The Most Powerful Medicine Ever

    Whether you yourself are journeying though breast cancer, another kind of cancer, a life-threatening disease or someone you love – I want to share the most powerful medicine with you.

    This medicine is offered free – yes, free!  It is a well-documented fact that having a positive attitude can help healing both emotionally and mentally, but I am here to tell you that a positive attitude cannot be mustered up sometimes no matter how much you want to.  During my breast cancer journey I found the strength and positive attitude I needed, not within myself, but from my personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
     I know it is considered a crutch, old-fashioned and down-right stupid by many to believe in Jesus Christ and everything the Bible says in this time of history.   We think of ourselves as enlightened, empowered and capable of  keeping a positive attitude all in our own strength, however – that simply is not true.  What IS true is that God has offered us salvation (healing spiritually, mentally and emotionally) through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and most importantly his resurrection. 
     During this holy week please drink of this powerful medicine.   No, you may not find yourself physically healed but you will find strength to understand that a positive attitude comes from knowing you are not in control and that you do not have to “fake” feeling and thinking positively.  It is this knowledge and assurance that your faith in Christ is all you need that will create a positive attitude to travel life’s journey. 

   Cancer support via organizations, books, articles, e-booksconsultations and natural beauty products to help you through the journey are all wonderful and even necessary – but the best, most powerful medicine ever – a positive attitude can only truly come from believing that Jesus Christ is God’s son and accepting His gift of salvation. 

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Help Where and When it’s Needed Most

  There is a lot of medical, emotional and practical information available for women journeying through breast cancer but it seems much of this information lacks addressing the basic issue of femininity during the journey.  
   I do not care how strong of a woman you are, nor how self-confident you are in your role as a woman – when you are faced with losing one or both breasts issues relating to your femininity will crop up.  As a breast cancer survivor I remember so well that during my personal battle, I was amazed to find that although I knew in my head that my femininity had in no way changed or decreased – my heart told me something different.  It was a healthy medicine for me to do all the things a women does to feel feminine during my journey such as dressing nice, applying makeup and fixing my hair.
    
   I believe, with all my heart, that doing these things helps improve healing and recovery.  Breast cancer support groups and organizations, breast cancer awareness products and written material such as articles, e-books and books offer invaluable information on these issues.   Please check some of these links out today – and come back to my blog Thursday for the most powerful medicine available during the cancer journey.

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen  

Where Do I Go?

     I promised on Monday that I would talk about another great natural skin care product line in addition to breast cancer awareness products, so here goes.

     Lily Organics made in Henderson Colorado offer simple, effective natural skin care products from cleansers to toners, to moisturizers, to masks.  Additionally, they offer Moisture Mist and a great facial oil called Kukui.  These products are great for anyone journeying through cancer because of their natural, organic ingredients.   You can find a great collection of Lily Organics products we have named the Cancer Care Collection at www.bridge2beauty.net/beautyandcancer.html

     The first, and I feel the most important source for breast cancer awareness products, is information from such sites as www.y-me.org, and www.susanlovemd.com   These sites along with Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book offer comprehensive information for those journeying through cancer along with other breast cancer awareness products.

     Newspapers, CURE magazine and other articles such as some of those on my site have lots of information available on how to detect breast cancer early, self- examination techniques and where to go if you think you may have a problem.   There are water-proof cards you can put in your shower walking you through each step of a self-exam.  Please remember that the best exams are done laying down but use the cards as a reminder to check yourself regularly.  Try to do your self-exams at the same time each month.   It you are still menstrating, do your exams one week after your period ends.  If you are no longer menstrating you may do it at any time of the month but be consistent. 
     Breast cancer awareness products are readily available.  Please take advantage of what is available to you and you may save our life or the life of someone you love. 

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Where Do I Go?

     There are many kinds of cancer affecting friends, family and us everyday.  For some reason, however, there is more emphasis in terms of information, discussion and “glory” (if I may use that word) put on breast cancer.  Additionally, in my contacts with women journeying through cancers other than breast that they feel a sort of prejudice exists favoring those women who have had breast cancer versus other cancers. 
     It is for that reason that I generally do not write just about breast cancer in my blogs, articles and website.  I feel this week  that I should focus in on, breast cancer support as it relates to natural skin care products and natural beauty in terms of breast cancer products and breast cancer awareness products.   I am a breast cancer survivor, therefore I am more versed in the needs of women with that particular cancer.  However, please know that a great deal of what I share regarding beauty during cancer addresses issues all women with any kind of cancer may face.   My e-book, Beauty During the Cancer Journey, covers special concerns that arise from procedures such as a colostomy, urostomy and skin conditions that are very common to all women during their cancer journey.
     Natural skin care products are a huge plus for women with breast cancer to purchase and use.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that, as with all kinds of cancer, our bodies are going through enough already as it relates to having toxins such as chemotherapy and radiation.  We can help our bodies heal better by not subjecting them to anymore chemicals than necessary.  Natural skin care products are a respite for our skin.  Secondly, because our cancer affects the breast area it is important to be protecting and moisturizing with products that will not irritate or cause adverse skin reactions.
      Aguacate & Co. offers such a line.  They are not only natural skin care products, but also certified organic.  Aguacate is Spanish for avocado.  Aguacate & Co. use avocado’s in their products because of their vitamin A, B, D and E content along with lots of potassium.  The oil in avocado’s penetrate the skin evenly offering great moisturize and  replenishment to dry, tired skin.  

      Check back on Thursday for information on another superior line of natural skin care products along with some information on breast cancer awareness products. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen
     

Thoughts from the Heart

     I wanted to share this interesting information from bodiorganics.com  I believe you will find it in line with what I wrote in my last blog about cancer facts and organic health and organic beauty products

     “Queensland Mum Narelle C. looks set to start a revolution – not only in the natural beauty product, skin care and cosmetic industry – but in the Certified Organic industry and the Network Marketing fraternity too! Her search for truly natural non toxic skin care and cosmetic products began almost a decade ago after finding through her own extensive research, many of the so-called “natural” and “safe” synthetic chemical ingredients were actually toxic and potentially very dangerous to the long term health of anyone who had used them continuously on their skin for many years. It is very important for Women’s Health because if you are a woman you will generally use more “products” on your skin then men and therefore you will increase your exposure to these chemicals.”

     What I want to stress here is the fact that women are potentially more susceptible to breaking down their immune systems because they use more things on their skin  than men.  This variable along with the added factor of hormone-induced cancer make women whose immune systems are compromised by toxic foods and products a prime target for cancer. 
      Please consider starting a diet containing more organic foods in addition to purchasing organic beauty products.  You are the ony one who can take control of how you treat your body – so do it for you…now!

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts from the Heart

   This last week was a rough one for my family and I.   With all the influenza going around many people we know have been very ill.  However, our family had evaded it till now.  On Monday we received a call from our oldest son in Chicago.  He had spent about twelve hours in the hospital and was diagnosed with sinusitis, influenza and viral meningitis!  My goodness…a triple whammy!

    Thankfully he is feeling much better – but it has brought home to me once again the importance of organic health, natural products and organic products.  Most of you know that there is nothing western medicine can do with virus’.   They can treat bacteria with antibiotics, but virus’ do not respond to antibiotics.  The doctors simply suggest you rest, drink fluids and let the body heal.

    I am convinced that if you are taking antioxidants daily, eating organic food as much as possible and using organic products on your body these viral infections will be easier for the body to get rid of.  Each of these three things should make your body stronger to fight off illness and disease by allowing it to focus on the foreign antibodies instead of having to deal with both these foreign antibodies and internal toxins. 

    Cancer is known to have a direct correlation with how strong a person’s immune system is.  This cancer fact should make every person look closely at how to strengthen and/or keep their immune systems strong.   Thursday I will address this in detail. 

…till then,
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts from the Heart

     Just three months after I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1994 I was a model in a wonderful event for breast cancer awareness.  The organization is one I have written about before in my blogs called Day of Caring.  The event still is held annually here in Denver and is coming up the first weekend of May.  CURE Magazine is now the umbrella over Day of Caring so the breast cancer conference is called CURE Day of Caring.
     It was one of the wonderful volunteers from Day of Caring who first introduced me to Y-me National Breast Cancer Organization.  She wanted me to become a peer counselor for their 24-hour National Breast Cancer Hotline in addition to the Partner Match Program.   Although I did neither due to time constraints I stayed in contact with her and the organization until a couple of years ago when the Denver affiliate was closed down.  The headquarters in Chicago was still fully functional, but it really felt like I had lost a good friend.
     What a great surprise when, about six months ago, I was flipping through the Y-me newsletter and discovered there was a Denver affiliate again that was going “‘great guns “!  I was immediately in contact with the area director who suggested I be a part of the training to become a certified Y-me speaker
     Now that I am certified, I want to tell you how fortunate women who have breast cancer are to have such an incrdible organization.  Below is their mission statement.  I know you will understand why I said you are fortunate to have Y-me after you read the mission statement.

The mission of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.

    Please check out their website and check back often at www.y-me.org

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen