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Born in Senegal, West Africa to missionaries, I wrote and illustrated a little book inspired by our family's trek through a severe illness. Sketches drawn while nursing a daughter through cancer were of scenes from my childhood home. Interestingly enough, pouring my soul into these drawings, not only reconciled me to the loss years before of my friend Joey who had been killed by a crocodile; but it also opened the windows of my soul to enable me to accompany my daughter through a year of chemo and radiation. Today, my daughter lives as a testimony to this new class of resilient survivors. And even more incredible, she is now an oncology nurse with two strong, energetic children!

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Breast Cancer: Mammography Statistics

Infographic: Findings from the Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014 highlighting women 40 and older who’ve had a mammogram.

Life After Cancer: Survivorship By the Numbers

Infographic: There are 14.5 million cancer survivors in the US today. By 2024, it is estimated that the population of cancer survivors will increase to almost 19 million.

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Don’t Fry: Preventing Skin Cancer

Infographic: Tips to help you reduce your risk of developing skin cancer – the most common of all cancer types.

Colon Cancer: Catching It Early

Infographic: The benefits of catching colon cancer early and the steps you can take to prevent it altogether.

Did you Know? 12 DAYS OF MYTHMAS

12 Days of Christmas

The nonsense song, “The 12 days of Christmas” has been rumored to actually contain coded teachings of Catholicism.The rhyme has been said to be a preaching that King Henry VIII would not find out about and cut off one’s head!

The Hidden Symbols

  • The “True Love’ that is giving the gifts, is God
  • The “Partridge in a pear tree” represents Jesus Christ
  • 2 “Turtle doves” represent the Old and New testaments
  • 3 “French hens” represent the Holy Trinity or the 3 Virtues: Faith, Hope & Charity
  • 4 “Calling birds” represent the 4 Gospels
  • 5 “Golden rings” represent the first 5 books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentateuch
  • 6 “Geese-a-laying” represents the 6 days of creation
  • 7 “Swans a-swimming” represents the seven sacraments
  • 8 “Maids-a-milking” represents the eight Beatitudes
  • 9 “Ladies dancing” represents the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • 10 “Lords-a-leaping” represents the 10 Commandments
  • 11 “Pipers-piping” represents the 11 good apostles
  • 12 “Drummers-drumming” represents the 12 points of doctrine of the Apostle’s Creed.

Read A True Story on the ‘Drawing Crocs’ Page

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This little story (found under the “Drawing Crocs” tab at the top) was written/illustrated in a children’s hospital for kids receiving treatment for cancer. It is registered in the Library of Congress under a different title. The purpose of this anecdote was to encourage and distract children from their suffering while also releasing the author’s grief at the thought of losing a daughter to the big “Cancer Crocodile.”Picture5

Propionate…the New Appetite Control!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Its Fermented Counterparts Have A Fancy Name Now!

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Weston A. Price wrote extensively on the amazing dental health of indigenous peoples worldwide. He attributed this in part to the fermented foods each culture had developed and eaten.
Today researchers are experimenting with the ferment process in foods such as apple cider vinegar and more. In fact, so much study has been done on the process of ferment in foods that there has even been a “look-alike” “fast-acting” fermented ingredient manufactured!

This ingredient used in studies; propionate, written chemically as C2H5COO− (propanoic acid minus one hydrogen ion) is naturally produced in the gut by fermented fiber, and can now be imitated. Its simulation as an inulin-propionate ester (IPE) provides much larger amounts of propionate than people can generate in a normal diet. IPE makes one feel full and may help control appetite.

“Molecules like propionate fuel the release of gut hormones that control appetite, but you need to eat enormous quantities of fiber to attain a strong effect,” said Gary Frost of Imperial’s department of medicine, who led the study.

“We wanted to find a more effectual method to transport propionate to the gut.”

In a study published in the journal Gut, Frost’s team gave 20 volunteers either IPE or inulin, a dietary fiber, and then allowed them to eat as much as they liked from a buffet.

The team found that those given IPE ate 14 percent less on average and had higher concentrations of appetite-reducing hormones in their blood.

In a second phase, 60 overweight volunteers took part in a 24-week study in which half were given IPE powder to add to their food and half given inulin.

Only one out of 25 volunteers given IPE who completed the study gained more than 3.0 percent of their body weight, compared with six out of 24 given inulin. None of the IPE group gained more than 5.0 percent of their body weight, compared with four in the inulin group.

After 24 weeks, the IPE group also had less fat in their abdomens and livers compared with the inulin group.

Frost said that while the findings were only from a small, early-stage study, they offered “encouraging signs” that IPE might help prevent weight gain in overweight people.

He and his team are working with Imperial Innovations, a technology commercialization company focused on developing promising British academic research, on taking IPE to market.

http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ijo2014153a.html

UK’s Number 1 Charity for Alternative Cancer Treatements

The World Health Organisation states that up to 70 per cent of cancers are preventable!   Canceractive’s Cancer Prevention Main Features are divided under three headings – the three Ds:
– Diet and Lifestyle
– Dangers from environment and toxins
– Disease (from parasites to viruses to yeasts)

5 a day 3Canceractive is a charity with no vested interests. It provides information which is already in the public domain. It is not intended to advise or to indicate information which is specific to any one case or individual. Following are some quotes taken from the site.

“Here we cover more than a dozen ´Alternative cancer therapies´ in areas like virotherapy, dendritic cell vaccines, hyperthermia, photodynamic therapy, intravenous vitamin C, diet therapies, Cyberknife and more.

CANCERactive is a charity with no vested interests – if something has research to support it, we will tell you; if it does not or it is controversial, we will tell you that too. We don´t take sides. We don´t endorse or promote. And certainly no one pays us – we take absolutely no money from anyone providing these treatments! We just bring you objective information, warts and all.

The simplest definition would be ´If it has no rigorous clinical trial to support it, then it is an unproven alternative therapy´. If it did have solid research, then it would instantly become ´mainstream´.

In this section we have decided to list those treatments patients are using as alternatives to the Holy Trinity of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”

http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=2656