Cheers to Good Health

Cheers to Good health

My mother had knee replacement surgery on April 16, 2018. April 26, she was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer.
She was not scheduled to start radiation until June 13th and Chemo June 15th. The Dr. explained she would undergo 28 days of continued radiation and a round of chemo once a week for 6 weeks. They would give her a month break. Then surgery to remove what she had left, and start radiation and chemo all over again after surgery.
Our goal as a family was to support our mother in strengthening her body which would support her during her treatment.
For the last month, we worked on changing her diet. Lots and lots of organic fresh vegetables and berries; raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. (all high in antioxidants) Every morning we juiced for her. Juicing helps to detox and alkalize the body, and increase the immune system. We added protein shakes (Vega Organic Proteins and more greens:)) which helps to maintain muscle, fight infection and also helps to strengthen the immune system
We eliminated processed sugar, gluten, dairy and red meat. No MSG and No microwave use. This elimination reduces inflammation in her body (Inflammation causes an acidic environment in which cancer cells thrive on).
We added cannabis oil to reduce stress, anxiety, and nausea.
We walked as much as she felt comfortable to do so. This was two-fold as she needed the rehab for her knee to heal and to help keep her body strong.
She listens to positive mediations and my father and mother have prayed the rosary every day together. This helped keep her positive.
On June 29th my parents received news from the Dr. that her blood work came back normal with the exception of low sodiumlp. The Dr. was amazed! He said to keep up the good work. He said with the results we have seen we have decided to only give you one more round of chemo and 2 more weeks of radiation. At this point, you will not need to start this all over in a month. When we are done with this round we will do another scope and see where things are at that point. But everything looks fabulous!
This was music to our ears!
A note to those who are in the supporting role of caring for a loved one.
Treat each day as an anomaly, because it is. Every moment provides a different experience. Don’t own the diagnosis. Own the steps to recovery. When the patient is feeling down, remind them that this too shall pass.
Get them out of the house as much as they feel up to it. This helps elevate mood for both the patient and the caregiver. If they are not able to go outside and are feeling down, find something they like to do and do that with them. The point is to keep the mind from ruminating on what doesn’t feel pleasant in the moment.
Keep the atmosphere positive. This helps to keep stress at bay. Help them to remember every positive change. Sometimes it hard for them to see the positive changes when they are in the midst of treatment.
No matter how BIG your heart is and your intention behind your giving, if the person you are caring for doesn’t want whatever it is you’re offering, let go and trust the process. It’s their journey.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support! We feel so BLESSED!

No Pushing or Shoving Required

Several weeks ago I met a woman from India. We had a great discussion on spirituality, specifically on death and dying. She said if we understood our purpose here on this earth we would not be afraid to die. She stated I read a book a few years back, and it changed my life. She inquired, have you ever read the Celestine Prophecy? I said, I have, but it was a few years ago. I decided if a woman who I have never met suggests that I read a book at this particular time and space maybe it’s worth picking up again.

I started looking for the book. A few people told me that I was not going to find the book here, I would need to order it online. Several weeks went by, and I still hadn’t found the book nor had I ordered it.

Yesterday I was invited to an Organic Fair. Yippee, I thought, I have been looking all over for something like this. There were vendors marketing Gluten free products, soaps, oils, yoga clothes and Kombucha. Yes even in Jakarta. Shame on me for thinking it wasn’t possible to land such riches. There were also workshops on sustainable living, cooking, music therapy and others. One of the workshops I attended was given by a Japenese Dr., who practices alternative medicine. His presentation was demonstrating a technique that assists individuals in bringing circulation of energy, fluids, oxygen and blood back into the neocortex. He explained a lack of these elements occur when we are under stress.

After his presentation, he announced he had a few books he was gifting people. He looked at me and said I have a few books on pregnancy, but I feel called to give you this one. He put it in my hand; I gasped, it’s the Celestine Prophecy!
(Thank God it was not a book on pregnancy)

I smile when I think of the journey this book made. It traveled all the way around the world to find its place in my hands. It started in India, traveled to Japan and then to Indonesia to be given to me, an American girl:)

I invite you to set your intentions and then allow the process to unfold. There is no pushing or shoving required, and it’s great entertainment.

Eid al-Adha

I have known about this holiday since I arrived in Indonesia, so its no surprise. The closer it gets the more I struggle. This evening the festival begins.
The energy of the city is shifting. I FEEL it!
Eid al-Adha is a Muslim religious holiday celebrated every year world wide.

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It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his first born son Ishmael in a test of devotion to Allah. Abraham ignores the temptations of the Devil to disobey, and is rewarded with a sacrificial lamb to slaughter rather than his son. Cows, Goats and Sheep, started appearing the beginning of last week in abandoned lots, used car lots (that switch from selling cars to housing animals), and mosque court yards in preparation for this religious holiday. After these animals have been sacrificed the meat is given to the poor.
As I have been traveling to and from my home everyday this past week I have seen these makeshift lots everywhere. Yesterday I stopped to pet one of these goats and stood there in tears.
I asked myself, how is this any different than what takes place in the states? We celebrate Thanksgiving much the same way. Many turkeys are gathered and sacrificed for this holiday. We also celebrate many other holidays gathered around a table where an animal was sacrificed. I have partaken in these holidays since I was born. I have also purchased and eaten the meat that was served during these social gatherings. I am still not a vegetarian.
So why am I struggling with this festival so much? Maybe because its hit closer to home, so to speak. I am now up close and personal. Its not like walking into a grocery store and seeing packaged meats on display. They bear no resemblance to the animal with 4 legs, eyes, nose, a mouth, ears and a soul that gave its life so that we may eat.
Believe me it makes a BIG difference.
Again I ask myself, what am I here to learn through this experience.
For me, it has truly opened my eyes and has helped me once again to not take beings, situations and things in my life for granted.
Each person who reads this will have there own interpretation.
We are humans…emotions will arise.
May your minds be open to receive your message.
I bless your journey.