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Really win against cancer

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cancer is not always going to win. We can fight with "outside the box" ideas and win.

My niece has been fighting and winning against a rare, low win rate (2%) cancer. She was stage 4 when she found out. Given less than a year to live. With chemo they added 3-6 months. She decided to fight another way.

Well, she has outlived the year and 1/2 hope given her from medical field if she took chemo...while these cancers continue to die from the blood vaccine that was made out of her own blood and the cancer cells. Her doctor re-introduced the blood to her and the cancer started falling off. This growth was sticking out of her chest when she started treatment. After first blood transfusion and a little while to work, 1/3 of the growth fell off. She does have to make/infuse these blood transfusions for 3 years every 4 months but it is truly a ray of hope for future cancer treatments.

Oh, the doctors that wanted to treat with chemo...they would not treat her if she was going to choose this route..but wanted to monitor her. Now the medical industry is wanting to do more research once they saw how successful she is.

I can't figure out how to share this information with you (I do have it on my facebook page if you want to go to it) June E Dean

or go to Health & Wellness Institute of Integrative Medicine and Cancer Research

Or just send me a message and I'll let you know more.

  
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MARATAMARA 6/24/2013 4:29PM

    ty for sharing, your experiences, June.

I lift you and yours in prayer.

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mara

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GLC2009 12/15/2012 9:10PM

    that's great news. i just started reading a book called knockout by suzanne somers. she interviews a bunch of doctors who are working with alternative therapies to fight cancer. i, like everyone else, know alot of people who have had cancer. most have succeeded winning the battle, but, sadly a few did not. i miss them all.

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/15/2012 1:05PM

    Thank you for sharing. I have a friend who survived (so far) stage 3B breast cancer and I will pass this on to her. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 10/2/2011 9:17PM

    Amazing indeed! Sounds like the Good Lord has His Mighty Hand in her care. Will keep you and her in my prayers for her continued return to good health. *hugs* BB~

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JILL313 9/30/2011 2:20AM

    I'm am so glad your niece has beat the odds and is doing well. I'm going to pray for her and a cure to end this horrible disease. I know you are there for her and that has to really help her. Take Care of Yourself.

Hugs,

Jill

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/29/2011 8:35PM

    Best wishes to your niece and all your family! Jeannie

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VTMAID 9/29/2011 7:42PM

    I am so glad your niece is winning the fight. It is a struggle for sure--and just a terrible disease. My grandmother, mother and I all had breast cancer. One of my daughter's has a high likelihood of developing ovarian cancer. She is 32 and has lost one ovary already. We just have to find a cure!
I am so glad that the alternative therapy is working for your niece--the medical community needs to be more open minded about different treatments.
Bless you and your family
Karen

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CANBDONE 9/29/2011 12:59PM

    Our God is still in the miracle business. I've placed your neice before His Throne in prayer for continued healing.

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When you see me ... do you see me?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

As I slowly walk to the health club to swim in water I wonder what people see when they see me walk.

It takes all my breath to open the door to my car and climb out. My path to the club door is short to most. For me it is a timed event. Inside I smile and talk to friends. Keep walking, no lingering unless we sit to talk.

Next it is to the dressing room to hang cloths up, already wearing the swimsuit, and head to the pool. Crocs on so the tile feels safe. Watching for any bump in the rugs. Greeting friends as I hang onto the stainless steel handrail and descend into the water.

At last in water I lift my legs, take giant steps, twist my hips, walking a mile in water. Almost done I finish with turbo lunges, I've got spunk now. I finish with great stretches and no fear of twisting, lifting legs, turning spine. An hour or more has gone by.

Smiling I wave good bye to my friends as I grab the stainless steel handrail. Each step brings more lead into my legs. By the time I'm out of the water I begin the careful walk to shower, change, and slowly walk to the car.

Inside I'm in prayer of thanksgiving. I am so thankful that I no longer am using a cane. It is full pleasure there isn't a wheelchair under me.

Are you thinking if I'd park at the back of the parking lot and walked to club door I would grow stronger. If I'd add floor classes I'd get limber. I know because it has been said to me. I'm not upset. I do realize that some have dealt with weight issue without the limiting effects of disease.

Don't think I'm sorry for myself. I'm grateful...so grateful that I'm beating the odds for my challenge.

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 12/15/2012 1:09PM

    Great work! My greatest inspiration at the pool/gym I go to is a guy who had a stroke, is in a wheelchair and can only move one arm and neither leg. After he is lowered in the pool with a chair lift he swims using his one arm and puts in more laps than many people with two arms and legs to use.
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JILL313 9/30/2011 2:32AM

    You have sure come a long way and I'm so proud of you!! I know just what you're talking about as I use a cane or a walker to get around. I always have my route planned out so I don't have to take extra steps. . .I'm praying as I slowly walk just thankful that I still can do it. I always exercise sitting in a chair just thankful for the Chair Exercise Team and various sit down dvds I have. I'm still the same happy/positive person most of the time as realize it could be far worse. I really admire you as you have inner strength and great character traits. God Bless.

Hugs,

Jill

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JUNEBUG1944 8/29/2011 2:37PM

    I see someone who is trying to get strong and healthy. I marvel when I see ladies in the pool who obviously are working to get better than they are. I feel so happy for them that they are making the effort to do what they can do and not just sit on their butts and vegetate! You go, girl!

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MADKAPKID 8/28/2011 8:26PM

    My friend...your sparks name makes me smile...and .....your blog today motivates and inspires me. You are positive, making headway and are doing well. WOO HOO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/28/2011 6:58PM

    What great progress you've made! I know only too well the fear of missing a step or the wrinkle in the rug or slipping on the cement. Once you take a fall you never take it lightly again. I also admire you for making the effort to get into a swim suit and going to the pool for some great exercise. That in itself is a challenge I have not yet taken and mastered. Great work on your part and with that determination, I'm sure you will have great success. Jeannie
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TORTILLAFLATS 8/28/2011 5:54PM

    You are a real inspiration to me. I want to join the pool but I am so afraid of getting inside by myself or getting dressed again. I know I need to bite the bullet and truly find out if I can or cannot do it. Thanks for the nudge.

Gail

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NYS_EMT 8/28/2011 2:49PM

    Any time you do your best it is enough! Any effort, no matter how small it may seem to our selves or to other, is to be rewarded! You are doing fabulous! Keep it up! :)

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TEXASFILLY 8/28/2011 2:13PM

    Good for you! *hugs* A perfect lesson in not judging a book by its cover. Keep up the good work, dear heart! emoticon emoticon emoticonAll the best, BonnieBlue~

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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN 8/28/2011 2:07PM

    Thank you all for reading this little snipit of thought.

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SKYRUNHER 8/28/2011 1:52PM

    You are doing what you need for you.. maybe later you'll be able to park further away.. but right now, you are doing what you can to get stronger, to get healthier.. keep up the good work!

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CAKAROO 8/28/2011 1:35PM

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work

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CANBDONE 8/28/2011 10:42AM

    Your light is shining bright...I SEE YOU!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/28/2011 10:08AM

    Thank you for sharing your feelings/thoughts! I pray that your "vision" helps others (myself included) with our own "visions" of so many, many different issues!

Have a blessed day!

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AND JUST WHY DID I EAT THAT!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm stopping grains and monitoring wine to one glass (if I have one) a night.

Does this slight change to a spark eating plan sound so hard? It wasn't for three days. Last night, not a perfect moment, could have been much worse. Between gram crackers that looked too good to walk away from and the peanut butter balls (one is not enough) that proved to me I am still a work in progress I went to bed before total damage took place.

Anyway, today is a new day.

Today I tried radish hash browns. These are not bad at all. Why did I eat this? Because I like potato hash browns. Ya'll know how hard it is to not over eat white potato. BTW, white potato isn't great for arthritis and inflammation which is why I avoid them.

Farmer Market had a BIG bag of radishes for $1. I could not resist this bag. The green tops for my green smoothies alone was worth the buck. However a gallon bag of radish roots was also part of this bag. Not known to waste an opportunity, I searched Spark receipts and there it was. Radish hash browns. Now I'll grab a bunch of radishes every time I see then in the reduced buggy for my hash brown of choice. Is this as good as potato hash brown....? Come on, is carrot cake with icing as good as reduced sugar carrot muffin? But it is keeping that insulin trigger from working overtime..and if that translates to a smaller size, I'm going for it.

Got to run. Farmer Market might have another bag of radishes in the reduced buggy!

  
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MCJULIEO 8/26/2011 4:43PM

    Never heard of such a thing! (I love Spark People!)

And we are all Works in Progress, aren't we??!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/25/2011 5:00PM

    I think I'll pass on the radish hash browns, even though I like radishes. Might look at the recipe, though, as I do love read recipes. Good for you for trying something different and finding an alternative to the less healthy foods!! Jeannie

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CANBDONE 8/25/2011 12:28PM

    I'm looking up the recipe now!

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JILL313 8/25/2011 12:02PM

    I can't imagine how radish hash browns would taste--but I can't know that until I try it!! Thank you for the good idea and I'll have to get some radishes now to try it. Have a great day!

Hugs,

Jill

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THOMS1 8/25/2011 10:11AM

    I think I will try the Hash Brown radishes. Sounds good. Thanks for the info. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 8/25/2011 9:55AM

    I never heard of radish hash browns but I do like Radishes..and who doesn't like hash browns. I think I better add making another trip to the farm stand today ....Eating well and staying on target is not always easy. WE just do what we do ...and try to do it the best way we can. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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BEE4357 8/25/2011 9:12AM

    Radish hash browns... I love radishes and I love hash browns. I have to try these! Thanks for the mention because I never would have thought to look up something like that.
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Got to re-assess

Monday, August 22, 2011

After weeks of really trying to see the scale move AND was not seeing any progress I decided to re-assess. Then, after reading a article by Dr. Mercola about fresh Orange Juice, and why it really is not fresh, I got to thinking. Is calorie in calorie out really working for me...answer...no.

With Sparks and support of the teams I've stopped gaining weight. My muscle tone is 100% better, and my size dropped by 2 sizes. But the scale has not given me a break in a very long time.

So I went back to read more about food with Dr. Mercola. jm@mercola.com if you are interested in reading his thoughts. I took a test to see what type of foods I should live on. After reading till my eyes crossed I think I have finally realized that my body is dumping insulin every time I even think bread.

So I am following his recommendations and have dropped 3 lbs in two days. Yes, probably water weight. But then again, I didn't have to change anything except grain products. I have been eating anything I want within the plan, drinking the recommended water (same as Spark), and allowing myself a glass of wine each evening, and I feel better and have the 3 lb loss to go with it.

Maybe a new lesson has been learned, again, and again. I'm a old horse that just does not learn on first try.

  
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NORCALCAT 8/24/2011 11:31PM

    Very interesting! I am glad you found something that works for you!

Congrats on loosing 3 pounds!

I will have to check this Dr. out - sounds good!

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GRANPATTIE 8/23/2011 7:39AM

    Yup...whatever works is the right thing. This sounds interesting, but it's hard to eliminate whole food groups for very long. Good luck to you and all of us!

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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN 8/22/2011 6:12PM

    Amen to all of us....

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BUFFYSMOM2 8/22/2011 5:45PM

    Keep on keeping on! You're doing it, Sparkgirl!!!

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 8/22/2011 5:34PM

    Thanks for the information. I have been on the "dreaded plateau" for 11 weeks and I also had to reassess and recommit to a few things that I was not doing very well. I will have to check out the article by Dr. Mercola...sounds like something good to try. Good luck on your journey and thanks so much for sharing....Martha
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IOWAGRAMMA 8/22/2011 5:29PM

    It sounds like you've made a lot of healthy changes. I hope that this is one that works well for you. Good luck in this journey we're on! Jeannie


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JILL313 8/22/2011 5:09PM

    I'll have to check his website out as it sounds interesting. If it works for you that's great! I know I eat way too much grains mainly breadly and I think I could live on it alone. But, I've had to cut way down as it wasn't giving me much WL. Thank you for the good info and I will check it out.

Hugs,

Jill

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CANBDONE 8/22/2011 4:54PM

    We have to go with whatever works...

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Relax, just do it…

Friday, May 06, 2011

Relax, just do it…
As anyone knows who followed my blogs (only 2) there has been some stress in my life lately. It is unfortunate that I did finish the jelly beans bought in a moment of madness. Not in one day as my subconscious intended. It took 4 days. Others helped....enough said on that.

This morning as I am overlooking a most beautiful lake and witness the Canadian geese being indiscreet (get a room) I find a moment to reflect what the blogging did for me.

After typing out what was “eating” me on the inside I sat wondering what would be others views. The first blog about the theft was met with honest and helpful advice. Well, except for the one who said I should not flaunt my stuff for others to envy…

I've typed out blogs before but this was the first blog I’d ever went public with. It did help me handle all that stress.

My second blog just weeks later was because we were unfortunate enough to lose a large portion of our home and trees in the tornado’s of Alabama. I was so glad to be alive I felt blessed. After typing out the experience I finally began to dream and scream, releasing stress again. So I went public with it.

For those of you who hold in emotions, this blogging stuff isn’t so bad. You will experience internal relief and if you are lucky enough to have caring friends you will hear good and helpful feedback from those who take the time to "feel your pain".

  
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GRANPATTIE 7/11/2011 8:18PM

    Oh, yes...continue to blog. I don't write nearly often enough because I think I don't have anything to say. My sister blogs every day. I don't think i'll get to that, but I need to step it up a little. The comments are nearly all helpful, thoughtful and sincere. It's hard to get that stuff anywhere else.

i love your background painting. You are talented!

I think it was great to spread jelly beans over four days instead of one or two. i really enjoyed your blog. I, too, am so sorry you had to go through those horrible tornadoes. It had to be so frightening. it's a blessing you and yours are here, able to talk about it.

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FLORIDASUN 5/12/2011 9:22AM

    Well...as the QUEEN of blogging...I can tell you it is the BEST defense against aimless and self destructive eating. After all eating is just distracting yourself by driving down feelings that you probably SHOULD be examining.

It's definitely a vice that can't be overcome by wealth, or even fame...Oprah immediately comes to mind...and she can afford to have a private cook for heaven's sake!

When we lost our beautiful son so tragically I decided right then and there..that the truth would set me free. No more hiding because of what other people may think, no more game playing in acting as if I had the perfect life in a perfect world.

Life is messy...and HARD, and sometimes not even fair...but I share it all...the good the bad and the ugly...it helps.

I've never (knock on wood) had anyone judge me or criticize me for expressing what I feel in my heart. emoticon

That is SO comforting...after all each of us in the grand scheme of things just wants to be heard and validated for who we are, don't you think?

I've met some WONDERFUL sparkie friends through my blogs...I like to think I've helped a few, and I KNOW many, many of them have helped me!

Blog your little heart out...it's good for the soul...and put down the jelly beans..hee..hee! emoticon

Oh..oh..and MOST importantly I'm SO sorry for the tornado..but so thankful you are okay! emoticon emoticon

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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN 5/11/2011 4:11PM

    LOL, jellybeans...wish that was my only vice.
Home is being looked at as we speak. Seems guy has found some damage that we didn't know about.
In a few years the trees will be safe. (it will take that long for the tops to drop down) Meanwhile, we feel blessed to be alive. After all, that beast roared in my face for heaven sakes.

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CANBDONE 5/11/2011 3:24PM

    Thank God you were spared from the tornado. I'm so sorry for your house damage...can it be repaired? I just threw away the last 20 (but who's counting?) jellybeans!

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MOONBIRD 5/7/2011 1:19AM

    Blogging really does help! I am sorry you've had a rough time lately. Hang in there!

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MARTY728 5/6/2011 12:58PM

    I am glad you are blogging and it helps. I enjoy reading and writing blogs.

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MOCNVW23 5/6/2011 12:54PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the tornado damage, and glad that you were okay. emoticon job on the jelly beans, and having them last for 4 days. I don't know if you guys have them where you're at, but here we have the starburst jelly beans, and I am lucky if they last me 24 hrs. They are so addictive. Keep up the great work.
Missy

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TURTLETALK 5/6/2011 12:44PM

    Good job on the jelly beans - Opening a bag and then making them last more than one setting would be progress for me. I am sorry to here of your tornado damage. I live smack in the middle of tornado alley in KS so I understand the devistation one storm can make. Hang in there and keep blogging! emoticon

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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN 5/6/2011 11:04AM

    Thank you Grammaali. I was hoping it will help others to consider it.

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GRAMMAALI 5/6/2011 11:00AM

    Very helpful! I only blog occasionally! I may try to be more consistent!
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