Archive for January, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Caring for Skin with Eczema During Winter Months

Since you aren’t showing as much skin during winter months, you may find yourself neglecting it. But depending where you live, winter can expose your skin to harsh conditions like dry heat and bitter cold. If you find yourself with seasonal eczema, you’ll want to take extra care to nourish and protect your skin. Here is a video with some information on the typical symptoms of eczema, as well as some tips on how to help prevent or care for an outbreak.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good Things Can Happen from Bad Things

GUEST POST BY TAMI BOEHMER

I had a very interesting interview on a Detroit radio station for a program called God 321. I met the host Danny Hutchins at The Pink Fund Crazy Sexy Luncheon of all places! I am grateful to my friend Molly MacDonald, see who leads this wonderful organization, link for introducing us. I was apprehensive about being on a Christian program. As some of you know, order I was raised a non-practicing Jew. As an adult, our little nuclear family attends Unity, which embraces all religions and has taught me about a loving and kind God.

When I was writing From Incurable to Incredible, I was overwhelmed from hearing stories of the people gracing the pages and how faith helped them through life’s most serious challenges. These stories and getting to know these amazing people I interviewed help me through. It gave me faith that I can do it, too.  My faith certainly helped me. I connected with God on a much deeper level. My faith was and is my lifeboat, which is always there to rescue me in my time of need.

Not everyone in my book were people of faith, but a comment from God 321?s host made me rethink that. Dan said that everyone has faith. After all, humanists have faith in themselves. That is certainly true of all the people I’ve interviewed. Some were very Christian, some were Jewish, and some just believed in the power of themselves and the people around them. Yet they all had faith.

I’m not a Bible reader but there are many truths in it, which have been a source of comfort to me since I was diagnosed with cancer. One is the meaning of faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, KJV).” According to statistics, my chances for a long life are not great. But faith tells me that all things are possible, even if there is no (medical) evidence to back it up. I have faith that a power greater than myself will allow me to see my daughter grow up and dance at her wedding (if she chooses that path). I believe God has a purpose for me: sharing hope and encouragement with others.

But sometimes my faith is challenged. Recently, I attended my friend Cyndi’s visitation and saw her husband and two children standing there looking lost. Like us, they are an extremely close family and Cyndi held things together. Her beautiful young adult daughter Lauryn is a spitting image of her. Her husband Gary says that is a gift Cyndi gave to him. I’m angry that so many people are taken away in their prime by cancer. I don’t understand it, but it just is. I want to blame someone, something for it, but in the end, I have to just have faith that some good will evolve from tragedy.

As my mentor Bernie Siegel, MD, conveys in his children’s book, Smudge Bunny, sometimes good things happen from bad things. For me, cancer has been a transformative experience. As one of my friends said recently, “Would you have ever thought you’d write a book and be speaking to groups of people?” My world has opened up since my diagnosis. I take better care of myself and have more confidence and passion for what I believe is a God-given mission. There have been more gifts than I can count.

I just finished watching Monster’s Ball on TV (yes, I know it’s been out for 10 years). I could barely view the beginning; it was so full of painful images. Billy Bob Thornton’s character was a violent racist who transformed into a loving and generous man who falls in love with an African American woman (Halle Berry). This transformation happens after the suicide of his son and the death of her son. In the end, they are looking up at the stars, and Billy Bob’s character says to her, “I think everything’s going to be alright.”

That’s faith. That’s the demonstration of God’s love despite terrible circumstances. Bernie was right. Good things can come from bad things.

To listen to my God 321 interview, go to http://www.god321.net/podcast.html.

Tami BoehmerAfter more than 20 years working in health care public relations, Tami Boehmer was thrust into the world as a patient. In February 2008, she was diagnosed with a stage IV breast cancer recurrence–months after celebrating her five-year, cancer-free anniversary. Unwilling to accept a grim prognosis, she decided to interview survivors nationwide who have lived far beyond what the medical establishment predicted. Tami compiled these amazing stories into her book, and shares them along with valuable information on healing the body, mind and spirit on her Web site and blog, Miracle Survivors. Tami lives with her husband Mike, daughter Chrissy and furry feline AJ in Cincinnati, Ohio. She divides her time between caring for her family, blogging, fulfilling speaking engagements, and serving as a board member for Pink Ribbon Girls, a support group for young breast cancer survivors.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Possibilities…

New Year’s resolutions can feel so limiting, oppressive even. What would happen if this year instead of trying to force yourself to Green leaf possibilitiesgo to the gym, learn to play piano, and climb Mount Everest, you simply lifted your chin heavenward and wondered what amazing new experiences might be possible for you in 2012?

Grab a pen and paper, and time yourself for ten minutes as you brainstorm what good things could be in store for you this year. Maybe you’ll meet the man of your dreams, travel abroad with your family, find yourself working at your dream job, make a new best friend, lose those ten pounds, rescue a dog from the pound, or something even better. Set your mind free!

When we open our thinking up to new possibilities, we become inspired by potential and feel much more inclined to do those things that before would have felt like chores (such as going to the gym, learning something new, etc.)

What is possible for you in 2012? Tell us!