, and refined foods,
• greatly increasing vegetables and fruit intake,
• eating organic foods, and
• drinking filtered water.” (p. 14)

Cancer consumes glucose in the same way that healthy cells consume oxygen.

“Sugar makes you sick.” – Reeshemah Holmes, Author of Don’t Die by Your Own Hands

One of the first things I did when I was diagnosed was stop drinking coffee, not because of the caffeine, but because I put flavored sugary creamer in my coffee and I was drinking 5 or 6 cups per day. I figured cutting out the sugary coffee would cut out most of the sugar I consume. I now pay close attention to my refined sugar intake, as well.

I am not a fan of food that comes in boxes or cans, preferring to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and skip most of the center aisles. Organic fruits and vegetables are really not that much more expensive than non-organic and you can find some good values in the organic section of the freezer aisles.

Water filter pitchers cost less than $20 and the filter refills are also inexpensive. So filter that water!!

Try a Little Oxygen

“When someone has cancer, two things are happening: the cancerous cells are no longer getting their energy from oxygen but instead from sugar (i.e. glucose), and they are no longer dying when they should but instead replicating and living forever.” (p. 140)

You can kill your cancer by eliminating sugar from your diet and increasing your oxygen supply by going for daily walks, doing deep breathing exercises and even oxygen therapy. Plants emit oxygen so add more houseplants to your home!

Surround Yourself with Groovy People Who Care About You

“When we are surrounded by loved ones or even our pets, the feeling of being loved releases a flood of potent hormones into out blood streams, which not only makes us feel better emotionally but also strengthens our immune systems significantly.  Receiving love from others when we are sick actually helps the body heal itself.”  (p. 193-194)

I have a huge support network who are making meals for my family when I am in my chemo slumber, shopping for groceries, helping me exercise, and even treating my nausea.  I know they are one of the main reasons why I am kicking Bertha to the curb, quickly, decisively and forever.

If you don’t have a support network, ask your Oncologist to recommend a support group for you.  There are two at a local hospital and I even found free yoga classes locally for breast cancer survivors.  Start up conversations with the other ladies who are receiving their chemo treatments along side you.  You might make a connection or even a friend for life.

Be Your Own Health Advocate

“The Radical Remission survivors I study believe the body has an innate, intuitive knowledge about what it needs in order to heal, and it can also let you know why it got sick in the first place.”

I am following my instincts.

My instincts tell me to cut out most dairy but keep eating homemade yogurt. Yes, I make my own yogurt, it’s easy!

My instincts tell me to eat more soup, and less meat.

It is important to remember that your oncologist works for you. Money exchanges hands. You are paying for a service rendered. That means that you call the shots. Don’t ever let a doctor convince you to do something that you instinctively know is not in your best interest.

Follow your instincts.

We raised $500 walking the Pink 5K

We raised $500 walking the Pink 5K

Pink 5K Success

I am pleased to report that Team Battling Bertha raised $500 for Breast Cancer Charities of America this past weekend.

Laurie, Tanya, my daughter and I had a great time walking the 1 mile track in our coordinating hats, crafted by Laurie.  I can’t wait to do it again!

What I like best about Breast Cancer Charities of America is that they provide free resources for women who may need financial assistance to pay for their treatments and they also provide alternative treatment options.

Gratitude Shout Out

I need to give a huge thank you to the following amazing folks who have sent cards and gifts of encouragement and inspiration from around the globe! Every time I open a card, I feel wrapped with wellness and positivism.

gratefulkandasPam Nagel
Emily Robison
Janel Savage
Callie Shields
Diane Walker
Rachel Bowen
Kathy Diaz
Paul Geradis
Shad Swanson
Ashley Gladhart
Warren Smith
Barb Lecky-Plata
The Entire Houston SOC Team
Anise Flowers
Joy Brasington
Willie Diefenbach-Jones
Mare Waters
Sue Kittrell
Cyndy Justice
Karla Mason
Laurie Jimenez
And the staff at SendOutCards corporate office

Celebrate Life with Angie Heiman | Wealthy Sisters Network | Overcoming Adversity | Battling Bertha Part 5 | Podcast 024

As a life coach, Angie Heiman, understands and shares the power of affirmations.  During our hour long chat we discuss the importance of what you speak and how it affects your day,  how to shift the direction of your life with a few daily action steps, how to write  a great affirmation.  We also share an exciting new networking opportunity for women.  Finally, we discuss how to overcome adversity.

“My vision is to help woman pursue their purpose with passion. For years I have been a magnet for woman seeking encouraging words and a gentle nudge. I have helped countless people overcome life challenges, from divorce, career changes, health challenges to dealing with the loss of a loved one.” – Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life LLC

Note:  This is the first interview I conducted after my diagnosis.

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Celebrate Life

Favorite Song?
Amazing Grace – reminds me of my mother

Favorite Color?
Green 🙂

Favorite Super hero?
Both my mom & dad

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Home cooked.

What is your biggest quirk?
Learning to not be so hard on myself.

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Negative people who do not think they are negative.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Give thanks which includes coffee and almond butter – in that order… for a restful night of sleep and for a beautiful day ahead….

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Into the mind of a man.

What’s your motto?
I have many, but the one that comes to mind is “You never know when your last breath will be taken, so celebrate each and every day as if it was your last!”

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
I’ve always wanted to be a counselor or psychologist since I was a little girl. The human mind and the way we think and interact is so interesting to me. For years I’ve been a magnet for people needing advice – weather they knew me or not – I found complete strangers finding solace in conversing with me and sharing intimate details of their lives. They would walk away thanking me for helping them overcome a challenge. I genuinely love helping people look at situations in a different light, challenging them to think outside the box and helping them realize that they have the power within and how to tap into that power.

Who inspires you?
My mothers life of 53 years and my sisters who are my best friends.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
I’m the only Angie there will ever be – no one can ever replicate who I am or what I do. We are all unique in our own God given talents.

Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?
There are many great coaches out there – it’s finding one that you resonate with and feel comfortable confiding in. I’m not for everyone and everyone is not for me. My style is somewhat laid back but yet I can be tough on my clients when they need it. One thing my sister who is also a life coach taught me is to pray before every client interaction – ask for God’s wisdom, grace and anointing to help convey the message He wishes to be heard.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Emotionally – moved away from my family and friends and everything I knew. Physically – completed a marathon in memory of my mother in Alaska – without any training.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
OMG – TOO many to list!

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Dating

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Date more… lol

Define your style?
When I was in the corporate world, I was told that there were a few topics generally “off limits” — religion being one of them. My faith and my beliefs are the core of how I live my life and am so grateful I found an avenue where they don’t have to be separate from my business. My coaching style involves as much or as little faith-based guidance as is appropriate for you.

Tell me about your typical day.
The only thing typical is how I start and end my day – both in thanksgiving and prayer, everything else in between is a culmination of networking, coaching, daily exercise, and connecting with family & friends.

How do you juggle work and family?
Although I do not have my own family, I stay plenty busy with life. When it has to become a juggling act, that’s when I scale back and let go of what does not serve my higher purpose.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?
1. Be sure you have the right intentions in what it is you want to accomplish.
2. Not every person is the right client for you.
3. Have a solid foundation in knowing who you are and how you can help.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
For me, it’s word of mouth…but all forms of social media also plays a part in my success.

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
It’s the awareness that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. We are all here to experience life in different ways and manners. It’s respecting the journey that I am on and honoring what it is God has blessed me with.

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Marry your high school sweetheart – he turned out to be a neurosurgeon!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The list is long but my top three would be 1) Married to my best friend 2) Building a local & global business with my sister 3) Continue to grow my Texas roots:)

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
I am thankful for my mother who never showed fear, who always persevered with a smile and lived life by example. She and my father gave us morals, ethics and life long lessons to pass on. I’m thankful for my dad who continues to lead by example, who believes in honoring your word and the power of a handshake. I’m thankful for my sisters who are undoubtedly my best friends, my go-to’s when I need guidance or a word of encouragement. I have several others who I claim as my “sisters” – those are the ones who know me on a level like non other. The ones you laugh until you cry….those are the best kinds of friends in my book!
I appreciate all that cross my path as I know there is always a purpose of the connection.

What else would you like to add?
I’m thankful for you Kandas, for having a vision of connecting local leaders and sharing their stories.

Angie Heiman’s Bookshelf

  • The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkenson
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson
  • Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
  • Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer
Conroe Wealthy Sisters Network June Mixer

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Wealthy Sisters Network

Angie and I just helped launch the Conroe Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.   WSN is an organization for women from all walks of life who want to join together in camaraderie and mutual assistance.  WSN Conroe meets monthly at local venues.  Be sure to join the Facebook group to stay apprised of meeting times and locations.

Overcoming Adversity

Finally, Angie and I spend considerable time discussing how to overcome adversity, especially when it comes to health, throughout the interview.   We wrap up our chat by delving into why some people can overcome adversity while others do not.

Speaking of adversity, I could not remember the name of the book I raved about in the interview.  It’s called Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner, PhD.  I will dedicate an entire blog post to this book very soon.

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