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Weekly Meadow Meeting: March 31, 2019

Encouragement, Weekly Roundup

The Cancer Smarts Weekly Meadow Meeting is all about the places I’ve found encouragement to live abundantly. Let’s get to this week’s agenda.

Quick Quotes

  1. “If anything becomes more fundamental than God to your happiness, meaning in life, identity, then it is an idol.” —Tim Keller
  2. “If we have everything else in the world without Christ, we’re impoverished. If we have nothing else in the world but Christ, we’re rich. In the end, Christ is all that matters.” – Randy Alcorn www.epm.org/facetoface

Surprise of a Lifetime

Army SSG Rob Cesternino pulls off the surprise of a lifetime when he reunites with his son Luca at Taekwondo practice after a 10-month deployment. I kinda think this is how my response will be someday when I see my heavenly father. Sheer love+relief+joy+tears+thanksgiving+gratitude.

BibleGateway Verse for Today:

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6

Wellness Wisdom and Nutrition News:

VIDEO: Should Colon Cancer Survivors Change their Diets?

Only a minority of colon cancer victims change their diet after diagnosis (http://1.usa.gov/1o0QuNS). Of the millions diagnosed with cancer every year, as many as 90 to 95% of cancers may be caused by lifestyle factors. Check out this video article from Nutrition Facts on How to Win the War on Cancer: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-win-the-war-on-cancer/?fbclid=IwAR0dcMuluuNjjKZphZoG4UeSOqAFbnTz_HvGOVqTUFaBZ6j1cHfupYGK-Iw

VIDEO: New interview with 40-year vegan MD Joel Kahn by Chris Wark

Dr. Kahn is a cardiologist in Detroit, Michigan. He has treated thousands of acute heart attacks during his career and he is confident that plant-based nutrition is the most powerful source of preventative medicine on the planet. In this interview they discuss low-carb keto diets, legumes and lectins, optimal cholesterol levels, blood markers and tests you can take to detect heart disease, and so much more. If you care about preventing or reversing our #1 killer disease, definitely watch this interview with Dr. Joel Kahn and Chris Wark!

SHOW NOTES FROM THIS VIDEO INTERVIEW
-Hospital food promotes disease [01:53]
-Dr. Kahn’s plant-based physician origin story [04:04]
-Nutritional medicine pioneers that influenced Dr. Kahn [07:00]
-What you need to know about cholesterol [17:17]
-How the dairy industry confused the science on saturated fat and cholesterol [19:45]
-Lower than average LDL cholesterol drops heart disease risk by 90% [22:00]
-What is Lifestyle Medicine? [30:00]
-Avoiding fad diets (like the keto diet) [33:03]
-Low carb diets increase death [37:00]
-Plant-based vs low carb for diabetes [40:20]
-Should we avoid legumes and lectins? [42:32]
-The relationship between cancer and heart disease [50:00]
-Early warning signs of heart disease [54:11]
-The earlobe crease connection to heart disease [54:50]
-Optimal total cholesterol is under 150 [57:15]
-Three blood markers that indicate heart disease [59:42]
-The coronary artery calcium scan [01:02:00]
-Ideal blood levels of c-reactive protein, homocysteine, and lipoprotein(a) [01:05:00]

Weekly Photo Journal:

oswald chambers quotes about faith faith is not intellectual understanding faith is a deliberate commitment to the person of Jesus Christ
Daily Devotionals by Oswald Chambers are available at www.utmost.org

This week I spent time with my mom and sister sharing personal testimonies and encouragement from Psalm 23 at a retirees’ luncheon in Western New York. I took a drive in the hills the day before and captured this image of a lonely country road lined with trees that look dull and grey. In reality they are getting ready to burst with life! The winding road reminds me of faith, perhaps. Who are you choosing to trust in today for the unknown future?


cancer survivor essential oils cbd oil happy hormones after chemo and radiationI’m a wife, mom, and stage 4 colon cancer survivor who has been NED (“no evidence of disease”) since 2013. I’m happy when I’m enjoying coffee, reading, writing, and spending time with my family. I’m really grateful for wellness support strategies that work to support living abundantly in the “new normal”.

Weekly Meadow Meeting: March 22, 2019

Encouragement, Weekly Roundup

Quick takes this week from culture:

  1. The world needs Jesus.
  2. The world needs Jesus.
  3. The world needs Jesus.

I intended to collect news articles that have caught my attention this week. Between world concerns, health concerns, spiritual concerns, family concerns, and the fires of conflict that rage in the pursuit of personal freedom in this digital age, real and fulfilling life kinda evades capture.

Until we are captured by Christ and learn to live day by day in his generous and abundant freedom.

I’ve decided the Cancer Smarts Weekly Meadow Meeting will be all about the places I’ve found encouragement to live abundantly during the week. Let’s get to the agenda.

Local Light: Gigi’s Playhouse

Gigi’s Playhouse will open a Southern Tier chapter in May 2019. Binghamton’s Restaurant Week has partnered with Gigi’s Playhouse this week and proceeds are doing to support this wonderful project. Gigi’s Playhouse is an incredible community resource with programming to serve individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Learn more at https://gigisplayhouse.org/southern-tier-ny/

PS: Our daughter Karyn is in this video from Newschannel34 about Binghamton Restaurant Week and Gigi’s Playhouse. Heart happy!

Spotify Music List: Meet Me in the Meadow Listen in to songs from our last retreat weekend. Come on in from the battle. Put on the garment of praise and rest awhile in the meadow.

BibleGateway Verse for Today: [ The Armor of God ] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11

My Utmost for His Highest Devotional for March 22, 2019: The Burning Heart

“We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, the fires are kindled, we have wonderful visions; then we have to learn to keep the secret of the burning heart that will go through anything. It is the dull, bald, dreary, commonplace day, with commonplace duties and people, that kills the burning heart unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.” [ Read the Complete Text ]

Wellness Wisdom: Do you think gut bacteria can prevent or promote colorectal cancer? [ Check out this interview from Chris Beat Cancer ]

Here’s one last song included from “Meet Me in the Meadow”, Psalm 23 by Shane and Shane. It’s beautiful! As we head out of the meadow back to our path, I’d like to know, what has encouraged your journey this week?


cancer survivor essential oils cbd oil happy hormones after chemo and radiationI’m a wife, mom, and stage 4 colon cancer survivor who has been NED (“no evidence of disease”) since 2013. I’m happy when I’m enjoying coffee, reading, writing, and spending time with my family. I’m really grateful for wellness support strategies that work to support living abundantly in the “new normal”. By the way, if you are a praying person, would you keep me in prayer this coming week? I have the joy of preparing and sharing about my journey and the hope I have in Christ with some dear folks on Thursday. Bonus: My mom and sister will be sharing with me, again, and sis and I will be doing some music together. Fun!

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A Step-By-Step Approach to Healing and Preventing Cancer

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If you’re concerned about cancer, or have a loved one facing cancer right now, I’ve got an invaluable resource to share with you today from my friend and 14-year cancer survivor, Chris Wark.

Chris was diagnosed with stage IIIc colon cancer in 2003, two days before Christmas, at just 26 years old.

When faced with intimidating odds of survival, Chris did the unthinkable…

He turned down chemotherapy.

His doctors told him he was “Insane”, and had very little support, but he knew he had to take a different path to restore his health. His was rationale was:

“If my body created it, maybe my body can heal it…”

And he was right.

Today… over 14 years later, Chris is alive and well, and cancer free, and he’s sharing how he and many others have healed with nutrition and natural therapies.

Chris created a powerful 10-part video series called…

The SQUARE ONE: Healing Cancer Coaching Program

The information in SQUARE ONE covers the exact strategies he (and countless others ) used to heal cancer…

And you can watch all 10 Modules free online. (details below)

Here’s the free screening schedule:

Aug 14: Module 1 – First Things First
Aug 15: Module 2 – Why You Have Cancer & How to Eliminate the Causes
Aug 16: Module 3 – The Anti-Cancer Diet (Part 1)
Aug 17: Module 4 – The Anti-Cancer Diet (Part 2)
Aug 18: Module 5 – How to Detoxify Your Body & Environment
Aug 19: Module 6 – How to Eliminate Stress & Heal Your Heart
Aug 20: Module 7 – The Importance of Spiritual Healing
Aug 21: Module 8 – How Exercise & Rest Activate Healing
Aug 22: Module 9 – Cancer Healing Herbs, Teas & Supplements
Aug 23: Module 10 – How to Test & Monitor Your Progress

Chris’s SQUARE ONE program takes you step-by-step through the healing process in a simple straightforward way that is empowering, hopeful and encouraging, without being overwhelming or confusing.

There’s nothing else like this (I sure wish it had been available when I was diagnosed in 2010 and 2012!) and I am so excited to be the first to to share it with you 🙂

Check out this 3 minute video about Chris’s story and the course here.

While you’re there, you can register to watch ALL 10 SQUARE ONE Modules FREE online this month.

If you’re a patient, a caregiver, or you’re serious about prevention, this course is for you. Don’t miss it!

Watch the 3-minute video here, read the incredible testimonials, get registered for free access, and tune in to watch this awesome series.

I’ll see you there!

Warm regards,

Sharon

PS: This powerful 10-part video program will only be free online for a short time in August, so I strongly encourage you to sign up now. 🙂


sharon o'connor cancer blogger cancer survivor colon cancer colorectal cancer wellness after cancerSharon O’Connor is a wife, mom, and stage 4 colon cancer survivor who has been NED (“no evidence of disease”) since 2013. She loves coffee, writing, and taking walks with her husband, Tom, and their adopted Pug-Maltese mix, Ace. Sharon is grateful for wellness support strategies that work and that have helped support her personal journey with cancer, like the ones shared by Chris Wark.

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Sharon’s Note: As always, information I share about my personal journey with cancer is never intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Only your awesome doctor can do that kind of stuff. I DO intend to share strategies that have given me hope in a hugely hopeless situation.

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May’s Little Black Bag

Cancer, Encouragement

“You know those are kinda strong, right?” said Tom. He looked straight ahead at the road. I grinned and watched him drive. I continued layering on essential oils from a little black bag I carry in my purse.

“Yep. I know. They’ll wear off a bit before we walk into the building.” Maybe.

I do a 30-second nutritional scan every 4-5 days. It’s sort of like a fitness tracker – it uses scientific technology to match up frequencies in my body with frequencies in essential oils. Once the personalized scan report shows me the top essential oils and supplements my body is responding to at that moment, I load up my little black bag for the week and then I layer those liquid gems on my skin each day for wellness support. It takes just three seconds for essential oils to get into my body and they reach every cell in the body within 20 minutes. They release emotional trauma. They are capable of passing the blood-brain barrier. They are a key part of my journey at this time to remain above the wellness line. Most empowering scan for this cancer survivor, ever.

We parked and walked a short distance into the building where my annual CT scan results lay waiting. Ready to pounce? Or ready to send us happily on our way?

“You smell really good, what is that??” asked the receptionist when I checked in at her desk.

Today, friend, my little black bag holds Coriander, Dill, Cardamom, Copaiba, Black Pepper, Frankincense, and Tangerine essential oils that are all rubbed on my wrists. Joy and Aroma Life go over my heart. That doesn’t include what I researched and chose to use at home most of this month such as Sacred Frankincense morning and night on the soles of my feet, over my lungs, cupped in my hands and breathed gratefully into my lungs; alternated nightly with Exodus II on my feet; Thyme and Oregano alternated daily in the morning on my feet; JuvaCleanse in my water and over my liver; Forgiveness over my abdomen; Hope on my ears; Release in the diffuser at night with Lavender; immune support blend rolled on my spine before morning mineral makeup… and Progessence Plus, Lady Sclareol and Sclaressence for support for menopause courtesy of chemo and radiation seven years ago…

“Oh, thanks!” Those were the words I said out loud. Tom had mysteriously moved to the far side of the waiting room. “The scent is from a few (cough) essential oils I wear for wellness support.”

The lab tech took my blood pressure. The reading was higher than usual. That’s how I roll in the oncologist office.

We were led into an exam room. Silence sat with us for a few moments. 50/50 chance of sun or shade. 100 percent chance of God’s love and care.

The oncologist entered with a slight smile on her face.

“I’m happy to tell you that your scans remain stable.” We exhaled. She went over a few more details.

“You mentioned the benign lung nodule when I saw you before the scan a couple weeks ago; has that changed at all from last year?” I asked.

Over the past two weeks, between the pre-scan consultation and the actual CT scan, I did all I knew how to do for a “spring detox”. I went back to the basics of moderate juicing and mostly plant based foods. This is good to do periodically throughout the year anyway, and to be truthful, I feel best when eating this way. I had also been consumed with researching ways to support healthy respiratory and lung function using specific essential oils. A fearsome thought had taken up residence in my head after the consultation. What if, after being clear five years from cancer affecting my colon, the little sleeping lung nodule she keeps talking about could become a new problem?

“Oh, yes, the lung nodule. Let’s see.” The oncologist studied the report on the screen. “No, there is no change. Wait. Actually… it did change.” (Angst.)

“It went from 2 cm down to 1 cm.” (Joy. Whoa.)

We discussed a couple more regular tests she wants me to have. I won’t need annual scans going forward. We’ll just do annual monitoring.

At the checkout desk the staff members were still commenting on how nice whatever I was wearing smelled. I know, right? It’s the best. Simply, the best.

“Thank you! I’m glad you like the scent.”

Tom and I walked out of the building. We looked at each other.

“It could have gone either way. 50/50. People hear a different outcome than we just did, every single day.” He said exactly what I was thinking.

We know and love some of those people.

We’ve been those people.

We could be those people again someday.

Green trees, bright May sunshine, and fresh air.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.Psalm 57:1


A week after my fifth annual “all clear” visit with the oncologist in May 2018, I was using my oils and thinking about something my dad used to mention. He said there was a lady in his family that used to carry around a little black bag. He thought perhaps she used herbs. This intrigued me because I was trying to support my body in a similar natural fashion through the good gift of essential oils. I asked different family members if they knew whom my father had meant and each person said I needed to call my Aunt Maybelle. She is my dad’s older sister, and she patiently listened to my questions on the phone.

“Of course! That would have been your great grandmother, May Emily Morgan Burd. We called her ‘Ma Burd’. She was a midwife, and she carried a little black bag with herbs in it to help people.” I was grateful to my aunt for sharing her knowledge about my great grandmother.

I have a whole new fondness for my little black bag. I don’t have Ma Burd’s knowledge of nursing people and helping them with herbs; but you’d better believe I will keep right on filling my own little black bag with the herbal goodness from essential oils. They are one key blessing among many things I do to try and stay above the wellness line.

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May Emily Morgan Burd, seated with my grandmother, baby Verna Burd, on her lap; daughter Vera, Daniel Ferris Burd, and their son, Robert. Thanks to Aunt Maybelle for her help with my questions. Thanks to my mom for forwarding me this photo.

 


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Sharon O’Connor is a wife, mom, and stage 4 colon cancer survivor who has been NED (“no evidence of disease”) since 2013. She loves coffee, writing, and taking walks with her husband, Tom, and their adopted Pug-Maltese mix, Ace. Sharon is grateful for wellness support strategies that work and that have helped support her personal journey with cancer.

[ More about Sharon ]

Sharon’s Note: As always, information I share about my personal journey with cancer is never intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Only your awesome doctor can do that kind of stuff. I DO intend to share strategies that have given me hope in a hugely hopeless situation. I started using essential oils in Spring 2017. God puts the things we need in our paths at the time we need them and oils have been a game changer for my life as a cancer survivor. You can see different resources I’ve used along the way since 2010 on the What I Did That Helped page.