Radical Remission (and Prevention!): 3 Things Survivors Do

June 10, 2014|129Comments|

Hi Sweet Friends, Today we’re talking about a subject that’s near and dear to my heart, healing cancer. When I learned about Dr. Kelly Turner, Ph.D.’s book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds, I couldn’t wait to do this interview and share Kelly’s research with you all. Kelly has dedicated her career to what she calls radical remission (although I think her work is so universal that it should be called Radical Remission and… Read More >


11 Tips for Cancer Patients

February 18, 2014|90Comments|

Hi Sweet Friends, Many years ago, I celebrated (or avoided) Valentine’s Day like most people. Each year brought new ups and downs. Heartache, romantic plans gone awry, and some very sweet moments too. But February 14th, 2003 changed that day forever. I was diagnosed with an incurable, stage IV cancer. Life stopped, and then transformed. Valentine’s day is a very different celebration now. I call it my cancerversary, a day of deep self-love, reflection, gratitude… Read More >


The Down & Dirty on Dairy Free Living

January 21, 2014|140Comments|

Hi Sweet Friends, Well, it’s late January, so I’m guessing that more than a few of you have slipped on your New Year’s resolutions (me too!). First of all—no biggie. If the goals you made while ringing in 2014 are still important to you, keep moving toward them one step at a time. Turtle power! But if you haven’t pinpointed what you want to do to improve your health, you’re not alone. Many of my… Read More >


The Crazy Sexy Guide to Organic Foods

September 16, 2013|54Comments|

Hi Sweet Friends, It’s time that we had a serious talk. The source of my distress? Pesticides, herbicides and all the other icky -icides and chemicals that make their way onto our plates from the grocery store from industrial farming. Organic foods are part of a movement near and dear to my heart, so this week, we’re continuing our focus on prevention by shifting our gaze to the ground—right to the roots of a problem… Read More >


Understanding How Soy Foods Impact Your Health

July 15, 2013|67Comments|

Hi Sweet Friends, Oh, boy, we’re talking about soy. It’s a hotly debated topic these days, especially in the plant-based community. You’ve probably heard mixed reviews on this elusive bean — some good, some bad and some very ugly. I know it can be frustrating, but don’t throw your tempeh piccata in the trash just yet. With a little extra smarts, you can make an educated decision on how, why and if soy should be… Read More >


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Happy anniversary! Celebrating a decade of thriving with cancer.

February 11, 2013|513Comments|

Ten years ago, this week, I was given exactly ten years to live. Stage IV cancer, no cure, no treatment, no options. Thankfully my expiration date was inaccurate. Like many people diagnosed with cancer, my life drastically changed that day. A decade later I can honestly say that cancer changed my life for the brighter and better. In this blog I’ve reflected on ten tips that helped me and can help you too (whether you’ve… Read More >


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Forget Willpower: Seven Steps to a Healthy-Eating Mindset Even If You Love Chocolate

August 29, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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I was always pretty good about eating healthy, or at least I thought I was until I heard the three most dreaded words: “You have cancer.” Even though I am considered an expert in emotional eating and the psychology of weight loss, and have helped thousands of people with emotional eating, I now had to revamp my own entire diet. Ironically, two surgeries and 33 radiation treatments later, people who didn’t know that I had… Read More >


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Tai Chi and Qigong Can Bolster Cancer Survivorship

July 13, 2012
By Dr. Keith Block
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Though many forms of exercise seem fairly mechanical in their execution, some are more grounded in the realm of awareness and mindfulness. The latter include Tai Chi and Qigong (pronounced Chee-Gung), both of which are more generally referred to as meditation in motion. This is because, although each type of exercise does involve some form of movement or body positioning, its practice also entails a focus on relaxed breathing and the cultivation of a clear,… Read More >


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Take Care of Your Skin

June 26, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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This is a true story with three very important lessons.  If you can take anything helpful from what I am about to share with you, then I have done my job.  This is a story about a young man, but let me be very clear whether you are male or female this story relates to you. I know this guy.  He is 23 years old.  He is handsome, sweet and extremely smart.  He works for… Read More >


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Cancer World

June 13, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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An unexpected benefit of holding your baby while she dies is the wisdom that comes from tragedy and deep, deep suffering. Some years ago, I discussed this with my friend and spiritual mentor, Marge. At the time, I was pregnant with my third son, and Marge was living with terminal cancer. We had been friends for some years, since about the time my newborn daughter Grace died. Marge and I would spend time together while… Read More >


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From Meat to Millet: How an Anti-Inflammatory Diet Changed My Life

June 5, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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When you’re diagnosed with a disease like cancer, you quickly become an expert on things you never thought you’d want or need to know, like how many doctor appointments you could cram into one day. You’ll experience a new form of tired you’ve never thought possible; you’ll understand defeat and isolation; and you’ll also develop possibly the strongest connection between you and your body that you will ever have. It’s a connection I never truly… Read More >


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Three Ways to Celebrate Being Cancer-Free

May 31, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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The day my sister, Jo, learned she had breast cancer was the scariest day of her life – and mine. Jo is more than just my sister; she is my best friend and confidant and has been by my side through thick and thin. The thought of losing her was impossible to comprehend. After months of intensive treatment and a mastectomy, she learned her cancer was in remission. When her doctor revealed the results of… Read More >


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The State-of-Grace: Where Unlimited Possibilities Await

May 24, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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I love being in that state–of-grace place where synchronicity occurs, coincidences happen, just the right people, books, and events present themselves, and things work out better than I can imagine. It’s the magical realm of unlimited possibilities — I also call it the Miracle-Prone Zone. I’ve experienced this place throughout my life and it has thrilled me and filled me with a knowing that there is so much more to life than meets the eye.… Read More >


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Top 10 Tips (I Wish I Had Known) for Evaluating Integrative and Holistic Health Care Providers

March 21, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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When I began my journey with a brain tumor at the age of 24, I knew nothing about cancer or how to choose quality integrative and holistic health care providers. After two awake brain surgeries in 1998 and 2011, four major integrative cancer care protocols and countless other therapies and providers, my experiences have taught me ways to navigate and make better choices. Some episodes and chapters have not been easy, yet I see challenges… Read More >


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4 Tips to Manage Your Hair Loss During Chemotherapy

January 18, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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There is no question that the skin-related side effects from cancer treatment can be some of the most traumatic – both physically and emotionally. One of the most common of these is hair loss, which is so intimately associated with cancer treatment that it has become an expected side effect. Perhaps because it is so common, the emotional impact is often overlooked by physicians. The emotional impact can be enormous though – patients rank hair… Read More >


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Cancer Full Moon: Open Your Heart

January 9, 2012
By The AstroTwins
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January 9, 2012—The first full moon of 2012 is here, and it’s in sensitive, heart-centered Cancer. Since this zodiac sign is naturally ruled by the moon, it’s a super-powered date that will bring out our highest, most intuitive selves—along with a whole range of emotions. Consider this a holiday hangover of all the fuzzy family vibes, and catch up with your clan if you didn’t get enough bonding time in last month. Open your heart… Read More >


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Talking To Kids About Cancer

January 5, 2012
By Guest Blogger
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Six weeks ago, totally out of the blue, I was diagnosed with incurable metastatic bone disease. My spine and pelvis were apparently riddled with tumors that were the cause of my recent backache. At 38 and as the active mother of two very young children, I had put it down to a pulled muscle from making up the top bunk bed. I’m an elementary school teacher, too, so I have loads of opportunities to pull… Read More >


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10 Things I Learned from People Who Survive Cancer

December 28, 2011
By Lissa Rankin MD
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When I interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside, I noticed that they all had one remarkable thing in common. They had all faced down death and decided to live every day like it might be their last. And then they all beat cancer. The more interviews I did, the more I noticed that these women were living differently than most of the people I knew who had… Read More >


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My Annual Cancer Scan Results & Baby Update

December 19, 2011|50Comments|

Last week I finally hauled my assets to the hospital for my annual cancer CT scan. I was a bit late this year—like by six months! But I needed to push the limit. To stretch and spread my wings further. If all went well, perhaps my oncologist would give me more time between check-ups. A girl can dream. Plus, it’s been nine years! If I’m going to continue to live well with cancer (fingers crossed,… Read More >


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What to Say to a Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient

November 9, 2011
By Guest Blogger
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Today I got the news that someone I love has cancer. I’m not going to call for a few days because I remember the initial hit of the diagnosis. It is a panic that doesn’t show any signs of subsiding. I remember trying to wash windows several hours after I heard the news and getting mad at the people who told me to stop. I was looking for a brief escape from the words, “You… Read More >