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Friday, October 19, 2018

Do You Suffer With Migraines?

Are you a migraine sufferer? Did you know there is relief for migraine suffers? Never give up. Keep searching for the right relief for you.


How to Cure Migraines




Did you know some of the triggers of Migraines include stress, certain odors, perfume, menstrual cycle fluctuation, and birth control pills? These are just a few of the triggers. Triggers are the key for determining the cause of some Migraines. Are you aware that certain foods such as red wine, hot dogs, salami, chocolate, peanut butter, dairy products and pickled foods can trigger Migraines? So not only does your environment play a crucial part with your Migraines, but your diet also plays an equal part. This is according to medicalnewstoday.com



Alternative Treatments

1. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to medicinehunter.com breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room can increase stem cell production; This promotes healing throughout the entire body.

2. Magnesium

Have you tried adding magnesium to your diet? According to healthline.com adding magnesium to your diet can aide in prevention of migraines; You can get magnesium naturally from Brazil nuts, cashews, peanut butter, oatmeal, eggs, and milk. Now I love peanut butter.


3. Lifestyle

According to WebMD, It is important to keep a diary to see what triggers your migraines. They further add that anti-glare screens on your computer can help migraines as well as dressing in layers when weather temperature changes.  How is your lifestyle?  Could it stand for some improvement?





4. Vitamins and Minerals

Did you know that according to Dr. J. Ivan Lopez  magnesium and vitamin b2 can be used as a preventative for migraine treatments. He also adds that patient should try therapies like exercise, getting enough sleep and eating regularly.

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I have been blessed not to have migraines, but for those of you that do, what have you found to be effective in helping with your migraines?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Do You or Your Child Doubt God?

There may have been a time in your life that you or your child doubted the supreme being; God? Some of us have been there and done that. Always remember that even though you may change, God never changes.


Belief




Did you know that God is omnipresent? Have you heard the expression why do bad things happen to good people? Life has it’s ups and down. You may have good days and some bad days, but remember Hebrew 13:5; “Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”


1. Why?

As a child, I remember asking God, “Why?” “Why Me?” “Why do you allow this to happen to children?” Maybe there are those of you that have asked the same thing at some point in your life. I wonder have you ever asked yourself, “Why did God allow me to survive that ordeal?” Even as an adult, have you sometimes asked God Why? Do you remember as a child feeling there were so many things out of your control? You can tell your child to deal with the things that he/she can control. Things that you have no control over can be turned over to God. You can pray. Although we may not know God’s plan in every situation you can trust that he will take care of you.



2. Doubt

Doubt and unbelief is not of God. John 10:10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. If your child were to make a statement such as, “I don’t believe in God, since He allowed my friend to be killed in that car accident.” This would be the time you need to speak God’s word. God’s word is real. Speak the promises of God. Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. How many times have you spoken out of hurt and anger, saying hurtful and spiteful things? Well your child may be angry at God just as he/she gets angry with you. I can honestly say there have been times in my life, when I did not know what to say or what to pray regarding my children, but I did know to speak God’s word, regardless to what it felt or looked like. Believe me many times it may have looked very gloom.


3. Reason

As I grew older, I still realized the power of prayer. Although, when I asked, “Why?” as a child, I did not understand then that God possibly allowed some things to happen to make me stronger and to lead my children and their unborn children closer to God, because sins follow a family through 4 generations. Yes, sins of the fathers can travel through 4 generations. I realized he allowed me to survive to be a witness of what God can do. Also, to show me that I do not have to remain a victim. Even as an adult, I have questioned God, because I did not understand His divine plan, but I know that He knows. I once told a former prospective employer, “I do not know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.”

4. Trusting God

God’s word is real and alive. Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Scientist are now discovering what God’s word has said from the beginning of time. Spoken words can and do become a reality. The Bible is an instructional manual to the believers that are saved. What ever we need God’s got it. Just ask and you shall receive it. Feelings can be tricky. I cannot count the number of times that I have felt one way and still spoke what God says, not necessarily how I am feeling at the time. Feelings can be up and down. You may feel good today and bad tomorrow, but God’s word never changes. We may change, but not God.



Tips:

A.
Praise God during bad times and good times. This may be difficult to do during bad times, but it is possible.


B.
Pray for the wisdom of God to know when to speak and when to
listen. James 1:19; My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Do not have diarrhea of the mouth. Don’t just speak your truth because you can.


C.
Not knowing can be trying, but trusting in God can strengthen your faith.

D.
Remember not necessarily in our time, but God’s time. How often do you want something to happen right now? Do you believe that you have a microwave God? If God does not give you an answer right then and there when you want it, do you become impatient and decide to try and fix the problem without God? I am guilty as charged.

E.
Has there been a time that you doubted God and he brought you out? I can recall numerous times that he has brought me out. I am so thankful too. I welcome your comments.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

What Is Your Favorite Color?

Have you considered the importance of color? Do you know what your favorite color is? Can you imagine a world without color?

Color Pink



I have observed over the years that my favorite color has changed. At one time green was my favorite color, then yellow, now orange is my favorite.


1. Color branding

According to Canva.com Color can be used in your branding. For example my favorite color orange is considered fresh, youthful, creative and adventurous. That is the way that I feel most of the time. Also, notice that orange is associated with most vitamin C byproducts.




2. Color Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness

Did you know that pink calms and reassures our emotional energies? That is according to empoweryourself with color psychology.com. They further add that pink can signify good health. I can see why the breast cancer ribbon which was originally black and white was changed in 191 to pink by Susan G. Komen. For along time I had often asked why the color pink?



3. Green

Did you know that green is associated with money? Yes according to color-wheel pro.com. They further add it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Just think about what comes to mind when you see the Color Green.



4. Yellow

4. 4. Yellow

Have you observed when you see yellow on road signs? Does caution come to mind? What about when you see a blinking yellow light? Do you drive cautiously and slower at that particular time?

According to Bourncreative.com yellow is an attention getting color and when used in combination with black creates the easiest color combinations to read and see from long distances; examples are school buses, taxi cabs, and traffic signs.

5. Red

Did you know that red is the color of good luck in Asia? Did you know that it is the most popular color in China? Yes according to colormatters.com.

Yet the psychology and mean of the color red is associated with energy, war, danger, and desire and love according to colorpsychology.org., Did you ever think about the colors of the stop lights? When taking drivers training, the color green mean to go or proceed, the color yet means caution, and the color red means stop? Color has been associated with many things. So what is your favorite color? Everyone is different.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

10 Eye-Opening Breast Cancer Tips

Discoveries are made daily for Breast Cancer. Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS


We have come along way, but still have a long way to go. While Cancer may be frightening to some, there is hope in the new discoveries that are occurring daily.  You may not have had Cancer, but you may know a relative or friend that was affected by Cancer. 

Note:

A. “Did you know that 26 states have laws on the books that require mammography testing facilities to tell women that have breast cancer imaging scans if they have dense breast tissue as part of their results, according to Nancy Capello?”

This does not mean that you have breast cancer, but that it may be harder to detect.

B. Did you know that there are foods that help fight against Cancer? Fruits and vegetables are rich in Cancer fighting nutrients, according to WebMD.


1. Taxol or Taxotere vs Abraxane

According to Breast Cancer.Org., Taxol when administered during chemotherapy does not dissolve in water, therefore needs to be put in solvents when administering to cancer patients which can cause several side effects. Also, patients require several medications including steroids and antihistamines before starting chemotherapy. This is something that I have witnessed when sitting with cancer patients and talking with them during chemotherapy. They further add that Abraxane can be added dissolved in water thus no more medication needed before therapy, no side effects, and shorter infusion time. In fact they state the time changes from 3 hours to about half an hour of Chemotherapy. Now for someone that has not had chemotherapy or been around someone that has had it, you may not see the significance. But I know personally from sitting with chemotherapy patients it can be time consuming.


Patient's First Chemo Treatment:


2. Sitting With Chemo Patient

If you have a relative or friend that is going to through chemo treatments, Just sitting with them during the treatment, can give them great support. Sometimes the chemo treatments may be just about 20 minutes during a session, while at other times, it may be up to 3 hours or more. Every patient’s timing and situation may vary. If you have never gone through this, you can learn a lot just sitting and talking with others that are going through this.


As I talked with a patient that had chemotherapy, he mentioned that he had trouble traveling to places that he may have been to numerous times before. Because of the chemo fog, he just cannot remember the directions. This was frustrating to him too. Unfortunately chemotherapy damages the good cells of the body as well as the cancer cells, which includes cells in the brain as well.




3. Listening

I have talked to several cancer patients that stated they went through their chemotherapy sessions alone. I was quite surprised. I always recommend if you have a friend or relative going through treatment, go with them to the chemotherapy sessions if possible. Chemotherapy can last several months and 2 to 3 hours at a time one or several days a week. I was totally ignorant of the time process involved. Now I realize how they can be so tired because the chemo not only kills the bad cancer cells it destroys the good cells in your body as well. I discovered cancer patients can bring their laptops, watch TV, or something that I did with them was to talk. I learned so much from just listening to different individuals. I was surprised to see men there with breast cancer. I learned breast Cancer can also occur in dogs.

I recall a relative of mine that found a stray dog and took her in. This tiny dog had numerous medical problems which included breast cancer. My relative took the dog to the vet continually and cared for her with all vigilance.

4. Reduce Cancer Returns

According to breastcancer.org. They talk about the cancer possibly having estrogen receptors that receives signals from the estrogen to promote the cancer growth. The cancer feeds off it. So cancer treatment is treated more aggressively with young women that are still menstruating. I personally have heard an oncologist say this exact same thing. I personally know from talking with cancer patients that after chemo is complete they still continue on the Tamoxifen daily tablet once a day originally for 5 years. Now that has changed to 10 years daily. It is referred to as (Oral Chemo).



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6. Knit and Crochet

Those that know how to knit and crochet can make hats to donate to the cancer
institute. Also, you can crochet or knit blankets. These hats are used by chemotherapy patients, who lose their hair during chemotherapy. The blankets are used during their chemotherapy treatments, as they may become quite cool as they sit during their treatments. I have seen some of the most beautiful blankets donated to the cancer society.

7. Take Patient's to Appointments

You can take patient's to their docotr appointments or even take them grocery shopping. Sometimes they may even need help around their house. Sometimes they may not want to ask for help, but you can offer. You may offer to help. Just ask, “Is there anything that you need me to help with around your house?”
8. Offer a Massage Service

Chemotherapy affects every aspect of a patient's body. Some of the chemotherapy patient's that I talked with complained of tired or aching muscles. Several have commented that massages are just wonderful for them. So you might give them a certificate to a body massage parlor. Some of the massage parlors are located within some cancer building.

9. Offer Money

Even though a cancer patient may have insurance, their insurance may not cover everything. So cash is a blessing for a cancer patient. Although both parents may be working, the chemotherapy treatments can range from several months to almost a year. That can become and is quite costly.

10. Offer Natural Soaps

Give the cancer patient natural soaps. These natural ingredients will be great for them. Also, the natural soaps smell so good. I just love the aroma. As I sat with a cancer patient during his treatment, another woman sitting with her loved one shared that she sold natural soaps. She had sold to many cancer patients that seem to love it. I thought, “What a great idea.”

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

9 Inspiring Parenting Tips



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Although parenting does not come with a manual, sometimes as parents you may be fearful that your children will make the same mistakes that you did.




 
Parenting Skills


You don't have to tell your children every detail. Maybe you feel that you do not have good parenting skills, but it may be a good idea to share some of your mistakes with your children.

1. Image

What type of image are you portraying? Are your children seeing a perfect mom who has never made any mistakes while growing up? If so, they may be thinking that you don't understand them. Unfortunately, they do not know that you have “been there and done that.”


2. Listening

How are your listening skills? Good listening skills are ways to help your children. Have you ever really just sat and listen to your children talk? Try just listening to them talk, rather than giving them advice. Encourage conversation. If they know you are truly listening, they will have no problem talking. You will probably find out many of the inner things that are going on with them. Instead of asking how their day was, ask them, “What was the best part of the day today for you?” “What made that special?”
Possibly you are a parent that works first shift and you are not able to attend your children’s school programs or field trips. You may not have a choice, because you have to work to put food on the table. There are alternatives.

3. Vacation Days

Do you have vacation days? This would be a good time to use that vacation day to support your children by going to their school program. You cannot imagine how much that means to them to see your face in the audience. Remember once your children are adults you can never go back to this particular day.



I recall talking to a teacher that shared only 2 parents showed up for an event given for the children. Now that is totally unacceptable. If you are not able to make it, possibly ask a relative, such as a sister, cousin, uncle, or brother to attend. Try making your children a priority.

4. Bad

Now this is not really bad unless you perceive it as that. I like to think of it as stages of the baby growing up. You may have never considered that your baby will be cranky during teething time. You may have never considered you nor your husband would get very little sleep when your baby is colicky. You may have never known that two-year-old would throw temper tantrums. Possibly you assumed your toddler would do everything that you asked. It never occurred to you that this little person has a mind of (his/her) own. Previously when your baby was born, you could not wait for your baby to talk, now you possibly feel guilty because you are thinking,” I do not want to hear the word “mama” or “mommy” any time soon because my ears need a rest.

You may feel bad when you have fed your baby, changed your baby's diaper, and to no avail your baby is continually crying for too long a period of time. After taking your baby to the doctor you discover the crying was for a reason, because the baby has an ear infection. Your baby could not talk, but instead cried as loud as (he or she could) to let you know something was not right. Do not beat yourself up about this, because you did make it to the doctor in time. Remember parenting is trial and error whether you like it or not.


5. Ugly

Although this is not ugly at the time it may feel quite uncomfortable when you need to apply tough love as your child get's older. If you have been an enabler and you have not allowed your child to develop to become a productive part of society, you may feel guilty or sad about the outcome. Tough love is a choice. A question I have often asked myself is, “If this were not my child, would I allow this type of behavior?” Sometimes, we need to detach ourselves from the situation.

As I watched the TV program Supernanny, I was amazed at how this woman goes around and helps families where the children are basically taking over the house and running the lives of not one parent, but both parents. Basically you do not have to be mean to get your point across to your toddlers, children, or teens. You do however, need to be persistent. You do, however, need to be on the same page with your husband regarding your children. No you and your husband may not agree, but there needs to be a common ground.

6. Everyone Makes Mistakes


Sharing your mistakes with your children shows your vulnerability and that you are human. It let's them know you are not perfect. Let your children know that everyone makes mistake. Even with all of our perfection, expertise, and training, there is no perfect one, but Jesus.

Share moments as a learning experience. I recall sharing with my children that I was told when the street light came on in the evening that was the time I needed to leave my next door neighbors house and come home. I shared there were several times I knew I should go home, but I was having so much fun with my friends. I was wrong. My father would always explain to me in a mild manner why I was being disciplined and what I did was wrong. Sometimes I would just start crying when he talked to me, because I felt that I let him down by not following his instructions.

I recall my one daughter was born sucking her finger on the delivery table. The doctor looked at me and told me, “She has probably been doing that while you carried her in the womb.” When we went home, my husband was adamant about pulling her finger out of her mouth. He did not want her sucking her thumb, he was afraid she would eventually have buck teeth. I, however, disagreed and I knew very little about babies, but I know everyone has some type of habit, this just happened to be her's. Needless to say, he allowed the thumb sucking. She grew up with beautiful straight, white teeth. When she was about 6 or 7 years old, she came home from school and told me the children were teasing her and she wanted me to put hot sauce on her thumb to help her stop sucking her finger. I did so. Needless to say she was determine to stop and she did it on her own.

Parenting is a stage in life. There will be some good days and some bad days, but inevitably you still love your children, hopefully, unconditionally.

7. Positive Parents

According to Rebecca at Positive Strategies for better Behaved Kids, when our needs to be seen, heard, understood, loved, and connected are met, we all do better. She further talks about speaking their language with physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts and acts of service. Those that are are already doing this are well ahead in this scenario. For those that have not been doing this, it is not too late too start.

8. Blaming Yourself

I emphasize the importance of not beating yourself up after you have changed your baby, fed your baby, and your baby is still crying; Finally you take your baby to the doctor to find out the baby has an ear infection. If you are a first time parent, you would not have had an idea the baby had an ear infection, because parenting is trial and error. The good thing is that your baby received medical attention in time. I also recall another instance when a teacher was upset with herself because it was discovered her child had a learning disability. She felt as a teacher she should have saw this. I explained to her, “You are an excellent teacher, but sometimes we are to close to the problem that we have blinders on.” The important thing is that it was discovered and the issue was addressed. Remember parenting is a learning experience. So relax, learn, and have fun while doing it.

9. Children receiving gifts

Has your child ever brought something home such as a gift or money and said a friend gave it to them? You should be concerned. I recall a child giving another child a pair of sunglasses. He stated he no longer wanted them and wanted to do something nice by giving the sunglasses away. He also told his mother a different story. He told his mother he lost the sunglasses. That was a nice gesture to give the sunglasses away, but the lying about the glasses was unacceptable.  Now this is a time for discussion, because he lied to his mother, in order to do what he wanted to do. In addition, sometimes, children feel they need to buy the affection of others, because they want to fit in.


What about money? I recall a young child giving another $5.00. The child states he can always get more money and that his mother will just give it to him. Was he stealing this money? Was he giving his lunch money away? This is another good time for discussion with your child and contacting the parent of the other child. Express to your children, it is not wise to take money from others unless both parents are aware of what is happening. There are so many ways that children can get caught up in wrong situations at the wrong time. The money could have been stolen, the boy could have lied and said he did not take it, but the other child took it. What tips do you have to help children?

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Bloggers Meet and Greet October, 2018

Hi everyone. We will be celebrating the Harvest Full Moon, which will be visible Monday, September 24, 2018.



Full Moon


Do you know why this full moon is called the Harvest full moon? According to earthsky.org., it is the full moon closest to the Autumn equinox. In addition they further add that this full moon near the horizon sunset may have a orange looking color to it as well. In other words, it rises closes to the sunset.


It got it’s name because back in the day the lamp of the Harvest moon helped farmers gather their crops and as the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night. How awesome is that. Have you heard the song “Shine on Harvest Moon?” by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth in 1903. This name Harvest Moon was popularized in the 20th Century by that song.



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