I am forever GRATEFUL for YOU…..

I have learnt what LOVE feels like from strangers & it’s 
Today will be a good day xo

Over the past few weeks friends, family and strangers have been donating their time, money and LOVE so we can actively pursue alternative treatments that are not covered by health care or benefits.

We are forever grateful.

It is an indescribable feeling to have so much LOVE poured over you.  Standing in a room like I was on June 5th, filled with people who are cheering for me inside was an experience like no other.  I felt a lot of hope, joy and positivity in that room, which made me grateful to be a part of something filled with that sort of energy.  Here is a short clip of the evening that was made by Tony.


A big thank you to my aunt Barb Richardson the guys at Classic Events Group for the event “Vibe in the Sky” and the Go Fund Me page that was created (PS – thanks Ryan for our UNI Chillwear, we love them!).  The event was fun and classic, with a view like no other.  THANK YOU!  A big thank you also to all the entertainment, you guys were amazing.

Paco Belero | Electric Jazz – Guitar, Vocals, Sax (Peter Fischer)
Denis Dufresne | Renowned Violinist & ACMA Board Member
Pete Wilde | DJ & Producer
Max Sindrome | DJ
Sammy Jean | Vocals & Keyboard
Kyle Rothbauer | Fiddle

I thought that along with my THANK YOU, I would give you a little overview of where the funds will go and what I am currently doing for treatments.

* IV Vitamin C, Artesunate and Mistletoe treatments (2x/week)
* B12 injections weekly
* Full Body Hyperthermia in Langly, BC (monthly to start)
* Supplements Recommended by my Integrative Oncologist in Calgary.  These are based on my diagnosis, blood-work and the genetic testing that I had completed recently (the list is long, 30+ pills daily!).
* Daily Juicing (30+ ounces a day from fresh organic green veggies)
* Travel to and from appointments in Calgary, Edmonton and Langly.
* Drugs and tests not covered under benefits.
* Yoga and Meditation work

People have also donated their time & services offering me energy healing, photography, prayer groups, Reiki treatments, and fitness classes.

I am currently doing all of the above combined with a low dose oral chemotherapy and bone medicine.  I have a great medical oncologist and integrative oncologist working with me.  My family and I are continuing to do research on other treatments available, should I need to adjust anything in the future.

I get asked a lot about trials, travelling out of country to Mexico or Germany, and about seeking opinions from one of the big cancer clinics in the US.  We have looked into all these options, so I thought I would share with you where we are at.  I have a Oncologist that we have visited at the Mayo Clinic, who still consults with us over the phone when needed.  She is excellent.  We have met with the University of Alberta regarding clinical trials and that door is open should we need it later on.  We have looked into clinics in both Mexico and Germany.  At this point in time, our integrative oncologist is utilizing alternative therapies that they do a lot of in these other countries (mistletoe, hyperthermia, high does Vitamin therapy, low dose chemotherapy etc.) and we are wanting to give them a good try before looking further with these clinics.

I have been in awe since the beginning of this journey on the generosity of people.  We have received meals, groceries, flowers, money, cards, hugs, prayers and visits from family, old friends, new friends and even strangers.  I often look at my stack of cards (yes I have kept every last one) and think about how lucky I am to have the support of so many.  How lucky my family is and how truly blessed we all are to have such a strong, thoughtful and loving support group.

Again, I can’t thank you all enough for your support, generosity and LOVE over the past year, month, week or day.  I get surprised by something daily and am forever grateful to all of you who bring that extra joy into our lives on a regular basis.

We LOVE you.





Sawyer & Me: Our Gardening project

I am VERY excited for warmer weather and days spent outside.  Being outside is so refreshing, calming and healing.  Think fresh air, vitamin D, calm minds and GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD!

Last summer my husband, dad and brother in law built me three raised garden boxes using untreated 4×4’s.  This has been way easier for me than having one large garden which I had for the years prior.  I am finding it easier to plant, I have better soil and it is easier to manage.  Here are some before and after pictures from last year:

Lyndseys picture

Last year Sawyer was young enough that he had no interest in my garden.  I didn’t have to worry about my plants and his little toddler hands.  This year…….it’s a different story.

How do I keep my veggies in the ground?
How do I keep him from stomping in my garden?
How do I keep my plants from drowning ?
Will I get 5 minutes of peace in my garden?

Here is my solution:image



Sawyers very own garden!  Complete with a mud pie table, water buckets, shovels, trucks, rocks and more.  We even planted him some carrots, a strawberry bush, some succulents and some grass.

I am super excited to watch him explore, dig and get messy this summer.  And as an added benefit he will learn a little bit about where his food actually comes from!

Oh and yes, I also hope this keeps his little hands out of my boxes.  Wish me luck!!

Here is a list of what I am growing this year:

Red and Yellow Potatoes
Yellow Onions
Green Beans (Purple ones too)
Golden Beets
Orange Peppers
Roma Tomatoes

What’s in your garden this year?  Or if you don’t have one, what would you love to grow?


Learning about….my FOOD

You may or may not be surprised to know that one of my biggest challenges this past year has been learning about FOOD and implementing huge changes to both my diet and my kitchen.

Getting diagnosed with an illness such as cancer makes you look at yourself and ask the question: Where did I go wrong?  What am I doing that my body does not like?

Although I can not answer these questions, I have come to realize that it is not one thing or another that I did to cause my cancer.  I do know that I can change what I put into my body going forward, to help support it in its fight against cancer.

I don’t think that FOOD caused my cancer, nor am I of the belief that FOOD alone will be the cure.  But I am a firm believer that what we eat contributes to our overall health more than we think it does.  I believe that we can ward off illness and even prevent serious diseases by taking better care of ourselves and controlling what goes in our bodies.  If we get our bodies into an alkaline state with an abundance of nutrients to work with, I believe we will have a better chance at healing.

I have never been the unhealthiest person, nor have I been the healthiest.  I have had an addiction to candy since I was very young, but over the past 8 years or so I have taken pretty good care of myself.  I exercised fairly regularly, was a healthy eater (aside from my LOVE of candy) and I was not a heavy drinker, smoker, drug user etc.  And even so, I got sick.

My body is fighting like crazy to stay healthy and when I got diagnosed I knew I had to drastically change my diet to give myself all the healthy nutrients I needed to fight harder. This meant giving up some of my most favourite things and adding a lot of my least favourite things into my day to day meal planning.

Food Blog

Here is a list of my biggest lessons over the past 12 months:

  1. We really need to support local small growers that do not spray our fruits and vegetables! ORGANIC is best!!! Now this has been a struggle. When you switch to an organic grocery list, you have to eat what’s in stock and sometimes it is not a lot in Central Alberta.  Summertime is great when you can grow your own veggies, take advantage of Purearth Organics weekly ordering system (open year round) or even try a local veggie box program such as the one over at Steel Pony Farm.

  2. Sugar really is BAD for you. We all know this and we all need to seriously look at the amount of sugar that is in our day to day diet, but I really needed to quit cold turkey.  Cancer loves sugar.  Did you know that they inject you with a glucose based solution before you a PET scan?  They look for the areas in your body that are metabolizing the glucose the fastest and that is where the cancer is found (with some exceptions).  I won’t get into the science of sugar and cancer as it is very controversial and I am not educated enough on the nitty gritty, but check out the references below for some great reading.  No more m&m’s, mini eggs and Bulk Barn runs for this mamma (insert really sad face here).  *I do however feed my soul and have a treat on really special occasions (YAY)

  3. We eat wayyyyyyyy to much processed food. Fast food, boxed food, canned food (not all bad!) and junk food.  I never thought I ate too much of it, but when I changed over my kitchen, I had to pretty much get rid of my entire pantry.  Not only does processed food have a lot of additives and preservatives, it has a lot of sugar and salt added too!  I challenge you to take 3 items from your panty that are processed and replace them with real, raw food.  My rule is, if I don’t know more than one ingredient on the box, I don’t buy it!

  4. Cooking can be fun!! Learning new recipes is a great thing to do as a family.  I will be the first to say it does not always taste good, but when it does it sure feels good.  Feeding your body and your family food with real whole foods is super rewarding.

  5. Kids love healthy food too!!  My son is one of the healthiest people I know.  He was only 10 months old when I was diagnosed, so has never really had any “garbage” food.  He does not really know what sugar tastes like unless it is from fruit or honey and he thinks blueberries and raisins are treats!  He eats all his veggies and I never have to worry about him not getting all his nutrients from whole foods.  His tastebuds have never experienced junk food before so real food tastes amazing.

  6. Eating healthy is expensive!  Yes, organic veggies cost more and junk food is cheap!  In the long run though, you will buy less medicine, feel better and look great!  I promise that the extra money spent is well worth it.  YOU and your health are worth ever penny!  There are also lots of ways to save money.  Check out my next lesson learned on gardening and this dirty dozen list that you can use when shopping to help you save money and shop smart.

  7. Gardening is healing.  My challenge to you this year: PLANT A GARDEN.  Even if you only start out with a pot of strawberries or tomatoes. Grow your favourite and enjoy eating the fruits of your labour (literally).  I will post about my garden project later this month.

  8. Juicing and Smoothies are a great way to add additional veggies to your diet. They are both great for you and they both taste delicious.  Here are my go to recipes for drinking my veggies.  I have had my share of really gross ones over the past year, but I am getting much better at knowing what to put with what to make it taste good.                                                       

Green Smoothie

1 frozen Banana
4 slices of frozen Pineapple
1/4 frozen Lemon with peel
2 cups spinach or kale
handful of fresh Parsley
1/2-a full Cucumber
1-2 cups of Water or Coconut water
3 or 4 Ice cubes
2 or 3 stalks of Celery (optional)
1 Kiwi (optional)
1 TBSP Flax or Chia seeds (optional)

Insert all into a blender or vita-mix and blend until smooth
Makes 2-3 servings

Green Juice

1 Cucumber
2 handfuls of Kale
3-4 stalks of Celery
1 Stem of Broccoli
1 handful of Parsley
1 handful of Pea shoots
1 inch of Ginger
1/2 a Lemon
1 Green Apple

Juice all in your favourite juicer and Enjoy!
Makes 2-3 servings.

Changing your diet is a lifestyle change.  Yes, I still miss my candy and tiger tiger ice cream (YUM).  But, I also know that my body is healthier and happier than ever before.  I have learnt to bake treats from scratch to satisfy my cravings and have started to enjoy my time in the kitchen with my family.  It is worth the time and extra money to have a happy, healthy family.

I promise!!

What have you learnt lately about the food you eat?  Share your stories, your favourite recipe or both below or on Facebook and lets learn from one another!!

Lots of LOVE,

*Top Photo taken by Jayme at The Paper Deer Photography

For more reading on Sugar and Cancer or Chemicals in our food check out these posts:

  1. Kris Carr on Sugar
  2. Food Matters
  3. Chemicals in Our Food
  4. 7 Other Chemicals in our Food