Monday, January 30, 2012

Get Physically Fit and Kick Cancer to the Curb

Hearing your doctor tell you that you have a rare form of deadly cancer such as mesothelioma and that you will now be required to undergo mesothelioma treatment is a difficult pill to swallow. Finding out you have cancer is not something you ever dreamed would happen to you; it happens to other people but you never once thought you would be the recipient of this news. Unfortunately, it happens all too often. The good news is that many cancer survivors will attest to the fact that their cancer diagnosis, as horrible as it was, was a life changing day for them. Becoming a cancer patient forced them to make lifestyle changes that forever positively changedtheir lives during the course of their diagnosis, their treatment and now their recovery. If you have been considering making a lifestyle change but have yet to make the change, there is no time like the present to do so.

The National Cancer Institute offers information for cancer patients about the benefits of physical fitness and cancer; exercising and becoming physically fit while undergoing cancer treatments is a life changing action that won’t cure you of cancer, but it will make you healthier. The main reason why doctors recommend physical fitness for everyonenot just cancerpatients – is because it is good for your body, mind and soul. Your body will never look better than it will once you start exercising regularly. In addition, your body will never feel better than when you start exercising; and neither will your mind and soul. Exercise promotes positive hormones in your body. Stress promotes negative hormones. The stress of cancer and the treatment required to fight your cancer produces so much negative hormones that it wreaks havoc on your immune system, which needs to be strong to help deal with cancer treatments and the disease itself.

Exercising produces hormones that fight the bad hormones caused by stress and improves your immune system. Since your immune system is what fights infections and illness, this is imperative to fighting cancer. Your mind will feel better after exercising because of the positive hormones, which increase your mood and your quality of life. Quality of life is important to cancer patients because the treatments often make a quality life difficult to live. In short, exercising not only makes you look better but it will make you feel better both inside and out.

Your doctor will be pleased to know you are adapting a healthier lifestyle with cancer. He will help you determine what activities are good for you while undergoing cancer treatments, such as walking, biking and swimming. Remember, treatment takes a lot out of you and you may not feel able to exercise every day, but as often as you can is just as good.

~~David Haas

David is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He researches and writes about cancer support groups and also the importance of fitness on the overall health of a cancer patient.

David can be reached at:

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The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

small request

Cancer is a strange cell.   You can go along for years in remission and

Then one day it pops its head up again.   If you ever have it you will never

be free of it.   Pray for the day there will be a permanent cure.







93% won't share, but I'm Sure You Will.........


A small request.....Just one line



Dear God, I pray that You will guide someone to find a cure for cancer.






I received this request via email from my mother today.  Normally I do not forward or share chain emails.  I had to share this one because I personally know 3 beautiful women who’ve been affected by breast cancer and my Pops has blood cancer.  I also know others personally who have had and/or are still battling this disease.


All I’m asking is that if you have time to read this, then you have time to say a prayer for all affected by cancer and forward to other prayer warriors.


All you are asked to do is keep this circulating...

Even if it's only to one more person.

In memory of anyone you know who has been struck down by cancer or is

still living with it.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tastefully Simple - Tasting Party for Cynthia

Hey there -

Please come join us for a Tastefully Simple Tasting Party to wrap up
Cynthia Burt's fundraiser. We will be tasting lots of new items from the
Spring-Summer collection! 25% of all sales will go to Cynthia to help
her with medical expenses and all hostess
credit goes to Cynthia to stock up her pantry. The more the
merrier...bring a friend!

When: Saturday, March 13th
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mary Jo's - 104 Glendevon Way
Highlands Subdivision on Hardscrabble Rd., just past Ridgeview H.S.
Take 1st left in to Highlands after the high school.
Take next left on to Glendevon Circle.
Another quick left on to Glendevon Way.
Left side of cul-de-sac, tan house with green roof/shutters.

Some of the tasty selections we will sample:

Absolutely Almond Pound Cake
Artichoke & Spinach Warm Dip
Bacon Ranch Dip
Bountiful Beer Bread
Cake Batter Chiller Drink
Fiesta Party Dip
Onion Onion Dip
Sweet Strawberry Cheese Ball
Toasted Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Ball

...come join us and see what other tasty treats we have to sample.

Thank you

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Well today is the best day yet!!!!!  I must apologize for the delay in providing updates on my condition….


1/12/10 I saw the oncologist and was told to be prepared for a possible mastectomy…based on the mammograms, ultra sounds and my physical breast exam. That day was not worse than the previous days only more of the same…My heart sank because I was hoping for something different …. A glimmer of hope..maybe


1/15/10 Surgery day!!!! Well the 6 inch wire is inserted into my chest (literally) sticking out with a plastic cup taped over it!!!! Wow…. I just wanted everything over and done with.   As they wheel me off to surgery  (in my thick pink robe) my mother, Dj & Cache’ (my kids) yell out..wait!!! we need photos…. Right then and there we had a mini photo shoot of me on my way in.. hahahahahah now that I think about it they were really funny,…..


It has been several hours and I am now out of surgery and in the recovery room…. I wake up… THANK YOU LORD… that is all I can think of to say…….. the next thing I remember is waking up in my own bed….


1/22/10 This is my follow up visit with my oncologist….. “Well all I can say is, your tumor has been removed with the radical scarring,” said the Dr.  At this time there is no need for any follow up treatment!! No Chemo…no radiation…. Nothing!!!!


I could hardly believe my ears!!!!! I cried again…this time with the joy of knowing without a shadow of doubt that God is real!!! Prayer changes things and by his stripes……. I am healed!!!!!!


Needless to say that 1/25/10… I was back at work!!!! Just praising god and rejoicing in the MIRACLE that he has brought me through….


The bills still remain… my preimums are still high ..the out of pocket is high but I am extremely thankful for being here to have any of those issues… Thanking him for the strength to come back ..better ,stronger, more faithful!!!! 


Thank you again to all who have prayed watched… wondered… I will keep everyone updated!! Love you!!


Cynthia R. Burt

Sr. Client Advocate

I/S Systems Client

P: 803-264-0456



Friday, January 15, 2010

10 Rules To Live By

1.      Focus on what you want.

Do you focus on the road ahead or in the rearview mirror filled with the past? By focusing on the past, you tend to worry about the future because your focus carries the negative experiences from your past into your present. "Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye and you will be drawn toward it." - Napoleon Hill


2.      Never give up.

Thomas Edison said it best -- ""Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."


3.      One day at a time.

We achieve our dreams one day at a time, so set goals for each day that will take you, step by step, toward your desire. The pyramids weren't built in a week so learn to be patient. Do the best you can, enjoy this day, and be satisfied with what you've accomplished.  (This was a very difficult lesson for me to learn.)


4.      True happiness lies within you.

Don't waste time and effort searching for happiness, peace and contentment in the world outside. Reach inside yourself and pull out the better angels of your nature and give to someone else.


5.      Learn to be grateful.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melodie Beattie  (I am so grateful and thankful that I learned this lesson.  An exercise that helped with this was to keep a daily gratitude journal for 30 days.  That really works!)


6.      Expand your comfort zone.

Not a whole lot can change or happen when we stop challenging ourselves.


7.      You’re closer than you think.

There's an old Chinese proverb that goes something like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."


8.      Don't take yourself seriously.

Learn to lighten up. Life is a game. Don't sweat the little stuff.... 'cause it's all little stuff.


9.      Be nice.

What is that old saying? You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Just another way of saying you can win people to your side more easily by gentle persuasion and flattery than by hostile confrontation. (Sometimes my own nature is to just spit it out and keep it moving.  I didn’t realize that this is sometimes considered hostile confrontation to some people.)


10.  Get out of your way.

As Warren Buffet said to a University of Washington audience several years ago regarding how he and Bill Gates became so successful: "Everybody here has the ability to do anything I do and much beyond. Some of you will, and some of you won't. For those who won't, it will be because you get in your own way, not because the world doesn't allow you to."






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