Swimming for Hope in the Fight Against Cancer

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Have you ever stood watching waves on a quiet beach? A year ago in March my toes were buried in wet sand on the ocean’s edge in Florida. Kind friends made it possible for Tom and me to stay near the water while he ministered with Baseball Chapel during Spring Training. It was my first visit to the ocean since cancer had arrived two and a half years before; faded; raged back; and had now receded from my body. I had washed up on shore in free-from-cancer paradise. A survivor astonished to be safe on dry land.

I think everyone needs to know there is hope. Especially people passing through the waves of cancer.

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You’ve probably had some hard waves come your way too, right?

Sometimes you survive the waves by learning to swim. Sometimes people step in and lift you up and help pull you through so you don’t sink. They do the hard swimming for you.

It’s like they’re being hope just being with you.

One of my friends is a hope-bringer. She’s going through waves to help in the fight against cancer and raise money for cancer research. Karen McDowell is training right now to participate in the Baltimore Swim Across America (SAA) One Mile Open Water Swim on September 20, 2015. Check out this video of Karen training for her first One Mile Open Water swim!

I’m very honored that Karen has included me as a reason she is swimming. If you would like to donate and support her swim please visit her page by clicking the image below. The proceeds donated to SAA will be gifted to the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure:

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Karen shared with me recently, “When I decided I would join with Swim Across America a month ago to raise money for Cancer Research, I told my husband I would swim for Sharon! We are keeping you in our prayers!”

Thank you, God, for friends who swim through waves and keep us in their prayers.

karen bob mcdowellKaren pictured with her husband, Bob.

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In the News: Accelerated Aging After Cancer Treatment

Cancer News

vegetables to fight cancerThere was an article in the Wall Street Journal last week titled “Childhood Cancer’s New Conundrum: More Kids Survive the Disease, but as Adults Become Prone to Premature Aging”. Did you see it? You can read the entire article by clicking Here.

You know about the difficulties people deal with when they go through the actual treatment. Here are some of the challenges cancer patients face years after treatment ends based on the article:

  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Serious memory impairment
  • Accelerated aging
  • Brittle bones
  • Frailty
  • Poor muscle mass
  • Slow walking speed

Wouldn’t it be nice if more could be done not only to save lives, but also spare us from damaging late effects from toxic medicine, too? What if it is as simple (and complex) as what we eat? Purposely eating and drinking food in quantities to protect and heal and possibly prevent problems years after people survive treatment. Er, cancer.

Patients need to proactively pursue their personal wellness strategy. The first time I went through cancer treatment I discovered on my own the potential power of nutrition, but made excuses. I was too tired; too busy; too overwhelmed. I did not embrace it. The second time I went through a more targeted chemo and radiation, nutrition helped save and restore my life. When I start feeling too tired, or busy, or overwhelmed, I need the power of nutrition even more.

Cancer patients certainly need to be discerning as they consider treatment and nutrition options. There are a variety of helpful sources *if* one chooses to incorporate nutrition as a part of the cancer fighting and treatment healing plan. I list things I did, and still do, over on the Resources and Links Pages.

How about you? Where are you in the journey? Have you used nutrition to fight cancer or heal after treatment? I’d love to know.

The power of humble vegetables is legendary. Check out Daniel’s story in the Bible by clicking here.