A journal of my experiences with breast cancer to inform those who are interested and to help any one else who might have just been diagnosed.

“[She] will have no fear of bad news; [her] heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Three Years and Counting

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment.  

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Today my 54th birthday was celebrated with friends. As some of your know, it is also the anniversary of when I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Anticancer; A New Way of Life

"All scientific literature points in the same direction: People who want to protect themselves from cancer should seriously reduce their consumption of processed sugar and bleached flour. This means getting used to drinking coffee without sugar. (It's easier to give up sugar in tea.) It also means making do with two or three desserts a week. (There is no limit on fruit, as long as it is not sweetened with sugar or syrup.) Another option is to use natural substitutes for sugar that don't cause a rise in blood glucose or insulin." Anti-cancer; A New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015: Year Two Mammogram

Just a quick note to say that I had my yearly mammogram yesterday and everything was clear, so I am good to go for another year. It took all day but at least I knew the results before I left. Poor Steven had to wait in the waiting room not knowing why it was taking so long, so he was pretty wound up by the time I came out and was able to give him the results. Poor guy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014 Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Today I had my follow-up appointment about my Pap exam. It turns out that I have mild  Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia. This is an abnormal growth of cells on the cervix. It is a little like pre-pre cancer cells. In this stage (CIN 1), it often goes away without treatment, so she suggested that I return in one year from the pap test, or around September 16. If at that point, it has stayed the same, she might want to do a colposcopy and biopsy. If it has progressed to moderate (CIN2) that she might want to loop electrosurgical excisional procedure.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cancer Fighting Kitchen

Eat as Much as You Can

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricot
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Butter
  • Cabbage, especially raw
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chicken
  • Coconut
  • Collard Greens
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Eggplant
  • Eggs
  • Fermented Veggies
  • Figs
  • Flax
  • Flounder (3 x's a week)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peas
  • Green Tea
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kale
  • Kimchi
  • Kiwi
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Liver
  • Mango
  • Mint
  • Millet
  • Molasses 
  • Mushrooms
  • Muskmelon
  • Nectarines
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Pomegrante
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Radishes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Rutabaga
  • Sauerkraut
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tangerines
  • thyme
  • Tomatoes, cooked
  • turmeric
  • Vinegar
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Yogurt

Eat Sometimes

  • beef
  • brown rice
  • buckwheat
  • cashews
  • cheese
  • dark chocolate
  • fish, especially wild salmon (other than flounder)
  • honey, raw
  • milk
  • oatmeal
  • peanuts
  • pork
  • sourdough bread

Eat Sparingly

  • coffee
  • popcorn
  • whole grain bread
  • potatoes
  • chocolate, other than dark


  • alcohol
  • bacon
  • corn syrup
  • corn, including corn oil
  • deep fried foods
  • ham
  • lunchmeat
  • pepperoni
  • shortening
  • sugar, and things that contain sugar like soda
  • white flour

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Two Year Anniversary

    Today I celebrated my 53 birthday and my second anniversary of my diagnosis.

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Cancer Fighting Kitchen: Broccoli

    Broccoli has many good-for-you components...chromium, a mineral that helps keep blood sugar under control, vitamin C,  and calcium, to name a few. Broccoli is known for its cancer fighting compounds and may help lower your blood pressure.
    You can eat as much as you want of this vegetable without it affecting you adversely..

    Broccoli with Lemon Vinaigrette

    1 tea. freshly grated lemon zest
    2 Tab. lemon juice
    1 Tab. olive oil
    2 minced garlic cloves
    salt and pepper, to taste
    1/8 tea. crushed red pepper
    1 large bunch (1 1/2 lbs.) fresh broccoli, cut into 1/2 inch pieces or 16 oz frozen broccoli florets

    Whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt,black and red peppers in a large bowl.
    Steam broccoli pieces in a steamer basket over boiling water for 5-8 minutes or if using frozen, according to the package directions.
    Add broccoli pieces to the bowl with lemon dressing and toss to coat well.

    Note: The lemon juice will cause the broccoli to discolor.
    1 serving is 1 cup
    85 calories, 5g protein, 10g carbs, 5g fiber, 4g fat

    Other ways to add more broccoli to your diet:

    For creamy soup without the cream, puree cooked broccoli, cauliflower and onion with salt and white pepper. Ad low-fat milk for a creamier texture.
    Add chopped broccoli florets to omelets, vegetable lasagna and pizza.
    Top steamed broccoli with a spoon of sour cream and some slivered almonds.
    Dip raw broccoli in Italian or Ranch dressing.
    Make a beef and broccoli stir-fry and serve over brown rice.

    Make a broccoli salad:
    broccoli florets
    slivered carrots
    sliced green olives
    diced pimientos
    chopped walnuts
    Italian dressing

    Do you have any favorite ways of eating broccoli?