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Metamorphosis A change in the form and often habits of an animal during normal development after the embryonic stage. Metamorphosis includes, in insects, and the transformation of a maggot into an adult fly,  a caterpillar into a butterfly,  and also in amphibians, the changing of a tadpole into a frog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZk6nZGH9Xo  

The new year is like an empty book of 365 pages. Make every day a masterpiece, use all  the colors of life, listen to the sound of silence and smile always. While writing your future through the present. Write every day with the feelings  and  intentions of love that springs from the depths of your being.

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Rainbows are a universal symbol of pride,  love,  hope,  and a brand new    day and usually come out after a storm and sunshine prism meet head on.

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We are in a crucial time for humanity, we live the now, the present, intensely in peace, love and unity, we are one! Miedo12 believes fear paralyzes and keep our real being outside…. a single path, a single vibration love, love, love!  We must face our fears to go where we want to go, because the darkness is nothing but the hidden light!  <3 Namaste

“Nothingness More than Infinite” is the name of his new mural and you can see the wild affinity MIEDO 12 has for the letter form  –  and where it comes from.  “ It embodies the learning, the experiences, the life of the creator,”  he says,  “and all of this is necessary to generate the whisper of the clouds that originate the letters.” “Just like a drop of water is the origin of everything, here the spray is the one that, with its effluvium, originates the clouds of inspiration,” says MIEDO 12, is a famous graffiti writer from Valencia, Spain.  https://bizarrebeyondbelief.com/2017/07/13/miedo-12-nothingness-more-than-infinite/

A lot of people say they’re not lucky in Love. For them i wish to explain to them that love must begin by ourselves.
How should we love each other?
First start with interiorizarnos and find out what past situations have left us in a sense of guilt. Once we have identified, we must forgive ourselves. It’s all learning, mistakes don’t exist.
Then it comes to accepting us as we are though always having a goal to evolve as human and spiritual beings.
We’re still searching inside. And once we complete the acceptance, we begin to discover that love has it inside and that love is God.
This discovery causes us to expand that love to others and to accept and forgive them as we do with ourselves.
That way and being on that vibration will come to our life the couple who are on the same frequency and that’s the one that’ll make you happy.
What is the greatest obstacle to love?…… fear
Love! Love unites while Fear divides. We are all one although some remain immersed in the dream of this matrix manipulated by fear and division.
Wake up! Love LIfe!

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

The Creator warned us of worshiping man made creations. If you see peace, then you    shall seek truth, when you find truth you will find love, and love is the Lords Power.

If you understand our Heavenly Father then you will not be deceived dark origins of Hinduism.

Its one thing to practice the understanding of the spirit and to miss out of the human experience, but no degree of study will grand you to the promise land of home that which you came from. I know this will challenge your beliefs, but no teaching of a fallen angel is truth. #JustBelieve

In the Musicvideo by Robin Thicke I see Leighton Meester performing Somebody To Love. I see sexy Leighton, I also see a limo, there’s only one open                                question?   I wonder if she regrets singing with him now!!!  Her makeup is flawless! Leighton Meester in the back of a limo…You are walking a dangerous path 😭❤️  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZg3ibOt964  Its The Good Girls Go Bad Girl Metamorphosis  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix5z1bRz4Sc Much like Maren Morris from my Church  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouWQ25O-Mcg  into The Middle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3mJkSqZbX4

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Namaste:  Yo honro el lugar dentro de ti donde el Universo entero reside.  Yo honro el lugar dentro de ti de amor y luz,  de verdad,  y paz. Yo honro el lugar dentro de ti donde cuando tú estás en ese punto tuyo, y yo estoy en ese punto mío, somos sólo Uno. . . .  (from the Spanish to   English version.)

I honor the place within you where the entire Universe resides. I honor the place within you of love and light, of truth, and peace. I honor the place within you where when you    are at that point of yours, and I am at that point of mine, we are only One!!

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“THE INCURABLES”
– Jessica Biscardi – Breast Cancer Survivor Stage IV

"THE INCURABLES" - Jessica Biscardi - Breast Cancer Survivor Stage IV

“THE INCURABLES” – Jessica Biscardi – Breast Cancer Survivor Stage IV

A remarkable story of personal triumph! (DVD Veria TV Productions – 30 minutes)

JESSICA BISCARDI’S story is a dramatic journey from Stage 4 cancer, being given less than three months to live, she never gave up hope and faith despite all of the constant pain, discomforts and disappointments, her whole world was interrupted and falling apart. The emotional impact and sorrow of a cancer diagnosis is never easy and especially difficult in her situation with everyone fearing for her life if she did not take the traditional cut, poison and burn approach. ”

I wanted to take the challenge to beat the cancer with every bit of strength, knowledge and research.” Jessica knew in her heart to search for other remedies and options and this led to a greater insight into the alternative world of powerful and effective Non-Toxic Cancer Therapies responsible for her complete recovery   by her tremendous Cancer Team and Doctors found through the Cancer Control Society. Jessica has survived against all odds and has completed an arduous journey!

In addition to being a Hollywood Celebrity Print Agent, Documentary Film Producer and Red Carpet Correspondent, Jessica devotes her time and has a passion for helping and sharing with those facing cancer challenges and has       been inspired to become certified as a Life Coach Practitioner. Jessica believes    that “Cancer can be a scary word but not to those who will get in the trenches       and fight, fight, fight and stay positive and affirm that you will get better,                 be informed, do as much research as you can, you are not alone.”

What would you do if your doctor told you there was no cure for your illness?

Three words: never give up. Follow the real-life inspiring stories of people who  beat the odds, turning to alternative methods to heal from their chronic, often     life-threatening illness.

Jessica passed away November 23, 2013 more than a 10 years after being told she had only three months to live.  Prior to her recurrence she also experience a very stressful situation, stopped following her diet and supplement routine and her cancer came back with a vengeance.

Therefore,  it is always essential that you make lifestyle changes and diet an essential part of your daily life. This with making stress reduction techniques that can be employed when stress arises. https://cancercompassalternateroute.com/stress-relief/

   Jessica was our poster child for Dr. Bernardo’s protocol . . . which reboots your system, get’s you alkalized…. which means cancer can’t live.  She lived cancer free       for a decade: but proved if you get depressed and go off your diet and supplements that  your body goes back to making cancer.  And you die.

Jessica Biscardi shares how she used an alkaline diet to heal stage 4 breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes, pancreas and lungs.
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I am Who I am and That’s ALL I AM :)

The Secret Mind

Your emotions and feelings must also be aligned with what you wish for.

It is not enough to merely ask for it if you do not truly have emotions and feelings that are in harmony with that wish. You need to “fall in love” with what you want in order to be in the correct vibrational state.

If you ask for more money through prayer, meditation or just by wanting it – it will not help you if your emotions and feelings are programmed to think that money does not grow on trees, or that you do not deserve to be rich, or  you cannot handle being rich et cet·er·a.

If you grew up in a family where your father or mother (or both) always said: “do you think I am made out of money – we can’t afford that” – then most likely you are programmed to believe this to be true.

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Three Stages of Consciousness | Michio Kaku

We all have built a blueprint in our mind (subconscious) of what we regard as true and what we believe in. This blueprint has been sculpted for years through your childhood by your father and mother, by your brother and sisters, by your friends, by what you read in the newspapers, by what you see on TV, by what you learn in school and so on.

If suddenly new information is presented to this blueprint it will not automatically be added.  You can ask for more money of financial wealth  everyday for several years and nothing will ever manifest as the Law of Attraction preaches because your subconscious    is not aligned with that desire. This is the reason  why  so many people who attempt to change their lives using the Law of Attraction fail.

In order to change your belief system you can start applying affirmations.

“Reprogram” your subconscious mind with a new belief system. Believe that anything is possible, believe that you are rich, that you deserve to be rich, that you are happy, that you are healthy and so on. Make a list of positive affirmations and read them to yourself every day. Say to yourself those things you want to be or believe in. You can decide to be the best version of yourself. It´s all about shaping your mind.

Want to learn more – check out The 5 Steps To Master Your Life.

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Most people are only looking inside the so-called “established truth”.
It´s like a “frame of knowledge” based on what´s been proven and
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In other words, if something is established as a general truth people stick to it.                Very few people dare to challenge “the established frame of knowledge”.

Before it was “a fact” that the earth was flat. People believed they could fall off the end       of the world. However, this “truth-frame” changed when science could show that this       was not the case. A new “truth” replaced the old one. A paradigm shift happened.

People live by the old saying “seeing is believing” – but why don´t we learn from history and realize that something might be true even though we don´t see it.

We don´t have to see something to believe it.

It´s the other way around – believing will make you see. Most people only choose to look at what they know and what they can see. They only rely on their five senses. They  are not willing to keep an open mind. They are not willing to accept that everything vibrates and that The Law of Vibration is real – that we are vibrating sending-towers transmitting our thoughts and feelings into the universe 24/7.

Our “frame of knowledge” is constantly changing since science is showing us “new”    truths – new paradigms. And you have to have the right frame of mind to truly heal?

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With an open mind we can start to believe that something can be a reality even           though science can’t prove it or even though we can´t verify it with our five senses.

Science has shown that everything is energy. You, me and everything else has its own vibrational frequency. We are bound by The Law of Vibration.

However, most people don´t know this because they haven´t realized that we are in a paradigm shift. A new “truth frame” is emerging revealing that we are vibrational beings living in a universe of motion where The Law of Vibration is real.

This doesn´t mean that absence of evidence is evidence of absence. In other words, if science can´t prove something it doesn´t mean it´s not real. We need to open up to the idea that there are things in our lives going on which might be true even though we can’t use our five senses or science to verify it – like the Law of Vibration.

We need to keep an open mind and get better at thinking outside the box. We ought          to realize that what we perceive as impossible today might be obvious and a known fact     in the near future. The Law of Vibration and other universal laws will probably be school curriculum for future generations. Just like we have been taught about physical laws, like the law of gravity, they will be educated in the Universal laws like The Law of Vibration.

Today we don´t question the amazing features of a cell-phone. We´re able to talk to another person on the other side of the planet without a wire to be seen. You can’t see how it works, but you experience it, so you believe it. Yes, most people must see (experience) to believe.

Today we can reach out to millions of people through the internet. Since it´s a technology of our time we take it for granted. However, if someone told you 50 years ago that you would be able to “surf” something called the Internet and be able to reach millions of people using this technology you most likely wouldn´t believe it.

WHY?

Because “the frame of knowledge” at that time did not have the ability to grasp it and embrace it as a new truth. So these brave men and women had a rough journey trying to convince people.  Most people don´t like change.  They are afraid of changing what they already know, but the inventors and pioneers of the past never gave up.  They paved the way for a new world with new truths. One of these was Guglielmo Marconi.

Guglielmo MarconiGuglielmo Marconi was an Italian inventor and he was able to show to the world the feasibility of radio communication.  However –    he had a hard time being believed that signals could be sent wireless.  His colleagues and other scientists have said he was ready for the “looney-house”.

He sent and received his first radio signal in Italy in 1895. By 1899 he flashed the first wireless signal across the English Channel.

On June 2nd 1896, Marconi applied for a British wireless telegraphy patent. Shortly thereafter he applied for and obtained a patent in the United States. He electrified the world when he succeeded in sending a wireless signal from Newfoundland to Ireland. Believing that radio waves, like light rays, on which signals had already been sent, shot  out into space when they reached the horizon, some scientists did not believe his claim to have sent a signal across the Atlantic.

Today we know better.

Will we change what we believe in?

Maybe in the near future the Law of Vibration will be a well know fact for every single person on this planet – just as much a fact as our planet being round and part of The Milky Way. Maybe it will be part of what kids learn in school – learning how to send out positive thoughts and vibrations as part of their behavior. I am positive that future generations will learn to understand The Law of Vibration, The Law of Attraction and other universal Laws governing our lives. It will become second nature to them as long as someone will teach this important information to them at an early age.

We need to believe that anything is possible. We just need to believe it. Believing is seeing.

So believe in The law of Vibration – that everything is vibrating. Absolutely everything.   We are actually living in a sea of energy.

We live in an ocean of motion !!!

Our thoughts are on a certain vibrational frequency and hence is part of the vibrating universe. The Law of Attraction, which is based on The Law of Vibration, states that we attract what we are sending out. Hence positive energies attract positive energies and negative energies attract negative energies.

Our thoughts are cosmic waves of energy that penetrate all time and space. Thought is the most potent vibration – so this means you can attract to you what you want and wish for.

Learn about the Power of Thought and how they make ripples in the sea of energy we call the universe, consciousness, the formula for success, Universal Laws and more by getting the Make A Ripple Make A Difference e-book

So if I have a healthy vision, my mind’s chemistry converts my body into health. If I live in fear… Fear causes 90% of the illness on the planet. And it’s all generated  by  the perceptions of  the mind.  The picture you hold in your mind creates the behaviour and biology you express in life.” – Bruce Lipton

Though out my Catholic Upbringing I have learned a lot that has shaped my life.

In 1962, Mother Angelica began a series of community meetings on matters relevant          to Catholicism and also began recording her talks. Bishop Joseph Vath noticed her talent for communicating with the lay public and encouraged her to continue; she began taping   a radio show for broadcast on Sunday mornings and published her first book in 1972.

In the late 1970s she began videotaping her talks for television, which were broadcast       on the satellite Christian Broadcasting Network. In 1981, after visiting a Chicago television studio and being impressed by its capability, she also helped formed the non-profit EWTN corporation. Initially, she recorded her shows in a converted garage at the monastery’s property.

EWTN became a voice for American conservative and traditional Catholics,  with its position on religious and social issues often mirroring that of Pope John Paul II.  With the emphasis on tradition, Angelica had feuds with some members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

Most famous is the feud over a pastoral letter written by Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over teachings surrounding the Eucharist and the liturgy.

After this dispute, EWTN added a theology department with priests, theologians, deacons, and lay people to make sure EWTN was in line with the teachings of the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

According to EWTN, the network’s channels currently reach 264 million households globally. I don’t push my religion off on anybody, however, in this Mother Angelica Live Classics – Mother Angelica talks Death and Dying is extremely interesting view points!!

Preview Mother Angelica Live Classics – Death and Dying,

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God Inspired Child Prodigy

                Akiane Kramarik uses her paintings to reveal her visions and dreams.

🌹Heaven is for Real – Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book             of the same name!!!

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world . . . .  The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear  as  Todd Burpo  and  co-stars  Kelly Reilly  as  Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience.

Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know.  Todd and also his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.   https://gloria.tv/video/v8EXat1gWg7a3PwLnzLMkPP7f 

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Bringing back hope

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Painter Akiane Kramarik on Her Art and Spiritual Journey!!
 

Akiane is a worldwide acclaimed child prodigy who began drawing at 4,   and painting at 6, teaching herself and learning mostly from her own keen observation and study.

At 4, she had a life-changing spiritual transformation, bringing her atheist family to God. The inspiration for her art and also literature comes from her visions, dreams, observations of people, nature and God. With her art coming from the hand of GOD.

She is considered to be one of the most recognized artists in the world, sharing her wisdom and gifts with millions of people.

 Fearlessly dedicated to expressing her spiritual journey and the worlds in her dreams          and visions, artist Akiane Kramarik has insights into humanity that reach for the highest understanding of the universe and flow unrestrained from her mind onto the canvas.

Mirroring her paintings and their subject matter, she radiates a sense of wonder at life  and expresses the complexities  of our existence  and its mysteries. She has traveled the world over, connecting with and inspiring others through her paintings, with the ultimate purpose of spreading hope.

Despite their poverty, Kramarik’s family encouraged her to pursue her artistic gift after  she began to draw at the age of 4. Her drawings were first done with whatever she could get her hands on: pencils, crayons, or food on her dinner plate.

By the age of 8, Kramarik’s renderings had progressed to become shockingly realistic.   Her paintings also started to reflect her inner consciousness and perceptions.

She detailed and illustrated her visions, including those of some enigmatic and multidimensional worlds.  She also depicted her vision of Jesus Christ in her painting   “The Prince of Peace,” which became one of her most famous works. Kramarik had set       a ritual to dutifully wake up at 2 a.m. and tiptoe down to her little studio to paint these visions.

At this point, her parents decided to share her paintings with their small community in Idaho. Soon after, Kramarik and her deep, solemn, and hopeful paintings were invited to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which featured a series on gifted children. Kramarik instantly gained international recognition. Her family was able to escape poverty and share the gift of her visions and her message with the world.

Despite the complexities of the modern world, Kramarik, now 23, holds fast to the youthful wonder she possessed since her earliest days of painting. She also remains humble and focused.  

“Patience” by Akiane Kramarik. (Courtesy of Akiane Kramarik)

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Kramarik shares her insights, her paintings,       and their meanings.

The Epoch Times: You grew up in poverty in rural Idaho without a TV or other    modern distractions. How do you think that influenced who you are?
Akiane Kramarik: Even though we lived in poverty, we were blessed with abundant happiness in our family. Laughing, talking, playing, improvising, and creating were our daily entertainment. I did not know what boredom or superficial entertainment was because every minute was [full of] meaningful and creative play; we made our own toys from cardboard boxes, sticks, stones, and clay. We made our own music, and we created our own school.

We were also entrusted with huge responsibilities as soon as we were able to walk (and   we all walked quite early: 8 to 9 months). We cooked, did laundry, cleaned, took care of our sick dad, and walked with our mom, door to door, in two feet of snow selling food in different neighborhoods in order to make ends meet.

The poverty was my blank canvas upon which I could create more freely. And as I grew and matured, I never forgot the humble beginnings my family had to go through and never, ever took any day, any gift, or any comfort for granted.

The Epoch Times: You said in a YouTube video that the best teacher of painting you could have is yourself. Are we our own best teachers in our lives as well?
Ms. Kramarik: Being self-taught in art does not mean that I am my own best teacher. My best teacher is life and everyone who is consciously or unconsciously participating in it. Every single being, inanimate or animate, influences my life, and my responsibility is to creatively reciprocate such generosity, whether it is on canvas, in film, for the kitchen table, horse farm, or mayor’s office.

At the age of 6, during my early experimentation in art, I became curious of what other children were doing at my age. My mother and I came up with a brilliant idea: to invite children from many different towns to draw together.

I interpreted that experience as the foundation of my motivation and determination          to share my art with many more people around the world.  As a student of life, I was challenged every day to experiment and to explore the unknown territories and learn about art the hard way. I discovered every technique by observing humans, live animals, and natural tones of vast landscapes in [the] 30 countries I lived in or visited.

Real experiences, visions, and dreams were my starting point, but it was my duty                to interpret those ideas, transform them, and then detail them. An artist gets to see everything first in the rough, just like a diamond.

Every day, I see ordinary things in this extraordinary world, and I see extraordinary things in this ordinary world. To be able to create cinematic-like experience from a simple sound, object, color, emotion, or scenery takes patience and confidence. …
My mission to this day is … to use my art and writings to bring back hope to people who seek it. My lifetime motto is also still the same: I don’t wait for inspiration, inspiration always waits for me.

“Footsteps of Eternity,” 2008, by Akiane Kramarik. Acrylic on canvas. “Our yearning for profound and wholesome connections stays within us; however, this world rarely meets our expectations—with our first mortal breath, we, immortal beings, forget our entire infinite experience.” ~Footsteps of eternity (Courtesy of Akiane Kramarik)

The Epoch Times: In “Footsteps of Eternity,” you touch on different characteristics        of a person’s life: that our existence is much more complicated than what we see on the surface, or what we are aware of.     What were you trying to capture in this painting?
Ms. Kramarik: I painted “Footsteps of Eternity” at the age of 13. The painting depicts part of our spiritual journey—the journey of our soul [our higher self] that is able to be present in multiple places, all at the same time. …
Respect and appreciation of our earthly life—plain, brief, confusing, painful, remarkable, or even cataclysmic—is vital for our spiritual well-being. Our experiences are waiting for us; we simply choose to live through the challenges and mistakes. If we don’t live through difficulties, we cannot see the solved puzzle at the end. Our forgetfulness of our divine self and God’s presence and purpose for us is part of [life’s] mystery.

The Epoch Times: That “art is life outside of life” is an idea you shared with             others in interviews in the past. Could you elaborate on that a bit more?
Ms. Kramarik: Art is life within life and life outside of life. It is a design of nature, a design of humanity, and a design of countless worlds. There is not a single element in nature or humanity without some artistic design and expression. We create our life with our minds and hearts. That is why art is inseparable from the most complex fabric of our thoughts and feelings. Inspiration and epiphanies are experienced when mind and heart meet.

The Epoch Times: Is it our relationship with ourselves that takes the most work? Makes the most difference? How you feel about yourself and your relationship to your paintings?
Ms. Kramarik: Our relationship with ourselves is our relationship with our universe. The more we are connected to [our] infinite possibilities and responsibilities …, the more completely we are able to appreciate our being here—our mission, our calling, our purpose.

Comprehending the significance of our living here forms a complete peace of mind that we could feel every day. It is the assurance of our oneness with everyone, the conviction that we are all part of that collective puzzle, part of one and the same spirit, part of the grand divinity, part of each and everyone we will meet today on a train, in a coffee shop, in a bookstore, at school, or in a neighborhood park.

The art of life is loving and listening to one another. When we feel sad, all we need to do   is to count our blessings, no matter how few we notice, so we can feel grateful for what we have been given. Sadness soon disappears and, in return, we get inspired to bless others. …

What we all share is “awareness.” We are in an invisible intertwined web. The more we move [toward awareness], the more we get to experience a wider and more complete range of relationships and creations.

I hope my art would be part of that web. When people get the chance to see other worlds,   I hope they will trust their own sensitive compass to navigate through [to] true reality.

The Epoch Times: Your live your life very deliberately in pursuing your artistic vision and following your own path in life. Is that where the learning and truly understanding yourself begins, not in conforming to others but in conforming to our own true selves?
Ms. Kramarik: We each have a different purpose. True understanding and learning could still be achieved by conforming to others, because, sooner or later, the maturity of seeing the cause and effect brings forth the most fragrant fruition of the truth. …

The blessing is not in fully knowing yourself or fully knowing the whole truth. The blessing is in the peace of not knowing, yet being true to the purpose that is given to us “from above.”

… Living every moment as if it was our first and last is a genuine life of gratitude, acceptance, and wisdom. …

And who fulfills such way of living the best? Children.

Children’s simplicity,  their eagerness  to learn  from their surroundings,  being content    with not knowing everything yet trusting the caretakers for guidance is the most advanced spiritual achievement within the parameters of all imperfect worlds.

Children seek for answers in the purest way: humility, peace, childlike enthusiasm, acceptance, and sincerity. … That’s why my frequent portrayal of children in my art        is     my wholehearted appreciation of this remarkable manifestation: childhood.

Childhood is a provisional treasure. We can never be children again if we are fully         aware adults in our human lifespan, but we can be much happier adults if we can    emulate childlike innocence, faith, hope, [and] lightheartedness.

Image result for “Lilies of the Valley,” 2016. Acrylic on canvas, (Courtesy of Akiane Kramarik).                   “Between the Frames,” 2012. Acrylic on canvas. (Courtesy of Akiane Kramarik)

 Depicts transformation between childhood and adulthood. Climbing from one frame of time into another, we acquire more wisdom and more compassion, yet we lose simplicity, innocence, and pure wonder [that] only childhood can provide.

Between frames is a symbol of our terrestrial existence where we are trying to escape       the frames but end up being entangled inside larger and larger frames, until the frame    we try to fit in is so large that we lose our sense of reality,  …  “Between the Frames”  is literally falling frames—[the] heroic, yet at times tragic effort to comprehend our human and divine destiny and our spirituality; our intense search for love, beauty, happiness,    and wisdom; our epic journey that we never finish.

                 “Lilies of the Valley,” 2016. Acrylic on canvas, portrays an allegory of Earth.            (Courtesy of Akiane Kramarik).

Preview  ”Lilies of the Valley” By Akiane

Wow, I just researched lillies of the valley and they ARE poisonous just like us humans could be to the earth!                         The Lily of the Valley was St. Therese’s favorite flower.
 ☺️I can not thank you enough for bringing this into the light. Was reading Song Of Solomon 2 in the Bible the other day, and a message came to me a few days later, saying, “If you don’t stop to smell the Rose’s, you cannot see the Lillie’s down below.” This can be interpreted many ways, but my feeling is God is represented as the Rose, and Jesus Christ as the Lilies. Thank you Akiane. Your paintings are incredibly beautiful and inspiring. I think you are an Angel from heaven..👏❤🙋💚😇

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I hope everyone enjoyed the painting titled ”The Vision”. I would not be where I am today
if it was not for God and the great support from people like you.
Akiane Kramarik – Painting The Impossible 
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I believe this could be the face of Jesus. Her testimony is rather interesting and even compelling. I also find that the diversity at which Jesus genuinely reveals himself is truly outstanding and incomprehensible. Personally I find A LOT of poetry to this and though in a literal sense I still can’t say whether this an accurate portrait or not, but here’s where I find the real beauty of the poetry coming alive.
Rather than thinking that Jesus’ inspiration to her was to bring a portrait of himself to the world, instead I find that Jesus inspired Akiane to dig deep into her own convictions and manifest it through the one thing that she knew how to do. I feel that regardless of what Jesus really looks like, her act of trying to paint the impossible was futile that made itself quite clear near the end, but it wasn’t until she finally covered the rest of the canvas that she in a sense gave her hands over to her Savior.
Once she finally committed to covering it she metaphorically postured herself into type of position that says “I can’t do this!” It’s amazing how many ways Jesus manifests this thought into us and forces us to make a decision. When will we finally realize that God’s commandments are not for us to fulfill and perfectly uphold, but rather they are there for us to look at and give submission to the One who has already conquered evil?   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VEs6MfkFzo
To learn more about Kramarik, see akiane.com or facebook.com/akianeart   Thank you!

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Published on Jan 8, 2018

Akiane Kramarik is a child and teenage prodigy, she has become a self-made millionaire through selling her incredible paintings from the early age of 5. Akiane, paints from her visions of Jesus Christ which she claims speaks to her.

Akiane paintings and videos are, Like a meditation session…. ❤🌅🎇
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One Mind One Energy

The idea that one should just empty ones cup, and try to just examine ones mind and present experience. If Reality, Truth exists, then it exists Now in this present moment.
 

Both Agnetha and Frida brought different things to ABBA, Agnetha brought the girl next door image and Frida brought the extravert fun girl. . . which was great on stage, so much energy. This song was written for Frida by Jon Lord to put into song the feelings of loss of her third husband’s death, as well as the death of her daughter in a car accident. Its a very beautiful song, full of her personal pain. And so what if it wasnt a single?  I am sure Frida  and Jon Lord are just happy performing the track rather than commercial success. oh my God…every time when I listening this song I am crying….. Her voice is holy… 🙂

She has an angelic voice!  Love You frida….Thank You because You exist!!! But I think    it’s sad when they reduce Agnetha to just physical attributes and not on her vocal ability,    Abba best songs   125 videos   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s&list=PL1BEA9DDEFD221C08   

     Law of Vibration

In the year 1905, Albert Einstein proved that we can break matter down into smaller components and that, when we do, we move beyond the material realm and into a realm  in which everything is energy.

This is the Law of Vibration, a law of nature that states that ‘nothing rests; everything moves; every-thing vibrates.’The lower the vibration, the slower the vibration; the higher the vibration the faster the vibration.

The difference between the manifestations of the physical, mental, emo-tional and spiritual result simply from different levels of vibrating energy, or frequencies.  So, while the feelings of fear, grief and despair vibrate at a very low frequency, the feelings of love, joy and gratitude vibrate much quicker.
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Although most frequencies exist outside of our normal range of perception, all can be perceived as both colors and sounds.  There are seven colors in a rainbow and seven notes in the musical scale. So the color blue is also heard as the musical key of D, which vibrates at 587 Hz.

Using this principal of resonance, we can also actually increase the speed at which the molecules in our bodies vibrate, through our thoughts of love, joy and gratitude.  When atoms slow down,  third dimensional matter is created;  when they speed up, the higher dimensions of consciousness can be reached.  And the higher our consciousness is raised, the closer to Spirit we become.

”In the beginning was the Word,” the vibration of sound.

But what is most interesting is that, if a frequency is vibrating fast enough, it’s emitted as a color of Light.[ii]

If we wanted to convert sound to Light, we would simply raise its frequency forty octaves.  This results in a vibration in the trillions of cycles per second.  So, if a pianist could press   a key way above the eighty-eight keys that exist on a piano, that key would produce Light.  They could create a chord of Light in the same way they can create a chord of sound.  And it would be seen as colors of Light because it would be moving at the speed of Light.

The philosophical and scientific basis for this Law of Vibration can be found in quantum physics and in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  Energy is related to matter and the speed of Light.  This is Einstein’s famous E = mc2 equation.

When two frequencies are brought together, the lower will always rise to meet the higher.  This is the principle of resonance.  So, when a piano is tuned, a tuning fork is struck, and then brought close to the piano string that carries that same musical tone.  The string then raises its vibration automatically and attunes itself to the same rate at which the fork is vibrating.

I will raise him up at the last day.  I John 6:40

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”Vivian Greene
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 In my progression of lives, I’ve made mistakes, it was part of my process and like Edison,   I learned from my mistakes. So learn to choose happy, is there really any other option? Tell yourself every morning that you are happy and soon it will become your reality. How fortunate for us that the happiness we strive for is already here within us. We already possess the keys to happiness, success and even our good health.
 
So many people tell me what they can’t do. They have unilaterally put restrictions on their capabilities. Henry Ford once said “If you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.” In truth, if you believe in yourself that’s all that matters, that’s all you need. Who would want to hire a person to do something who didn’t believe it could be done? At one time, we knew we couldn’t fly so we didn’t. We didn’t even try. Then one day someone thought maybe we could fly and then we did. Belief is the strongest power in the universe. Believe in yourself, Frankie already believes in you.

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I personally find this term offensive. Where do people come up with these terms?           To be catty is to be deliberately hurtful.  Cats just don’t do that,  nor do we        ignore you. When you call a dog, he comes running. With cats, we are just not the        same. It’s not that we don’t want to obey, we’re just different, independent.

When feeling the need to judge others, just don’t. How are you helping? Surely,               you can’t presuppose that you are aware of all the causations of their actions.

Don’t let sadness or regrets enter your life. Whether you know it or not, you have accomplished a great deal, probably more than you realize. You have affected many      lives and are fulfilling your purpose here on earth, and for that I thank you.
Frankie

You are about to think, here’s a dumb question. If you could pick between happy and sad, which would you choose? Of course, you would pick happiness, and yet many of us don’t. The possibility of happiness and sadness resides within us but fortunately, you can pick which one you choose to accompany you in your journey. Some of the happiest people I have met have extremely restrictive health or emotional issues, while some of the saddest and stressed are people without any restrictions whatsoever. How is this possible? Happiness is just your state of mind.

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Make your world as much fun as mine. Choose happy.

“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life.
Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”
Cullen Hightower

“Very little is needed to make a happy life;
it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius

“Before you criticize someone,
you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way when you criticize them,
you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”
Jack Handey

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Always have to have in mind that there will always be unexpected around the corner, not everything will be happiness and have to be prepared or have to have support in the circumstances… ✌🏼
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.,

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Feelings are frequencies.

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What’s Love Got To Do With IT

Edward Martin Obituary (Anchorage Daily News) Edward Donald Martin Sr. of Cooper Landing, Alaska passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. Martin was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as a child felt an inexplicable “driving force” to seek out patches of green clover amid the borough’s concrete and steel.
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Almost always, Martin still recalls, he managed to spot at least one four-leaf clover among the more common three-leaf standard. Martin, holds the world record for finding the most four-leaf clovers, amassing a  collection of more than 160,000 and counting — each one painstakingly picked by hand. His story  begins a lifetime and a world away.
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Martin was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and as a child felt an inexplicable “driving force” to seek out patches of green clover amid the borough’s concrete and steel. Almost always, Martin still recalls, he managed to spot at least one four-leaf clover among the more common three-leaf standard.

In 1957, Martin headed north to Alaska, where he homesteaded and discovered field after field of “four-leaved grass.” There, in the Final Frontier, he spent his life building roads and pipelines, always keeping his head down as he walked, and often stumbling upon nature’s unnatural.

“You look for the unusual, not the usual,” he explained. “Anybody can see the usual.”

After Martin retired, finding four-leaf clovers became his preferred pastime, a chance        to enjoy fresh air, exercise and glimpses of bald eagles and moose.

“It’s a challenge, and life is a challenge,” he said, struggling to explain why he does it. “Every day is a new door opening.”

Martin fills those days now, as one might expect, still finding more clover and resting  easy, believing no challenger comes close to his growing total. With the record on the books, some folks have suggested he sell his collection, which sits in boxes at his eldest son’s house. Martin said he likes the idea, hoping the clover’s luck could rub off on whoever bought them.

“It’s a good way to get rid of depression,” he said, laughing.

As to how he — a self-described “old man” in small-town Alaska, with no fixed address — would go about finding the right buyer, that’s an answer, he says, he hasn’t stumbled upon yet.

“People keep saying why don’t I put them on eBay and see what people will pay for them,” he fretted.

“I don’t even know how to get on eBay.”

The Odds of Finding a Four-Leaf Clover Are Pretty Good  Approximately one in 10,000 clover stems will have a four-leafed mutation.

Now that might sound daunting, but according to the Minitab Blog, you can find that many clover plants in a rectangular area covering approximately three-by-four feet.          So you don’t need to cover a massive amount of area to find your lucky clovers.

Single Four Leaf Clover                              Scanning Can Help You Find Lucky Clovers Faster.

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If you try to check 10,000 individual leaves to see if one of them is a lucky clover,        you’re going to waste a lot of time and energy. Luckily, there’s a better way.

Let your eyes scan over a limited area (an area about the size of an office desk works well, according to Scientific American). Don’t try to look for individual leaves, just try to see if something pops out at you as looking a little bit different from the surrounding clover.

If that doesn’t work for you right away, try using your shoe to gently brush over the clover, and see if turning the plants to a slightly different angle gives you a better perspective.

“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation  could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.

 
Truth be Told:  I am always searching for a different type of four leaf clover. I am on the internet always on the look out for long term survivors and trying to figure out how and where they went for treatment of the deadliest of cancer types?
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Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: poised for progress.

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 My name is Nina Rose Valdiserri. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a diffused intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) at age 2 1/2. My tumor is very rare and the doctors gave   me a 1% chance of survival. They said I wouldn’t make it to my 3rd birthday. I finished my last chemotherapy the week before Christmas 2008. The doctors said if my tumor doesn’t grow by May 2009 I will be in remission.

My doctors are incredible, one in particular found a new experimental treatment protocol and it seems to be working,  also Radiation,  combined with Temodar, CCNU, Irinotecan, and Avastin. If this plan continues to work on me then we can use it for other children with the same tumor. It has been a long, difficult road. Two other girls that live in the same city as me with DIPG, have gone to heaven. I have other friends that I made over the years who also lost their battle.

I love going to the hospital. I had a port for 3 years and love to get my “tail on” (accessed) and walk around with my I.V. pole. Now I go to the hospital every 6 months for a checkup and an MRI once a year, sometimes I also miss it because I always look forward to seeing everyone who helped take care of me.  For the most part I handled all my chemotherapy well and took most of the medications at home. We had a couple of setbacks but nothing major.  We went to Disney World for my Make-a-Wish  and still talk about it today.  I’m from Michigan and it is cold in the winter, I love summertime so I can swim in my pool.

Thank you,

Nina

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With Another DIPG Story being:

  Two years ago  December 22nd, 2015, 15-year-old Camron Cozzi and his family received life-altering news: Camron had an inoperable brainstem tumor called DIPG. After completing radiation, Camron and his family took a Make-A-Wish cruise, and then headed to Cologne, Germany, where he underwent immunotherapy from April through November of last year.

“Early on you would think Camron was going to win the battle,” Cyndi says, since his first symptoms weren’t too bad, and radiation helped improve his balance. Camron also never had to take steroids to control his symptoms, so he didn’t gain the weight or have other steroid-related side effects that a lot of kids with DIPG do. And even though Cam had to give up playing lacrosse, he was still able to help out coaching younger teams in their town.
However, in October of 2016,

Cam started to struggle walking and an MRI showed he was in progression. One week before Thanksgiving, he had a shunt installed to help relieve symptoms related to hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the ventricles due to tumor growth, which increases pressure in the brain). Up until he had the shunt surgery, Cam attended school.

His family contacted Dr. Burzynski in Houston after discovering Cam was in progression, and he received treatment at the clinic from January through May of 2017, when it was determined that he wasn’t responding to it. Throughout this time, Camron’s balance continued to worsen, and he started to use a walker to get around. By May, he had lost the use of his right leg and arm, so he needed a wheelchair for mobility. Around the same time, Cam also lost the ability to speak audibly.

Camron has had to rely on others to help him out with just about everything since last May—showering, dressing, you name it. “Once he started to lose his right side, he began to feel frustrated and mad,” Cyndi explains. “But shortly after, the happy, funny Camron that we knew started to show up again. His demeanor physically changed, reflecting his will to fight this battle.”

After the Burzynski clinic failed to help improve Cam’s condition, the family began researching other treatment options (of which there were few) and settled on Monterrey after talking with Parker Monhollon’s mother, Amanda. Camron was accepted into the program and received his first treatment on June 2nd, 2017. He’s completed all four recommended immunotherapy treatments, which he received alongside IA treatments 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Recently, Cam completed five rounds of cyber knife radiation back home in Washington to treat a secondary tumor in his thalamus. Between this and the Monterrey treatment, the doctors believe that the thalamic tumor will be eradicated. They also believe the Mexico treatment is working against the DIPG. https://makingdipghistory.com/Manage

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 Elijah Simpson-Sundell. The 8-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumor last spring. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post).

In such a bleak landscape, Elijah’s story is remarkable because of the lengths to which his parents have gone to try to save him. Yet it is also unremarkable — because others have done the same for their children. “As parents, you are facing not just overwhelming odds but zero odds,” Simpson said.  “You will do anything.”
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Almost 4,000 miles away in Cologne, Germany, is the private clinic that his family     sought out. It’s one of the few places in the world offering immunotherapy for DIPG. The centerpiece of its effort is a vaccine  made from each patient’s   own white blood cells and tumor antigens, which are proteins that produce an immune response. The goal is to allow the immune system to recognize and attack the cancer.

After 18 months and 29 children, the results are “encouraging,” said pediatric oncologist Stefaan van Gool. But it’s far too early to know whether the approach extends survival. “We have to wait,” he acknowledged.

Elijah has flown to Cologne three times since October, twice with his father and once     with his mother. In between sessions at the clinic, he visited  Schokoladenmuseum —     the Chocolate Museum — played cards and made friends with some of the other young patients.

Elijah died on April 23, 2017, a day after he turned 9 years old. He had a hard Saturday night, unable to sleep but for the fluids clogging his lungs. By yesterday morning he was slipping in and out of consciousness. We managed to get him some medicine to help dry some of the secretions in his chest and lungs, and started him on oxygen, and this calmed him and he slept peacefully, really only waking once more to complain about his favorite cat Bobbi, who had climbed into his lap.

At around 3pm his fever spiked as the tumor began squeezing off his brain’s capacity to regulate his temperature, and as we bundled him into the car and rushed to the hospital  he slipped into a coma while his mom held him in the back seat.

As we reached the hospital and rushed him into the emergency room he stopped breathing. The doctors attempted for several minutes to revive him until Kristin               and I collected our grief-stricken wits about us and asked the doctors to stop.                   And he was gone 🙁

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💗 💕 I Found My True Love! 💕 💗

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I have spent a good 20 years of my life getting progressively sicker.

As a health- conscious individual, I always took care of myself by eating relatively well, exercising daily, and making a point of getting an annual physical the results of which I kept and analyzed.

I first noticed a problem due to my decreasing performance in athletic activities.

I played soccer in my teens and 20s and became a runner and biker in my 30s. Slowly  over time, I noticed that I didn’t have the energy to maintain my preferred pace. I would run out of steam and just muscle my way through.   I also started experiencing various aches and pains throughout my body, which I attributed to something I ate. At the age       of 38, I decided to look at my blood work over time. That’s when I noticed that all my numbers were moving in a negative direction toward the low end of normal. Of course,     my doctor didn’t think anything of it since I was still within the normal range, but I was worried.

When I became anemic, I pushed him to investigate further. I needed a long nap just to   get through the evening and my aches and pains now extended to my sleep. I developed debilitating migraines  and  took  Relpax for relief.  Overall,   I just did not feel right and knew something was wrong.  I took iron pills for months, but there was no change in my blood work. Next my doctor recommended an iron infusion, but I went into anaphylactic shock.

Based on my own research, I mentioned that there must be some kind of absorption    issue and that’s when it clicked for my doctor. He sent my blood out to be tested for Celiac disease and it came back positive with my antibody numbers off the chart.  The solution,   it seemed, was easy; I was to stop eating gluten.

I was in heaven for 3 months. After my diagnosis, my energy increased, my runs were amazing, the heaviness in my lower abdomen disappeared, and some of my aches and pains went away as the inflammation in my body decreased. Then it all came tumbling down. Suddenly, I became allergic to different foods. Over a 6-year period I developed adverse reactions to an increasing number of them. I couldn’t eat fish, shellfish, seeds    and anything derived from them, nuts, most packaged foods, preservatives, coconut oil, sulfites, alcohol, vinegar, spices, and so on. It was very difficult to eat safely.

I hardly ever ate out, restricting myself to my list of ‘safe foods.’ I became an Advil junkie to deal with my nightly aching joints. I took Benadryl to calm mysterious chest vibrations and gurgling noises at night, which resulted from certain foods. My energy decreased and   I would crash in the middle of the afternoon.  So,  once again,  I began seeing all kinds of specialists: three different allergists, two gastroenterologists, and numerous others whose specialties escape me.   No one could explain why this was happening!   They just kept throwing medication my way. I was in bad shape, sleep deprived, and afraid to eat. My quality of life declined.

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 Throughout all of this, I kept reading online hoping that one day something would come my way to explain why this was happening. Finally,  in the winter of 2015,  I happened to stumble on Sarah Ballantyne’s work and the autoimmune diet. That was it! I had leaky gut syndrome, also known as intestinal permeability. It all made sense.

In January 2016, I began the autoimmune paleo diet  to repair my gut.  I strictly followed it and felt immediate results.  All of my joint pain went away and the strange tingling I felt throughout my body stopped over time too. I no longer experienced a strange gurgling sensation in my chest at night and my workout stamina improved.

 I n the course of all my research, I had read about iodine and its positive effects on the thyroid. Luckily, soon thereafter, a wonderful man, Tibor, walked into my life. His positive experiences with using iodine encouraged me to try it. I took my first drop of iodine at the beginning of March and immediately felt a surge of energy, but it was short lived as the iodine detox took over.  My mistakes were taking too much too quickly, not taking any of the required companion nutrients, and not salt loading to remove the bromide build up in my body. I endured three weeks of diarrhea, two weeks of never-ending chest phlegm, a constantly-draining nasal passage, and extreme muscle fatigue.

However, I still wasn’t able to eat the foods I loved without an adverse reaction. I also experienced a numbing and dumbing sensation in my head, which I now refer to…. as  bromine head.  I felt heavily sedated and lethargic.  Regardless,  my short moments of incredible energy and mental clarity  motivated me to stick with iodine.  During the last two weeks of March I woke up one day feeling drunk and unable to do anything. I had crashed my thyroid and was toxic.

I went to my doctor to get my blood work done and my numbers were terrible with off- the-chart cholesterol counts, high blood pressure, and weak kidneys.  I was diagnosed  with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto.  In fact,  my TSH numbers were so high that my doctor stated  he’d never seen such a thing.  He immediately wanted  me on Synthroid   and was afraid that I would develop a goiter. I had then started iodine for wellness and now regarded it as my cure.  I didn’t want to go on any medication.

Tibor, who was now my boyfriend, advised me to make my decisions based on how I felt.   I took this to heart.  After further research,  I learned that there…. was an iodine protocol that I could follow to detox safely and absorb the iodine.  I joined an Iodine Workshop on Facebook, read the required readings and began to follow the recommended protocol.

I received my next round of blood work numbers in May and even though I was still hypo all of my numbers were moving in the right direction and my antibodies. . . . were coming down.  I continued on without thyroid medication. Numerous users of the Facebook group had reported that following the iodine protocol stopped their environmental allergies.

 I had been taking Zyrtec every other day for 20 years.  I decreased the amount I took to once every third day, then once every fourth day and then I stopped. A week went by and no allergy symptoms.  After a month,  I was still  completely symptom free!  I also felt so liberated.  My boyfriend believed that a lot of my food sensitivities would also be cured.

So in May,  I tentatively tried the foods on my banned list. I started with nuts and experienced no adverse reactions.  After two years without a drip of alcohol, I had my   first drink with friends to celebrate a birthday. No problems. I tried Indian food, which      is full of spices derived from seeds and again,  no reactions.  I successfully introduced        all seafood and shellfish back into my diet. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, my skin could tolerate gluten.

I work as a teacher and used to have to wear gloves to serve snacks containing gluten to  my students because without them my hands would itch and burn terribly. I no longer   had this problem.  I am now completely drug free  and have no environmental allergies    or migraines and can eat gluten again,  but choose not to.  I sleep better  and feel sharp most of the time, my energy and stamina have increased. Workouts are like nothing I’ve experienced before. I can lift heavy weights without getting tired and feel like a machine when I do cardio workouts, like I could go on forever.

I’ve also noticed that my night vision is better and floaters in my eyes have decreased.

This journey has brought wonderful things, opportunities,  and people into my life. It     has now set me on a path to help others.  I’m still in the process of treating my thyroid   and realize I could still face a few hurdles along the way.  Regardless,  I wouldn’t trade    this experience for anything. I wouldn’t want to forget the best part, I married the man who introduced to me iodine and truly saved my life.

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The Master-of Your Soul

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     As we think, so we become. This fundamental truth, which some have called “The Secret”  or  the  “Law of Attraction,” was clearly and convincingly argued for the first time in James Allen’s masterpiece, As a Man Thinketh. Allen reveals how our thoughts shape our character, and manifest themselves in our finances,  health,  appearance,  and environment. The choice is yours: either master your thoughts and create the life you want; or remain mired in negativity, frustration, and failure.

   James Allen (November 28, 1864 — January 24, 1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass-produced since its publication  in 1902. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors.

Born in Leicester, England, into a working-class family, Allen was the elder of two brothers. His mother could neither read nor write while his father, William, was a factory knitter. In 1879 following a downturn in the textile trade of central England, Allen’s father traveled alone to America to find work and establish a new home for the family. Within two days of arriving his father was pronounced dead at New York City Hospital, believed to be a case of robbery and murder. At age fifteen, with the family now facing economic disaster, Allen was forced to leave school and find work.

For much of the 1890s, Allen worked as a private secretary and stationer in several British manufacturing firms. In 1893 Allen moved to London where he met Lily Louisa Oram who he then wed in 1895. In 1898 Allen found an occupation in which he could showcase his spiritual and social interests as a writer for the magazine The Herald of the Golden Age.

At this time, Allen entered a creative period where he then published his first book of many books, From Poverty to Power (1901). In 1902 Allen began to publish his own spiritual magazine, The Light of Reason, later retitled The Epoch.

In 1902 Allen published his third and most famous book As a Man Thinketh. Loosely based on the biblical proverb, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” the small work eventually became read around the world  and brought Allen posthumous fame as one       of the pioneering figures of modern inspirational thought.  The book’s minor audience allowed Allen to quit his secretarial work and pursue his writing and editing career.

In 1903, the Allen family retired to the town of Ilfracombe where Allen would spend        the rest of his life. Continuing to publish the Epoch, Allen produced more than one book per year until his death in 1912. There he wrote for nine years, producing 19 works.

Following his death in 1912, his wife continued publishing the magazine under the name The Epoch. Lily Allen summarized her husband’s literary mission in the preface to one of his posthumously published manuscripts, Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success saying:”He never wrote theories, or for the sake of writing; but he wrote when he had a message, and it became a message only when he had lived it out in his own life, and knew that it was good. Thus he wrote facts, which he had proven by practice.”
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 It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. The price of the book is only one shilling, and it can be carried in the pocket.”  It was also described by Allen as “A book that will help you to help yourself”, “A pocket companion for thoughtful people”, and “A book on the power and right application of thought.”

 As a Man Thinketh is a literary self-help book by James Allen, published in 1903. It was described by Allen as “… [dealing] with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. I have tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises.

It shows how, in his own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life,  and that,  by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. The price of the book is only one shilling, and it can be carried in the pocket.”  It was also described by Allen as “A book that will help you to help yourself”, “A pocket companion for thoughtful people”, and “A book on the power and right application of thought.”

   The title is influenced by a verse in the Bible from the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”. The full passage, taken from the King James Version, is as follows:

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

While the passage suggests that one should consider the true motivations of a person who is being uncharacteristically generous before accepting his generosity, the title and content of Allen’s work refer to the reader himself.

This book, written in terms of the responsibility assumption, opens with the statement:

Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: —
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.

Chapter 1 starts with the quote from Dhammapada that explains the effect of karma.

Quotes From As a Man Thinketh

  • “Men do not attract what they want, but what they are.”
  • “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”
  • “Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind,  the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts,  for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these,   if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.”
  • “The soul attracts which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which      it fears.  It reaches the height  of  its cherished aspirations.  It falls to the level of its unchastened desires – and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives     its own.”
  • “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.”
  • “Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.”
  • “Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.”
  • “Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself.”
  • “You cannot travel within and stand still without.”
  • “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts, can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.”
  • “Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built      into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there        is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.”
  • “The thoughtless, the ignorant, and indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of law, of fortune, and chance. Seeing a man grow rich, they say, ‘How lucky he is!’ Observing another become intellectual they exclaim, ‘How highly favored he is!’ And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, ‘How chance aids him at every turn!’
  • They don’t see the trials and failures and the struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the vision of their heart. They do not know the darkness and the heart aches; they only see the light and the Joy, and they call it ‘luck’; do not see the longing arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it ‘good fortune’; do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it ‘chance’.”
  • “The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental inharmony”.
  • “The human Will,  that force unseen.  The offspring of a deathless Soul, can hew a way   to any goal though walls of granite intervene. Be not impatient in delay, but wait as one who understands; When spirit rises and commands, the Gods are ready to obey.”
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             A Decision That Saved My Life Seven Years Ago 

                                                        ~ Shannon Knight.

Wow. Seven years.  Seven years, or 2,557 days since February 7th, 2011 –         the day I stepped into CMN Hospital in San Luis Sonora Mexico to fight for my life in a very unconventional way.  I chose alternative cancer treatment and turned down chemotherapy. To this day, people reach out to me and tell me they looked me up online to see if I was still alive after seeing my story years ago of how I beat stage 4 breast cancer without chemotherapy.

 I was a different person seven years ago. I remember having to raise money to get to CMN Hospital to do holistic treatments.  When the money was raised  (learn how to raise money for your cancer treatment at Angels for Shannon) I dealt with a lot of fear. I kept putting off the travel to leave for Mexico.

Crossing that border to begin treatment was a huge leap of faith.  I didn’t want to go on  my birthday, February 4th, so I didn’t. Then I told my girlfriends who raised the money that I didn’t want to go on Valentine’s Day.  Because they were usually happy days for me and I didn’t want to connect those special days with battling for my life and being in the hospital.

My girlfriends,  my earth angels as I call them,  saw right through …. what I was doing        and called me out on it: I was in denial, delay was my way of treating my situation not so seriously. My family, friends, and I had raised enough money for treatment, but I just kept hesitating  and trying to change the date  because I was dealing with fear.  With a mental push, shove, and faith, I was finally out the door and about to step foot in the hospital that I personally chose to help save my life.

And here I am now, seven years later, alive. The death sentence completely gone.  I was given 3 months… to a year left to live back in 2010. This year feels a bit different – seven years. Here I am, much farther away from treatment in Mexico, and I’m looking back on when I first walked into CMN Hospital on February 7th.

The meaning of this date changes each year. I spent so many years waiting for that significant five-year mark when cancer survivors can take a deep breath and feel like      they are finally out of the woods.   That was a relief and a cause to celebrate for sure,          but this year, at year seven, I am really thinking about how I got here. It was changing perspectives and faith. The choices I made that were based on my God-given intuition.

   When I had a recurrence of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in 2010, I was terrified.        The fear was overwhelming. What do you do when a UCLA doctor gives you a very short time span to live? I didn’t know which direction to turn.

    Hearing someone tell you that you are going to die,  and sooner rather than later, is          like having a terrible enemy running after you with all of his might, and you are standing there looking at an arsenal of different weapons to choose from. You have been told that nothing will work, but you see a new one in the mix and feel good about it.  There will be less collateral damage!  It feels right and even though there is no promise,  I have a really good feeling about it! I just have to make a decision and get going! I ended up choosing the weapon that many people have not even heard much about: alternative cancer treatment.

With my back against the wall with modern medicine in the United States, I also turned  around and ran across the border to Dr. Payan at CMN Hospital. I remember walking into that hospital like it was yesterday.  I felt compassion from the moment I arrived, but I still had that terminal diagnosis in the back of my mind.  I looked at Dr. Payan and asked him, “What are my chances of beating this?” He said, “Shannon, I will do my best but I cannot make you any promises. “I will do my best,” he said. “Only God knows for sure, however, let’s try!”   I saw his genuine heart and compassion and knew that he was going to try his absolute best.  That’s what I wanted most was hope,  a doctor with a healing treatment  and medical team with heart.

 Here’s the thing: I could have chosen any treatment; I was that sick. I decided to go to CMN Hospital because my body needed “healing”, not to get sicker. I had done radiation, and it failed. The burns were just too much and caused me to get fluid in my lungs, also a  burned esophagus and staph infection.  So, I decided to do something that would at least provide healing and this felt like common sense to me.  Spoiler alert, no one can promise you a cure. No one. But CMN offered me advanced treatments like dendritic cell therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and more

… and I knew that those things would at least help me heal, even if they might not cure  me. I let the hospital take care of me. Call me old school, but that’s what I was raised to  do.  Even with my knee replacements,  other surgeries, and having babies.  This was no different.  It was choosing a hospital that has been around  and treated many patients   with cancer that have a good reputation. I made that choice and trusted it faithfully.

Today, I recognize that my choices led me to realize that healing is what this journey          is really all about.  Physically, try to heal your body first.  Whether or not you       do chemotherapy, healing your body is important. Use alternative therapies to restore your body and strengthen it before or after the chemo. If you do it before doing chemo    you could possibly save your life and never need the chemotherapy.

  Furthermore,  heal your heart and your mind. Mental and emotional therapies are just       as important as physical therapies. I have identified my gifts and talents because of all the adversities in my life, and I am using them! So often, women can’t identify what they have to offer, even when they are sick. Every day is an opportunity  for us to help others. We all are an answer to someone’s prayer.

   We can make someone else smile or laugh.  Spread love,  there is an endless supply. Sometimes you won’t get to see the impact you make because you are just planting seeds and someone else will come into their life and nurture the seed.  Because here’s the thing: we were all born to make a difference. It’s not up to you, or to me, to decide how big that difference is. Does it really matter…  if we see the end result? Just give your best in every situation.

Seven years ago, I had my head down, scared, but I just wanted to keep moving forward  regardless of my pace. I put one foot in front of the other and kept making strides. I knew what my goal was, and I didn’t dare take my eyes off of it.   Just… let’s get through today. Ok, now let’s get through tomorrow.  Sad to say, but I was afraid to dream too big.  But here I am at year seven, and it is pretty amazing to lift my head up and see a bright future.

What I have learned through this journey is how significant our perspective of daily life challenges are. Think about it: have you ever had a bad day that just seemed to get worse and worse? Maybe it was because you kept thinking about every bad thing that happened rather than taking a moment to say, “God, I am so grateful. I’m breathing, and I can still smile. I have people who love me, and I have the ability to love others as well.”  It can feel ridiculous to stop in the middle of a rainstorm or a car crash to say, “Thank you God for all I have that I might take for granted because I’m focusing on other, more pressing matters.”

At year seven, I know how powerful my perspective is regarding the outcome of things       in my life.  Please don’t mistake my gratitude for living with my blinders on or looking through rose colored lenses. Living with love and gratitude in the forefront of my mind and leading with my heart changes how I see a situation, and how someone else sees it may be completely different, but one thing is for sure… we’re both right!

So maybe I have a habit to always see the sunny side of things when another sees it a      little more negatively. That’s okay. What matters is that I live my life with great intentions and know that we all have purpose; I lead with my heart when I make a decision, and then follow it all the way through.  Hesitation or doing something…. without giving my all is not acknowledging my soul purpose and can diminish my spirit. We deserve the best, each and every one of us. How can we reach our best if we aren’t giving situations our all? Perspective is everything.

As much as I advise on how emotional, mental, and physical impact our healing, there are times when I have lost sight of it; my perspective has gotten muddied …. because I allowed stress to take over. It happens to everyone, but just because we are knocked down does not mean we can’t get back up even stronger and with new insight.

Seven years later,  I fully understand  this whole life journey is about our soul’s purpose here.  Our soul is evolving in these bodies that we have for just a block of time.  We don’t know how much time we have, yet we live as we have forever.

Now I know for sure that my soul’s purpose is about love and learning how to love better each day.  It’s about letting go of ego,  which means not needing approval from everyone around me.  I cannot please everyone. I have learned how to be independent and yet still serve others.  If I make a choice and people frown on it,  I’m good with that… and go with my decision all the way.  I don’t give up.  I see it through to the end.  And then,  year after year, it just gets better. Also being authentic in who we are and being more transparent is valuable. I want my kids and grandkids to learn how to trust themselves.

Today, my faith is stronger, and I listen to my God-given intuition more than ever. I relied heavily on my faith,  and that is an integral part of my life journey.  CMN Hospital has a chapel where I spent time alone praying.  I would also kneel at the end of my hospital bed and pray for healing and courage to get me through each day.  How I handled my journey was important to me.  I prayed and talked to God daily,  and I have only strengthened my faith in these seven years since.

In the last eleven years, I have been helping women as a certified advocate for domestic violence in the past and present as a cancer advocate. It is because of so many women over the years opening up to me and sharing the stories of their journey that I was inspired to start life coaching years ago  and January I launched One Wildflower Life Coaching.  So many of us women battling and pushing through barriers to  come up  and out of  the dark still bloom with beauty.  We have experienced:  some of the most adverse conditions and made it through the roughest terrains. We are wildflowers growing in the most unexpected ways!

I know now more than ever that I could not have done any of this alone. Also My support   group of friends, family, and loved ones – are my earth angels! They were unconditionally supportive of me throughout the entire journey. It is so tempting to isolate and hide when the going gets tough. Want to know a little secret?

Letting people in when we are struggling allows us to see that we have angels with us     here on earth. The whole idea that we don’t want to be a burden is wrong. We need one another, and this means humbling ourselves to let them in; allowing them to love us. We can accept their help with a grateful heart.  When we have fear and self-pity, we miss out on letting more love and compassion in our lives at a time when we need it most.  Self-compassion means knowing we deserve love.   ღ   Love is what life is all about!   ღ

Shannon Knight FAQ’s

In honor of it being seven years since I first walked into CMN Hospital for their ACT protocol Alternative Cancer Treatment).  I put together a  list of the the  most frequently questions I am asked! I want to emphasize that choosing your cancer treatment is a very personal choice and there are many options.  I am sharing with you from my personal  journey of completely healing stage 4 metastatic breast cancer without chemo.

Q. What Hospital did I go to for Alternative Cancer treatment?

A. CMN Alternative Cancer Treatment.  An inpatient facility has a team of all specialties and an ICU should anything happen while you are out of your country you will be in very good hands right there at the hospital. This includes pulmonary, orthopedic gynecology etc. Cancer can have complications and they are included in your care.

Q.What kind and stage of cancer did I have?

A. I had stage 4 Breast Cancer ER and PR Positive with metastasis to bones and                  all lobes of my lungs

Q. Did I do chemotherapy ever?

A. No, Not ever.

Q. Are you sure you are cancer free?

A. YES! I get tested and evaluated regularly and am completely Free of Cancer.  Celebrating 7 years on February 7 … when I was treated at CMN.

Q. Did my twin sister who also had cancer go to CMN also?

A. Yes. My twin sister went to CMN hospital for Alternative cancer treatment as well.     She chose treatment in October 2015 and is cancer free. We do not have the BRCA gene. Here is our twin interview. http://onewildflower.com/wildflower-interviews/

Q. Where is CMN Alternative Cancer Treatment?

A. It is in San Luis, Rio Colorado Sonora Mexico. which is a very quiet little town.            The people are kind and receive foreigners warmly

Q. Why did I choose CMN Hospital?

A. It is a well-established hospital that has been around for about 35 years.                        The advanced treatments were what I sought after and my intuition guided me.

Q. What treatments did you do?

A. Here is a link to their treatment summary. https://www.cmnact.com/Treatment-Summary.aspx

Q.Why are there no patient testimonials on CMN Hospital’s  website?

A. CMN Doctors do not believe in exploiting cancer patients for marketing purposes. Patients are fighting for their lives and are scared. Most importantly they believe in the oath they swore. The Hippocratic Oath and every variation of it promises to keep patient information private. This means safe from the worldwide web.

Q. What is the success rate of CMN?

A. I urge you to read my article because To answer this question best for all hospitals because we are not clones and everyone’s immune system is different. Some people wait, some do chemo first this affects the success (including self-treatment before going to a hospital). The Truth about Success Rate –> https://shannonknight.com/1139/

Q. What was your diet like during your cancer treatment?

A. I am learning that while diet is important that sometimes diet change is not effective.  Often is is not about what we eat as much as it is about what’s eating at us. That being said, I worked on the emotional healing and I ate pretty healthily, to begin with. However, I also  made a few changes like cutting animal protein down to about 20%of my normal intake.    I cut out sugar by approximately 80%. That is it while I was healing my body. Today I have cut out gluten because  I was getting tummy aches  and horrible headaches and realized I have a sensitivity to it. I take digestive enzymes and other supplements like bone broth, collagen and I drink Ionized alkaline water.

Q. What is the cost of treatment where you went?

A. I cannot answer that myself.  Here is the CMN Hospital phone number 844-371-1117 CMN’s  warm, kind and they genuinely care. They will give you great information.

Q. Does your nonprofit organization Angels For Shannon give funds to individuals who are seeking financial assistance for cancer treatment?

A. Daily I receive mail worldwide from individuals asking for financial assistance. Unfortunately I am unable to provide funding to anyone. My website AFS is an excellent resource to teach you how to do successful fundraising and get enthusiastic community involvement. Please visit and read AFS Tips on Fundraising

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Death to Life with Immunotherapy シ

Stefanie Joho, 25, learned she had colorectal cancer shortly after graduating from college. Surgeries and two types of chemotherapy failed to stop the disease, but her tumor started shrinking after she began receiving Keytruda, an immune-boosting drug made by Merck.  Credit   The New York Times

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Shortly after graduating from New York University at 22, Stefanie Joho learned that she had Lynch syndrome (a hereditary disorder that predisposes to certain cancers) and was subsequently diagnosed with colon cancer. She first had surgery in January of 2013, but      by August of that year, she developed an invasive tumor in her abdomen.
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Stefanie underwent a second operation and treatment with chemotherapy, but the     cancer returned in the spring of 2014 and was now at stage IV.
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Her oncologist in New York switched her to a more aggressive chemo regimen, but by midsummer, it was clear that was not working. Out of options and in excruciating pain despite high doses of narcotics, Stefanie quit her marketing job in New York and returned to her parents’ home in suburban Philadelphia, where she remained bedridden, expecting to die.

I first spoke with one of her sisters when Stefanie was slipping away in the summer of 2014. Her cancer was raging out of control, she was considered terminal, and she was in     a very dark place.In fact, it took about nine months of cajoling before Stefanie was finally ready to meet with me in March of 2015 for additional support and empowerment.

Meanwhile, her other sister, searching for immunotherapy clinical trials, found a program at Johns Hopkins University, where doctors were testing a drug called pembrolizumab (now marketed as Keytruda). 

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describes her treatment with immunotherapy

Cancer Immunotherapy with Checkpoint Inhibitors

Keytruda is one of a new class of cancer drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors. Checkpoint inhibitors work by releasing the molecular brakes that keep the immune system from attacking tumors.

The main checkpoint inhibitor drugs on the market so far are Keytruda (pembrolizumab, made by Merck)  and Opdivo (nivolumab,  from Bristol-Myers Squibb). Keytruda was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for advanced melanoma in September of 2014, and the medication made headlines in 2015 when it helped treat former president Jimmy Carter for melanoma that had spread to his brain and liver.

The drugs had also been approved to treat squamous cell lung cancer, and a newer       study showed that Opdivo also prolongs survival for patients with non-squamous cell lung cancer.  In a trial of 582 patients with advanced cancer who had already been treated with platinum-based chemotherapy,  patients who received Opdivo lived up to 17 months (as compared with 9 months for those who did not) and had far fewer serious side effects.

In other studies, Opdivo significantly shrank tumors in 19 percent of patients with advanced liver cancer, and Keytruda improved outcome in 25 percent of patients with head and neck cancer. However, prior to the Hopkins trial, checkpoint inhibitors weren’t making headway with colon cancer.

Why did the drugs work so well for some cancers and not for others? One explanation        is that lung cancer and melanoma are often caused by agents that damage DNA, items like tobacco smoke and ultraviolet radiation.  Thus they have “tons of mutations,” according to Dr. Luis A. Diaz,  Stefanie’s doctor  and former professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University. That could make it easier for the immune system to recognize the cancer cells as something to be destroyed. And even more mutations are found in cancers with a certain defect known as mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency.

MMR fosters repair of mistakes in DNA that can arise as cells divide. As DNA copies    itself, the deficiency prevents errors from being fixed, allowing mutations to accumulate. The abnormality — which can arise spontaneously or be inherited — is found in just four percent of cancers overall, including 15 to 20 percent of colon cancers and about 40 percent of endometrial malignancies (cancer in the lining of the uterus). MMR deficiency is found in Lynch syndrome, the inherited condition that also caused Stefanie’s cancer, accounting for about 5 percent of colorectal cancers, and in about 10 percent of colorectal cancers that are not inherited.In the United States, researchers estimate that at least about 15,000 people with the defect may be helped by this immunotherapy.

A New Frontier in Cancer Treatment

The Hopkins investigators found that tumors with the MMR defect had an average of 1,782 mutations,  compared  with  only 73 for tumors  without the problem.  Theorizing     that high numbers of mutations make cancers more susceptible to attack by the immune system— especially if it gets assistance from immunotherapy, the researchers decided to run a small trial with the experimental drug pembrolizumab to determine whether the defect could predict a patient’s response to immunotherapy.

Three groups of volunteers were recruited: 10 colon cancer patients whose tumors           had the genetic problem; 18 colon cancer patients without it; and 7 patients with other malignancies who also had the defect. The first results,  published in 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine, were striking.

Four out of the 10 colon cancer patients with the defect and 5 out of the other 7 cancer patients with the abnormality responded to the drug with significant shrinkage of their tumors. In the remaining group of 18 colorectal cancer patients without the deficiency, there was no response.

The small trial in Baltimore was pivotal — and not only for Stefanie. It showed that checkpoint immunotherapy could attack colon cancer and other cancers thought to           be unstoppable. Since then, newer data have shown that a high proportion of patients   with the genetic anomaly can benefit from the treatment,   often for a lengthy period.         “If you have the signature, you should treat with these checkpoint inhibitors,” said lead author Dr. Diaz.

The study results, supported in part by the National Institutes of Health, were the foundation of the FDA’s decision to green-light Keytruda to treat cancers such as Joho’s, that is, malignancies with certain molecular characteristics. This approval signals an emerging field of “precision immunotherapy,” one in which genetic details are used to anticipate who will respond to treatments. The breakthrough, marking a new frontier in cancer treatment, was announced last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology as an approach that can benefit patients with some kinds of advanced cancer unresponsive to chemotherapy. Hopefully, insurance companies will follow with support. Keytruda treatments cost about $150,000 a year.

Stefanie Joho: Present and Future

For Joho, now living in suburban Philadelphia and feeling “better than I have in five years,” one lesson is clear: The cancer field is changing so rapidly that patients can’t always rely on their doctors to find them the best treatments. “Oncologists can barely keep up,” she said. “My sister found a trial I was a perfect candidate for, and my doctors didn’t even know it existed.” Stefanie’s experience has prompted her to drop plans to go back into marketing. Now she wants to help patients navigate the new cancer landscape. Her message: “Become an expert on your cancer. Don’t be passive become active.”
Negotiating cancer: Tips from one who’s done it !!!
 
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Chiara D’Agostino

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What is triple negative breast cancer?

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the first things your doctor will do       is determine whether the cancer cells are hormone receptive. Knowing if your cancer responds to certain hormones will help direct your treatment, and it can offer insight about your outlook.

Hormone receptors tell your cells how to behave. Some cancer cells have receptors for     the hormones estrogen and progesterone,  as well as an overexpression of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) gene.  If HER2 genes are overexpressed,         the cells make too much of the protein HER2.

If your cells have hormone receptors, the hormones they receive will actually support      the growth of your cancer cells. Not all breast cancer cells have these receptors, and not   all cancers overexpress the gene HER2. If your cancer isn’t receptive to these hormones and doesn’t have an increased amount of HER2, it’s called triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC represents 15-20 percent of all breast cancers.

Hormone therapy stops hormones from causing cancer growth. Because TNBC cells lack estrogen and progesterone, and their HER2 genes aren’t overexpressed, the cells don’t respond well to hormone therapy or medications that block HER2 receptors. Instead of hormone therapy, treating TNBC often involves chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Like other types of breast cancer, TNBC can often be treated successfully if it’s caught early. But in general, survival rates tend to be lower with TNBC compared to other forms of breast cancer. TNBC is also more likely than some other types of breast cancer to return after it’s been treated, especially in the first few years after treatment.

The outlook for breast cancer is often described in terms of five-year survival rates. This survival rate represents the percentage of people who are still alive a minimum of five years after their diagnosis. Five-year survival rates tend to be lower for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) than for other forms of breast cancer. Learn more about the recurrence rate for triple-negative breast cancer.
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A 2007 study of more than 50,000 women with all stages of breast cancer found that         77 percent of women with TNBC survived at least 5 years. Ninety-three percent of women with  other  forms of  breast cancer survived  at least five years.  A 2009 study,  however, found that the 5-year survival rate for women with TNBC was similar to the survival rates for women with other cancers of similar stages. The 2009 study only included 296 women, so the study size was a lot smaller than the 2007 study group.

A separate study released in 2007 found that 5 years after their diagnosis, women with TNBC no longer had a higher risk of death.

These survival rates shouldn’t be used to predict your outlook. Your doctor will be able to give you a more precise outlook based on the stage of your TNBC, your age, and your overall health. How well the cancer responds to treatment will also determine your outlook.

Outlook for TNBC

Even though TNBC doesn’t usually respond to treatment with hormone therapy, new medications called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors are offering researchers hope. Finding a better treatment for TNBC is a major focus of breast cancer research.

In fact, research has found that there are six different subtypes of TNBC. Each one has     its own abnormalities, but drugs geared toward those unique abnormalities are helping people with TNBC.  Even though TNBC  can be an especially aggressive  type of breast cancer, your doctor may or may not recommend aggressive treatment. The standard of care for TNBC is a chemotherapy backbone, either alone or in combination with other conventional therapies. Ongoing clinical research is being conducted to improve on the current practice and future direction of TNBC treatment.

It’s also important to remember that no one, not even your doctor, can forecast exactly how your breast cancer will progress or respond to treatment. Survival rates are based     on statistics, but everybody has an individual experience with the disease that cannot       be predicted..

Credit: https://www.healthline.com/health/triple-negative-breast-cancer-outlook-survival-rates-stage 

After Chiara D’Agostino’s 2014’s breast cancer diagnosis, she left her career as an       Italian teacher to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a model.

“I had chemo, two single mastectomies, many implant infections, it was clear to me        that I couldn’t go back to the job that I had,” D’Agostino explains. “I was getting a lot of compliments as how my hair was growing back, it was growing in short, gray and wavy.       I always wanted to be a model and I was told that I looked good in front of the camera,      so I thought, I feel like I was almost dying with cancer it gave me a wake up.”

“To help my chemo brain, I make  a list everyday of just a few things to do so at the end of the day I feel accomplished.”

What was your hardest moment (or moments) and how did you you get through it/them? It’s hard for me to identify my scariest moment, I’ve had many since becoming a Cancer Grad,  like deciding what kind of surgery to have and with which doctor, losing my breasts, losing my hair, being broken up with and told to move out the week after surgery, fear of recurrence, burying a good friend who died of stage 4, being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and deciding which treatment to take that has a possibility of saving my life, and now – facing death.

I’ve gotten through those moments by crying, talking to friends and other women with breast cancer, talking at breast cancer support groups, blogging, taking anti-depressants prescribed by my doctor,  seeing my therapist regularly,  energy healing, Reiki, massage, praying, meditating, also taking walks in nature, speaking to the hospital oncology social worker, and attending chi-gong, mindful meditation, and stress relief classes for cancer patients.

Any helpful (tangible) tips or tricks you discovered for dealing with your symptoms and/or cancer? Recently, I’ve experienced depression, so to trick myself into getting off the couch and out of the house, I started drinking decaf coffee and I don’t keep any in the house, so it forces me out every day to get that treat. To help my chemo brain, I make  a list everyday of just a few things to do so at the end of the day I feel accomplished. Today’s list was mail letters and get the car washed.

“I learned that I don’t need mounds on my chest to feel like a woman, I’m even more resilient than I ever thought  I was,  and that,  at least at this moment in time, I’m leaning towards not being afraid of dying.”

How did/do you find joy during this experience? I find joy in playing with children, laughing with good friends, travel and spending time on a sunny beach, so I just continued to do more of that as needed. I also FINALLY followed my dream to become a fashion model, so being styled and photographed is bring me joy!

Did you learn anything about yourself? If so, what was it? I learned that I don’t need mounds on my chest to feel like a woman, that I’m even more resilient than I ever thought I was, and that, at least at this moment in time, I’m leaning towards not being afraid of dying.

How do you feel being a flat chested woman? I feel fantastic! I never thought I’d   say that (I’d prefer to have my original breasts), but I like that I have sensation in all of    my body again, it feels like I have my body back.

Chiara has appeared in Oprah magazine twice, walked the runway at New York’s fashion week and more. In 2016, Chiara was diagnosed again, but this time with stage four breast cancer which has now spread to her lungs, sternum, lymph nodes and liver. She began a blog, “Beauty Through the Beast,” and an instagram page where she shares very honest photos of her journey living with breast cancer.

“I like to post pictures of myself mostly topless, some of me feeling really sick,” she says.   “I like to show all the different stages of breast cancer,  the realness of it and I hope it’s inspiring to other women at any age. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from the page, so I’m happy to hear when someone says that it gives them confidence or courage.”

A quarter of a million young women living with breast cancer were diagnosed before their 40th birthday. The Young Survival Coalition and CBS Radio are raising awareness through the annual We Can Survive concert on October 21st at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
“The most important thing for young women to know is that young women can get breast cancer. Know your status,” insists Jennifer Merschdorf, CEO of the YSC Young Survival Coalition, and a breast cancer survivor herself. “None of us are safe from this disease. Do self exams, and there are plenty of us out there and plenty of organizations.”
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