Posted in Cancer, positive attitude, positive psychology, positive thinking, restricted living, terminal illness

You can’t live life sitting in a chair

Life can be pretty harsh sometimes. People you know  and love can become so sick they end up sitting in a chair. My mother became like that when she had lymphoma and it’s when she said , “You can’t live life sitting in a chair.” She became very profound during her illness and the legacy she has left are messages which just hit the spot. My beautiful  neighbour of 25 years recently was in a similar position. Her life became the recliner in the lounge room because she had pancreatic cancer. Neither of them lived long past the diagnosis but both of them lived until their last day with a quality of life which was quite good given the circumstances. When my Mum said that it was a message to a family member not to sit all day and let life pass them by. For me it got me thinking. I got to work on changing my lounge room a bit and got Mum’s chair facing the big window and near me on what was my new fancy desktop. Computers had just come into our homes in Australia. She could look out over the hills and see all the birds in the garden. My lounge room window is great for weather and nature watching and my dog would come up on the decking and look in to see her. Once a day he was allowed in and he would sit next to her chair and she just loved to stroke him and talk to him. We ate in the lounge with her and she would watch what I was doing on the computer and could see some amazing things. In the lounge she also had the TV and the radio and could comfortably dose off when she felt like it. Medical carers coming to visit were amazed how animated she was given her level of illness. My neighbour’s chair was also in the lounge room where she could see out her front window and watch our street where there is always something happening and she has birds in her front garden. I made a point of taking my dog for a walk past her place every day because she loved my dog. I’d sometimes get a phone call to go over and visit because she had seen us out on our walk. It meant she was stimulated into making some contact when she felt she was up to it. She had her e-reader and her tablet so she could keep up with her beloved books and email family and friends to keep in contact. She had a lovely, colourful crotchet rug so she could dose off happily when she needed to. In those two cases it made no difference to the length of life but it did make a difference to how they lived those last days. For two other people the chair life got them through some life threatening illnesses and back into normal life. In the first case the hospital had the sense to wheel the person to the window or just outside the room door so they could see people and life going on and participate in any way they could. For the second it was here again and the view of the hills, technology, a pet and other people made sure they could feel like they had a life and the limitations were temporary. My Mum taught me you have to give people a fighting chance and something to be interested in. They might be impossibly sick but they still have a life and a spirit which need nurturing. 
Posted in Cancer, Cancer Council Australia, exercise, fitness, positive psychology, wellbeing

Cancer patients need to exercise

“Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery and long term health, in some cases reducing their chances of having to go through the gruelling ordeal of treatment all over again.

This article is extraordinary because i guess most of us who have known cancer patients have considered them to be fragile and in need of rest. The article spells out quite clearly how beneficial exercise can be to people who are undergoing treatment for cancer. it may be that the exercise helps the system process the treatments better. It may also be that the patients feel like they are doing something positive for themselves and the exercise reminds them they have a body they can look after. Exercise probably develops a more positive outlook. I guess some more studies need to be done until we have all the answers. It is a remarkable breakthrough and something which looks to be really helpful.
Posted in Cancer, cancer research, cancer treatment, Health, wellbeing

Rogue Cancer Gene Discover

They have found that by blocking this gene, a naturally occurring protein in the body that prevents the spread of cancer cells is boosted and the cancer cells remain dormant.

The British researchers have discovered there is a gene which helps to spread cancer. By isolating it we now have yet another method of creating less invasive therapies for the treatment of cancer. The more we discover the faster we shall rid ourselves of this scourge.  At this stage the researchers are looking at something which will actually destroy that gene so it cannot spread cancer. Here’s hoping.

Posted in Cancer, positive thinking, surviving cancer

Janis Ollson

“I have no problem getting around. If I need to, I’ll crawl (up stairs) or scooch like a kid,” she said. “I don’t want people to think ‘we can’t invite the Ollsons because they can’t get in here with a wheelchair.’ I want to live life to its fullest,” she said.
What an inspiration Janis Ollson is. She has had her body cut in half to remove a tumour they originally didn’t notice because she was pregnant. The surgery is ground breaking but this lady has such a  great attitude and we could all learn form her. I have a family member who had radical surgery for a type of bowel cancer. She approached it with her cold , hard headed manner and got all the facts and information and then decided drastic surgery was her best bet. That was 10 years ago. Like Janis she has lived and lived well because she refused to give into her “fate”.  Positive , optimistic, realistic people encourage doctors and researchers to get even better at what they are doing. Janis is already working out how to manage her new life and new condition and is just doing it in a very optimistic, well balanced, practical manner. It is people like that that show us all we can make a good life for ourselves no matter what. Our body is just the housing for our spirit!
Posted in Cancer, Health, Healthy diet, Vitamin, Vitamin C

Vit C and Chemotherapy

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Cancer treatments have come a long way and a lot more people are surviving comfortably for longer and many are going into remission. There are still those who cannot be helped and the body is a tricky thing. The understanding of the interaction of drugs has had a lot to do with improved outcomes for people with cancer. This article which alludes to the research done on Vit C tends to suggest that it might be detrimental if you are having anti cancer drugs because it helps cancer cells survive better. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat food high in Vitamnin C and it would be well worth while looking out for more research  this.
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Posted in Antioxidant, Cancer, Conditions and Diseases, Health, Lung, Lung cancer, Red Wine, Wine

Red Wine

Small cell lung carcinoma (microscopic view of...Image via Wikipedia

Red wine purportedly helps heart condition and the anti oxidants in it have judged to be good provided it is consumed in moderation, but now there is research to provide some information about how it can be helpful in preventing lung cancer , particularly in men. It doesn’t appear to affect it by much, but these small discoveries often lead to things which will have a bigger and more important impact. Gradually a whole body of research is being acquired as to the impact of our diet on cancer and cancer prevention. We are becoming more specific and that will lead to a better understanding of how to manage and treat this disease.
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Posted in breast cancer, Cancer, Health, Paul Sylvester, research, University of Louisiana

Breast Cancer Prevention Pill

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Beta Pharmaceuticals is funding the research into an anti cancer pill which will help protect cells of women with a family history of breast cancer. The magical ingredient is tocotrienols which are a form of Vitamin E. The research is in the early stages but it is a start and yet another approach to help protect women from this disgusting disease. Dr. Sylvester from the university of Louisiana has spent 20 years on this so it would be great to find out that his dedicated research has paid off.

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