One year ago today I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. It is a day and moment that is scorched in my memory, especially as I go in today for my 18th cycle of treatment. What a roller coaster it has, and continues, to be.

They told me what to expect. I listened. They told me it would be tough. It is. They told me it would change me. It has. They told me I wouldn't be here now. I am.

I've learned to make the most of the good days. I've learned how precious life is. I've learned who is important to me. I've learned what is important to me. I've learned to let go of control. I've learned who I am. I've learned why I am here. For that I am grateful.

Remember it isn't life's situations that define you, its your reactions.

If you are reading this, you are a part of my life. For that, I say thank you. You provide me strength, you provide me support, you make me smile, you make me laugh, you make me realize how lucky I truly am.

We got this! ‪#‎endcancer‬ ‪#‎smilesforniles‬ ‪#‎mycurewear‬

Hi Friends,

As you know, things have been going in the right direction for me since being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last fall. Although I am getting my port put back in this week for some clean up treatment, and things continuously go up and down, this experience has led me to following a passion of mine, and starting an apparel line with a greater cause - it is dedicated towards making lives of patients better, while engaging the support of people like you. I'm calling it CureWear. Simply put, CureWear provides patients comfortable clothing during treatment and provides you top notch athletic gear that stands for a cause.

As I look to make this a reality, I wanted to share the Kickstarter campaign I launched HERE. It would mean an incredible amount to me if you took the time to look at it, and get involved in any way you care to do so. Because of you, I never felt alone during the hardest time of my life, and I believe that CureWear provides everyone the opportunity to be inspired by the clothing we wear, and never feel alone.

Your support as always means the world to me, and if you're wondering how else you can help, I would really love your help in spreading the word about this project to your friends, family members, and network.  The more people who know about CureWear, the more people we'll be able to help.

I took some time to put this list together, some highlights of what I’ve learned. It’s somewhat of a nutritional best practices that has allowed me to heal, stay healthy, and live the right way. 

Make changes that you know you can make. 

What I mean is know yourself, and don’t make too quick of a change to handle, otherwise you won’t enjoy it and it won’t stick. Maybe that means small steps at first, or maybe you know there are certain things you aren’t ready to give up or change. Know yourself, but I assure you there are many ways to implement and incorporate a healthier lifestyle.

Plant Based Diet

Everything in bold below are the highlights, but instead of using list form I wanted to write it out so its explained a bit more. 

There is a lot of modern evidence showing how animal based products lead to disease and illness in a wide variety of ways. On the other hand, there is no evidence of a plant based diet leading to any illness or disease, and in fact there is evidence of the exact opposite - it can heal from and not allow disease and illness to form and/or grow. 

I would suggest starting slow, and perhaps replace two days a week as vegetarian or vegan meals. 

Focus on a plant-based diet high in green (especially cruciferous) vegetables, and a ton of color when you can - color can come in the form of fruit or veggies. and all items should be fresh. If something doesn’t perish, that is very unnatural. Avoiding grains that are high carb grains is good, and can be replaced by super healthy ones like faro or buckwheat, using sprouts whenever you can, and using seeds like quinoaas well. Nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews) and seeds (pumpkin, hemp) should be a part of your diet as well. Legumes and beans provide much needed fiber and are a great source of protein.

My Super Foods

Fruits - acai, goji, blueberries, strawberries

Allium family (garlic, shallots, onions)

Vegetables - wheatgrass, blue green algae (chlorella & spirulina), broccoli, kale, spinach, beets, cauliflower, and sprouts

Nuts & Seeds - almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, quinoa, pumpkin, chia

Beans

Spices - curcumin (turmeric), ginger, cardamom, cinnamon

Juicing - like every liquid, it goes right into your bloodstream and avoids the need to digest. In order to get the equivalent of only 1 ounce of juice you’d have to eat 2 pounds of that food. That is how powerful juicing is, and it gets all the amazing vitamins and nutrients into you. I can go on an on here, but really juicing should always include vegetables. 

Eating Raw - There are enzymes in food that naturally help do the ‘work’ behind digesting. At 118 degrees, they don’t survive, so by cooking something at those high temperatures, we are first putting more strain on our digestive system, and secondly at very high temperatures (grilling) we are altering the DNA of food, therefore making it unnatural. Raw foods are very easy to incorporate into a diet, and I try to take the 80% raw / 20% not raw mentality to my diet. 

Vitamins. I take a plant based multivitamin, along with a pill of ChlorellaSpirulina, and Curcumin. I could go on with so much detail why these are great to incorporate, but simply put, these are essential building blocks that give our bodies exactly what we need to be healthy, and provide us with things we won’t get from food otherwise. 

Brands:

Rainbow Light (multi vitamin)

Mountain Rose (Chlorella, Spirulina)

Swanson Curcumin

Boku (superfoods)

Alkazone (alkaline drops)

Essentia (water, 9.5ph)

Vega (great bars, snacks, powders)

Avoid:

Processed foods, non natural sugars, animal products, GMO’s, pesticides & herbicides (only choose organic)

My Ideal Meal:

Breakfast - fresh fruit combined with some sort of sprouted grain or nuts. Think acai bowl with sprouted grain and fresh fruit. Ezekial ‘raw/sprouted’ cereal with almond milk (any nut milk), fresh fruit, almonds, cardamom and hemp seeds.

Mid Morning Juice - Carrot, Kale, Chard, Lemon, Ginger

Lunch - Any crucierfous vegetable at its core, red bell pepper, sprouts, nuts/seeds, avocado, lemon. Can make a salad with this, or put on sprouted bread.

Dinner - Steamed cruciferous vegetables with a healthy grain (faro, buckwheat) or quinoa. If cooking on stove, only use coconut oil, and start with garlic, shallots, onions as base. 

Liquids - Alkaline water, coconut water, fresh fruit juices, green tea

Snacks - Vega Bar, nuts, seeds, sprouted bread toast with guacamole




How do you start your day? If you aren't already, I highly recommend drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning to kick start your digestive system. Very simple - take warm water and squeeze a lemon (or a half, up to you) into it. 

Benefits of doing this are GREAT, you'll notice a difference right away:

1. Boosts your immune system - Lemons are high in vitamin C, and high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure, and the vitamin C will help you fight colds. 

2. Balances pH - Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around, and as I've shared many a time now, you want your body to be alkaline! 

3. Improves Digestion - Since lemons are high in fiber, it helps flush out unwanted materials. You will notice the difference, I promise!

4. Cleans skin - The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes, and lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. You could apply it directly to scars or blemishes to help reduce their appearance.

5. Keeps your breath fresh - Why not start the day off with fresh breath, right?! 

6. Relieves respiratory problems - Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. Allergy season is here, give this a try. 

7. Calming way to start your day - I couldn't find any 'medical' research here, but I notice when starting my day with warm lemon juice, it fills me with a sense of calm. Not a bad way to start a day!


A Pile of Fresh Turmeric RootsTurmeric in Wooden Bowl


Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence - it is something I have learned a tremendous amount about, and it has helped me with my current fight. 

Although it has been around for a very long time, Western cultures are just scratching the orange surface of its amazing health benefits. It is traditionally used as a spice in curry, and even though I use it in cooking all the time, I also take it in a supplement form. 

Here are some evidence-based health benefits of the mighty spice: 

Contains Powerful Medicinal Properties

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color, and has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, science has started to support what the Indians have known for a very long time. The compounds in turmeric are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and acts as an extremely strong antioxidant.

I usually add black pepper or peppercorns when cooking with turmeric, and my supplement contains curcuminoids and piperine - this enhances the absorption of cur cumin. 

Natural Anti-Inflammatory

Although short-term inflammation is beneficial to us, it can become a major problem when it is chronic. In fact, it is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic, Western disease. This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases. It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, and is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin actually targets the inflammatory pathway at the molecular level. Curcumin blocks something called NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases.

Antioxidant Booster

Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind many diseases and the aging process. It involves free radicals, highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons. Free radicals tend to react with important organic substances, such as fatty acids, proteins, and DNA. 

The main reason antioxidants are so beneficial, is that they protect our bodies from free radicals - curcumin happens to be a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure, while also boosting the activity of the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.

Lowers Heart Disease Risk

Heart disease is the biggest killer in the world. Although there are many contributing factors, curcumin has been shown to reverse many steps in the heart disease process. The spice has been shown to improve the lining of the blood vessels in the heart, and in fact, one study shows that is as effective as exercise.

Cancer Prevention & Treatment

There are many different forms of cancer, but they do have several commonalities, some of which appear to be affected by curcumin supplementation. Researchers have been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment, and as I mentioned before, it has been helping me with my fight. 

It can postively deter growth, development, and spread at the molecular level. Also, studies have shown that it can reduce growth of new blood vessels in tumors, in addition to contributing to apoptosis, which is the death of cancerous cells. 

Alzheimer's Prevention

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the world and a leading cause of dementia. Unfortunately, no good treatment is available for Alzheimer’s yet, therefore, prevention is important. There may be good news on the horizon, because curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. It is known that inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, and as we know, curcumin has beneficial effects on both.



Glowing Green Smoothie

This is different than the juices I've been talking about, this can be made in a blender in a few minutes and will give you A TON of nutritional value. 

The vegetables fill you with beta carotene, calcium, and vitamins C & K, and the fruit is packed with polyphenols & anthocyanins that battle free radicals. 

  • 1/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 green apple, cored 
  • 1 cup Aronia (chokeberry)

Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

Makes 3 cups


Joe Cross Mean Green Juice

The human body is inextricably dependent on the quality of food and no less its' compatibility with the needs of our bodies. People have awakened to this realization recently, especially in the form of trends and 'diets', but the value of juicing and its 'mysterious' workings on our human bodies cannot be denied, supplying us with the ability to make use of minerals and vitamins we are putting inside of us. I discovered this while going through a health issue of my own, but have learned a ton and incorporate at least two juices a day into my every day life. 

Whether this is your first time trying, to a juicing veteran, I wanted to share some of the things I've learned along with some of my favorite recipes.

Basics:

Why is juicing so effective, why don't I just eat the food whole? The efficacy of juicing lies in the fact that, by separating the mineral elements and distilled water in the food from the fibers, we relieve our digestive system from that burden, therefore allowing the liquid food to be digested in a matter of minutes. I assure you, 15 minutes after you consume a juice you are filled with vitality and will find yourself no longer hungry. Knowing you are getting the best nutritional value in such a potent way leaves you feeling content and ready to take on your next challenge! 

This digestive system that you are 'skipping,' is required to sparate the mineral elements from the fibers, and involves time and labor, unusual hours, and all at the cost of your digestive system. I personally see a big difference when putting a burden on my digestive system comported to juicing. HUGE difference. The traditional source of digesting whole foods requires energy, and in fact, some of that energy comes from the food you are eating, so you don't even get the full benefits of eating a healthy food.

Enzymes - if you know anyone eating raw (juicing is obviously raw), you would have most likely heard them talking about enzymes. Enzymes are elements that enable the body to be nourished and lived, they are found in the seeds of plants and in sprouting and growth of plants. They allow us to digest food (they do the work), and to absorb it into our blood. Enzymes break down at 118 degrees, so if cooking, be aware of that. 

Concerns:

Balance juicing with higher fiber and protein diets such as beans, nuts, legumes, and lentils throughout the day. As an example of a snack/meal, I like to make cabbage wraps, where I use a red cabbage leaf, coat it with guacamole, put some sprouts and crushed nuts on it. Roll it up and devour them!

If you are staring for the first time, like anything, I would suggest easing your way into it. You will notice an effect, especially on your bowels, but don't be discouraged, that means its working! 

Am I getting enough protein? Generally, speaking yes. But again, juicing is one component of your diet. Incorporating things like beans and nuts have strong sources of protein. 

What You Need:

Your 'level' of juicing completely is up to you - I'm sure there are juicing stores or parts of grocery stores providing juices by you now, but you can also juice your own. The difference is really time vs. money - juicing your own in the long run will save you money, but you will need much more prep time. On the other hand, juice companies/stores will have them available, and most likely in a refrigerator (even though they use high pressure machines to keep fresh, you really should consume your juice within a half hour of making), but will be a little more expensive. 

I suggest trying both ways and seeing what works for you. No matter what it is, make it fit into your life so you can make it a part of it. 

I have three juicers - a Green Star elite juicer, and two Omega juicers - one specifically for wheatgrass (we can talk about this some ether time), and a high speed motor for juicing. They can add up, but necessary in taking control of your healthy life. Again, and as always, up to you!

Recipes

There are countless juice combinations you can make, and really the point is that you ARE juicing, that's all that matters. I would suggest incorporating in EVERY juice as your 'base' be comprised of carrots (5 sticks usually), ginger, & turmeric. I put these in all of my juices to get the ever needed beta carotene and health effects of ginger (alkaline forming, digestion aid) & turmeric (anti-inflammatory).

Kale, Swiss Chard, Celery, Lemon w/Carrots, Ginger, & Turmeric 

Spinach, Beets, Fennel, with Carrots, Ginger & Turmeric

As always, let me know if you have any questions, happy juicing!!



Coconuts for Coconut Oil

10 Ways I Use Coconut Oil 


Cooking

Some oils are unsafe to cook with at high temperatures, coconut oil is a great alternative. Cooking with coconut oil is almost fool-proof due to its high smoke point, and it imparts a rich flavor with subtle hints of tropical paradise into every dish. Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It can be substituted for almost any other oil at a 1:1 ratio and is commonly used in baked goods and sautés. Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat - one of nature's best sources of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are quickly absorbed by your body to deliver a natural boost of energy. 

You can buy coconut oil in two forms: refined & virgin. Virgin coconut oil retains its natural scent and taste of fresh coconuts, while refined coconut oil has a more bland taste due to the refining process. Both have a shelf life of up to 2 years. 


1) Cooking with Heat - simply use instead of any oil you would traditionally use. I love adding fresh garlic & turmeric for additional health benefits and taste. 

2) On Toast Instead of Butter - I use sprouted bread for the best nutrition, and when toasting, use coconut oil instead of butter. For a great snack or meal, try adding huac, tomatoes, and baby kale to make a delicious nutrient dense sandwich.

3) Smoothies - add one tablespoon of coconut oil to your favorite smoothie recipe to reap the benefit of the oil’s MCTs. 

4) Kale Chips - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut Kale leaves into thirds, and place on a baking sheet and brush lightly with coconut oil. Bake for about 10 minutes or until chips are lightly brown.  Add cayenne pepper to taste and enjoy!

5) In Your Tea - let a teaspoon of coconut oil melt into your tea for some added flavor and benefits

6) On Your Greens - my favorite dressing consists of Bragg sauce, lemon juice, fresh ginger, and some coconut oil. You will be craving more in no time.


Skin Care

7) Moisturizer - coconut oil not only feeds our insides, it does wonders to our skin and hair. Apply generously to skin & hair, as well as lips until satisfied.

8) Add to Bath Water - a great way to add some natural moisture & aromatherapy is to add around 1/4 cup into your warm bath. 

9) Shaving Cream - believe it or not, coconut oil is great for shaving, give it a shot next time.


Other Uses

10) Oil Pulling - I try and start my days with a good oil pull. Take a spoonful into your mouth, and swish around for a few minutes. The oil literally pulls toxins out of you, helping detox your body and a great way to start the day. 


Green has always had a special place in my life. It has been my favorite color for my entire life, something I've always been drawn to, in fact I'm wearing a green sweatshirt right now as I type. Sometimes I wasn't so drawn to greens on my plate however. Boy has that changed lately - my entire day is filled with vegetables, the majority of them being...you guessed it, the color green!

I start my day with wheatgrass, and fill the remainder of it with as many vegetables as possible. My commitment to a plant based diet has no doubt helped me with the challenge I have been facing, and learning about the benefits has placed me in a position to truly know that the nutrition I put in my body is helping me heal every day, and grow into a better person. 

The videos featured in this post are just some examples of how I've incorporated vegetables, in particular greens, into my every day diet. From A(sparagus) to Z(ucchini), I make an effort to have as many greens as I can, and have found ways to make these nutritional powerhouses taste delicious. I've shared the recipes at the end of this posting, and below are some nutritional facts of vegetable I have incorporated as a part of my regimen. 


Beets 
Like other nonstarchy vegetables, beets are low in calories and have a high water content and a good amount of fiber, making them a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease. Beets are a good source of folate, a B vitamin that helps maintain healthy hair and may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and potassium, a mineral that helps lower blood pressure and preserve bone health. Beets also contain anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants that may protect against arthritis and age-related memory loss. The phytochemical betacyanin is what causes the bright red color, and has been linked to fighting cancer. Beets are a great way to detoxify your body, due to beets increasing levels of glutathione.

Broccoli

Broccoli, like any cruciferous vegetable is essential in your diet, and helps maintaining an alkaline system. Broccoli in particular contains glucosinolate and sulforaphane, both great for battling cancer. That same sulforaphane is known to kill bacteria helicobacter pylori, a major cause of stomach cancer. Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system, and researchers have recently identified one of the key reasons for this detox benefit. Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin are 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli. This dynamic trio is able to support all steps in body's detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.


Carrots 
Similar to Beets, Carrots are low in calories and have a high water content and a good amount of fiber, making them a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. They are especially rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that may help prevent arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration, in addition to helping maintain healthy hair and skin. The potassium in carrots also helps lower blood pressure and preserves bone health. 

Celery 
Celery is a low-calorie vegetable with a high water content, making it a good addition to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. As with other juicy vegetables, the water in celery hydrates your body and helps flush out toxins, keeping your skin and other organs healthy. Celery is also a good source of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that some research suggests may help prevent arthritis and memory loss. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to raw vegetables and experience discomfort after eating them. Celery has phytochemicals called coumarin that help white blood cells identify free radicals and cancer cells, and help prevent damage.

Chard
Related to spinach and beets, Swiss chard offers fantastic antioxidant protection in the form of phytonutrients known as carotenoids. Specifically, the beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin found in chard help maintain eye health and may reduce the risk of cataracts. Further support comes when the body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which also helps promote healthy vision, boosts immunity, and may even fight cancer.

Green Beans 
Green beans are a good source of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that research suggests may help prevent arthritis and memory loss, and lutein and zeaxanthin, a pair of antioxidants that may help protect against cataracts and macular degeneration. 

Kale
Kale is a low calorie, high fiber vegetable, that is high in iron, Vitamin K, and packed with antioxidants. This cruciferous vegetable contains organosulfur compounds which are known to figh cancer, especially colon cancer, and is full of sulforaphane which helps which nourishes the immune system.

Seaweed 
Seaweed is a vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cuisine and is often served as seaweed salad and in sushi. If eaten regularly in large quantities, seaweed is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation, decrease triglycerides, and may help to lower high blood pressure and raise good cholesterol. Omega-3s may even reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, help maintain healthy skin and eyes, and slow memory decline. Folate, an important B vitamin, is also found in seaweed and helps keep your hair, skin, and heart healthy.

Spinach
One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Spinach is also full of flavonoids, a phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties abundant in spinach that have been shown to slow down cell division in human stomach and skin cancer cells. Furthermore, spinach has shown significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer, and is full of neoxanthin and violaxanthin, two anti-inflammatory epoxyxanthophylls that play an important role in regulation of inflammation and are present in unusual amounts in spinach.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass contains more than 90 elements from the soil, and it is one of nature’s richest sources of vitamins A and C.  Contains all of the known mineral elements and is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sulfur, sodium, cobalt and zinc.  Wheatgrass is also abundant in vitamin B-17, a substance that can destroy cancer cells selectively.


Zucchini 
Zucchini is a type of summer squash that is commonly green in color, although yellow (“golden”) zucchini exists as well. Zucchini contains a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that keeps skin, hair, and teeth healthy and may help prevent arthritis. In addition, zucchini contains potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure in check. Along with vitamin C, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in zucchini help protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.

Recipes from video:

Broccoli with zucchini and sprouts, combined with fresh guacamole (avocado is a fruit)
Broccoli with homemade sweet potato buckwheat pasta
Baby spinach with guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, and quinoa
Baby kale with guacamole, broccoli sprouts, and sesame seeds
Seaweed with ginger, tamari, green onion, and chia

Chia Blueberry Soursop Smoothie 
aka CBS Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon soursop

2 tablespoons chia seeds


Instructions

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.


World's Best Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
2 Cups Water
1/4 cup dried Cranberries
1/4 cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Blackberries
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
Chopped Brazil Nuts
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground Cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground Turmeric
Teaspoon Grade B Maple Syrup

Soak oats overnight in water. Combine oats and water in saucepan and bring to boil over medium - high heat.

Cover and lower the heat, stir in dried Cranberries, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, and Turmeric. Continue to cook while stirring occasionally for 8 -10 minutes. 

Turn heat off, stir in maple syrup, and add Blueberries, Blackberries, Brazil Nuts, and Chia Seeds at end. 

Eat & Enjoy!

Dutch Oven Deliciousness

Quarter all ingredients, roast on 400 for 36 minutes

Ingredients:

Red Cabbage

Kale

Beets

Cauliflower

Arugula

Carrots

Green Onions

White Mushrooms

Parsley

Garlic

Coconut Oil


Hey there, wanted to give you some insight into my treatment days - I'm skipping a lot (on purpose), but it gives you a good idea of what my 'game days' are every few weeks. Know that during the difficult times I often think of you, you give me strength and smiles. 


I'll quote the doctor when he shared 'a phenomenal report!' 

Most of the tumors in the liver are GONE and the few remaining are significantly smaller. The stomach lining is still enlarged, but the initial tumor causing the pain is not seen as well. The plan going forward is for continued treatment with longer intervals between treatment, and another scheduled scan in March. At that time we will then dig further into the stomach, and address it in it's own way. 

Bottom line is AWESOME news. We are winning in a way this oncology team has never seen before. We are quite literally redefining the approach to cancer. A lot to think about but the path we are on is working and I'm not changing that until we win. And we will win. 

You are a big part of this incredible story, and we are defying medical odds with how we are doing. This is not over, but with your continued support, positivity, and love, there is nothing we can't accomplish. I love you and am forever grateful for having you into life. 

Hey, we have to find the humor in life, right?!?!
As I've shared with you before, I have been learning a ton through this experience. One of the more apparent lessons I've been learning is to live in the moment.

Life really is one day at a time for me, which is difficult in itself, but learning to not carry yesterdays stresses, or worry about tomorrow, has been a valuable lesson I've learned.

I wanted to share it with you, the lesson is in the journey, live right now in the present and enjoy!
Hey guys, wanted to share what I was hoping to do with the 'Smiles' section of the blog. 

Knowing people are wearing wristbands in support of my battle gives me a smile and strength, so the Smiles section is going to be dedicated to YOU sharing your photos of wearing them (or putting them on something). Please have fun with this!

If you have a photo, please send to smilesforniles@gmail.com, and if you want a wristband please send an email through the 'Contact Me' section of the blog and include your address.

Have fun sharing your photos, it means a lot to me!
The memories we share, and my excitement for the memories we have yet to make, inspire me to fight on during this difficult chapter. 
I'm spending a lot of time being proactive, and looking forward, but one thing I can't get enough of is HGTV...completely obsessed!
Smiles for Niles Team Member & living legend!
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