Sunday, May 31, 2009

Laughter - The Best Medicine

No doubt, sometimes the best medicine in the world is LAUGHTER!

As you listen to today's song by Rolf Harris "The Laughing Policeman" it will most definitely bring a smile to your face.

On days when everything seems darkest, we all need that little lifting of our spirits.

Something to make us smile.

Laughter actually offers great health, physical and emotional benefits and can reinforce your immune system. Check out this link to read more

Last night, some friends stopped by and it was a delight! Laughter was the order of the evening. Made me realize that we don't do that often enough.

Nothing better than distraction in the form of laughter to pack away your troubles.

Enjoy today's song and "keep smiling"!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Live Chat "Today" !!!

Just a remember about the "Live Chat" today May 31, 2009 re : 2009 ASCO Updates – Live from Orlando, Florida

Here's the link and remember that you must be registered in order to access the chat from 4:00 - 5:00pm EST

Just access the Live Chat icon at the right of the page when it's time to chat.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sharing A Caregiver's Poem

There's another blog that originated by a caregiver who writes very eloquently indeed. I'd like to share this poem with everyone to give them some type of perspective on just how caregivers feel when their loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer.

What they don't see

They say
You are so strong
They see me doing what I have to for my family
They see me put on a brave face
They don't see how many tears I cry
They don't see me fall apart daily
They don't see the terror in my heart
They don't see how much my life has changed
They don't see how this has changed me
They don't see the loneliness that I feel
They don't see how their avoidance hurts me
They don't see fear in their children's eyes
They don't see because their life is still intact
They don't see because they still don't appreciate what they have
They don't see how scared I am
They don't see because they don't look
They don't see because they don't want to see
They don't see because they don't askThey don't see how much it hurts me
That they don't see

AuthorRobin Reynolds

Through her words, Robin certainly puts the true feelings of caregivers into perspective for others to understand. I trust you will check out her blog at

Her loved one Donnie recently lost his battle with cancer. Join her "Followers" section to show your support and encourage her to keep up her wonderful writing talents.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Information is Key

My mandate is to keep searching for whatever information is out there about kidney cancer. It is through seaching websites, asking others, and attending seminars that we learn what works and what doesn't. You just can't always assume that your physician knows everything there is about your type of cancer.

A dear friend passed along some information to me yesterday with regards to the upcoming Nevada National Patient & Survivor Conference on June 20th. I would encourage patients, survivors, caregivers and families to attend. The day long seminar will include a luncheon offering support discussion for patients/caregivers, there's lectures on the types of treatments for RCC and dietary updates. Follow this link and then scroll down the page to "Calendar of Events" , go to Nevada National Patient & Survivor Conference and then DETAILS. Apparently there is no link to take you directly to the page

The Kidney Cancer Association offers various seminars throughout the US. No doubt there's one in your area so I'll pass along another link showing the entire list. Scroll down to "Calendar of Events" to see the entire list

Just as today's song "The River" by Garth Brooks relates to all of us that we can choose to sit on the shoreline and do nothing about our adversities, or we can choose to chance the rapids and dance in the tides.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Live Chat May 31st

I'm including a link to the Kidney Cancer Canada website that outlines information about a Live Chat to be held this Sunday, May 31st from Orlando, Florida.

Remember that you must first register on the Kidney Cancer Canada website in order to participate in the live chat. It should be very informative as Deb and Tony from the KCC organization will be attending the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) from May 28-June 2, where they will share up-to-the-minute information on kidney cancer research and treatment options.

Follow this link to the KCC website for more information on the May 31st Live Chat. Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Cancer Patient "CAN"

It's very easy to become negative when you have cancer and ask "Why Me?". Your frustration and negativity at having cancer will only increase your medical problems.

Easy for me to say, because I'm not the patient, but I have learned from watching my husband as a cancer patient who is always positive no matter what comes his way, is a "key" ingredient in creating an environment that will help to heal your body.

While having cancer is very difficult to accept and deal with, there is also a very positive side as well. You will meet people who are truly caring and kind along your journey. By sharing your experiences you will help many other patients along the way. Your whole concept of what is truly important in life will change and you can choose to make a difference in other patients lives by bringing them encouragement and hope through your experiences.

It is up to you to choose either a negative or positive attitude. Your life will change with cancer but you can put the "CAN" in cancer by your determination in saying

I "CAN" have an impact on someone else's life!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Carrot Juice and Cancer

From a personal perspective, my husband knows the benefits of drinking fresh carrot juice. Now it's not as filling as a home cooked meal, but cancer patients at times often have no taste for food, no appetite and absolutely no desire to eat anything. It is especially during these down times that you need an alternative to enhance your diet.

If you don't already have a juicer, then I would certainly encourage you to buy one. No need to get the most expensive one on the market, just a plain and simple model will do. It's not something that you will use constantly, but when you don't have an appetite, it is a very handy devide to have in your home.

I usually buy organic carrots and juice about 7-8 to make approximately two medium glasses of delicious juice. Scrub the carrots with a vegetable brush but try not to peel them, as most of the nutrients lie in the outside of the vegetable. You should probably drink one glass first thing in the morning and another by lunchtime. Don't keep the juice refrigerated for several days, as it's best nutrients are there within a 12 hour period, so making only a small amount will suffice and will be most beneficial for the patient.

There will be many times while taking cancer treatments that your appetite will not be great, so drinking carrot juice offers you the benefit of receiving lots of vitamins and antioxidants when you need them most. The taste is actually not bad at all and you can also add an apple or other fruit to the mixture to sweeten the taste.

Our mothers always told us that carrots were good for your eyes....well it turns out that carrot juice offers many more benefits as well. I'm no medical expert so check it out with your doctor but there's numerous links online as well that will confirm what I've just written.

If you find a good website about this, just post the web address on the chat forum for others to research and I'll also post them below.

Good luck....and enjoy that nice cold glass of carrot juice on a hot summer's day! provides carrot juice recipes this one deals with alternative medicine but includes some interesting facts about carrot juice as well as other types of food that you can convert into a juice. scroll down the page to read why drinking carrot juice is advised for cancer patients

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cancer Patients Need A Shadow

The title of this post may seem a bit difficult to interpret, but it was the best way that I could portray the importance of having someone that is always there for the cancer patient.

It is vital that you have that someone to lift your spirits when you are feeling down. Someone to motivate you to not give up and to keep going when you feel terrible inside, and someone to be there when you need them most of all. Someone to accompany you to all doctor appointments and testing, and someone to take notes at appointments so that you understand completely just what your doctor has said.

Just as the song says "I Want to Stand With You on a Mountain"......yes, that's just what your shadow person will do.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

You Are Not Alone

Cancer brings great challenges to all those affected. Whether you are a patient, caregiver, family member or friend I'm posting this song "When I Cry" by Marshall Hall to let you know that you are never alone.

Our Faith in God is what truly brings us through those difficult days and inspires us to Never Quit!

When I Cry

Makin' a list of all of the good things

You've done for me Lord, I've never been one to complain

But right now I'm lost and I can't find my way

My world's come apart and it's breakin' my heart

But it helps to know

Your heart is breakin' too

When I cry, You cry

When I hurt, You hurt

When I've lost someone

It takes a piece of You, too

And when I fall on my face

You fill me with grace'

Cause nothin' breaks Your heart

Or tears You apart

Like when I cry

Alone in the dark, face in my hands, crying out to You

Lord, there's never been a time in my life

There's so much at stake, there's so much to lose

But I trust it to You

You'll bring me through

And it helps me to know that I'm not alone

When I cry, You cry

When I hurt, You hurt

When I've lost someone

It takes a piece of You, too

And when I fall on my face

You fill me with grace

'Cause nothin' breaks Your heart

Or tears You apart

Like when I cry

You're the one who calmed the raging sea

You're the one who made the blind to see

You looked through all of heaven and eternity

And through it all you saw me...

When I cry, You cry

When I hurt, You hurt

And when I've lost someone it takes a piece of You, too

When I fall on my face,

You fill me with grace

Nothing breaks your heart, or tears you apart

Like when I cry

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cancer "TYPE" Is Key

It still amazes me at the number of people who have been diagnosed with cancer, but never seem to determine or ask their doctor what is their "type" of cancer.

For those of us who have never perviously been exposed to the word CANCER that is understandable. I always thought that there was one and only one type of cancer and that each patient received the same treatments and experienced the same side effects, etc. Little did I understand the enormity and the complexity of a diagnosis of cancer.

There are over 250+ different types of cancer, each requiring different methods of treatment. Here is a link from the National Cancer Institute of these different cancers

For a patient to be told they have cancer, maybe even terminal cancer, and NOT ask what type of cancer it might be is uncomprehensible to me. Many patients will probably be given a diagnosis of cancer and told that there is nothing else that can be done for them, but it is imperative to determine your TYPE of cancer and then start your research from there. A biopsy may be required to find your TYPE and if so, then I would encourage you to have it done. It is only by receiving the correct treatments for your particular TYPE of cancer, that you will know you have done everything possible to ensure you are receiving the best possible care.
Keep researching, keep asking and most of all KEEP THE FAITH!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Mother's Day Wishes

Wishing all moms out there a Very Special Mother's Day!

I've added two of my favorite songs for your listening enjoyment.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Attend in Person or Watch Webcasts

There's alot of information out there for RCC patients and I would encourage everyone who is affected by kidney cancer to take the time to listen in or participate in person. It is through communication with other patients and medical experts that we find our most informative information about RCC.

The following three upcoming webcasts and seminars that you just might be able to attend in person are happening in the following areas:

Orlando, Florida

St. John's, NL

Halifax, NS

Here is the link:

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Chemotherapy Information

I'm going to list a website that provides information about chemotherapy and the various drugs that fall into this category.

There's additional information about each chemo drug, ways that might help when experiencing side effects and the importance of eating well during chemotherapy, despite the fact that many foods will taste terrible.

Learning all the information that is available for your particular type of treatment is essential to help ease your anxiety and provide answers to questions.

Just click on the following link