"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.



Friday, February 27, 2009

Cancer-Free Diet

http://www.sheknows.com/articles/805955.htm

Cancer-Free Diet: Ward Off Cancer

Want to give yourself a leg up on being cancer-free? Eat more antioxidants! Antioxidants are vitamins found in foods like citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, nuts and more. Even fish, red meat and eggs have important antioxidants! How can you easily get more of these important nutrients, while also juggling your kids, carpools and soccer practice?

According to the National Cancer Center, lab tests have shown that antioxidants can slow or even ward off cancer. Tests in humans have been more mixed, but scientists are still researching how eating more antioxidants might help you ward off cancer. Types of antioxidants include beta carotene, lycopene, and Vitamins A, C and E.

There are many ways that you can fit more antioxidants into your day, without adding lots of prep time or taking time away from your job or family.

DRINK IT!
Pomegranate is one of the best sources of antioxidants. The nutritional powerhouse can be mixed with ginger ale for a tasty spritzer or served straight up. All you need is eight ounces! Be sure to choose a 100 percent juice version like POM Wonderful so that you get the maximum benefits.

Green tea is another good source of antioxidants. Tea contains a type of antioxidant like catechins, and green tea has the greatest amount since it's left closer to tea's natural form. Choose a tea with flavors to your liking and sweeten with an antioxidant-rich dark honey such as buckwheat honey.

Check out: Celestial Seasonings has several new flavors of green tea out that do double duty, helping you to ward off cancer and helping experts search for a cure.

DIP IT
Got a hankering for chips and dip? The crunchiness with a nice dip can be a great afternoon snack and if you choose wisely you can get antioxidants in the process. Head for an antioxidant-rich dip like a homemade guacamole or a hearty tomato salsa.

Check out: Deep River Snacks are donating a portion of their proceeds from their 40% Reduced Fat, Lightly Salted Kettle Chips

COOK IT!
Some vegetables release more nutrients into the body when they've undergone a bit of cooking. Roast up some garlic, cook some onion or steam some carrots. Vegetables like those are enhanced by light cooking. For instance, you get more of carrots' antioxidants like beta carotene and Vitamin A when you cook them. Steaming is a quick way to soften up vegetables like carrots, releasing all the good stuff.

Check out: Cooking Light's website has some great recipes for carrots.

ADD SOME HERBS!
Flavoring your food with fresh herbs like oregano, dill and rosemary is an easy way to up the antioxidants in your dinner. Believe it or not, some herbs rival vegetables. Just chop them up and toss them into sauce, mix them into pasta or combine with salad greens.

Check out: The food blog Kalyn's Kitchen has a great roundup of herb recipes from around the world.

GRAB THE CHOCOLATE!
Yes, you read right. Eat your chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, is rich in antioxidants. In fact, according to WebMD, dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant, but don't even think of ordering milk or white, which are not antioxidant-rich.

Check out: Munson's Chocolates is donating a portion of the proceeds from certain chocolates to the American Cancer Society through Oct. 31, 2008.

Stupid Cancer

Surviving cancer with a sense of humor: One mom's story

http://www.sheknows.com/articles/806114.htm

As hard as the fight must be to beat breast cancer, one mother has chosen to “be a survivor, not a victim,” for herself and her family -- all while keeping the sense of humor she is well known for. Read the story of Stephani J., a courageous mother, sister and wife who discovered that life does not stop once you are diagnosed with breast cancer.


> Putting it in perspective
> History repeating itself
> Family Focus
> Laughter is the best medicine
> Post-Surgery TLC
> Work support
> Family future

Monday, February 23, 2009

Benefit Pictures

The benefit was a wonderful success!

HUGE THANK YOU TO RON AND SHAWN FOR PUTTING ON THIS BENEFIT! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

Thank you to all friends, family, co-workers, strangers, and friends of friends to helped, donated and came to show your support. We truly appreciate you all so much!

If you need to contact Ron or Shawn regarding additional information:

Ron (217) 624-2943
Shawn (217) 415-6021
Email: ronncoorme@hotmail.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Results: Pending

We're anxiously waiting to find out the results on March 9th.
In the mean time we're trying to distract her with other things to keep the anxiety to a minimum. Any ideas?!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Celebrate!!!!



Congratulations Mom!!! You made it through your 6 weeks of chemotherapy treatment and just 2 more days of radiology left!

Today is a great day and Mom was so excited to be able to complete her final week of chemo after being in the hosital for previous low blood counts.

In a few weeks she'll be getting another CT scan and scope to determine if treatment has shrunk this mo-fo! :) Hahah!

Love you Momma!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Back Home

Mom got back from the hospital Thursday night. She's doing well and anxious to find out if she'll be ready to start her final round of chemo. While in the hospital she was well enough to receive her radiation. She feels better being home and is looking forward to Josh's special eggs he makes her in the morning! If anyone's able to come over and help clean Mom's house I know it really needs it. I wasn't able to get it done while I was home over the weekend but wanted to. For extra money Jaclyn & Jen clean at mom's work which means they never have time to keep mom's place clean. A big thank you also to our cousin's Courtney & Chelsea who helped Jaclyn clean mom's work while Jen & I stayed up until 5am working on her paper for school. I later caught a plane for Phoenix and still haven't caught up on any sleep yet. It's been a long week for all of us. Especially all of our wonderful friends and family who helped at the benefit. We're still in awe over the whole thing. We truly are soooo lucky to have such an amazing support system! We love you all so much! Thank you again and again!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hospital Update: Monday

Mom's doing much better! Her white blood count is on the rise, she's taking in the antibiotics, fever is under control and she's working on getting rehydrated. We'll keep you up to date! You're welcome to come by to visit - just let her know when so she can get her room cleaned up from the party we had up there ;) Hahha! Love you Mommma!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Letter from Shawn

Give Kerry my love, tell her that I am very moved how many people truly care for her. We might have brought this all together but it was the love for Kerry that motivated people to help, come to the benefit and give so much. :) She truly makes this world a better place to live.

Letter from Coleen Orme

Hi everyone,

Well I cant believe I am sending an email instead of going to bed but I cant help myself while the feeling is here. I want you all to know that it has been my very greatest pleasure getting to know all of you and work with you in this wonderful project for someone that we all love. Anyone can see how great of a person Kerry must be to have such wonderful childern and family and the great friends that she keeps. I have been truely blessed have met and worked with all of you. I want to thank each and everyone of you for letting me have the wonderful experience. Kerry is truely blessed to have you all!

Thank you all,
Coleen Orme