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What Has The CancerFreeCutie Been Up To?

29 May

Hello everyone.  I hope you all are having a terrific Thursday.  Sorry I have been gone so long but I have been busy.  Busy building a blueprint for the next chapter of my life.  I have some good news.  I have passed the first exam for getting my real estate license.  I was so happy because it was the first goal that I set for myself since this whole ordeal began.  

Also, I am heading to Jericoacoara Brazil.  Super excited, it is a present to myself.  I am going to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.  

I hope everyone is doing well.  Will be in touch.  Live in the moment, love life, and love each other.

Dymelle Marie,

The CancerFreeCutie

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Exercise and Eating Healthy

11 Feb

So I am finally able to get out of bed and start trying to get my life back to normal.  I only have 3 treatments of perception left.  I get infused once every three weeks and can’t wait for the final poke. As a result of treatment, I have gained 30 pounds.  Now I am working on not necessarily loosing all of the weight but making sure that I exercise, and eat as healthy as possible.  I make my green smoothies to keep my blood rich with cancer fighting nutrients.  I am also working on recipes which use as many alkaline foods as possible.  Now that I have taken the scientific approach to ridding my body of cancer.  I am using the holistic approach to get myself healthy.  

I started off my day yesterday by trying to exercise.  It was discouraging even trying to find something to wear to the gym because nothing fit.  Finally I found something. I take a quick subway ride to my beloved equinox in downtown Brooklyn.  I took a class called Tabata. And yes, It was as difficult to do as it is to pronounce.  I though I was going to either throw up or drop dead  of a heart attack.  I started fighting back the tears and focused on finishing the high intensity workout.  After the class I bumped into the instructor in the equipment room.  “I said sorry for not keeping up with the class, I am not lazy, I had cancer and my body is not the same.  It is going to take me a while to get everything functioning the way it used to.”  He was so nice.  Asked me to give him a hug.  And said he looked forward to seeing me next week.  He told me not to give up.

So I leave the gym inspired walking past the Shake Shack., (a famous shake and burger joint).  Instead of concentrating on those delicious smelling burgers, I decided what alkaline food could I make from all of the wonderful veggies in my fridge.  

I decided on a Leek and Cauliflower soup inspired by the great Chef Franklin Becker.  He does this soup at his restaurant, “The Little Beet.”  It is absolutely delicious creamy and you don have to use milk.  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Thanks for the inspiration Franklin

Leek and Cauliflower Soup

Tablespoon and a half of Olive Oil

2 Leeks

Half of Large Spanish Onion

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 Head of Cauliflower

3 sprigs of Tyme 

A quarter Lemon.  

Add olive oil to very large Frying pan or soup pot.  Sautee onions add a little salt to keep onions from Browning.  Add leeks cook till almost tender then add garlic, cook until fragrant but make sure not to burn the garlic.  then add cauliflower, give it a couple of stirs then add a box of vegetable stock.  Add the three sprigs of tyme cover pot and cook until cauliflower is tender.  Fork should go through very easily.  When done to your texture and thickness, remove tyme stems and let cool a little.  Then just throw in a blender squeeze a couple of drops fresh squeezed quarter lemon, puree and you will have the most delicious soup ever without feeling like you are on a diet.  

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Getting Back to Healthy

21 Jan

Good news.  I got my blood levels back from my internal medicine doctor.  Everything came back within normal range.  No more vitamin D or B deficiencies.  Thats a good thing because those deficiencies help to create an environment for cancer cells to grow.  White and red blood cell counts are within range.  I have even lowered my cholesterol.  

I am so happy because there was a period where I was very weak and could not get out off the couch.  I bought a hammock for camping for the summer as a Christmas present.  It comes with a stand so I set it up in my apartment.  I was literally so weak and sick from the radiation and the chemo that I laid in that hammock from Christmas Eve until, well to be honest this weekend.  

I spoke with my oncologist and she said that feeling this way was normal.  That sometimes it could take up to a year for your body to bounce back.  Although I had this knowledge, I still felt, “what if it’s coming back, what if it’s coming back.”

It is so nice to hear that I am healthy.  

Guess those green smoothies are helping.  On my way to the gym now.  Hope everyone has a blessed day! 

What A Difference A Year Makes

1 Jan

I never thought I would get here.  A little over a year ago I was clinically diagnosed with breast cancer.  I have completed my chemotherapy and radiation.  The radiation was tough.  I felt so tired, drained and depressed.  Sometimes I couldn’t get out of bed for days.  I had to dig back into my positive energy books, get back to eating healthy, and I am feeling much better.  

For my birthday on December 6th I returned to the Cayman Islands.  If you have been following my journey, you know that I went there before starting my treatments.  I find it to be a very healing, soothing place for me.  I went with my boyfriend, and joining us on the airplane were his daughter, her boyfriend, his mother and his brother.  Strange, I didn’t know they were coming but okay. 

Later that night I found out why they were there.  Later that evening my boyfriend proposed to me.  I am now engaged, and very happy.  I plan to continue sharing my story throughout 2014 on how I will remain a cancerfreecutie.  This is a brand new year and a brand new me.  Please feel free to share this blog with others.  www.cancerfreecutie.com

 

Is There Such A Thing As Karma?

17 Oct

The other day I was going to the gym by the hospital.  The gym is located on 63rd street and Lexington Avenue.  The parking garage to the hospital is located on York Avenue.  When I drive into the city, I like to park in the hospital garage because it is $20.00 for the whole day as opposed to $20.00 per hour.  I made a left onto 66th street and got in the line for the parking garage.  Sometimes the line goes around the block because it is so expensive to park in Manhattan.  Did I cut the line?  Well it is all a matter of perspective.  According to the lady on York Avenue who was waiting at the light to make a right and get on the line I did.  

She felt so strongly about her point that she got out of her car and started banging on my car window that I skipped the line.  I just turned up Miley Cirus started singing along and she stormed back to her car.

We literally both pulled our cars into the parking lot at the same time, we only had to wait on line for 5 minutes.  She ran to the parking garage attendant and told him that I skipped the line.  I told him that I was on my way to an appointment and to have a great day.  Now I had an appointment.  It just wasn’t with the doctor.  It was with my pilates class.  I want my old body back, well minus the girls.  There was no way I was driving two Avenues and three blocks to get on the back of the line,  I would have missed the class.  Two of the three medicines that I am on cause weight gain and I am just trying to even out the odds.  I didn’t ask for cancer or the belly that followed treatment.  

I sprinted to Lexington Avenue, on my way I found $20.00 blowing down the street.  I was elated.  That $20.00 dollars would cover the cost of my parking for the day.  

The next day I had a doctor’s appointment.  I was going to take the subway in.  I put my $113.00 dollar monthly pass in my back pocket and headed to the train station.  When I got to the train station it was no longer in my pocket.  It must have fallen out somehow.  Was this Karma for skipping the line?  

Well lets just say I hope whoever found the metro card needed it more that me.

The next day I had another doctor’s appointment.  I drove in.  I waited in line for the parking garage for 40 minutes and was a half hour late to my therapy session.  

Luv you Karma, if there is such a thing.   That’ll learn me.  

Just another LOL moment in the life of the Cancer Free Cutie.

Just trying to get in shape at the Fire Fly Run

6 Oct

October 5, 2013, Prospect Park Brooklyn

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Millet Mushroom Melody

1 Aug

Another tasty option if you are trying to eat a little healthier.  

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