Yesterday, Pattie and I asked you to join us in celebrating our 1000th post on this site.

As promised, we would like to share some of our favorite, early posts with you during the next couple of days.  The information may be a few years old, but it is still as important and timely as when it when the articles first ran back in the fall of 2008:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Colors!

Fall is hands down my favorite time of the year. It is sunny here in St Croix Falls, Wisconsin this afternoon. Crimson, rust, gold, bright yellow, evergreen all blend to create an incredible palate of color! The changing colors of the leaves is set off by the shadowy, dark grey stone and rock that line the St Croix River. The cold, clear water matches the sky’s bright blue. I hope that you can take the time to thank God and appreciate the simple things that life has to offer. Big time problems and worries surround us all these days. But so does the promise of a better future–and these beautiful colors of fall!  For now, I am not going to worry about my cancer. Or the stock market, or budgets, or meds. Today, at this moment, it is wonderful to be alive!  Feel good and keep smiling- Pat & Pattie
Monday, October 13, 2008


Get plenty of sleep. Most books about cancer stress the importance of sleep to a patient’s recovery and future well being. Hard to disagree with that! Kris Carr’s mantra in Crazy, Sexy Cancer Tips is “Snooze! Snooze! Snooze!” In Cancer, 50 Essential Things to Do, Greg Anderson dedicates an entire chapter to the value of sleep. Doctor Lynne Eldridge, author of Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time, writes extensively about how regular sleep may reduce cancer risk. More about this tomorrow. All I can say is that for me, getting extra sleep is easier said than done! My time seems more precious and finite then ever since my Multiple Myeloma diagnosis last year. The realization that there is no cure for this type of cancer has left me trying to maximize the use of every minute of every day. There is so much to do and so little time! I want to live! I want to love! I want to write! Still, the experts and my own common sense tells me that I need more sleep. Maybe I should make that one of my New Year’s resolutions! Feel good and keep smiling! Pat
Saturday, October 18, 2008

Microwaving Foods

My most used kitchen accessory is a $10 microwave vegetable steamer. A simple, 3 part device that steams broccoli, spinach or carrots in 3 minutes or less. I have heard and read that a microwave destroys much of the nutritional value of vegetables. According to Dr Lynne Eldridge in her book, Avoiding Cancer One Day At A Time, “there are studies that indicate that microwaving may destroy a significant amount of some vitamins and phytochemicals in food and therefore may frustrate their protective effects against cancer.” Bummer. I guess that I should take the good doctor’s advice and opt for steaming rather than microwaving my veggies. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat
More helpful, past posts tomorrow.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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