Rural women access early cancer screening in Turkey

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1 in 8 Thrive! Food and Lifestyle for Women with Breast Cancer launches

This weeks featured recipe is Mom's Lucky Sticky Rice in honor of Chinese New Year.  Check out www.1in8Thrive.com for more healthy recipes and empowering stories....more

Finally Hits home 2

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Dogs Comfort Cancer-Warriors

Anyone battling cancer deserves not just every treatment option available, but every comfort option too. We’re now learning that sometimes that “comfort option” comes with a wet nose and questionable breath. Just last month, a study conducted by researchers at Mount Sinai Beth Israel became the first of its kind to document the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for adult cancer patients. Over 40 patients were involved in this study, reported in the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. I’ve read many such reports, after spending years as a research analyst....more

The last 48 Hours with my Mom

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Blatant Emotional Manipulation on Behalf of a Friend

My friend Sandy James is a teacher and writes  books. Her husband has cancer and almost died of sepsis recently. Medical bills are the #1 cause of bankruptcies in the United States (but at least we are not “burdened” with universal health care like every other industrialized nation on earth!) and she is terrified at the way they are poling up already....more
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When a child......is gone.

I have never lost a child. Never ran the marathon of grief that never heals. I work surrounded by it. The never-ending sorrow and pain that is always just below the surface for mothers and fathers equally. The wound that never heals and can tear open with the slightest memory or just because it is a picture perfect spring day. ...more

2014: Learning to Live Courageously

Often, on New Year’s Eve, I publish a post filled with photos and happenings from the past year.  (Here are the posts from 2012 and 2013.)A look back at last yearI’ve been putting off the 2014 post because it is difficult to write.  Earlier today, I re-read the Bible verse for the 2014-2015 Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) “Be you, bravely” theme and became teary eyed at this call to be present:...more

1st Full Moon of 2015!

The first Full Moon of the year occurs on Sunday, January 04, 2015 in the nurturing, sensitive, home focused Water sign of Cancer. As a “New” Moon is best for beginning projects- starting something new, implementation of ideas – the “Full” phase (Moon opposes the Sun in the sky, as it  “wanes” on its way to the 3rd and 4th quarters) is optimum for the finalization of projects, clearing up messes, etc.  Finishing touches are best done during the last 2 weeks of Moon quarters. The cycle begins again at the next New Moon phase – January 20....more

Our best friend, Dexter.

Oh Tenderfoot, do I have a story for you. Put your head back on your pillow, rest your eyes, and I’ll tell you a story about the most magical of loves. I was upstairs and in bed, not yet asleep but well on my way, when I heard a click-clack tapping coming from the kitchen just down the stairs. I looked to Tim with eyebrows raised and shrugged, “Well who could that be?” I asked. “It must be Dexter,” he answered. Of course it must be Dexter....more