DISCLAIMER: Not for the Fainthearted

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This x-ray shows both knees in bad condition, but the left one’s far worse

My bruised left knee feeling MUCH BETTER the day after a Cortisone Shot

My bruised left knee feeling MUCH BETTER the day after a Cortisone Shot

Do you recall the left knee pain I mentioned within the last few weeks? This x-ray from March 26 shows my left knee (on the right side in the photo) in much worse shape than the other. 

Last Thursday I also got my 2nd ever Cortisone Shot (see the below video), which thankfully stopped the intense left knee pain that became unbearable, & hopefully will prolong the need for more treatment, like dreaded knee replacement surgery. My 1st Cortisone Shot was 9 years ago, but a good friend informed me that the 2nd one and 3rd one & so on, never last as long as the 1st. We’ll have to wait & see. 

Please pray for my knee strength! 

This well-known line is SO TRUE: You never know how strong you are until you need to be.


Various Benefits of Coconut Oil

3 uses of coconut oil for me are:

  1. Face wash
  2. Cooking oil
  3. Mouthwash aka “Oil Pulling” – I melt a spoonful for 2-3 minutes on the stove, let it cool down for 2 minutes, then swish it around my mouth for about 15 minutes to draw out bacteria.


How to Oil Pull: (information below is from the internet)

“Oil pulling is incredibly simple and effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth and improving oral and dental health.

 Here’s how to do it:

  1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.

If you use coconut oil like me, then you may have to chew on the oil for a minute or so to let it melt, because it is solid at room temperature.

It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I prefer to do it while I take a shower in the morning.”



My niece & I sat at the black round kitchen table as I rushed to finish my bowl of organic white cheddar mac ‘n cheese. She wanted to watch The Adventures of Milo and Otis, a cute film about a cat and dog’s friendship and their action-filled days in a barnyard and the countryside, before leaving for her swim class with Grandma. 

Wearing a sporty brown & pink outfit, the 4-year-old patiently waited and we continued our animal discussion, sparked by just seeing part of a TV program with baby & full grown gators. I told her about the last cat I had, Lacey. 

“Is my Dad allergic to cats?” Her thirst for knowledge was on a never-ending quest, & I was caught smack dab in the middle. I could almost SEE the wheels spinning swiftly in her brain as she peppered me with more cat-related inquiries. 

But her next words caught me completely off-guard. At times like this I wish I could think better on my feet, or instantly disappear into a mammoth sinkhole. 

“How do they die?” 

“Wellllll . . . “ I slowly stuttered as I both frantically struggled for an age-appropriate answer & my mind flashed back to my former feline’s passing. “If they get really sick a vet will give them a shot so they die.” I didn’t want to frighten the young girl so I hastily added, “Sometimes people get really sick, but not the kind of sick you ever get.” 

At this point in the game I’m mentally grasping wildly for a better explanation of the different ways that cats can die. Much to my devastation, my brain fails to throw me the life vest I so desperately need. 

My curious niece’s eyes peered at me expectantly and I knew the conversation about death wasn’t finished. 

“Same way with people?”







One Phrase Tells All: BEYOND ECSTATIC

Positive health news to a cancer patient is the best thing. EVER. TIMES INFINITY:

At my bone marrow transplant physician check-up yesterday, I was told I can STOP TAKING the immune suppression pill! After 13 long challenging years (since my second BMT in 2002), I’m FINALLY FREE to eat as healthy as I want, without fear of strengthening my immune system & getting severely ill as a result!!!!!!!!!!

(Never mind both of my bum knees, stomach issues today preventing me from eating much at all, or the fact that I got biopsy results in the mail Monday informing me of 2 esophageal ulcers, one filled with scar tissue & the other one a whopping 9 inches long – forcing me to modify my diet for at least the next 8 weeks to allow the ulcers the chance to heal, which means no coffee or chocolate till May 18.)

I can now with full force bring on all the non-GMO, gluten-free, organic foods I crave. Isn’t that great?!?!?!

Praise the Lord, He is So Good!


(Annual) Testing 1, 2, 3

I can’t think of 1 person I know who likes going to Secretary of State and waiting in a turtle-paced seemingly endless line to conduct a business matter. I’m unable to bring to mind a single soul who delights in taking the smelly garbage cans to the curb. No one I’ve ever met enjoys shoveling snow in their driveway & sidewalk in bitter cold temps. 

But, as the below videos (taken yesterday during my appointment) today both show, some things in life need to be done whether you like it or not.

So I guess the only thing to say is, When any kind of task needs to be done, it’s probably best just to get it over with, so you can check it off your list and keep moving ahead! . . .

. . . (Or in my case in the next few-seconds-long clip, make a video poking fun at the situation.) 

Healthier Edible Choices

I thought I was eating healthy before, but I recently kicked it up a notch. What I noticed within 1 week is my insides – stomach, digestion – feeling a WHOLE LOT BETTER!

For my first 10 days of this healthier food adventure, as I ate more vegetables (like butternut squash, peas, celery – with sun butter, & sweet potato) besides the 3 also mentioned below in this post, I was thrilled to experience a much “happier” & smoother running system, specifically free of any stomach rumbling that indicated my insides were upset.

Conclusion? I need to put forth a (very beneficial) effort to increase my consumption of vegetables & fruits. You know that line “You’ll reap what you sow”? I highly, strongly, absolutely – however you want to say it – recommend:

  1. Making more food choices straight from the earth, like organic produce – & yes, buying organic produce is better than not because you avoid eating damaging pesticides & chemicals


  1. Far less processed foods

. . . so that you reap a healthier better functioning & feeling body!

Abraham Lincoln was of the mindset that a person should only eat something that’s going to benefit their health. I agree, but also believe that since life is short, edible treats on occasion are pretty much a necessity. (I don’t even want to think about what I would do without making chocolate-covered strawberries a couple times a year or enjoying a slice of blueberry pie once in a while.)

Today I’m sharing a recent tasty dish I really love to eat: a portobello mushroom smothered in sautéed onion and green pepper. Maybe this message will spark some healthy food ideas of your own. Bon appetit!

Portobello Mushroom with sautéed green pepper & onion

Portobello Mushroom with sautéed green pepper & onion