Helene the Fighting Machine!!!

Hope 4 Helene

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Friday, April 30, 2010

Praying for you!!!

Praying for your test results. Sending warm thoughts your way!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the new is good from the CAT scan! I know you will keep us posted.

I'll bet you look beautiful with blond bangs peeking out of your hat!


My friend Kim- who sent me a beautiful card today- asked when I was going to FL. I am going at the end of my next treatment- the week I am off is Memorial Day Weekend. Denise, Holly, Liz, and our friend Karen from KY are "hooking" up in Sanibel. Karen has a relative that is letting us use thier house on the beach- with a pool. How lucky are we? Wish I could have everyone I know go- it will be hard to leave the boys- but they have a bb tournament and will get along fine without me- esp. knowing that I won't be here to get on their case when they have a fastfood bonanza!
ps. and the port still hurts- but vicodin is my new bf

port from hell

This darn port was suppose to be no biggie. Hah! hurts like hell. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow or I will call the dr. Probably shouldn't have worked yesterday....
I had the CAT scan today, but won't get the results until next Fri. when I also get the results of the MRI.

Denise got me blond bangs to velcro inside of my hats! Do blonds have more fun? hah!

Having sweet and sour meatballs compliments of Jean-Marie. I am feeling kinda hungry but will wait for the boys to get home from bb. I took a "cancer pass" for the bb game with the wind 45 plus mph. I would have to duct tape the hat to my head and under my chin and my stomach is icky after drinking the crap from the CAT scan. Hopefully after going thru this- I will find out positive news.

I will be stylin' in FL- as Karen sent me a cute blue floppy hat that has full coverage for my baldy sour head. Plus some other "fluff" as she is so good at. Can't wait to get away for a few days- just gotta get thru this next round of chemo starting next week.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I have a new "baby" and her name is Portia after me getting a port yesterday! Linda had her strapped in to the seatbelt, sitting up all pretty with a pink bow on her head and her paws laced together with the ribbon. Sharon sent her to me and she is just too cute! They even let me take Portia in to the operating room with me! I held her all day yesterday and now she is with my other 3 "babies"- the one Karen gave me 8 years ago, Tasha the one Tia gave me- she even says a prayer- and I think we call the 3rd one BOO BOO- Linda got her at Sox park- she is pink and wears a white hoodie. The nurses at chemo think I am already nuts- and now Portia- who is real baby sized- will be going to chemo, too. The nurses said I should get a pink wagon to carry all of our stuff. You guys should see Linda and I come in to chemo- 2bags each and Linda with this big honkin'(but beautiful) Coach purse. So Sharon- we named her Portia without your input- but it is a beautiful name for a cute baby! Linda showed me how Sharon put her Portia's paws to her eyes and cried- no more needles!

xoxo, HTFM

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Everytime I get on this blog and read about all your wonderful friends in the area, all I can say is "Wow!! Are you blessed!" They sure are taking good care of you! I wish I lived closer.


Tulips...a sign of spring, new beginnings and hope. Linda...what a beautiful move!!! rock Martha Stewart!!! Wish I could be like that!!!

So glad to hear from you on here everyday!!! Hoping your Tuesday was better!!!

Tip Toe Thru the Tulips..

Monday was a real sucky day....probably the worst so far. I guess after another 3 weeks of chemo- my body has just had enough. Linda called me at a bad moment (fetal position crying on the floor) and even though I tried to cover it up- she knew something was up...later on I opened the front door and there was a beautiful bouguet of flowers- pink and yellow tulips- and a crack me up laughing card!

Denise came by on her day to visit "the sick and infirm" loaded down with meals and a salad to make me eat something healthy. She made turkey, homemade stuffing, gravy and broccalli. I hid it all in the vegetable drawer (the boys never go in there!) so we can have a nice meal tonight after bb. Last night I had to drag myself to work- and the boys feel they have a pass to get fast food on Monday nights- even if there is food in the fridge. So- they would have eaten the turkey had they found it-along with whatever fastfood they had. Just don't tell them my hiding place..... Denise also brought another meal and more turkey for a meal that we froze. She is also on a knitting roll- has made me 2 soft cotton hats to wear at home- kinda like those baby knitted hats.

Linda and I leave today around 11 for a port. Wish they had a drive thru for that....Even though it is only a 30 min. procedure- I will be at Edward's 4-5 hours. Wed. will be a work day- should be feeling ok, Th is a CAT scan and Fri the roles are reversed as I take Linda to her procedure.

Keep up the positive karma and prayers.....

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Royal Treatment

Wow Helene...people sure care about you!!! That's reversal of roles...right??? Glad to hear everyone is treating you like a Princess!!!

Feel well my friend!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Brunch!

Jenn brought over homemade brunch this morning and can that girl cook! How she was able to bake an egg casserole, make sausage bread and fruit salad- get herself and her 2 year old daughter -Addy- ready and out of the house by 9:30 is amazing to me! Her daughter is too cute- little sandals withy tights on- too bad she wasn't my door prize!

Tyler didn't have to eat a poptart for breakfast! What a great way to start our day. The fresh fruit salad was my favorite and something I can eat throughout the day. My tongue is so sensitive and sore right now from the chemo.

Tyler's team is in the semi finals tonight in his tournament- all dependent on the weather. They won't be able to play the championship game until later next week-as the tournament is at a minor league ball park and is being used. I think I will again have to pass on this game- with the cold temp., wind and possible rain and this being a "crappy feeling" day- it's me and the Desperate Housewives.

I have a busy week or 2 scheduled....foot dr. Mon, Tues I go to Edward's for my port, work on Wed., Th a CAT scan and Friday I am taking Linda for her scoping in her throat. The roles are reversed! I get to be the one driving Miss Dasiy. AND NO CHEMO!!

The following week An MRI, Radiologist appt, and on the 7th I see the dr. for the results of all of the testing.....keep your fingers and toes crossed!

please keep a special "Jen" in your prayers, too. She is a student of mine and is in the hospital and may have to have surgery- again. She has battled spina bifida all her life and is a real trooper.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tia you crack me up!!!!!


ps YES I did have junk yesterday and it was really good. Tom, my bro-in-law brought Linda and I cheese and caramel corn popcorn fron Nuts on Clark and YES is is good and YES I did hide it from my boys! So YES I did have something healthy and something that I would not classify as junk becase it tasted soo good!

Guilty as Charged (but just a little....)

OK, so YES I did need a Portillo's Chopped Salad yesterday, and YES you did have chemo yesterday, and YES you normally fill up on junk so I thought a nice salad would balance things out. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! ha ha

Hope your day today is going great and your salad made you feel full of energy!


re: the quote I just should say:

Hootie Hoo! What a Ride! (Karen's saying)

Chemo Factory

Linda and I wanted to go through the"drive thru" for chemo yesterday but no go...Great nurses- Linda brought them her special Milky Way Rice Krispie treats. Even Nurse Ratchet stopped by and tried to be pleasant.... The nurses were really on top of things and it seemed to go a little quicker.

Had a great surprise during chemo- Lynn B stopped by with her homemade ham and cheese mini sandwiches (yum) and her "reserved for kids only Rolly Pollies"!!!! She even let Dr. Kash have one! He had already had a Jimmy John's but he was eyeing those sandwiches! Get this- Lynn got up really early- and baked. Wow what a friend!

Now get this one- Tia seemed to have a real hankering for a Portillo's Chopped Salad....I think she kinda, a little- used Linda and I as her reasoning....and picked up three salads and what a great dinner I had! With great friends like this- and all the ones bringing over meals- I am going to gain a lot of pounds. Won't be able wear the thong bikini in FL at the end of May.... (HA!)

I have a great quote to share with you.....I got it off an email at COD and just changed one thing.

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, beer in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "Woo Hoo!! What a ride!"<

I added the beer......

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hey HTFM!!

Just checking in to see how things are going and to let you know that you are in my thoughts....(Would have posted a comment this week but I had brain-fart and couldn't remember how to post! I just spent the last half hour trying everything!!

So glad to hear that your second opinion said you are on the right track! I hope that chemo went well today. And don't forget, if you need me to go with you sometime, give me a call!


Thinking about you

Hi, Helene,

I am not used to this blogging stuff! But here is my message to you and the people helping you. I am so glad to read that you have people close to you taking care of you. And while you are all working hard each day to be personally supportive daily in each other's lives, I want you to know there are a whole group of other people cheering on your posse and praying and waiting to step in should you grow tired of being strong for each other. My friends are always in my heart and you have been at the forefront of my thoughts lately. I hope to see you soon so we can catch up! I just haven't even caught up with myself yet! Love ya! - Teri

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I feel Joy in my heart!!!

After reading your post and Linda's, I feel Joy in my heart!!! I am so glad you have your second opinion and can now feel better. It also makes me feel joyful for Denise, Linda and all the other friends who are taking great care of you, and supporting you!!! God Bless them all!!!

ps from 4-22-10

Yikes- I just deleted all that I had written. I am such a dork!

Sharon came over this am to drop off a beautiful bracelet that she had Paula make for some of us that have healing powers- much like the one Paula originally made for me when I was first diagnosed. It has a friendship clasp with different stones that are suppose to help promote healing. I am hoping Paula gets her web site going....Sharon is also trying to get Paula a "gig" at Occasions a store in N'ville. The bracelet is "tataly" cool!

After our appt at Rush, Denise and I went to visit Zarha, her 2 year old granddaughter that I wanted to take home with me! Chuck- Denise's husband- babysits Zahra 2 days a week. Chuck knows me only too well! He brought me this to die for chocolate mousse from thier favorite bakary that of course I had to eat right away! Zahra is so darn cute and fun to play with and just loves her grandma! I am the "auntie" as much as Chuck likes to call me a grandma.


Second Opinion 4-22-10

Hey there,

I think people read this thing- either way it is somewhat therapeutic for me to write on this blog. Maybe I should be more aware of my grammar or something...

Denise and I went to Rush in Chicago today. We met with Dr. Lincoln who we both really felt comfortable with. She agrees that I am on the right chemo regime, but feels that specific radiation to 2-3 tumors may help to eliminate some back pain and help with the hoarseness of my vocal cords. She thought that I should possibly be on steroids (here I go Tia!) to help with the hoarseness until radiation occurs. Dr. Lincoln does not think that I will become a drug addict taking so many vicodin a day to control pain (up to 8!). She also agrees with what Dr. Kash- my oncologist says about the following:

I will always be on some form of chemo for as long as I can tolerate it- to reduce the size of the tumors or control them or others from growing. There might be another type of chemo drug (s) to use later on if what I am having now doesn't work. There is also the possibility of taking some form of hormone treatment down the road if I need to take a relief from chemo. (I was on hormore drugs for the past 8 years.) She would like me to check in with her in the future when I need to change the chemo drugs in case they have a study going and other drugs are available to the patients in the study at Rush.

re: my tongue and the nasty burning sensation- I may need to get my vitamin B levels checked and possibly take vitamin B supplements- or I just have to live with this side effect if vit. B is ok.

Linda and I are on for tomorrow for the 4-5 hour chemo trip that is 5 min. least we get a good laugh at things and bring lots of treats!

No bb game tonight but Tyler has a tournament this weekend- but rain is in the forecast. I want to go -but the tournament is in Crestwood- way south of here. All depends on how I feel.


Yea Yea Yea! I can post!

I'm getting my treats ready for our day at the chemo factory tomorrow. I was so surprised to find out there is a pharmacist right there at the treatment center that makes up the chemo right before the nurse gives it to you.

Since they're making Nurse Ratchett stay as far away from us as possible, the other two nurses we have are really nice. If you're nice to people they'll (most of the time) be nice backe to you. Helene is extremely nice to them. She has treated everyone she has come across during this time exceptionally. Always a thankyou and a smile. I think I will make the nurses some milkyway rice krispy treats for tomorrow. Like Tia says, what comes around goes around.

Will be thinking about my sister all day while she has her second opinion. Feeling very guilty I'm not with her but she is in very good hands with her bff Denise. It's a good thing I wasn't scheduled for this one since I have my 10 year old home for the second day with the runs......

Thankyou Tia for scheduling all the dinners that our incredible neighbors have been supplying. You don't even know how helpful and so very much appreciated they are.

One more thing..for those of you who haven't seen Tatianna, Helene looks awesome in her. Even without Tatianna on, Helene looks great. I am full of pride for my sister Helene with the way she is handling this journey she is on.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday 4-22-10

It is so nice to feel "normal." The last 2 days have just been regular days, but I was feeling ok and realize how lucky I am to have some normal days. I worked at COD and am fortunate to have friends there (and some retired- like Karen and Paula) that keep my spirits up. Judy and Barbra cheer on my students' successes with me and realize how important it is that I continue to work. I only have 2 more weeks this semester, a month off and then I am working on Wed. for 8 weeks. What a schedule!

Tomorrow Denise and I head out to Rush in Chicago to meet with another doctor to determine if I am on the right treatment regime. It has taken this long to get an appt. for a second opinion. Then Friday.....double whammy chemo- another 4-5 hour day. Thankfully Linda is still able to take me- yet I know I have many others that have volunteered to go with me.

Next Tue. I go in for a port and then a week from tomorrow I go in for a CAT scan to hopefully see that the tumors are shrinking. I can feel the one in my neck has gotten smaller...I swear!

Tried to go to Tyler's baseball game tonight but it was just too cold and I left after the 3rd inning. I did get to see him pitch and he did very well. I am questionable whether I can go to his tournament this weekend- depends on how I feel and what the weather is doing. I do enjoy seeing Tyler play and want to go to as many games as I can.

Once again, thanks to everyone for all of the support, prayers and positive energy.

"Thank You" Thank You

Hi Helene,
Thought about you a lot today while I was getting my walking in. Then I get home and see a card in my mailbox from you. I couldn't wait to read it because I had no idea what it was for...I should be sending YOU cards!! So I open it to see that it is a thank you for the chemo goodies and company from a couple of weeks ago. You really made my day because I really feel like "what comes around, goes around". I remember very vividly how much it meant to me when friends and neighbors did the smallest things to help me out when Scott was sick. I truly feel like this is a full-circle moment for me and I couldn't be more humbled to be a part of your life.

For those of you who don't know me: my husband, Scott was diagnosed with a non-hodgkins lymphona exactly 10 years ago this month. My daughter was 4 weeks old and my son was 3 years old at the time we found out. Needless to say, it was an extremely trying time for my family and every ounce of help was greatly appreciated. My family did not live close by so I truly counted on others to help when they could.

You are so inspirational and strong and I absolutely adore you. Hope you are finding today a GREAT DAY!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Wow-the boy is busy!!! Hoping work went well and you are feeling good!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010


Hey there,

Baseball season is in full swing. Tyler has about 75-80 games scheduled and as much as I love going, I have had to pick and choose when I can go. Sat. nite was just too cold and windy for a d/h. I was able to go Sunday to his d/h and he pitched most of the first game and did very well with a "W". Jean-Marie, a friend I have had for many years, and her husband Bob came and cheered Tyler's team on. It was great catching up with her, enjoying the wonderful weather and watching Tyler play ball.

Leann is one lucky wife! She said her husband was a chef and she sure wasn't kidding! Leanne and her son Peyton brought over a meal prepared by her husband Tim yesterday. I think Tyler was purring while he ate! It was prepared so beautifully and tasted sooooo good! Yum!

My friend Denise is on a mission to make knit me hats! She brought over a really cute pink and white cotton one to wear around the house or at night. It is so soft and comfortable on my head. She also had a friend from her knitting group sew a night cap and her friend even made me a pattern. When I am feeling better, I would like to make these caps for people having chemo. The store charged $14 for these litttle night caps, and I think I could make them for under a dollar!

I am gearing up for work tonight....trying to relax before I go in. I am thankful I am not working full time. It would be difficult to keep up my energy level and keep track of all of these appts.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Avacados, grapefruit, flax and figs??? Everything that makes you poop!!!

Flavinoids, like flavinols and kaempferols, may reduce cancerous tumors. Foods high in flavinoids include broccoli, red apples, red cabbage, red grapes and yellow onions.

The vitamin E in walnuts may slow the growth of cancer cells.

Cancer Fighting Foods/Spices

The National Cancer Institute estimates that roughly one-third of all cancers may be diet related. Many of the common foods found in grocery stores or organic markets contain cancer-fighting properties, from the antioxidants that neutralize the damage caused by free radicals to the powerful phytochemicals that scientists are just beginning to explore. There isn't a single element in a particular food that does all the work: The best thing to do is eat a variety of foods.

The following foods have the ability to help stave off cancer and some can even help inhibit cancer cell growth or reduce tumor size.

Avocados are rich in glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals in the body by blocking intestinal absorption of certain fats. They also supply even more potassium than bananas and are a strong source of beta-carotene. Scientists also believe that avocados may also be useful in treating viral hepatitis (a cause of liver cancer), as well as other sources of liver damage.

Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower have a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol that can combat breast cancer by converting a cancer-promoting estrogen into a more protective variety. Broccoli, especially sprouts, also have the phytochemical sulforaphane, a product of glucoraphanin - believed to aid in preventing some types of cancer, like colon and rectal cancer. Sulforaphane induces the production of certain enzymes that can deactivate free radicals and carcinogens. The enzymes have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in laboratory animals. However, be aware that the Agriculture Department studied 71 types of broccoli plants and found a 30-fold difference in the amounts of glucoraphanin. It appears that the more bitter the broccoli is, the more glucoraphanin it has. Broccoli sprouts have been developed under the trade name BroccoSprouts that have a consistent level of sulforaphane - as much as 20 times higher than the levels found in mature heads of broccoli.

Carrots contain a lot of beta carotene, which may help reduce a wide range of cancers including lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast. Some research indicated beta carotene may actually cause cancer, but this has not proven that eating carrots, unless in very large quantities - 2 to 3 kilos a day, can cause cancer. In fact, a substance called falcarinol that is found in carrots has been found to reduce the risk of cancer, according to researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS). Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department, explained that isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots.

Chili peppers and jalapenos contain a chemical, capsaicin, which may neutralize certain cancer-causing substances (nitrosamines) and may help prevent cancers such as stomach cancer.

Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin that may help decrease prostate and other cancers.

Figs apparently have a derivative of benzaldehyde. It has been reported that investigators at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo say benzaldehyde is highly effective at shrinking tumors, though I haven't seen this report. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says figs, which contain vitamins A and C, and calcium, magnesium and potassium, may curtail appetite and improve weight-loss efforts. Fig juice is also a potent bacteria killer in test-tube studies.

Flax contains lignans, which may have an antioxidant effect and block or suppress cancerous changes. Flax is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to protect against colon cancer and heart disease. See Budwig diet for a specialized diet using flax seed oil and cottage cheese. For studies about flax seed and flax oil, go to our Important News or Archives Page.

Garlic has immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances. These substances also help block carcinogens from entering cells and slow tumor development. Diallyl sulfide, a component of garlic oil, has also been shown to render carcinogens in the liver inactive. Studies have linked garlic — as well as onions, leeks, and chives — to lower risk of stomach and colon cancer. Dr. Lenore Arab, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the UNC-CH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) schools of public health and medicine and colleagues analyzed a number of studies and reported their findings in the October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. According to the report, people who consume raw or cooked garlic regularly face about half the risk of stomach cancer and two-thirds the risk of colorectal cancer as people who eat little or none. Their studies didn't show garlic supplements had the same effect. It is believed garlic may help prevent stomach cancer because it has anti-bacterial effects against a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, found in the stomach and known to promote cancer there.

Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, contain monoterpenes, believed to help prevent cancer by sweeping carcinogens out of the body. Some studies show that grapefruit may inhibit the proliferation of breast-cancer cells in vitro. They also contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folic acid.

Grapes, red contain bioflavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventives. Grapes are also a rich source of resveratrol, which inhibits the enzymes that can stimulate cancer-cell growth and suppress immune response. They also contain ellagic acid, a compound that blocks enzymes that are necessary for cancer cells - this appears to help slow the growth of tumors.

Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

Kale has indoles, nitrogen compounds which may help stop the conversion of certain lesions to cancerous cells in estrogen-sensitive tissues. In addition, isothiocyanates, phytochemicals found in kale, are thought to suppress tumor growth and block cancer-causing substances from reaching their targets.

Licorice root has a chemical, glycyrrhizin, that blocks a component of testosterone and therefore may help prevent the growth of prostate cancer. However, excessive amounts can lead to elevated blood pressure.

Mushrooms - There are a number of mushrooms that appear to help the body fight cancer and build the immune system - Shiitake, maitake, reishi, Agaricus blazei Murill, and Coriolus Versicolor. These mushrooms contain polysaccharides, especially Lentinan, powerful compounds that help in building immunity. They are a source of Beta Glucan. They also have a protein called lectin, which attacks cancerous cells and prevents them from multiplying. They also contain Thioproline. These mushrooms can stimulate the production of interferon in the body.

Extracts from mushrooms have been successfully tested in recent years in Japan as an adjunct to chemotherapy. PSK is made from the Coriolus Versicolor. Maitake mushroom extract is PCM4.

Nuts contain the antioxidants quercetin and campferol that may suppress the growth of cancers. Brazil nut contains 80 micrograms of selenium, which is important for those with prostate cancer. (Note: Many people are allergic to the proteins in nuts, so if you have any symptoms such as itchy mouth, tight throat, wheezing, etc. after eating nuts, stop. Consider taking a selenium supplement instead or work with someone on how to eliminate this allergy.)

Oranges and lemons contain Iimonene which stimulates cancer-killing immune cells (lymphocytes, e.g.) that may also break down cancer-causing substances.

Papayas have vitamin C that works as an antioxidant and may also reduce absorption of cancer-causing nitrosamines from the soil or processed foods. Papaya contains folacin (also known as folic acid), which has been shown to minimize cervical dysplasia and certain cancers.

Raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, plant compounds and antioxidants known as anthocyanins that may protect against cancer. According to a recent research study reported by Cancer Research 2001;61:6112-6119, rats fed diets of 5% to 10% black raspberries saw the number of esophageal tumors decrease by 43% to 62%. A diet containing 5% black raspberries was more effective than a diet containing 10% black raspberries. Research reported in the journal Nutrition and Cancer in May 2002 shows black raspberries may also thwart colon cancer. Black raspberries are rich in antioxidants, thought to have even more cancer-preventing properties than blueberries and strawberries.

Red wine, even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Also, researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school in Chapel Hill found the compound resveratrol, which is found in grape skins. It appears that resveratrol inhibits cell proliferation and can help prevent cancer. However, the findings didn't extend to heavy imbibers, so it should be used in moderation. In addition, alcohol can be toxic to the liver and to the nervous system, and many wines have sulfites, which may be harmful to your health. Note: some research indicates that alcohol is considered a class "A" carcinogen which can actually cause cancer - see You should probably switch to non-alcoholic wines.

Rosemary may help increase the activity of detoxification enzymes. An extract of rosemary, termed carnosol, has inhibited the development of both breast and skin tumors in animals. We haven't found any studies done on humans. Rosemary can be used as a seasoning. It can also be consumed as a tea: Use 1 tsp. dried leaves per cup of hot water; steep for 15 minutes.

Seaweed and other sea vegetables contain beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, and chlorophyll, as well as chlorophylones - important fatty acids that may help in the fight against breast cancer. Many sea vegetables also have high concentrations of the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and iodine.

Soy products like tofu contain several types of phytoestrogens — weak, nonsteroidal estrogens that could help prevent both breast and prostate cancer by blocking and suppressing cancerous changes. There are a number of isoflavones in soy products, but research has shown that genistein is the most potent inhibitor of the growth and spread of cancerous cells. It appears to lower breast-cancer risk by inhibiting the growth of epithelial cells and new blood vessels that tumors require to flourish and is being scrutinized as a potential anti-cancer drug. However, there are some precautions to consider when adding soy to your diet. Eating up to 4 or 5 ounces of tofu or other soy a day is probably ok, but research is being done to see if loading up on soy could cause hormone imbalances that stimulate cancer growth. As a precaution, women who have breast cancer or are at high risk should talk to their doctors before taking pure isoflavone powder and pills, extracted from soy.

Sweet potatoes contain many anticancer properties, including beta-carotene, which may protect DNA in the cell nucleus from cancer-causing chemicals outside the nuclear membrane.

Teas: Green Tea and Black tea contain certain antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins) which appear to prevent cancer cells from dividing. Green tea is best, followed by our more common black tea (herbal teas do not show this benefit). According to a report in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, these polyphenols that are abundant in green tea, red wine and olive oil, may protect against various types of cancer. Dry green tea leaves, which are about 40% polyphenols by weight, may also reduce the risk of cancer of the stomach, lung, colon, rectum, liver and pancreas, study findings have suggested.
Tapioca is derived from the cassava plant. It is one of the many plants that manufactures cyanide by producing a chemical called linamarine which releases hydrogen cyanide when it is broken down by the linamarase enzyme. Spanish researches have been studying the cassava and attempting to clone the genes from the plant which are responsible for producing the hydrogen cyanide and then transfer it to a retrovirus. However, funding for the project has run out. for more information on this. For a list of other foods that contain B17, go to our laetrile page.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that attacks roaming oxygen molecules, known as free radicals, that are suspected of triggering cancer. It appears that the hotter the weather, the more lycopene tomatoes produce. They also have vitamin C, an antioxidant which can prevent cellular damage that leads to cancer. Watermelons, carrots, and red peppers also contain these substances, but in lesser quantities. It is concentrated by cooking tomatoes. Scientists in Israel have shown that lycopene can kill mouth cancer cells. An increased intake of lycopene has already been linked to a reduced risk of breast, prostate, pancreas and colorectal cancer. (Note: Recent studies indicate that for proper absorption, the body also needs some oil along with lycopene.)

Tumeric (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers, especially bowel and colon cancer. In fact, a pharmaceutical company Phytopharm in the UK hopes to introduce a natural product, P54, that contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice.

Turnips are said to contain glucose molaes which is a cancer fighting compound. I haven't confirmed this.

Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with decreased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.

There are many good books on this topic, including Vern Verona's book on "Cancer Fighting Foods."


Can't believe I stayed out to almost 11 pm last nite. Had a great time at Bunco at Sharon and Lynn's house at the Cowboy roundup! It was so cute being greeted by Tom the cowboy on his horsey and his 2 bulls Kaleigh and Sam!!! I love my pink unicorn horsey and pink sheriff's badge with the pink bandana. You guys definitedly out did yourself esp. with that food!!!! Lynn's pulled pork is to almost die for!

I am looking for some holistic ideas to beat the C word. I know I need to eat healthier- Denise has researched that. (yuck- I like my snacks and treats) Linda mentioned grape juice....has anyone heard about something that I could incoporate? I am not going off chemo- I am not one of those types.... sometimes I have a pity party and eat just to eat for the comfort factor....

Had a great walk this am with Sharon. The trees and tulips are just beautiful and we didnt even have to count robins!!

Baseball is crazy now- full swing but I enjoy going to his games. I amy take a pass tonight as it may get too chilly and windy out. I have to try my best to stay healthy!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Kick it in the A-- girl!!!

Come on Helene the fighting can kick this thing in the a==!!! I've seen you hike before!!! Hope you had good company today for chemo!!! Hoping you have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Linda, Tia and Lynn...

Ok Helene...I have reinvited these ladies to join the blog. They have to set up an account to blog-Google seems easiest!!! Hope it works!!!

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!!!

been busy

When I feel better, I tend to over do things.....I have been pretty busy lately and forgot about the blog. Plus we are in baseball season....and the schedule is intense. The coach over scheduled games with the idea we would have a lot of rainouts this week and the only day off was Mon. with d/h on the weekends. I really like going to Tyler's games....and want to go to as many as I can.

I have chemo tomorrow and then the next Fri. The week I am off I will be getting a CAT scan to see if the tumors are shrinking and a port put in as my veins have taken a beating. Next Th. Denise and I are going to Rush for a second opinion. It took this long to get an appt. I just want to make sure I am on the right treaatment regime. I trust my oncologist and he even ecourages 2nd opinions.

Lisa G brought over a great meal on Sunday. Sunday seems to be my worst was nice to have a hot meal for Rob and Tyler. I seem to still have a appetite....I was hoping to lose a few pounds...and with a 3 pound bag of Robin Eggs from Tia and a ton of chocolate- that is just not happening!

I sm hoping to go to bunco tomorrow- I may need a little nappypoo....but it sure is nice to see friends and be normal (as normal as I cna be!)

I am grateful for the beautiful weather and for my family and friends. I need all the help I can to kick this cancer in the a_ _!

ps. Kim- how do people blog on this thing? My sister, Tia and Lynn want to write stuff- but can't figure it out. I think Linda wants to save her reputation....she thinks I write too many nice things about her!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Got your cute little thank you today!!! Hope the books are good!!! Hope you are having a good day!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

So happy that you are feeling the tumor shrinking!! That's what we are looking for!

I had a great time with you on Thursday! That walk along the river was very refreshing. But your company was the best! Lunch at Tangerine was delicious, too.

And not to worry about going commando. I loved that pink hat on you!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Love the good news!!!

So glad to hear your good news!!! So glad you have friends and famiy with you! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!


I keep hitting enter and it posts the title. So this goes with the dr visit title.

Linda and I got there around 11:30 and it felt like we were there 2 days instead of 5 hours! The dr. was running late- back from his vacation (the nerve of him taking a vacation! He visited his wife's aunt who is a nun in a home for nurses....) Rob came and I think the 3 of us waited over an hour to see Dr. Kash- who we like. He does not rush his patients out and really listens. So I guess that is worth the wait.

GOOD NEWS! My blood counts are great!! The tumor in my neck feels smaller to him (and to Denise and I). I go for 2 more chemo treatments then a CAT scan to see what's up. In the mean time I need to get a port (no not wine) because my veins are not the best- after the last time I had b/c. They can only use one arm so back to the surgeon to get a port put in.

Linda and I were loaded up with goodies for the chemo party- plus she brought in all the new "rags' to see who is gay in Hollywood ect. and Tia walks in to join our party! She was loaded down with goodies plus a 3 pound bag of Robin Eggs! Where does anyone find a 3 pound bag? Having Tia come by made the time go faster- she is such ray of sunshine. Not that Linda and I aren't but we are getting a little too used to this routine.

Nurse Ratchett was off today! Had good nurses- so that helps! Michelle the plebotomist is still my favorite- she made sure we had a private room and is just so sweet. Warmed blankies...pillows yeah I am living the High Life!


BAD NEWS .....When Rob asked the dr how long I will be on is indefinite..He has one patient in my similar situation who has been doing through this over a year. The options are pretty much wait and see....I may be able to tolerate this or I may need one of the chemo drugs with oral meds.

dr visit-all friggin day!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hoping you're feeling better!!!

Hope you are feeling better after chemo!!! Hope you beat Linda at the games today!!! AND...a nice nurse!!!

Hope you like the many to choose from!!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Good luck on chemo day.

I'm sure it was WONDERFUL having your chemo holiday. I hope it goes well tomorrow Tatiana or Gladys!

Hoping the days that follow are tolerable for you.

Sending good thoughts and prayers.



Right now I am going commando! Wig free- get your mind out of the gutter....As soon as I hear the school bus- I'll put the hat back on.

I enjoyed meeting up with Sandy Mace today. She and I taught together years ago in Rochelle. Even tho the weather was sucky- we had a nice walk, good lunch and great talk time. I was glad to get out to walk. My fitness routine has really taken a back seat since this cancer thing came up. Now I need to walk again- as she baked me a raspberry pie..yum.. She and Matt, her husband, grow raspberries in their backyard and Sandy makes- then freezes the pies- then bakes them when she wants to. Lucky me! (however, I will have to share with the boys at home)

Work was good yesterday. A week off from chemo really makes a big difference. Back to reality tomorrow. Once again Linda and I will bring treats and boggle to chemo to make the time pass a little quicker. I see the oncologist tomorrow and Rob is hoping he can get away from work to go. It is hard for him since he works in Hindale and it is at least a 45 min ride.

Sooooo chemo tomorrow for the next 3 Fridays. Quote from a book from Kim:

"While fighting cancer we often feel like pole-vaulters. We jump every day: it's just that life
keeps raising rhe height of the bar."


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Love that last post!!!

Helene, I hope your heart is not hurting now. All these people love you and are thinking and praying for you! Love this blog...I sometimes just pretend I am there!!! Wish I was! :(


Got an email from Karen Mo yesterday with the above letters.....HOF day.Hair on the Floor day- yep it was a shaving party....Denise took me to the wig place and we picked up Tatiana and Gladys- who has a new "do" and needs a new name! Here we go again. .. Gladys is blonder and longer than Tatiana. Denise actually brought the clippers and was ready to do it herself if we couldn't get in to the wig joint. Nothing bothersd that woman!

Kim sent me some books Hope for the Journey through Cancer and There's No Place Like Hope. In There's No Place like Hope- the author has little sayings, paragraphs that pinpoint certain issues. Re: hair-
"A bad hair day takes on a whole new meaning."

"losing our hair hurts and no one tells us that. It hurts our head, yes, but mostly it hurts our

Helps to know that other people have gone through this and feel the same way I do and did.

Gotta to to work- with Tatiana.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Raspberry Pie???

How was that raspberry pie??? Hoping you are feeling good today!!! Do name yet???

Monday, April 5, 2010


I still am getting the hang of this blog thing. I am not- nor will ever be- the techno queen! Went to work this afternoon and my first student I had told me I worry too much (I have had him for 2 years- and am helping him through ENG 1102- the research course) and the second told me to "relax" when I thought he didn't get his assignments done (another student I have had a while and have a great reportoir with). Yikes- a little high strung tonight! I think it is because the hair is really shedding and either they give me an appt. tomorrow to get Tatiana or Denise is bringing over the shears and giving me a buzz cut!

Got a new posse at work "Team Tatiana" with Captain Karen, Barbara and Judy. Karen surprised us with b/c bracelets and now we have a "secret" hand signal to go with it. Gotta have a sense of humor! This thing really hits home with Karen as she has battled this nasty disease in the past.

Holly's daughter, Courtney- came over yesterday or thier Sunday drive and gave me the sweetest pillow that she made. It is pink, with flowers and the b/c ribbon on it. Something to cuddle with!

9 pm- time to go to bed. Kim was rocking and rolling out in AZ with an earthquake. What was she drinking?????

Post Easter..


Waiting for a name for that new do!!! Glad you had a good Easter!!! Yesterday on Easter, we felt an earthquake that happened in Baja, Mexico. As earthquakes do not usually happened in Phoenix...we quickly remembered how there was an earthquake on the day Jesus was crucified!!! He can shake the world Helene...hoping you are feeling great today!!!
I am going to try posting again for you HTFM! After talking to you I totally forgot about this blog. Sounds like you are now looking for a name for your wig. I like Tatiana!! I also like Bertha. I had a car once that I called Bertha Butts because it had been hit in the butt 5 times and always came back for more! You seem to be getting hit and coming back for more, too! I can't wait until I get together with you for lunch on Thursday. Would you object to me bringing you one of those raspberry pies like I fixed at my party last summer? I have one frozen that has your name on it :~) Let me know if you would like it frozen to bake for later or baked!! I will talk to you before Thurs.
Sandy M

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Just remembered Sandy's suggestion of Hildegard (sounds like a prison warden!) or Hildy (Tyler had a nasty English teacher in 6th grade....I called her Hitler Hilde) or Heidi...but Tatiana still fits- as I hope my wig does...


Happy Easter !!

Hey there,

No chemo = feeling pretty good! Even had 2 beers and some champagne last night to toast LINDA'S 39th (ha) birthday. What fun to forget my problems and just do normal stuff...Tia made such a wonderful party for Linda and I was happy I could go!

So, after several discussions about the new cranial prothesis...great minds have come up with a name. No it isn't Winnie the Wig as Tom my bro-in-law suggested. Lolita sounded a little iffy- even tho Lisa G found a cute champagne glass by that name- Vivi was in the running...but Lisa C came up with Tatiana after "Save the TaTa's! Love it! Kinda sassy, intriguing and I don't know any Tatiana's, never taught a Tatiana so Tatiana or Tatyana it is. I will probably have to go get her this next week or 2 as I am getting a little thin on top- or as my Dad used to say "grass doesn't grow on a busy street"! (or on one that is chemotized....)

Lynn B cracks me up- she made her cell phone ring tone the song that Kim has on this blog- how sweet is that.

For Easter today I am wearing my new shirt from Linda Sue- a robin holding a pink ribbon in her beak- how awesome is that- since I love my robins and look forward to thier arrival each spring. I think I drove Sharon crazy counting them all when we were walking...

Hope everyone is as happy as I am today- enjoy your Easter-

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!!!

God Bless you on this special day!!! May you feel His presence!!!
Hope I am getting this blog thing right! Okay, checked some names - what about Hildegarde or Heidi? They both mean 'battle protector', noble one. Fitting, I thought. What do you think?
You are always in our thoughts & prayers. Love you

Friday, April 2, 2010


Thank God It's Friday & No Chemo!!!!!

Only had to get a blood test today. What a nice way to celebrate the Easter Weekend. We are going to my sister's house for Easter dinner and an egg hunt. I stuffed over 150 eggs for the kids - Tyler is getting a little old, but too bad- so sad- get over it!

Hair is still shedding- I am moussing it heavily and it is curly! I am hoping to get 1 or 2 weeks out of this before I have to get it shaved. Still thinking of a name...Lynn recommended Victoria- for victorious and Zoe for something like being a strong warrior. Can't use Zoe- I know a sweetie named Zoey and Victoria- not sassy enough! Vivi?

Once again- thanks to all for the prayers, positive thoughts etc.

Helene TFM

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How's the hair looking?

Hi Helene, well---how the short do? Chemo tomorrow or off this week? I'm glad you had a couple good days. How did you like that new Irish restaurant? It was packed on St. Patrick's Day.

Sending good thoughts your way.

Happy Easter

Love, Julie
Had a great lunch with Katie and Tom today at "Katie O'Connor's" restaurant! They came in from Iowa to visit their son, daughter-in-law and grandson Aidan. More later