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Is cancer spreading or is it better reporting?

Cancer spreading or better reporting?

Not many decades ago, it seemed that cancer was a disease prevalent mostly in developed countries, sometimes called a disease of opulence.

 The World Health Organization reports that in 2005, out of 58 million deaths worldwide, 7.6 million deaths were due to cancer. 

Is this because of the introduction of new technologies to improve the monitoring and reporting of disease, or is it that more and more people are succumbing to the disease?

More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle income countries, where limited or no resources are available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Cancer deaths are projected to rise, with about 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030.

What is the impact of cancer in your country? 

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Women with breast cancer and laughter therapy

Click here for information on our documentary and how you can become involved, as well as for information on health and nutrition wellness and wellbeing  during challenges of breast cancer

Dealing with breast cancer through laughter therapy

Laugh, laugh, laugh – whether you feel good or not

It is said that laughter is the best medicine.  There is strong evidence that laughter can actually improve health and help fight disease. Current research shows that our brains can make us healthier and happier, and laughter is one of the strategies used bring this about.  For more information click here  and view the video on laughter yoga.

Dealing with breast cancer can be the toughest hurdle in many of our lives.  And laughter can be furthest from our minds.

Some people will say that there is nothing to laugh about, why me, life sucks, just got fired, am struggling with illness, there is no one to take care of me, chemo sucks, lost my hair, cannot go on like this,  and on and on.

For the billions on the planet, each thinking person can come up with one or more excuses as to why there is nothing to laugh about – which means that there would be almost 6 billion excuses, a statistic which could already generate lots of laughter, I believe.

But the most important thing is this.  Whether we believe, know, are totally convinced that there is nothing to laugh about, we can still trick the brain to believe that we can laugh at anything. Forced laughter or real laughter, the brain does not know the difference.

The saying “If you think you can, you can; if you think you can’t, you can’t” really underscores the fact that it is up to us to decide on what we can and cannot do.

I would urge all women dealing with breast cancer, yours truly included, to laugh.   I would recommended any kind of laughter, whether it is forced or real, as the benefits are the same – the brain does not know the difference.

And that is the fun in laughter therapy. 

Laugh, through whatever is happening.

In my earlier blog on ordinary women are celebrities dealing breast cancer I called on women with breast cancer to join us in making a documentary. For more on the documentary please follow this link.

Laughing yoga video view here

Women with breast cancer who would like to join us in laughter therapy can let us know by leaving a comment.

Cancer in the Asian-American Population

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Green tea and risk of breast cancer in Asian Americans

According to the International Journal of Cancer, there is substantial in vitro and in vivo evidence implicating tea polyphenols as chemopreventive agents against various cancers. However, epidemiologic data obtained from mainly Western populations are not supportive of a protective role of tea, mainly black tea, in the etiology of breast cancer. Much less is known about the relationship between green tea and breast cancer risk. 

Based on the results of a population-based, case-control study of breast cancer among Chinese, Japanese and Filipino women in Los Angeles County, information on dietary habits, including intake of black and green tea among other lifestyle factors was collected.

Risk of breast cancer was not related to black tea consumption. In contrast, green tea drinkers showed a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer, and this was maintained after adjusting for age, specific Asian ethnicity, birthplace, age at menarche, parity, menopausal status, use of menopausal hormones, body size and intake of total calories and black tea. Compared to women who did not drink green tea regularly (i.e., less than once a month), there was a significant trend of decreasing risk with increasing amount of green tea intake. The significant inverse association between risk of breast cancer and green tea intake remained after further adjustment for other potential confounders, including smoking; alcohol, coffee and black tea intake; family history of breast cancer; physical activity; and intake of soy and dark green vegetables.

While both green tea and soy intake had significant, independent protective effects on breast cancer risk, the benefit of green tea was primarily observed among subjects who were low soy consumers. Similarly, the protective effect of soy was primarily observed among subjects who were nondrinkers of green tea.

In summary, results point to an important role of both green tea and soy intake in relation to breast cancer risk in Asian-American women.

Source: Int J Cancer 2003 Sep 10;106(4):574-9

Breast cancer is showing up as the fastest growing cause of death in Asian Americans compared with other ethnic group. Stomach cancer affects among Korean men five times more than white Americans; cervical cancer five times more likely to affect Vietnamese women than white Americans; liver cancer also.

 As is similar in other minority groups, Asian-Americans delay going to the doctor, thus early detection and screening are compromised.

According to  the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian-American women, they have the lowest screening rates among all ethnic groups.  . One fifth of Asian-American women have never had a Pap test, compared to five percent of white women.

Many of them prefer to tell their families and not to talk about the disease to outsiders.  There are support groups established to help those dealing with and healing from cancer.

Source:  New American Media

Ordinary women’s health and healing from breast cancer

  

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The Saliva, Acidity and Alkalinity in Breast Cancer Healing

 Immediately after a diagnosis of breast cancer, the entire world and the outlook of the person diagnosed changes radically.I remember a feeling of hopelessness, helplessness, even desperation, which overwhelms. Hope shuts down.

Somehow the sun sets on our parade, the sunniest day becomes dark, clouds become the norm.

There is a vision shift and the cheeriest person loses cheer for a while. Getting back to a pre-diagnosis mode of operation seems hardly likely again.

And, perhaps, that is a good thing. Perhaps the way we were, the way we interacted, the way we communicated, the way we lived life might have played a big role in the manifestation of the disease, apart from or in addition to any genetic pre-disposition or environmental contamination.One of the pre-diagnosis behaviours I believe helped in my healing was a revisiting of my nutritional habits. My body was in a highly acidic state, a state which it is said is welcoming of disease. I was not digesting, not absorbing, not eliminating as should be done normally. Yet, I was not conscious of that. The diagnosis of cancer was a call to consciousness.

I began to consciously seek information on digestion. And lo and behold, the information I got was very informative.

And the simplest yet most profound revelation I made – digestion begins with the saliva!

Saliva is produced in and secreted from salivary glands. The basic secretory units of salivary glands are clusters of cells called an acini. These cells secrete a fluid that contains water, electrolytes, mucus and enzymes, all of which flow out of the acinus into collecting ducts.

ph testing is one of the best methods of making daily progress measurements in your healing progress. It is simple, inexpensive and meaningful.

PH testing is perhaps, the easiest and most significant marker that you can use on a daily basis to constantly monitor your healing process. One of the important properties of a dietary approach to treating cancer relates to ph. As regards the problem of acidity, I was told that disease does not develop in an alkaline body. That was the advice that started me on the road to the cancer free state that I now enjoy, so far, so good.

“pH” is chemical shorthand for “hydrogen ion concentration” .. Less than 7 is acidic and more that 7 is basic (alkaline). The most healthy ph is 7.0 or 7.2, which is neutral to slightly alkaline.

PH paper is available from many sources. Measurement is very easy. You simply tear a half inch strip from the roll, wet it on the tip of your tongue, and compare the color to the chart on the side of the box.

The most significant reading is taken in the morning upon arising and before anything is eaten or drunk. This will provide a daily reading of your healing process. If your body is acid, it is not healing well.

Our bodies are made acid by two primary causes, eating acid forming foods , and stress. PH measurement is a good indicator of progress in monitoring body fluids (saliva, urine) effectively.

I would like to know how many of you diagnosed with breast cancer, are, or have been conscious of the role acidity and alkalinity plays in breast cancer healing. How many of you believe that it can play a role? Is it an acceptable CAM practice? and do health professionals advise women on acid and alkaline forming foods?

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Documentary On Ordinary Women and Breast Cancer

Ordinary women not only are fighting breast cancer, they are dealing with life which throws them quite a few lemons re cancer (no insurance, no social supports, no information on choices…)all of you ordinary, courageous women who are celebrities in your own right who are dealing with cancer from diagnosis to healing to transformation or whatever your pathways are.

Muriella’s Corner would like to invite you from wherever you are, to begin to contribute to the project. The aim is to collect your stories and testimonials and provide them to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN or to the Oprah Show. We need to create another face of cancer which people never see and could only imagine. Click here for more information on the documentary

Our suggestions on submitting the comments follow:

Your name or pseudonym (somewhat like a userid which portrays feeling or location in dealing with the disease like – scaredoutofmyunderwear or onwardandupward

Year of diagnosis

Time of diagnosis (morning, noon, evening)

Place of diagnosis

Immediate reaction ( e.g. shock, why me, sky becoming very dark, cold hands, cold feet, crying out loud, crying silently, were you alone, with friend(s), with family…)

What followed (decision to talk about it , decision not to talk about it, curse my husband, curse my children, curse the pets, pray, nervous laughter…)

How did you manage the sequential process*(handed everything over to the doctor, ran scared out of the room, bawled, went to a bar and drank, had somber thoughts of suicide, went to a church/temple/mosque and prayed…)

*The sequential process is what followed after your initial reaction and the decisions you made or the decisions that were made for you. This is really where the meat of the information comes to the fore:

Decision to have mastectomy/lumpectomy/other/do nothing

Decision to have chemotherapy/radiation/other/do nothing

Decision to decide later what decisions to take

Any pressure felt and from where (without, within…)

Feelings after decision made

Roadblocks along the decision pathway (complications of other diseases hidden, fright/fear all the way, weight loss, weight gain, depression, calm, seeing the light, recognizing that there is more to do and more to life…)

Any other comments would be welcome.

Ordinary women are also celebrities fighting breast cancer

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Format for comments for documentary of ordinary, courageous women who are also celebrities dealing with breast cancer  to be presented to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta or the Oprah Show.

Further to the earlier article on celebrities who are also ordinary women dealing with breast cancer  (https://muriella.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/ordinary-women-healing-from-breast-cancer/) it seems that a lot of buzz has been created – see article on Conversations about Cancer in Muriella’s Corner free online newsletter (http://snipurl.com/1gtej)

Ordinary women not only are fighting breast cancer, but they are dealing with life which throws them quite a few lemons re cancer  (no insurance, no social supports, no information on choices…)

Please provide comments/testimonials here. 

 Muriella’s Corner would like all of you ordinary, courageous women who are celebrities in your own right to provide testimonials for our project , all of you who are dealing with cancer from diagnosis to healing to transformation or whatever your pathways are.

Muriella’s Corner would like to invite you from wherever you are, in addition to you who are on Word Press blogs on cancer to begin to contribute to the project.  The aim is to collect your stories and testimonials and provide them to Larry King or Dr Sanjay Gupta of CNN or to the Oprah Show. We need to create another face of cancer which people never see and could only imagine, faces of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.Our suggestions on submitting the comments follow:

  • Your name or pseudonym ( somewhat like a userid which portrays feeling or location in dealing with the disease like – scaredoutofmyunderwear or onwardandupward or notochemotherapy or feelingmightygoodaboutmyself… but with real name hidden so that we can identify you to participate in the event)
  • Year of diagnosis
  • Time of diagnosis (morning, noon, evening)
  • Place of diagnosis
  • Immediate reaction ( e.g. shock, why me, sky becoming very dark, cold hands, cold feet, wet hands, wet feet, sweaty, heart palpitations, crying out loud, crying silently, were you alone, with friend(s), with family…)
  • What followed (decision to talk about it , decision not to talk about it, curse my husband, curse my children, curse the pets, pray, nervous laughter…)
  • How did you manage the sequential process*(handed everything over to the doctor, ran scared out of the room,  bawled, went to a bar and drank, had somber thoughts of suicide, went to a church/temple/mosque and prayed…)

*The sequential process is what followed after your initial reaction and the decisions you made or the decisions that were made for you.  This is really where the meat of the information comes to the fore:

  • Decision to have mastectomy/lumpectomy/other/do nothing
  • Decision to have chemotherapy/radiation/other/do nothing
  • Decision to decide later what decisions to take
  • Any pressure felt and from where (without, within…)
  • Feelings after decision made
  • Roadblocks along the decision pathway (complications of other diseases hidden, fright/fear all the way, weight loss, weight gain, depression, calm, seeing the light, recognizing that there is more to do and more to life…)

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Any other comments would be welcome

We look forward to hearing from you.

To your continued health and wellbeing

Muriella’s Corner

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Women Celebrities and Breast Cancer

Most recently, the wife of a presidential candidate – Ms Edwards, spoke out about her journey as regards breast cancer. And we have had other celebrities invited to the media and talk shows to speak out about their experiences.
As usual, the world took note, because of the “celebrity” status of the person dealing with the crisis.

Breast cancer knows no social boundaries, the disease can affect anyone at any age, from teenage to adulthood and beyond.

Many women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer include those whom we know as celebrities, for example,singers (Olivia Newton John, Patti Labelle…) actresses (Diahann Carrol, Shirley Temple Black, Lynn Redgrave, Suzanne Somers…),former First Ladies (Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan), etc.

This is a disease that has plagued women for centuries. The mother of Louis XIV of France died of breast cancer in 1666. These high rates of breast cancer are not acceptable to the women of the world and must be met with scientific research that provides results. Yet the world seems fascinated with the famous women and celebrities and their management of the dis-ease.(source:http://understandingbreastcancer.blogspot.com/2007/01/breast-cancer-cure-with-power-of-fame.html)

Ordinary women, whom I call women-in-the-street celebrities, are also grappling with the seriousness of such a diagnosis and the challenges of navigating the roadblocks along the path to healing. However, hardly any one knows of their stories. The housewife, the secretary, the nurse, the plumber, the electrician, the teacher, the university professor, the student, the bus driver, the cook, the mother, the aunt, etc . . . all of them have stories of bravery and courage which should be told.

Muriella’s Corner would like to hear from all these women, since she, as editor, has been on the same journey as Ms Edwards, after a diagnosis in 2000. I am one of the women-in-the-street celebrities and my journey on the road to healing approximates that of some celebrities and many courageous women (lumpectomy, a radical change in diet and thought processes, deep work at the cellular level where change and transformation occur . . . faith and trust in a team of medical specialists alternative healers and the divine healer, as well as a solid social support system, and so far, so good . . . ).

It is as a result of breast cancer that Muriella’s Corner was created to give back to those who helped me along the way. Life is ever more meaningful as gratitude, compassion, generosity of spirit have now become daily affirmations and experiences.

Muriella’s Corner – where ideas, issues and solutions meet online – is a free, online, weekly newsletter, shared with our readers and supporters.

Muriella’s Corner would like to hear about your stories, as we all have earned celebrity status in the way we navigate the pathways to healing and our lives. We have earned the right to share with others where we are along the journey and the hurdles we have overcome, or are still overcoming, or do not yet know of . . .

Email us at customerservice@clik-n-shoppe.com or leave a comment below. Muriella’s Corner will arrange to have a webinar or to send your stories to CNN, MSNBC, Larry King, Oprah, Ellen, Nightline, the Daily Show, et al . . . for the world to know that many brave women too have also earned celebrity status in dealing with this disease.

As the saying goes, character is formed not by how we confront and deal with challenges, but how we are molded and transformed as we come out of the fire. And believe me, any diagnosis of ill-ease and dis-ease can be destabilizing, but a diagnosis of cancer is extremely chilling. The lights seem to go out, everything becomes dark, the mind is on overdrive with thoughts of how, why, why me . . .

Looking back, I can proudly and safely say, I have benefited extremely from the experience, and am becoming a better person on this side of it.

P.S.:

Women are diagnosed with cancer every day. Their reaction varies depending on many things – and outcomes vary depending on many things.

Moreover, many women do not want to concern themselves much about their health as they are afraid of dealing with the consequences, thus they can be afflicted with cancer or other dreaded diseases and not want to know about it. And many of them are managing despite the odds.

We need to know what else is being done at the individual level to deal with this disease, what is underground, what else women around the world are doing along the way to healing.

For example- how many use prayer and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine–that is, medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses?How many use traditional medical services? How many use both? How many use neither of those above? What do you use? What do you do?

Share your journey with Muriella’s Corner. We admire your courage and you have earned the right to be a celebrity dealing with breast cancer.

Let us throw a lot of light on this disease. Let us talk about it freely and in doing so gain support of others and provide support to others

Blacks/African Americans and cancer – updated

Update: Gene variant that could double risk of cancer in black men identified. While discovery could lead to new treatment, it could also affect other populations.

It was reported in US News Health Day that almost twice as many black men develop prostate cancer as white men, researchers report. This study confirms that common genetic variants are linked to increased risk for prostate cancer. One of these variants, on the 8q24 gene, confers a particularly significant risk to black men.

For more information on male health, the prostate, prostate cancer go to Muriella’s Corner online newsletter

November 2007

Congresswoman McDonald dies of Cancer

source:http://caribjournal.com

rep-millender-mcdonalds-death-reported-in-california.jpgCalifornia Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald has died at her home in Carson, California. She was 68.

A democrat for seven terms, McDonald asked for a four to six week leave of absence from the House to deal with her illness, after being diagnosed with cancer. The type of cancer Millender-McDonald was battling has not been disclosed.

President and Mrs. Bush issued condolences via the White House website:
“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald of California. She was a dedicated public servant who tirelessly and honorably served her country for many years. We hold Rep. Millender-McDonald’s family, friends, staff, and constituents in our thoughts and prayers.”

Millender-McDonald was the first African-American woman to chair the House Administration Committee.

She is survived by her husband James McDonald, Jr., five adult children and several grandchildren.

She is the second member of Congress to die of cancer this year. The first was Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Ga.), who died in February after battling cancer and lung disease.

Blacks and cancer

Research shows that Blacks from the diaspora and African Americans have the highest death and shortest survival rate among ethnic groups diagnosed with cancer, i.e., they have the highest mortality of any racial/ethnic group for all cancers combined while African American men have the highest overall cancer rates.

There are many reasons for this phenomenon – time of diagnosis (usually late stage diagnosis); lack of access to adequate health care; less knowledge (or even denial) about cancer symptoms; and lack of awareness or limited access to cancer screening services.

Other important reasons for late diagnosis and early deaths are the pervasive myths that surround a diagnosis of cancer within this diverse community. Many blacks immigrate with their health belief systems intact and are at times very loathe to change.

These beliefs can be that cancer is always fatal and therefore once contracted there is no need for treatment, to the idea that cancer is a punishment or retribution for someone’s bad behavior. The machismo factor among some male members of this community might be among the reasons for high tolerance/high threshold for pain. For them, engagning in preventive health behavior might not be macho, hence they delay going to the doctor until it is too late.

Language plays an important part in the understanding of the diagnostic process. In addition, the shortage of black medical personal specializing in the different “ologies” of the disease also introduce a communication and relational barrier to the doctor-patient relationship. Many might agree that poverty is directly linked to poor health care, however, it could be stressed that having more black doctors would help end a legacy of suspicion in the black community.

For example, people have knowledge about a study that intentionally left black men untreated for syphilis (the Tuskegee study where 400 black men were left untreated so that the disease could be studied for 40 years, even though penicillin was used as a cure during the time); and the rumor that a famous blues singer (Bessie Smith) bled to death from an accident because she was turned away from a white hospital have contributed to that legacy.

The non-participation or reduced participation of these communities in the screening process might also play a large role in the high incidence/prevalence of cancer among them. Emotions might affect frequency of visits to health care services, as anxiety of the results produces more fear than the possibility of having the dreaded disease.

And to top it off, lack of health insurance. Many people in these communities do not want to know that they have anything wrong with them, as their fear is not only about knowing but also about what would they be able to do with the knowledge that they have cancer, how would they access treatment modalities. Their focus might be on disease care (wait until…) and not on health care, which might just correlate with the overall focus of the health system. Prevention is not seen as necessary for maintaining good health, but treating a disease is.

Thus, at times there is complete denial among many Blacks and African Americans as they are afraid to know. Moreover, the daily battle to survive in a country that can be insensitive to the needs of immigrants, the poor, the sick, and distressed is so overwhelming that many Blacks and African Americans ignore the warning signs. Until it is too late.

There is a preponderance of Black/African American men in jails – we might not agree with how they happen to land in jail, but we might have some understanding as to why they are incarcerated.

There is a preponderance of Black/African American men dying of cancer – we know and agree on the why – however, what can we do about it?

More light needs to be thrown on this subject.

Medical schools need to orient more Blacks/African Americans to specialize more in the “ologies” like histology, radiology, oncology, urology, immunology, etc…, since we do have quite a few black sociologists, psychologists…

Political pundits need to take this on as an issue in their campaigns.

The Black/African American community needs to develop a combined strategy for addressing this issue of targeted health care and examine what each of us can do at the individual level to support ourselves, our families, each other.

We support the celebrities who courageously come forward to speak about their diagnoses, and we mourn those celebrities who died of this disease.

Muriella’s Corner believes that the discussion and dialogue need to be driven by the causes of cancer among the Black and African American communities. The discussion and dialogue need to be driven by those who make up the statistics, the ordinary man and woman courageously confronting or negating the disease. How are they coping? How can they be helped? What about health insurance? health education?

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Celebrities are also ordinary women dealing with breast cancer

Read here for updated information 

Most recently, the wife of a presidential candidate – Ms Edwards, spoke out about her journey as regards breast cancer. And we have had other celebrities invited to the media and talk shows to speak out about their experiences.

As usual, the world took note, because of the “celebrity” status of the person dealing with the crisis.

Breast cancer knows no social boundaries, the disease can affect anyone at any age, from teenage to adulthood and beyond.

Some prominent women whose lives that have been touched by breast cancer include: Anastasia, singer ; Jill Eikenberry actress ; Ann Jillian, Actress; Peggy Fleming  figure skater; Kate Jackson  (Charlies Angels); Olivia Newton-John  actress singer; Patti LaBelle,  singer; Diahann Carroll,  Actress/singer; Rue McClanahan, Hollywood actress, Rue is best known for her portrayal of Blanche on the hit sitcom “The Golden Girls;” Shirley Temple Black  Actress/singer; Betty Ford, Former First Lady; Nancy Reagan  former first lady; Melissa Etheridge  singer; Lynn Redgrave,  actress; Edie Falco Sopranos star, Tami Agassi, sister to tennis star Andre Agassi, Suzanne Somers actress (source:http://http://understandingbreastcancer.blogspot.com/2007/01/breast-cancer-cure-with-power-of-fame.html)

 This is a disease that has plagued women for centuries. The mother of Louis XIV of France died of breast cancer in 1666. These high rates of breast cancer are not acceptable to the women of the world and must be met with scientific research that provides results. Yet the world seems fascinated with the famous women and celebrities and their management of the dis-ease.

Woman-in-the-street celebrities are also grappling with the seriousness of such a diagnosis and the challenges with navigating the roadblocks along the path to healing, but hardly any one knows of their stories – the housewife, the secretary, the nurse, the plumber, the electrician, the teacher, the university professor, the student, the bus driver, the cook, the mother, the aunt, etc…all of these have stories of bravery and courage which should be told.

Muriella’s Corner would like to hear from all these women,  since she, as editor, has been on the same journey as Ms Edwards, after a diagnosis in 2000.  I am one of the women-in-the-street celebrities and my journey on the road to healing approximates that of some celebrities and many courageous women (lumpectomy, a radical change in diet and thought processes, deep work at the cellular level where change and transformation occur…faith and trust in a team of medical specialists alternative healers and the divine healer, as well as a solid social support system, and so far, so good…).

It is as a result of breast cancer that Muriella’s Corner was created.  Life is ever more meaningful as gratitude, compassion, generosity of spirit have now become daily affirmations and experiences.

Muriella’s Corner – where ideas, issues and solutions meet online – is a weekly newsletter, shared freely with our readers and supporters.

Muriella’s Corner would like to hear about your stories, as we all have earned celebrity status in the way we navigate the pathways to healing, we have earned the right to share with others where we are along the journey and the hurdles we have overcome, or are still overcoming, or do not yet know of… 

Email us at customerservice@clik-n-shoppe.com to be added to our database for the newsletter, or leave a comment below.  Muriella’s Corner will arrange to have a webinar or to send your stories  to CNN, MSNBC, Larry King, Oprah, Ellen, Nightline, the Daily Show, et al… for the world to know that many brave women too have also earned celebrity status in dealing with this disease. 

As the saying goes, character is formed not by how we  face up to and go through a challenge, but how we are molded and transformed as we come out of the fire. And believe me, any diagnosis of ill-ease and dis-ease can be destabilizing, but a diagnosis of cancer is extremely chilling. The lights seem to go out, everything becomes dark, the mind is on overdrive with thoughts of how, why, why me…

Looking back, I can proudly and safely say, I have benefited extremely from the experience, and am becoming a better person on this side of it.

P.S.:

Women are diagnosed with cancer every day. Their reaction varies depending on many things – and outcomes vary depending on many things.

Moreover, many women do not want to concern themselves much about their health as they are afraid of dealing with the consequences, thus they can be afflicted with cancer or other dreaded diseases and not want to know about it. And many of them are managing despite the odds. 

We need to know what else is being done at the individual level to deal with this disease,  what is underground, what else women around the world are doing along the way to healing. 

 For example- how many use prayer and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine–that is, medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses?How many use traditional medical services?  How many use both? How many use neither of those above? What do you use? What do you do?

Share your journey with Muriella’s Corner.  We admire your courage and you have earned the right to be a celebrity dealing with breast cancer.

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