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Is Sugar a Poison? December 6, 2009

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I just can’t resist this topic! Sugar used to be my happiness, but now I know it was destroying me. Here’s another blog post on the subject:

As many folks around the world fight the battle of the “bulge” and obesity along with the plethora of diseases that go with it, it’s good to know that there are solutions. If one is truly concerned about their health, here’s one item that, if avoided, would likely radically improve their health and reduce their weight at the same time: refined sugar. Most of us already know this. From childhood we were told to limit our sugar intake. Even though we know we shouldn’t eat as much sugar as we do (“did” in my case, as I cut it out over a year ago) the hardest part (even if we  really want to limit our sugar intake) is exercising the will power. If you know it is negatively affecting your health and you got a really good scare or two (breast cancer, in my case), these two factors combined can give you quite a bit of strength to resist the temptations to eat things sweeten with refined sugar. (more…)

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To Improve Creativity, Do This! August 21, 2009

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Here is a very interesting concept regarding our use of time, written by John Ortberg. It comes along at a most opportune time, as I’ve been really feeling the need to get away from everything and just didn’t know where to go, can’t really travel at the moment and have plenty to do right here anyway. But still, I feel like I need a vacation–a full retreat into a cool, lushly wooded fragrant forest with ferns all around and the feel of soft natural mulch underfoot. Oh it sounds so inviting!

When I’m afraid I’m spinning my wheels, going through the motions, doing what I need to do, but lacking the spiritual power that makes it all worthwhile, I know a change is needed. That’s how I’m feeling now. I’m missing that peace that comes when you know that every task was given the right balance of time, prayer and focus. Ever feel like that? (more…)

Traditional Herbal Medicine–Pro’s and Con’s August 16, 2009

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Interesting development–the swelling in the corner of my eye turned out to also be a boil. Very strange for me, as I’ve never had this type of skin affliction, at least not as far as I can remember. But it was the 4th problem that had developed in a short time. The two weeks prior had seen mostly nights of broken sleep and some nearly sleepless nights. That seemed to result in a sore throat and runny nose–a 3-4 day cold. Just when my nose was drying up and the skin still tender, the boil started developing on the end of my nose. Then, as that was shrinking and my embarrassment over the bright red bulb was also in decline, lo and behold, the sensitive spot in the corner of my eye was growing more painful and swelling noticeably. (I was afraid people would think I’d been given a black-eye in a fight!)

What was going on???

There was a connection between these 4 events, but I just didn’t see it. (more…)

Raw Honey and Turmeric to the Rescue! August 12, 2009

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Thought  you might be interested–honey and turmeric seemed to work just fine to shrink my boil and it’s now the size of a fading pimple–no swelling, no redness, no pain or tenderness! It took about a day and a half. I used raw, unfiltered, non-heat-treated mountain honey from Sapa, Vietnam mixed with powdered turmeric to make a paste and applied it to the boil. I covered the goo with a tiny bit of tissue to keep from accidentally touching anything to the potently colorful mixture and thereby reducing the chances of staining clothes, etc. The two nights I used the paste, I also covered the area (on my nose!) with a band-aid to avoid disturbing it or messing up my linens while I slept. (more…)

Oh no! A Boil! August 9, 2009

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What’s the most prominent and humbling place you can think of, where you really wouldn’t want to get a big, red, ugly painful boil? In my opinion, that would be the end of my nose. And yes, that’s where it sits, as I write.

I’ve never been particularly fond of my nose, though there’s really nothing about it to make me complain. In fact, I guess I’ve gotten used to it and haven’t complained about it and its plainness since my youth, but suddenly it’s hard to keep my attention off it. These last few days, I’ve been frequently pulling out my mirror and checking its size, shape and hue, and watching the development of the nasty boil on the end of it. (more…)

Prayer Heals July 27, 2009

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This is a wonderful article from Reader’s Digest that encourages faith in the power of prayer for healing. It works, so why don’t we do more of it? Read this and try more of it yourself. It just takes a bit of faith (as little as “a grain of mustard seed”) to do miracles. With the world in the mess it’s in, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more testimonies of miraculous healings. Let’s help get that ball rolling! There are absolutely NO negative side-effects!
Healing Prayer
By James R. Yates, Reader’s Digest, March 1996.
Does prayer heal? Scientists are discovering what believers have always known. It was during residency training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when I had my first patient with terminal cancer in both lungs. (more…)

Up to Chapter 8 now! June 13, 2009

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I had a little time while our Internet connection was pretty good and WordPress allowed me reasonable access to my dashboard and tools, so I posted 2 more chapters of my cancer journey. This included more correspondence between my friend L. and I (Chapter 7, More Letters to and from L) and my decision regarding surgery (Chapter 8, To Cut or Not to Cut–And How Deep?). Read all the chapters of my cancer journey in my book-style compilation of earlier blogs by clicking here: Choosing Cancer–My Story.

I love the Serenity Prayer June 6, 2009

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Accepting responsibility for choices starts with understanding where our choices lie. This idea is wonderfully framed by the timeless wisdom of the ancient Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Accepting responsibility for choices starts with understanding where our choices lie. This idea is wonderfully framed by the timeless wisdom of the ancient Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Cut! April 26, 2009

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Many of my friends and family replied with relief and support to my announcement that I would be admitted for surgery and my request for prayer, so, of course I was very encouraged and entered the hospital without fear and full of faith. I had that peace of mind that comes only when we’re trusting Jesus completely. I knew I was in His hands and nothing would happen without His allowing it for my good somehow, because He loves me. Long ago I chose Him as my Master, my Anchor and my Friend, and I trust Him completely—as my Husband—even until death. (Death is not the end anyway–the best is yet to come! it’s only a door to the beginning of a truly Heavenly life! So what is there to fear?) (more…)

To Cut or Not to Cut (and how deep!) April 25, 2009

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Sorry–I must have been tired! I just realized the last 2 posts of my email exchanges with L. got posted too soon, so I thought I’d better explain something major(!) that took place earlier in October…my decision regarding surgery!

I visited a Vietnamese doctor who specializes in internal medicine, specifically stomach problems. He had helped me with my viral gastritis at the end of 2006 and when my husband asked his advice in April 2008 about a lymphoma on his back, he offered to do the surgery, which went very well. We’ve known him for some time, so asked his advice about the breast cancer. (more…)