For many years as I counseled patients about eating healthy, whether for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or general good health. I often heard people say that they were told not to eat any “white” foods. Surely we all know that foods of deep intense color are filled with lots of nutritional benefits. After all, the nutrients are what give the food its color in the first place. But does that mean that ALL foods that are not colorful have no nutrition? Absolutely not!
First and foremost we recommend a plant-based diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Animal food should be limited and when included, should be lean. … Read More >
I log into Skype to watch my baby girl, who’s too young to pay attention to me on the screen. Katelyn toddles between her play kitchen and bead maze table. Her disinterest in me is a blessing, for my face remains swollen and my right eye has hemorrhaged, coating my cornea and vision in a haze of blood.
Books, drawing pads, even the television remote control, sit untouched by my bedside. I spend hours staring at the get-well cards and 8”x10” photographs of Katelyn taped to the walls. My parents and Ryan come often. Sometimes we talk, other times we rest. One afternoon, my dad manages to choke out a request: If I die, could I please be buried near their home,… Read More >
Were you amongst one of the 150 guests that attended the first ever Northern NJ Stupid Cancer workshop?
If you were, your heard our key note speaker, Mathew Zachery who inspired us all with the story of his journey through cancer. He shared the many adjustments he had to make with his diagnosis. For Mathew, one of these was learning to play the piano again….
This video depicts a piece of what was felt on this special day. Young adult survivors, their caregivers, and health care professionals united to learn and raise awareness for this unique population of survivors.
Read More >
The force of the current prevented me from back-paddling and resetting my course. It swept me toward the thundering falls on the left. I should’ve kept my bow perpendicular to the drop-off. Instead, I veered right and reached the ledge parallel to it—the worst possible position. *** Ten hours after arriving at the ER, a hematologist introduced herself to Ryan and me. In a soft voice, with an Indian accent, she said, “You have acute promylecytic leukemia.” What does that mean? My lack of familiarity with the term softened the initial impact of the diagnosis. But once Dr. Singali had explained that it’s a type of blood cancer, I got it: leukemia had killed… Read More >