I don’t want my blog to become about cancer….but some days it takes over a little. I have to find the balance between creating and getting well. My mother has been a huge help. We took a trip to Clark’s today for some juicing and smoothie supplies. The goal is to make more nutritional food that my body can spend little to no energy digesting.
“Dr. Mom”….leaving notes everywhere:
My hair is going to just be a few strands soon. It looks normal until you start inspecting closely. It’s falling out so evenly. All of my highlights are disappearing.
I had a nice offering to my little hummingbirds today. I hope too much hair doesn’t fly over to my neighbors yard. My friend Megan emailed me an excerpt from a book today about hummingbirds…..I wrote out a few parts that I loved:
The song of the Hummingbird awakens the medicine flowers. Hummer sings a vibration of pure joy.
If Hummingbird is your personal medicine you love life and its joys. Your presence brings joy to others. You join people together in relationships which bring out the best in them. You know instinctively where beauty abides and near or far your journey to your ideal. You move comfortably within a beautiful environment and help others taste the succulent nectar of life.
Beauty is the target, and Hummingbird’s mission is to spread joy or to be destroyed.
Melanie G says
wow! that hummingbird photo is amazing!|
Oh my, I would totally be obsessing over my hair and you have much better hair than I do! And I am with your Mom about the good food – and Splenda, while tasty, is the devil! HA!
Beth Morrow says
Living in S. Texas, I have hummingbirds too, but mine go on over to Mx . This time f year…I would love to have them nest. My back yard s planted just for them and the butterflies that come through.
Btw…when you cut your hair is your business quit worrying about it, you’ll know when to get the shaver out.
Hope you are having a good day! I love your mothers list!
What a lovely mother you have. Your positivity is so inspiring. Sending lots of good wishes your way x
If you have cancer, how can it not take over? We love reading about your life. And you inspire us everyday! Choose Joy! Pray always and often!
You are an inspiration to all of those with cancer! You are such a lucky girl to have a mom who clearly loves you with all her heart, her list is great 🙂 And don’t worry about your blog becoming all about cancer, I read it and am inspired by both your craftiness and your positivity on a daily basis. Have you posted any of the juice smoothies you’ve made? Any veggie ones that aren’t completely disgusting?
Sending hope and healing!
Your beautiful blog demonstrates intensity, attention to detail, and generosity. You give so much, so freely. Please do the same for yourself, as you meet this health challenge and tell the story.
The details you give provide a framework for those of us who wish to send our support to you through meditation and prayer – much like the tutorials you give us regularly, that we might create things for those we love.
PS – Listen to your mother. 😉
you should eat ginger and garlic.
I have read that Garlic kill the bad cells, it make that the cells self kills it.
you also have to eat ginger in all its form, cookies, ginger ale, etc. Ginger help during the Chimio the body to be strong, to healing to fight against the C. and reduce the effects of the Chimio, so the body can spend energy to healing
sorry about my poor english…
Good bless you and your family!
a lot of kisses and good energy, from Germany!
We love you!!!!
I’ve been so happy to hear you refer to your hummingbird’s. They are a sign for healing!! I copied the following info from a Animal Spirit Guide website.
Hummingbirds’s Wisdom Includes:
Ability to heal by using light as a laser from mouth
Endurance over long journeys
Ability to fly into small places to heal
I also love the description your friend sent!!
I continue to pray for your healing!!
Glad to hear your Mother is so helpful! I was happy to see the birds nests… so cute….. Just think, all those birds in the spring, they will be warm because of you! What a sweet thought… Stay strong! I am glad you are writing about your cancer chronicles, because it lets us know that life is short, and we need to cherish every moment. I am glad to be reminded of that.
Much Love, Evelyn.
Its been a while since I have been to your blog, I will be praying for a complete healing, God is mighty and powerful and still in the healing business, blessed by your proclamation of choosing Joy….. Psalms 91 got me through my husbands battle with cancer and our 2 yrolds open heart surgery,…praying God’s word will bring you comfort and strength!
Here is my new favorite juice recipe–
3 kale leaves
same amount by volume of spinach
It just makes a little, but it is so yummy! You could add cucumber to produce more juice–but I can’t STAND cukes!! LOL!
Have your mom check out the healing properties of this one. I know that lemons are acidic, but somehow it is supposed to make your body more alkaline…(??)
Susan Lewis says
If you don’t write about the cancer how will we know how you are? Keep writing.
that is so beautiful that you love hummingbirds and they choose joy too!! and you, like those sweet little birds. spread joy so far, my sweet friend!! oxxoxo from Austin!!! (sending your prayer shawl next week…we missed church because my little boo’s were not feeling great, but we will get it blessed and on its way to you!!!
Kelly Warren says
Ashley, I find you to be totally inspirational no matter what you are talking about. Thank you for sharing your journey.
alex m says
I don’t think I ever thought about what a hummingbird’s nest looks like. That is so tiny!
My mom has cancer and my entire family and friends bought the Breville Elite 800JEXL. It is an amazing machine. It does not do smoothies, just juice. Make sure you are doing organics! All those vitamins soak right in! I have my kids help me (3 and 6) and they love it. Beets and all!
Michelle T says
I’m so glad that you have your Dr. Mom there to take care of you. 🙂 You are very lucky-it sounds like you have a lot of people in your life that love you and want to take care of you.
I don’t think you should feel any pressure to do anything with your hair-any decision you make is the right decision.
Hang in there Ashley-you CAN do this!! Your positive attitude is making a huge difference! I would do everything your Mom says to do-she sounds like a very smart woman.
I think of you often and pray for you and your family. In church a couple of weeks ago part of the message was about being kind and looking for positive attributes in others, and soon you begin to see them everywhere and draw positive energy to yourself. The example he used was the ‘I Spy’ game, and he talked about the fact that if you’re looking for something red, the color red pops out at you and you see it everywhere. I thought of you. You are drawing so many positive wishes and prayers towards yourself because of your great attitude. Great job-keep it up!!
My mom became a witch doctor with all of her magical vitamins and organic veggie and fruit potions she would make me drink. I appreciated her efforts, but to this day, I cannot drink a smoothie or drink fresh juice because of the gallons and gallons I drank while I was dealing with cancer. I do believe it helped my body fight the disease because it was such a clean way to eat. High five Momma Blue Blue!
So glad to hear that you are eating healthy…I didn’t want to sound like a doting mom, but I had hoped you were eating something healthier than donuts and soda at this time…got to give your body all those important vitamins and minerals it needs to fight that nasty ‘ol cancer! Yay…Dr. Mom to the rescue…she’s a keeper!
I have never commented or anything,I just read you’re posts.My grandson had cancer and he is going on 8 years being a surviver.When it comes to CANCER FOODS if you could tolerate them brussel sprouts are a #1 cancer fighter,pumpkins,carrots, the deep orange colored veggies are CANCER FIGHTERS,raw cabbage,if you could eat a little bit of sauer kraut its for cancer and nausea. Try some of my suggestions, especially the brussell sprouts,roasted with salt,pepper and a little garlic are much better than steamed.HMMM…… A BRUSSEL SPROUT SMOOTHIE PERHAPS!!!! Just Kidding!! Sending Prayers.
You inspire me daily no matter what you are in the mood to discuss. You have taught me so much on cancer that i feel if someone I loved was diagnosed I would not be so lost. I would be prepared and ready to make a coffee enema! I had to look that up. I would have never had a clue. Thank you everyday for encouraging me to choose joy! Love ya!
hummingbirds have a special place in our hearts at the roseland family house. when my son was born he was airavac’d (not sure on how to spell, but was taken by helicopter) to phx. children’s hospital, where he spent the first nine days of his life, fighting. in his little cubicle where he stayed, there were hummingbird stickers all over the windows that separated him from the other two babies. after nine days he was able to come home with us, but hummingbirds and every time we see them or hear about them are always a constant reminder of his strength those first nine days!
continued prayers for you and your family! i love your mama’s note!
Hey, I have checked in with LBB from time to time for the last year and a half, and apparently, have had my head in the clouds, because I hadn’t seen your cancer journey at all until about a week ago. I was scrolling through “blogs I follow” and one of your cancer posts came up. I have gone back to the start, and am following you in this journey. I love the rawness of your words. Your attitude and honesty are inspiring. I am sorry to hear all you are going through, but glad that you have many people who are standing by you.
and I love the pictures!
Do you have a vitamix or a similar type of blender? It works wonders and the best part is that it’s so easy to clean. We juice all the time and even my kids love it. I throw all kinds of green veggies along with fruit, ginger and a bit of raw honey.
You have such a lovely mom and I think she’s right on the money with all her advices :)… Go Ashley Go!!!
I would love to see the rest of your mom’s list. I am dealing with the beginning of skin cancer. You are an inspiration to me! Thank you
Susan Sutherlin says
Continuing to pray for you and your entire family.
Found your blog thru sabbespot; what a treat. Am 9 months post treatment for cervical cancer and am sending a big ()and best wishes your way. Had forgotten some of the weird Side effects of chemo including all the well intentioned advice. Made me laugh. Do what feels right to you! Love the mama note.
Kristina McCook says
You are so inspirational. Your positive attitude is contagious! Thought I would share my green drink recipe. I have a bum liver … with my liver disease, I am at a much higher risk for abdominal cancers. When I found this out 3 years ago, I started my vegetarian/almost vegan way of eating. I have a green drink every morning. It makes a huge difference in how I feel … it gives me tons of energy!
1/2 bunch of kale
2-3 cups of carrots
3-4 stalks of celery
I also add any random leftover veggies that i have … red pepper, spinach, collard greens. I have put ginger it is as well. Tried Broccoli … it wasn’t my favorite. The lemon is key … it makes the juice a little tart so it is easier to drink.
The Kris Carr books are amazing … and super helpful!
Sending prayers from Texas!
Jenni Swenson says
Would you like me to knit you a hat? Tell me what color and I will get it sent right out to you. Praying for you… xoxoxo Jenni
Tanya @ Sunday Baker says
I lost my 10 year old son to cancer and he had gone through years of treatments. I remember him losing his hair. He basically woke up one morning and his pillow was covered! It then only took about a day or two for the rest to come out. We let him put pretend tattoos on his head (one of a spider that he thought might scare the nurses!) and he was so amazing about the fact that he had no hair and dealt with it with such humor that it completely inspired me greatly!
You will look beautiful with all your hair or bald because of this same fighting spirit I can tell you have. Blessings to you!!
ira lee says
ya know what? its your blog. if u need to write about your journey thru cancer, im gonna read it. if you need to vent, cry, write on and on and on, ill read it. you are truely amazing and im here for the long haul. or until we dont have computers. which ever it is!! lol your story is a daily reminder that i need to be more patient, loving, and understanding bc my life could be so much worse. so u just keep being you and dont feel you have to apologize for expressing what you are going thru. ok?!?!?!
and will your mom adopt me,she is wonderful. no wonder you are such a trooper!!!
Clair Jordan says
Long time lurker, first time poster. I love all your tutorials and your cheery posts, but I also love to read every single one of your cancer posts. You are truly inspiring. I have a Chronic Illness and sometimes I really feel sorry for myself . You remind me to focus on the positive. I look forward to your updates, because I consider you my internet friend even though we have never corresponded or met.
I also want to mention, that if you can help just one other person out there, who is going through something like you are, then every single entry and word is worth it. It’s refreshing to “hear” (read) someone who is putting it all out there (the good, the bad and the ugly) Too many people try to make it seem that everything in their life is perfect and the only thing that does, is make other people feel bad about their own situation and isolates us all.
Thank you for updating us and please keep up the posts as long as you feel like it!
Sounds like you mom has the right idea, Ashley (as much as we daughters hate to admit it, the often do!). Remind her that your readers are praying continuously as well! 🙂 and don’t worry about your blog “becoming about cancer,” I read for you, your stories, your designs, your DIYs and everything else. You are your blog, and now that cancer is part of your life, it’s part or your blog.
Firstly, ALL your posts are interesting.
Secondly, have you heard of ‘EFT tapping’ ? ( a very basic description of it is positive affirmations whilst tapping your fingertips on accupuncture points )
I don’t have cancer but I have been using it for certain areas of my life and it has been beneficial.
I discovered it on you tube.
Wishing you health and happiness.