Love. Celebrate. Give.

Kindness in words creates confidence! Kindness in thinking creates profoundness! Kindness in giving creates Love.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. The willingness to share does not make one charitable, it makes one free.  It’s easy to give from our abundance but true giving requires sacrifice.

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Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

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Learn to Appreciate Often.

Be with someone who knows what they have when they have you.

Never fail to appreciate someone who cares for you, just because they’re always in your life to help in some way or never to give thanks or recognition. To value someone or something too lightly is a risk no one should take. Too often we underestimate the power of touch, smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn life around.

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Push aside the expectation of others and instead focus the appreciation of what you’ve accomplished. If you believe in it, then that’s all it truly matters. Sometimes, you have to learn the bad side so that you can appreciate the good things that may enter your life.

Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them. You have to figure out who’s worth your kindness and who’s just taking advantage. Everyone wan’ts to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.

Stop Holding Grudges

Too often, we carry around things from our past that hurt us. Sometimes, people haven’t apologized because they’re ashamed. Forgive them anyway! Sometimes you have to be okay with a sorry you never got.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.

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Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” So,L let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they’re bad… it means they’re human.

Always believe that something WONDERFUL is about to happen.

Don’t Judge Someone

Do you judge another because they are not at your level?

Everyone may not be good but there’s always something good in everyone. Never judge anyone shortly; it helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level. We all have different paths and different lessons to learn and judging a person doesn’t define who they are anyway instead it defines who you are.

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You are the gatekeeper of your own mind and what you allow in it. Stay in awareness–without judgement of your thoughts and feelings–and simply allow those feelings and thoughts you think of as negative to pass by.

Should you find yourself the victim of other person bitterness and insecurities; REMEMBER, things could be worse, you could be one of them. Don’t be so hard to others.

Be sure to taste your word before you spit them out! 

Primer on Lung Cancer

What you don’t know can kill you?

Human have a perplexing tendency to fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blithely ignoring far greater risks like unsafe sex and an unhealthy diet.  It’s hard to believe, but Lung Cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung Cancer is a malignant growth or tumor arising from the lungs.  It is among the most frequent causes of cancer in both males and females, and unfortunately has a relatively poorer prognosis (compared to breast cancer or colon cancer for example), thus it is frequently cited as the number one cause of mortality among all cancers.

What are the risk factors for Lung Cancer?

Cigarette Smoking causes approximately 90 percent of lung cancers. Just remember that in each stick of cigarette, there are around 6,500 chemicals that should not be taken into the body (like arsenic, tar, etc.) and that about 35 to 75 of those substances are potentially carcinogenic.  Thus smokers have 15 to 30 times higher risk of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers.  Second hand or side-stream smoke is another strong risk factor – even if a person is not smoking, regularly being exposed to a person or persons who are smoking gives them a significant risk of also developing Lung Cancer. Other risk factor would include strong family history of lung cancer, and occupational or environmental exposure to radiation and diesel exhaust.

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What are the symptoms?

The symptoms would usually depend on where in the lungs the tumor is growing. If it is centrally location (i.e. near the trachea or main trunks of the airways of the lungs (the hilum where the major segments or bronchi arise), the patient would frequently manifest with cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, even blood tinged sputum.  If the growth is developing peripherally, it may take some time before symptoms develop, as it is not causing obstruction of the major airways.  Hence, frequently those tumors arising from the periphery are discovered late (i.e. already metastatic, already large and of a higher stage.

What are the type and Stages of Lung Cancer?

It could be too technical to describe each type of lung cancer (as it is based on histology – i.e. adenocarcinoma, large cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, small cell carcinoma), but suffice to say that we basically divide it into either non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC) The reason for classifying them as such is because NSCLC has a relatively better prognosis (i.e a person with NSCLC is expected to survive for at least a year even without treatment and at least two years with adequate treatment, compared to SCLC where without treatment survival is just around four to six months, even around four six chemotherapy many of them would succumb in around a year ago or so).

As for staging, again it would be too technical to describe each stage, but suffice to say that a Stage 1 or 2 cancer has the best prognosis it treated early – surgery would be curative for a Stage 1 lung cancer, while chemotherapy plus/minus radiotherapy would frequently be necessary for a Stage 2 or 3 lung cancer; and for a Stage 4 lung cancer – meaning that it has already metastasized to other parts of the body (frequently the liver, brain and bones), frequently any treatment would just be palliative in nature.

What are the treatment available?

Surgical removal of the tumor and surrounding lung segments (thoracotomy with lobectomy or pneumonectomy) for early stage lung cancer. For those who are not surgical candidates (tumor cannot be excised fully, higher stage disease or if there are medical contraindications to surgery – heart failure, ill health, uncontrolled diabetes, etc) then chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy is done.  In some instances, combination of treatments are utilized (i.e. surgery first to remove the main tumor, then undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy to clear out residual tumor). 

More recently, a new type of treatment has become available called targeted therapy – targeting specific genes or proteins unique to the cancer to slow down and kill of the cancer cells.

What are the side effects of the treatment?

When side effects are mentioned, frequently the focus would be on chemotherapy.  Remember that cancer cells divide and grow very rapidly, and this rapid growth is the target of chemotherapy.  Unfortunately, chemo drugs would and could affect all cells – normal or otherwise, thus the potential for side effects.

Among the common side effects would include nausea, anorexia, hair loss, body malaise, and asthenia. Less common side effects include anemia, agranulocytosis – significant decline in white cell count, and higher risk of infections like pneumonia – as chemo may potentially also kill off and weaken immune cells. However most of the side effects can be abated by the use of less toxic chemo drugs and other medications.

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Great Motivation!

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.  Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. Falling down is how we grow. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.

When you feel like quitting, just think about why you started?

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The most important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have keep on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

There are three simple rules in life: 

  1. If you don’t GO after of what you want, you’ll never have it.
  2. If you don’t ASK, the answer will always be NO.
  3. If you don’t STEP forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

Do make things happen. If you’re tired of starting over then, stop giving up. 

 

Top 10 Cancer – Fighting Food

Who says cancer prevention is expensive?

One may or may not – take notice of this, but majority of the following can be found in his kitchen.  By just simply incorporating these nature-given ingredients to his diet, one gets a clearer shot to living a healthier, longer life.

  1. GUYABANO. Otherwise known as the custard apple, Guyabano is deemed one of the miracle cures for cancer. In the study, “Journal of Medical Chemistry,” 14 structurally-diverse Annonaceous acetogenins, found in Guyabano extract were identified and tested for their ability to prevent the growth of adriamycian resistant human mamary adenocarcinoma cells. According to a research in 1976, a chemical found in Guyabano is about 10,000 times more powerful and effective than Adriamycin, a drug used for Chemotherapy.  
  2. BROCCOLI. Vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli have cancer-fighting properties. But among others, broccoli alone has an ample amount of sulforaphane, a compound that strengthens the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. It helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers. The more broccoli intake, the better.
  3. BERRIES. All kinds of berries contain cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Black raspberries have very high concentrations of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which slow down the growth of permalignant cells, while keeping new blood vessels from forming (and potentially feeding a cancerous tumor). Berries help fight: colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers.
  4. TOMATOES. The “best dietary source of lycopene,” it contains a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red hue.  Tomatoes help in stopping endometrial cancer cell growth, according to a study in “Nutrition and Cancer.”  It also fights lung, prostate, and stomach cancers. Endometrial cancer kills nearly 8,000 people yearly.  Patients can benefit more from taking cooked tomatoes (e.g. pasta sauce), for the process of heating it increases the amount of lycopene one’s body can absorb.
  5. WALNUTS. Walnuts’ phytosterols (cholesterol-like molecules found in plants) can block estrogen receptors in breast cancer cells, possibly slowing down the cells’ growth.  Chewing on an ounce of walnuts once a day may yield the best benefits.
  6. GARLIC. Phytochemicals (chemical compounds found in plants) in garlic stops the formation of nitrosamines, carcinogens formed in the stomach (and in the intestines, in certain conditions).  The Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women with the highest amounts of garlic in their respective diets had 50% lower risk of having certain colon cancers.  Garlic helps fight breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers.
  7. BEANS. A Michigan State University study showed that black and navy beans “significantly” reduced colon cancer incidence in rats.  A diet rich in legumes increases levels of fatty acid butyrate, which in high concentrations, provide a protective barrier against cancer growth.
  8. EGG YOLK. Egg yolk, along with green and leafy vegetables, avocado, beans, carrots, apricots, and pumpkins, provides folic acid, a form of the water-soluble vitamin B9 which is synthetically produced and used in fortified foods and supplements.  Egg yolk helps one’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) replicate properly and protect it during radiotherapy.
  9. OILY FISH. It provides long-chain Omega-3, a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body.  Oily fish also contains vitamin A, an important nutrient in the fight against cancer.
  10. SUNFLOWER-SEEDS. Sunflower seeds are high in zinc and vitamin E. Zinc aids Vitamin C in accelerating healing time, which is important in keeping one’s prostate healthy.

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Our life can change in an instant, be aware!