Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Please Share Your Story!

I received this email from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society today:

Dear Jodi,
When we talk to members of Congress on May 7, we'll have numbers: 156,420 people will be diagnosed with blood cancer this year. We'll have lists of signatures: so far this year, 5,830 people have signed petitions in favor of cures and access to treatment.
But the thing that will really get elected officials to sit up and listen is a personal story from you.
As legislators in Washington vote on bills that could help blood cancer patients, they need to know that there are real people who this legislation could help.
They need to hear the stories of families who have lived through the consequences of high co-pays, from cancer survivors who have struggled to get the treatments they deserve, from loved ones who see the impact of bad legislation every single day. They need to hear from you.
If you know what it's like to struggle with out-of-pocket expenses – if you have had problems with navigating health insurance exchanges – if you or someone you love has been unable to afford a medication because of its placement on a specialty tier – your story can make a difference.
With your help, we can put a face on the issues that blood cancer patients deal with and move us all closer to a cure. Thanks in advance for sharing your story, and for being a part of this community.
Scott Riccio
Scott Riccio
Office of Public Policy
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

So, I submitted my story in the hopes that it will be heard in Washington, D.C. this Spring. 
Please take a moment to do the same!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It's A Lovely Day!

Today is the one year anniversary of the release of 
Thanks so much for all of your love and support and reviews!
We are in this TOGETHER!
Love yas~

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mmmmmm! Chicken Fiesta Salad!

Chicken Fiesta Salad

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 (1.27 ounce) packet dry fajita
seasoning, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and
1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn
1/2 cup salsa
1 (10 ounce) package mixed salad
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1.Rub chicken evenly with 1/2 the fajita seasoning. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken 8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear; set aside.
2.In a large saucepan, mix beans, corn, salsa and other 1/2 of fajita seasoning. Heat over medium heat until warm.
3.Prepare the salad by tossing the greens, onion and tomato. Top salad with chicken and dress with the bean and corn mixture.

Friday, February 21, 2014


HAPPY FRIDAY! Turn up the speakers and sing and dance my Darlin's! Have a great day! XOXOXO ♥

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Newly Diagnosed With a Blood Cancer?

If you are newly diagnosed and need some advice, please check out the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's webpage. They offer so many programs and have information specialists available weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to assist where needed. 
You are NOT alone!

Your Journey...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Goodology ® Podcast!

I recently had the opportunity of talking with Bernie Fallon, author and founder of Goodology ® regarding my lymphoma journey. Bernie is such an inspiration to so many and I am blessed to have shared my story with him.
Here is the link to the podcast:

Thanks so much for all that you do to 
make this world a better place, Bernie!
You can purchase his book here:

Let The Sun Shine In!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguine

Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini Recipe

Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguine

1 (8 ounce) package linguine pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
salt to taste
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add linguine, and cook for 9 to 13 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2.Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute garlic about 1 minute. Mix in chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by about 1/2.
3.Mix shrimp, butter, parsley, and basil into the saucepan. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until shrimp is opaque. Stir in the cooked linguine, and continue cooking 2 minutes, until well coated.

Friday, February 14, 2014

♥ Write a Love Letter to Yourself! ♥

♥ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Who do you love? You better ♥ the one you're with, my Darlin's! Go ahead. Write a love letter to yourself! Muuuuaaaah! XOXOXO ♥

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Very Trippy!

I saw this and it really hit home for me!
One of the troublesome symptoms that I've had to deal with on a daily basis is chronic myopathy. Back in 2010, I tripped and fell, dislocating my right elbow and fracturing the two supporting bones. It never healed completely. I suffer from chronic pain and the elbow is frozen. Sooooo, ever since then, I have to be uber sensitive to keeping an eye on my feet at all times. I've had other falls since then, but no more broken bones. 
(Thanks to some extra padding!)
At least I can laugh about it, right?!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Yummy Monday!

Apple Cider Sauce and Pork Loin Chops
recipe image
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 pork loin chops
seasoning salt to taste
black pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 (8 ounce) container frozen apple cider
concentrate, undiluted
1/4 cup dry sherry
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2.Heat olive oil in a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. Place in hot oil, and brown on both sides. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over chops, and pour in apple cider.
3.Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove chops to a plate, and return frying pan to stove over medium-high heat. Stir sherry into pan, and boil until sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Serve sauce over chops.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I AM (Full Documentary) - The shift is about to hit the fan!

This video will change your life! Here is the write up:

Published on Jul 24, 2012
"I AM" is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what's wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood's leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as "Ace Ventura," "Liar Liar," "The Nutty Professor," and "Bruce Almighty." However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Advice From A River...

As caught up in the daily struggles of having cancer goes, we often get wrapped up in worry.

When I saw this quote, I knew that I had to share it with you...