I haven’t written a blog post in a really long time (almost a month, to be exact); ironic seeing as it was one of my five intentions to write more, not less, in 2015. You wouldn’t know that though because I have yet to finish the 5 Intentions for 2015 post I started writing nearly three months ago!
Also on that list of intentions though was unplug more. This entails intermittent technology breaks on the weekend and before bed on weekdays, as well as being okay with the occasional break from blogging every now and then. Given my 29 days of silence, I’d say I’m pretty much nailing that one. Sometimes life just gets in the way–but I’m excited to be back!
So, what’s new? Well, a lot.
Unfortunately, not all of it is good. Since I generally like to end on a happy note, I’ll start with the tough stuff first.
A few weeks back I got a call from my mom. At 9 AM on a Tuesday, mind you. Per usual, I was rushing to get out the door for work but, since she normally never calls me at such a busy time, I picked up. After our usual hellos and how are yous, she asked if I was at home, and that’s when I knew something was up.
Over the next couple of minutes she explained that, while shaving one day, my dad had recently found a lump in his neck that needed further testing. Unfortunately, you can probably guess where this story is going. A quick trip to the doctor led to a biopsy, and soon thereafter a diagnosis: cancer.
I won’t get into all of the details but my dad’s is scheduled for surgery next week, with radiation to follow. The prognosis is good–but just as important as that is my dad’s attitude–which I’d say is better than good. He refers to the bump in his neck as just another “bump in the road.” Such a typical Dad thing to say, isn’t it? We’re praying we can all get over this bump in the road and enjoy many more happy years together.
Okay, now the happy news.
Around the time my dad was diagnosed with cancer, the founders of MyFitnessPal called everyone into the office for a special meeting to share some exciting news. If you’ve kept up with the headlines the past couple of weeks, you may already know this but, Under Armour, (yes, that empowering sporting apparel brand!) recently purchased MyFitnessPal, for nearly half a billion dollars.
It was a complete and total surprise. We literally found out just 10 minutes before the public did, but from what I hear that is how these things typically go. Obviously some things will be changing (most for the better!) but I can honestly say this is an exciting opportunity with tons of positive potential. After nearly two years, I’m still the only in-house nutrition expert at MyFitnessPal, and it’s still as much as a dream job as the day I started. I have big hopes and dreams for what MyFitnessPal can do as part of Under Armour Connected Fitness, particularly on the nutrition side of things. Over the course of the next year, Under Armour will be building us a high-tech, fitness-friendly office here in San Francisco. Yay for not having to move!
Along with us, UA also recently acquired two popular activity-tracking apps, MapMyFitness (based in Austin) and Endomondo (based in Copenhagen). They’re investing big-time in digital health which is what has me so excited about what’s to come. Well, that and the 50% employee discount!
Now that we’re caught up, I’m off to refill my coffee mug and finish that intentions post I intended to publish three months ago.
Enough about me–how have you been?
my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer 1 month before my son was born. she had surgery, it came back about 18 months later, then she had surgery, chemo and radiation, which was very very hard on her. needless to say, newborn (my second child) and a sick mom made me slightly nutty. i just found your blog today and i want you to know, my mom has recovered, is just as energetic as she was 3 years ago before being diagnosed and i have a third child who my mom coos with. i’m sending you love and light and am excited to see more of your writing. take good care of yourself, too.
I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s “bump in the road” but the fact that they said it has a good prognosis sounds promising. In the meantime I’m sending lots of healing thoughts his way!
And that’s very exciting news for your company! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A speedy recovery for your dad.
Sending positive and healing thoughts to you and your family and hoping for a quick recovery for your dad. Congrats on the acquisition – very exciting!
Sending good vibes and even more positive thoughts your way! I know how scary hearing the “c” word can be from a parent and it kind of just freezes that moment in time. A positive attitude really makes all the difference though! Glad to see you’re back blogging…you’re one of my favorites :) Have a great weekend!
Sending positive energy to your father and whole family <3
Sending you lots of love for you dad, you and your family!
sending prayers your way…keep that positive attitude going.
Elle! We’ve missed you! But glad you’ve been able to unplug. So sorry about your Dad, and my thoughts are with you and your family. On the exciting news – I thought of you right away when I read the story about MyFitnessPal and UA. Huge deal for you and your company! Hope all is well outside of these two updates!
I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but glad that the prognosis is good. That’s very exciting about the UA purchase of my fitness pal. I have been really impressed with UA products and material over the last year or so. And a 50% discount won’t be too shabby either.
It’s good to hear from you again, Elle – I’ve missed your updates! I’m so sorry to hear about your father and I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Congratulations on the exciting news on the work front – sounds like a great move forward for your company and your role with them. xx
It is good to hear from you again. I wish your dad all the best in his treatment and recovery. As for your exciting news, congratulations! I am a (very) loyal MyFitnessPal user with 1,153 log-in days and counting. It helped me lose 90 pounds after being heavy my whole life and I am incredibly thankful for what it has taught me. Tell your colleagues I said thanks!
Sending you and your family lots and lots of positive thoughts! I hope for a speedy recovery for your dad. :)
Congrats on the exciting MFP & UA news!
Sending lots of positive energy and love your way!
I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and luckily after a a lumpectomy and multiple rounds of radiation she was fine. She has been in remission for 12 years now. It’s great that he has a positive attitude, it makes all the difference! I will be keeping your family in my thoughts!! :)
Praying for your dad and hoping for a speedy recovery!
Looks like fun changes afoot professionally, gotta love that!
So sorry to hear about your father. Sending prayers your way!
So sorry to hear about your dad, thoughts and prayers with your family and wishing him a speedy recovery!
Hope everything goes well and so thankful your dad has a great attitude! Fingers crossed!
So sorry to hear about your Dad, I’m sending good vibes to you and your family.
I’m excited for you and the future though, sounds exciting!
so sorry about your dad, friend. will be thinking positive thoughts for your family. i’ve missed you!