Friday, April 4, 2014

friday favorites

The Red Road Foundation

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This Friday Favorite is a shout-out to my favorite non-profit, The Red Road Foundation. The Red Road Foundation is made up of a dedicated group of individuals seeking to bring necessary resources to children in desperate need around the world. Their goal is to establish self-sustaining, compassionate, healing and educationally focused communities where currently there are none. They seek to raise awareness, funding, support and opportunity for lives in need.

"The Red Road" is a term used in Native American spiritual teachings to represent one who is “walking in balance”. It is behavior, attitude, a way of living, a way of “doing” with reverence – of walking strong yet softly, so as not to harm or disturb other life. The Red Road is a pathway to truth, peace and harmony.

As The Red Road Foundation's Administrative Director I couldn't be more proud. If you are interested in a life changing experience go check them out, right now they are calling all volunteers. If you are unable to volunteer you can always donate on their site (link above). 
Stay tuned for upcoming fundraisers.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

treatment tuesday

Treatment Tuesday is coming at you a day late this week as Treatment Wednesday. I held off the extra day because I knew I was checking back into 5South today (wednesday) and wanted to give everyone as much of the most accurate information possible.

If all goes well this should be my last round of inpatient chemotherapy treatments. This round will last six-weeks and will include a rotation of three drugs. Vincristine, Methotrexate, and an intrathecal similar to Methotrexte.  For those of you who aren't familiar, intrathecal implies an injection into my spine. This is done as a preventative measure to insure cancer cells do not spread to my brain. Though I have virtually no cancers cells left in my body, one in every five-hundred-thousand cells or something, the intrathecal is still done as Dr. Greenwald is very thorough.    

My new room has a decent view of a parking lot, some trees and the ocean in the far distance. It also has a nice patio that apparently stays locked and patients aren't allowed on. I guess people with terminal illnesses are at high risk of suicide, who knew. I brought a few of my own blankets, pillows, and decorations to make it more homey.  I'm up for texting so feel free. Oh and clam linguini sounds good too. :)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

be grateful

It has been said, the greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times...

Unfortunately, many of the things we desire are costly. However, if you think about it, the things that really satisfy us and make us feel full are totally free – love, laughter, relationships, and working on our passions. Do not fall into the silly pit of believing that with a slimmer figure, a higher salary, a boyfriend, a faster car, or a bigger house, you will be happier. The world is full of things and people that will serve as daily reminders that you don’t have the best of the best. Someone will always be prettier, healthier, skinnier and richer, but they'll never be you. The opposite is also true. It's important to live the life you’ve been blessed with, and be thankful

We all have struggles, and there are times when I would love to go shopping and forget about said struggles, but lets face it, shoes don't cure cancer and jeans are not fulfilling- relationships are. Relationships with ourselves and others. For it's the struggles that create these relationship bonds, make us individuals, connect us to our spiritual begins, and light the path of our soul-mission.

Protect your goddess heart from things and people that try to convince you that your life is not good enough.  There will always be bigger, faster, stronger, or shinier – but you’ll never be satisfied with more until you’re fulfilled with what you have now! If you focus on what you don't have, that's how it will remain. You are able to manifest your destiny. Be grateful for the things you have and they will stay in abundance.

Be conscious and grateful for the progress you've made. Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Focus on winning and not on winners. Success is a battle between you and yourself, jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings, and as I've said before, comparison is the thief of joy.

You may not understand everything the moment it happens, and life can be really brutal.  It's important to reflect back on those negative "curveballs" thrown at you. You’ll often see that eventually it was those curveballs that led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile! Be grateful for those less than fortunate circumstances and note the growth you've made.

No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you don't have, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing. The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. Live in the moment and be grateful!

The grass is not greener on the other side- it's greener where you water it. 

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Friday, March 28, 2014

friday favorites

True Food Kitchen
 Oh my goodness, holy yum! I can hardly stand the fact that Santa Barbara doesn't have a True Food. I'm mildly disappointed I only ate here once while being in Scottsdale. Kale and sweet potato hash? All day please!

Mandalynn Swimwear
If you know me then you know I live in swimsuits. They are my weakness and by far my one true addiction. I pretty much never have an issue justifying a new swimmy purchase. Mandalynn Swimwear made this purchase real simple by creating this cutie reversible. 2-in-1. Bingo!  My favorite swimsuit shop is iShine365. Go check them out!

Rapid Lash
 Initially chemo let me hold onto my eyelashes and eyebrows.  Unfortunately as treatments continued I lost both.  Naturally I was going to buy latisse as I've heard so many positive things about it. However, Rapid Lash was recommended to me by another cancer patient so I took their word for it and made the purchase. Now, I can't say if latisse works, or not, but I can ecstatically vouch for Rapid Lash! I used it on both my eyelashes and eyebrows and both are back! My eyelashes are still a bit thin, but they're so so sooo long. I've been using less than the recommended dosage and only for about a month. I'm beyoned thrilled with the results and the bottle is still half full.  If my testimony isn't enough, also take into considersaion its half the price of latisse! I don't know why everyone isn't doing it. We all deserve luscious lashes!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

treatment tuesday

I'm happy to report I'm still enjoying life and not undergoing any treatments at this time. Dr. Greenwald is out of town this week. but as soon as he returns I'm expected to check back into 5South. This should be my final intensive inpatient round of chemo. For the next year and forthcoming several months I will still be a cancer patient and taking many meds, but it'll be less intensive and most of the time done in the comfort of my own home. I'm really looking forward to my last intense inpatient therapy. I'm even more so excited to start getting my life back!
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As you can tell, my hair has started to grow back. Unfortunately, I'll probably loose it all one last time...let's pray I don't.
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