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Radical Remission by Kelly S. Turner

Radical Remission by Kelly S. Turner

Radical Remission

I’ve been raving about this book for weeks. Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. is a must read for anyone with, or caring for, someone diagnosed with cancer. It outlines 9 factors that can help with healing.

Thank you to Renu Agrawal for sharing this important book with me.

There are several sections of the book that really spoke to me and I’m going to review what I learned here but I encourage you to read the book for yourself, because you may take away entirely different nuggets more relevant to your own life.

Sugar Makes You Sick

In chapter 1 is entitled “Radically Changing Your Diet” Turner, who interviewed hundreds of people around the globe, writes “the majority of the people I study all tend to make the same four dietary changes, they are:

• greatly reducing or eliminating sugar, meat, dairy, and refined foods,
• greatly increasing vegetables and fruit intake,
• eating organic foods, and
• drinking filtered water.” (p. 14)

Cancer consumes glucose in the same way that healthy cells consume oxygen.

“Sugar makes you sick.” – Reeshemah Holmes, Author of Don’t Die by Your Own Hands

One of the first things I did when I was diagnosed was stop drinking coffee, not because of the caffeine, but because I put flavored sugary creamer in my coffee and I was drinking 5 or 6 cups per day. I figured cutting out the sugary coffee would cut out most of the sugar I consume. I now pay close attention to my refined sugar intake, as well.

I am not a fan of food that comes in boxes or cans, preferring to shop the perimeter of the grocery store and skip most of the center aisles. Organic fruits and vegetables are really not that much more expensive than non-organic and you can find some good values in the organic section of the freezer aisles.

Water filter pitchers cost less than $20 and the filter refills are also inexpensive. So filter that water!!

Try a Little Oxygen

“When someone has cancer, two things are happening: the cancerous cells are no longer getting their energy from oxygen but instead from sugar (i.e. glucose), and they are no longer dying when they should but instead replicating and living forever.” (p. 140)

You can kill your cancer by eliminating sugar from your diet and increasing your oxygen supply by going for daily walks, doing deep breathing exercises and even oxygen therapy. Plants emit oxygen so add more houseplants to your home!

Surround Yourself with Groovy People Who Care About You

“When we are surrounded by loved ones or even our pets, the feeling of being loved releases a flood of potent hormones into out blood streams, which not only makes us feel better emotionally but also strengthens our immune systems significantly.  Receiving love from others when we are sick actually helps the body heal itself.”  (p. 193-194)

I have a huge support network who are making meals for my family when I am in my chemo slumber, shopping for groceries, helping me exercise, and even treating my nausea.  I know they are one of the main reasons why I am kicking Bertha to the curb, quickly, decisively and forever.

If you don’t have a support network, ask your Oncologist to recommend a support group for you.  There are two at a local hospital and I even found free yoga classes locally for breast cancer survivors.  Start up conversations with the other ladies who are receiving their chemo treatments along side you.  You might make a connection or even a friend for life.

Be Your Own Health Advocate

“The Radical Remission survivors I study believe the body has an innate, intuitive knowledge about what it needs in order to heal, and it can also let you know why it got sick in the first place.”

I am following my instincts.

My instincts tell me to cut out most dairy but keep eating homemade yogurt. Yes, I make my own yogurt, it’s easy!

My instincts tell me to eat more soup, and less meat.

It is important to remember that your oncologist works for you. Money exchanges hands. You are paying for a service rendered. That means that you call the shots. Don’t ever let a doctor convince you to do something that you instinctively know is not in your best interest.

Follow your instincts.

We raised $500 walking the Pink 5K

We raised $500 walking the Pink 5K

Pink 5K Success

I am pleased to report that Team Battling Bertha raised $500 for Breast Cancer Charities of America this past weekend.

Laurie, Tanya, my daughter and I had a great time walking the 1 mile track in our coordinating hats, crafted by Laurie.  I can’t wait to do it again!

What I like best about Breast Cancer Charities of America is that they provide free resources for women who may need financial assistance to pay for their treatments and they also provide alternative treatment options.

Gratitude Shout Out

I need to give a huge thank you to the following amazing folks who have sent cards and gifts of encouragement and inspiration from around the globe! Every time I open a card, I feel wrapped with wellness and positivism.

gratefulkandasPam Nagel
Emily Robison
Janel Savage
Callie Shields
Diane Walker
Rachel Bowen
Kathy Diaz
Paul Geradis
Shad Swanson
Ashley Gladhart
Warren Smith
Barb Lecky-Plata
The Entire Houston SOC Team
Anise Flowers
Joy Brasington
Willie Diefenbach-Jones
Mare Waters
Sue Kittrell
Cyndy Justice
Karla Mason
Laurie Jimenez
And the staff at SendOutCards corporate office

July Recognition Holidays | 12 Great Reasons to Send a Greeting Card and Gift in July

pursuitofhappinesscardCelebrate Independence

In the USA, Independence Day stands out as the big July holiday!

Independence, like many abstract concepts, means different things to different people.  To me, independence means freedom to make choices.  I choose to be an entrepreneur, and I am grateful to live in a global economy that allows me to have an international business from the comfort of my home.



On July 4th we celebrate our freedom.  Colonialism is so far in the past that freedom has also taken on a new meaning.  I’d love to hear what freedom means to you!  Leave a comment below with your definition of freedom.

11 Additional July Card and Gift Holidays

July 1 is Canada Day.  Show some love to our neighbors to the north.

July 5 in National Workaholics Day.  Remind the workaholic in your life that true happiness can not be purchased.

July 6 though 12  is National Farriers Week.  I know a few folks in the local area with horses.  Why not send your farrier a card?



happy4theaglecardJuly 16 in National Personal Chef Day.  My favorite personal chef is Tanya Furtado.  You should check her business, Edible Love.

July 20 through 26 is National Zoo Keeper Week.

July 20 through 26 is National Independent Retailers Week.  Those “mom and pop shops” out there are owned an operated by some amazing people.  Send them an card of encouragement to let them know their hard work is worth it!


celebrate-freedom-cardJuly 22 in National Rat-catcher’s Day.

July 25 is Culinarian’s Day.

July 25 is also System Administrator Appreciation Day.  Send your favorite geek a card!!   I love geeks!

July 27 is Parent’s Day.  Mom and Dad deserve a note of thanks.

July is also Social Wellness Month.  Celebrate the folks who support a healthy lifestyle in the workplace.

There you have it!  Twelve amazing reasons to send a card and gift in July!

Contact me if you’d like a free trial of the online custom greeting card system I use, including 50 greeting cards.


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Remembering Reeshemah

Reeshemah Holmes has been mentioned here frequently, as a coach, inspiration, and guest of Coffee & Cards Conversations.


Reeshemah left this Earth on June 16, 2014. Her departure was sudden, tragic and heartbreaking. Even after attending her memorial service, I still find it difficult to believe she is really gone.


There are women who say they want to change the world and then there are women who do.   Reeshemah Holmes set out on a mission, rolled up her sleeves and did the work. Life after life was changed for the better because of her vision.

Kelly and Resheemah

Reeshemah, my sister, your legacy will live on in each of us whom you touched. Soar high, my friend – your possibilities are endless!


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Celebrate Life with Angie Heiman | Wealthy Sisters Network | Overcoming Adversity | Battling Bertha Part 5 | Podcast 024

As a life coach, Angie Heiman, understands and shares the power of affirmations.  During our hour long chat we discuss the importance of what you speak and how it affects your day,  how to shift the direction of your life with a few daily action steps, how to write  a great affirmation.  We also share an exciting new networking opportunity for women.  Finally, we discuss how to overcome adversity.

“My vision is to help woman pursue their purpose with passion. For years I have been a magnet for woman seeking encouraging words and a gentle nudge. I have helped countless people overcome life challenges, from divorce, career changes, health challenges to dealing with the loss of a loved one.” – Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life LLC

Note:  This is the first interview I conducted after my diagnosis.

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Angie Heiman, Celebrate Life, LLC

Celebrate Life

Favorite Song?
Amazing Grace – reminds me of my mother

Favorite Color?
Green 🙂

Favorite Super hero?
Both my mom & dad

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Home cooked.

What is your biggest quirk?
Learning to not be so hard on myself.

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Negative people who do not think they are negative.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Give thanks which includes coffee and almond butter – in that order… for a restful night of sleep and for a beautiful day ahead….

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Into the mind of a man.

What’s your motto?
I have many, but the one that comes to mind is “You never know when your last breath will be taken, so celebrate each and every day as if it was your last!”

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
I’ve always wanted to be a counselor or psychologist since I was a little girl. The human mind and the way we think and interact is so interesting to me. For years I’ve been a magnet for people needing advice – weather they knew me or not – I found complete strangers finding solace in conversing with me and sharing intimate details of their lives. They would walk away thanking me for helping them overcome a challenge. I genuinely love helping people look at situations in a different light, challenging them to think outside the box and helping them realize that they have the power within and how to tap into that power.

Who inspires you?
My mothers life of 53 years and my sisters who are my best friends.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
I’m the only Angie there will ever be – no one can ever replicate who I am or what I do. We are all unique in our own God given talents.

Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?
There are many great coaches out there – it’s finding one that you resonate with and feel comfortable confiding in. I’m not for everyone and everyone is not for me. My style is somewhat laid back but yet I can be tough on my clients when they need it. One thing my sister who is also a life coach taught me is to pray before every client interaction – ask for God’s wisdom, grace and anointing to help convey the message He wishes to be heard.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Emotionally – moved away from my family and friends and everything I knew. Physically – completed a marathon in memory of my mother in Alaska – without any training.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
OMG – TOO many to list!

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Date more… lol

Define your style?
When I was in the corporate world, I was told that there were a few topics generally “off limits” — religion being one of them. My faith and my beliefs are the core of how I live my life and am so grateful I found an avenue where they don’t have to be separate from my business. My coaching style involves as much or as little faith-based guidance as is appropriate for you.

Tell me about your typical day.
The only thing typical is how I start and end my day – both in thanksgiving and prayer, everything else in between is a culmination of networking, coaching, daily exercise, and connecting with family & friends.

How do you juggle work and family?
Although I do not have my own family, I stay plenty busy with life. When it has to become a juggling act, that’s when I scale back and let go of what does not serve my higher purpose.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?
1. Be sure you have the right intentions in what it is you want to accomplish.
2. Not every person is the right client for you.
3. Have a solid foundation in knowing who you are and how you can help.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
For me, it’s word of mouth…but all forms of social media also plays a part in my success.

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
It’s the awareness that we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. We are all here to experience life in different ways and manners. It’s respecting the journey that I am on and honoring what it is God has blessed me with.

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Marry your high school sweetheart – he turned out to be a neurosurgeon!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The list is long but my top three would be 1) Married to my best friend 2) Building a local & global business with my sister 3) Continue to grow my Texas roots:)

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
I am thankful for my mother who never showed fear, who always persevered with a smile and lived life by example. She and my father gave us morals, ethics and life long lessons to pass on. I’m thankful for my dad who continues to lead by example, who believes in honoring your word and the power of a handshake. I’m thankful for my sisters who are undoubtedly my best friends, my go-to’s when I need guidance or a word of encouragement. I have several others who I claim as my “sisters” – those are the ones who know me on a level like non other. The ones you laugh until you cry….those are the best kinds of friends in my book!
I appreciate all that cross my path as I know there is always a purpose of the connection.

What else would you like to add?
I’m thankful for you Kandas, for having a vision of connecting local leaders and sharing their stories.

Angie Heiman’s Bookshelf

  • The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkenson
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson
  • Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley
  • Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer
Conroe Wealthy Sisters Network June Mixer

Conroe Wealthy Sisters Network June Mixer

Wealthy Sisters Network

Angie and I just helped launch the Conroe Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.   WSN is an organization for women from all walks of life who want to join together in camaraderie and mutual assistance.  WSN Conroe meets monthly at local venues.  Be sure to join the Facebook group to stay apprised of meeting times and locations.

Overcoming Adversity

Finally, Angie and I spend considerable time discussing how to overcome adversity, especially when it comes to health, throughout the interview.   We wrap up our chat by delving into why some people can overcome adversity while others do not.

Speaking of adversity, I could not remember the name of the book I raved about in the interview.  It’s called Radical Remission by Kelly A. Turner, PhD.  I will dedicate an entire blog post to this book very soon.

Connect with Angie Heiman


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Allergic Reaction | Pink 5K Fundraiser | Vitamin D | Battling Bertha Part 4

Allergic Reaction

Exciting week in the land of Chemo.

During my June 4th treatment, I had an allergic reaction to the Taxotere (a.k.a Docetaxel).  I was itchy and had watery eyes.  The charge nurse immediately stopped the Taxotere and brought in two oncologists to consult.  I was given Solu-Medrol, a steroid, and benadryl to stop the reaction.  Then my oncologist was called and it was determined that I would not receive the rest of the Taxotere, nor the Carboplatin.  I was, however, administered the Herceptin.

Taxotere is the synthesized Pacific Yew bark.  Carboplatin is platinum bases.  Herceptin is a protein inhibitor.

I have no idea why I had an allergic reaction the second time I received the Taxotere but not the first.   I am curious to hear what my oncologist has to say.

The fun part of the day was all my visitors!  My friends Tracy, Joy, Kelly and Tanya all stopped by during my treatment.

Tracy in the Visitors Chair

Tracy in the Visitors Chair

Pink 5K Fundraiser

My next chemo treatment is June 25th.  I wont’ be sure until I after I speak with my oncologist on Monday what the course of treatment will be.  But what I do know, is that I will feel great on Saturday June 21st, so I decided to form a walking team, called Battling Bertha, of course, for the Pink 5K in The Woodlands, Texas.  I signed up for the 1 mile walk, as I know 5 k is more than my body can handle right now.

So what is the Pink 5k?

The Pink 5K is sponsored by iGoPink, a division of Breast Cancer Charities of America.  What I like about this charity is it’s focus on tertiary treatment like nutrition.  Here is a statement directly from their website:

“Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) exists for one reason—to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.  Our central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, in surviving breast cancer.

“We offer leading edge, state-of-the-art, research-backed programs that focus on all that women can do in addition to medical care.  Our services include nutrition, exercise, and social support all the while defusing the fear that often accompanies breast cancer.  And we provide help now with emergency financial assistance to medicines and medical supplies to women in poverty.”

If you’d like to join my walking team, or donate, visit my Pink 5K fundraising site.

I'm reading this great book and when I'm done I'll have lots to report.

I’m reading this great book and when I’m done I’ll have lots to report.

Vitamin D

I’ve decided to share some compelling information regarding Vitamin D.  My good friend and aromatherapist, Kelly Taylor, sent over this article Top Tips to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk from Mercola.com, and I found this article about Vitamin D on the Breast Cancer Charities of America Website.   The research shows that women who are deficient in Vitamin D have a 222% increased chance of  developing breast cancer.

Our bodies absorb Vitamin D from sunlight.  More and more of us do not spend enough time in the sun, even though just 20 minutes per day is all we need.  So it makes sense that a myriad of health problems could result from our sedentary indoor lifestyles.

I’ve added 2000 iu of Vitamin D3 to my daily supplements.  I also take a minimum of 1000 mg of Vitamin C plus 1000 mg Calcium, 400 mg Magnesium and 15 mg of Zinc to support my immune system.

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