Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cancer and Perks? Check Out This Great Blog

Yesterday while driving home from the supermarket, I was tuning in to our local CBC radio station and was introduced to a breast cancer warrior who has created her own blog
I have never thought that living with cancer will afford you certain "perks" but after reading many posts from this blog there definitely are many.  I don't want to give it away, so take a moment to go check it out and I'm sure you will agree.

Keeping connected with other cancer bloggers is wonderful and sooo very informative because you get to learn about their cancer journey via different perspectives.

Stay connected with others who travel the cancer highway and your rewards of support, friendship and the opportunity to become inspired will be endless!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

You Can "NEVER" Quit

After a very difficult couple of months, my husband continues to do much better!  All the kudos go to him, as he is the one who continues to keep going no matter what comes his way.  The daily milkshake and orange drinks, along with nutrituous eating has enhanced his appetite and weight gain - YES!!!

New meds are making a difference as well so it's a combination of alot of things.   I'm sure his oncologist will be very surprised at his next visit!!!

For readers of this blog who also are going through difficult times due to their cancer, remember once again to NEVER quit!  You have to roll up your sleeves and decide if living is worth fighting for, and if it is, then it will take alot of hard work, but you CAN do it!!!  Your caregiver will have to play his/her part as well and the going will be very slow at first, but your hard work will pay off towards a better quality of living.

I have met new patients/caregivers this week via this blog.  Some are doing quite well while others are devastated due to hearing bad news. I don't have a magic wand to wave to make things ok, but I CAN tell them to keep going, keep hoping and keep doing everything they can to beat this beast!!!

Take care!

2 Chronicles 15:7 "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Feeling So Much Better!!!

I wrote a few posts back about how my husband had not been feeling so well with loss of appetite, extreme tiredness and being prescribed medications that only made him feel terrible.

Well now I'm here to tell you that he is doing soooo much better!!!!  With the meds almost gone now he is back to his old self, his appetite has improved and although he is tired on occasion, it is nothing compared to how he was feeling some time ago.

This cancer stuff is very tricky.  You would think after all of this time since way back in 2006 when my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, we would have it all figured out by now - but each episode of illness brings new issues and experiences that we have not encountered before and it continues to be a journey with more highs and lows than anyone could ever imagine ......anyone that is except another cancer patient. 

One thing I know for certain is  "sometimes you or your caregiver have to take charge of your health" - my husband is the perfect example of this.  You have to do what your gut tells you is the right thing to do, even when everyone else thinks there is no hope left.  My advice if you are ever in this situation is to keep hoping, keep positive and don't quit despite the odds being stacked against you at times.

Far too many cancer patients have passed away too early - why? 
  • their medical care has failed them
  • the patients themselves have just out right "quit"
  • many cancer patients unfortunately do not have someone to care for them and be their advocate
  • cancer patients receive very little or no encouragement from others

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Cancer Coaching - What An Amazing Idea!!!

Just heard about this remarkable new cancer coaching inititative to be located in our nation's capital of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the Maplesoft Centre.

I have included a link that will provide excellent information about this new venture.  You can email

jlaucius @JoanneLaucius for additional information.   I'd love to hear from you if you avail of this service so please connect with me at when you do!

The link is about Dr. Chandra Martens who will be a coach at this centre

A cancer survivor who will be one of the four coaches at this centre is Greg Hebert.  You can Google him and watch videos of his journey wtih cancer on YouTube.

What a fantastic idea this cancer coaching is!  Who better to coach any cancer patient then an oncologist and a cancer survivor.  This coaching centre will allow cancer patients "to be the best they can be".

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Orange Juice - Are You Drinking It?

As I mentioned in earlier posts, my husband has lost weight and it's been a struggle trying to get him to put some of it back on but one thing that is working, along with my Smoothies, Porridge, along with other nutritous foods is

Not the store bought kind, but freshly squeezed orange juice.  Everyday now for the past two weeks, I've been giving him two cups of the juice which equals three oranges in the mornings with his breakfast and another two cups of it before bedtime.  I don't strain it as the oranges I've been getting have very little pulp and very small seeds so it's even more nutritous that way.

He likes to drink it when it's cold, so just pop it in the freezer for a few minutes and voila!!! 

Remember, don't give up, even sometimes when the going gets tough!  Keep positive!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Copy That

Some of you may be aware and some of you may not BUT

- did you know that you can always request a copy of the results of any medical tests you may have done as a cancer patient - that would include blood test results, MIR, CT and bone scan results.  Of course, most of us do not have a medical background and may find some of the results a bit difficult to decipher - sometimes it's best not to even try, but at least by having these results in print, you can always go back and compare your results.

I personally find as caregiver, that it's best not to let my husband see these reports.  To me it serves no purpose for him at all but for me, since I am the one who is the advocate and I am the one doing all of the "secretarial" work from dr appoiutments, to follow-ups, to researching and finding what is new out there for his type of cancer, then I'm the best one to keep track of these reports and keep them somewhat hidden from him.  My husband never ever asks to see them as in his case, he just never wants to, so that makes it easy for me.  For patients and caregivers reading this, you will have to decide what works best for you with regards to the test results presented on paper. 

If you need some of these results such as MRI's or CT's in digital format, they can be provided by your health care system on DVD.  This would be most beneficial if you are seeking another doctor's opinion out of your area and rather than carry all of the paperwork, it's much easier to have the info in digital form.

Doctors here in Canada can access most of your health results via a PACS system where your doctor can retrieve your test results just by going on their own hospital health system no matter where their location may be.  This is a great way to use today's technology.