Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Crucial Difference Between Pain and Suffering

The words "pain" and "suffering" are often used interchangeably to describe feelings of grief, but Gary Zukav says there's an important distinction between the two. Watch as he shares the true definition of suffering, reveals its purpose and explains how it affects the soul.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have You Ever Felt Like This?

Yup! I have been known to "sugar coat" things 
so that my loved ones won't be worried about me.
But, I've also learned to talk it out when I really need to vent, 
and hugs are ALWAYS welcomed!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jodi Sykes Survives Cancer, Write Books

It's Yummy Monday!

Baked Spinach & Feta Pita
1 (6 ounce) tub sun-dried tomato pesto
6 (6 inch) whole wheat pita breads
2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch spinach, rinsed and chopped
4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
ground black pepper to taste
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.Spread tomato pesto onto one side of each pita bread and place them pesto-side up on a baking sheet. Top pitas with tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, feta cheese, and Parmesan cheese; drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until pita breads are crisp, about 12 minutes. Cut pitas into quarters.

If you don't like spinach, you can substitute any greens of your choice -- also feel free to add artichoke hearts, peperoncini's, Kalamata olives...whatever your heart desires!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Did You Know?

Start a gratitude journal and jot down at least 5 things you are grateful for each day! It's therapeutic and helps you to reflect on what you DO have in your life!

Go to Barnes & Noble and find a beautiful journal to document your gratitude, Beloveds!

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's Yummy Monday!

Braised Balsamic Chicken

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 teaspoon garlic salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1.Season both sides of chicken breasts with garlic salt and pepper.
2.Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook seasoned chicken breasts until chicken is browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Add onion; cook and stir until onion is browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
3.Pour diced tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken; season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Friday, May 16, 2014

LLS's Newest Patient Education Telephone / Web Program -

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are hosting another Patient Education Program called, Update on PTCL. Here are all of the details:
These Tele / Webinars are awesome and provide you with all of the latest in treatment options as well as the chance to learn more about blood cancers...and best of all, they are FREE!

Let's Dance!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Patient Advocate VS Patient Navigator?

     When I was first diagnosed with SPTCL in October 2009, Trisha Torrey was the first person I found when I Googled those initials. She had been mis-diagnosed with SPTCL back in 2004 and this spurred her into becoming the patient advocate that she is today.
     What I learned early on through Trisha, was the importance of being your own health care advocate. Her work is phenomenal and, if you ever feel like you need some advice, go to her website, Every Patient's Advocate and start investigating!
     Here's an article that she just wrote on
For more information about Trisha, her books and her blog, 
please go to:

Throwback Thursday...

Here's an excerpt from Living La Vida Lymphoma:

Sunday, December 19

Magic Mirror, tell me today.  Have all my friends had fun at play?  I see…

“Luck has a peculiar habit of favoring those who don't depend on it.
~Author Unknown

     This week, I participated in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s educational program via telephone. The topic was about new Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma treatments and clinical trials that are on the cutting edge, which were presented in November to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting in early December.
     The keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Zelenetz from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City. There were over 1300 plus people who joined him via webinar or telephone and it was my first experience with an LLS educational program. After the presentation, we were told that only a few people would get a chance to ask a question, and, imagine my surprise when I was chosen as the last one. (For those of you Baby Boomers out there who remember watching Romper Room, I finally had my Romper Room Moment! I was a faithful Romper Room "Do-Bee" and my mom helped me write several letters to Miss Louise so that she could look through her Do-Bee "Mirror" and see me, a devout Romper Room four year old, sitting at home in front of the television, patiently waiting for her to say, "I see Jodi!" But, that never happened. Didn't matter, I still remained a faithful Do-Bee regardless of that bitch, Miss Louise. But, I say that in love, of course!)
      For those of you who did not know that these monthly webinars and teleconferences existed, I’d highly recommend going to  to look for up-coming educational programs. As you know, it is very important to be your own health advocate and to stay informed of new treatment options that are out there. For more resources, please refer to the Resource Page at the end of the book.

Affirmation:  Knowledge is power and I am continually growing and finding my way to complete wholeness.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WHOO-HOO! 50,000 HITS!!!

Thanks soooo much for all of the love, support and feedback! 
Please keep sharing 
with others!

Thanks again...the is there!

We're Halfway There!

How has your week been so far? 
Leave a comment to let us know what you're doing 
or if you need any advice 
to get you through a rough spot...I'm here for you!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Yummy Monday!

Spinach & Orzo Salad


1 (16 ounce) package uncooked orzo
1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach
leaves, finely chopped
1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese
1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1.Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil and white pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold.
3/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Sunday, May 11, 2014

♥ Happy Mother's Day! ♥

Happy Mother's Day to you All!
Today I will be remembering my Mother in Spirit...
so grateful for everything she taught me in life.
Thanks, Joyce!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's My Birthday!

Happy Birthday to ME!
I turned 52 today...I am so thankful for each and every day that I get to be here on the planet and hope that there will be many more!
Anyone else out there who shares my special day?
This is me at the age of 5.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meet Dr. Lissa Rankin!

I've featured Dr. Lissa Rankin on my blog before but wanted to share some of her inspiration and insight again. 

Check your local PBS stations to find her show, Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Who is in Charge?

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are in charge of our thoughts and have the ability to change the way we think from minute to minute.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Monday!


It's Monday! Hope this makes you smile!

It's Yummy Monday!

OMG! There comes a time when I come across a recipe that makes me drool at the thought of making it! This is one of those recipes! I found a link to the blog, A House In The Hills on Pinterest and just had to share it with you! Let me know how you like it!


Serves 3-4 as a side dish, 2-3 as a main
12 small red potatoes or approximately 3.5 cups chopped
1.5 cups of cooked chickpeas (15 oz can, drained and rinsed)
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 meyer lemon
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/8 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 cups baby arugula
finishing salt
fresh cracked pepper
*After we’d devoured this I regretted that I hadn’t added capers.  So if you’re inclined, I think they’d be a great addition!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Wash potatoes and cut into quarters.  Spread evenly on baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.
- Place in oven and roast for 15 minutes.  Turn potatoes to prevent burning and roast for 15 additional minutes or until crispy.
- Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with sea salt, paprika and coconut oil.  Shake pan and roll chickpeas around to coat them all evenly.  Place in oven with potatoes to roast alongside for the last 15 minutes.
- While potatoes/chickpeas are roasting prepare dressing by combining shallot, lemon juice, garlic, mint, white wine vinegar and olive oil. Mix well.
- Combine arugula, potatoes, chickpeas in a large serving bowand dress to your preference.  Give it a few tosses, add finishing salt to taste and serve warm!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Who Are YOU?

There will be times all along your cancer journey 
when you'll forget who you REALLY are.
You MUST remember:
You are NOT that bald head.
You are NOT another "number" waiting for your next appointment.
You do NOT have to accept other's opinions of your care and treatment. (NO ONE is the "boss" of YOU!)
Who you ARE:
You ARE a shining light in other's lives.
You ARE perfect, whole and complete.
Your inner light shines brighter than the stars combined.
You ARE loved.
You are NOT alone.

Wishing you a peaceful, loving day!
♥ Jodi

Thursday, May 1, 2014

An Old Tradition....



How many of you remember dancing around the May Pole? We used to do it every year in elementary school...I wonder if this tradition is still carried on. Would love to hear your stories!

Have a great day!