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!

It's Yummy Monday -- Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder!

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 cup hot water
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups half-and-half cream
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (14.75 ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1 tomato, chopped
fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish (optional
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!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Office of Public Policy re: HB 3605

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!

What is Necessary?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Embrace Your Challenges...

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...
thank YOU!

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

It's Yummy Monday -- Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup!

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

1 (3.5 ounce) link sweet Italian sausage,
casings removed
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef stock
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup red wine
4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup tomato sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces cheese tortellini
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
for topping
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.

Monday, March 16, 2015

An Excerpt From Living La Vida Lymphoma ...

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.
~Author Unknown

     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


Set aside some time today to meditate and listen to your inner thoughts. Rest your mind, body & spirit! XOXOXOXO

Thursday, March 12, 2015

LLS Chat Line!

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:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Help Cancer Patients Access Their Treatments!


It's Yummy Monday -- Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

Spinach and Feta Pita Bake
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.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Patients Looking Out For Each Other....

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.

A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School - Uptown Funk Dance

What a cool teacher! Just DANCE! Happy Friday!!! ☺

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL): Keys to an Accurate Diagnosis

Date: December 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Telephone/Web
View: Program Slides
Read: Transcript
Listen: Presentation | Q&A Session

Topics Covered

  • The importance of an accurate diagnosis to ensure optimal treatment
  • Tests used to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
  • How your NHL subtype determines your treatment options
  • The goal of treatment for slow-growing and fast-growing NHL subtypes
  • Current and emerging therapies for NHL: standard treatment & clinical trials
  • The importance of open communication with your healthcare team


Stephen J. Schuster, MD
Director, Lymphoma Program and Lymphoma Translational Research
Robert and Margarita Louis-Dreyfus Associate Professor of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Lymphoma

Abramson Cancer Center University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Philadelphia, PA


Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Thanks soooo much for your continued love and support!

Understanding Options for Blood Cnacers. . .

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. 

Repeat After Me....

Monday, March 2, 2015


Sending you a BIG virtual hug to start off your week! ☺XOXOX

It's Yummy Monday -- Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as
Old Bay™
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
1/2 cup adobo sauce from chipotle
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such
as Old Bay™
salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) package tortillas
3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 small head cabbage, cored and
2 limes, cut in wedges
1.To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
2.To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
3.Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Set grate 4 inches from the heat.
4.Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Grill fish