Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bus Stop Disco Surprise!


Nothing is Obvious....

This statement resonates with me...although I have Lymphoma, there have been many people who are shocked 
to learn of my diagnosis.

"But you look so good..."
"You are always so cheerful!"
"You have such a beautiful smile!"

     I've heard it all. Yes, I try to keep a cheerful countenance about me at all times. Yes, I smile, joke around and am cheerful. I have always been this way all of my life. But, as I've heard from many of you, no one sees what goes on behind closed doors. The pain. The chronic fatigue. The treatments. The tests. The neuropathy and myopathy. The shortness of breath. The list goes on...

     I choose to try to live life to the fullest. It is important that I try to stay as "normal" as possible on a daily basis. Life is too short to not try your best to focus on the good things...every morning when I wake up, I say, "Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!" 

So the next time you encounter someone who has cancer,
hug them, offer to help them, support them whenever you can and pray for them because everyone is fighting their own battle.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Truth About Disappointment...

After your diagnosis, did you ask the "Why Me's?" I sure did. Getting a cancer diagnosis is just like a "death" -- all that we knew that was good in our lives suddenly has gone-to-hell-in-a-hand-basket.

We experience the five stages of grief that were introduced by Psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying. They are:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
This is a natural part of this roller coaster we call life. We'll always have the ups and the downs and the outcome depends on how we ride, Baby! 
♥ Hang in there...XOXOXO!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Surviving a Terminal Diagnosis, Can it Cause PTSD?

I've written other blog posts on the issue of PTSD before, but I found a great website (Thanks to Ann from The Lymphoma Club.)

I was diagnosed with SPTCL in 2009 and admit, PTSD does rear it's ugly head at times. Every little lump. Ache or pain. Anniversary of diagnosis / scans. Putting on a brave face when I feel like crap. Wishing I could go back to my old life BEFORE cancer. We've all been through it. The following article, sums everything up:
Regardless of what stage we are in at the moment, we are in this fight together! Please share your comments on this topic below OR feel free to email me at
OR you can send me a tweet - @Jodi_Sykes!

Hang in there and know that you are NOT alone...
The is there! XOXOXO

P.S.- Here's a great site where you may purchase 
T-shirts and other items:

A Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry for This Yummy Monday!

Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry
This is chock-full of crisp vegetables and is 
so healthy and delicious!

2 cups brown rice
4 cups water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons white sugar
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 pound boneless beef round steak, cut
into thin strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups broccoli florets
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 (6 ounce) package frozen pea pods,
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts,
1 cup Chinese cabbage
2 large heads bok choy, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1.Bring brown rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, and liquid has been absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes.
2.Combine cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, and wine in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in ginger; toss beef in sauce to coat.
3.Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir broccoli, carrots, pea pods, and onion for 1 minute. Stir in water chestnuts, Chinese cabbage, and bok choy; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from skillet and keep warm.
4.In same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef until desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium. Return vegetables to skillet; cook and stir until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Focus on the G-O-O-D!

I hardly ever watch the news...the only news I do watch is 
or as I call it, 
"The Happy News!" 
They focus on world news for the first 5 or 10 minutes and the rest of the show is nothing but feel-good news...I LOVE IT!

This is a great video...enjoy and be grateful for what you DO have!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot!

♥ JODI ♥

Thursday, April 24, 2014

HAHAHAHA! This is sooooo true! ☺

This cracks me up! I experience chronic fatigue and used to fight it all day long...until recently. I now try to take a "Diva" nap everyday with my dog, Rose! Even if I don't fall asleep, I  read or just lay there with my eyes closed to rejuvenate. Does this resonate with anyone out there in cyber-space land?

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Yummy Monday - How to Use up That Leftover Easter Ham!

Ham & Asparagus Fettuccine

12 ounces dry fettuccini noodles
8 ounces fresh asparagus, trimmed and
cut into 2 inch pieces
2 T butter
1 cup heavy cream

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Stir asparagus into pot in the last five minutes of cooking; drain.
2.While pasta is cooking, heat butter and cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to bubble, stir in Parmesan, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne. Continue cooking until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Stir in ham and heat through.
3.Toss pasta and asparagus with sauce and serve immediately.

Serve with a crisp, fresh salad....Mmmmmm! ☺
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 pound cooked ham, diced

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I remember learning this song in elementary school. 
We made Easter bonnets out of paper plates, ribbons and tissue paper flowers and the boys made top hats. Those were the days! HAHAHA!
Wishing you and your family a happy Easter!

Saturday, April 12, 2014


You made it thru another week! Take time to reflect on all the good that you DO have in your life and  do something special for YOU today... Journal. Take a bubble bath. Light some candles and meditate. Read. 

Do anything your desires!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Listen to Your Soul....

This is the key to healing...not so easy to do when you have doctor's appointments and tests and non-stop "monkey brain" -- worrying about what you are going through in this moment. I KNOW!

If you're stressed to the gills, try to find some time to sit and take some deep breaths to re-group and silence your mind.

Things WILL get better....PROMISE! ♥

Monday, April 7, 2014

BEETS! (Yes, I said, B-E-E-T-S!)

 Beets are sooooo good for you! Here's a recipe that I LOVE...

Beet Salad With Goat Cheese



  1. Place beets into a saucepan, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Drain and cool, then cut in to cubes.
  2. While the beets are cooking, place the walnuts in a skillet over medium-low heat. Heat until warm and starting to toast, then stir in the maple syrup. Cook and stir until evenly coated, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar and olive oil to make the dressing.
  4. Place a large helping of baby greens onto each of four salad plates, divide candied walnuts equally and sprinkle over the greens. Place equal amounts of beets over the greens, and top with dabs of goat cheese. Drizzle each plate with some of the dressing.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Try to find some time today to sit and close your eyes and listen to this music...feel your body unwind and relax...YOU deserve and NEED this! The love is there...♥

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Saturday!

Welcome to the weekend! I wish you love. Relaxation. Rejuvenation and most of all, I wish you

Do something fun for Y-O-U!
Jodi ♥

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learn to L-I-V-E!

This is soooo true! 
We cannot control our destiny but we can control our thoughts and how we choose to live!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

♥ You Can Do This! ♥

There will be days when you may want to give up....DON'T!

What I have learned to do is, to look back at my darkest days on this Lymphoma journey and realize that it WILL get better someday!

Hang in there, Lovies!