Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sometimes You Need a Little Boost



For patients who are finding it difficult to maintain a normal appetite due to cancer treatments, have you thought about adding a supplement such as Boost or Ensure to your daily menu?

Why don't you try dividing up a regular daily bottle dosage into three smaller sips throughout the day.  Another way to mask some of the ingredients in these health drinks might be to add them to a shake.  I have a Magic Bullet and I always make my husband various milk shakes ranging from blueberry, to strawberry as well as other fresh fruit that is in season and I'll add either a portion or all of the supplement bottle to the shake.

You can get these shakes in many different varieties.  I think the ones that have extra protein and carbs might be best if you want to gain weight.  Check the labels carefully as you have lots of choices out there based upon what you are looking for. 

Here's a link to the Boost website for you to learn more.  They also offer a $2 coupon off the purchase as well as many recipes for you to try that include this healthy supplement.

Follow this link to the Ensure website to learn more about the products available as well as more recipes.  Ensure also is available in a pudding form.

Just a few hints to help you along.  Feel free to post any experiences on the chat forum that you may have had with your loss of appetite and may or may not have worked for you.

Thanks for checking in!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lots of Great Information Here

Just wanted to share a link with your about some great information sessions that will be available online, actually starting today.  Go to the CancerCare website at the follow link
 
http://www.cancercare.org/enews/cc_enews_0611.html

Then enter the "Connect Education Workshops" in the highlighted area and you will find a long list of sessions available via telephone and online that anyone can partake of.  There is invaluable information on topics such as the importance of taking medications at the correct times, stress management for caregivers, newest treatments in metastastic colorectal cancer as well as other types of cancer info.  The sessions are held throughout the month of June and you can also avail sessions you may miss via podcasts available on this website., 

Don't forget to register first in order to get in on these sessions.  You may even have the opportunity to get answers to some of your questions.

Lots of information out there in cyperspace for cancer patients and caregivers......so don't ever think you are alone along your cancer journey!




Thursday, June 02, 2011

Without a Doubt You "Are" Loyal

I have not writen here for almost two months now.  It's difficult to keep the blog going as I need to take a break sometimes - so that's just what I did.  Every now and then I would however look into my blog to see if anyone was even attempting to keep checking back and sure enough, despite my not posting in weeks, it seems my loyal followers are still taking a look to see if I've posted anything new.  Thanks for doing that!  I'm not sure if I would be as loyal to a blog as you have been.

My husband continues to fight the good fight!  Thank goodness we are now into warmer weather because that allows him to get outside more and enjoy the sunshine.. 

As I've listened to recent news reports, many around the world are facing other adversities such as tornados, forest fires and mass floodings.  All of that devastation sure puts things into perspective in that all of us face difficulties that are beyond our control whether it's in our health or environment.

We all must "Keep the Faith" and not relent during times when everything around us looks so very bleak. 

Thanks again for checking in - I will write another post soon.