Thursday, July 31, 2014

Living in Gratitude is the way to Happiness!

           Be grateful for each and every day you are breathing!
You are here for a reason!

Monday, July 28, 2014

You Must Remember This . . .

One lesson I learned when I was first diagnosed was this exact thought.

My twenty four year marriage was ending a few years before SPTCL came into play. The love was long gone and I knew that I needed to pull up the big girl panties and move on. I often say that cancer was in a weird kind of way a "gift" because it taught me how to slow down. Be grateful for each new day. And KNOW that I had to go through this for a reason.

If you have read, Living La Vida (Lymphoma), then you know the other struggles I faced besides getting a diagnosis of this extremely rare cancer and a failed marriage. Was I scared? Yes. Did I feel like giving up at times? betcha! But each time those fears surfaced, I learned to take them in for a moment or two and then release them. 

Living in a toxic world of fear and negativity stifles our bodies, minds and Spirit! AND, it is NOT conducive to our healing, Beloveds!

So, if you find yourself in that place of hopelessness and disparity, learn to accept your feelings, but then release them and let them go. You are NOT alone in this Lymphoma journey and I am here if you need me....PROMISE! 


It's Yummy Monday!

Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

2 kiwis, peeled and diced
2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored
and diced
8 ounces raspberries
1 pound strawberries
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
butter flavored cooking spray
2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar

1.In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
3.Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
4.Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Make-A-Wish Dream Come True!

Meet six-year-old George Gring of Texas, who has battled lymphoma, as he gets drafted to his favorite team to play with his favorite QB.

It's Yummy Monday!

Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

2 nectarines, pitted and diced
1 ripe tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes,
or to taste
salt to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 (4 ounce) boneless pork loin chops

1.Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grate, and set 4 inches from the heat.
2.To make the salsa, place the nectarines, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and red pepper flakes in a bowl; toss to blend. Season to taste with salt. Cover, and refrigerate 30 minutes to blend flavors.
3.Stir the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Place the olive oil in a small bowl. Brush the pork chops with oil, and season both sides evenly with the cumin mixture.
4.Place pork loin chops on the preheated grill. Cook until lightly browned and juices run clear, about 4 minutes on each side. Place pork chops on serving plates, and top with a generous spoonful of salsa.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Let's Talk About Finances After Your Diagnosis...

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been a life-saver for me in so many ways. One of their programs that I have been so grateful to be a part of, is their Co-Pay Assistance Program.

Click here for more information:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Update on Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

Remember I told you all about the LLS webinar that I participated in on June 9th? Well, it is available right now:
You can click on the links to view the program slides, read the transcript as well as to listen to the presentation. Be sure to check out their other Patient Education Programs .

It's Your Choice!


Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Yummy Monday!

Grilled Steak Salad with Asian Dressing

1 (12 ounce) rib eye steak
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning, or
to taste
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1.Season both side of the rib eye steak with soy sauce and steak seasoning. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to overnight.
2.Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
3.Grill steak on preheated grill until firm, reddish-pink, and juicy in the center, about 6 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Transfer steak to a platter, sprinkle with lemon juice, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Allow meat to rest for about 10 minutes, then cut into strips.
4.Whisk rice vinegar, olive oil, sugar, sesame oil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl. Combine lettuce, cucumber, avocado, tomato, carrot, red onion, and steak strips in a large bowl. Pour rice vinegar dressing over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.
2 pinches red pepper flakes
10 leaves romaine lettuce, torn into bite
-size pieces
1/2 large English cucumber, cubed
1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
1 tomato, cut into wedges
1 carrot, grated
4 thin slices red onion
3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Thursday, July 10, 2014


If you are newly diagnosed, after reading this quote, I bet you're thinking, "Has Jodi lost her flippin' mind?" With countless tests, scans and doctor's appointments on your calendar, the thought of seeing the end-of-the-tunnel is so out of view for you, you most likely cannot fathom it.

But, I PROMISE you that, as you move along through your Lymphoma journey, you will find inner strength that you never knew you had before.

Better days are ahead, Beloved!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Write Your Own NEW Story!

Ever have a bad case of "Monkey Brain?" You stress and you worry and you stress some more!

Worry and stress block good things from happening - so, create your own NEW story of how you want your life to be. 

Not a "writer?" Start a gratitude journal and jot down five things that you are thankful for each night before you go to bed. It will put you in a good frame of mind for a restful night's sleep!

It's all about GRATITUDE, my Darlins! ☺

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Yummy Monday!

Basil Chicken Over Angel Hair

1 (8 ounce) package angel hair pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed

1.In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook angel hair pasta until it is al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
2.In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions and garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken, basil, salt and hot pepper sauce. Reduce heat to medium, and cover skillet. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot and tomatoes are soft.
3.Toss sauce with hot cooked angel hair pasta to coat. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Check Out Another Cancer Blog Site...

I just added my own page to it out and forward the link to anyone you know who is struggling with cancer.


Thanks so much!
The is there~

Neale Donald Walsch

One of my favorite writers is Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God. You may also see the movie version, which is quite touching and leaves you with lots of good feelings and a deep is the trailer:

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

HAPPY 4th of thankful for our independence 
and take time today to remember our 
Military men & women today who still fight for our freedom.

Celebrate. Enjoy. Be safe!

What Would You Do???

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What is REAL Beauty?

This quote from Kahlil Gibran is one that we need to remember as we go through this cancer journey . . . 

You are NOT your bald head.
You are NOT that face or body that you no longer recognize in the mirror.

Your REAL beauty shines from the inside out, Beloved!

You are NOT alone in this challenging time of your life . . . remember that!