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

Martin Luther King, Jr.



Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Week Later

Wooo Hooo! Give it up for Momma!
She gets her 15 staples out today! Mom is healing very well and feeling good!
Keep up the good work Gov'na!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mom's Home

Mom got back from the hospital last night! She's happy to be home and looks forward to recuperating there. We're so relived that her surgery was a success. Thank you for all of your prayers, love and support!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cancer Causing Foods

Top Foods and Ingredients to Avoid

Studies indicate that specific foods and ingredients are harmful to your health potentially contributing to cancer risk, cancer development, and cancer growth. Frequent and ongoing consumption of cancer causing foods and ingredients appears to impact quality of life and cancer survival. Educate yourself and avoid cancer causing foods and ingredients as much as possible. Pay attention to what you eat. Monitor your eating patterns to identify how frequently you eat cancer causing foods. Read your labels to learn about ingredients. You may not realize how frequently some harmful ingredients are used in foods. Give your kitchen and health a makeover. Be bold and eliminate cancer causing foods and ingredients.

Although dietary and nutritional changes can feel challenging, the improvements are well worth the effort. We predict that after some clearing out of the old, and building of the new, you will feel invigorated by a healthier diet. If you feel overwhelmed, know the severity of the challenge in eating healthier foods is consistent with the reward. Once you start feeling the benefits of new food habits, we predict that you will never look back.

Our information about top foods and ingredients to avoid contains power to support your health and healing. We hope you feel empowered by learning about the health effects from cancer causing foods and ingredients. Avoid overwhelm. Dietary changes are best transitioned in a spectrum. While some people can make dietary changes overnight, most people engage a gradual process of food and ingredient elimination over a period of time. Make changes step by step.

•Fats and Cancer
•Animal Protein and Cancer
•Sugar and Cancer
•Other Ingredients
•Genetically Modified Foods

You can fight cancer through what you subtract from your kitchen. You can also fight cancer through what you add to your mouth. Go shopping and buy items from Top Foods to Eat.
Please keep in mind that nutrition and cancer is one of the most important areas of focus in an integrative cancer care plan.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fight Free Radicals

Now let's celebrate and here is Dr. Jess telling you it's time to heal and be healthy Momma!
Checkout these Top 10 Foods that Fight Free Radicals! We should all be eating lots of these!

The Top Ten Foods that Fight Free Radicals

1) Blueberries - Especially the wild species, blueberries contain antioxidants which have been found to reduce the risks of some cancers. One study suggests certain compounds present in blueberries have a major effect in reducing the degradation of brain function, as in Alzheimer's disease and other conditions. Other studies have shown that blueberries may help diminish stroke damage, prevent urinary tract infections, and lower cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood, which help alleviate and even reverse signs and symptoms of heart disease. In addition, blueberries are high in manganese as well as vitamin K, and have a very low glycemic load, making it an ideal food for diabetics.

2) Kale - The health benefits of kale are attributed to sulfur-containing phytonutrients. According to research, these substances appear to be able to reduce the occurrence of numerous types of cancers. It is unclear how it works though, but researchers have concluded that such compounds in kale may trigger enzymes in the body that help to offset cancer promoting substances. Kale is also an excellent source of fiber, which is an important consideration for the millions of people who suffer from high cholesterol levels and in helping rid the colon of impurities. Additionally, kale is a good source of calcium, is extremely sparse on calories, has no saturated fat, and does not cause widespread allergic reactions like many dairy products do.

3) Strawberries - Ounce for ounce, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing a better source of the vitamin than oranges. They provide a healthy dose of folate, potassium, riboflavin and iron. The seeds in strawberries act as a source of insoluble fiber, which can help prevent constipation. Strawberries are also a great source of pectin and other soluble fibers that have been proven to lower cholesterol. They contain bioflavinoids, including red anthocyanin and ellagic acid, which may help prevent some cancers.

4) Spinach - Researchers have identified at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and as anti-cancer agents. The anti-cancer properties of these flavonoids have been shown to slow down cell division in stomach cancer cells and reduce skin cancers. The spinach carotenoid is known to combat prostate cancer.

5) Brussels sprouts - They contain good amounts of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fiber. Brussels sprouts are also believed to protect against colon cancer due to their sinigrin content.

6) Plums - They contain several antioxidants and are known for their laxative effect. This effect has been attributed to various compounds present in the fruits, such as dietary fiber, sorbitol, and isatin. Prunes and prune juice, which come from plums, are often used to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system.

7) Broccoli - It is usually boiled or steamed, but may also be eaten raw. Broccoli is high in vitamin C and soluble fiber, and contains the compound glucoraphanin, leading to an anti-cancer compound called sulforaphane.

8) Beets - The various table beets contain significant amounts of vitamin C in the roots, and the tops are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also high in folate, as well as both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and several antioxidants.

9) Oranges - They have long been known to be a rich source of healthy vitamin C, but now some California chemists have discovered that the fruits have some other nutritious chemicals, too. Oranges are rich in compound called citrus limonoids, which have been proven to help battle a number of varieties of cancer, including that of the skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon.

10) Red grapes - Because of the low incidence of heart disease in France which is attributed to greater consumption of red wine, it is believed that something in the grape helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body and thus slows down the build up of deposits in the arteries. Compounds such as resveratrol (a polyphenol antioxidant) have been discovered in grapes and these have been positively linked to fighting cancer, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease and other ailments.

GOOD NEWS!

12:30 -- We met with Dr. Shaffer and he said the surgery went great - Kerry made it through with no problems. The ovarian tumors were spread of the gastric cancer, but were contained and there was no evidence of spread to any surrounding areas. He said she was even pretty free of adhesions -- good news too -- no more adhesion problems!! She will be in recovery for another couple of hours (but knowing Kerry, it will be more like 4 hours) :) We will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Surgery Tomorrow

Mom's surgery is tomorrow. We're trying to pretend that she's just going in for a hysterectomy but it's impossible to ignore the real reason why. It's one of those uneasy situations entering the unknown. No one really knows what to expect, until they open her up. Yes, we're scared, nervous and anxious, but this "Tough Chic" is living post Stage 4 gastric cancer without a stomach! She might be cute and tiny but she's more determined and focused than any of us can begin to imagine. All of your love and support has seriously been so amazing and uplifting. Thank you!
We'll keep you posted on tomorrow's surgery. I wanted to post this picture of Mom and think about the next cake we'll be baking...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

THiNK ALiKE



So... if you're wondering why the last 2 posts are very similar it's not a rare occurance that we often think alike. I had to leave it up because it's so funny and cute. Jen posted something on her Facebook page which I copied to put on the blog, not knowing that she already posted it on the blog! When I call Mom it's usually when she's thinking of me or talking about me. When the 4 of us girls are all together we'll say the same words, in the same manner, at the same time. It's so funny that it's freaky! Anyways, I hope you enjoy the humor as much as we do!

Peace, Love & Prayers Always,
Jess, Jen, Jacie, Joshy

Hold Please



Mom got a call this morning from the doctors office explaining that her surgeon had his own medical emergency. All of his surgeries are canceled for the next two days and pushed to next week. Mom's surgery is rescheduled at this time for next Wednesday morning. This is not news you want to wake up to, but we are making the best out of it. No worries :) Love Jen

Surgery Canceled



Mom got a call this morning from the doctors office explaining that her surgeon had his own medical emergency. All of his surgeries are canceled for the next two days and pushed to next week. Mom's surgery is rescheduled at this time for next Wednesday morning. This is not news you want to wake up to, but we are making the best out of it. We will keep her busy... dress shopping and wedding planning with Jen, house hunting with Josh and Katie, and Jacie always has things to do! No worries :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Pre-Surgery



I don't know, all I can say is that we're just holding our breath with our eyes wide open.
It's always the unknown going into surgery especially knowing that it's back. In some way, shape, form, whatever, however you want to put it, you're never ready for it. There's only 1 thing that comes to mind... Mom is ONE TOUGH CHIC!
She's the ENERGIZER BUNNY! She's also B-POSITIVE in so many ways than just her blood type.
MOM... YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Good Heart


Mom just got back from the "Heart Doctor" to make sure she's in excellent condition for her surgery next week.

All systems Go! Her heart is approved for take off!

Lv Jess & Jen