Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Lissa Rankin's PBS Special Airs Tonight in the Bay Area...

I wanted to pass this information on to you. As you know, I am NOT a doctor (nor do I play one on T.V.!) but whenever I find someone who resonates with me, I am open to listening. A friend turned me onto Dr. Lissa Rankin a few months ago and I really like her because she speaks "my" words...she knows the importance of taking care of the "inside" in conjunction with modern medicine. So, if you get a chance to watch the show tonight in the Bay Area, please take a moment to shoot me an email or leave a comment here, okay? (but stay tuned to THIS channel as I will let you know when it will come to a PBS station near you after Labor Day.) 

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As a doctor, I always thought that, to be healthy, you simply had to eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, take your vitamins, and follow doctor’s orders. But after twelve years of education and ten years of medical practice, I took a job at an integrative medicine practice in Marin County near San Francisco, where most of my patients were “health nuts” doing everything right- but some of them were sicker than ever. I was baffled. I mean, these folks drank their daily green juice, ate a vegan diet, worked out with personal trainers, slept eight hours a night, took their vitamins, saw the best doctors, and optimized what Western medicine had to offer- and they were still ill.
From everything I had learned in medical school, these people should have been in perfect health. But many of my patients felt tired, they weren’t sleeping well, their libido went down the tubes, their bodies ached, they gained weight- they lost their mojo really. So sometimes I’d run specialized functional medicine tests conventional doctors might not order, and occasionally, I’d find something that would solve everything. But more often than not, the tests failed to uncover anything new because these patients had already seen many excellent health care providers before they came to me. It was clear that there was still a missing piece of the health care puzzle. I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

So I decided to do something radical. I changed my patient intake form, and came up with very different questions than what you’re probably used to being asked when you see a doctor, things like:

-If you could break any rule without consequences, what rule would you break?

-Are you in a romantic relationship, and if so, are you happy? If not, do you wish you were?

-Do you feel like you’re in touch with your life purpose?

-Do you feel stressed about money?

-Do you feel spiritually connected?

-If your health condition had a message to deliver to you, what would it say?

And the motherlode question:

-What does your body need in order to heal?

When I first started asking this last question, I thought my patients would give me treatment intuitions, like "I think I'll skip that drug and try this supplement instead." But that's not what they said.

They said things like:
  • I need to leave my toxic relationship
  • I need to quit my job
  • I need to forgive my father
  • I need to finally write my novel
  • I need to move to Santa Fe
So I said, "Well, you just wrote your own prescription. Go do it!”

And most of them would say, “Well, I can't do that. That would be crazy.”

But a few of my patients got really brave, and they started doing exactly what they had prescribed for themselves, and they started experiencing these unexpected remissions. All of a sudden their health conditions were going away without medical treatment.

How did this happen? And what might you do to enjoy the same sort of spontaneous remission?
That’s what I’m teaching in Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, the 90 minute public television special I filmed, which debuts tonight on national public television in my hometown of San Francisco on KQED and is based on my New York Times best-selling book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that Your Can Heal Yourself. 

The public television special is a meticulously researched explanation of the critical role our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs play in our health and well-being - and how we can harness the power of our minds to enjoy great health and longevity with specific, easy-to-do steps.

Watch it on KQED 7:30-9:00pm tonight, August 29
(watch the trailer here)

This a fund-raiser for PBS, so if you wish to support public television by donating to PBS, call 
1 800 568 9999 between 7:30-9:00pm tonight and you will receive 7+ hours of DVD content I created exclusively to support PBS, which is aimed at helping you heal yourself.

Part 1: covers topics such as why Western medicine is very important; why your brain is the most important organ for your health; how patients sabotage their health by "learned helplessness"; and why one question Dr. Rankin will ask you could be the difference between life and death.

Part 2: includes an explanation of the placebo effect, complete with inspiring examples of patients who healed themselves, explains the placebo effect's evil twin, "the nocebo effect," the role the amygdala plays in the brain and how it controls stress; how the body has its own self-repair mechanisms, which are under the influence of the nervous system; and why the body's self-repair mechanisms only work when the relaxation response is activated.

Part 3: covers the importance of reducing stress responses for self-healing and optimal health; Dr. Rankin's groundbreaking new wellness model: The Whole Health Cairn; why physical health is only one aspect of whole health; the difference between being healed and being cured; and how by healing ourselves, we will help heal our broken health care system.

Not in the Bay area? I’d still appreciate your support spreading the word to your social media followers. And stay tuned! I’m going on a tour of PBS stations and my special will be appearing on local stations near you in September. I’ll be sending out a schedule of when the special will air on PBS stations after Labor Day, so stay tuned to your inbox. I so appreciate you helping spread the word to anyone who is battling a life-threatening or chronic health condition or to any healers who are in service to those who have optimized what Western medicine has to offer and are still suffering.

In order for this PBS special to be widely aired- and in order to be a force for healing for those in need, I need your help! Because it’s a fundraiser for PBS, stations will spread this word more readily if it converts to funds donated. So if you watch the special, please please please pledge PBS and help support commercial-free television that supports programs like this one. If you won’t do it for this movement to heal health care, please do it for Big Bird!

I'd so appreciate your support as I try to spread this message in service to those who will benefit from this mind-body medicine approach to optimal health. Thank you all for caring about my work and helping make all my big dreams about healing health care come true.

With infinite gratitude,

Why are YOU Here???


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Read This and Let it Soak in!

I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self-indulgent. 
Caring for myself is an act of survival. 
~ Audre Lorde

No Rush at All!

Bask in your glory! Today, 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Shrimp Tacos - OLE!

1 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 T olive oil
1 tsp each ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder
 2 ripe Haas avocados, 1 diced and 1 reserved for dressing
corn tortillas
2 fresh limes cut into wedges
1 pkg of angel hair shredded cabbage (found in the produce aisle)

1 Avocado, mashed
juice of 1/2 lime
1 C sour cream (reduced fat or fat free is fine)
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 envelope of dry Ranch dressing
1 T chopped cilantro

  1. Combine the shrimp, olive oil, and spices in a bowl and marinate for a half hour.
  2. Grill the shrimp on a grill pan or under the broiler for up to 2  minutes per side or until pink.
  3. In a small bowl, add the ingredients for the dressing and mix well.
  4. Heat up the corn tortillas.
  5. To serve, place some cabbage on each tortilla, add some chopped avocado, shrimp and some dollops of the dressing!

Hard Times...

Shine on, Lovies!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Just S-M-I-L-E!

I wrote about this in my is an excerpt:
Thursday, December 3
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

     Did you ever realize that your smile may be your greatest asset? Whenever we smile, it lights up our faces and gives others the opportunity to smile, too.  A smile is infectious. When you smile at someone, you are showing them that you value them enough to share a moment with them, whether you know them or not, and hopefully they will pass it on throughout their day. 
     Things that make me smile:
A baby's toothless grin. 
A frolicking puppy.   
Children laughing. 
A beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Laughing with my friends so hard we could pee our pants.
Good food and wine.
Doing random acts of kindness.
Taking time out to read and relax.
People watching. 
Day dreaming. 
Singing at the top of my lungs in the car and then realizing that people had seen me.
Big hugs.
Waking up and realizing it is Saturday.
Watching children discover things for the first time.
A nice cup of tea.   
Sitting back and watching the way dogs play at the dog park.
Watching birds flit about my bird feeder.
Great jokes.
Knowing another day has arrived and I am breathing.
     Whenever I go to the cancer center, I encounter many others who, despite losing their hair to chemo, manage to muster such beautiful smiles, bright enough to light up a room. The human spirit warms my heart and makes me more grateful for each new day.
     Take some time today to make a list of things that make you smile. There are times when we get so wrapped up in the day-to-day grind, and maybe we aren't feeling so well. Do yourself a favor. Stand in front of a mirror. Look at the magnificent being standing before you and SMILE! You will definitely feel better and hopefully the warmth will surround you throughout your day.
Affirmation:   I am open to remembering ways of living that make me smile.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!

Living La Vida (Lymphoma) now has over 
20,000 hits thanks to YOU!!!
Thank you so much and 
please keep helping me to spread the word!

Say it NOW!

This statement is so many times have you lost someone, and said, "I wish I could've told him / her I loved them..."

Life is short, so tell those who have made an impact on your life that you love them, admire them, and cherish them. Why wait for a funeral?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Fund Surpasses $200 Million  | The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

I was so excited to see this article and GREAT news! Thanks to all of the donors, supporters and people who make this happen!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Fund Surpasses $200 Million  | The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

This Game Called, Life....

I found my true "calling" after I was diagnosed. I made it my mission to tell my Lymphoma journey and to help others who may need a moment of inspiration or empowerment in their day. I embrace each day with open arms and know that whatever experience I may face, good or bad, I will still keep on doing what I'm doing. I love life and I hope you do, too!  XOXOXO

To read my book, click here:
Living la Vida (Lymphoma)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LLS Teleseminar...

Hi! Wanted to share the latest transcripts from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's patient education teleseminar from May. 

A Hug Will Make it Better!

I am a hugger by nature! I taught Pre-K for most of my life and I know the power of a hug from a child, significant other, family, or friend.

Being on my own for the first time in my life these past few years has been hard at times...I am hug "deficient!" So, I try to get my hugs whenever I can now...not that I am a serial hugger or anything, but if I am offered a hug, I am gonna take it... hug someone today!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Peanut Noodle Salad

This is a yummy cold salad and you can "make it your own" by adding whatever you want! How about some snow peas, bean sprouts, sliced water chestnuts or radishes? You can also substitute the bottled Thai sauce with plain peanut butter.


  • 8 ounce(s) thin linguine pasta
  • Dressing:
  • 2/3 tablespoons bottled Thai-style peanut sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 - 2 T minced garlic
  • Chinese cabbage,  shredded (4 cups)
  • 1/2 medium English seedless (hothouse) cucumber,  quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise 
  • 2 cups carrots,  shredded
  • 1/3 cups sliced scallions
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cups chopped salted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 limes cut into quarters

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta; cook as package directs. Drain in a colander and rinse under running cold water until cool. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, mix Dressing ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add cabbage, cucumber, carrots, scallions and cilantro; toss to mix. Add cooled pasta and toss to mix and coat. Sprinkle servings with peanuts. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the salad if you want.



WHOO-HOO! A One Year Anniversary!

Do you remember when I introduced you to my Writer friend, Steve Brown? 
If not, here he is in his pre-transplant days!
Here is the link to the previous blog post I did:

Well, I am happy to report that Steve just celebrated his one year anniversary
 "apres la bone marrow transplant!"
Here is one of his newest books, which I highly recommend for all women:
This would be an excellent book to give your college-bound daughters!

Congrats to Steve for his one year anniversary, and for not letting cancer stop him from writing!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013


One of my favorite quotes is:

To forgive is to set a prisoner free 
only to discover the 
prisoner was you.
~Lewis B. Smedes

Friday, August 16, 2013


Float on....

Have a great day...
Be at peace....

Feel the
♥ Jodi ♥

Thursday, August 15, 2013

11 Ways To Be A Proactive Patient

I've shared videos by Dr. Lissa Rankin on this blog and I wanted to share this article with you. As I've mentioned many times before, it is sooooo important to be your own health advocate. Check out some great tips from Lissa and empower yourself!


Monday, August 12, 2013

A Fresh Salad or Salsa...Take Your Pick!

Avocado, Tomato, Onion & Corn Salad / Salsa

  • 10 Roma tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 bag frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into rings
  • 2 ripe Haas Avocados, cut into chunks
  • 2 T Cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • S & P to taste
  1. Combine the tomatoes, corn, onion, avocados and cilantro into a large bowl and combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, honey, hot sauce and garlic together and drizzle over the salad / salsa.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors marry, stirring every so often.
  4. Serve as a side salad, or top some grilled meats with it or serve it with corn chips. *
* I also have added a can of black beans to the salad at this case, just rinse them well and then double the recipe for the dressing.


It's Okay....

We are all in this together!

Jo ☺

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Chemo Care Package...

This week, I featured the website, Take Them A Meal which offers a plethora of ideas on "what to bring" for almost any occasion. Here's one of their blog posts on what to bring 
for someone who is going through chemotherapy:


I Believe...

The bad times help  us to savor the  good times!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Am I Lumpy? (Part Deux)

Well, I survived the long schlep across State yesterday, AND, drum roll please....

The lumps are NOT paniculitis-like!!! WHOO-HOO!!!!

Isn't it funny how I was more worried about driving than when it came down to my actual health? I have been that way since Day one of my diagnosis. Never afraid of any procedures...bone marrow biopsy? PET Scan? Nah! Just get 'er done! (I'd worry AFTER while I waited for results, but that's just me!)

Now, let me tell you about my new Oncologist...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him! Three of his medical students did the initial intake while he went to review my records in another room. And, I must say, these three were so kind, friendly, professional and the epitome of how a good doctor should be - they will make excellent doctors someday soon! After they finished their examinations and took notes, they left the room and then a short time later, returned with the doctor. Did I mention how awesome he was?! He asked me questions that no other doctor had asked me in regards to prior health issues that I felt may have contributed to my Lymphoma and I mentioned the fact that in 2002 when I was still teaching, I got so sick and weak at one point, my family doc did blood work only to discover that my Titer numbers were way off the chart so he sent me to a Rheumatologist for an evaluation. All the necessary test were given, which included an ANA panel. Two weeks later, the Titers were at a normal level. Over the course of the years leading up to 2009, this game of cat-and-mouse continued. Then, when I was finally admitted to the hospital in August 2009, my Infectious Disease doctor asked me if I had known that I'd had the Epstein Barr virus, which, of course I hadn't. That number was extremely high, and with all of the lymphoma research I've done since then, getting the Epstein Barr virus can be a BIG precursor for one day developing lymphoma. 

So, my new doctor told his students and I that having all of these underlying flukey autoimmune things can indeed go on for years prior to a diagnosis...interesting! He just returned from a Blood Cancer conference in Switzerland armed with even more information, and he provided me with a packet that contained all the latest information which I will read and pass on to you in a later blog post.

I was overwhelmed to learn that I am still in remission, WHOO-HOO, and that I do not need to see him until January! If you'll remember from my book, Living La Vida (Lymphoma) , my
(then) new Oncologist called me "Patient # 201" and told me that I had a much better chance of winning the lottery than I did in getting this diagnosis. Well, after yesterday's visit, I felt as if I'd already won the jackpot -with this awesome "new guy" and the care I received from his students....I am one damn lucky girl! Buuut, my Lovies, I did purchase a few lottery tickets and I am going to check them right now....c'mon PowerBall!!!!

Thanks so much for all of your kind thoughts and prayers!
Love yas!
♥ Jo ♥

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Am I Lumpy?

Well, never thought I'd be writing this, but I think that I may have some more lumps! These are not like the old lumps that I shared with you in an older blog post:

The first week of June, I developed a painful lump on the front of my shin just below the knee. It isn't red like the old lumps, but it hurt so I've been keeping an eye on it and I'm taking it easy. Then a few days later, my thighs suddenly became extremely fatigued and were painful as if I'd run a marathon...key words here are "as if!"
It is not a constant pain but if I "over-do" it, my legs feel like lead balloons and are achy. I looked in my full-length mirror to discover ridges all up and down the front of my cellulite on steroids! So, I emailed a gentleman who has SPTCL that had contacted me after he read my book. He'd mentioned before that the majority of his lumps were on his arms. When he responded to my email, he described the same kind of achy fatigue. Many thoughts have crossed my mind since then...maybe the fact that I am on a low dose of Prednisone has kept the lumps at bay until now? Are there others out there with SPTCL who have had their lumps appear like the ones on my legs? Honestly, and I cannot believe I'm saying this, I am praying that it IS Cellulite!

So, I had all of my records faxed to a new University hospital and today is the day that I will meet my new oncologist! I've heard great things about him, one of which is that he is doing research on T-Cell Lymphomas. 

Am I worried? Scared? Nah! I know all of the Lymphoma symptoms and I don't have any others except the chronic fatigue and neuropathy and myopathy. I'm going to jump in head first as always and will keep you up-to-date. Just send out prayers and good vibes for a safe drive to and from the hospital and I'll be happy! Love yas! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What an AWESOME Site!

Whenever I stumble upon a website that awes me, I have to share it with you! Take Them A Meal offers a plethora of ideas for how to help others and this link in particular really inspired me...ever wonder what to do for others in need? These ideas will assist you as a caregiver, neighbor or friend to those who may need it the most...please pass this on to others!


Be Strong!

There may be times when you feel as if you can't go on....those are the times when you must hold on even tighter. Hold onto positive thoughts. Surround yourself with positive people. Baby yourself or allow others to baby YOU!

Things WILL get better...I PROMISE!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Refreshing Treat!

With the summer heat upon us, serve up these yummy watermelon slushies - 
perfect for a picnic (or not!)
Water melon is a natural diuretic and is the healthier alternative to ice cream! ENJOY!
Picture of Watermelon Slushies Recipe
Watermelon SlushiesServes:  4-6 servings
The night before your picnic, puree 6 cups chopped seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. 
Pour into a shallow airtight container and freeze. Bring the frozen watermelon on your picnic (it'll double as an extra ice pack) and let thaw slightly, then mash with a fork and spoon into cups.

Free to B-E...!

Embrace that beautiful light being inside of you...feel the love!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin, M.D. - Enjoy!

I was introduced to Dr. Lissa Rankin through a friend. Her story really resonated with me and I wanted to share it with you. Here is a link to her blog:

Be sure to sign up for her Daily Flame brightens my day!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Every Thought...

Remember, your thoughts become "things!"

Have a great day and dream of what could be....

Friday, August 2, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

I Won't Let Go...

This song has helped me though many a day or night when I felt alone in this fight. I found peace in it's words....if you are feeling down, let it lift you up and know that you are NOT alone. XOXOXO
Love yas~
♥ Jodi ♥

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