Healthy Eating: Persimmons in the Fall

These glossy, deep orange fruits of Fall are as delicious as they are beautiful. Have you tried them yet? Glamour shot of a Fuyu persimmon -- a type of Japanese persimmon that is sweet with a firm texture. There is another type called Hachiya persimmon that is more acorn-shaped (wide on one end and pointy... Continue Reading →

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NET Cancer Day 2017

"If you don't suspect it, you can't detect it." -- International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance This quote is so true, especially for a little-known disease like neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cancer. Unlike other solid tumor cancers that are specific to cells found in organs such as the breast, lung or colon, NET cancer affects hormone-producing cells --... Continue Reading →

Being Rare Amongst the (Sort of) Rare

We had awesome news this week. The follow-up liver MRI showed no changes and no visible tumors present! The doctor called Mark a rare case -- someone with metastatic NET cancer with no visible evidence of disease. He is a rarity amongst the rare...well, sort-of rare. Neuroendocrine cancer (NET cancer) has always been considered a... Continue Reading →

The Yin and Yang of The Scan

Today was Scan Day -- the day when Mark undergoes a regularly scheduled Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan to track any tumor changes. Emotions run high on Scan Days as it all feels so conflicted -- the yin and yang of hope and fear. Last year, the results from one Scan Day revealed a new tumor... Continue Reading →

Neuroendocrine Tumors are Tricksy

Neuroendocrine tumors are tricky. Or "tricksy", as Gollum from Middle Earth would slyly say. Not only do these cells aggregate into masses that can grow, spread and block key functions within the body, but they also release large amounts of a chemical into the blood that appear to weaken the heart. Cancer and heart disease... Continue Reading →

Live Life: Travels in Switzerland

Live Life -- making the most of every day and taking the time to do things you enjoy. So simple, right? Well, not really. It takes effort to find time in busy schedules; moments of selfishness to feel like doing things for yourself is okay; and most importantly, a bit of introspection to figure out... Continue Reading →

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