May 25, 2017

Lifestyle | My Vitamin & Herbal Protocol for Ovarian Cancer

My Vitamin & Herbal Protocol for Ovarian Cancer
I am currently in remission from my diagnosis of Stage 2 Ovarian Cancer, you can read my initial story here written June 2016. Since then, I've had a hysterectomy and 6mos of chemotherapy. Before chemo, my CA-125 (cancer marker) was 54.9. When my chemo ended in Jan 2017, my CA-125 was at 6.9. The normal range is 0.0 to 0.34 so i'm within range. At the time of this writing, it is currently 6.6.

As we all know, remission doesn't mean that our cancer is completely gone from our system, it just means that there is no cancer activity or that the cancer cells have become inactive.  From the time that I finished chemo which was Jan 2017, I have been doing a huge number of things on my own to keep the cancer from returning. I should note that am not taking any prescribed medications, my body was pretty healthy before the cancer diagnosis so I suspect it will return to it's former state at some point.  All while I was having chemo, I was immersed in reading and research and was determined to put together a protocol that I could take daily to help my body recover from the effects of chemo and to boost my immune system which would ultimately keep the cancer in remission.

May 21, 2017

Sewing | Victorian Lace Skirt & Sweetheart Top

I'm so happy that the weather is finally warming up so that I can wear this lace skirt and top that I made last winter.  Awhile back I posted a fabric haul  along with a video showing all the beautiful fabric that I purchased from the garment district in downtown LA.  I particularly purchased some pink lace to make a Victorian lace skirt that I had seen a photo of on Pinterest. Well, this is the first of three skirts that I plan on making. I didn't use a pattern for this skirt, rather I used an actual wrapped skirt that I already had hanging in my closet. I just laid the skirt on top of the fabric and cut it out the best I could. However, I didn't want it to be a wrap skirt I just wanted it to have some flare and most of my skirt are pretty straight.  I closed up the seams with a zipper and made it fitted around the hips.

May 6, 2017

Lifestyle | Finding Tranquility in the Simple Things

 
One of the simple little pleasures that I love doing that brings me joy is potting plants..... the other is going to the gym and lifting weighs.  Well there's other things that brings me great love and joy like going out on dates with hubby and spending time with my grandkids.... but those are things that require lots of planning and details.  When it comes to keeping busy and enjoying my alone time, I find that being outdoors listening to the birds chirp and hearing the water from my waterfall while potting plants brings me the most pleasure.

April 29, 2017

Lifestyle | Why It is Important To Have a Niche When It Comes To Blogging

I am a niche blogger. I am currently running two blogs, this one and a separate one called WigWeaves. I started this blog in 2008 focusing on beauty/fitness/fashion/lifestyle and my second blog was started in 2010 when I decided that I wanted to focus on Wigmaking as a business. I wanted to reach a certain consumer base.... namely those who suffered from permanent hair loss.  So in order to do this, I had to create an environment that was informative and attractive to those seeking this information as well as decide what products and services that I wanted to offer.  So basically I separated my two blogs because I wanted to market and promote my niche as a business.

April 23, 2017

Lifestyle | Happiness and Well Being

From the moment that we wake up, the first thought that enter into our mind determines the next thought and the next and the next. It takes a thought 17 seconds from the moment of inception to gain momentum thus leading to similar thoughts of it's kind. If that first thought is full of doubt, worry, fear or anything negative, then the energy that flows from that thought will continue to gain momentum leading to more of the same.  The Law of Attraction can't help from bringing us more of what we're thinking.... so we must think happy thoughts from the moment we wake up!