PLEASE PRAY FOR BELLA

bellaBella’s going back to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to begin a new chemo treatment – and we’re all praying for healing – thank you for joining us in prayer for this sweet brave soldier.  ❤

Precious Lord,

We know You love us.  Jesus is our Good Shepherd and encourages the children to come to Him.  He carries these little lambs in His loving arms and gently cares for ones who are afraid and weak.  It’s so difficult to watch Bella go through this and not be able to do anything to help – but Lord, we can and will pray for this sweet baby as she goes back to St. Jude to begin a new kind of treatment.  We pray that You will intervene and give her a complete healing – as only You can.  We will be careful to give YOU the glory for this good news.  Please carry Bella through the chemo with minimal discomfort, Lord.  Please tend to her as only YOU can.

We lift Bella up to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate her frail body and return her to complete health and strength.  Please surround her with Your angels and protect her from further danger.

Lord, You love the little children and You hear and answer our prayers on her behalf.  Keep this sweet lamb wrapped in Your arms and resting on Your bosom.  Restore Bella back to full health, we pray.  We thank You in advance for what You will do and praise You for You alone are worthy of our praise!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Aren’t we thankful we can talk to Dr. Jesus on behalf of our friends and family?

My God is going to heal me.  – Bella

Thank you, Amber, for sharing this too cute pic of Bella on facebook!  I’m going to print her photo and put it in my purse so I’ll be reminded to pray often for her.  🙂

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Here are some facts about breast cancer sprinkled in with the uplifting and encouraging poetry of Lucinda Berry Hill.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, get a second opinion.  NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, such as City of Hope, have higher rates of survival for breast cancer.

While non-Hispanic white women have higher rates of breast cancer incidence, African-American women have a higher incidence rate before age 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.

a-gift-from-the-pasta-light-in-the-darknessExercise is beneficial to breast cancer survivors. A study found only a third of survivors meet recommended activity levels.

Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at higher risk of having BRCA mutation. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends testing for BRCA mutations for Ashkenazi Jewish women if they have a first-degree relative with breast or ovarian cancer or two second-degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast or ovarian cancer.

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because-i-know-jesusAbout 5-10% of breast cancers can be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.

Most breast cancer – about 85 % – occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

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claimed-and-lovedMen can also get breast cancer. About 2,150 are diagnosed annually – or about 1 in 1,000 men.

Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.

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courage-by-graceA woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer accounts for 29 percent of newly diagnosed cancers.

encouragementevery-day-stepsThe American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S.finding-joy god-has-you-in-these-changesWhile much progress has been made in breast cancer treatment and research, more work remains: Breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Overall, cancer deaths are the second most-common cause of death for U.S. women, after heart disease.

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Minimize alcohol intake to control risk. That means one glass of wine, one beer or one hard liquor drink per day. (Drinking seven drinks in one day and none the rest of the week is not OK.)hell-make-it-goodhis-love-is-extra-largeOnly about 42 percent of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery,  according to a recent JAMA Surgery study.i-prayed-for-youin-his-arms

In the 1970s, breast cancer lifetime risk was 1 in 11 – compared to today’s one in eight. The good news is part of the reason is due to longer life expectancy and more detection through screening. Other factors include menopausal hormone use, changes in reproductive patterns and the increased prevalence of obesity.in-his-carekeep-your-chin-up The movement away from one-size-fits all screening doesn’t mean you should skip your mammogram. Talk with your physician to evaluate your personal risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

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lift-with-your-knees Herceptin, a breast cancer “smart drug,” can trace its roots to City of Hope: Scientists here developed engineered human proteins that led to monoclonal antibodies, the basis of multiple cancer drugs.like-a-flower-in-a-field

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The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men and women are at 200 times the risk of developing the disease compared to risk in men.master-of-my-thoughtspray-do-and-waitAccording to the National Institutes for Health, breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis.  Estrogen has a protective effect on bones, and reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.prayer-by-prayerpraying-for-your-peace If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re up to four times more likely to develop a new cancer in the same breast or in the other breast.

Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 have a nearly 4.5-fold increased risk of developing another breast cancer.

right-away-i-prayedvictory-with-my-jesusAnother top risk factor for breast cancer: Simply getting older – 79% of new cases and 88% of deaths occurred in women age 50 and older, according to the American Cancer Society. Just fewer than 11,000 invasive cases occurred in women younger than 40, and just under 49,000 in women under 50. In women ages 50 to 64, invasive breast cancer was even more prevalent with more than 84,000 cases. Women over age 65 accounted for more than 99,000 cases last year.when-no-means-yeswhere-your-beauty-liesWhile the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week is beneficial, Bernstein’s research has found.

With eight out of 10 breast lumps discovered by women themselves, don’t underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam. By becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance, you will be more likely to notice changes should they occur. City of Hope recommends these tips for conducting a breast self-exam.fall-awareness

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Get yearly mammograms!  There is a new technology that provides 3D images available for the first time this year.  That’s good news to those who have had suspicious readings in the past or a history.  The only bad news is, most insurance will not cover the difference in cost, which I was told would be $80.

My friend Christy is a breast cancer survivor!  She, along with family and friends, will walk in the Making Strides event here in Wichita on Saturday, October 22nd.  With her permission, I’m posting the link here and hope you will consider supporting team Christy!  She’s just $25 away from her goal of $100 to support breast cancer research.  🙂

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=35802576&pg=personal&fr_id=77457&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=bfDskFbPfSched

Take a look at her cool shirts!

Here’s the link for the STORE.  That’s right – SHOPPING!!!  Retail therapy – oh yeah, baby!

https://thebreastcancersite.greatergood.com/store

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Thanks to Ardeth Stroh for this cool pink pumpkin!

Happy October – let’s celebrate life with pink pumpkins!  😉

BRIGHT PINK LIPSTICK DAY

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I hope that today, as part of breast cancer awareness, you will wear bright pink lipstick.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.  – Author Unknown

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shine-1279586_1280Audrey Hepburn said a famous line in the movie, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”:

A girl cannot read without lipstick.  – Audrey Hepburn

I love that line – so much, that I tweaked it and told people in my church that I can’t sing without lipstick.  It’s amazing how many people thought I made that up.  Isn’t anyone else a fan of Audrey Hepburn?

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I’m usually in a more coral or burgundy mood…  but today I will wear my BRIGHT PINK for my friends and family who have battled breast cancer and those who sadly, lost the battle.

Maybe today you will:

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active-84646_1920active-19413_1920Exercise without shoes or socks.  Just don’t forget your lipstick.  😉

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Whatever is on your schedule today, make sure you are wearing your bright pink lipstick!  Show your support for the American Cancer Society and please consider donating today.

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My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.  – Olivia Newton-John

A diagnosis of cancer is a game changer.  Scary at first – but then the fear turns into fight and the attitude kicks in – with faith in God and determination to follow doctor’s instructions to the letter.  There’s a realization that human beings are indeed finite and frail.  These bodies we are given need to be cared for very carefully with proper nutrition and regular exercise and hydration.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a teacher.  The lesson is one that will never be forgotten.  We learn that there may be some bad habits we need to let go of for the sake of our health.  As we make healthier choices, we then are able to face challenges that will help our quality of life.

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.  – Emory Austin

Once health is restored, and with thanksgiving we run toward the next hurdle, knowing we can jump it with complete confidence in our God because He saw us through.  He’s been so faithful in our lives.  He will continue to be faithful because He loves us so very much.  🙂

 

 

 

 

OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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I know that May 8th is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day, but the month of September is dedicated to educating women about ovarian cancer.

For me, it was not so subtle – and the timing was a God thing.  Since I’m retired, I don’t typically dress up for any reason unless it’s for church.  It’s not unusual to see me in sweat pants in the winter or capris in the summer with a large tee shirt most of the time.

But it was around Easter and I went out to buy an Easter dress.  I tried it on at the store and it fit fine.  I got the dress out on Sunday and when I put it on, it was suddenly too tight!  I knew that was strange because it fit so well in the dressing room at the store.

A voice – inner voice – God’s voice – prompted me to call my doctor.  I told her what happened and she asked some questions, then referred me to an OB/GYN.  Things happened very quickly from there.

I hardly had time to think, let alone process.

The bottom line is, the more information we share about this killer, the more likely women are to pay attention to changes in their bodies… and that’s what needs to happen.  If you ignore them or pass them off as getting older or eating a little too much, you could wait too long and it could be too late.

The ovaries are so small and the cancer does not stay contained there for long.  It doesn’t take long for the cancer to begin to spread.  Once that happens, it’s much more difficult to treat.  I’m not saying that to frighten you – but if you suspect something and need to be frightened into getting it checked out – then I’m glad I scared you.

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Ovarian cancer is not detected in any routine test.  It really is up to every woman to know her own body and when something odd happens, call for an appointment immediately!

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Menopause is not a picnic, but it beats the alternative.  Don’t get me wrong…  I’m ready to go to Heaven, but I’m thankful that God still wants to use me here on earth for a while longer.  Maybe God knew that I’d work to help educate women by telling them about my experience and encourage them to see a doctor if they suspect something is not right.  🙂

 

 

EAT ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

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I invite you to click on the link below to find out more about this great holiday – and it would be a great idea to contribute to a children’s hospital such as St. Jude’s today – and give in honor of one of the children they are helping there.

https://eaticecreamforbreakfast.com/

In the comments below, let me know what flavor ice cream you are having for breakfast this morning – and who you’re eating it in honor of.

My special little person is Bella.  Her daddy is a minister here in Wichita.  My friend attends their church and reports that the whole church is praying in faith and trusting in our Lord to heal this little girl…  she’s a precious and brave little soldier she has so much faith!

Sometimes her counts will be down so she’ll come to church wearing a mask with her hands raised up high praising the Lord she’s such an inspiration to us all.   – Denna Bowmaker

Bella was diagnosed at 18 months old with a brain tumor.  They did surgery when she was 22 months old to take as much of the tumor out as they safely could.  Since the tumor is attached to the optic nerve, the entire tumor could not be removed surgically.  She’s gone through several rounds of chemo in her young life.  At times the tumor stops growing.  Unfortunately, it’s currently growing so she is going back to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennessee for more chemotherapy.

Recently the enzyme levels in her liver were elevated so they had to stop chemo.  Once they get the levels back to normal they resume treatment.

Her church family is constantly lifting her to God in prayer.  They even wear shirts!  Isn’t that great?12439263_1092000810831817_1893896791231558060_nThe photo is dark – but it says, FIGHT AGAINST BRAIN CANCER BECAUSE I NEED BELLA IN MY LIFE – SUPPORTING BELLA’S BATTLE.

Please visit BELLA’S BATTLE on facebook!  There are photos and updates from Bella’s parents.  Above all, please join your prayers with ours – because our God is the GREAT PHYSICIAN!

https://www.facebook.com/BellasBattle/?fref=ts

As I enjoy ice cream, I’m thinking of her, praying for her and hoping that God will touch this sweet six-year-old and heal her.  She’s so brave and has such BIG faith!

https://www.stjude.org/

May God richly bless you as you bless these little ones.  We overlook so many blessings and take for granted that which many of these children would appreciate so much.  The health we enjoy (although yes as we get older we creak and pop) is what these children would consider a miracle in their lives.  Do you have a child who is in good health?  Give thanks and make a donation to St. Jude to help those families who are concentrating on regaining good health for their child.  🙂

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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We do what we can financially to help.  We change our profile photo on facebook to a comic book hero to raise awareness.  We do what we can…  but the most important thing we can do is talk to our Father in Heaven on behalf of these little ones and their parents.

Loving Lord Jesus,

You were the One that said let the little children come unto me, and You placed Your hands on all – and blessed them.. I come to You today to ask that Your healing hand would touch the life of this little child, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Lord their little body is racked with pain and life has become so difficult, as the cancer is encroaching through their tiny frame. Be close to this little one I pray, and hold them close to Yourself. Lord, I ask that they may be healed and spared any from more pain. Be close to this little one each hour of the day, I pray. I lift up the parents, who are baffled by this disease and I ask for Your comfort and strength to uphold them as they seek to care for the little sick child. May they rest in You and be comforted and strengthened in this difficult time – and Lord, give them both the wisdom and skill to nurse their child back to full heath, I pray that they may the find their sufficiency and comfort in You, Whom to know is life eternal.  Thank You Lord Jesus, Amen.

What can my blog do for these sweet children?  I know there are some kids and their parents looking at this right now.  With help from my group, A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, we are giving you gifts of beauty, encouragement and hope.  We know that we can’t take the cancer away (how we wish we could), but we can bring a smile to your face or give you a moment of calm.

This post will be up from September 22nd through the end of the month.  Our group hopes you are encouraged and filled with renewed hope after you look through this post.  Grab your umbrella because a shower of HOPE is on its way!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

HE IS OUR PEACE

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Remember the story of David and Goliath?  David was just a little boy, but with God’s help he sure did kill the giant, didn’t he?

This photo from my friend Stephanie Guier Lutz put a big grin on my face!

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And remember that you are never alone…

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LOL – this pup is reading COFFEE WITH JESUS!  Photo courtesy of Barbara Dunn.

And this photo from Lucinda Berry Hill:

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ARE YOU MY MOMMY???

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ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST

Strawberry, Vanilla or Chocolate???  How about all THREE???  Yum!!!

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And wow…  enjoy this from my friend, Valerie McKinney!

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How cool is that???

And how about this cute picture taken by Lucinda Berry Hill?

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I’M SO COMFY, MOM!!!

We care about those with cancer!  Right now, Lucinda is helping those battling breast cancer.  Find out how you can help here on her facebook wall:

https://www.facebook.com/coffeewithjesus.lucindaberryhill/posts/901692733242258?notif_t=notify_me_page

Our patients become our heroes.  – Lisa Newman, M.D., director of the University of Michigan Breast Care Center

To all the wonderful folks fighting cancer…  we want you to know we love you and we care.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you. 

WORLD CANCER DAY

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It’s WORLD CANCER DAY!!!  It’s a day to honor the lives of those who succumbed to it, but also a day to celebrate those who overcame it.  It’s a day when we will try to fly the flag of hope for the future.  Hope for better treatments, hope for more cures.

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How many cancer awareness ribbons are there?  SO many.  Here are just a few:

  • Clear, pearl or white:  Lung Cancer
  • Yellow:  Bone Cancer
  • Blue:  Colon Cancer
  • Orange:  Leukemia
  • Light Blue:  Carcinoma, Prostate Cancer
  • Lime green:  Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Purple:  Testicular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer
  • Lavender:  Cancer of all kinds
  • Pink & Blue:  Male Breast Cancer
  • Gray:  Brain Cancer
  • Black:  Melanoma
  • Pink:  Breast Cancer, Abdominal Cancer
  • Green:  Kidney Cancer
  • Teal:  Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer
  • Violet:  Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Gold:  Childhood Cancer
  • Burgundy:  Oral Cancer
  • Burgundy & Ivory:  Head & Neck Cancer

Wow – so many colors…  we will call it a rainbow of hope.

I’m not a stranger to cancer.  My earliest memory of cancer was way back in the early 1970’s when my Aunt Frankie started writing letters to my mom about not feeling well.  She thought she had the flu, but tests were done and an exploratory surgery revealed that she had cancer – to quote the doctors – “everywhere”.  It was so advanced there was nothing they could do but keep her as comfortable as possible.  My cousins lost their mother when she was only in her 50’s.

In the 1970’s Aunt Mary had radiation treatments for cancer but I don’t know what kind.  I was still young enough that details were being kept from me.  Aunt Bea had breast cancer that she fought and won a couple of times.  My cousin fought thyroid cancer and will be on THRT (thyroid hormone replacement therapy) the rest of her life.  My mom’s family seemed destined to get some form of cancer.  I kept waiting for it to be my mother’s turn.  When she was 81 she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  There was nothing they could do.  I feel blessed to have had her until she was 82.  I was surprised to lose my dad to cancer since he had no family history of it.  In 1988 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lived a few months.  He was taken by a blood clot and not by the cancer at the age of 62.

The theme for World Cancer Day 2015 is NOT BEYOND US.  A day of encouragement for everyone.

The point is, cancer is everywhere and we pray for better treatments that are not so radical.  Some folks say the treatment is worse than the disease.  The treatments do seem to get more tolerable as time goes by, but some chemo is still very rough to go through.

I keep hearing about the advancements in the testing.  Cancer is being found in earlier stages now, which makes it better to fight, which gives a person better odds of survival.  Some people survive it – I’m one of those very blessed individuals.  Ovarian cancer is quite deadly if not caught in time.  Once it spreads it is almost certainly fatal.  I don’t take one day for granted and I make the best of every day I’m given.  As I speak with other cancer survivors, I hear the same thing.  Surviving cancer gives you a brand new perspective on life.  I have a much shorter list of “bummers” than I did before.  I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore – there is no more small stuff.  Cancer is the biggest bummer of all – and God saw fit to see me through it – so nothing else matters.  Now – I live.  Living is the goal and living cancer free is the greatest blessing.  🙂