I was trying to think of a way to recap this past month and capture what it was like for us. The best way that I could think of was to list all the things I am thankful for. Now I know that might sound strange coming from someone who was just diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in her bones but trust me when I really think about it , the list is long…..
I AM THANKFUL for my radiation oncologist who looked at my scans and thought that surgery was needed asap before any radiation was done AND for the amazing neurosurgeon who repaired my fractured spine so I no longer had to worry about the potential of paralysis from the bone mets.
I AM THANKFUL for all the different drug options that exist for women with breast cancer that has metastasized to the bones. I am thankful that I have team of nurses and doctors who will do their best to make sure that everything that should be done is.
I AM THANKFUL for the wonderful nurses who took care of me at the hospital in the early days right after my 7 hour spinal surgery. You are very good at what you do.
I AM GRATEFUL for my superstar, knight in shining armour, best friend of a husband who is always by my side and who spent his birthday sleeping in a chair next to my hospital bed so I wouldn’t be alone the night after my surgery. Then he went home to take care of our daughters and try to keep some sort of normal for them even though I’m sure normal was not was he was feeling inside.
I AM GRATEFUL for my best friends who showed up with food, magazines, laptops loaded with smutty TV and movies,hugs and tissue to wipe away my tears of anxiety as I told them my fears and worries in the hours and days after surgery.
I AM THANKFUL for the meal train my friends organized for us. So many delicious dinners, made with love and dropped off at our door each night so my hubby didn’t have to stress about what we would eat while I was totally out of commission.
I AM THANKFUL for my incredible family who showered us with so much love and support even though many of them are going through their own battles.
I AM GRATEFUL for the flowers, treats, magazines and gifts for the us and the kids that kept showing up at our door. Wow were we spoiled!
I AM HAPPY for the painkillers I take. Even though they haven’t totally got rid of my pain I have a feeling things would be way more painful without them.
I AM THANKFUL for the phenomenal Naturopathic Doctor I was introduced to who specializes in oncology and cancer treatment. She has been a strong source of knowledge, piece of mind and hope.
I AM GRATEFUL for the simple fact that I can CHOOSE how I am am going to perceive and react to everything that is happening to us.
I AM THANKFUL for my mother who taught me how to be strong and to never give up. I know she is always with me in spirit.
I AM SO VERY BLESSED to have my angels on earth. My two giggling, curious, sometimes driving each other and us crazy, loving, funny, sweet baby girls. My rainbows, sunshine and magic all packaged up in two little people.
AND I AM MOST THANKFUL for all the LOVE. LOVE that comes in all shapes, sizes, ways, words, actions, thoughts and deeds from all our friends and family.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t cry or have bad days or wish this never happened because I do! but within all the bad I CHOOSE to see some good. So I move forward into 2014 ready to take it on and whenever I feel like it’s getting tough I will remind myself of all that I am thankful for. The list is long….
Happy New Year full of health, laughter, joy and new adventures to you all!
What will you be thankful for in 2014?
So when I thought I was done fighting cancer for good it turns out I was wrong. Apparently I still have some ass to kick. We just found out this week that the pain I have been having in my back for several months is actually cancer related. It looks like the breast cancer has metastasized to my spine and is wreaking some havoc on my bones. So this week I am going to have major spinal surgery followed by whatever treatment is needed to get rid of the rogue cells that are causing trouble in my spine. Honestly we are all still in shock and wondering what the heck just hit us?!
In the meantime we move forward one day at a time to navigate our way through this surreal experience. I will be offline for a while post surgery but will post updates as soon as I can. Thanks for all the love and support.
I’ll be back in a few weeks.
I took a poll on Facebook a few weeks ago asking people about their favourite teas. I got lots of different answers and learned about some new teas that I hadn’t tried before. The responses ranged from Masala Chai to Tulsi Tea to Lemon and Ginger and many more. It seems that each tea appeals to us differently according to our personality, palate and mood. This makes me happy because I always look forward to a my daily cup of tea and I can change it up depending on how I feel. In the fall and winter I seem to be drawn to spicy , warmer teas as natural way to warm up. Summer has me brewing up all kinds of fruity and green iced teas. ( ah summer….) But lately the tea that gets me going in the morning with just enough caffeine to tackle the morning gong show is Earl Grey de la Creme. Yummy on so many levels.
It’s a creamier version of your typical Earl Grey and has some pretty blue flower petals in it too. The trick with this one is that you have to brew it as instructed on the package otherwise it gets a little too bitter. I add a drop of maple syrup and a bit of almond milk to mine and voila! If you are feeling extra fancy you can even froth the almond milk and make a dairy free tea latte. It comes in a black tea and green tea version.
Check out Earl Grey de la Creme and tons of other teas at JASMINSTEAS. Steeped Tea will also donate $1.00 from every 100gram bag sold to the Children’s Miracle Network .
If you have any questions about the teas you see just leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you.
I have a thing for essential oils, a little addiction I guess you could say. I am consistently impressed by these little powerful elixirs from mother nature. I have quite a collection of many different oils that each have different healing properties. One of my go to oils for fall/winter is eucalyptus. It has multiple uses around the home and on the body. It is also affordable oil as far as oils go.
Three things I use my eucalyptus oil for:
1. Immune boosting for coughs and colds – as soon as someone in my family gets a cold I start with the Eucalyptus protocol because I find it helps relieve symptoms and speed up recovery time. I will add two drops to some ointment or body lotion and rub it on the kid’s backs, chest or feet before they go to bed at night. It is a tonic to the respiratory system and helps them breathe better when they are all stuffed up. I also will diffuse around the house to help kill any airborne germs that might be lingering.
2. Sore muscles – this has been a big one for me lately as I have been suffering from a pretty sore back and shoulders since my reconstruction surgery. Eucalyptus has strong anti inflammatory properties. I love using it as a massage oil for my sore and spazzy muscles. I add a few drops to olive oil or jojoba oil and then ask my hubby really nicely if he can spread it on my back. Within minutes it takes the edge off the constant ache. So good. Lavender is also a nice
3. Concentration and clarity- a few drops in your shower gel in the morning and HELLO! your brain wakes up. Seriously. Try it. It clears my sleepy head and gets me ready for the day. Another way to use it for clarity during the day is just to put a drop on a tissue and breathe it in.
For these reasons and more eucalyptus is a great oil to add to your roster of home remedies.
If you already use it I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Let me know what you use it for and why you like it!
I am very excited to announce that The Deva Life is a Ninjamatics 2013 Canadian Weblog Award Nominee!
When I started the blog in 2012 it was a way to connect with the world outside of the hospital and medical appointments that made up my daily life at that time. I was just finishing chemotherapy for breast cancer and wanted to create a place to post all the ways I was trying to stay healthy, stay positive and make it through a very tough time. I knew there were others out there going through similar stuff and I wanted to help in some way.
There were weeks when I felt great and was able to do a lot of writing and other weeks when I felt like crap and my mind was mush – so writing did not get done. Chemo drugs and pain killers can really do a number on your brain cells and creative juices! I have tried to be honest and open in my posts because I feel that the only way we can really help others is by truly being ourselves.
It has been over a year now and I am finally finished my treatment! Yay! I still have weeks when writing comes easily and others when I am so incredibly tired that the words are lost and my brain feels like a sieve. My life has changed so much in the past two years . I am looking forward to the road ahead and to writing about life post treatment and ways to live with a smile on your face and in your heart. I am happy that my little blog is plugging along and hopefully inspiring some ideas, thoughts and positive change along the way.
Thanks to all you lovely people for visiting, reading and sharing.
The Deva Life
I am Jasmin Fiore, a yoga teacher, aromatherapist, reiki master, mother and young breast cancer patient interested in all things that keep us happy and healthy. Please join us for weekly insights and info as we explore ways to create a brilliant,healthy, love filled deva life.
Deva - a sanskrit word for celestial or shining – a powerful connection to nature, the universe, and the ability to connect with the divine.
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