For Tarin – Ovarian Cancer Awareness

ovariancancerawarenessMost everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Most also know that the ribbon color is pink.  Thanks to raising awareness, many lives are saved each year from breast cancer.

Most probably don’t know that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Most probably don’t know that the ribbon color is teal.   There is not enough awareness about one of the most deadly of women’s cancers.

img_20170106_001226_967Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2014, approximately 14,270 women died in the United States from this disease. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments and many women won’t be diagnosed until the cancer has spread…like my husband’s cousin Tarin who fought a brave battle.

She knew something wasn’t right.  For almost a year even the doctors didn’t recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  Once Tarin was finally diagnosed, it had already spread throughout her abdomen.  After surgeries, chemo, and many other treatments, she lost her battle after nearly seven years.  She left behind three beautiful children and many who loved her.

Had there been more awareness, she might have been diagnosed sooner.  Had there been more awareness, the 5-year relative survival rate for ovarian cancer might be higher than 45%.

Please help spread the awareness, continue to pray for those who are battling ovarian cancer, and the families of those who lost a loved one to it.  If you’ve lost a loved one to ovarian cancer, I would love for you to honor them in the comments below.

 

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Tea Time

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My son has a cold and I feel like I’m starting to get it.  It’s a rough start to the morning but after a nice hot cup of instant coffee (yeah…instant…*sigh*) it’s time for some tea with honey and lemon.  Living in town we don’t really have a good place to have bees, so we get our honey from one of the local farms.

The diet program I’m on for my joint pain is no sugar.  But I’m not sure how to handle that when you’re sick.  We use honey A LOT in the winter in our homemade cough medicine, in teas with lemon etc.  If I buy cough drops or OTC medicine it has sugar in it.  A conundrum for sure.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.  In the mean time, I’m going to crawl back on the couch under an afghan, sip my tea, crochet, and read some blogs. Somewhere in there will be a nap or two.  Hope your day is great!

Jeremiah 17:14
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Progress

The beginning of July I started my journey toward health after dealing with my joint pain (as well as my asthma) and it has been very challenging so far.

When I finally decided to make the choice to use food as medicine instead of going the conventional medicine route I knew it would be a challenge.  Even though we were already eating better, it is a huge change.  I underestimated how hard it would be.

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Greens from my garden are the bulk of my diet right now.

At first I started down the Autoimmune Protocol road, but the more I read the more I felt I needed to go down a different road.  The Paddison Program was specifically created for inflammatory arthritis so I thought that would be a better choice.  It goes further by eliminating most grains, all meats and oils.

Then it was my birthday.  I turned 50.  I took a day off from the diet and celebrated the milestone.  Shot a hole in all the progress I had made.  So I ended up started over.   This time hubby decided that he wanted to support me in this and go on the diet along with me.   (I love that man!!!)

Right now I’m on the pretty strict part of the diet that is designed to cleanse and heal the gut.  Once this part is over I’ll start reintroducing things into my diet to see how I react to them.  This will tell me what things are effecting me negatively and what things I have no problems with.

I have no idea how things will end up, but I am determined to see this through to avoid medication if possible.  It’s worked for others so it can be done.   It’s a tough journey and kind of isolating, but with hubby and son supporting me I’m already winning.

Soaking Grains

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Soaking Buckwheat and Quinoa

I’ve been interested in soaking grains for a while now. I try and soak grains we eat (when I remember to) like rice and oats. Right now I’m on a special eating program for my joint pain and it calls for eating a lot of quinoa and buckwheat. And so I’m soaking them overnight to maximize the health benefits. I simply add the grains to the canning jar, add the warm water, and add an acidic medium such as apple cider vinegar. You can also use yogurt, lemon juice, kefir etc. Rinse well and cook with equal amount of fresh water. I like to add a pinch of salt to mine.

Right now my quinoa is fairly plain while I work on healing my gut, but I do like quinoa and if you to go The Nourishing Gourmet you can find some great recipes for it.

Since I’ve been on this program my joint pain has decreased. I can actually close my hands fully into a fist. The pain isn’t gone, but there is a noticeable decrease. I fully believe diet has a huge impact on our health and can reduce and/or eliminate many health issues as well as reduce/eliminate the need for prescription drugs. I still may have to use medication at some point, but I want to do as much as I can control myself. It’s not easy, but trying to avoid being on prescription medication for the rest of my life is worth the effort.

I’d love to hear what you do to keep or stay healthy.  Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know you stopped by.  I’m off to play in the garden. I have many beans, tomatoes and peppers to harvest.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re

A Health Journey

I’ve been fortunate that most of my life I’ve been in good health. Other than having to have a rescue inhaler for my asthma, I don’t have to take any medication at all. Last year I started having problems with my asthma and over the fall/winter it was the worst it’s ever been. At the same time something new appeared…joint pain.

Now, I am going to admit that I have a big birthday coming up. 50. The big five-oh. The half buck. Half century. Yeah, that one. I’m not looking forward to it, but I’m not dreading it either. When I turned 30…worst birthday ever. The birthday itself was wonderful…hubby, family and friends…a lovely day at the park. It was the idea of turning 30 that was devastating and I cried. Honestly, I’m not sure why it bothered me so. But turning 50. Wow. Significant. And blessed. Boy am I blessed. 50 years of blessings. Not everything was good, but God has been good. I’m blessed.

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The pain in my hands has been pretty bad.

Turning 50 I’m now dealing with bad join pain. Part of me is really surprised that this joint pain not just appeared but hit hard. The other part of me knows that people in my family have battled arthritis so it really isn’t a surprise. Now, I haven’t been officially diagnosed with arthritis. We don’t really have the money to go and get it checked out (insert stupid healthcare system crummy insurance vote all the bums out rant here). It could be something else entirely. But I do know two things: I don’t want to end up on long term medications that could cause more health problems, and I don’t want to suffer with painful joints. This week the pain has been pretty bad, especially in my hands.

One other thing I do know: food and supplements can have a big impact on your health.

I already know that I am intolerant of dairy products. Not lactose intolerant, but casein (the protein in dairy) intolerant. Cutting out dairy and cutting back on sugar and sweets actually helped calm my asthma. Also with a lot of research adding specific supplements have helped too.

So I have been researching pain and inflammation and starting to make more dietary changes.  To start I know that I need to totally eliminate refined sugars and flours (I may go gluten or grain free for a while).  I know that changing my diet won’t cure, but it should help a lot.  I’m not good at going full on with diet changes…I tend to “fall of the wagon” a lot. It’s hard also when hubby and son still like to eat the things I want or need to avoid. I figured that if I journaled about it here on my blog I would be more accountable and maybe more likely to stick with it. I also figured that there may be others in similar situations who might be willing to share what worked for them.

Here I go on this journey to try and improve my health.  I’d love to hear about your journey to wellness.

Until next time – live simply and love abundantly!  Grace and peace…

Ann’Re