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VIDEO: Author Peter Green Talks Cancer Diagnosis, Recovery and Regaining Strength

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Everyone has been touched by cancer whether it be a personal battle or that of a friend or family member.  It is human nature to want to help but it is also in our nature to be unsure as to what actually is helpful. Survivor and author Peter Green is all too familiar with this predicament. Green was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005, and immediately started chemotherapy. As someone who frequently competed in triathlons, he was left shaken by how weak the treatment made him feel. This is what first inspired him to go looking for a form of exercise that increased blood circulation and worked the muscles without exhausting the body. Today, Green is in remission and has…

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Eve Ensler of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Turns Her Body Inside Out

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Just when it seemed impossible that Eve Ensler had anything left to expose about her life, her art, her activism and her vagina, she proved us wrong by turning her body and soul inside out. Her book, In The Body of the World (2013, Metropolitan Books), chronicles her Stage 4 uterine cancer diagnosis and treatment, and makes surprising connections between her disease and the cancers of war, poverty and pollution that plague our planet. And now through March, Ensler performs her play, also titled “In the Body of the World,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center Stage 1. Reviews call the play, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, dazzling, gritty, unblinking and hopeful. (Ticket information is at…

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‘The Best of Us’: Joyce Maynard’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life

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I highly recommend reading Joyce Maynard’s The Best of Us, but just make sure you have a box of tissues. Maynard finds the love of her life in her 50s, many years after being divorced and raising her children as a single mother. She and Jim, her new love, had a wonderful connection and were enjoying life to the fullest. And then their future was shattered when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She stood by him, provided hope and continued to look for treatments and solutions until the end. Her love story is beautiful and devastating as she chronicles the time before she meets Jim, during their love affair and his battle with this devastating disease, and afterward when she…

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Deception, Turmoil, and Heroism in Kate Moore’s ‘The Radium Girls’

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NPR has stated, “Radium Girls spares us nothing of their suffering; though at times the foreshadowing reads more like a true-crime story, Moore is intent on making the reader viscerally understand the pain in which these young women were living, and through which they had to fight in order to get their problems unrecognized… The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed; the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.” Have you ever read an entire book shaking your head at the subject matter? That’s what happened when I picked up The Radium Girls – and ultimately,…

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The Harrowing Journey That Led Debut Author Tamara B. Rodriguez to Write ‘Hair to the Queen!’

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Introducing new children’s book, Hair to the Queen!, by first-time author, mother and cancer survivor, Tamara B. Rodriguez. Rodriguez shares her writing journey below. As nearly everyone knows, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the media and cancer survivors, alike. So, why is a first-time author and career-long accountant like me debuting a children’s book about cancer in November? It’s a long story. My relationship with my breasts has been an emotional roller coaster, starting from my days as a busty teenager to becoming relatively flat-chested after I stopped breastfeeding my two daughters. At 34 years-old, I remember standing in front of the full-length mirror and nostalgically recognizing how much my body had changed over the…

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Dog Days of Summer: Books for Those Who Love Man’s Best Friend

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They are happy creatures. They are your best friend. And they always want to play — even when you don’t. If you haven’t guessed which furry four-legged creature I’m talking about then you must not be a dog person! Whether you have a companion dog, you’re a doggy foster parent or you’re simply dog-sitting for the week, we all know that at the end of the day these little pups are what get us through some of the hard times. Besides wet kisses and muddy feet, man’s best friend also comes along with some health benefits. After all, having a pet has been known to be emotionally and physically beneficial for ourselves. So here’s the thing: take a trip down to your local adoption…

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Live Interview with Wendy Treynor: Turn Your Tragedy into a Treasure… A Treasure Map to Happiness

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Save the Date… What you are about to read has been proven to increase love of life when heard and make people significantly happier. This life-changing book, with 120+ color illustrations, 15+ journal entries, and 193 inspiring, life lessons, is in a class of its own. Wendy warns:’Read it at your own risk. You want to be happy? Then follow me!’ as she communicates a little-known secret–a universal cause of human suffering and its cure–that offers breakthrough understanding to help you heal yourself and our world. ”Wendy Treynor had endured a lifetime of rejection. Why were some people so mean? What could be done about it? Going to graduate school to find out, she launched a quest to heal herself and…

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Beyond kale and arugula: Brassicas, the superfood you never heard of

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Did you know there is a group of vegetables out there—brassicas—that can help prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and many cancers? These super foods can also promote the removal of excess estrogen and cholesterol from the body and keep DNA functioning properly. The truth is you probably have heard of brassicas—a family of vegetables that includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, horseradish, arugula, and radishes—though you might not be cooking them as much as you should be. While these vegetables may have a reputation for being unwieldy and bitter, author Laura B. Russell shows you how to turn these powerful foods into  delicious treats in her knew book, Brassicas: Cooking the World’s Healthiest Vegetables (Ten Speed Press). Russell…

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The importance of cancer stories: Eve Ensler’s IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD

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Cancer is everywhere. In my entire life, I’ve never met anyone whose life hasn’t been impacted by it in one way or another. For my part, there are two of my immediate family members, a few grandparents, some cousins, a couple of close friends, and any number of random acquaintances, who have each experienced a surreal moment in a room with a medical professional who said the big word. Bring on the heartache. Bring on the fear and uncertainty. Bring on the loss of control. Sorry, you are no longer the pilot of your own life. Cancer’s driving now. But as omnipresent as cancer is in our lives, it’s still an incredibly personal experience. Individual cancer stories are not universal;…

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Knowing your beans: quality over quantity

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My husband is in charge of our coffee. He grinds the beans and sets our Black and Decker Thermal Carafe coffee pot every night to begin brewing at 5 a.m. The thermal carafe is necessary since I drink coffee throughout the morning and really hate when it gets cold. We buy beans from Starbucks—the Italian roast, I think, because my husband likes bold coffee. (At least, I think bold is a term that can be used to describe it.) Sometimes we switch to the French roast, and he watches me take the first sip, eager to see if I notice the difference. I never do. Clearly, my palate needs training. And now might be a good time for me to…

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