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Lumpy Cards for Cancer Patients: Humor When It’s Least Appropriate

By Alexis Timmons, RN, Founder of Lumpy Cards

When I worked as an oncology nurse at Beverly HillsCancerCenter, administering chemotherapy daily to patients, many of suffering awful side effects, I noticed that the majority did not want sympathy. They wanted to be heard and understood, not pitied. I watched them open countless greeting cards, which said various things like: we are so sorry, get well soon, we are praying for you, and I watched their mood sink a little more. I’m sure they felt appreciated, thought of, but they most certainly didn’t feel better. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but a funny greeting card can make a cancer patient’s day brighter than a sympathy card can. As the daughter of a cancer survivor, I know it can be hard to find the right things to say, because you’re as scared as they are. So I took notes on what lifted patients up, and set out to design cards expressing those types of sentiments. I was determined to put a smile on the faces of those afflicted by cancer, and so LumpyCards was born. If you don’t know what to say to your sister, dad, coworker, or best friend with cancer, order a LumpyCard, and it will be easy.

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Example of a Lumpy Card

I have created greeting cards for every occasion, from birthday cards, sarcastic get-well cards from the cat, to holiday cards, a survivor collection, treatment-day cards, and others all specific to cancer treatment.

Eventually I hope to be in big chain stores like Walgreens and Target, so that my cards will be available to the masses, and cancer patients all over the country can be uplifted. Until then, you can purchase the cards from my website:  www.LumpyCards.com  While my mom was going through her treatment I searched tirelessly for cancer-related cards to make her laugh. I didn’t want a card that beat around the bush either. I wanted a card that spoke directly to the issue —in a funny way. Until now, that just didn’t exist. Now that they’re here, I’m trying to spread the word: Just say “no” to sympathy! Instead, you can order a LumpyCard and make someone’s day.

Another goal of mine is to partner with more cancer research foundations to raise money for their causes. So far I’ve teamed up with Brides Against Breast Cancer as a vendor in their latest Pasadena Fundraiser, and I plan on sponsoring many more, in cancer walks, runs, and events for other organizations. Additionally, a portion of every LumpyCards purchase is contributed to cancer research.

So many cancer survivors have said they wish LumpyCards had been around when they were going through their treatment. It makes me so happy to hear them praise my cards. I feel proud to be making a difference in one of the hardest journeys, knowing that even though I don’t have the cure to cancer, at least I can make the journey a little lighter.

Alexis Timmons, RN

Founder of LumpyCards

“I’ve always been drawn to oncology, as I felt I could make the greatest difference there. I loved the connection I got to make with my patients, and it was so satisfying to support them through something so challenging. But everything changed when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer became personal, and from then on, every patient reminded me of her. I tirelessly searched for ways to brighten her day, and ended up buying lots of blank cards, because most of the cards out there were depressing. I wanted to make her laugh. My goal now is to bring laughter to as many cancer patients as I can. Cancer doesn’t have to be scary all the time! “

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COPING WITH NEUROPATHY AND HOW TOPRICIN SUPPORTS THE HEALING JOURNEY

–By Lou Paradise

Patients who are valiantly coping with cancer, supported by the love and assistance of family and friends, have to deal with the significant and often extremely painful side effects of their treatment protocols.

One of the most common and debilitating side effects of chemotherapy is chemo-induced neuropathy:  the excruciatingly intense tingling and burning in the hands and feet can be unbearable.  The nerve pain can be so relentlessly agonizing that is the number one reason that cancer patients prematurely stop their treatments.

I can so appreciate the discomfort, agony, and frustration of what pain sufferers endure because I have personally suffered from debilitating nerve pain.  And as the president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., I am humbled by the fact that Topricin—our company’s propriety healing technology uniquely formulated with cellular biomedicines—is helping to support cancer patients on their healing journey, especially with the nerve pain (neuropathy)

I invented Topricin following two tours of active duty serving as a decorated Marine Corps helicopter combat/rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  As a result of the physical demands of my missions, I suffered from cumulative trauma injuries that felt like a severe case of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).   Because of my nerve-related injuries, I experienced burning pain from the tips of my fingers to my elbows in both hands and arms.  When the pain was at its worst, I was lucky to get two or three hours of sleep, and had to rest sitting up in a chair in order to maintain circulation and offset the excruciating pain.

I was determined to find a cure for my war injuries, as I knew that the chemical pain pills couldn’t help and that the surgery for this condition would not be an option either.  Drawing on my years of research in how the body heals and that natural medicines stimulate healing, I began to self-experiment. Herbal medicines had little effect and single-ingredient homeopathic medicines produced some relief but not what I was looking for.   Not deterred, I deduced that maybe a combination of homeopathic medicines in a cream base applied locally to the specific pain site might be the answer.

I’ve been blessed with a strong intuition and from the 3,000 homeopathic choices was able to use a specific combination of homeopathic biomedicines and created a formula that had a measurable effect and the pain began to ease in just a few weeks. I was able to get four hours of sleep, then five, then six.  This was a wonderful achievement as sleep is crucial to the healing process since the body does its primary repair while we are resting.

I had created the prototype Topricin® formula…And now, more than 25 years later, I am happy to report that I’ve been pain free, symptom free, and medication free, enjoying a complete restoration of full function, mobility, and range of motion.  

Topricin is an innovative healing technology that is bridging the gap between well-researched natural medicine and conventional care, and is in fact used at major medical facilities around the country.  My goal in creating Topricin was to make sure no one else would ever have to suffer the way I did. Enhancing the body’s miraculous innate ability to heal itself is the answer to all painful conditions.

Why homeopathy?  Because it is a 200-year-old natural medical model that emphasizes healing as a cornerstone of why it works.  This federally-regulated medical system utilizes micro dosed natural medicines from herb, mineral and animal sources that stimulate the body’s natural healing and defense processes to achieve homeostasis and maximum healing. Healing is the ultimate form of pain relief. This non-chemical, non-toxic form of medicine is safe, produces no known side effects, and is not contra-indicated with any other medication or treatment.

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Collection of Topricin Products

Here’s a bit more detail.  The biomedicines in Topricin are molecular complete natural cellular compounds that are nearly identical to the body’s natural healing chemistries. Topricin has a proprietary delivery system that penetrates to deepest recesses of where we feel the pain. Topricin’s biomedicines stimulate detoxifying the lymphatic system locally, relaxing the microcapillaries to restore oxygen-rich blood to damaged cells. The relief realized is the body’s healing of the cells that cause the pain.

Patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with neuropathy and fibromyalgia, Topricin has helped hundreds of thousands of patients experiencing chemo-induced neuropathy experience the healing relief needed to overcome the side effects of chemo-therapy…reducing or even eliminating the need for oral pain pills. In the case of Rx opioids, the risks are even greater because they are highly addictive, and like all chemical pain pills they have no curative power and literally shut down the healing process, and never treat the cause of the pain. Moreover, the side effects of oral pain medication can lead to worse medical conditions then the pain you were trying to treat.

When it comes to neuropathic pain, especially in the feet and legs, our Topricin Foot Therapy Cream offers maximum benefits.  This is because it’s formulated with additional biomedicines that help reduce excess pressure inside the foot.  It also treats cracking and dry skin and supports circulation, providing needed oxygen and nutrients to repair the cells causing the pain. Apply odorless greaseless Topricin 3-4 times a day initially, for best results before bed and in the morning.

I believe it is everyone’s birthright to experience a vibrant, joyful quality of life, doing the things they love with those they love best.  The Topricin mission is not just about the end of pain; it’s about the beginning of relief.  I am honored to have an opportunity to support your healing journey.

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Founder of Topical Biomedics

Lou Paradise, Founder of Topical Biomedics

 

Lou Paradise is president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY.  A decorated US Marine Corps veteran, he frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, conducts pain management seminars, and is a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists.  Mr. Paradise invented Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream to safely and effectively address the injuries he sustained as a result of serving two tours of duty as a helicopter medevac rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  He regularly addresses clinical audiences on the use of his company’s proprietary topical technologies in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and trauma injury including post-surgical trauma as a compliment to primary care, bridging the gap between natural medicines and the conventional medical community.  His formulas are patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and both chemo-induced and diabetic neuropathy.  www.topricin.com

 

You can purchase Topricin Pain Relief Cream and Topricin Foot Therapy cream at www.LotsToLiveFor.com where you will also find additional products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment.

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Exercises for Cancer Survivors – A New Book

by Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE

Exercise is an important component of a cancer survivor’s recovery process. Emerging research suggests a decrease in breast cancer recurrence for those who exercise. A well-designed program can also decrease side effects and improve quality of life. Moreover, acceptance of exercise as part of a good recuperation and standard of care has been gaining momentum in the medical community.

Cancer patients should begin an exercise program designed to ameliorate the adverse effects of surgery and help them regain their pre-cancer fitness level. Exercise that focuses on functional fitness will help them be able to perform the activities of daily living and return to the activities that they enjoy.

Cancer survivors have questions about exercise. Which exercises should I be doing and which should I avoid? Can I exercise during chemotherapy? Can I exercise if I have lymphedema? How do I exercise safely with osteoporosis? Some cancer patients will need to exercise under supervision while others will be able to exercise independently. The type and scope of cancer and the overall medical condition and fitness level of a cancer survivor will determine whether or not a supervised program is needed. This book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors- Stretching and Strength Training, will be an essential guide for those who prefer or need to exercise independently.

 

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Exercises for Cancer Patients

For those who do not live near a major city, it might be difficult to find a therapist who has experience working with cancer patients. This book provides cancer survivors with access to fitness tools specifically created for their needs. It can also be a valuable tool for those who cannot afford health care, or are unable to leave their house. Exercise is a simple and affordable treatment.

I have taken my Recovery Fitness® exercise program and created this book to help you. You should use the exercises in this book as a guide to building an individualized routine that works and feels right for you.

This book will teach you how to prevent injury. Cancer survivors need to be patient; returning to your pre-cancer fitness level takes time and cannot be rushed. You will learn the implications of your particular surgery and the corrective exercises needed to improve recovery. Recovery Fitness Exercises for Cancer Survivors is a great way for cancer survivors to learn stretching and strength training exercises.

 

Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE, has been a fitness professional for more than 18 years and is the founder and creator of Recovery Fitness®, a cancer exercise program.  She owns and operates Carol Michaels Fitness and Recovery Fitness and is a consultant, author, speaker, Pilates instructor, and cancer exercise specialist. She is on the advisory board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and other cancer organizations, and has appeared on health related television programs.  The American Council on Exercise recognized Carol as a Trainer to Watch in 2011 and Personal Fitness Professional honored her as the 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year.  Carol developed and produced two DVD’s called Recovery Fitness Cancer Exercise-Simple Stretches and Recovery Fitness-Strength Training.  Both DVD’s can be found on her websites www.carolmichaelsfitness.com and www.recoveryfitness.net. Her new book, Exercise for Cancer Survivors, is a fantastic resource for anyone undergoing cancer surgery or treatments. Click here to order the book on Amazon.  The book can also be purchased on www.carolmichaelsfitness.com.

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CureLauncher – Personalized Clinical Trial Matching

 

CureLauncher gives you the power and the support to make a life changing decision.  Warm, compassionate, and experienced relationship managers will guide you through the process of finding a new treatment.  Taking control and knowing your options opens up a whole new world of hope.  Visit CureLauncher to get started on a life changing quest! CureLauncher can help connect you with clinical trials in your area.

 

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CureLauncher – Information is Empowerment! – Testimonial 

By Barb  Hollingsworth, guest blogger

Over the holidays of 2012, I knew I wasn’t feeling myself but it wasn’t until I had jaundiced two days after Christmas that I knew it was time to do something about it.  Upon arrival at the Emergency Room, I was quickly rushed through to be seen by a Doctor who immediately ordered a CT scan of my abdomen.  Several hours later I heard the words that would instill fear in the toughest of men – that there was a “mass” in my Pancreas.  The next morning I was sent to surgery to have a stent placed in my bile duct and a biopsy of the mass was taken. Two days later it was confirmed that I have Pancreatic Cancer.  The tumor was nearly 5cm in size in the head of my Pancreas and was quite aggressive.  I met with the Oncologist prior to being discharged from the hospital where I was left feeling there was absolutely no hope for a better tomorrow for me. 

 

I have always been a strong woman and after the initial shock and disbelief that I was likely facing the end of my days, that fight in me started to return. I was not convinced that this was the end and I just knew that dying was not an option for me! So I started researching every possible avenue of information about Pancreatic Cancer and Cancer in General.  I reached out to my family and friends on social media where the compassion, love and support I receive is astounding! Through them and the Cancer Center where I started chemotherapy treatments, I kept hearing about Clinical Trials. I had a basic knowledge of clinical trials only and was afraid to deter from a “proven” method of treatment.

 

I soon realized that information is empowerment and that most “proven” treatment methods used today were developed and recognized because of Clinical Trials. The very chemotherapy regiment I am on was founded just a few short years ago in Clinical Trials. That’s when I knew I had to change my thinking and participate – if not to cure myself, but to help find a cure for future generations.

 

One day, a very dear friend recommended I contact CureLauncher since my Oncologist had not found any Clinical Trials that I would qualify for. Amy contacted me the very same day I requested information from them and went to work right away to search for a match to a Clinical Trial for me. Within days she had located several options for me. I found out in the mean time that my treatments were working so well that my tumor had gone from “unresectable” to virtually “undetectable” on the CT scans! This meant I no longer qualified for the Clinical Trials and was unable to participate.  I am in remission and looking forward to a long healthy future – and I know that somewhere, some people faced with the same “death sentence” that I was – took part in the Clinical Trials that ultimately led to my own cure! I can’t say enough about CureLauncher.

 

 If you have been diagnosed with any form of cancer, take charge of your future and remember – information is EMPOWERMENT!


 

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Welcome to the New Cancer Blog: Lots To Live For! Tools, Tips, and Info to Help Empower You During Your Journey

Cancer Blog: Lots To Live For!

Cancer Side Effect Solutions | New Developments in Cancer Therapy | Tools, Tips and Info to Help Empower You During Your Journey

Welcome to our new blog format.  All of our past blog posts are still available by clicking here:  www.LotsToLiveFor.blogspot.com

 

Here are brief descriptions and links to our most popular posts over the past few years.  Click on the titles to read the blog post. They are all linked to the original blog.

 

Eight Awesome Tips To Help Cancer Patients

 Acts of Kindness To Help Make Life Easier for A Patient Undergoing Cancer Treatment
It may be an awkward moment when you learn that a friend, loved one, or coworker has been diagnosed with cancer. You may initially be at a loss for words and yet you want to offer empathy and comfort. Here are 8 Tips and Helpful Gifts of Kindness so you can create your own plan to help the cancer patient you know along his or her journey.  Some of the best expressions of support are inexpensive and some are free – but they are all priceless to the patient receiving your kindness.
Kindness during cancer treatment

Kindness during cancer treatment

 

Gel Sheets for Radiation Burn Care – Cool Magic Gel Sheets and Lind Skin Cooler Rolls

Gel sheets are a handy and noninvasive product that can be used for radiation burn care. They help to soothe and calm radiation burns. Some of our customers tell us they provide incredible relief from pain and itching and that allows them to continue with daily chores and especially to sleep at night! The great thing about gel sheets is that they can be left on for long periods of time (for some people, up to 3 days) and they provide continuous relief. You can also put the gel sheets over radiation creams such as the RADX radiation therapy cream, My Girls Cream or Alra Therapy Lotion

Cancer Gifts – Thoughtful Gifts for Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy Treatment

Cancer gifts express your caring, concern and support. If you are having trouble selecting just the right item for your friend or loved one consider buying a product or a collection of products to ease cancer side effects.
Patients who are undergoing radiation therapy often get radiation dermatitis, or radiation burns. There are some excellent creams and lotions that can help to prevent the burns, and then to soothe them if a person has already been burned.  This blog post highlights  some excellent soothing creams and lotions.

 

Homeopathic Treatment for Radiation Burns and Other Skin Conditions

7 Cream is a homeopathic treatment for radiation burns and radiation dermatitis, as well as an excellent cream for other skin conditions.

 

Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency? The Importance of Medical Records and Emergency Contacts

by Margot Malin and Dan Schiavello

You don’t have to be sick to create a personal health record. In fact, the best time to organize your records may be when no one is in a crisis mode.  Why organize your records?  Whether individuals and their families are relatively healthy and going for a routine doctor’s visit, or managing a chronic condition, many want to be actively involved in thier healthcare experience.

The designation of an emergency contact is an important consideration. Many people do not give this the thought that it deserves.  Did you know that medical errors are the third largest cause of death after heart disease and cancer? Read about some important attributes for an emergency contact.

 

Skin Care during Chemotherapy and Radiation Oncology Treatments

Chemotherapy medications can affect a patient’s skin, hair, and nails. The side effects vary by patient and more broadly by the type of chemotherapy that is being administered.
Before starting treatment, it is suggested that the patient ask their oncologist or oncology nurse what specific skin/hair/nail reactions might be caused by the regimen prescribed. That way, they can better prepare by exploring products that will be helpful.
Some common side effects are dry, flaky or itchy skin. If a patient is receiving radiation, the skin can become burned, or an itchy bumpy rash can develop.  Other skin issues and possible treatments and methods to reduce side effects are included in this post.

 

What is an Oncology Nurse Navigator?

By  Pam Matten RN, BSN, OCN, guest blogger

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer and living with the disease can be overwhelming for many patients and their family members. The maze of oncology services that families are asked to go through can be intimidating and daunting. A nurse navigator is a professional who comes alongside the family undergoing the cancer crisis. He/she may follow the patient from pre-diagnosis through the continuum of care. The navigator will ensure that the patient is given timely care for appointments, tests and procedures. She educates the patient on treatment options, medication and chemotherapy side effects, and clinical trial options. She may also provide psychosocial support to the patient and family. The navigator will provide resources and referrals to the family such as: financial assistance, support groups, transportation options and complimentary wellness opportunities. The nurse navigator role is integral for families as they navigate through the complexities of cancer care.  (click on the title above to read more)

 

Why is Our Breath so Important for Cancer Recovery?

Breathing for Cancer Recovery – Calm and Relaxation –  Managing Stress, Fear, Pain and Anxiety
By Diana Ross, guest blogger
The importance of training the breath becomes a powerful tool in managing stress, fear, and anxiety as well as recovery. A focused breathing technique assists in restoring energy and calming the mind, so we need to breathe with greater awareness. The breath is an amazing vehicle in that it is always present. It is effective at every level of self inquiry and acts in both a preventative as well as a restorative manner. Once we bring an awareness of the breath into the moment, where it is most needed, we can then improve our quality of life. We can enjoy quiet moments of meditation: we can enjoy our be-ing.

 

Contemplate this inspirational poem as you continue to read through our blog  (source unknown).
what cancer cannot do

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