Feeling Fortunate – Not Sorry for Oneself

I am truly blessed and appreciate the life I live.  I have never once said “why me?” since I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Rather, I have always asked “how was I so lucky to be diagnosed early enough to be able to have  surgery?” And I try as hard as I can not to be distracted by continuing side effects. Life is great. 🙂

Consider this excerpt from my FREE book on Surviving Cancer and Embracing Life: My Personal Journey:

I consider myself the luckiest man on the earth EVERY DAY. I have felt this way each day since February 12, 2015. That was the date of my Whipple surgery. Why am I the luckiest man alive?

* I have a great family that has been with me every step of the way.

* Because of my endocrinologist, Dr. Joseph Terrana, I was diagnosed very, very early and thus I was able to have surgery because the cancer had not spread to my lymph nodes.

* Through the prodigious skill of Dr. Gene Coppa and his team, my Whipple surgery was a great success.

* Due to my excellent oncology team headed by Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca and his right-hand person Diana Youngs, my chemotherapy was conducted with compassion and caring – even when the treatments were the toughest.

* My friends and fellow cancer survivors continue to be there for me.

* Despite the dire prognosis for those with pancreatic cancer, I was able to dance with my daughter and give a toast at her wedding.

* I have been able to continue working and doing what I love.

* I can exercise and keep myself in the best possible shape. (I actually went to the gym while undergoing chemo).

* And my wife Linda and I have traveled since my surgery, including a “restful” vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a cruise from Amsterdam down to St. Petersburg, Russia; a visit to Curacao; and a family vacation in Eastern Mexico. With more to come!

Feeling Fortunate - Not Sorry for Oneself

Integrative Cancer Care

Today, we presenting an infographic from Cancer Treatment Centers of America. This chart presents a more holistic approach to patient care. Every step in the process must be coordinated among treatment modalities.

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Integrative Cancer Care
 

Do YOU Wash Your Hands Well Enough?

For anyone wanting to be more hygienic, washing our hands properly is quite important. Do YOU Wash Your Hands Well Enough? Using Purell or some other hand sanitizer is not enough.
 

Do YOU Wash Your Hands Well Enough?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that when it comes to handwashing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97 percent of the time. Rushed handwashing can lead to cross-contamination of food and other surfaces, resulting in foodborne illness.” [WOW!!!]

These are several findings from the USDA:

  • Handwashing — “The study revealed that consumers are not washing their hands correctly 97 percent of the time. Most consumers failed to wash their hands for the necessary 20 seconds. And numerous participants did not dry their hands with a clean towel.”
  • Thermometer use — “Results reveal that only 34 percent of participants used a food thermometer to check that their burgers were cooked properly. Of those who did use the food thermometer, nearly half still did not cook the burgers to the safe minimum internal temperature.”
  • Cross contamination — “The study showed participants spreading bacteria from raw poultry onto other surfaces and food items in the test kitchen. 48 percent of the time are contaminating spice containers used while preparing burgers. 11 percent of the time are spreading bacteria to refrigerator handles. And 5 percent of the time are tainting salads due to cross-contamination.”
  • “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Children, older adults and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.”

Click the USDA logo to read more.

Be safer!!!

 

How Body Weight Relates to Cancer

Question: Do you know how body weight relates to cancer? Check out the information from the American Cancer Society.

We all need to do the best we can to avoid problems that may adversely impact upon our health. Below is some good advice.

An Infographic: How Body Weight Affects Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society:

“There is growing data suggesting a strong relationship between excess body weight and increased risk of certain cancers. This infographic highlights current research that shows the significant cancer risk of excess body weight, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. It also highlights ways to reduce that risk by following American Cancer Society guidelines for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.”


How Body Weight Affects Cancer

 

Tips for the Holidays

With the 4th of July occurring tomorrow, let’s look at some tips for the holidays. These tips are in an infographic format.

Infographic Tips for Holidays

The holiday health tips apply to health in general and cancer mores specifically.

Caring for a Cancer Patient from Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Patient Tips for the Holidays

 

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain from Cleveland Clinic

Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays
 

More Inspirational Quotes

Last week, we cited several inspirational quotes from Good Reads. Here are several more quotes about happiness.

These quotes are from Wisdom Quotes:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.” Helen Keller

“It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that give me true happiness.” Richard Branson

“My mission in life is not to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Anton Chekhov

“In our lives, change and loss are unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.” Buddha

 “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” Mark Twain

 “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” George Sand

 

Click the image to read additional Wisdom Quotes on being inspired.

inspirational quotes that will make 2018 your best year ever
 

Surviving Cancer: Personal Glimpses of Resilience

A while back, I participated in a radio show with two other incredible cancer survivors. Hopefully, you will find this episode to be educational and uplifting. Despite some BIG issues, all three of us are still here — and living life every day.

As host Suzanne Phillips says:

“In this episode, Professor Joel Evans, Patricia Malone, and Dave Berger will share personal glimpses of their diagnosis, treatment and survival from cancer. You will hear about the impact of diagnosis, the role of family and friends. The question of stigma and the response of colleagues. You will hear about the expected and unexpected, the trust in medical teams and the personal factors that each drew upon to keep on going at the roughest of times. These are stories of pain, persistence, fear, gratitude and possibility. These are stories of people who were helped by the wisdom of others who had faced cancer. In this episode, Joel Evans, Patricia Malone and Dave Berger want to pass on their experiences to benefit others. You will not forget them or the resilience they share.”

Click the play icon to listen.