I like many loved to eat. Fast food, ice cream, oh and don't even get me started on the diet pop! My favorite diet was the Protein Power Plan where I could eat as much meat as I wanted! That was heaven, and I lost weight! Only to have to come back of course with the first carb I put into my mouth! Then the cancer came back. I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands. With the given life expectancy of two to five years, I figured I had to fight like never before. I decided to educate myself. With the help of wonderful loving friends and family, I read, watched, and listened to books, dvds, and advice. I learned about baking soda from my friend Vern at phkillscancer.com. I drew inspiration from his site about the health benefits of Qigong, Meditation, and of course, breathing. From the dvd Cancer vs. Diet, which I enduringly refer to as cancer for dummies, I learned that each and every one of us has cancer cells in our bodies, but eliminate those cells before they become a problem. That in itself gave me comfort. If people everyday are flushing out their cancer cells, what do I have to do to flush mine? Dr. Sherman does a great job in explaining how to do just that through diet. I learned all about turning cancer on and off with diet in Forks over Knives and The China Study. These media resources have convinced me to take on a Vegan Lifestyle. Since my cancer is estrogen positive, I decided to go the full route and give up not only the meat but also the dairy. Since sugar feeds cancer, I gave that up too, along with all the whites; white flour, white rice, etc. I eat pretty close to a whole plant based food diet eating organic as often as possible. I do however, eat a serving or two of fish a week. I know this is not accepted by "true vegans", but the fish feels right for me so it is something that I chose to do for myself at this time. A chiropractic doctor who is very knowlegable about supplementation, who is also a cancer survivor, has taught me that the key to everything starts with digestion. If the liver isn't working right, toxins including cancer cells cannot be flushed out. So I use a liver supplement. That's the key to all this folks, you have to do what's right for you. You have to be your own advocate. If you feel the right path for you is medical only, then that is what you should do. If you feel it's nutrition only, then go for it. I personally do a little medical and a lot of nutrition encompassing the mind, body, and spirit. Along with my vegan lifestyle (including fish), supplementation, qigong, meditation, and praying I do go along with what my doctor says, but only after I research it and make sure it's right for me. Educate yourself. Chose what's right for you. Hold on tight to your faith. And don't forget to breathe!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Welcome to my site!

Hello and welcome to my blog.  My hope for this blog is to inspire people the way others have inspired me.  I am open to any and all suggestions.  If you would like to see something or have any questions about anything on this blog, please feel free to contact me anytime!


  1. You and your positive attitude inspire me every single day.

  2. Great blog, and great information and inspiration!

    Maybe you know about the following, but in case you don't - there is a great resource for you right in your own neighborhood. Take a look at www.touchedbycancer.org. They have two locations (Westlake and Beachwood). As you will see, all programs are offered for free. When I lived in NE Ohio, I was there many times as a friend of mine worked there. They offer so many venues, and all who work there are fabulous!


    1. Thank you Beth! I didn't even think to include that on my list of favorite places. I have utilized their services, it is a fantastic place. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Your sister Erin just told me about your blog. It's wonderful! I commend you for sharing your experiences and writing about them. That, in and of itself, is a form of healing. Keep at it and know that your story matters to all of us who are following you. God's Blessings! Your strength and resolve are an inspiration to us all!

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    2. Thank you Tina for your kind words.

  4. I am plant based also. One recipe I really enjoy is Non-dairy Cream of Celery/Spinach soup. It does, however, use potatoes to make it "creamy" which I am very ok with. I made some today but used Kale from the garden in lieu of spinach. It was Ohhhh so good! If you would like the recipe let me know.

    I am always on the lookout for a quick and easy plant based recipe. And yes. . . the movie "Forks over Knives" is inspirational.

  5. I would love the recipe. I will share some of my favorites with you. I have yet to figure out how to post them on this blog, so for now, I will email them. Please share your soup recipe!

  6. Non-dairy Cream of Celery/Spinach Soup

    • 1 bunch celery
    • 1 Large potato
    • 1 onion
    • couple handfuls of fresh spinach, kale, or/and chard
    • 1/2 Teaspoon celery salt (regular salt ok)
    • 6 Cups Veggi-chicken stock
    • 1 Tablespoon oil

    1. Dice onion, potato, and celery
    2. Sautee onion and potato in oil until onion goes transparent
    3. Add veggi-chik stock and bring to boil
    4. Once boiling add celery. Bring back to boil and lower heat.
    Add celery salt (regular salt ok - I use sea salt), but
    that extra hit of celery flavor may make a difference. You can
    always grind up or blend up some celery seed w/salt equal parts
    - voila - Celery Salt.
    5. Simmer for around 30 minutes
    6. Blend the soup until creamy consistency.
    Eat . . .