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#9 Hope Begins to Take Root

If you haven’t read the previous installments, read them here. As we were leaving the oncologist’s office, Dr. Wingo’s patient, who we’ll refer to as Mary, called my cell phone. When she told me who she was I got a little excited. She started by telling me about her ovarian cancer that was not surgically […]

#8 A Second Opinion

If you haven’t read the previous installments go here A little over a week after I had returned home my dad received the news that his mom passed away. A few weeks prior to my surgery we had heard that she wasn’t doing well. It was a very difficult and emotional time for my dad. […]

#7 Returning home

If you haven’t read the previous installments of the story go here Before she left my hospital room for the last time, Dr. Wingo asked for my permission to have my case presented at a gynecological oncology conference at a nearby hospital to get some more professional opinions on how to proceed. I happily agreed. […]

1.9. Life is Busy, Life is Good

Please read the installments in the correct order to best understand the story. See here. I had just stepped over the finish line while trying to look down at my watch to get the exact time it took me to finish my pilot 1600 meter (1 mile) track run at Buckeye Union High School. The sweat […]

1.5. Running into Chucky

Please read the installments in the correct order to best understand the story. See here. For me it started way before August of 2012. So I will tell you all about my life until I bring you to August 20, 2012 to give you a better understanding of the background of the story. The things that […]

3. Surgery

Please read the installments in the correct order to best understand the story. See here. The hospital admission was a wake-up call for Jeremy. He started realizing just how much pain I was in and took some FMLA leave from work to be able to help me out at home. I was pretty much on bed […]

1. Discovering Chucky

I guess it begins about August of 2012 when I found out I was pregnant with our fifth child. I decided about this time that I was going to make this pregnancy my healthiest one yet. I had been working on Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred” and was working on my 6-pack. We had been […]

Sugar free ketchup

7 oz tomato paste 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp raw honey 1 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 tsp granulated garlic (or 3/8 tsp for powder) 3/4 tsp granulated onion (or 3/8 tsp for powder) 1/4 tsp allspice 1/2 Tbsp molasses 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper 1/3 cup filtered water Place all ingredients in a […]

New School Acres Chicken with Rosemary Lemon Sauce

Ingredients: 1 whole New School Acres free-range chicken salt and pepper 1 Tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped fine 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced or 1/2 tsp dried 2 cups chicken broth 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour 2 tsp lemon juice Directions: Take whole New School Acres chicken out of package and […]

Sugar-free Almond Butter Freezer Fudge

For a thicker fudge, double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. You can also make it look awesome by pouring the chocolate on when the almond butter mixture is warm and pulling a knife back and forth to swirl the chocolate into the almond butter mixture. Ingredients: 1 cup almond butter 4 tablespoons of coconut oil […]

Healing Teeth Naturally

I have been plagued with cavities my whole life. When we changed our eating habits for the better in May of 2013 due to Carrie’s terminal cancer diagnosis my oral health improved with the change.  However, I had a filling that had fallen out a few months before that and another cavity that I didn’t […]

Pomegranate Juice Recipe

Makes 32 ounces. 2 Bok Choy Bunches (250g) 1/2 peeled lemon (30g) 1/2 peeled lime (17g) 1 medium apple (125g) Seeds from a (1) 250g Pomegranate 1200g of Carrots

Leftovers and Reheating Suggestions

Some people don’t like left overs. I admit, leftovers were not always my favorite. The main reason, I suspect, was the reheating medium that was used. In the past, I reheated my leftovers in the microwave. If you have followed any of my posts or meal plans before you will understand that the microwave is […]

How to Cook Wheat Berries

How to Cook Wheat Berries to use in salads, cereals, breads, soups, chilis, beans, use instead of rice, quinoa, etc… Wheat berries are a tasty and nutritious addition to many meals and in my home can be considered a meal or snack by themselves. They are simple to make and keep well in the refrigerator […]