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Everything in life is far easier to get through when we have faith.


Hello Followers,

How’s it going so far this week!

The past three days here in Virginia has been very gloomy.

The clouds have kept the sun from shining.

But that is not keeping us from exploring and getting out.

Yesterday we went to the town of Rocky Mount.

Along the way, we hope to find something new on our adventure.

Within this post, you will see!

Meanwhile Dan and I are going to focus on whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

There’s a powerful story in the bible called the Book of Job.

The story is about a man named Job who was as astute as any man could be.

He believed strongly in God and held this high in his faith.

But the story goes that one day the devil paid God a visit.

The topic of discussion?

Job’s faith.

The devil reasoned that Job was faithful because he had been blessed with so much in life.

Family, money, land, and respect.

But the devil proposed that should God take any number of these things away from Job, he would no longer be the faithful man that God held him up to be.

The devil claimed that Job would curse God and that his point would be all but proven.

God, of course, disagreed.

So, this agreement began when God began taking things away from Job’s life.

Over the course of these trials, Job loses everything that he had worked so hard to create over the years.

His livestock, all his money, his family, his friends, and his health.

However, even when his wife told him he should curse God, Job didn’t.

He remained faithful.

Afterwards, God restored all of Job’s worldly possessions, family, and health.

To add to that, God multiplied what Job once had many times over.

The moral of the story?

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Times might be bad and you might want to throw in that proverbial towel.

But never lose faith.

For a person without faith is likened to a stream without water, they would cease to exist.


Posted on blog - Monday, April 9, 2012


Please know that if you are newly diagnosed with cancer, you have CHOICES.

Whether it be an integrative, complementary, or a completely alternative approach to your treatment, you are not powerless.

Your doctor is there to guide and work with you, not to order and instruct you.

The below questions are designed to get you thinking.

If you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with cancer, I think you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to spend some time pondering these.

Pray about them.

Educate yourself until knowledge overcomes fear.

Then decide what is right for you.

5 Questions to Ask Before Agreeing to Any Cancer Treatment

1. If I didn’t do any treatment for 6-8 weeks, how could my cancer progress?

After going through an initial biopsy and staging procedure, this should be your first question.

Find out how your cancer behaves. Learn as much as you can from your doctor and your own research.

Don’t focus on the treatment!

Learn about the actual cancer.

Whether your cancer is aggressive or indolent, an immediate switch to a diet high in organic, raw juices, salads, and smoothies, and free of all sugars, meats, and processed foods will slow your cancer’s growth and begin to re-build your immune system.

Also consider supplements that strengthen the immune system.

As soon as you are diagnosed, there is no time wasting.

You will be surprised about how long your doctor will wait to schedule you for your treatment.

Testing alone takes WEEKS.

It has taken years for your cancer to develop to its present condition.

You should immediately begin an anti-cancer diet.

There is no reason to wait, no matter what treatment you decide on!

2. What are long term side effects and what are the conventional treatment cure rates for my type and stage of cancer?

Following your diagnosis your oncologist will immediately begin to teach you about the schedule of chemotherapy and radiation you will receive for your cancer treatment.

Learn about the side effects and decide if they are something you are willing to risk, especially knowing that there could be long term effects AND a greater risk of developing a secondary cancer later.

When you study survival statistics, you have to understand that the survival rates for cancers in the U.S. are marked by a 5-year survival.

It doesn’t take account if someone dies the day after their 5-year “cancer-versary” or if they still have cancer.

They just have to be “alive” 5 years from diagnosis. It also doesn’t take into account that person’s quality of life during and after treatment.

For example, for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the most curable cancers with chemotherapy and radiation, the 5-year cure rate according to the American Cancer Society is 84%.

According to a large 2004 clinical study, the number is closer to 40%.

You will also want to ask your doctor for the Material Safety Data Sheets for the doctor’s recommended chemotherapy regimen.

These will list all chemicals involved and their short- and long-term side effects.

Also, do not be shy about asking another doctor for their opinion.

3. How is the rest of the world treating cancer?

How much does my oncologist know about alternative cancer treatment?

Although much of the Asian and European medical world has been influenced by the American pharmaceutical industry, there are many clinics in these areas that are treating patients successfully without chemotherapy or radiation.

International doctors are much more likely to view the body in a holistic perspective than American doctors.

Your standard American oncologist probably won’t know much about any treatment except the big three: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

He/she may be aware of clinical trials available, but in most cases, there are still side effects and these trials are still pharmaceutical.

Long-term side-effects and efficacy aren’t known as well. Your oncologist will not prescribe you an alternative treatment since a “treatment” is not a drug if it lacks FDA approval.

Oncologists are great for teaching you about the behavior of your cancer and monitoring you by blood tests and scans.

If you decide on an alternative treatment, you may find it helpful to have a knowledgeable holistic MD or naturopath to help coach you along the way.

One way to do this is to visit your local health foods store and find the free health magazines/ publications.

They’re usually near the entrance.

Call the natural practitioners listed in there and ask around by explaining your situation.

4. What about conventional treatment will guarantee that my cancer won’t come back?

Many supporters of conventional treatment believe that chemotherapy and radiation is the elite cancer cure, but one looks at even generous statistics, and you can see that is not the case.

It is true that chemotherapy will kill cancer cells in most cases, but it also kills a large number of healthy cells along with it.

Let’s say you do obtain remission with conventional treatment.

If you don’t change the underlying habits that led to your cancer in the first place, how are you insuring yourself against the cancer coming back?

Your immune system will be battered during chemotherapy and radiation.

It is important to eat as much of an anti-cancer diet while going through conventional treatment to help counter the negative effects.

Please know that your oncologist should know any supplements or foods you are eating.

There are some foods that can interfere and weaken the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

5. What if the conventional treatment doesn’t work?

On the other hand, what if I did alternative treatment and it doesn’t work?

Oh boy, was this one I struggled with.

First of all, the side effects were AWFUL.

Heart damage, hair loss, nausea, anxiety, depression, secondary cancers, and infertility.

Also, if for some reason the first round of chemo didn’t work, I would have had to go through another 4-6 months of a different chemo.

After that, my only hope would be a clinical trial or a last-minute attempt at an alternative treatment.

I chose to pursue FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE.

It is much more difficult to do it the other way around after your immune system has been taxed by chemotherapy and radiation, sometimes multiple times.

My biggest worry was “what if the cancer gets worst and is much more difficult to treat?”

With close monitoring, this is not a problem.

Have a cooperative oncologist keep an eye on the size of the tumors and any tumor marker tests or blood tests that can show progress.

Consider HcG testing.

As long as you are proactive with an anti-cancer diet, your condition should not drastically worsen in 4-6 weeks, the amount of time most alternative protocols take to show progress.

The more aggressive the cancer, the more intense the protocol needs to be from the start.

Like I said before, learn about the behavior of your cancer to weigh this decision.

Consult with more than one doctor.

Remember that the goal with alternative therapies is to build the immune system and holistic health of the person, not to rid the body of tumors.

Tumors are symptoms of a deeper problem.

Rejuvenating and supporting the self-healing process will help your body rid itself of cancer without using toxic chemicals.

If for some reason the initial alternative protocols do not work, you can change or add additional protocols. There are hundreds out there.

Research, Research, Research


Have an advocate work with you.

The amount of information you will learn in those first few visits to your doctor will be daunting.

You should also ask for permission to Audio Record your cancer decision conversations with your doctor.

Cancer can put us into a mental fog and we don’t always hear everything the doctor says.

If you have a friend or family member who has been recently diagnosed, send them this.

It is VITAL that we as patients are well-informed and make decisions out of knowledge peace- NOT out of fear.

How many are you out there are left-handers?

I raise my left hand! When I was growing up, I learned everything right-handed; which made everything I did the wrong way.

It’s time to share some words from THE LEFT-HANDER’S HANDBOOK.


Michelangelo, who was left-handed said, I have only to throw a pot of paint on the wall to find their fine landscapes.

What he was describing, of course was his left-handed brain’s wonderful creative ability to bring order out of chaos.

After 4 years on the ladder, I think I prefer the pictures on the carpet floor.



It’s a big job, shortening the distance between wanting and believing.

The closer they are together, the more likely the reality will be.

But don’t force yourself.

Forcing causes anxiety and a feeling of being overwhelmed.

That energy pushes away good things and sheds doubt on good beliefs.

Encourage yourself.

Nudge yourself.

Stretch just a little further every day.

Go at your pace and build your confidence gradually and your positive changes will be solid.

Breathe deeply and take those steps.

You can do it.

If you are interested in reading Dan’s and My Journey Through Cancer without Surgery, Chemo or Radiation, just click on the books for more information:

MY JOURNEY OF COMPLETION (Body, Heart and Soul) – Enjoy Life While Managing Cancer



Dan and I grabbed an opportunity nine years ago, when we took on the adventure and moved to Mexico. Back then, we didn’t know what to expect, except that both of us were alive and ready for a change. We had been going to Tijuana for cancer treatments and knew somewhat what we were heading into. We ended up living in the center of the country however; better for travel purposes and it was nothing like what we had thought about. To this date, we are back in the states living in Virginia and what we took from Mexico was friendships, culture and understanding of their ways of life.


Through thousands of pictures that I took, Dan and I are showing how safe Mexico is. There is a saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’; this is so true! A picture tells a story just as well as, if not better than, a lot of written words.


"Chinese proverb. One picture is worth ten thousand words."

So, we will be posting a gallery of pictures on each post, hopefully you will see each one has a story.

Today will continue the series on LIVING SUCCESSFULLY WITH SCREWED-UP PEOPLE, by Elizabeth B. Brown. Dan and I continue to share ways to benefit and help keep one’s health cells healthy. A wise man told me ten years ago, when one is in balance with themselves; one stays healthy.

For more information click on book



The unresolvable issues with a difficult person keep your emotions in a pressure cooker; hot, steaming, under a lot of pressure, and explosive.

Overcoming their power depends on your making a determination to use the force of your will to control your feelings.

You may never receive appreciation, love, and respect from this individual but still you are responsible;

ü For your actions and responses

ü To carry out your duties to the best of your abilities

ü To maintain the highest ethics, regardless of pressure to lower the bar

ü To act with maturity regardless of the immaturity of anyone around you

ü For your attitude

ü For compromising, when possible, to keep a healthy balance within the relationship

ü To support and encourage, regardless of whether you are supported and encouraged

ü For changing the way, you respond if your responses to an irregular person are born out of anger. As opposed to sorrow for the joys they miss be their controlling and demeaning attitudes.

Continue on Facing Reality tomorrow.

This is the time to get ready for food and remedies that heal; alchemy of herbs. In the coming week, Dan and I will be blogging the benefits of TURMERIC. It’s amazing what and how turmeric can help keep your body healthy?

This recipe today that I will be sharing is different and is high in protein.

Yes, and has the ingredient of turmeric!


This snack is a delicious way to enjoy turmeric.

By soaking the pumpkin seeds first, you help break down the phytic acid they contain; making them easier to digest.

To soak your seeds, place them in a container and cover them with water.

Add a pinch of salt and stir.

Cover and let sit for 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.


1 ½ cups pumpkin seeds. Soaked in water overnight and drained

2 tablespoons kelp flakes

2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon turmeric powder’

1 teaspoon cumin powder

2 teaspoons paprika powder

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

¼ cup olive oil

Salt to taste


1. Place the soaked pumpkin seeds, kelp flakes, tamari, garlic, turmeric, cumin, paprika and black pepper into a food processor.

2. With the motor running, drizzle the broth and the oil into the mixture and process until it is smooth and spreadable.

3. Use this as a dip with veggies or crackers, or spread it on a wrap.


THIS IS AN ENCLOSURE – will be at the end of all the blogs, for I stress; this daily routine will heal keep your body cells happy.

As I end this blog, Dan and I for several years have shared our experiences with enjoying life while

managing cancer. By keeping healthy, our routine daily has been walking (exercise), meditation (for stress), Qigong (exercise and for stress).

Yesterday Dan and I adventured out to Rocky Mount.

We explored a new area, first time at this park .

Loved it a lot of trails and walking paths.