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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month + Videos

~ More HOPE and RESOURCES from Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

What a crazy day with the government shut-down and all the things it affects from coast to coast!  Despite that, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Ladies and men please do your breast exams and get your mammograms. Although women are more readily diagnosed, about 1,500 men are diagnosed each year.

But this month has even more significant for me than just a month that marks awareness of cancer. That’s because on October 25, 2003, I went for my mammogram and a tumor was discovered. Depending on how you count survivor years — date of diagnosis or date of treatment, this month marks 10 years ago that my tumor was found. So next month I’m officially a 10-year breast cancer survivor!

Some Good Advice

Do your monthly self-breast exams and get your Pap test. Besides that, don’t smoke, get your rest, eat a well-balanced diet with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, and stay away from sugar! While researchers are not saying there’s a correlation between stress and cancer, it does play a part in weakening your immune system. Therefore, find healthy ways to reduce your stress like walking, gardening, or cycling. These obviously are just a few examples. The point is, get regular exercise and develop healthy attitudes towards the challenges that come your way in life.

Today with all the treatments and drugs available, cancer isn’t the death sentence it used to be. If you are experiencing pain or feel something just isn’t right, see you doctor right away.

For Women Now In Chemotherapy

Free Cleaning Help ~ for Women Getting Chemotherapy now. See https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/free-cleaning-help-women-on-chemotherapy/

Pink Glove Dance Videos

Have some fun and get your groove on to stand up and fight breast cancer by watching (and dancing) these videos. Some are here on my blog. The last link takes you to another post on my blog and is not a video. It shares some great information.

1. https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTyIhMLp3FA

3. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=breast+cancer+dance+videos+youtube&FORM=VIRE16#view=detail&mid=63A8576B8A47AFC49DA463A8576B8A47AFC49DA4

4. https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2011/10/ Cancer Secrets From the Experts.

Enjoy your evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

October 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

More! A Bit of Everything ~ Resources for You!

Some great websites and information you’ll want to check out ~ MORE RESOURCES right in your own backyard in keeping with Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland!

1. HEAP (Ohio) Home Heating Program ~ The Time to Apply Is Now! The program will save you money on your winter home heating bills. https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/that-time-again-home-heating-assistance-program/

2. Free Cleaning Help ~ for Women Getting Chemotherapy now. See https://nancigravill.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/free-cleaning-help-women-on-chemotherapy/

3. For the Single Woman ~ Mandy Hale ~ (Google her and find her website)

Smart, strong, independent—single women can live a  fabulous life. Husband not required.

Mandy Hale, also known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single Woman™, shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it! Being single has had its stigmas, but Mandy proves it has its advantages too, and she uses wisdom and wit to inspire her fellow single ladies to celebrate and live fully in the life God has given them.

4. Ashtabula Covered Bridge Festival. This is in the Affordable Entertainment Guide in my book ~ Fresh Hope … Cleveland. (Google their site)

The festival is held the second full weekend in October. This year it will be held October 12 and 13. This year is the 30th anniversary of the festival! There are 18 bridges for you to enjoy via a driving tour. Take a picnic basket and make it a great afternoon!

5. Amish Country in Ohio~ This is in the Affordable Entertainment Guide in my book ~ Fresh Hope … Cleveland. (Google their site)

Fall is a great time to explore the unique culture of the Amish. Holmes County is home of the world’s largest Amish community. Enjoy beautiful scenery, visit an Amish farm, savor homemade foods and listen for the clip-clop of a buggy. Shop for handmade quilts, artwork and furniture in Millersburg, Berlin or Walnut Creek.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

September 17, 2013 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Exercising Wisdom

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome back to this new series ~all about your health!

Today my post is dedicated to Angelina Jolie. She has been dealing with health issues in both courageous and positive ways. She has executed WISDOM in dealing with her own well-being. That’s how we ALL should respond.

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As a 9-1/2 year breast cancer survivor I was especially interested today that actress and activist, Angelina Jolie, told the media she had a double mastectomy in February. She made this decision after learning she has an 87 percent chance of getting breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer.

Her actions were more than brave — they were WISE! WISE because she’s thinking of the future, her family, and her overall well-being. She’s also WISE because she won’t have to suffer the difficulties of cancer including chemotherapy, radiation, hair loss, and possible loss of her life.

Angelina made these decisions not when she was faced with disease, but at a time when she is healthy and could think clearly about her options. No doctor came to her with news of cancer. Instead she made her decision in an effort to prevent getting cancer and possibly dying young like her mom did at 56 years of age.  Another WISE move!

Your health isn’t anything to fool with. If you notice anything unusual or just don’t feel right, see your doctor immediately.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

May 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Is Organic Better?

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to this new series ~all about your health! Today’s topic is one that many will be interested in. I know I began eating organic foods more often after having breast cancer. I wanted to protect my body from illness. So here’s an interesting discussion with a link so you can read more.

Make it a great day ~ God Bless You ~ Nanci

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Organic Really is Better. Here’s a small part of the article “Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly.” If you’re interested in reading the entire article, the link is below.

The research, titled “Organically Grown Food Provides Health Benefits to Drosophila melanogaster,” tracked the effects of organic and conventional diets on the health of fruit flies. By nearly every measure, including fertility, stress resistance and longevity, flies that fed on organic bananas and potatoes fared better than those who dined on conventionally raised produce.

While the results can’t be directly extrapolated to human health, the research nonetheless paves the way for additional studies on the relative health benefits of organic versus conventionally grown foods. Fruit fly models are often used in research because their short life span allows scientists to evaluate a number of basic biological effects over a relatively brief period of time, and the results provide clues for better understanding disease and biological processes in humans.

“Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly” ~ read the whole article. Here’s the link:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/is-organic-better-ask-a-fruit-fly/?src=me&ref=general

April 26, 2013 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ See Why Every Second Counts

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

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Welcome to this new series ~ it’s all about your health!

This post is written in loving memory of my friend Sue who died last night. She was being treated for ovarian cancer for about three years. Not long ago during the course of things, she developed blood clots. And while being treated in the hospital she suffered two strokes last week which led to paralysis of her right side. Strokes are nothing to fool around with. I hope this information helps you or a loved one you know.

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Your health isn’t something you can neglect ~ neither are the warning signals your body gives you. I have two dear friends that deal with a variety of health concerns. Both have had strokes.

Stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Every second counts. That’s because the first two hours are most critical in regaining functioning — Brain Functioning — and clot dissolving medications can be administered which can save someone’s life. These medications can reduce long-term disability that’s associated with the most common type of stroke.

Do you know the warning signs of a stroke?

Stroke Warning Signs

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

If you or someone you know is having one or more of these symptoms, call 9-1-1  immediately! Don’t delay.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to this new series ~ all about your health! Here’s the recipe for a wonderful fruit smoothie you can make at home. This is the smoothie I referred to in my post last Friday. It’s great all year-round and especially in the summer. It’s also filled with plenty of fiber and antioxidants to heal your body. Enjoy!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 fresh orange ~ peeled

1 banana (if you like) ~ cut in slices

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/8 – 1/4 milk (organic low-fat or fat-free is best) ~ or more if you like a thinner drink

2 – 3 t. organic sugar

1-1/2 T wheat germ

2 ice cubes

3/4 cup Low-fat or Fat-free vanilla or plain YOGURT ~you may like Greek Yogurt

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Mix everything in a blender and serve in one tall glass or in two shorter ones! Cheers ~ to your health!

Enjoy your healthy drink and make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

Reflection ~ Life is Precious

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

My new series Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ will be back later this week. It’s full of great wisdom for your health that you won’t want to miss!

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I feel humbled to have a book with information to share with others. Never in a million years did I think I’d be standing in front of people and have something of worth and value to share. In 7th grade I’d worry for weeks about standing up in front of my English class to give an oral book report. That was horrible! My English teacher would be flipped out if he saw me now. Live changes. God is so good! I am grateful to be on God’s team and have Him use me and my story to help others. If you are interested in learning more, see the Relationship with God tab.

This week I’ll share my story, my book “Fresh Hope … Cleveland”, and a new PowerPoint presentation to a breast cancer support group at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Hts., Ohio. The title of my talk is “Dealing with the Storms of Life.” Although storms can come in many shapes and sizes, there’s probably no one more aware of life’s storms than someone being treated for cancer.

This  past January I became a nine-year breast cancer survivor. I thank God for the gift of my life! But as I go to share my thoughts this week, I’m much in awe of other women. My cancer journey seems easy in comparison to the stories I hear and of the dear people I know that are now walking that road. It takes courage to deal with cancer. To me, women going through cancer are the strongest people I know!

As I reached out to someone for prayer last week, I was shocked when I heard a man tell me that every day he intensionally reaches out to his sister and tells her he loves her. He said he realized the importance of doing this even though it’s out of his comfort zone. His sister has been a cancer patient for quite a while. She’s  unbelieveable. She never complains and I know she’s been through it all. Today she’s in the hospital so my prayers and love go out to her as I write this. She’s an inspiration to all of us.

Hug your friends and love ones; Tell them you love them today. Because life can change in a blink of an eye. But don’t worry! God sees in the blinks and between the cracks. But best of all, He sees right into your heart and He knows right where you are!

God Bless You!

Nanci

April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am Leave a comment


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