If you haven’t noticed, the biggest thing in activewear is Lululemon….but I have a better alternative: Ellswear.

Ellswear will do plus sizes, which is a bonus, but this time the owner (Wendy) took customer service to a new level for me.

My wings have made it uncomfortable for me to be without some sort of support. The problem is, when you don’t have a chest (and refuse to do prosthetics), how do you find support? I’ve been using sports bras (the non-cup ones), but they too have had their challenges. Without breasts to push the material out, it bunches up at the front. And without breasts to push the material out, the armholes cut into my underarms, creating numbness at the left shoulder. I took a chance when I went in to Ellswear to get a couple pair of “active pants” for hiking. I asked if there was anything they could do for me. It took us two tries (the first is great, the second is better) as Wendy custom-cut and sewed (I should add that it was from an existing pattern) two sports bras for just me.

I just about cried this past week when I didn’t have any pain or discomfort at all. And I teared up in giving her my thanks (and some chocolates). I made her cry too. She told me I was inspirational.

You know, it’s all fine to buy what’s the rage, but it’s more special to buy local and get the service.

http://ellswear.com/~ the website needs some updating, but you’ll get an idea of what they offer.


tweet off, eh

The tweeting of Twitter is driving me insane!

Headline: Kutcher beats CNN in Twitter Race…Oprah to Join Fray

Ashton Kutcher beat out CNN to create the largest to-date Twitter following of 1 million subscribers. That means at least 1 million people actually care what Ashton Kutcher is doing at any moment.

Isn’t it bad enough that people blog (yes, I know the stones I am throwing are also at myself)? But this twitter business will drive me insane. It’s worse than text-messaging, it’s bordering on spam. I DON’T need to know what people are doing every minute of the day. So you got snow, so what? At least with a blog, I have time to sensor myself before posting, and I can take the time to reflect whether I want you to know whatever I’m blathering on about or not. The purpose of my blogs? They’re useful tools to reach everyone I love. I make private what I don’t want internet surfers to see.

Technology and access is moving so fast. And I admit that I find my attachment to my Blackberry more than a little disturbing…and I purposely DON’T use it for any more than email and reading the news.

At what point do we totally give up our privacy, or have we done so already? I, for one, still value some semblance of privacy and a brake on my mouth (or finger tips).


cancer clinic FREE & bone density

As of last week, I am officially released from the Cancer Clinic’s observation. I should have been freed up as of September last year, but my radiation oncologist was on sabbatical and it’s apparently bad form to release someone else’s patient.

This does not mean the end of being monitored. The every 6-month up to 5 years still applies (yearly after that) and I must keep any necessary appoinitments deemed by my medical oncologist (so the one in 2012 falls under this category).

The difference is that my 6-month reviews are now done by my family physician.

I was in to see Cara (er, Dr. Ewert) on Wednesday to establish the baseline, which also brought news about my bone mineral density test. With much dismay I announce that my t-score results from last year are in the low range, which means I have osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis). We’ve decided to NOT put me on any medication (fosamex) for it until the 2010 scan is complete to allow me to (1) lose weight and (2) develop good exercise habits, which could affect these results positively.

So, I still think of this all as good news.