A successful Care Givers Breakfast

A good time was had by those attending our Care Givers Breakfast [re-boot].

Greetings and all that sort of thing.








It was such a beautiful morning today in the Old Pueblo. October is our reward for getting through July and August I feel.

Happiness is just the correct thing.

There was some wonderful fellowship and it is always interesting to spend time with one another away from the normal meeting time.

If there’s food, I’m there!








Speaking of food, here is some of what you missed if you were not able to attend.

Indeed, stake and eggs.

The adventure of steamed veggies for breakfast.

Yummy to the Tummy.

We really did have an enjoyable time this morning and hopefully you will be able to join our next Care Givers Breakfast which will be December the Eight.

Click on any picture to enlarge.


tinker, tailor, soldier, spy and other odds and ends

At this months meeting, several items were up for thought and in need for your input. I will present these in order of their next occurrence. As always, we are asking for your thoughts on any and/or all of the following items.

You can always e-mail me directly or contact any member of the board.

Item One: I am so happy to announce that we are re-starting, beginning in October; our Caregiver Breakfast. This occurs the Saturday morning after our regular monthly meeting. So, if all goes according to plan, the relaunch should happen on October 6th at 9:00 AM. These has usually taken place at the Good Egg located at 4775 E. Grant Rd. (N. Swan Rd.). [See details and map here.] Rhonda is the contact person for this.

Item Two: Our November meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November the 6th. This is also Election Day. We took a vote and most everyone indicated that they would like to keep our regular meeting for that date. If you have concerns, please let us know and trust me, it’s OK if you come a little late. Everyone understands.

Item Three: We have a date and time for the 2013 Gaslight Fund Raising Event. The date and time are Saturday the 20th day of April at 6:00PM. Details are forthcoming and Michele  is the contact person for this.[See details and map here.]

As I stated above, we want to hear any questions/concerns/suggestions and input on these or any other items you may have thought about and then just did not pass along for any reason. This is YOUR group and WE want you to have a happy, positive and active experience.

That pretty much provides the ‘bailing of water’ in our little life boat for this month. I will be adding details to the web site as I become aware of them, so feel free to drop me an e-mail and let me know of any additional information I need to post.

Be strong.



An we shall have an interlude:

Hello Everyone,

As always, I trust and pray that you are all well and of good cheer.

The usual matter of course would have me reminding you that our next monthly meeting was upon us. This time and e-mail, is in opposite desire. Next Tuesday the 3rd of July…….a night off. No meeting, no gathering.

With summer time atop us with its oppressive heat, I hope we are all remembering to take care of ourselves and our charges. Please make sure you are staying cool and drinking water (more so than normal).

It is that time of year when we celebrate the Nation’s Independence. I hope each of you have a sincere desire to make and show tribute to our wonderful country. For those of us blessed by birth and to our brothers and sisters who are here by declaration of decision……Happy 4th of July. There hopefully will be food and family joviality for us all. In my previous life as an adolescent male; found memories of watermelon seed spitting contest come flooding into my mind…..wait, I suppose that’s ‘TMI.’ Oh well, my cousins and I had wonderful times running around the yard on this holiday. Whatever your memories bring to the forefront of your mind; I hope it is as pleasant and happy as mine are. While hot dogs, hamburgers and home made ice cream are a thing of the past for me, I sincerely desire you get to enjoy a favorite item of consumption.

If weather and ‘dry’ conditions allow, may you find the time to go out in the evening of the 4th, hear some good uplifting music which brings national pride and a deep desire to be in a marching band to your ears and that ohhhh ahhhhh and wow’s are heard throughout the land.

Eat well, stay safe and enjoy the show. Also, if you have the desire; help the economy and buy a couch. LOL :: snicker ::

Oh, are you kidding, like I wouldn’t have an historical perspective to send your way; I leave you with the inclination of John Adams and his desires for the “second day of July”:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

Now, before anyone make quarry of the July 2nd date; please take note of the surroundings and dates revolving around the taking of votes and such early political intrigue regarding our 4th of July Celebration.

With this reminder that there is NO meeting this month, we have interlude in the normal course of events, however we will see you again next month (August) because Cancer does suck.

And the winner is……

Something to think about – The 1755 Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary defines cancer as:

 A virulent swelling, or sore, not to be cured.

 Emphasis add by me. Not to be cured! Sometimes we just need to be thankful. The entry is accompanied by this Addison’s Ovid:

As when a cancer on the body finds,
And gradual death from limb to limb proceeds;
So does the [chilness] to each vital part,
Spread by degrees, and creeps into the heart.


I wanted to officially let everyone know what a wonderful time I had while I was on vacation and playing and holding hands with and skipping and having tea parties and just living life to the utmost I could while with my daughter and her beautiful family. There are many good things in life (just ask Conan the Barbarian) but few are more-so than just sharing a smile or the embrace of a trusting child’s hand in yours.

My daughter Sarah and her children.

It was very pretty there and filled with history, art and that big sky expanse which the northern latitudes provide. It was cold (for me) (yes, the kids snickered at me in my many layers) but not unbearable. It was the most colorful shade of gray every day. There was fog and snow, There was a slight sleet and many other beautiful aspects of the weather that have so long be void in my life. It was the tranquil peace of small town America just across the river from the towering fingers into the sky of the ‘Twin Cities”.

Bonus: My luggage arrived with me on both portions of the trip. Winner!

I understand you had a wonderful meeting with Chris’s mother giving a wonderful talk on peg tubes. Wouldn’t you know it; that is the meeting I miss? Go figure. Michelle still has tickets for the Gaslight event. Please contact her with your request and/or order confirmations. The due date is approaching pell-mell. Please communicate your ticket selling results with her as soon as possible. Just a reminder, this event has always been a success for this organization. One we all want to see continue. I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Just an aside: Have you been enjoying the beautiful sun sets we have had the past several weeks? Priceless!

When I was a much younger, I remember that the annual Academy Awards show was a rather big event in my family. We would watch to see a ‘real’ movie star in their fashion glory however that wasn’t the driving event of the evening. It was a real celebration of the motion picture arts and science productions and when a BEST category meant just that. The Best, not the most popular, the most politically correct or the best statement or showcase of a cause. Some aspects I still enjoy. There seems to be a genuine respect of each other and of the talent; just somehow the attendance list has been tilted towards something I don’t really agree with in the past few years. I know nothing ever remains as honest and as special as it once was; just seems that OSCAR has been rather tarnished with the demise of Hollywood. {Yes, that is an opinion}

I would like to take you back to the chill and ambiance of the early years. To nights filled with surprises and respect. When ability and skill were celebrated.  A tribute to a time when the term ‘God given talent’ was not a slur. I want to take you to when the whole world watched in anticipation and with the comfort in heart that the decisions were honest and were delivered POUR LE MÉRITE. The spot lights are lit and race brightly skyward. You are at the edge of your seat with your heart beating in anticipation. Finally the category you have been waiting for has come.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of the BEST is…….

YOU! Yes, you. You are the best and the most precious of individuals. Your performance, your life this year revolving around your fight to be here this evening is recognized for the efforts you have made every day of your life to mean something to someone, to anyone and sometimes only to yourself. Congratulations; you are the most amazing of things. You are a human being with a unique ability to be human even again all odds. We recognize the contribution you bring into this world and we thank you.

For those of us who watch the Oscar evening, I hope you enjoy. Somewhere and somehow, on that evening; place yourself on that stage as the winner and remember to thank all of those who helped you take each step on you journey. We are your support group, we are here, each of us for each of us, to hold by the hand, to speak an encouraging word and see you in your Oscar Sunday finest on that special stage, that evening of celebrating success. Life!

Sort of like the feelings I got upon hugging and embracing my grandchildren.

Please, if anyone has any news, stories or pictures they wish to share with the group,  get them to me. I am more that happy to post anything which is of interest for the group here on the web site. Remember, this is OUR website. Use it, leave comments or pass along suggestions. It is here for us to use.

Don’t forget the meeting coming next month on the 6th day of March and be strong everyone. Be strong for each other because Cancer Sucks!

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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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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.

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Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker

University MedicalCenter

Radiation Oncology

PO  Box 245081

Tucson, AZ85724

(520) 694-4786

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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.