CursorOnce your child has been diagnosed with cancer and the treatments have begun, it is not often that they get to do “normal” things. Going on the internet can be informative for you and fun for them.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Written by Kim Wetmore

OptimismLife can be funny. Everyday life is filled with obstacles and challenges that test the faith of even the most optimistic person. The secret to remaining positive is to look for the jewels that surround us. A jewel is not necessarily an object or thing of value. It can be something as simple as the sound of a baby  laughing, a beautiful rainbow AFTER the storm, or the voice of a comfortable friend. There are many distractions in our daily lives to consume our thoughts and cause us to overlook these wonderful everyday occurrences.

The way you look at the glass of life is a conscious choice! Challenge yourself to be not so willing to accept the glass as half empty, but rather, consciously shift your perspective to view it as half full.
Greet each new day by looking forward to the possibilities ahead and reflect only upon the positive things in your life. Change your day to day routine and take charge of the things in your life that you can control and simply release the things that you cannot change. The result may surprise you, when you and others, begin to see the contrast of your new improved outlook.

So, tomorrow when you wake up…take a deep breath, close your eyes, and visualize your life the way you want it to be and practice living in gratitude!

Photo credit: Contrail

Wednesday, 03 August 2011

20 Fun Things To Do This Summer

Written by Kate Booth

DSC_4345 RelaxingSometimes the rigors of your daily routines can get to be just too much. At times even the simplest of tasks seem daunting and unforgiving. If you have a child battling cancer, then you know more than most, just how taxing life can be day-to-day. So this week we've decided to give Mom and Dad a break from the normal regiments and talk about something less demanding.

Hope BinderThe doctor has told you that your child has cancer. You are processing the information and begin your search on websites, with organizations, doctors and anything else that can give you the information you need to begin treatment and get through this very difficult time. What you don’t think about is “you.”

Although this is next to impossible to consider, if you do not take care of yourself, you will not have the strength or fortitude to do what needs to be done. Once your child is diagnosed, the most important thing for them to have first and foremost is you. Here are some tips to help you so that you can help them:

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

How Apples Slow Cancer Cell Growth

Written by CLF staff

ApplesEver hear the expression, "An apple a day...?" Of course you have and it may be truer than you think.

It turns out that consuming Red Delicious Apples - the skins in particular - can even slow the generation of cancer cells. That's right! Apples!

The key is in the skins of the Red Delicious.

Now look, there are many fruits that contain antioxidants. Frankly, apples are not even among the highest producers of antioxidants of the fruits we consume most. But studies have shown that Red Delicious apple skins contain more of the antioxidant known as polyphenols than seven other kinds of apples.

"So what," you may be thinking, right?

Depressed, anxious, afraid, angry, helpless, alone.

These are just a few of the feelings you may experience during your cancer treatment. It's normal. These feelings can adversely affect your appetite and personal life and any of the basic day-to-day activities you enjoyed previously.  

There are many things you can do to cope with your feelings during treatment.  Here are some ideas that have worked for other people.
Eat your favorite foods on days you do not have treatment.  This way, you enjoy the foods, but they won’t remind you of something upsetting.

Relax, meditate, or pray.  Activities like these help many people feel calm and less stressed.

Bone Marrow HeroIt is very possible you can. Bone Marrow and Stem Cell donation are a unique opportunity to give someone the gift of life. More than 10,000 children and adults each year rely on the generosity of these donations to save their lives.

What are Bone Marrow and Stem Cell donation?

  • A majority of bone marrow donations are done using a non-invasive procedure where blood is taken out of a donor, the stem cells are removed, and the remaining platelets are re-injected into the donor's body. This is called a peripheral blood stem cell donation. To increase the number of blood-forming cells in the bloodstream, medicine injections are given for five days. The procedure generally requires two outpatient stays in the hospital.

  • The other, less common method consists of liquid marrow being collected straight from the bone via a hollow needle. It is done under anesthesia and the donor may experience some discomfort afterwards, but this is usually temporary and does not cause any long-term side effects.

  • Expectant mothers can choose to donate umbilical cord blood. No blood is taken from you or your baby, only from the umbilical cord itself after your baby is born. Your labor and delivery are not affected.

Healthy Fruits & VegetablesCancer.

The word alone takes your breath away.

It is such a staggering epidemic, that the sheer number of people affected by the disease is as heartbreaking as it is mystifying. As we slowly learn more about what causes cancer, we also begin to learn more about preventive measures.

The relationship between diet and cancer is striking and lead us to ask, what can we eat to help prevent cancer? Below is a list of food that, according to Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic, can help aid in the fight.

Council on Foundations Annual Conference If a business produces a fair profit doing charitable work, is that still charity or has it become greed?

In the new book, “Uncharitable,” author Dan Pallotta expresses frustration with public perceptions and expectations that charities and charitable work need always be prudent, never show a profit and even in some cases, behave in a saintly manner. According to Pallotta, the public expects and often forgives typical business models that make huge profits doing things that can, do and will hurt people, while applying a much higher fiscal standard to those companies earning a nice living actually helping people.

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