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A different Take on Father’s Day!!

Good Morning!!  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!!

What is a father?  Is it a male who mixes his DNA with a female and produces progeny?  Is it someone who sticks around when their child is cute and cuddly but ditches when the child becomes a teenager and stages become more challenging?  Or is it someone who regularly and continually invests time and sacrifices self for the benefit of youth that are in their midst?  I  argue that it is the later. In this disposable society that we live in, it is sad how many beautiful, young souls are tossed aside by their biological fathers and are being raised by others.

Case in point:  I know an absolutely beautiful young lady that has not had contact with her Dad for almost a year because of a silly incident from last summer.  It was a typical kid being a kid thing, irresponsibility that you must expect even from the best of kids.  And because of it, her Dad belittled her and has ceased to have contact with her for nearly a year.  Is that a father?  Or is it the step Dad who has spent the last year loving that child, taking her fishing and reinforcing that she is worthy of love, time and affection.

Another case in point:  My fiance John Bibby has NO BIOLOGICAL children.  Four years ago John lamented to me that he had no children and because of a congenital problem, he never would have any children.  At that time, I told him he could have as many “children” as his heart desired.  What makes a child yours is not Biological markers, it is connection and investment of time.  It took a couple of years for this seed to germinate and last year when he was offered a job at KLD, I told him this was his chance to have “children”.  I sit here this morning in tears as John has just left the house to take 6 of “his children” off to do an activity.  Two of those children are “ours” (my youngest two).  And four of those kids are kids from KLD that need a “Dad”.

Bottom line:  You can have whatever noble desire you have deep in your heart but you must be open to the different possible ways that it may be achieved.   I am thankful and Grateful that GOD is fulfilling John’s desire for children.  He is making a huge difference and I am so proud of him.

I have to go now………..I am preparing a huge breakfast for his kids when they get back!!  God Bless the true Dad’s in this world.  God bless the important work they do!

John and Kids at the ART OF SAND competition. Ps……….check out the Cancercuredmylife.com t shirts 🙂
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ASCO confirms GINSENG for post chemo related fatigue!

 

Phase III evaluation of American ginseng (panax quinquefolius) to improve cancer-related fatigue: NCCTG trial N07C2.

Sub-category:
Symptom Management/Supportive Care/Palliative Care

Category:
Patient and Survivor Care

Meeting:
2012 ASCO Annual Meeting

Abstract No:
9001

Citation:
J Clin Oncol 30, 2012 (suppl; abstr 9001)

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Author(s): Debra L. Barton, Heshan Liu, Shaker R. Dakhil, Breanna M. Linquist, Jeff A. Sloan, Craig R. Nichols, Travis W. McGinn, Ernie P. Balcueva, Grant R. Seeger, Charles L. Loprinzi; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Cancer Center of Kansas, Wichita, KS; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, SC; Michigan Cancer Research Consortium, Ann Arbor, MI; Altru Cancer Center, Grand Forks, ND

Abstract Disclosures

Abstract:

Background: Ginseng is popularly used as a treatment for fatigue, one of the most common and disabling symptoms in people diagnosed with cancer. It is termed an “adaptogen”, thought to help the body combat negative effects of stress. This trial was to evaluate 2,000 mg American Ginseng versus placebo for cancer-related fatigue (CRF). Methods: Patients with cancer undergoing or having completed curative intent treatment and experiencing fatigue, rated at least 4 on a numeric analogue fatigue scale (1-10) for ≥1 month, were eligible. Exclusion criteria included CNS lymphoma, brain malignancies, or prior use of ginseng or chronic systemic steroids. Other etiologies for fatigue, such as pain and sleep, were also excluded. Patients were randomized to receive, in a double blind manner, 2,000 mg/d of American Ginseng or placebo in BID dosing for 8 weeks. The primary endpoint was change from baseline in the general subscale of the Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory (MFSI) at 4 weeks. Other MFSI subscales and the fatigue-inertia subscale of the Profile of Mood States (POMS) were also analyzed. Data were transformed to a 0-100 scale. Results: 364 patients were enrolled from 10/2008 to 07/2011. Data at 4 and 8 weeks are provided for several fatigue endpoints in the table below; higher numbers are better. Mental, emotional and vigor subscales of the MFSI were not significantly different between arms. There were no statistically significant differences in any grade of toxicity or self reported side effects between ginseng and placebo. Conclusions: This trial provides data to support that American Ginseng reduces general and physical CRF over 8 weeks without side effects. The treatment did not provide significant reductions in fatigue at 4 weeks and did not impact mental, emotional, and vigor dimensions of fatigue.

Read complete article here…………http://abstract.asco.org/AbstView_114_94721.html