You are invited to celebrate!

This month the Southern Arizona Head and Neck Cancer Support Group will turn Eight. We will be marking this special celebration all evening long at our monthly meeting and the only price is your imagination and willingness to celebrate.

No expense has been spared to bring each of us a universal caliber entertainment and celebratory experience. Dress comfortably, wear you best walking shoes and be prepared to see, hear and be overwhelmed by the best attraction that have ever be enjoyed.

Upon arrival at our party you will be greeted by the strands of the ‘ha rum-pa-pa’ as our 20 member marching band under the direction of Vesey Walker escorts you into a world of magic, dispensation and thrills. As you engage in the warmth of nostalgia memories be transported to the party, the happiness and the joy of being in the center of the celebrations. Just tap your toes to the tune, close your eyes for just a second……


The first sight and sound which greets is the crashing waves of the Lidenbroch Sea. Don’t be startled, as you turn, you see that you are at the edge of a small quint village which seems to have fallen off the heights of a Tibetan escarpment. Everyone is smiling and seems to be fussing about is some anticipation of joy. Out of the crowd and hectic activity comes the most striking Amelia Pond.

‘Welcome’, she smiles as you feel the embrace of her eyes. You are at once as comfortable as an old cup of coffee at you own kitchen table.

“Welcome to this place. This is your anniversary party. Here you will be engaged in a happy celebration of friendship and support. Your friends and you are here to be happy, to remember and to look forward. Enjoy.’

‘I will be your companion, your guide if you will as we indulge in the attractions which are here for you amusement.’

As we all gather into one another’s company our guide begins to describe the events and attractions available for our jubilation and adventure.

Happy Birthday wishes to everyone. I trust that little foray into a fantasy celebration made up to be sure gets you into the mood to participate in a wonderful birthday this coming Tuesday after or regular meeting. It promises to be most extraordinary and I hope you will have time to linger and enjoy the festivities.
First off, as you pull into the parking lot this Tuesday evening, you will indeed see an exact duplicate of the Lidenbroch Sea. This 1/10 scale duplication of the sea, as detailed and surveyed by Prof. Otto Lidenbroch; all measurements and details taken from the Professors’ own Field Notes and papers. This duplication was achieved with the talent and specialist of the Starfleet Corp. of Engineers.

There will be several ways or should I say vessels for your enjoyment to explore on and below the surface. You will have the choice of boarding Prince Dakkar’s Nautilus from the Lincoln Island calderas location or you may prefer the futuristic comfort of the Seaview. This is the amazing atomic submarine which was designed and built by Admiral Harriman Nelson. You can board the Seaview at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research Dock on the inner harbor. Please note that you will have to process and pass a USOS background security check prior to boarding the Seaview.

Both of these attractions will take you on a voyage below the surface for approximately 50 min’s. Facilities are available on both vessels.

Make sure if you go to the Lincoln Island facility, do not miss the tour of ‘Granite House’.

Sign-up is available at the front desk for the around the perimeter trail and archaeology tour to be led by Dr. Henry Walton Jones of Marshall College. You will be taken of a tour of the entire location with stops at various locales such as Machu Picchu, Stonehenge and ancient Jerusalem. There will be refreshments available at each site stop and a question/answer period held by Dr. Jones covering the history and finds at each site. Note that prior to this attraction, you will need to pass a physical exam provided at no charge by world renowned Doctor Zachary Smith, A Doctor of interstellar environmental psychology and expert in Cybernetics with Alpha Control.

This medical exam is also required to board the exciting and frightening Jupiter 2 crash simulator. You will not have the benefit of being placed in a Freezing Tube but have to ride out the crash landing sequence onto Preplanis with nothing but your own courage.

For those of you who desire a more leisurely cruise, make a direct dash to the dirigible platform for a lighter than air tour of the entire valley aboard the airship Albatross. Be the guest and passenger of Captain Robur and crew. This calm voyage along the mountains surrounding the valley will provide many spectacular views of the city. This is a supper time excursion with excellent dinning and views available.

For those of you who prefer a fast paced attraction but one firmly planted on terra firma; make headway to the Automobile Stunt Spectacular and Obstacle Course. Here you will be able to drive one of three famous movie and TV cars. Drive the Aston Martin DB5,

An Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Goldfinger. Exp...

the auto of choice for James Bond with instructions by the one and only Q. Or you could let your inner super-hero come out and drive either the fabulous Bat Mobile or the exotic Black Beauty driven by Kato and platform for the Green Hornet. All of these are fully functional and the course will provide plenty of opportunity to ‘play’ with all the bells and whistles and allow for an ‘accelerating’ high speed drive.

Another attraction which will allow for relaxation and unusual views of the neighborhood is aboard the steam train ‘Traveler’ in the company but both J. West and A. Gordon. This tour requires those of age in order to consume potent potables. Any minor must be accompanied by an adult and will not be allowed in the ‘saloon’ car at any time.

Those of you who are excited by culinary warfare, the Chairman has allowed a duplication of Kitchen Stadium and has authorized for a battle of cuisine between one lucky lottery drawing winner and world famous Iron Chief Bobby Flay. For those interested in being eligible for the drawing, please sign upon arrival at our meeting and birthday party this Tuesday evening. As always, the ingredient is a secret so make sure you have the chops to survive this exhilarating opportunity.

As many love animals in the group, we will have Dr. Marsh Tracy, a veterinarian with the Wameru Study Centre for Animal Behaviour in East Africa. He will be accompanied by Judy the chimp and Clearance the crossed-eyed lion as the activities of animal welfare and preservation are examined with a film and forum discussion by Dr. Tracy.

Don’t miss the martial arts show at the back stage with your host Kwai Chang Caine, Shaolin priest. After the martial arts expo, there will be a time of inner contemplation and self-evaluation led by Master Po.

During the first hour of our regular meeting, there will be an exciting and inspirational Birthday Keynote speech by world famous surgeon and crime fighter Clark savage Jr. In attendance with Doc Savagewill be his special group of associates who will be available throughout the evening to answer your questions within their area of expertise. Make sure you plan to spend time with Doc and his crew.

Doc Savage 031 The Annihilist (Kenneth Robeson)

In addition during the evening, there will be musical performances by international renowned musical stars and it will all be capped off by a midnight fireworks spectacular.

All this and more is provided by your Southern Arizona Head and Neck Cancer Support Group with the profound hope and desire that we will all be here to celebrate next year for our ninth birthday blowout. Here is hoping everyone has an exciting and fun filled party and we are happy to provide rides home for anyone requiring same.

Hugs, kisses and well wishes to us all. Happy Birthday everyone!

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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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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.

Some changes occuring and a reminder.

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are coming to the site and are finding additions and information starting to fall into place. First let me say that I am working on just getting content onto the site. I will also be working on making the overall appearance more appealing and robust as time passes. I hope you will bear with me on this. Pretty is important and I am working on pretty.  🙂 With each additional visit to the site, you may notice little changes which I hope will add to the ease and overall visual pleasure to the site.

You may have noticed that I added the fact that we will be having a guest speaker at this next meeting. The resource page is onsite and there is a tab button on the Menu Bar. I hope this is easy for everyone to find and use. That resource page I expect to grow and be populated fairly quickly. If there is any suggestions you would like to see on this page that are related to support group, please let me know at one of the meetings or by e-mail.

Speaking of meetings, I as well as each of you have turned the page on the calender and we are into October. Our meeting is this Tuesday the 4th. October!#%* already; you guys all look younger but I on the other hand am aging rather quickly. Where does time go?

That’s all for now and I hope to see you all at the upcoming meeting.