Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Now that I have relocated back home, to be with family, I appreciate even more the memories of the Seattle area and its surrounding beauty. I have a friend up there, Joe Hendricks, who is an avid climber and lives in adoration of our Lord. He frequently posts photos and videos of his great adventures in the pristine forests along the shores of the Puget Sound or up high in the Cascade or Olympic Mountains.
Here is a beautiful clip, birds singing in the background bringing us to the beautiful waters in the Sound. It is a great escape, a mini trip away from any anxiety you may feel today. It's like therapy.......ha!
You are pry wondering why I cling to this beauty. It is because it is very peaceful being in those lush enchanted forests. I only went on a few short walks with Joe but they are treasured in my heart. I hope you subscribe to his 'You Tube' channel so that you can be alerted to see all of his upcoming endeavors.
I am just settling into my new place in Colorado. I grew up here in this beautiful Rocky Mountain state and am looking forward to a mini drive up into the hills soon. I miss the fragrance of the evergreens and the views up along the Continental Divide. My family is here. My family is the most important part of my life with God always in the forefront of each moment of my existence on earth.
I am going to miss Dr. Gray so much it hurts to talk about it. She has referred me to a top gynonc out here and I look forward to meeting him and resuming my Avastin treatments as soon as possible. Insurance transitions are a bear......but it will all be just fine. My blood pressure is rising quite a bit and that is probably due to the Avastin. My fatigue is ridiculous and I have had lots of stomach issues. All part of living with cancer and the treatments but I thank God I get by each day independently enjoying its ups and downs.
Note to remember: If you ever transition from a Medicare Advantage plan to regular Medicare, remember that Medicare coverage begins only on the first of the month. Keep that in mind if you have the ability to schedule a move. Not everyone at Medicare knows this and when you call to find out these details you may not get all the information. It all will work out OK, I will only have a short delay in treatments. Nightmare...........Ha.
Here is the video. Enjoy!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Johnson and Johnson has been proven to have known that talcum powder was linked to ovarian cancer and the company did not warn consumers. WOW. For those of us with ovarian cancer this is sad news, big news, angering news......stunning. For me personally I don't yet know what to make of it.
I used baby powder in my teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. I never knew it was actually dangerous. How many products actually have talcum powder? Is it on or in most feminine hygiene products? It is not a surprise that any company would hide this kind of evidence or information from consumers when their bottom line is threatened, especially cash cow products like baby powder or the infamous "Shower to Shower". I worry about young women and teens especially. Being a female takes a lot of work when it comes to hygiene, it just does. Powders were supposed to be helpful, not harmful. Wow, this is devastating in so many ways.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS MEAN FOR ALL OF US?
God Bless the Fox family for being persistent with their lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson.
I am linking two articles today that show some details or links to important research for your benefit. We are learning together.
1.The Fort Worth Legal Examiner:
"J&J Slammed in Baby Powder Death Lawsuit"
Shezad Malik MD JD February 23, 2016 2:49 PM
2.Medscape author Nick Mulcahy:
"J&J Must Pay $72 Million in Talc Powder-Ovarian Cancer Case"
Nick Mulcahy February 23, 2016
Quote from http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859275 In 1982, Dr Cramer was the lead author of the first study ever to link talc use with ovarian cancer. He has since been involved in multiple studies on the association, the latest of which was published just a few months ago (Epidemiology. Published online December 17, 2015). He also testified at the Johnson & Johnson trial as a paid expert witness.
"I'm still absorbing the news," Dr Cramer said today. "A feeling of vindication is tempered by the realization that thousands of women continued to use talc products and died of ovarian cancer after my first study in 1982."
Peace and Blessings
#ovariancancer #TalcumPowder #whoknew #ovariancancer
Monday, February 22, 2016
I am making an early announcement about the 2016 Retreat for Women with cancer at the Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center. Last year we formed a strong bond with each other and Christ that gives us strength to continue to endure a life facing cancer or the
potential return of cancer.
Please link here OUR LADY OF CORPUS CHRISTI RETREAT CENTER for information. The retreat schedules are along the left hand side of the webpage.
I will be there to assist the Sisters with this retreat and am filled with great comfort knowing we will all be together again. If you are interested I would love to hear from you.
God Bless you and may you feel the love of Christ as you live with cancer.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The words of Martin Truex Jr. on ovarian cancer, and how the love of his life, Sherry Pollex, lived through treatment. He calls it "The Fight of Our Lives"
"Since the Foundation started, we’ve been committed to helping children beat cancer. With the addition of ovarian cancer, we are raising awareness and asking women to be their own health advocates — to listen to their bodies and understand the symptoms of a pelvic mass and its relation to ovarian cancer. I never thought I would get a crash course in women’s anatomy and use my time in NASCAR talking about my girlfriend’s ovaries, but that’s life, and it’s what we’re doing. Honestly, there’s no way to really understand what cancer can do to someone or to a family unless you’ve lived through it and seen it firsthand."
Martin Truex Jr. of "The Players Tribune.com" posted on Facebook 02-15-16
I want to thank Martin Truex Jr and Sherry Pollex for allowing their personal experience and celebrity to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. So much has been accomplished since my initial surgery but there is much more work to be done.
Your campaign helps everyone, patients, researchers and physicians alike.
Please share their pages to raise awareness.
God Bless you both.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Are you interested in an out-of-the-box idea for reducing early recurrence of cancer?
Here is a fascinating video from M.I.T. about a need for research on anti-inflammatory medications and their relationship in the prevention of early recurrence of cancer in people who have received cancer treatment. I was fascinated by this video. Please take the time to watch this You-Tube video.
As a person who also receives daily treatment for severe rheumatoid arthritis I find the idea of using anti-inflammatory medications as part of the treatment process very intriguing. I wonder if having RA has somehow helped improve my longevity with ovarian cancer.
There is no way to know this right now. I have been on prednisone for years and was taking prednisone prior to my debulking surgery. Encouraging!
Peace and Blessings to all.