"...if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the
needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."-Romans 12
Cancer has been on the "rise" since I first notice it when I heard a former teacher of mine from high school past away from it when I was attending college at the them time.
Summer 1997 Job Internship Experience with the American Cancer Socity
I had the opportunity to explore this when I had an internship at the American Cancer Society's state headquarters in the summer of 1997 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. My job during this 10-week long summer internship of 1997 was to help market this Hmong Patient Video (see hmong health). I was supervised by Ruth D.-Patient Services Specialist at ACS, who is currently Prostate Cancer Program Coordinator with HealthEast Cancer Care in Maplewood, MN. During my internship, I was able to increase my knowledge of "cancer" from a variety of local professionals that included:
-Nancy Grandt, an Oncology Care Management Specialist at HealthEast St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul.
-Mao Thao, who I met at a Hmong Health Care Professional Coalition Monthly Meeting at the Lao Family Community Center
-Chue Xiong, RN of Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinic at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. Xiong was on the health professionals in the focus group for the Hmong Cancer Patient Video
-Colleen Southwell, Communications Director, who is in charge of public relations and marketing for the Cancer Research Center in the University of Minnesota (Main) Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. View newsletter
I've met many people who died of this disease and who are currently facing this.
"I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine [x2]
I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever, forever worship you"-elyrics.net
Wikipedia "The song was originally given to Amy Grant, who revised the lyrics and recorded it as "Imagine". Following the band's record contract, Grant decided to delay her own release of the song to allow MercyMe the chance to record and promote it as their own single first" What is Heaven going to be like?, take the test first to see if you are....
I had the privilege to see them live in concert at Alexandria on Friday, March 16th of 2007!
"...Antibiotics could increase the risk for breast cancer by, for example, affecting bacteria in the digestive system in ways that interfere with the way the body uses foods that protect against cancer, experts said. Another possibility is that antibiotics increase the risk by affecting the immune system."
"Some of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor are headaches (headaches that wake you up in the morning), seizures in a person who does not have a history of seizures, cognitive or personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, speech disturbances, or memory loss. While these are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, they can also indicate other medical problems. If you are having any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor who can give you a definitive diagnosis."
! Miracles ! - Ministry Update 6 - Healed of cancer
"Watch the amazing testimonies of a woman healed of breast cancer and a young woman healed of "permanent nerve damage"."
*see Michael Reid Ministries
Colitus-Curezone cofactors are lack of knowledge, poor thoughts, lack of consciousness, lifestyle, diet, exposure to Toxins, exposure to viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasitic animals, unpleasant life situations. Bad genes, viruses and bacteria are the last causative agent in the long raw of of real life hazards.
Below is an e-mail prayer request sent through my local church, which is just a sample I feel of many cancer patients. May we learn from this...
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 9:10 PM
ANONYMOUS just called from Rochester. He asked if we could have the church pray for him again. He just began to experience pain from the cancer about a week ago, and now he is in almost constant pain. He has an appointment to see a doctor on Wednesday to see if they can give him something for the pain. The doctors at Mayo aren't doing anything about the cancer, because they have said it is too far advanced. ANONYMOUS is still asking God to heal him, and is putting his trust in God for deliverance from this cancer. So please ask people to join ANONYMOUS in prayer for healing and for relief from the pain. ANONYMOUS said that he especially needs prayer to overcome discouragement. He is being attacked in his thoughts with what might have been, and the "if onlys".
Did you know that charred black burnt food can contribute to cancer?
Grilling causes cancer?
Related entries: Strange & Funny BBQ News, Healthy Grilling
According to this article by Dana Farber eating grilled food can increase your risk of cancer. Isn�t that just peachy? I mean what doesn�t cause cancer these days?
"Research has shown that high-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines, chemicals that have been linked to a number of cancers. Also, the smoke generated when fat and juices drip on the hot coals or rocks can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, another potential cancer causing chemical. As the smoke rises up past the food it can deposit PAHs on the surface of the meat."
"Does Grilling Pose a Cancer Risk?
Some studies suggest there may be a cancer risk related to eating food cooked by high-heat cooking techniques as grilling, frying, and broiling. Based on present research findings, eating moderate amounts of grilled meats like fish, meat, and poultry cooked � without charring � to a safe temperature does not pose a problem.
To prevent charring, remove visible fat that can cause a flare-up. Precook meat in the microwave immediately before placing it on the grill to release some of the juices that can drop on coals. Cook food in the center of the grill and move coals to the side to prevent fat and juices from dripping on them. Cut charred portions off the meat."
"though it has been known for some time that meats cooked at high temperatures produce cancer-causing compounds, researchers say that this study�s increased cancer risks could be due to the higher fat content in the meat women were eating vs how the meat was cooked. There was agreement, however, that the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables could account for why the women who ate more fruits and veggies had lower cancer risk.
"Benefit Sunday Brunch Fundraiser: Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Free Will Donations"
...on Sunday, January 9th 2005 @9a-1p at American Legion]. Procceeeds will be double match by Thrivent Lutheran Financial. Also, this fundraiser is sponsored by Stevens County. If you cannot make it, please contact:
Volunteers Still Needed to take 2/more hour shifts from 7am-3pm (set-up, serving, clean-up, etc...). If interested, please call Judy Richards (director at Ravenwood Home) at 320.589.2057 or just show-up!
-Marion Thielke (mom of Neil, associate pastor at Morris Community Church) has cancer, and surgery too late
-John Schmidtz (aKa former Cyrus Cafe owner) nutrition healing process
-Mike Saeger (E-Free Pastor) recovering from cancer treatment
-George Gardner, IVCF (campus ministry) rep overseeing UMM Morris' chapter, shoulder/arm infected and may be amputated
-Martin Family (Willie, founder of Willie's Super Value grocery store, past away last week-11/23/04)
"Lesmeister is a committed cancer survivor, with a full head of black hair fully restored after chemotherapy, and the countenance of a woman you would never suspect is still waging a personal campaign against non-Hodgkins lymphoma...
First and foremost, Lesmeister found peace and comfort in her faith, be it the prayers of others or her own contemplations.
�My family was wonderful and my church family was such a support, with their prayers and love,� she said. �My journey with cancer has drawn me closer to my Father in heaven, and it�s made me so thankful for my faith, realizing our life is not ours. It truly is in His hands.�.."
-3/30/04 Less than 10 month old baby went to UofM TC Hospital for surgery because of potential cancer. It was later diagnosed as a scar tissue. This happened after prayer...hmm?..you decide!
-3/9/04 Donnely women (Smith?) share's of husband's healing of cancer after visiting 3rd hospital when doctors said "there must have been a mistake-diagnosed", then the wife said "it's a miracle"!
Talk to local church leaders/member on their personal testimonies on direct/indirect healing. For more on healing!
"Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, rock and water.
The problem is when it enters your home, especially when it's sealed up tight like we like it in the winter, then it can be deadly over time. And that's why we're more at risk living here in the Midwest.
Radon enters a home as a gas, getting in through cracks in your foundation or seeping through the concrete of your basement.
When your home is closed up, the pressure inside acts like a vacuum, sucking the gas in from the ground and dispersing it throughout your home.
The age, the size, the construction of your home doesn't matter.
*performed at Gospel Explosin 99' at the UMM Campus Mall "I�d already had health problems for several years, but nothing quite like the diagnosis I was given May of 2005: T-Cell Fast Growth Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Cancer. A tumor the size of a softball had been discovered in my chest as it was shutting down my left lung and threatening to do the same to my heart. Transferred early one morning from one hospital to another, I was unexpectedly ushered into a season of my life unlike anything I could�ve imagined...
As for the physical realities of these last six months specifically, the details are elaborately told on my website. The gist of it all is that I write from a window of wellbeing, a window we hope will open up considerably and stay open for years to come. Round V has proved itself to be more difficult than we were expecting, and while we are still modifying dosages and the like, my doctor has committed to make life and treatment work together. Early in June I�m scheduled for a CT scan to confirm the cancer�s been dealt with, and an MRI and bone-density scan to determine the extent of bone damage due to some of the meds I�ve been on. One orthopedic doctor I�ve seen suggests a hip replacement is in my future. I�ve much to do to rehabilitate my body from the nasty effects of the chemo and the subsequent months in bed. But if things go as we hope, this summer should offer ample opportunity for strides to that end...
"By Meryl Hyman Harris
29 minutes ago
MONDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable.
That remarkable news comes with an equally stunning corollary -- the key to success doesn't rest with some undiscovered therapies or treatments. Much of cancer's toll can be reduced with simple precautions, such as lifestyle changes and routine screenings.
But somehow that message isn't getting through to enough people.
"We can't beg people to change their behavior, to make the lifestyle changes that we know will reduce cancer risk," said Carolyn "Bo" Aldige, president of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, in Alexandria, Va.
The biggest threat, of course, is smoking. "You'd have to live on another planet not to know smoking causes cancer," Aldige said.
Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in U.S. society. Tobacco causes nearly one in five deaths in the United States, killing about 438,000 Americans each year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Yet, about 45 million adults still smoke -- about 23 percent of men and 19 percent of women.
Need more proof that much of cancer's misery is self-inflicted?
Experts estimate that about one in three of the 564,830 deaths from all forms of cancer this year will be related to poor nutrition, inactivity, overweight and obesity.
Research has shown that "excess calories cause the mutations that start genes going down the pathways that cause cells to divide out of control, and that's what cancer is," Aldige said. "If everybody today magically had the appropriate body mass index, we'd start seeing a lot less colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer," she said.
But there's a highly effective second line of defense against each of these cancers and many others -- screenings. Doctors can test for these cancers, as well as testicular, cervical and other kinds of malignancies, and often catch them before they've gone too far. And taking the tests usually requires little time and causes only minimal discomfort.
Eventually, there will even be screenings for lung cancer, probably in the form of "spiral CT" scanning, using special equipment to obtain multiple cross-sectional images of the organs and tissues of the chest, Aldige said.
Then there's melanoma, the deadly skin cancer that's on the rise. An estimated 62,190 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and 7,910 people will die of it, according to the American Cancer Society.
But melanoma is highly curable if it's caught in its early stages. The best way to do that: Check your own skin about once a month and become familiar with the pattern of moles, freckles, and other marks so you'll spot any changes. And a skin exam should be part of a routine cancer checkup by a doctor or qualified health professional.
Many people know that too much sun causes skin cancer, and they use sun block to protect themselves. But not many know that you need some sun every day -- about 15 to 20 minutes' worth, especially younger people, for vitamin D. The trick is to go out before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. during warm weather months, Aldige said.
Vitamins play an important role in cancer prevention as well, she said, and eating properly and taking recommended supplements can help.
Yet, the overall problem isn't just one of people refusing to do what's good for them, said Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, program director of cancer occurrence at the American Cancer Society.
"It is access to care," he said. "Recently, the federal government has made access to breast and cervical cancer screenings available to women. But a large percentage of the population is uninsured, and it is a question of access and care," he said.
"We cannot completely prevent cancer," Jemal added, "but we can substantially improve by doing the right thing."
Dr. Cutler "Once-Censored Cancer Cures" The Body of Lies About Cancer Treatments
in America, from easyhealthoptions.com "Treating cancer is BIG business in America—$200 billion a year. But did you know that up to 98 percent of conventional cancer treatments FAIL miserably—and can actually make you sicker?...
Even worse, the powers that be are suppressing natural cancer cures that are helping tens of thousands of people get well and live cancer free—with little or no dependence on drugs, surgery and chemotherapy... and for pennies on the dollar.
Enough is enough! You deserve to know the truth. Please read on......
Warning: Too Much Chemo or
Radiation Can Kill You!
Did you know that chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant to treatment? Worse, too much toxic burden from these treatments can destroy your immunity, so you could die from infections or complications.
For alternatives to chemo and radiation, see page 36 of A Doctor's Treasury of Once-Censored Cancer Cures. ..
Healing, book on this topic from impactchristianbooks
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection....
Breast Cancer Awareness Month , from youtube.com "October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Early Show crew talks to Iris Danker from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Bill Plante reports...
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
"Elective abortion and increased risk of contracting breast cancer. Flurry of flawed medical research trying to deny the link in recent years. Why is there medical research misconduct, such as Harvard study. Dr. Joel Brind, PhD. Professor of Biology and Endocrinology at Baruch College and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
Show 179, 5/17/07"
"Avoiding cancer risk factors such as smoking, being overweight, and lack of exercise may help prevent certain cancers. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional about how you might lower your risk of cancer."
"..Ann Kulze, M.D. is the author of Dr. Ann's 10-Step Diet (Top Ten Wellness and Fitness, October 2004), a primary care physician, spokesperson for Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant and mother of four. Dr. Ann designed these ten steps to show you how YOU can prevent breast cancer in your life...
Rebuilding your life with chronic illness begins by seeking God. Learn other ways you can help manage chronic pain or illness. "According to Judy Gann—a breast cancer survivor who suffers from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders—you can. She took her experiences of living with chronic illness and her desire to comfort others and wrote The God of all Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer.
"God has transformed a shy, quiet woman into one who shares His comfort and hope with chronic illness support groups throughout the United States," she says....
Given just a 2 percent chance to live in 1989 after a recurrence of breast cancer, Georgia lost her job because she was too weak to work, and her husband walked out on her. After piecing her shattered life back together, she wrote A Gift of Mourning Glories—Restoring Your Life After Loss, to serve as a guidebook to help others rebuild their lives.
Here are a few of her suggestions:
* Seek God through prayer, His Word and the counsel of others. ...
Provides details of services and conditions treated, with FAQ and testimonials. Scottsdale, Arizona." Envita Medical Center "
The leading natural treatment clinic in the US and abroad, Envita uses cutting-edge research and innovative advanced treatments to more effectively fight ...
Sue Ann Breast Cancer
Healed of Breast Cancer - CBN.com
"Susie Tait never had a doubt that she'd go from terminal to totally healed. She gave up on driving the wheel of her life and watched God move. See how God healed her from breast cancer.
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"This is dedicated to all the kids that are currently kickin' cancers butt on our Bi-Weekly Prayer List! It's such an honor to be able to lift you all up to the Lord in Prayer! SONG FROM CD "MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST" Shine On Us By Phillips, Craig & Dean Graphic From: www.graphicgarden.com PLEASE VISIT OUR LENS ON SQUIDOO: < href="http://www.squidoo.com/childhoodcance">http://www.squidoo.com/childhoodcance... Let's All Help To Raise Awareness & Fight Childhood Cancer!"
"Kenny was blessed to have had a chance to turn from sin to Jesus before he died. You may not have a death bed opportunity to turn to God on. Life is a vapor. Turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The Bible tells us that He died for our sins and rose from the dead. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -John 3:16
"What You Body Needs
On the average, our bodies need at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. This enables them to resist disease, maintain strength and endurance, increase vitality, improve our mood, and slow down the aging process.
You can live about five to seven days without water, about five to seven weeks without food, but only about five minutes without oxygen. Therefore, oxygenate your body throughout the day by taking one-minute deep breathing breaks. In this exercise you breathe in deeply through your nose, then blow the air out through your mouth.
Many Americans are in the process of developing cancer due to stressful lifestyles, lack of exercise, and an excessive intake of sugar, processed foods, hydrogenated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Therefore, in my opinion, healthy dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle habits will help fight against a majority of cancers"-from Dr. Colbert
-Books: Bible Cure for Cancer
"Paying for Cancer Treatment
It's no secret that cancer drugs can be expensive, and dealing with different doctors and hospitals at various stages of your treatment can be confusing. These resources can help:..
"This week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit Washington-based watchdog group on nutrition and food safety, once again pushed the Food and Drug Administration to look at the chemicals – or “caramel coloring” – that turn cola brown.
The CSPI’s petition asks the FDA to ban caramel colorings that are produced by an ammonia or ammonia-sulfite process and contain 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MI). The petition, originally filed on February 16, 2011, claims both 2-MI and 4-MI are “carcinogenic in animal studies.”
The animal studies linking 4-MI to cancer in lab mice and rats prompted the state of California to officially list 4-MI as a carcinogen on January 7, 2011, under California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. There have been no studies thus far on the chemicals’ risk to humans.
The most recent call to arms from the CSPI comes after the watchdog group found a sampling of colas, including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Pepsi and Diet Pepsi, surpassed the allotted 29 milligrams of 4-MI per day under Proposition 65.
CSPI also urged the FDA to change the “caramel coloring” label to “chemically modified caramel coloring” or “ammonia-sulfite process caramel coloring” to avoid any confusion with consumers over the coloring’s makeup.
“When most people see ‘caramel coloring’ on food labels, they likely interpret that quite literally and assume the ingredient is similar to what you might get by gently melting sugar in a saucepan,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson in a public statement.
The statement continued, “The reality is quite different. Colorings made with the ammonia or ammonia-sulfite process contain carcinogens and don’t belong in the food supply. In any event, they shouldn’t be obscured by such an innocuous-sounding name as ‘caramel coloring.’"
But reviews of the data by the FDA and American Beverage Association found the causation between caramel coloring and the risk of cancer to be insufficient.
"This is nothing more than CSPI scare tactics, and their claims are outrageous. The science simply does not show that 4-MEI in foods or beverages is a threat to human health," responded the American Beverage Association in a news release.
The beverage association also noted that, "In fact, findings of regulatory agencies worldwide, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada, consider caramel coloring safe for use in foods and beverages. CSPI fraudulently claims to be operating in the interest of the public's health when it is clear its only motivation is to scare the American people."
The FDA lists caramel coloring as "generally recognized as safe" or “GRAS.” Regardless, members of the beverage association – including Coca-Cola – will modify the coloring so they can continue to sell their products in California without a cancer warning label.
“Our member companies will still use caramel coloring in certain products, as always. The companies that make caramel coloring for our members' soft drinks are producing it to meet California's new standard,” the beverage association said in a separate statement.
“Consumers will notice no difference in our products and have no reason at all for any health concerns.”
In 2011 when the CSPI first filed the petition, former director of the Vanderbilt University Center in Molecular Toxicology and well-known toxicologist F. Peter Guengerich spoke to ABC News.
“If you look at the study in terms of what the mice got, in terms of causing any effect, a human being would have to drink more than 1,000 sodas a day,” he said.
Today, his opinion remains the same.
Guengerich said in a statement this week, “The amounts of 4-MI consumed in beverages (and food) is extremely low compared to the high, long-term levels given the mice and rats, and extrapolation of either any harmful or beneficial results from these rodent models to humans at this time is not scientifically valid.”..
"(CNN) -- HLN's Nancy Grace announced on her program Monday night that she had surgery to remove a solid mass that doctors had feared could be cancer.
The operation last Tuesday, which Grace said took "hours and hours,'' revealed that the mass was not malignant, she said.
Speaking by phone to substitute host Jean Casarez of In Session, Grace said she is recovering at home with her husband, David, and their 3-year-old twins, John David and Lucy Elizabeth.
A nurse administering an ultrasound test to Grace during a routine gynecologist visit discovered the growth, Grace said.
Grace had felt no symptoms and scheduled the appointment based on "a hunch,'' she said.
During the ultrasound, the nurse called in the doctor who looked at the results and said he wanted to speak to Grace in his office.
"He was very calm and very honest and he told me they had discovered a mass,'' Grace said.
When the doctor said it could be cancer, Grace described it as "that moment you see in movies and you hear about that always happens to somebody else but not to you."
Surgery was scheduled for a few days later at Northside Hospital in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.
"It seemed like the world just stopped because you know when you wait a long time for happiness...it always just feels like it could be taken away,'' she said, referring to her marriage and the birth of her children.
"I think what bothered me most was thinking about watching the twins on the other side of life and seeing them grow up without a mother,'' Grace said.
"And I think about it so many times on our show because we have stories of children who endured so much and don't have anybody to love them."
Saying she was "the lucky one,'' Grace urged women to make appointments for routine exams even if they feel fine.
The former Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutor and Court TV host joined the HLN prime-time lineup in February 2005.
Grace said she hopes to return to work next Monday." Nancy Announces She Had Secret Surgery, Added On November 29, 2010 cnn.com/video "
Nancy Grace revealed doctors recently found a mass in her they feared might be cancer, but tests confirmed it was not."
Michael Sweet on TBN
"Sept 20th, Michael Sweet and wife made an apperance on TBNs , Praise the Lord program. Michael sang 3 songs off of his new upcoming cd called Touched. His wife gave a wonderful testimony on how God healed her of ovarian cancer. These are the 3 performances. the whole show can be seen under the archives at tbn.org"
"Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Many people feel devastated and cannot even offer up a prayer when they are informed that they have it. Friends, good news however is that, the patients have hope. Faith in God gives every patient hope.
Who said that it cannot bow to prayers? God declares emphatically in His Word, "�I am the LORD, who heals you" Exodus 15:26. In Exodus 23:25 the Lord continues to declare that He will not only give us food and water but He will also take away sickness from us. Any sickness in Gods eyes is the same. other. Our Great and Mighty God is still the LORD our healer.
We believe the work the medical doctors are doing is good. We encourage you to follow all the instructions they give you BUT remember that a Great Physician is up above and can meet you down here at your very point of need. "
We pray for all those undertaking chemotherapy "chemo.� the use of medicines or drugs to treat disease, that the Lord will work
out His perfect will in your situation and bring about healing. We ask that The Great Physician will heal all those that have
undergone surgery and radiation therapy and that the fire of God will destroy all the cancer cells. We speak peace to all the
patients and ask the healing virtue of Our Lord God will flow through every vein, tissue, cell, ligament and that healing will manifest.
We believe that Gods desire is manifest in your life. His desire is written in 3 John 2 �Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good
health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along�. We speak peace to all the families having cancer
patients. We speak uncommon provisions to cater for all the expenses needed to take care of the patients. We destroy every
generational curses and declare that they will not continue but the blessings of God will overshadow each and every one of you.
We are in agreement with Gods word in Jeremiah 30:17 � But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the LORD.�
So be it, in Jesus Name. Amen."
"BOSTON, MASS. (ANS) -- Carolyn Rubenstein, author of “Perseverance: True Voices of Cancer Survivors,” shares the stories of 20 college and graduate students who discovered strength and hope when they found themselves facing their worst fears.
Faith, in some form or other, is a theme in virtually every story in “Perseverance.” Much like 2 Peter 1:6, which places perseverance next to godliness, the book offers a plan for a life well-lived.
Rubenstein, who is working on a Ph.D. at Harvard, writes that “all I really need to know, I’ve learned from childhood cancer survivors. And, no matter what you’re going through in your life, the wisdom of these remarkable people can help you cope, survive, and even improve your quality of life as well.”
“Perseverance,” released on Tuesday, August 18, is an outgrowth of Rubenstein’s work with a nonprofit she founded for kids with cancer when she was 14 called Carolyn's Compassionate Children. Although it began as a pen-pal program to link children with cancer with their healthy peers, it has evolved into a source of financial giving for college-bound cancer survivors, having awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships.
Now, at 24, Rubenstein, having been impacted by these individuals, has compiled a book of powerful testimonies with messages that will have an impact on all of us, no matter what trial we are facing.
The young people tell their own stories, with introductions and conclusions from Rubenstein. She notes that they represent a new generation. Fifty years ago, childhood cancer was almost always a death sentence; today, four out of five children reach the important five-year survival milestone.
One chapter chronicles the journey of Monique Valdez and begins by quoting Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Valdez thought she had a plan for her life, but it turned out that God had a different plan that included being diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 19. Today, she plans to go into clinical psychology and help young cancer patients. “By reaching out to those who have suffered, I can reassure them that this difficult time is not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter; a chapter full of hope, love, and faith,” she says.
All of the people profiled in “Perseverance” show a remarkable maturity and determination. And, because of what they have been through and the support they have received, they want to help others by going into the medical field, raising money for other cancer patients or some other kind of service. In one of the most poignant moments in the book, a nurse encourages Emily Corwin, wearing a pair of jeans that conceal scars from cancer surgery, “to show that leg off.”
The book cover
“She wanted me to be proud of my scars,” Corwin says. “People ask about them sometimes, but it just gives me a chance to share my experience and encourage others. I’m proud of those scars now!” Corwin and the other survivors in this book rebuild their lives with the lessons they have learned from cancer. “I am stronger today than ever before,” she says. “I am more confident in myself. I strongly believe that after cancer, I can do anything.”
Rubenstein shows that the life lessons taken from these stories can teach us all how to make the most of our lives in any situation. “Perseverance” released on Tuesday, August 18, from Forge Books and will be available in bookstores nationwide. For more information about Rubenstein, visit www.CarolynRubenstein.com.
Note to Editors: To get a copy of “Perseverance” or arrange an interview with Carolyn Rubenstein, please contact Steve Yount or Julie Shutley of A. Larry Ross Communications at 972.267.1111, Steve@alarryross.com or JShutley@alarryross.com. "
The Pink Ribbon website supports the community by facilitating forums and ... Pink Ribbon is dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness and funding for ... Buy a Pink Ribbon Lately? Where Your $$ Really Goes
Posted by Jeanne Sager
on October 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM thestir.cafemom.com ".."There is not an advance -- hardly -- in the science of breast cancer that hasn't been funded by a Susan G. Komen grant over the last 30 years," she continues. "We have a portfolio of well over 600 or 700 million dollars in cutting edge science that we're funding at any one time. It rotates, it rolls over."
Another $8 to $9 million has been given to community outreach programs -- including covering the cost of screenings and education for women. One year of the cause-related marketing campaign can fund those programs six times over...
The exact cause or causes of breast cancer remain unknown. Yet scientists have identified a number of risk factors that increase a person's chance of getting this disease. Certain risk factors, such as age, are beyond our control; whereas others, like drinking habits, can be modified. ...
What Causes Breast Cancer?
About 5% to 10% of all breast cancers are hereditary. Scientists have identified certain genetic mutations (permanent changes in genetic material) that place people at increased risk of breast cancer....
Breast cancer risk is increased in women with the longest known exposures to sex hormones, particularly estrogen (female sex hormone). Therefore, breast cancer risk is increased in women who have a history of
* early first menstrual period (before age 12),
* late menopause (end of menstruation),
* no pregnancies,
* late pregnancy (after age 30), or use of
* birth control pills (the 'Pill;' oral contraceptives - 'OCs')....
Other Potential Risk Factors
A number of variables are potential, but unproven, risk factors for breast cancer. They include:
Some studies have reported an increased risk of breast cancer among women who have had induced abortions.
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"In 1996, Mary Ann was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. Soon, she began calling the Counseling Center to ask for prayers. Even though a Christian, Mary Ann was angry and questioned God and stopped going to church. A separated single mother, Mary Ann thought her illness was a curse for all her sins in the past. But in spite of how angry she felt towards God, Mary Ann continued to call the Center for prayer and encouragement.
Over the years, the cancer transferred from her left breast to the right, and she eventually had to undergo mastectomy. Wanting to survive, Mary Ann underwent all possible treatments for cancer - chemotherapy, radiation, lumpectomy, immuno therapy, and various surgeries, along with different kinds of medications.
In July 2003, doctors found lumps in her lungs the size of 25-centavo coins. Within 30 days, the growth multiplied from 3 to 15 lumps, and doctors diagnosed her case as stage 4 lung cancer. This time, instead of feeling more angry, Mary Ann saw it as a wake-up call from God. She knew God was calling her and her children back to Him. Mary Ann and her two kids recommitted their lives to Christ and began attending church once again. It was then that her relationship with her kids and family began to flourish.
Still, Mary Ann's battle with cancer continued, and she developed complications - type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart enlargement and arthritis. By this time, her family hardly had any money left to sustain her treatment and medication.
Then, last August 9, during a routine chest x-ray, doctors were surprised to find her lungs clear of any growth. Perplexed, doctors suggested that Mary Ann undergo the test again, and for the second time it showed that the lumps in her lungs had disappeared. Somewhat still unconvinced, Mary Ann was asked to have her chest x-rayed for the third time, and by God's miracle it was indeed clear. She underwent a couple of other tests, and doctors diagnosed her totally healed of cancer.
Mary Ann gives all the glory to God for her miraculous healing. She is also deeply thankful to counselors of The 700 Club Counseling Center for tirelessly praying for her through her nine years of battle with cancer. And in time, God answered their prayers. Today, Mary Ann is a committed member of their church choir, while her kids are with the dance and music ministry."