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What Would You Do With One Second of Carefreeness?

Imagine you could let all of your worries and troubles go for one second, what would that moment look like? A french non-profit called the Mimi Foundation gave 20 cancer patients that chance a few weeks ago.

Each patient suffers from a terminal form of cancer. Many have completely lost their hair due to radiation treatments and their days are filled with dread of the next hurdle in fighting the disease. For one day they were invited to a studio to have their hair and make-up done, all while keeping their eyes closed. Then they were placed in front of a one way mirror that had a photographer on the other side. As they opened their eyes he took a photo of that first few seconds of happiness. He captured the pure joy of a carefree moment, something they so rarely get to experience in their current every day lives.

As we come to the close of our week on stress, what would your carefree moment look like? If you could choose it, where would you be? What do you think would bring you that joy? Tell us in the comments below.

Coping with Cancer: Join the conversation with Mallika Chopra, Steven Callahan, and more special guests!

For the culmination of our “Aspire to Inspire” series and in celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day (June 2) our last hangout will be about Cancer survival. Rich and Annette Leal Mattern will be joining us from Breast Cancer Answers. Steven Callahan who survived being lost at sea 30 years ago and two years ago was diagnosed with Leukemia will also be sharing his story with writer/director Justin Rubin who lost his brother and sister on the same day, 20 years apart, from the same type of brain tumor.

We hope these stories, and all the others from the rest of our Google+ hangout series, inspired you and gave you strength if you are coping with a similar situation. Please tell us your thoughts and share your own stories in the comments section below!

Also check out these beautiful short films by Justin Rubin on his experience losing his brother and sister to the same form of brain tumor, on the same day 20 years apart:

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Nutrition During & After Treatment

If you’re recovering from surgery, receiving chemotherapy or radiation, or having other breastcancertreatment, your main focus is on getting rid of the cancer. Eating well will help you stay strong by giving your body the nutrients it needs.

You and your doctor can’t predict exactly how your treatment will affect you. Your general health and weight before your diagnosis play a role. So do the type, amount, and length of treatment you are receiving. As you move through your treatment, listen to your body and respond to what it needs.

You may continue to enjoy cooking and eating and have a normal appetite. Or you might have days when you don’t feel like eating anything, days when you want to eat everything, and times when only some things taste good. It’s best to have a flexible, healthy eating plan to help you deal with your body’s changing needs and wants.

A healthydiet—one with a variety of foods that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and regular protein—gives you the reserves of nutrients you need to keep your strength up while you’re fighting breast cancer. These reserves also help rebuild your body’s tissues and keep your immune system strong to help fight off infection. Plus, a healthy diet can help you cope with treatment side effects. There is evidence that some cancer treatments actually work better in people who are eating enough calories and protein. While you’re having breast cancer treatment, it’s more important than ever that you eat a healthy diet.

For more on nutrition while you’re undergoing treatment, go to breastcancer.org. 

Marisa Weiss, M.D. is the founder of breastcancer.org and the co-author of Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

 

Visit Breast Cancer: Healing the Whole Woman to read all of our breast cancer content.

 

Undergoing Cancer Treatment? Try This Magic Broth

This broth alone can keep people going, especially when they don’t particularly want to eat. It’s not just a regular vegetable stock. This pot of yum is high in potassium and numerous trace minerals that are often depleted by cancer therapy. Sipping this nutrient-rich stock is like giving your body an internal spa treatment. A caregiver I know who never cooked tried this recipe for his mother, who was fighting colon cancer at the time. “After I put all the vegetables in the pot and started them simmering, I had to go out of the house for a half-hour to get something for Mom. When I got home and opened the front door, I couldn’t believe how amazing the house smelled. What was even more incredible was that I had created these smells. Before I left to go home, Mom wrote me a small check to cover the cost. I couldn’t understand why she thought she had to pay me for this. Then I looked at the ‘memo’ part on the front of the check. Next to it she wrote these words: ‘Love Soup.’”

Drink it like a tea, or use it as a base for all your favorite soups and rice dishes. Don’t be daunted by the ingredient list. Simply chop the ingredients in chunks and throw them in the pot, roots, skins, and all.

 MAGIC MINERAL BROTH

6 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds

2 unpeeled medium yellow onions, cut into chunks

1 leek, both white and green parts, cut into thirds

1 bunch celery, including the heart, cut into thirds

5 unpeeled cloves garlic, halved

1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley

4 medium red potatoes with skins on, quartered

2 Japanese or regular sweet potatoes with skins on, quartered

1 Garnet yam with skin on, quartered

1 (8-inch) strip of kombu

2 bay leaves

12 black peppercorns

4 whole allspice or juniper berries

1 tablespoon sea salt

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse all of the vegetables well, including the kombu. In a 12-quart or larger stockpot, combine all the ingredients, except the salt. Fill the pot to 2 inches below the rim with water, cover, and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer for a minimum of 2 hours. As the stock simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out. Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. Add the salt and stir.
  3. Strain the stock using a large coarse-mesh strainer (remember to use a heat-resistant container underneath). Bring to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

Makes 6 to 7 quarts

Per Serving  Calories: 29; Total Fat: 0 g (0 g saturated, 0 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 6 g; Protein: 0 g; Fiber: 0 g; Sodium: 166 mg

Inner Cook Notes: If you don’t have time to make this broth from scratch, substitute Pacific or Imagine brand vegetable stock, add an equal quantity of water, a piece of kombu, and one potato. Boil for 20 minutes and strain. Magic Mineral Broth can be frozen for up to 6 months in a variety of airtight containers for every use.

 

Visit Breast Cancer: Healing the Whole Woman to read all of our breast cancer content.

Reprinted from One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and Their Friends, 2nd ed. by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson. Photography by Scott Peterson. Copyright © 2008. Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA. www.tenspeed.com

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