Monday, September 25, 2017
So, over the past 6 years of living with cancer I chose to treat it with Western medicine as well as natural medicines. Working with my doctors I add vitamins, supplements, and oils to my treatment regime. So far, it works for me, and in speaking with other patients and survivors who have done the same thing, they are happy with the protocol.
Think about this. Where did our modern medicine come from????? Nature!!! Why do the Asian countries still use the same herbal medicines from thousands of years ago still to this day??? Because they work! Why are super-bugs and viruses getting more resistant to our average medicines??? Because of the mass production of medicine in the US the actual medicine is more chemical than natural and therefore lost it's potency. We need to go back to medicinal roots.
There is so much available out there in the stores offering natural remedies, however you need to read the labels carefully and always check for interactions. Personally I have seen how the herbal remedy has worked better than the doctor ordered steroid medicine in my own son. He was 8 years old and having a bout of croop (horrific sounding cough and very hard to breathe) and I had been reading about an herbal remedy for coughs and asthma. I brewed the list of ingredients up, added some honey and a cinnamon stick and he got used to breathing it in, then drinking 1/3 of a cup every 2 hours. At first it was different and gross to him, but the next time he had a croop episode he asked for the tea not the steroid medicine. One reason he wants the herbal choice is because it doesn't take 30 minutes to be digested before it starts working like a regular syrup or pill from the doctor.
I could spend pages talking about herbal remedies and why I love them. But I want to hear from you. Have you found yourself wanting to try herbal remedies or did you switch to herbal remedies after your diagnosis or treatment????
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
When taken correctly, vitamins, herbal supplements and natural remedies are very beneficial to one's health, especially when so many cancers now are environmentally effected or triggered.
As a certified nutritionist I know the benefits of good vitamins, supplements and nutrition. As a cancer survivor I am living proof that utilizing herbal remedies and vitamins and supplements to boost my immune system works. I am a mother to two school age children, and anyone who knows kids know that school equals germs, and because of a compromised immune system from cancer I am careful about getting sick. So I created my own immunotherapy protocol to add along with the traditional treatments from my oncology team. I can say that it has made a Huge difference!
Adding a probiotic, echinacea, Calcium D3, B12, turmeric and alkaline water has made an important improvement on my both my general health and in my fight against cancer and withstanding treatments and side effects.
Probiotics are valuable, living "good" bacteria that stimulate the gastrointestinal tract. Some of the important benefits of this association include the prevention and treatment of vaginal yeast, eczema, food allergies, irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea (including antibiotic-induced) and inflammatory bowel disease not to mention the overall general health benefits.
As a cancer survivor I can attest to the amazing way I felt and the proof of better test results in my blood when I started adding a probiotic to my daily routine. My side effects lessened and I felt better, I also wasn't getting sick as much when my kids got sick. I have used echinacea for years as an immune system booster but combining echinecea with a probiotic has made a world of difference and I won't ever go back to not taking a probiotic!
Hard to believe up to 80% of our immune system, is found in our digestive tract, but it's true and makes it our central defense structure when it comes to illness. If you are good to your body, your body will be good to you.
*Coming soon. Herbal Remedy packages for sale!
Monday, October 31, 2016
In my research and personal reading I have found some great quotes from celebrities and historical figures about cancer, hope, and inspiration. I would like to share some with you today. We can always use encouragement in our lives for no reason at all and when we need it the most.
I don't think there is a professional athlete, or actor who doesn't like encouragement or "cheerleaders" in their corner supporting them to keep going and succeed. Why should we be any different?
Bring on the encouragement!
You Can Do it!
Keep on keeping on!
You are awesome!
You are stronger than you feel.
Michael Douglas said, "Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet." That sounds empowering to me and I admire that. I like to be reminded of his quote when I have moments of doubt or weakness.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”-Eleanor Roosevelt
“Time is shortening. But every day that I challenge this cancer and survive is a victory for me.” -Ingrid Bergman
Former president Teddy Roosevelt," Believe you can and you are halfway there."
Even Kim Kardashian has said something encouraging, "No matter how long you've had a dream, it can still come true if you persevere."
Encourage yourself, encourage others we are all in this life together on earth and should support and lift up each other.
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
A lot of cancer survivors ask themselves or even their pastor, therapist, or doctor; “why was I spared? Why did I live when others just like me die?” I asked the same question, wanting to know why I was spared when my mother in law died of her cancer while I was fighting my own at the time going through chemo. My mother-in-law was a good woman, she had a huge heart, loved God, a devote Christian, she saw the good in people, rarely cursed and was just a good person. I too am a Christian but a very flawed one, and when I compare myself to her I consider her to have been a much better person and Christian. So other than the obvious reason that I am younger and have 2 small children to raise who need me, why was I spared? Well I may never really know the reason why until I am able to ask God myself, but I “know” what my heart and soul tell me, what I believe with all of my body, what the Holy Spirit put on my heart the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
God has a plan to use my journey with cancer for good, for His glory and to help others. I have a purpose and passion to use my cancer to help others.
I have struggled with this since I was diagnosed in 2011, as much as I want to give 100% of myself to the task God has given me I am also going through treatments, surgeries, recovery, side effects and tests for my own battle with cancer. Not to mention I have a family, I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend and I am trying to maintain my life and my health. This isn’t easy for someone who is stage 4 metastatic with two kids in elementary school and a husband in retail.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus returns." (Philippians 1:6)
This verse helps to get me through especially when I am struggling with my survival guilt and questioning why was I spared.
We shouldn't get caught up and dwell on the why we are spared from whatever tragedy we survive. I know it is common to question, but we really shouldn't waste time on this. Enjoy the fact that you are still alive and move on with your mission in life. There is a reason why some die and others live, and we may not know that reason until we meet them in heaven. Find your purpose, find your "why" you were spared, there is obviously something you are meant to do that hasn't been accomplished yet. Share your story, share your struggle, there are those out there in the world who will be touched by it, who will be comforted by it.
As survivors our duty is to share our story for those who aren't able to, we share ours and offer the world our hope, strength, and truth. We are a bright light in a dark world, shine bright my fellow cancer stars.
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Vegetables
Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 20 min
½ Pound small red potatoes rinsed, cubed
1 ½ Cups baby carrots
1 Cup green beans, trimmed
2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved (about 1 pound)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
¼ Cup lemon juice (divided)
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 Teaspoon grated lemon peel
¼ Teaspoon ground pepper
1. In a medium pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil
2. Add potatoes, carrots, and green beans and cook for 5 minutes: drain and set aside
3. Cut chicken breasts in half, place olive oil and chicken breasts in medium skillet; cook over medium heat for 5 min on each side
4. Add potatoes, carrots, green beans, and all remaining ingredients to skillet, except 2 tablespoons lemon juice
5. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes more or until chicken is fully cooked, add remaining lemon juice to taste and serve.
Recipe is taken from the Cancer Cutie Cookbook and can be purchased at www.cancercutie.com or www.amazon.com
* You can substitute rosemary for garlic salt or minced garlic. Serve with whole wheat rolls
Thursday, October 20, 2016
WTH! I will never forget when I was going through my 2nd time going through chemo after my mastectomy for breast cancer when my oncologist exclaimed to me that I finally looked like a cancer patient. I had been feeling particularly crappy that day, it was 2 days after chemo and I was coming in for my routine fluids and anti-nausea medication. All through chemo and radiation I wore my normal makeup like any other day. I didn't want to scare anyone, and I didn't want to scare myself.
No, the real reason is because I wanted to keep things as normal as possible for my kids who were little at that time. Knowing that I would lose my hair and that other ugly side effects could happen I wanted to keep my appearance as normal as possible. Not to mention that it is true that when you look better, you feel a little better. So into the oncologist I would go, dressed comfy but stylish and with my makeup on.
Until the day I just did not care anymore. I felt so horrible and the kids were at school, so I just went in with no makeup, dark sunglasses and a hat on wearing a matching velvet like tracksuit. I felt like crap and it showed. You know that point where you feel so bad that you do not give a Bleep. That's how I felt, and my oncologist was kind enough to point it out for everyone to see. Thanks Dr. Reyes.
I know somewhere in there was a compliment, at least I'm pretty sure there was. I guess not looking like a typical cancer patient over the past 6 months prior to that days visit was a good thing, making today's raw unadorned face so shocking.????? I don't know, but I do know that her statement stuck with me over the past 5 years of my journey with breast cancer.
I would like it to be noted that I have not shown up since that day without makeup on. Just saying.
I don't think I am a vain person, but I know I am not blessed with natural beauty, my face needs a little help and God bless makeup. :)
There is something to be said for a great shade of lipstick that makes a women feel like she can conquer the world. :) Even conquering a chemo room.
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Monday, October 17, 2016
Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 7-8 hours
6 Cups diced, peeled potatoes (red and russet)
5 Cups water
1 Cup diced onion
½ Cup diced celery
½ Cup chopped carrots
¼ Cup butter
4 Teaspoons chicken bouillon
2 Teaspoon sea salt and ¼ Teaspoon pepper to taste
12-oz Can evaporated milk
3 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 Cup shredded cheddar or Colby cheese
*If you are a fan, sprinkle some fresh cut chives on top before serving.
1. Combine all ingredients except milk, parsley and cheese in slow cooker
2. Cover, and cook on high for 7-8 hours, or until vegetables are tender
3. Stir in milk and parsley
4. Stir in cheese until it melts, and heat thoroughly
This soup is seriously one of my faves. I like to add broccoli and cauliflower to mine. It should be eaten on special occasion due to the high fat content or if you are needed to add some weight. It is comforting and soothing to the stomach and throat and you can add more nutrients with broccoli, spinach, bacon, cauliflower, etc.
This recipe is from our Cancer Cutie Cookbook and is available to purchase on amazon.com or directly from our website www.cancercutie.com