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If you had cancer.

If you know someone with cancer.

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Cancer

Cancer changes lives.

We have to deal with medical profession.

We have to deal with medications.

We have to deal with new discomfort and pain.

We have to create dignity, where there is indignity.

We have to deal with family members, friends, coworkers, and strangers, in a changed way.

We resolve to go forward with strength, resilience, purpose, pride, and integrity.

We define ourselves. Cancer does not define us.

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Comment by Sentient Biped on October 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

My mom used to make a casserole with sauerkraut, potatoes, and almonds.  It's possible it was intended to contain meat of some sort, but her cholesterol was high and she was not eating meat then.  I should try that.

Now and then I make a vegetarian Ruben.  Basically a Ruben but without the corned beef - rye bread with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, onions, and thousand island dressing;  grill like a grilled cheese. 

Of course, baking or grilling it would kill the beneficial bacteria.

Sometimes I like kimchi, sometimes not.

Maybe I should try making my own!

Not this time, but 10 years or so ago I went to China, Changchun, and the apartment buildings had big crocks of fermenting cabbage on the fire escape landings.  It's a favorite in that area, which is near and similar to Korea.

Comment by Plinius on October 27, 2013 at 2:47pm

Kimchi is great, especially with loads of garlic in it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 2:15pm

Sauerkraut Boosts Digestion

Sauerkraut contains the probiotics leuconostoc, pediococcus, and lactobacillus. Choose unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurization (used to treat most supermarket sauerkraut) kills the helpful bacteria. Sauerkraut -- and the similar but spicy Korean dish kimchi -- is also loaded with vitamins that may help ward off infection.

Source: The Truth About Probiotics and Your Gut

I love sauerkraut! Used to make it in crocks and house smelled like rotting cabbage. Oh! Yum!

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 27, 2013 at 1:21pm

It's interesting to look at articles about cancer rates.

This article states that the rates of cancers, and rates of deaths from cancers, in the US, are declining.   Also here.

"

DuBois said while the rate of decline is small, it is significant because it has continued to fall each year for the past 10 years of available data.

Between 1999 and 2008, cancer death rates fell by more than 1 percent per year in men and women in every racial and ethnic group except for American Indians/Alaska Natives, among whom rates have held steady."

It depends on the type of cancer.  Some are rising and some are falling.

As for breast cancer, there's this:

Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002.

Those numbers don't help much when one already has cancer, except that we don't want others to go through the same ordeals.

As to why Cancer Care Northwest is opening up more cancer centers...  I don't have an answer to that.  WA is a high risk state.  Why is that?  Less Vitamin D?  Hanford?  Or is Cancer Care NW consolidating care, other places closing down?  I don't know. 

The other thing about GMOs, that concerns me - "Roundup ready" GMO crops means the crops are heavily exposed to, and possibly contaminated with, roundup  contamination not only on the food, but also into the groundwater. and here. There is concern that glyphosate (roundup) may impact breast cancer rates.  It's hard to find objective information - naysayers and alarmists predominate.

OK, as you say - on to happier thoughts.  If there is a lull in the rain, I want to measure how much my trees grew this year.   Most planted 2012 but some in 2013.  Organic, GMO-free, weed-killer-free, pesticide-free, compost-fed, mulched and lovingly nurtured. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2013 at 12:31pm
It is cold and the autumn rains started this morning. In a week or so, I will catch as much sun and putter in my paradise as weather permits.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2013 at 3:49pm

Thanks for the support dear friends. At my "graduation ceremony, I was able to say I had wonderful internet support from around the world and I must also remember all of you in my festivities. 

Patricia, the chemo dr. told me how long I will be on Herceptin, but I can't remember. I know there will seven months of it every three weeks. That will be a piece of cake. 

Now, the question is, why so many cancers, so many that Cancer Care Northwest has been opening new centers to accommodate all the needs. Does GMO have a role to play in the cause? We just don't know. The doctors all don't know. 

What that tells me is that because we don't know, we can not experiment on the general public. We need to know our food is safe, without question. 

As to seeds, patented seeds pollinate unpatented seeds and the courts are fining neighboring farmers because their crops have been pollinated by patented pollen. That makes about as much sense as finding women guilty when they have been raped.

Now, to happier thoughts, bald is a new hair color. 

 

Comment by Patricia on October 23, 2013 at 2:15pm

Welcome to post cancer treatments Joan......or do you have to do the 5 years of pills?

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Daniel I am glad you left that company - there are many unethical people out there.

Comment by Steph S. on October 23, 2013 at 11:52am

Joan we are here for you - thanks for keeping us posted on your status. You are in our thoughts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 12:05am
One more to go; I am as red as the firetruck Laura and her family painted this spring. Dreadfully sore and the doctor said my fatigue will continue for another two weeks. Oh great! just in time for the autumn rains! This week is absolutely beautiful with my garden all burgundy, yellow, and orange, Cary will finish up the preparation for winter's freeze, so I am content. I had my first surgery April 15 and last radiation Oct. 22. I guess that six months is long enough for me to be on vacation.
Isn't it fun to share Daniel's China adventure through his blog! It is a wonder that he has the energy to keep us posted.
Cheers to you all; happy thoughts!
 

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