Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Letter 2011

"The greatest gift you will ever receive will never be found under a Christmas tree.
It is far too valuable to be stored in any other place but in the depths of your heart." ~Anonymous

Don’t you just love the daily excitement of never knowing for sure what will happen during the day? I am always amazed at the crazy things that actually do happen.

My Christmas vacation started off with just such an event and my trip to Omaha was not without incident. The plane was an hour and a half late taking off and I had nothing to eat and my stomach was turning. When I am on a plane I always order water, but this time because I was hungry I ordered tomato juice to see if it would curb by appetite. The plane was not full and there was no one in the seat beside me and no one across the isle from me. The attendant pulled down the tray next too me and I just left my tomato juice there. I had my hand around the glass so it wouldn't slide off. I had been awake since 4:00 a.m. - I fell asleep. The pilot came over the intercom with a booming voice - I jumped - tomato juice flew all over the place, in my lap, down my pant legs, even down the side of the plane. I tried to clean up as well as I could but can’t do with a little handy-wipe. I walked off the plane looking like a street person. The tomato juice dried in an ugly dark red color. When Johanna picked me up she wanted to go to lunch, I said "no way" I have to get these clothes off. We put my coat and jeans in the washing machine and my coat turned out very well (thank goodness).

I was very anxious to see Johanna since I had not seen her since her back operation two months before. She was doing surprisingly well. Through this last series of events that took place for her she wound up with drop foot on the left. She now wears a brace and special shoes. She does well when she wears the brace. The thing that is most disturbing to her is her lack of energy. I tried to tell her that it was not going to come back over night. Her body has been through major surgery and it will take at least a year. She does want to keep her part-time/full-time job that requires much traveling. She is no longer in a position to lift anything, let alone a suitcase. We will just have to wait and see what takes place in the near future.

We did go out to lunch a couple of times. There were guest for dinner several evenings and someone was dropping by all of the time. They both keep a very hectic schedule. We of course were able to do lots of shopping. All in all I had a wonderful time. Johanna and I were able to have a fast lunch with a couple of my cousins, so good to see people from home.

Update on my special prayer requests:
On Friday morning, December 30th, Jeanne’s great-great niece, Chloe, passed away. She was only 4 years old…now she is in the loving arms of Jesus and she is out of pain.
Katy just had a birthday and she is 4 years old now. She was back in the hospital in December and this will probably continue monthly until she gets a new heart.

Continue to pray for Chloe’s family and continue praying for Katy to get a new heart. We are not ready to lose another precious child.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."                                          
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bulging disc

As life goes on, the daily blessings go on and on. I cannot believe that this year is almost over. Goodness, time goes so fast. My biggest accomplishment this year was to get a part-time job as a dietary aid at Little Sisters of the Poor, which is located right behind where I live…so convenient. It has not been without complications on my health…but I love the extra money and I love the people I work with. It is such a wonderful place.
 
I have osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine and have constant pain. I usually can tolerate low-grade pain and have learned to live with it. This past week the pain increased to my right hip and down the leg. Right – sciatic nerve. I am sure you all have had this pain at one time or another…not pleasant. I had to take some days off at work and I finally decided I needed to see the doctor to get some pain pills…I cannot take Advil per doctor’s orders and he was very upset because I was taking them for the pain.

I saw the doctor on Thursday afternoon and the news was not good. As I described my pain and how it is different this time, he said, “You have a bulging disk.”  Oh great, what am I supposed to do now. I am giving up my job, temporarily, but I am in hopes that they will find something for me that is not manual labor…like part-time receptionist. I will wait until the first of the year to pursue this further. I really do like the extra money but cannot justify giving up my health for it. The doctor said it would take about six weeks to start feeling better. I am just hoping that it does not interfere with flying to Omaha for Christmas and I certainly do not want it to rupture.

Little Sister’s knew that I had back problems when I went to work for them and they were very willing to work with me on my schedule and the hours I worked. I am not blaming any of this on the job even though I don’t think it helped any. I am just a little depressed over this.

Causes of Sciatica
A primary cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging intervertebral disc that compresses the nerve root before it joins the sciatic nerve.

Several nerve roots leave the spinal cord and exit through holes in the sacrum to combine and form the sciatic nerve, which then passes between layers of the buttock muscles into the deep muscles of the back of the thigh.

Causes of Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain results from the inflammation of the sciatic nerve and is usually marked by pain and tenderness along the course of the nerve running across the upper buttocks and the rear of the thighs.

Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatica is usually a symptom caused by a herniated or bulging intervertebral lumbar disc. Its distinguishing feature is pain in the buttocks and behind the thighs.

Usually, extreme trauma is not the cause of sciatic pain. An action as simple as bending over may bring on sciatic pain.
                                 Standing, lifting, sitting, or straining may aggravate it.
 
 
When someone says, "Life is hard," ask him, "Compared to what?"

Jesus delivers me from my fears.
Jesus comforts me in my loneliness.
Jesus forgives me when I have sinned.
Jesus died for me so that I could live forever.

Jesus, I owe you everything. From the bottom of my heart, I thank You.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Your cancer is treatable is not the same as your cancer is curable."

It seems that almost weekly I hear of someone I know or the loved one of someone I know who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. We have fundraisers for every kind of known cancer. I believe that Susan G Komen as been going on for over 40 year now, (I think) collecting millions and millions of dollars each year. Are we winning this battle against breast cancer? Are we winning the battle against any of the cancers?

First I would like to say that I give all the glory to God. There are still miracles happening in today’s world…I am one of them. If we just open our eyes and listen we can see them and feel them and experience them for ourselves.  We have to be willing to listen and research. I agree that there are a lot of waco treatments out there and that is the reason that you have to research for yourself. You have to really want this miracle and you have to depend on God to give it to you. It can be done…it is very real. A negative attitude does not help because we all know that God works in His own time – not ours.

Cancer has no age limit, babies, toddlers, children of all ages, adults of all ages…it is always a shock when someone is diagnosed. Cancer ran swift in my mother’s side of the family and after watching my younger brother go through his cancer and treatments, which did nothing for him; I made the decision that I would never do Chemo or radiation therapy. I learned, “Never say Never.”

I found out that they did not know how to treat my cancer because of the lack of studies on this rare endometrial cancer…they did not know for sure what would work or what would not work…so 12 days after surgery they rushed me right into Chemo…. I thought I must be dying and wished I could. When I refused the last Chemo treatment they wanted me to start on radiation right away…NO way! They finally admitted that they could not reach the Para-aortic lymph node with radiation or additional surgery. That is when I told them I was finished…I wanted “quality” of life over “quantity” of life. I was not going to lie in that bed and die until it was time for God to take me.

Had I done nothing I would not be here today writing this. Instead I took the advice of my best friend, Rebecca, who was with me every step of the way on this journey. She suggested the Acid/Alkaline diet. I researched and researched and it made since to me. What I found out by checking my pH level every day is that my body was the perfect breeding ground for cancer cells – extremely acid. My cancer was spreading to another lymph node and to my liver. (I had breast cancer from the very beginning but they put that off until the endometrial cancer was in control.)

In February of 2010 my PET scan showed that my cancer was not “active”…six months later it was still not active. Today it is not active. I am faithful at keeping my body at an Alkaline level. I am still not an angel about the foods that go in my mouth but I make sure that I get my body and keep my body Alkaline. Cancer cannot live in an Alkaline body. I have posted several things on my blog about the Acid/Alkaline diet so please, please pass on my blog address to anyone you know that has been diagnosed with cancer. They don’t have to bore themselves with the whole blog just the last several months when I am trying to reach everyone I can.

Remember that God sends us angels, like Rebecca, to help us get through these rough times. She was God’s messenger to me and I will be forever grateful. All of us, with God’s help, can make it through this battle. (There were many, many angels in my life through this journey, too many to name them all.) My other loyal angel/friend Laurie made sure she made me laugh everyday - laughter is the best medicine.

Thank you Father God for giving me life and the fight to want to help others. I know that not everyone will listen and it will be too late for others. But Father I do know that there is a way besides Chemo and radiation therapy. If we will just look at this realistically we know that you will not steer us in the wrong direction. If we think about it and we are dying with cancer – what have we got to lose by trying the Acid/Alkaline diet?

Thank you for Your miracle in my life.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I don't have it so tough after all.

It is very difficult for me to dwell on my own health issues when I hear about children and families suffering more than what I can comprehend. Adults being ill, that is one thing, but to have these little children going through cancer and heart failure like adults is just foreign to me. My heart breaks for them just at the thought of what they are going through. Maybe I feel this way because I know what I went through as an adult; how do these little children tolerate the pain? I know that these are only questions that our God can answer…and Jesus holds them very tightly in his arms…our job is to intercede for these children.

Not really
but that is the way I felt last Sunday
I thought I had it so tough for the last several weeks. I wound up with a large bill on my car repairs. Well, I work two evenings a week so I asked for more hours to help pay this bill. All I can say is - be careful what you ask for. Yes they gave me more hours and I wound up working some hours everyday for ten days straight. I was so exhausted that my body rebelled. I have not worked that hard since before I got sick. You think you are ready but your body knows better. Last Sunday I slept right through the alarm while my body was rebelling. I suddenly woke up at 7:45 and was startled at what time it was. I have never, ever slept through the alarm. (Guess I can’t say that anymore.) The problem…I pick up another lady and 7:45 on Sunday morning so we can get there early enough for her to prepare communion.

When I went to work on Monday morning I made it clear that I did want more hours but not quite that many…I just couldn’t handle it. It took me all week to get my energy level back. Starting to feel “fine” again


"But one thing I do: 
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 
I press on toward the goal."   
~Philippians 3:13-14


Please pray for Chloe-3 and Katy-4

Have a safe Halloween!

Special Prayer Needs

Today I am asking for prayers for two very special and brave little girls whose lives are in jeopardy

This request is from my aunt Sister Johanna –
Sister Jeanne’s great-great niece, Chloe, who is 4 years old with a brain tumor, has been through lots of chemo and radiation. They thought she was doing much better but the scan showed that the tumor is back and larger than before. Chloe has been put on hospice care.

This request is from my cousin Kendra:
Dear Facebook Family - I need prayer warriors RIGHT NOW. Amiee Sullivan Murphy's three year old daughter, Katy, has been admitted to Children's Hospital with complications from what appears to be congestive heart failure. This baby NEEDS your prayers on her behalf... please stop whatever you're doing and pray for courage, strength, and a miracle for this family... Please. Pray for hosts of angels to surround this family and bring them peace that passes all understanding. Fellow Mommies and Daddies out there... show this family love and support from complete strangers!!

Their story is posted on the family blog at - http://murphy216.blogspot.com

Katy is 3 years old and has just been admitted back to the hospital in congestive heart failure. She has been on the heart transplant waiting list for a year now.

“Come to me, all you who are worry and burdened, 
and I will give you rest.”
~Matthew 11:28

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lemon Water – Alkalizing Superstar

So What Are the Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water?

Almost as cunningly simple in its title as ‘green drink’ – lemon water is quite blindingly straightforward in its makeup: it is water with lemon squeezed in. Could it be any easier?

The beauty of lemon water is that it is tasty, refreshing and best of all, alkalizing. The lemon juice raises the alkalizing effect of the water so even with standard tap water you can make your drink nice and alkalizing.

Apart from being an amazing body alkalizer, lemon water also gives the following health benefits:
Lemons are antiseptic
             Lemon water has excellent digestive properties and can ease
                          heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems
             Lemon water cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys
             Lemon juice contains calcium, magnesium and potassium
             Lemon juice has been known to relieve asthma
             Lemon water (hot) offers relief from cold and flu symptoms while
                          providing some much needed Vitamin C
             Lemon juice is a great skin cleanser
So if you do not do anything else – start every single day with a glass of lovely lemon water!
It is not the relative acidity/alkalinity of the food but rather the effect it has on the body that is important. Seemingly acidic foods such as lemons, limes and tomato are acidic in their basic state, but once metabolized by the body have an alkalizing effect. The high alkaline mineral content of these foods means that once consumed and metabolized they increase the alkalinity of the cells of the body.
Extra Update:  If you are concerned about tooth enamel and lemon water,here are a few suggestions  :
Clean your teeth after your lemon water. Toothpaste is highly alkaline so neutralizes any acids in the mouth – remember the lemon is still acidic until you metabolize it, and at this point it has an alkaline effect on the body
          Drink a glass of (pre alkaline) water – or just rinse your mouth out
          Drink the lemon water through a straw

"When we have the opportunity to help someone, we should do it."  
~Galatians 6:10 (NCV)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gloria in the white jacket and me in the black jacket,
Ross driving the train.
My friend Gloria and I have coffee once a month just to catch up on each other’s lives. Tuesday was our day to meet so Gloria asked if I would like to take a day trip with her and her husband, Art.  A trip to Coal Creek Canyon proved to be a very memorable day. A friend of theirs had built a miniature railroad and had invited his friends to take a ride. I must admit that I did not know what to expect and neither did Art and Gloria. What fun we had as we took turns riding the rail. Their friend Ross is retired and built the whole thing in his spare time. It is really quite a setup as you can see from the pictures.

Ross has five acres in Coal Creek and a deep slope on his land. He built not only the train but all of the tussles and tracks. He has a huge workshop full of engines that he is working on. An actual turntable where he can turn the train around. All of it was unbelievable that one man could do all of this. It is right out behind his house. What a back yard.

What a house! Ross also built his house over 35 years. It is round with an enclosed walking porch all the way around it. It is in the background of the 2nd picture.

The group of friends that were there all graduated together from Arvada High School. How much fun it was listening to their stories, especially since I just missed my High School Reunion while I was on vacation the week before.


I was thinking of my little cousins Jack and Wyatt, and how they would have loved to be with me riding the rails.
This is the picture on our shirts with all of standing in front of the sign.
I finally got to take a vacation this year - one that had been in the planning since March. On Sunday, 9-11, I flew to Portland Oregon with some friends, then on to Seaside Oregon for the week. The weather turned out to be very cool even on the days it was predicted to be a little warmer. The sun did peak between the clouds a couple of times and we were able to shed our jackets. The water was extremely cold and I only walked into it one time. Little James on the other hand loved it and the cold water did not stop him. Nancy and I did lots and lots of walking while Randy, Sherry, James and Katie went on a tour of the waterfalls and then to the sand dunes one day. They saw magnificent scenery. Little Katie was getting over a broken arm and just had her cast off the day before they left for Seaside. I think she was possibly still favoring it a little bit - only noticeable in the picture.

Randy and Sherry Whitehill, Nancy Johnston,
me on the bike, James and Katie Whitehill

Two years ago I went to Seaside Oregon with the same friends. We had our picture taken together under the sign.Well, Nancy took that picture and T-shirts made for all of us in different colors. Well yes, we had our picture taken together again this year with our T-shirts on. It was a lot of fun. Thank you Nancy. 


Ember stayed with Laurie while I was gone. Laurie picked her up after I left on Sunday and she brought her back home Saturday, the 17th, before I got home. She was so happy to seem me and became glued to me the first couple of days back. What a sweet heart she is – I missed her just as much.
To my wonderful friends and a wonderful vacation:
Thank You
A kindness done is never lost. 
It may take awhile, 
but like a suitcase on a luggage carousel, 
it will return again.”
~H. Jackson Brown

Sunday, August 7, 2011

You are in Control

My tribute to Freida Story


I never had the opportunity to meet Freida and I never had the opportunity to talk to her, however, we traveled a very unusual journey together - Cancer!

Freida's brother, Mark Story, was the Worship Director at my church for several years. Mark would tell us about his sister who lived in California and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. In February of 2008, after much chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the doctor's told her that she was "cancer-free". In July of 2008 I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. In October 2008 Freida was again diagnosed with a rare cancer.   

The both of us with very different cancers, both aggressive, made very different decisions about treatment and did the best we knew how to beat this ugly Cancer. At 55 years of age Freida lost her battle and she is now in the arms of God...Friday, August 5, 2011.
Freida Story was an active single mother of two boys living in Los Gatos California, a small town in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Like most moms she was very busy.  In addition to attending all her children's extracurricular activities, she ran a daycare in her home, directed children's theatre, sang in a local rock band, and on her vacation time led folks on tours all over the world with Queenslander Tours

Freida had the most awesome support system to help her through the tough days when she was so sick. I read her blog and I understand that she read mine. I could see her going down gradually and it broke my heart because there was nothing I could do to help her...so I prayed for her and her family every day.

She was such an inspiration to me because she was so active all the time and I could not figure out how she kept going so strong. I knew there must be something wrong with me because I couldn't do it. I could tell that she was a lady with a sense of humor. Every picture you see she is smiling or laughing. Laughing is good for the soul and I understand that she did plenty of that. There is so much I could say but it is hard to know where to begin. I will miss her so much. 

One day she was Disneyland with her family and people kept staring at her, Freida did not wear wigs she wore a scarf or went bareheaded. These are her words from that experience; "...being ignorant in this day and age actually requires more effort than being enlightened.  Regardless of someone's walk in life, we should first try to think of that person as a human being with all the rights a human being has.  The Golden Rule is the answer: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." 

I understand that instead of having a service for her they have planned a "Celebration of Life". Hopefully they will dress in some of her costumes that she wore every summer when she did the Children's Theater. I understand that she has a gigantic wardrobe. Just reading her blog I know that she would not want tears, unless they were tears of joy.
I am sorry that I never met you Freida - I will miss reading your blog postings. 
Dear God - we know that 
"You Are In Control"

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Acid Alkaline Diet

At this point in my life my cancer is not "active". There is no medical reason why this should be so the doctors will not say that I am in remission.

I am being asked a lot of questions about this diet that so far God has allowed to work for me. I cannot answer how it will work for someone else. First of all you can check back on previous posts to see how my progression went.

There are many, many books out there that talk about the Acid/Alkaline diet. I want to tell you that this has not been a diet that I have lost weight on simply because I am more interested in my health at this point and keeping the cancer at arms length.

The books that I chose to buy - 1st was "Alkalize or Die" by Theodore A Baroody, a Christian doctor. 2nd was "The Acid Alkaline Food Guide" by Dr Susan E Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.

Both of these books are excellent but I never let them stop me from doing research on the internet. I am avid about finding out everything I can...new information all the time. I check on foods that are good for healing cancer as well as the Alkalize diets. I look for recipes that will work. It is almost like being a vegetarian except that I do eat moderate amounts of chicken, turkey and fish, especially salmon and tuna. In fact, starting out you are a vegetarian...kick start so to speak...then add foods back your favorite foods gradually if you must. I love hamburgers and I do treat myself to one about every six months. I grew up on hot dogs and still love them...one in three years. It is a matter of what do I want more - food that is not good for me, or to be cancer free.

As you can see, I do still eat foods that are all Allkaline. I try to remember each day that this is a 80/20 diet which is very normal for the body.

I check my pH daily, especially if I have eaten a little too much of something that is acid. pH is something you will learn about as you read and research. Oddly enough you cannot get pH strips everywhere. The first time I checked at Vitamin Cottage and they did not have them so I ordered on-line. Then I checked again when I was in there and they had them.

Please feel free to contact me anytime to ask questions. But remember, the key is research, research, research. You must be very committed to this way of eating to be successful. And, read those labels on food. You will be shocked at what is tucked inside those boxes.

Everyone knows someone with cancer...what have we got to lose by trying this diet.  Especially if you want to live. Ask God for His help to keep you or your loved one going in the right direction. I owe all of my success, on this diet, to God.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." "Then you will call upon me, and I will listen to you" "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Burned Biscuits

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing... never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today.... that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!


"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."


So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.


"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."


Thank you Jolene for sharing!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

One bad toothache

I know that we have all been through our grueling moments at the dentist office but Thursday turned out to be a very different day than what it started out to be.

First of all I wanted the tooth pulled, it’s a molar in the back and causing lots of pain. The dentist wanted to do a root canal (4 roots on a molar) on it to save the tooth since it is attached to a bridge. I asked for the price difference because I don’t have the money to do extensive work. I called back and made an appointment to have the tooth extracted on Thursday morning at 10:20. When I got to the office they hade been trying to call me to change the appointment to 2:30 pm.

Now get this – the dentist had decided to do the root canal at the cost of the extraction. Never heard of this being done before. She just did not want to see me lose this tooth because it is my chewing tooth and I would also loose part of the bridge also.

I went back at 2:30 and she started on the root canal. Then she decided that she was not going to be able to save the tooth after all. Extraction!!! The tooth would not come out…it just kept breaking off because it was so brittle. She literally had to dig each root out…dig, drill, pull…dig, drill, pull…dig, drill, pull…dig, drill, pull! I was doing a lot of talking to God at this point!

It’s Gone! (This is the same tooth that I wrote about around the first of April.) When the dentist was finished after an hour and a half she asked about the red mark on my jaw line. I told her that it was from her grasp on my jaw. She couldn’t believe it and was so sorry.  It was very painful all day Friday but it is much better this morning. Still swollen but no bruising to my surprise.

I have never had a tooth not come out. She said the roots were attached to the bone. Well it is out now and we will be on to something else next month. There is always something new to look forward to.


“Prayer releases the power and wisdom of God into a situation.”

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My cousin Betty Kay has been reminiscing on Face Book about the “good ol’ times” when we would get together out in the country where my parents lived. Fourth of July always stands out because we were in the country and it was the perfect place to have a big picnic and shoot lots of fireworks. No Daylight Saving Time back then so it got dark earlier and we were able to shoot off the colorful fireworks…and that is after a day of the noisemakers.

I have been in Denver for fifteen years now and I do not get to see family as often as I would like. I have a family only FB page and that is how I get to keep in touch…with posts and pictures. Love those pictures of nieces, nephews, cousins, their kids and their kids.

The highlight of my days - when I receive a call from cousins saying they are coming through Colorado. Since I have moved to the apartment I don’t have room for people to stay but usually everyone is just passing through on vacation or just traveling. I have had breakfast with Tim and Cindy Robinson on their way back to Texas. And I have had lunch with Jim and Lindy Blessington on their way back to Kansas City. Johanna Schwed has been in Colorado Springs on several occasions on company business and we get a chance to meet for dinner in Castle Rock at least one night while she is here. That is a halfway point for each of us. Sister Jeanne was in Denver for a meeting and I had a chance to go have lunch with her one day before she went back to Omaha. Jackie Ireland and her friend Karen were trying out her new truck and came to Colorado. I was able to have dinner with them at Texas Roadhouse. Just this past week Steve and Julie Schwed stopped by on their way to Pikes Peak. We had time to go to Red Rocks and have dinner at the Morrison Inn. Several days later Tom and Marti Buehler stopped on their way to Kansas City. We got fish and chips from GBs and went over to the lake and had lunch. Each of these visits is only for a couple of hours but it is like a booster shot for me. Sister Johanna and Betty Kay have been out several times and Debbie Jones and Jackie Ireland were out several times while I was still in my condo. Kathy Jo Walker came to Loveland to be with one of her cousins for surgery but we were not able to get together except by phone.

Just remember that I now live a couple of miles off of I-70 and practically everyone uses I-70 while in Colorado. I would love to see as many of you as possible when you are passing through. Please don’t pass me by – time is short.

God Bless each and every one of you and have a safe and Happy 4th.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

JOB - To have or not to have

I was so anxious to go back to work part-time. I was feeling good and I thought I was ready to take on the world. I went over to the Little Sisters of the Poor, located just a couple of blocks from the apartment. Oh yes, I did get a job. I went through orientation…nine hours and did not get finished so I went back the next day an hour and a half before my shift started, Thursday evening. Turned out to be a kitchen job and not a dining room job…guess it sounds better. I worked the next evening, Friday, and I was dragging when I got home. I was off on Saturday evening but went back in on Sunday evening. I must say that it “kicked my butt” – excuse my language but I don’t know how else to put it. I really, truly thought that my back was doing much better. Guess it is until you are on your feet for 4 hours.

On Monday morning I went over and talked to Human Resources. Therese was very understanding and is most concerned about health first. She had me on a weeks schedule to train on the day shift, which is 2 hours longer. I told her there was no way I could do a longer shift and that I really needed to cut back on hours. I do not want to quit but I cannot work night after night. She has changed my schedule to two nights a week, Wednesday evening and Saturday evening. I will try it to see how it works out.

However, I did go ahead and work Monday evening as scheduled and when I got home I was in so much pain that I could not even lay down on my back. I finally had to take a pain pill…that started me itching…so I took another Atarax. At 1:00 am I was still awake so I took another Ativan. I finally went to sleep and slept until 9 am when Laurie called. Could not even figure out how to answer the phone (new). I fixed myself a cup of coffee and fed Ember then I went back in to the bedroom, well it looked so inviting - down I went – I woke up at 1 pm. I could not believe that I slept that long, but I honestly needed it. Hope I can sleep tonight. My coffee was still sitting there - cold!

I noticed that they had a receptionist in the evenings. I told Therese that if she ever had any openings I would really be interested in that. She said that she would talk to sister. Please pray that I can get that position…I think I could handle it much better.

I must say that I am disappointed in myself and my bubble has been burst. When I looked into the mirror I saw this tiger, or lion, that was ready to defeat the world. Now when I look into the mirror I see this little kitten that still needs a lot of care.



I have heard it said, "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do." ~Greg Laurie

Thursday, June 2, 2011

When I was diagnosed with Cancer in July of 2008, and as I found out it was terminal I knew some but not all of my options. I researched and studied everything on the Internet…every diagnosis. As the days went forward many, many people were giving me suggestions of what to do to cure my cancer. I researched and studied every suggestion that was made. Some were extremely expensive and some were outrageous. Then Rebecca told me about a diet that she heard about…cancer lives in an acid body – it cannot live in an alkaline body. I researched and studied and found that it did make sense to me. 
One of the books that I bought, to help me get started, was Alkalize or Die.

In January of 2009 I decided to try this diet. It was not easy. The pH strips showed that my body was acid...day after day, but I did not give up. I must admit that it was not easy to keep going when I did not think that this was working. The PET scans showed that my cancer had metastasized to another lymph node and my liver. I kept on researching the types of food that I should be eating to prevent cancer. In February 2010 I had another PET scan to see how far the cancer had metastasized. When I received the phone call from my oncologist and he said that my cancer was not active I finally realized the diet was working. It has been over a year now that my cancer has not been active. The doctors are scratching their heads. I give all the credit to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Since posting the very simplified article last month, Alkaline Diet for Cancer: Cancer Cells Cannot Survive In an Alkaline Environment, I have had numerous questions. I welcome the questions but I can only answer them from my perspective and how it has changed my diagnosis as well as my life. This is something everyone should research and study to see how it will work for them. You have to research and read everything you can so that you know which foods are acid and which foods are alkaline. You would normally think that all fruits are acid, when in fact they are alkaline foods. Even today I still get on the Internet and find out all the information that I can...which foods are best and which foods I should eat daily.

As I look back on my life after I moved to Denver I have come to the realization that 95% of the time I was eating fast food and unhealthy snacks, I was not cooking for myself. Now, I seldom have fast food, red meat, bread or anything containing white flour and/or sugar. I find that I do like vegetables and fruits. That is not to say I never have ice cream, a roll, cake, even potato chips. I use the pH strips daily to make sure that my body stays alkaline. My will power for sweets is not as strong as it should be and I do indulge on occasion – still love that chocolate.


"Every good and perfect gift that comes to you originates with God. Sometimes his gifts come wrapped in a human voice or message. Treasure them all as personal presents of encouragement."

Friday, May 13, 2011

"One day at a time Sweet Jesus"

For those of you who have followed my cancer journey since 2008 you know that I should not even be here now. I give all the praise and glory to God my Father. My endometrial cancer was an aggressive rare type. They could not reach the para-aortic lymph node during surgery. I did start chemotherapy but I had an extreme adverse reaction to it. PET scan showed that the chemo did not get to the lymph node and I never took the sixth treatment. I did meet with the radiologist but it turns out they could not reach the lymph node either because of its location. Also, I would have additional side effects that would last the rest of my life. I chose not to do that and to live the rest of my life with quality and not quantity of days that I had left.

Around the first of the year in 2009 I decided to change my diet and went with the Alkaline-Acid diet. It was a whole new way of eating for me and it did take some getting used to. No – in no way did I give up all of my favorite foods, but I did learn to like and appreciate vegetables and fruits more. I still have that big beautiful piece of cake on occasion. I continued to have PET scans every six months only to find that the cancer had moved to another lymph node and to my liver. All the doctors said they would support me in my decision not to do treatment for the endometrial cancer.

It was not until my PET scan in February of 2010 that the doctor said that my cancer was no longer active. They did not know why and questioned me on alternative medicines that I might be doing. My PET scan in May of 2011 still shows there is no active cancer. I will never take the credit away from God Almighty. He alone put this diet in front of me and gave me the will to stick with it when it did not look like it was working.

The breast cancer is another thing. It was there from the start of my cancer journey in 2008, but it did not look bad enough to worry with until after the endometrial cancer was under control - it was the aggressive cancer. I decided not have a mastectomy as long as the endometrial cancer was metastasizing. On the PET scan there was still a shadow on the breast that they diagnosed as “undetermined” after all this time. I went ahead with the mastectomy in June 2010 only to find that it also had metastasized to the lymph node under my arm.

Recently I decided that perhaps I would like to have breast reconstruction if I was a candidate. I met with the plastic surgeon and he verified that I am not a candidate and that he would not do surgery on someone who is on Coumadin. It turns out that breast reconstruction is a yearlong procedure and it is not without complications. He said that it would be a terrible risk to keep taking me on and off the Coumadin. So I will be content with what I have and thank God every day that I have my life.

Yes, I believe in Miracles and I do consider myself a survivor at this time in my life.
 I do not want to wait five years to say the words - 
"I am a survivor".  
I will keep praying to my God and take it -
“One day at a time, sweet Jesus” 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alkaline Diet for Cancer: Cancer Cells Cannot Survive In an Alkaline Environment

Alkaline diet and cancerMaintaining a diet that promotes an alkaline pH within the body is good protection against cancer. When a person eats this kind of diet, the natural pH balance will lean more towards the alkaline side of the scale, instead of the acid level of the scale.
Unfortunately, all too often a person’s pH tends to be too acidic, making a good alkaline cancer treatment even more important. Many people believe that an alkaline pH can not only protect the body against cancer, but can even help to cure it once it has developed.
What is an Alkaline Diet?
Many people become confused in regards to alkaline and acid diets because they think that it refers to the actual pH level of the food itself. This is not the case, as some foods which are highly acidic in their natural form, such as lemons and limes, actually have an alkaline effect on the body. An alkaline diet usually involves eating minimal amounts of meats, dairy products, white flour and white sugar, because these foods have a very acidic reaction on the body’s pH level. Instead, the diet usually focuses heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts such as almonds, and soy products, because they leave an alkaline ash within the body.
How Does an Alkaline Diet Affect Cancer Cells?
Studies have shown that in the test tube, cancer cells and tumors thrive and grow in a more acidic environment. When the level of acid is lowered, tumors grow much more slowly. If this behavior occurs in the test tube, it stands to reason that cancer cells in the body would also be detrimentally affected by an overall alkaline environment. It would also make sense that if the body’s pH is acidic, then the growth of cancer cells and tumors would be encouraged. By eating mostly foods that make the body’s pH more alkaline, there would be less of a chance for cancer cells to develop and grow. So, by adjusting the diet, it is actually possible to create a less hospitable environment for cancer cells, thus improving a person’s chances of experiencing good health.
Other Alkaline Benefits
Cancer cells also do not grow well in the presence of oxygen. When oxygen levels are low, cancer cells have more of an opportunity to thrive and multiple. When body tissues have a high alkaline level, they are able to hold much more oxygen as compared to tissues with a high acid level. A high alkaline level within the body also makes it easier for cells to discard waste and toxins. As a result, tissues and cells within the body are more susceptible to damage and unhealthy conditions if the body’s pH is too acidic. By maintaining an alkaline pH, you’ll be helping to protect your body’s cells in addition to discouraging the development and growth of cancerous cells.
Tips for Maintaining an Alkaline Cancer Cure Diet
Although it’s not necessary to give up all meat and dairy products, you should definitely minimize your consumption of them. You can also counteract the acidic effects of certain foods by combining them properly with other foods. Most people find many benefits in a good alkaline cancer diet that is rich in fruit and other high alkaline foods.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What did I say about normal?

What was that I just said in my last posting, “Life is getting back to a much more normal pace as far as I can remember what that is like.” Hmmmm! What is normal? Exactly what fits into “normal”?

Saturday started out to be a beautiful day. I went walking at the lake, did a little shopping and then came back to the apartment. It was a little after three. That is when my newest adventure started.

We have two elevators in the building and one of them has been down for three weeks. They finally got it working on Friday (so it says in the small print). On Saturday that is the elevator that came and three of us got on. One resident got off the elevator pretty quickly and the second man got off on the 14th floor. The elevator started going up before the door closed. I said, “OH NO!” The door did shut and then the elevator started jerking really bad and then jolted to a stop. All of the lights went out on the panel. I am not sure exactly why there is an alarm on the elevator because no one answered it. I pressed the talk button and was connected to Otis, the elevator repair company. Keep in mind that this is a Saturday. The lady said she would send someone. I told her this was an emergency because I am claustrophobic. She said someone is on the way. Keep in mind that I do not trust her at this point!

I tried to push the fire alarm button and it did not work. I had my phone so I called security – no one answered. I called the front desk just hoping that someone would answer – no luck. Okay, I am starting to get a little panicky so I called Laurie, who knows about my claustrophobia. She absolutely could not believe that this was happening to me. Neither could I. She kept talking to me to keep me calm while her husband called the fire department. She stayed on the phone with me and occasionally she would say, “Katherine talk to me”.

The firemen did get there rather quickly, I think. It seemed like eternity to me. Finally one of them was knocking on the door and asked if someone was in there – yes! He said, “We are going to get you out.” They worked and worked and I was beginning to wonder if they were going to have to ax there way in. Finally two of them with crowbars of some kind got the door open. A couple of them helped me out of the elevator. It had stopped about two feet above the 16th floor and I had to jump down. I was shaking pretty bad and perspiring and on the verge of becoming hysterical. 45 minutes on an elevator for a claustrophobic is a long time, When they helped me off the elevator I said, “This is the 16th floor”. One of them asked where I lived - on the 15th floor.

There were four firemen and they were all very concerned about my condition. My blood pressure was high but I told them I was sure it would go back down when I calmed down. There were two ladies on that floor waiting to see who came out of the elevator. One of them went and got me a glass of water and the other one walked down the steps to my apartment. I would not get back on even the working elevator with the firemen.

Apparently Otis did show up after everything was over because I heard that they put the elevator back in service. No one from there came to me to see what had happened. I will be in the Property Manager’s Office first thing Monday morning.

Sometimes it is really hard to keep things in perspective and to remember that God is with us all the time through every trial we encounter. He was not going to let anything bad happen to me. I just needed to trust Him.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Attitude

Well the everyday nuisances of life are back or else I am just noticing them more now that I am feeling so much better. My thumb has healed very nicely and my torn cartilage is doing much better. Life is getting back to a much more normal pace as far as I can remember what that is like. The main thing for me is to maintain a positive attitude no matter what the circumstances.

My latest adventure this past week was a tooth that I put off for about a month. You know, the hot and cold thing, so you know it needs a root canal. Last weekend the pain would not go away and by Sunday I was hurting so bad that not even pain pills would calm it down. I called the dentist for an appointment on Monday. They called back early in the morning and woke me up. I did not notice that the tooth wasn’t hurting anymore. By the time I got to the dentist office I felt kind of stupid even being there. I was trying to explain my pain that was no longer. Here is where I learned something new. The pain is from a root that is dying. We usually go right away and have the root canal done so we do not know the consequences. She further explained that the root kind of explodes, thus the extreme pain. When the root is finally dead there is no more pain. There was no abscess on the tooth so for the time being we are going to leave it alone. Could be a week. Could be longer, we will see. There are a total of 4 roots in the back tooth and the bacteria are still in the tooth. Oh yea, I forgot that the tooth is part of a bridge. $$$$


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”                                ~Charles Swindoll


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Noah the Dove

"This one makes you wonder who are the smart ones. How we treat the weakest among us is how we will be judged." 
~ Mehmet Oz, M.D.
 

These little bunnies, about 6 days old, were attacked by a dog and orphaned. Two out of the litter of five did not survive, and these three were not doing very well.

Noah is a non-releasable, one-legged homing pigeon/rock dove that is in the rehab center. Noah kept going over to the bunny cage and looking in -- even sleeping in front of the door to the cage.

Then, suddenly, there were only two bunnies in the cage.  But when Noah moved a bit from the front of the cage to everyone's surprise...there was the tiny bunny...under Noah's wing...sound asleep! That little bunny rabbit had crawled through the cage, preferring a featherbed, no doubt to snuggling up with its littermates!

Now, they are all together and the bunnies are doing GREAT. When the bunnies scoot underneath Noah's feathers, he carefully extends his wings out to surround them and then they snuggle. When one of them moves and they start sticking out here and there, he gently pushes them back under him with his beak!  It is beautiful and amazing to see.

This is what God does with us when we need the warmth and love He offers. He gathers us under His loving wings to a warm cradle of protection. All we need do in return is give Him the thanks and praise for being with us. 


Update on Noah the pigeon: 
We are Bob and Georganne Lenham of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch in Texas, home of Noah the Pigeon. 

After finding many posts online featuring Noah and the bunnies and reading about the many lives he has touched (his story has been forwarded around the world) we thought we'd post a follow-up and a few new photos. We knew there was something special about Noah the moment we saw him.Although the bunnies seem to be his favorite, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch. Noah's first litter of bunnies almost raised and ready for release. 

Now, Noah helps out with many rescue babies here at the ranch. How wonderful it is to have a full-time, soft-feathered nurturer here at the rescue ranch! He cuddles with 
all the babies as they snuggle under his warm feathers and he "coos" as if singing them to sleep with a lullaby. Noah is truly, truly a Godsend.


"He will cover you with His feathers

And under His wings you will find refuge."

Psalm 91:4