Monday, August 19, 2013

The Day That Changed My Life - When Cancer Strikes Two In One Family

Summar Ruelle worked really hard to lose the weight she had gained during her pregnancy. It was time to get her body back and improve on her health and wellness. In fact, her exercise and diet rewarded Summar with a loss of 60 pounds. You can only imagine how great it was for Summar to see the progress she was making.

Sadly, things took a different turn when Summar felt a mass in her left breast. At first test of a mammogram did not show anything. However, an ultrasound and further tests indicated that Summar had Stage IV breast cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes, spine, ribs, hips and collar bone.

As if it could not get any worse, a week later, the three year old daughter Sapphire was diagnosed with leukemia. Needless to say, all of Summar's concerns for her own health were now refocused on her baby's diagnosis. Our thoughts and prayers are with Summar, Sapphire, Pascal(husband/dad)and their son as this journey is certainly a challenge that affects the entire family unit. Learn more about The Ruelle Family and how you may help. Please share their story - someone else may also be able to also help this family.

While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme - cancer changes our lives forever.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Day That Changed My Life - Marijuana and Cancer

Can you imagine Marijuana (Cannibas) being discussed openly in a medical forum admitting that it may be beneficial for some patients? Well, over the last few years, marijuana has become a hot topic for the legal and medical professionals. However, some cancer patients have used marijuana to help them with the pain. A few years ago, whlie the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of cannabis as a cancer treatment, the National Cancer Institute came out in support of medical marijuana stating "The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct anti-tumor effect." However, Dr. Sanjay Gupta held a different point of view based on the research reports that held information that were not favorable.

Within the last few days Dr. Sanjay Gupta has made a major announcement on his position of marijuana (weed). This is a very important breakthrough for patients who are hoping to gain some relief through marijuana and the need to have this drug approved/legalized so that they can use them without concerns for the law. Dr. Gupta is a well known and highly respected physician due to his visibility on CNN and other health related media outlets.

First we will hear from John Casias who used marijuana to help him during his journey with cancer of the sinus. Also listen to the Dr. Gupta's take on medicinal marijuana. While each journey is unique, we all share a common theme - cancer changes our lives forever.