Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Yummy Monday Recipe - Italian Beef!

My friend, Kathleen gave me this recipe years ago and it's always a hit whenever I serve it!
I'm a big crock pot fan...just set it and forget it and you'll have a meal prepared when you get home!  Soooo yummy -- you can serve it on bread or rolls, or on it's own with a salad on the side! 
If you like a bit of spice, then you'll love Italian Beef!


Italian Beef

1 1/2 lbs Boneless Beef Chuck Roast, fat trimmed off (or bigger for a crowd)
1 jar of Pepperoncini peppers (including the liquid)
1 jar of Gardiner (pickled vegetables, including the liquid)
1 head of garlic (remove skins and just smash each clove - if you don't care for this much garlic, then use the amount you want!)
Crusty bread of Ciabatta rolls

Add half the jars of peppers and Gardiner and place half the amount of garlic into a crockpot...mix well.

Place the roast on top and then add the remaining peppers, Gardiner and liquid and garlic. Put the lid on and then set it and forget it! (On low for 6-8 hours)

When done, slice the rolls (or bread), shred the beef into chunks...the veggies will practically be melting! I spoon some of the liquid onto each side of the roll, add the beef and veggies and ENJOY!  

* I also have saved the "broth" and turned it into a soup by adding tortellini or mini ravioli. (I leave the broth in the fridge overnight so I can skim the fat off the next day and then I cook the pasta in the broth according to package directions.)


Wanted to give a shout out to my brother, Scott!
Enjoy your special day!
Love ya~

Friday, July 26, 2013

This, I know, is true!

An AWESOME Site -! was already listed as one of my Fav Sites, so imagine my surprise when I was asked to share my Survivor story! I've found articles about SPTCL on there and it is chockfull of information about anything related to Lymphoma. There are blogs, a site map that is very extensive, as well as other resources that are available to patients, care givers and the medical community.

Here is a link to my story:

Thursday, July 25, 2013



Have a great day and remember to ♥ yourself!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Every Patient's Advocate - Trisha Torrey!

Here's Trisha! I've written about her before on this blog, but I like to keep my followers up-to-date with excellent resources. Trisha has an awesome website and blog called, Every Patient's Advocate. Here is a link to the site, which offers a wealth of information to patients, caregivers and anyone else who is interested in empowering themselves as a health advocate:

Here is another link specific to SPTCL...


Thanks soooo much, Trisha for 
all that you continue to do for others!


Life is too short to be surrounded by negativity and toxic relationships...start to do things that you love and hang out with only those who love and support you 110%!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Introducing -- Yummy Mondays!

I thought we could start sharing healthy recipes every Monday! In addition to my regular blog post, I'll include an extra one with a yummy twist! Please feel free to email me your recipes to share at 

Here's a meatless dish that is easy-breezy to make and the good thing is, you can substitute or use up any veggies that you may have already and add them to the pot, too! If you want to, you can also use a crock pot on a low setting. Enjoy!
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Keep Breathing....

Sunday, July 21, 2013

We're In This Together: A Caregiver's Story

What is a Caregiver?

Meet Rob Harris...

In the past, I've discussed the importance of having great caregivers in your life. I've featured several caregivers, but Rob Harris literally wrote the book on care giving. His book, We're In This Together, A Caregiver's Story is a must-have for anyone who has accepted this role. 

Rob's wife Cindy has been battling cancer since 1990 and Rob has been by her side throughout it all. You can read about his experiences on his blog:

In Rob's own words:
My Caregiver Support
robcares is an army of one…ME! I personally read every email received and respond to as many as humanly possible. I understand that full-time, at-home caregivers, and even those that do so on a part-time basis, are in need of critical caregiver assistance. I correspond every evening and early morning with subscribers on a one-to-one basis on our website, our Facebook fan page, and Twitter. My goal is to ensure that every caregiver that is in need of caregiver help knows they can call on me and receive a response…and have a friend they can turn to when in need of emotional support.
No family caregiver should go through the caregiver journey alone, as I did. My mission is to be the person those at-home caregivers can go to when in need. I will do everything possible to help in-home caregivers feel they are in control of their environment — mentally, physically, and especially emotionally. I never want another human being to feel as I felt: a husband, and a dad, who did not know where to turn to receive caregiver help.

So, if you are a caregiver or know of someone who is, please pass on this important book and blog to can help when they need it the most. 

Rob, thanks for all that you do for Cindy and so many others. You are the epitome of what a REAL caregiver is! And, Cindy, our thoughts and prayers are with you....sending you both lots of love and light...XOXOXO!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I LOVE Dawgs!

Being such a lover of dogs, not only do I love to read about them, but I love to watch videos of them. John Katz is one of my favorite authors. He owns a farm in upstate New York that he calls, Bedlam Farms and he writes about all of the antics that happen on a daily basis in his blog,

Here is a short video clip of some of his dogs...ENJOY!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

10 Ways To Become A Proactive Patient by Dr. Lissa Rankin

Here's some important tips from Dr. Lissa Rankin 
on how to be your own best health advocate:

10 Ways To Become A Proactive Patient

1. Guard your mind and reject negative health beliefs.

Just because your doctor tells you there’s only a 10% chance you’ll get better doesn’t mean you have to think like a pessimist and look at the glass as 9/10 empty. Reframe the numbers and focus on the fact that 10% of people with your disease get well—and for the 10% who do, the other 90% don’t matter. Remember that those positive health outcomes aren’t just flukes. Those who get well against all odds share common proactive characteristics. (To learn 6 scientifically proven proactive things people with Stage 4 cancer who experience spontaneous remission share, read Mind Over Medicine.)

2. Avoid toxic situations when possible.

If you feel like a victim—of an abusive childhood, a toxic marriage, a soul-sucking job, a demeaning boss, a bankruptcy, or whatever—find a way to reclaim your power. Dig deep within and call upon the strength you’ll need to make healthy changes in your life, even if it means financial loss, loss of status, disappointing others, or other undesired consequences that may accompany extricating yourself from mind-poisoning circumstances. If you can’t change your circumstance, you still have the power to change your attitude.

3. Don’t be afraid to question your doctor.

Remember, medicine is a service industry. If you didn’t feel like your car was in the very best hands possible, you’d find another auto mechanic. Proactive patients, the ones who have the best health outcomes, don’t hesitate to ask their doctors questions, get second opinions, and switch health care providers if the fit isn’t right.

For example, when your doctor makes a diagnosis, ask your doctor, “What else could it be?” Every doctor should have what’s called a “differential diagnosis,” and sometimes asking your doctor to expand the scope of what your diagnosis could be can leapfrog you to optimal health sooner.

3. Be the conscientious gatekeeper of your mind.

You may not be able to perform your own surgery or prescribe your own drugs, but your body is your business because you're the gatekeeper of your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings. It’s your responsibility to make sure you cut back on stress responses in the body and activate relaxation responses so that instead of poisoning your body with the side effects of toxic thoughts, your mind is full of love, hope, optimism, passion, joy, pleasure, creativity, and a sense of purpose—all of which have been scientifically proven to heal the body.

4. Listen to your intuition.

You have within you the voice of what I call your “Inner Pilot Light”, and this voice serves as your own personal physician. When addressing issues that are affecting your life, especially those that may be harming your health, your inner doctor is on call 24/7 to help you make the right decisions that help you heal.

5. Do your homework.

Some doctors let their egos interfere with optimal patient care, and it’s possible that you actually know more about your disease than your doctor does. (This is especially true if your disease is rare or if you have been researching your illness personally). The reality is that the more informed you are about the options for treatment of your health condition, the better care you’ll get.

6. Keep your own medical record.

Ask for copies of all lab tests, radiology reports, and doctor’s notes. Having all of your health information in your own hot little hands can help expedite communication between your health care providers so you’re not dependent on someone who takes a week to fax your records when you need them now.

7. Talk to other patients who share your diagnosis.

The internet has made it easier than ever to find others who are dealing with the same conditions you are. You just might meet someone on a forum who will share with you treatment options that are just what the doctor ordered. But be cautious. The internet is also rife with misinformation. Gather information, but don’t believe everything you read on the worldwide web.

8. Be the squeaky wheel.

If you’re leaving messages with your doctor and not getting your needs met, call back, respectfully but often. If your insurance company is denying your claim, appeal the decision! It shouldn’t be this way, but the old adage “The squeaky wheel gets the grease” is definitely true when it comes to navigating our broken health care system.

9. Make a list.

If you have questions for your doctor or issues you want to be sure get addressed, make a list and let your doctor know you have a list of issues. Your doctor may ask you to choose only the top priorities on your list, if time is too limited, but if you don’t get all your issues addressed, make a second appointment so all your needs are met.

10. If you’re not sure what to do, ask for more time.

If you feel like your doctor is pressuring you to make a decision you’re not ready to make, ask for time. If you’re in the middle of having a heart attack or stroke, or if you’ve been in a car accident and need surgery, time may be of the essence. But for the majority of treatments, even when you’re dealing with something potentially lethal like cancer, it rarely hurts to wait a few days—or even a few weeks—until you’re comfortable you’re making the right decision for YOU.

Remember, your body is your business!

Do you believe in miracles?

Yes, indeedie!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer Cleanse Your Body!

Why waste a lot of money on processed "vitamin water" when you can make it straight from the source? 
Give these recipes a try and help to beat the heat of the summer!

But if you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. 
Here are 8 home made vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing!
1) The classical : Lemon/Cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) The granite : Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) The digestive : Fennel/Citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) The antiOX : Blackberry/Sage
Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5) Watermelon : Watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) The exotic : Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) The traditional : Apple/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Just D-A-N-C-E!!!

Okay, get up out of your desk chair and get your booty shaking this morning!!!! JUST DO IT and have fun!!!!  XOXOXOXO


Saturday, July 13, 2013

I am NO Shrinking Violet!

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~Anaïs Nin

This quote has held great meaning to me over the past few years. Diagnosed with this rare form of Lymphoma on October 26, 2009, I filed for divorce after 24 years of marriage the following week and was divorced within a month. Physically and emotionally, I was at an all time low. Spiritually, I had the wherewithal to know that if I stayed, I would be preventing the REAL Jodi to heal and blossom. I packed up 30 years of memories and moved here to St. Augustine and I will never look back. I miss my friends but we stay in contact through phone calls, emails and social media and I know that they are only a four hour drive away. That brings me peace. We are tied together by an invisible cord.

Although it's been hard being on my own at times, I am so thankful that I trusted in a Higher Power, and my instincts to know that THIS is how I was meant to live. Everything we desire is on the other side of fear. Trust is the key word here. Trust that you will find your inner strength when you need it the most. Trust that the right doctors and medical personnel will be guided to you. Trust that when you take the time to focus on YOU, either through prayer and meditation, journaling, finding some quiet "me time," you WILL start to heal inside and out. Learn to love YOU!
I LOVE YOU and am always here for you!

Step into my Shoes...

Friday, July 12, 2013

This Week in Blood...

Here's this week's news from A.S.H. - American Society of Hematology. If you haven't had a chance to peruse through their website, then you should - many informative articles, drug trial info as well as other resources that are available. Check it out!

Words from a great man....

Dr. Leo Buscaglia was such a wonderful man. I was a big fan of his books and P.B.S. shows. Here is a piece from one of his lectures...ENJOY!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Know this....

We are so strong, that if we knew how strong we really are, we'd scare ourselves!!! We're Survivors!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Like Wine? Want to help LLS?

Purchase the highly rated wine of W.H. Smith Wines to help LLS in the quest for cures. When you order a bottle at and select LLS during checkout, they will donate 20% of your purchase directly to LLS.

The Love is There..

I just felt compelled to post this message is for those who need it right NOW!
Luv yas!
Jo ☺

Where there's a will...


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Raise Your Voice in the Fight Against Blood Cancers!

Learn how to become an advocate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society...


Pussycat, Pussycat, what do you see?

This really made me often when faced with our health problems, we forget the inner beauty that we possess deep down!

My sweet little, Rose is a testament to this...I've had many dogs in my lifetime and all of them hated looking at themselves in the mirror. Not my Rosie! I have a chival mirror in my bedroom and one day after washing the floor, I had moved it and it was facing the bed. When I returned to the bedroom, there was "herself," sprawled out at the foot of the bed like the diva that she is, staring at herself in the mirror! Unlike my other dogs who were freaked out by it, she knows it is her reflection looking back at her, and she loves it! Guess we can all take a lesson from Rose!
I feel pretty...oh, so pretty...!

Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Make a Vision Board..

Last year, I featured this video on my blog and I wanted to share it again...I have used vision boards and they have been a valuable tool for me in achieving my goals and reaching my dreams. IT WORKS!

Last month, I took down everything from my old vision board because I had reached all of the goals I'd set forth (i.e.- publishing my books, re-starting my blog). I have a big scrap book that I transferred everything that was on my the board into the book and labeled the start and end times.

So, you ask, what is on my new vision board? Well, dear ones, I have a list that contains all of the attributes that I am looking for in my "Dream Man," logos from all of the local and major T.V. and radio networks, a photo of a book signing (all to signify the media blitz that I am preparing to do!), a picture of a passport as well as a photo of Tuscany and Ireland, a photo of what my dream cottage looks like, and a photo of a team of  a house cleaning crew! (Hey, I might as well shoot for that....I HATE house cleaning! LOL!)

So, think about what YOU want in your life and consider making your own vision board! YOU CAN DO IT!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Teach me!

Everyone, every event that occurs in your life, is another life lesson...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Meet Zach Sobiech...a real hero!

Some of you may have already seen this video already, but I really wanted to share it just in case...Zach Sobiech was such a special guy and his message is so REAL! WARNING- Grab some tissues first! R.I.P. Zach!


Want to wish you all a happy & safe 4th...
we have a lot to be grateful for!

And a special thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
for all that they offer to us!

Fourth of July Flash Mob - Spirit of America Band

Thanks to all our troops, especially those who cannot be with their families, for our Veterans and for those who sacrificed their lives for this Country!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Just Breathe!

"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the
rest we take between two deep breaths."
--Etty Hillesum

Here is a guided meditation for mindful breathing and letting go of all the stress of the day...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

As soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, as I take each step, I say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you." By giving thanks, it puts me in the right frame of's a good thing!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Do what's good for ya!

It's a proven fact that a positive attitude is so important for your health and well-being!

Choose to be happy and give thanks for what you DO have!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Awesome News Article From the LLS Blog!

Florida middle school students played a special role in advocating for the passage of a law that guarantees fair coverage for patients who take their chemotherapy orally versus intravenously. 

Read more about why they did this here: