The Books are Coming ! The Books are Coming!

Hello Everyone,

Hope you’re all having a good July ! Well there will be some great summer reading on the website within the next couple of weeks, all of course keeping in our theme to inspire, motivate and educate. We already have our first offering, which is from our own Mack Dryden, one of the humorists being featured in the upcoming movie ” C – A Celebration of Life ” . Mack is a double cancer survivor and a well renowned comedian and writer. You can see his bio on this blog site and the website.

The book titled ” Fluffing the Concrete ” is about his harrowing experience surviving a North African prison. Though the subject is extremely serious, Mack has such a wonderfully funny and easy way of writing,  that I had a really hard time putting it down. It is a very positive look at how you can turn a bad situation into something meaningful, and a great read. The paperback is available on the website now, and the downloadable version will follow soon.

Some of the books that you’ll be seeing shortly are

” The Book of Awesome “,

” Just Don’t Fall ” by our own Josh Sundquist,

” Finding Your Zone “,

” Outsmart Your Genes “,

” Anticancer – A New Way of Life “,

” Energy Medicine for Women “,

” It’s Not About the Bike “,

” Eat, Prey, Love ”

and a whole lot more. As soon as they arrive, I’ll be offering a sale to those of you who watch the blog or have signed up for the newsletter.

Stay Happy !

Heather

 


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Plueral Mesothelioma

Hello Everyone,

We’ve added a new website link to our list that is a wonderful resource for those dealing with Mesothelioma. As some of you may already know, we are currently filming a documentary on a group of renowned researchers that are spending their lives trying to find the cause and hopefully the cure for this deadly disease. This particular site deals primarily with Pleural mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer that is generally caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer develops in the mesothelium, which is the thin layer of tissue that lines and protects the chest cavity and other organs as well. While other types of mesothelioma may result from asbestos exposure, pleural mesothelioma is the most common, making up approximately 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Although mesothelioma is considered to be a rare cancer, between 2,000 and 3,000 people are diagnosed in the United Stated each year. The average life expectancy for a mesothelioma patient ranges between four and 18 months and understanding the signs of pleural mesothelioma development can make the difference in receiving an early diagnosis and a better prognosis

Their site is dedicated to compiling the latest and most up-to-date information on pleural mesothelioma and offers a number of resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer. From treatment options to top doctors and the best cancer centers in the United States, PleuralMesothelioma.com is a one-stop resource for patients and their families.

Check out this site and some of our other wonderful connections at the Mission Possible Films website.

All the Best,

Heather

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CancerRunner Rescues Seven Hikers

What does it mean to be a father and husband taking care of a full work load, a wife that is on full bed rest at 34 weeks pregnant and a 5-yr old son (plus Rotary President, Relay for Life Chair, Lyon Arboretum Board, etc.) plus trying to retain the athletic skills for a calm state of mind? Well, it means finding odd hours to workout. The last few weeks, I’ve been going for a workout on the trails after it rained all day long, at around 9:00 PM. Sure, seems late but very peaceful knowing that my wife is resting with her 76 pillows and my son is dreaming of Bakugan games after I read him Ferdinand the Bull. No, running at night after a nonstop 15 hours of work is relaxing, and running through soupy, muddy, ‘cakey’ trails is perfect!

This past Saturday night, I was out on a normal run with all my survival gear and expensive lights when I came upon a group of hikers. The sight of my lights seemed to startle them a bit, so I gave a popped off a friendly quiz: “Are you guys just starting out?” The question was meant to assess their state of mind as most lost people usually deny that they are in a ‘pickle’. Without a phone, light, food or water, I knew the answer but wanted to assess the situation first from my many years of experience and also back county medical training. They were also barefoot and very exhausted. We exchanged some words to which I surmised they were out all day, got lost, got injured and were basically stuck! But some how they managed to feel their way through the trails while slipping everywhere to which two were injured from falls. I quickly decided to give up a light to a guy in the middle, and I carried the lady most injured with my headlamp from the end of the train of seven hikers. We hiked through the mud talking story and staying upright with the eventually completion of their trail adventure to which I quickly departed returning to my regularly scheduled run – alone in my solitude once again.

And just a quick note of what solitude I find on my run.  I received an email from a friend who is raising money for a young boy fighting a touch cancer battle.  So I reached out to his website to offer kind words of support.  I received an email from his family that he is still fighting strong.  Just thinking of a young child that courageous truly inspires me to keep pushing on.

 

See ya on the trails! Paul

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Meet Leilani

Hello Everyone,
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.
I can finally introduce you to Leilani Grippin Karasaki R.N., B.S.N., an acute-care oncology nurse at Queens Medical Center, and one of the earlier members of our Celebration family. It took a bit to get a picture of her, it seems even though she’s absolutely gorgeous, she’s quite camera shy, but she is now posted on the website. Leilani is known throughout Hawaii as an exceptional caregiver, and in December was named by the Star-Bulletin as one of Hawaii’s ” Ten Who Made a Difference “, in recognition of people who noticeably helped bring change to Hawaii or contributed in outstanding ways. She is one of the kindest and most caring individuals you could ever meet, and will give the film a wonderful insight into cancer from the caregivers perspective. She shared something very interesting with me that I’d like to pass on. While a patient is undergoing treatment, many of the doctors, nurses, and technicians get very emotionally connected, but once the treatments are over and the patient walks out the door, they very seldom know how their lives turned out. They don’t get to see the joy of life after cancer, they just hope. So you wonderful survivors remember, from time to time, pick up the phone or drop a note to the special people that were there for you during your fight, and let them know how great you’re doing. Believe me, it will mean the world to them.
All the Best,
Heather
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Principal Filming is Now Complete. Yeah!

Hello Everyone,
Happy July !
Exciting news, the principal filming for ” C – A Celebration of Life ” has been completed. Yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!
May and June were incredible months for shooting quite a few members of our film family. In May, I was able to attend and film Venus’s Houston Dia de la Mujer Latina Festival where she and her team provided paps and breast exams for 1000 women that otherwise would not have that opportunity. Her goal is to save lives, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. Luisa welcomed me to her very special graduation in Tucson, and Kathy kept me laughing hysterically in LA.
 
In June, Don joined me for ( 8 ) days, ( 3 ) cities and ( 4 ) amazing survivors. We started in Hartford, Conneticut where Mack Dryden was the Keynote Speaker for over a thousand cancer survivors and supporters. He was absolutely hilarious, heartwarming and inspiring for a good 45 minutes. What a joy to watch him entertain so many special people. The event was put on by the Hartford Hospital Cancer Center, a truly 
wonderful group of caregivers. That hospital is extremely forward thinking and progressive in cancer treatment, and they understand the importance of treating both the mind and body. They say they are in
” The Business of Hope “. That was something that has really stuck with me.
 
From there it was on to New York to meet the one and only Barbara Hillary. She just turned 79 just a couple of weeks ago, but let me tell you, if I told you she was pushing 65, you still wouldn’t believe me. She’s gorgeous, sharp as a tack, and side splittingly funny. She treated us to a guided tour through Harlem, which is where she spent a good deal of her childhood, but she seemed as surprised as we were how upscale that area has become. She joked that she used to see white folks run through Harlem ( quickly and without a smile ), and now they run through in jogging shorts.
 
The next day, we were lucky enough to spend a monumental day with our other favorite New Yorker, Bob Ryland and his lovely wife Nancy. The 16th was Bob’s 90th birthday, and like Barbara, he’s found the fountain of youth. I tried to get him to tell me where it was, but he just gave me that great smile of his and shook his head. We were able to film Bob playing tennis, the game he’s loved almost the whole of his life, and riding the scooter board that he uses to get from his apartment to the courts just about every day. My favorite part though was just getting to hear his stories. Bob has lived an incredible life, some of it heartbreaking, but through it all he has kept the positive attitude that has become his trademark.
 
Finally, we hit our nations capital to meet our Pancreatic Cancer survivor Anne, her wonderful husband John, and their two beautiful and very precocious daughters. Anne told us they were 7 and 8, but after spending some time with them, both Don and I are convinced they are just short teenagers. The supposedly 7 year old showed a great interest in the camera, and how everything worked. It wouldn’t surprise me if we have a female Spielberg in the making. Anne’s been very involved in raising money and awareness for the deadly cancer that she beat back, and they had the first Washington DC walk for the cause. To see over 1700 purple
T- Shirts walking down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the capital was truly a site to behold. I still get goose bumps just thinking about it ( In Hawaii we call it chicken skin ). Let me take a moment to mention another Pancreatic Cancer survivor Eileen, whom we met the day of the walk. She’s had a tough fight, but her spirit cannot and will not be denied.
 
Lastly, after some very busy weeks, I finally made it to my PO Box and had a lovely surprise waiting. I received a video of Tommy D’s session. Remember Tommy is the one that’s providing the toe tappin part of the movies music, so I can’t wait to see what he sent. I’ll let you know how great it is on the next update.
 
So now we’re down to the editing. Thank you all again for sharing your time and your stories. It has been one of the best experiences of my life.
All the Best,
Heather
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