As January comes…

A Christmas tree inside a home.

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… we look forward with hope and excitement as we toil to take down our displays of Christmas and the Holiday Season. While you once again take balls from tree, pack away cardboard candy canes or gather up all the ripped paper and torn ribbons for the delayed trash run; please take a second to pause and give a consideration to the real reason we celebrate a birth that took place over 2000 years ago. I would NEVER, EVER tell you How. That is for you, your family and your personal relationship with providence. I only ask that your would. Just a moment while putting away what you have decorated your home and hearth with. There is a reason we have the day and the time set aside and my hope and desire that all that is truly meant to be is a blessing upon you and yours.

As we came together last night and went around the table, I am always humbled buy our collective resolve. We are a blessed and vibrant group and we are not set asunder by any affliction nor disease nor disparages of condition. Instead, we rejoice in each others victories. We revel in the fight against the odds and simply smile and hug and clap our hands as each of us commemorate the battles past. My Lord, you are all such gentle and loving individuals.

Going around the table, is for me, a glorious affirmation of who we are and how we are determined to live.

Everyone was again blessed with relative good health and seems strong and vigorous. The one exception was our brother Frank who is fighting yet another battle. Our prayers are with you as you go out of town in search of treatment. Our thought will be with you and please let the group know if there is anything we can do beyond or love and support. Best of luck and Godspeed.

On a much happier note, congratulations to Chris on his nuptials. We all wish him bliss in his connubial life.

I will not be with the group in February as I will be in the cold North braving sub-arctic tundra on the first vacation in 7 years. I ask that you all say a prayer or think a kind thought for me during this trip and that I will be safe and return once again into your collective embrace.


The date is April 21st and the time is 6 PM. The place is the GasLight  Theater. The show is the Three Musketeers with the _or_ portion of the title to come.
The tickets are in. Please contact Michelle Schulter either at drschulter (AT) comcast (DOT) net

or through her Facebook page which is LOCATED HERE. Please contact her directly via phone if you have her number. If you need her phone number please contact me or her directly via e-mail and we will get that to you. Look for details soon on the web page about this event. One note to be aware of: the final due date for all monies due on the sale of tickets is the March Meeting. Please keep this hard deadline in mind. Thank you everyone and lets keep this long running successful event a continued fun evening for everyone.

One of the more raucous moments from last night involved one and/or both of these: If you were in attendance you know which item in this picture is germane to the event. If you were not there, well, I leave it to your individual imagination. (See what you may miss when not in attendance?)


Another exciting thing was that we had two first time visitors and guest. While we are saddened by the reason of their visit (an hopefully continue involvement with us) we are always pleased to meet new friends. Please keep them in your prayers or on you minds as they make their journey.

Well, that brings everyone up to date on our January meeting and while I will not be with you all next month in body, I will be with you in spirit as I will no doubt be huddled against the ravages of the environment in an attempt to have a few happy moments with my female issue and her wonderful and beautiful offspring. I know I will be beaming ear to ear the entire time.

Be strong everyone because Cancer most assuredly sucks.





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The best kind of friend.

The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

Last night we gathered for our December Meal together. It struck me that there is something which bonds us together, keeps us close, endures us no matter our age, our place in society or our choice of religious expression. It doesn’t care that you’r a girl and I’m a boy; and it certainly could care less about the content of our bank accounts.

With a hand shake or a hug, we know the reason we are entwined together. Neither looking for approval or displaying any disregard of each others personal endeavors; we come together, we share, we smile and we shed a tear. To consume food with family and friends, is an expression which goes to the dawn of time for us as a people. Some were in caves, some on plains under trees while others were on the shores of unnamed oceans. We came together. We have always come together and God willing we will come together again.

I see you and know you. I have been where you have been. It may have been different but it was the same. It was scary and it hurt. You made it and I made it. Good for you my friend, I see you and know you. Come, let us share food. Last night we did share and we are all better and stronger for it. It is so good to see and blessed to be apart of such an occasion of reality.

I have said it before and will continue to believe; each of you are the most amazing individuals I know. I count it first among my many blessings that I have broken bread with you and I don’t even eat or had the best conversation and I cannot say a word. Driving home last night, I realized I had the best of conversations because you are my friends.


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meeting reminder for this coming Tuesday evening

Just a reminder to everyone that our December meeting will be this Tuesday, the 6th starting at 6:00 PM. This is our annual Holiday Meal so bring your appetite. The location is Pima Co. Medical Society located at 5199 E Farness Dr. A link to a map can be found here for quest and those who may be new to our group.

We hope to see everyone there and please be ready to smile and enjoy each others company.

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Some changes to the Photo Album

Hello everyone,

I would like to be among the first to wish you all a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. If you are like me, you could probably spend most of the day just simply giving thanks for all the blessings we enjoy; let alone have time to eat and watch the ball games. My hope, desire and prayer is that we all enjoy the warmth and comfort of family and friends enjoying a day of remembrance, relaxation and (trough-ing). Enjoy your meals everyone. The breaking of bread with one another is a gift.

I added some pictures from the 2006 relay for life event. I am not totally happy with how the album works. If you click on the Relay folder, it will open to a set of pictures. These you can click on to enlarge, browse through and also right click and select to download a copy of the pictures you like. To go back to the original state once you have looked at all the pictures; click on the Photo Album up on the top of the page -> on the tool bar.

I will continue to add pictures and work with making this an easier experience. I know there is a way to allow for comments for each picture. I just have to ‘play’ with this particular plug-in some more. Please bear with me on this. Things my pop up then go away for a period of time. I will get this process smoothed out soon. (I think I just have issues with the pictures for some reason.)

As always, please contact me with any comments and suggestions and I will endeavor to implement as soon as possible.

That’s it for now, enjoy Thanksgiving and your loved ones; and leave just a little room for our Holiday meal at the December Sixth meeting.

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Why was there a Newsletter in my e-mail box?

By now, you should have received the notice that (if you have been an attendee of our meetings and signed the roster) you have been added to the group newsletter. I hope this was not a startling event for any of you. I do respect your time and I do not want to burden you with additional ‘spam’. If, you do not wish to receive the Newsletter, please just respond and I will take you off the distribution list. Again, I want to reassure you of our privacy policy and will not distribute your name and e-mail address to anyone for any purpose.


I will make every effort to keep mailing to what is necessary. I do spend a lot of time on the web and I am thinking about a weekly catch up of stories and items which may be of interest to the group. Please leave a comment or let me know if you think it is a good idea. Just a way for me to save you some time or maybe expose you to news you may have missed or simply do not have the time to locate and absorb on your own. Let me know what you think, but I expect to start that shortly.

As to the site; I am working on adding more pictures. I am not sure I like the current plug-in I use for the Photo Album. I am working on this aspect of the site and you may see changes occurring. Please bear with me as I look to make this area more useful and easier to navigate. Do not be alarmed if it goes away or makes some sort of drastic change. It is me making changes or tinkering around with it. 

I will be ‘playing’ with the newsletter as well as with this site to continue to improve in and make it a more desirable web destination for us as a group and for persons of interest who stumble upon us or are referred. 

As always, I hope everyone is doing good and that you remain strong, as cancer sucks.


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Food, once again is our friend, if we choose wisely.

Last night’s meeting was as always a wonderful time catching up with everyone in attendance. There were 21 total there which I felt was a really good turnout considering the time of the year and how busy I am sure most all of us are.

Some reminders; next month’s meeting (Dec. 6th) will be our Holiday Supper event. Please let Jan know if you will be attending, if you are bringing guest and if you have any dietary anomalies which need to be taken into consideration.

Also, Gaslight tickets should be available starting next month as well. Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday evening April 21, 2012 for this event. The exact time is currently TBA but the date is set so circle in red.

Our guest speaker Ms. Mary Marian conducted a very interesting interactive question
and answer discussion with the group concerning nutrition.

One thing she wished to express that extra weight DOES put one at a higher risk for

There is an abundance of dietary options out there and she suggested the ‘
Mediterranean Diet ‘ as the best available choice currently. This diet is high
in fruit, whole grains, olive oil and legumes.

Keep ‘color’ in mind and remember to have Blue/Red/Purple foods as she stated:
“Think color and keep a happy liver.”

Other considerations were that women require 25 grams of fiber per day while men
require 38 grams a day. Also remember those Omega 3’s (DHA&EPA) add that
fish oil and flax seed oil as you can.

Be careful of your cereals and breads and make sure you read that label. Smoothies
make for an excellent breakfast and you can use ‘almond oil’ and something
called ‘ greens’ which can be purchased at Sunflower Market.

Some Post Treatment suggestions were to stay active and do weight resistance
training when you can. (*Get a trainer). Sarcopenia is a real issue for cancer

Vitamins came up and the current state of “scientific” thought is mixed as to
the benefits. Consult your doctor or dietary professional. There are some good
here but you have to do your homework.

Cheese is not necessarily a no-no. What is important is serving size. Come on, do we
really expect those triple cheese pizzas or cheese stuffed burros to be good
for us? Know the proper serving size. Bar-B-Que also needs to be done properly.
Do some checking on the proper method of preparing meat for Bar-B-Que-ing.

Oh, we could go on and on but one would get depressed with what is bad vs. what is
good. The best option is all things in moderation just like your mother told
you. Does some research online or maybe get a Mediterranean Diet book and
follow that. As always, shop smart and consult.

At the end of the meeting, we of course invited her to our annual feast of
wonderful food next month….LOL.

OK, that catches us up for this month’s meeting and we look forward to supper in December. Look for a recipe tab to be coming soon. Send me your favorites for sharing on the site.

Qigong & Tai Chi Kung for Health & Healing

This reminder is provided by Marsha Drozdoff with regards to the UAMC Monthly Educational Support Series Meeting Wednesday, November 2nd:


Qigong & Tai Chi Kung for Health & Healing


Joe Pinella

 Joe Pinella has practiced Qi Gong and Tai Chi Kung for over forty years. Using these arts he was able to regain mobility after being paralyzed in an auto accident in 1991. Joe knows first-hand the power of the mind to heal. He now uses his healing experience to empower others to live a better quality of life.

Program Objectives:

  • ·       Discuss how the ancient art of Qigong can assist the overall healing process of a cancer patient.


  • ·       Discuss the meditative aspect of Qigong and how it can help alleviate pain and emotional issues.


  • ·       Demonstrate some simple Tai Chi Kung exercises that anyone can do at home.


12:00-1:00 PM.

ROOM 2920











Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

University MedicalCenter

Radiation Oncology

PO  Box 245081

Tucson, AZ85724

(520) 694-4786

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Screen Carotids After Head and Neck Radiation

Some of us have had some pretty severe treatments to this part of the body, so this article was very interesting. This may be something you wish to discuss with your doctor.

Head and neck cancer patients treated with radiation should be screened routinely for carotid artery stenosis, investigators recommended at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.   (Continue reading)


On eating more plants and things regarding red, blue and green lights.

October is here and our meeting begins to turn its gaze towards the holidays. We hope everyone enjoys Halloween while remembering to keep children and grand children safe during their evening of boos, costumes and gathering of treats. Please make sure you cast common sense over those you love. I am hoping that everyone will send in some pictures they wish to share of their favorite goblins, princesses or superhero.

Looking forward to our November meeting, we will again be having a guest speaker. Details on this will be posted shortly.

December is coming and our annual meeting for breaking of bread with each other will be upon us post haste. There is an intended change in the menu from meals past. If you have any ideas for change in provider or items on the spread or have special dietary concerns; please let us know. You can either e-mail us, call or leave a comment here.

We also have a date next year for our evening at the Gas Light event. Mark your calenders now for Saturday evening April 21, 2012 for this event. The exact time is currently TBA but the date is set so circle in red. As always, details will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

In going around the table with the 18 some odd attendees, two themes quickly emerged. Almost to a tee, everyone was doing really good health-wise. Nothing major by way of individual medical concerns and we appear to be ‘seasoning’ quite nicely. As always, everyone was in good character and cheer. It is always a blessing to be in each others company. The other item that became apparent was that moving was in the air. Several moves by members are currently in process or in contemplation. Some as short as just down the street, some across town and at least one across the country. We will all miss our brothers and sisters, however I am sure we will stay in touch and will see this as opportunities of growth and well being by all.

Moving forward we came to our guest speaker Steve Liu and his very interesting presentation on his complementary health care approach using traditional acupuncture, low level laser therapy and the adoption of a plant-based diet.

His presentation on the ‘Cancer Cycle’ theory proved to be most provoking and challenged many long held beliefs on nutrition and dietary choices. His personal involvement in the formulation of his conclusions were most persuasive and everyone in attendance seemed to agree they made a great deal of sense. Of medical interest was the discussion on promoters and anti promoters regarding meat protein and tumor growth. This seems to be a challenge to the ‘traditional’ modes of treatment. The thought and seeming ‘prof’ of a preemptive approach to both prevention and treatment were most interesting. Yes, it involves change but had I been given this information and decision option in my past; I dare wonder what health change I could have made in my life. There was plenty of ‘meat’ (pun intended) in his arguments in his appeal for this dietary life style change.

There is a link and location/contact information for the HanLing Acupuncture Healing Center on our Resource page.

Most resonating thought of the night: Milk? Ice Cream? Hummm Put another way; blessed are those of lactose intolerance. That statement made in respect, it truly may be the way we should be.

That pretty much lets everyone know what was enjoyed by those in attendance. Once again proving my long term belief that ‘support group attendance’ is fun. Our hope and prayers are with us all and please make ever effort to be in attendance at future group events if possible. If any of you have concerns, questions, suggestions or just need to speak up we encourage you to use the most convenient method to do so. Along with this site, there will be additional ways to reach ‘your’ SAHNCSG to be announced very soon . You are not alone on this journey because Cancer Sucks.

HPV virus linked to an increase in oral cancer; risk rising in men

“The HPV virus is best known for causing cervical cancer. But it can cause cancer in the upper throat, too, and a new study says HPV-positive tumors now account for a majority of these cases of what is called oropharyngeal cancer.”

This article appeared yesterday in the news discussing the connection between human papillomavirus and certain oral cancers. This has been a point of conversations and discussions at previous meeting.