a very very good day

The market fell another 7% today and the world markets are following suite, but:

The roosters were still crowing this morning when I woke up.
My daughters new puppy continues to pester the older dogs, no matter how much they scold him.
There was another magnificent rainbow this morning.
My eleven year old daughter told me a silly poop joke as I drove her to school. Then we cranked up one of her favorite bands The Beach Boys and belted out Barbara Ann together.
The green sea turtles continue to feed at the shore.
There was a tasty swell this afternoon at Richardson’s beach.
I had a great bowl of thai coconut ginger soup for dinner.
Every star in the universe seems to be in my night sky.
And now I sit listening to the crickets and frogs, sipping a glass of wine and writing this.
Life goes on, and today was a very very good day. I expect the same tomorrow.
A very warm Aloha to all and good night.

How do you stay calm amid chaos?

It’s not new news at this point, but the stock markets are tanking. The Dow fell below 9,000 today — the first time to do so in five years. And now the Asian markets are taking the plunge.

I was talking to my sister tonight, and she said that everyone is stressed out right now — it’s the universal vibration, or maybe something in the planets (or the market).

What are you doing to keep your calm, to make the best of the situation, to keep perspective?

My First Cleanse: Day 3

What’s a cleanse? Simply put, a cleanse is a short-term regimen designed to detoxify your body — it could be from sugar, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, meat or something else. Most cleanses are similar to fasting, so you’ll likely take in a lot of fluids to flush out toxins from the body. Be sure to consult your health-care provider before beginning a cleanse.

I was pretty apprehensive about today. Today is the juice only day, the first of two days where the only thing to pass my lips would be the Isagenix cleanse drinks and the snacks – 2 almonds every hour or so and the chocolate tablets.

I was SO hungry all day! In the morning I felt a little nauseated, but that soon passed. Herbal tea was my lifeline! But you know, despite being a little nervous it was really fine. Not nearly as punitive as I had anticipated.

I’m still waiting for that "light" feeling people talk about — roll on day 4!

Read about Day 2 and Day 1 of my cleanse.

Sending Out Universal Collective Prayers to H.H. Dalai Lama

I’ve just become aware that H.H. Dalai Lama has taken ill again I don’t
know how serious it is but some reports on the web says he may be
operated on tomorrow. Please write in and let me know if you have any
more news. Whatever it is I say…May the Universe’s Way Be Done…and
I remember tonight all the joy, love and compassion he has shared with
us on earth so far…and ask all of you to join in universal collective
prayer so it’s way can be done. You can join in our my universalcollectiveprayer blog

5 Tips to Help Get Through Cancer Treatment

I was 44 when I was diagnosed with stage-2 breast cancer on June 22, 2007. My tumor was 5 centimeters, and I ended up having a mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and herceptin; I recently started the usual five-year stint on tamoxifen to lower my chances for a recurrence.

Through it all, I’ve emerged a survivor and a warrior; I have earned those titles. I have survived the biggest, darkest, scariest fight of my life – and I am truly sorry if you are reading this because you have this dreaded cancer too. But I am here to tell you that it really does get better.

Here are a few important tips from the trenches that helped me get through treatment:

1. Educate yourself. There will be a ton of medical terms and procedures thrown at you in the beginning. Know all of your choices. You have control over treatment and surgeries and understanding what you’re up against will make you better prepared for the fight.

2. Get a port. If you are having chemotherapy, having a port put in will save the veins in your arm from extra abuse since the nurses can use the port to draw blood as well as administer medicine, saving you from many extra pokes. Certain chemos can burn though your veins and a port can save that painful problem as well.

3. Be open to an antidepressant. The emotional and physical demands of treatment can be overwhelming. I thought I was strong, but having breast cancer, a mastectomy, and chemo kicked my butt; Zoloft has helped with the feelings of lethargy and bleakness.

4. Wait before you get a prosthetic. Your body needs several months for the swelling to go down. I went for a fitting way too soon and paid tons of money for two fake boobs that don’t fit right; I’ll be donating them.

5. Remember that you are not lost. Hearing you have cancer is devastating and losing a breast is a huge adjustment. To top it off, you lose your hair and end up wondering who that stranger is in the mirror. It takes time and patience, but there will come a day when you’ll see beauty and strength in the mirror. You are still here but changing into a beautiful warrior. Fight on! Shine on!


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Lesa Sverid lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she writes her blog, Fighting for a Cure (http://lesasbreastcancer.blogspot.com). She sends hand-made cards at no cost to women with breast cancer; for more information go to http://littlelifepreservers.com.