Monday, March 30, 2015
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a proud supporter of Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a film by Barak Goodman. Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize‐winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” it’s a vivid account of cancer’s grim past and the promising future of cures. LLS-funded research has contributed to breakthroughs that have helped tame some of the most lethal blood cancers, and helped get to this moment of extraordinary progress in
cancer research and treatment.
Check you local PBS listings for the schedule!
Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder
|1.||In a Dutch oven, brown chicken, onion, and garlic in butter until chicken is no longer pink.|
|2.||Dissolve the bouillon in hot water; Pour into Dutch oven, and season with cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.|
|3.||Stir in cream, cheese, corn, chilies, and hot pepper sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted. Stir in chopped tomato. Garnish with cilantro.|
This soup is yummo! Make it even easier to make by using a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket!
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
A Facebook post from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Office of Public Policy, 3/26/15:
Congrats to our IL advocates, as HB 3605 was voted out of the House Human Services Committee yesterday. House Bill 3605 aims to limit patients’ out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medication. Many times, patients are asked to pay a high percentage (or co-insurance) of the drug’s total cost which often creates a barrier to access. This legislation would limit the amount a patient would be asked to spend per month, per prescription.
Like their Facebook page and help support this cause!
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
As I've said in my book, Living La Vida Lymphoma, as well as here in this blog, I feel that, in a weird kind of way, I was given
this challenge so that I could live the authentic life I was meant to live and to help others along their journeys. There have been so many wonderful people over the years that have contacted me to share their stories as well as to lift ME up in the process. People from all over the world, with a commonality of having a blood cancer and the need to communicate with others who have "been there." We are all in this together and I am thankful for the positive feedback and support that you have given to me...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
As Survivors, it is our duty to help others along
the way with their cancer journeys.
We've been through the ups and downs and now it's our turn to
help them remember that they are NOT
their bodies that have been through
cancer treatments, surgeries and procedures.
We need to lift others up and affirm that they, too, WILL make it through to the other side of illness and grief.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
|1.||Place the sausage in a large pot over medium high heat and saute for 10 minutes, or until well browned. Drain the fat except for about 1 tablespoon, add the onions and garlic and saute for 5 more minutes.|
|2.||Next add the beef stock, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming any fat that may surface.|
|3.||Add the zucchini, tortellini, green bell pepper and parsley to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into individual bowls and garnish with the cheese.|
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, March 16
A Tea Party
Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
Today I had the pleasure of attending a tea party at my local hospital’s Cancer Center. I could not believe the transformation of what had become of our regular meeting space. Tables were set with beautiful linens, fragile teapots, cups and saucers and fine silver adorned each place setting. Dainty tea sandwiches and delectable sweet treats were showcased on each table, and the hospital staff wore embroidered, starched white aprons. It was such a pleasant surprise to see how much care was given to make this a special event for those of us who shared a dis-ease called cancer.
When I sat down, I marveled at each person’s expression as they walked through the door. It seemed as if everyone’s moods were up-lifted. Each table sat eight people and the guests of honor fell into friendly conversation, sampling the tea and the delicate finger sandwiches and pastries. We shared our personal stories about how we came to be in this place, offered each other laughter and advice, and made new friends. It was such a wonderful bonding experience and it truly warmed my heart to feel the love and support that the hospital staff had for all who had attended.
Even though our diagnoses were different, we were fighting for our lives, too, and the unity of a common thread was the bond that tied us together for an afternoon.
Affirmation: I am thankful for opportunities to experience opportunities and meet others.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) offers weekly online chats where patients and caregivers share experiences and chat with others about anything from the initial phase of diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.
To register for the chat, or for more information, click on the link:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
If you've been following this blog, you will remember my love and admiration for Trisha Torrey of, Every Patient's Advocate. She had been misdiagnosed with SPTCL (my particular sub-type) but she had the wherewithal to investigate further before receiving treatment. Long story short, she did not have SPTCL but the experience spurred her into action and she became
Every Patient's Advocate!
Here is her latest blog post,
If you'd like to read some of my other blog posts where I've featured Trisha, just type her name in the search engine at the top right of this page.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Here is another webinar / teleseminar that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is offering! If you have never participated in an LLS Patient Education program before, please give it a try. They have wonderful speakers and the latest up-to-the-minute information is shared.
This month's presenter is Dr. John P. Leonard,
Associate Dean for Clinical Research,
Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.