Cancer Outreach

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"...if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."-Romans 12


Cancer has been on the "rise" since I first notice it when I heard a former teacher of mine from high school past away from it when I was attending college at the them time.

Summer 1997 Job Internship Experience with the American Cancer Socity

I had the opportunity to explore this when I had an internship at the American Cancer Society's state headquarters in the summer of 1997 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. My job during this 10-week long summer internship of 1997 was to help market this Hmong Patient Video (see hmong health). I was supervised by Ruth D.-Patient Services Specialist at ACS, who is currently Prostate Cancer Program Coordinator with HealthEast Cancer Care in Maplewood, MN. During my internship, I was able to increase my knowledge of "cancer" from a variety of local professionals that included:
-Nancy Grandt, an Oncology Care Management Specialist at HealthEast St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul.
-Mao Thao, who I met at a Hmong Health Care Professional Coalition Monthly Meeting at the Lao Family Community Center
-Chue Xiong, RN of Obstetrics-Gynecology Clinic at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center. Xiong was on the health professionals in the focus group for the Hmong Cancer Patient Video
-Colleen Southwell, Communications Director, who is in charge of public relations and marketing for the Cancer Research Center in the University of Minnesota (Main) Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. View newsletter

I've met many people who died of this disease and who are currently facing this.


"I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me
Story behind the Artist's famous song in 2003 of a close one that died of cancer

"I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

[Chorus:]
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

[Chorus]

I can only imagine [x2]

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever, forever worship you"
-elyrics.net

Related Sites:

Wikipedia
"The song was originally given to Amy Grant, who revised the lyrics and recorded it as "Imagine". Following the band's record contract, Grant decided to delay her own release of the song to allow MercyMe the chance to record and promote it as their own single first"
What is Heaven going to be like?, take the test first to see if you are....

I had the privilege to see them live in concert at Alexandria on Friday, March 16th of 2007!

Causes

-Medicine

  • "Antibiotics may raise risk for breast cancer", from MSNBC on 2/17/04 online

  • "...Antibiotics could increase the risk for breast cancer by, for example, affecting bacteria in the digestive system in ways that interfere with the way the body uses foods that protect against cancer, experts said. Another possibility is that antibiotics increase the risk by affecting the immune system."
    -Other
  • Cancer Causes The Causes and Risk Factors of Cancer By Lisa Fayed, About.com Updated: August 1, 2006 (from cancer.about.com)

  • Types:

    Brain

  • Diagnosis-Symptoms, from the Brain Tumor Foundation

  • "Some of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor are headaches (headaches that wake you up in the morning), seizures in a person who does not have a history of seizures, cognitive or personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, speech disturbances, or memory loss. While these are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, they can also indicate other medical problems. If you are having any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with your doctor who can give you a definitive diagnosis."
  • Cell Phones Causes Radiation..., from Environment, Health and Safety Online
  • Breasts

  • PlexusPink

  • *referred by Jessica (FL-Oct 25th of 2007)

    -Testimonies
    ! Miracles ! - Ministry Update 6 - Healed of cancer

    "Watch the amazing testimonies of a woman healed of breast cancer and a young woman healed of "permanent nerve damage"."
    *see Michael Reid Ministries

    Colitus

  • Colitus-Curezone cofactors are lack of knowledge, poor thoughts, lack of consciousness, lifestyle, diet, exposure to Toxins, exposure to viruses, bacteria, yeast, parasitic animals, unpleasant life situations. Bad genes, viruses and bacteria are the last causative agent in the long raw of of real life hazards.

  • *3/1/04
  • Crohns & Colitus Foundation
  • Prayer Request Sample

    Below is an e-mail prayer request sent through my local church, which is just a sample I feel of many cancer patients. May we learn from this...

    From: (anonymous)
    To: "pastor"
    Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 9:10 PM
    Subject: (ANONYMOUS)
    "pastor",
    ANONYMOUS just called from Rochester. He asked if we could have the church pray for him again. He just began to experience pain from the cancer about a week ago, and now he is in almost constant pain. He has an appointment to see a doctor on Wednesday to see if they can give him something for the pain. The doctors at Mayo aren't doing anything about the cancer, because they have said it is too far advanced. ANONYMOUS is still asking God to heal him, and is putting his trust in God for deliverance from this cancer. So please ask people to join ANONYMOUS in prayer for healing and for relief from the pain. ANONYMOUS said that he especially needs prayer to overcome discouragement. He is being attacked in his thoughts with what might have been, and the "if onlys".
    Thanks,
    (anonymous)

    Foods

    Did you know that charred black burnt food can contribute to cancer?

  • Grilling causes cancer? Related entries: Strange & Funny BBQ News, Healthy Grilling
    According to this article by Dana Farber eating grilled food can increase your risk of cancer. Isn�t that just peachy? I mean what doesn�t cause cancer these days?

  • "Research has shown that high-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines, chemicals that have been linked to a number of cancers. Also, the smoke generated when fat and juices drip on the hot coals or rocks can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, another potential cancer causing chemical. As the smoke rises up past the food it can deposit PAHs on the surface of the meat."
  • Barbecue & Food Safety. from USDA

  • "Does Grilling Pose a Cancer Risk? Some studies suggest there may be a cancer risk related to eating food cooked by high-heat cooking techniques as grilling, frying, and broiling. Based on present research findings, eating moderate amounts of grilled meats like fish, meat, and poultry cooked � without charring � to a safe temperature does not pose a problem.
    To prevent charring, remove visible fat that can cause a flare-up. Precook meat in the microwave immediately before placing it on the grill to release some of the juices that can drop on coals. Cook food in the center of the grill and move coals to the side to prevent fat and juices from dripping on them. Cut charred portions off the meat."

  • Diet Talk from the Doc, form diet.com

  • "though it has been known for some time that meats cooked at high temperatures produce cancer-causing compounds, researchers say that this study�s increased cancer risks could be due to the higher fat content in the meat women were eating vs how the meat was cooked. There was agreement, however, that the phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables could account for why the women who ate more fruits and veggies had lower cancer risk. "

    Reccomended Resources

    LOCAL

    PRAYER REQUEST

    -Co-Worker at Ravenwood Home, who just got chemotheraphy

    "Benefit Sunday Brunch Fundraiser: Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Free Will Donations"

    ...on Sunday, January 9th 2005 @9a-1p at American Legion]. Procceeeds will be double match by Thrivent Lutheran Financial. Also, this fundraiser is sponsored by Stevens County. If you cannot make it, please contact:

    Attn: Elda Fundraiser
    Prairie Community Services

    801 Nevada Avenue Box 468
    Morris, MN 56267
    Phone: (320) 589-3077
    Fax: (320) 589-2543
    E-mail: pcs1@sfhs.org

    Volunteers Still Needed to take 2/more hour shifts from 7am-3pm (set-up, serving, clean-up, etc...). If interested, please call Judy Richards (director at Ravenwood Home) at 320.589.2057 or just show-up!

    -Marion Thielke (mom of Neil, associate pastor at Morris Community Church) has cancer, and surgery too late
    -John Schmidtz (aKa former Cyrus Cafe owner) nutrition healing process
    -Mike Saeger (E-Free Pastor) recovering from cancer treatment
    -George Gardner, IVCF (campus ministry) rep overseeing UMM Morris' chapter, shoulder/arm infected and may be amputated
    -Martin Family (Willie, founder of Willie's Super Value grocery store, past away last week-11/23/04)

    ....list of community needs or prayer requests

    Health

  • GoodnewsUMM Business: Health Products-fighting cancer through healhty eating-(e.g. New Vision's Essential Vitamins Plus Mangosteen)
  • Testimonies

    -3/30/04 Less than 10 month old baby went to UofM TC Hospital for surgery because of potential cancer. It was later diagnosed as a scar tissue. This happened after prayer...hmm?..you decide!
    -3/9/04 Donnely women (Smith?) share's of husband's healing of cancer after visiting 3rd hospital when doctors said "there must have been a mistake-diagnosed", then the wife said "it's a miracle"!

    Talk to local church leaders/member on their personal testimonies on direct/indirect healing. For more on healing!

    STATE

    WCCO TV. (ch 4/7-CBS Affiliation) has done a recent coverage on "radon" titled "A Deadly Agent Lurking In Minnesota Homes" (Nov 23, 2004 3:15 pm US/Central):

    "Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, rock and water.

    The problem is when it enters your home, especially when it's sealed up tight like we like it in the winter, then it can be deadly over time. And that's why we're more at risk living here in the Midwest.

    Radon enters a home as a gas, getting in through cracks in your foundation or seeping through the concrete of your basement.

    When your home is closed up, the pressure inside acts like a vacuum, sucking the gas in from the ground and dispersing it throughout your home.

    The age, the size, the construction of your home doesn't matter.

    Other Related Links:

  • Indoor Air-Radon
  • Lunk Cancer and Articles, from findhealthnews.com
  • Testimonies

  • Jeremy Erickson, former UMM student back during my college days

  • *performed at Gospel Explosin 99' at the UMM Campus Mall
    "I�d already had health problems for several years, but nothing quite like the diagnosis I was given May of 2005: T-Cell Fast Growth Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Cancer. A tumor the size of a softball had been discovered in my chest as it was shutting down my left lung and threatening to do the same to my heart. Transferred early one morning from one hospital to another, I was unexpectedly ushered into a season of my life unlike anything I could�ve imagined...
    As for the physical realities of these last six months specifically, the details are elaborately told on my website. The gist of it all is that I write from a window of wellbeing, a window we hope will open up considerably and stay open for years to come. Round V has proved itself to be more difficult than we were expecting, and while we are still modifying dosages and the like, my doctor has committed to make life and treatment work together. Early in June I�m scheduled for a CT scan to confirm the cancer�s been dealt with, and an MRI and bone-density scan to determine the extent of bone damage due to some of the meds I�ve been on. One orthopedic doctor I�ve seen suggests a hip replacement is in my future. I�ve much to do to rehabilitate my body from the nasty effects of the chemo and the subsequent months in bed. But if things go as we hope, this summer should offer ample opportunity for strides to that end...

    NATIONAL

    Articles

  • ACS: Half of cancer deaths preventable Thursday, March 31, 2005 Posted: 12:04 PM EST (1704 GMT) CNN

  • Simple Precautions Protect Against Many Cancers, from yahoo news

  • "By Meryl Hyman Harris HealthDay Reporter 29 minutes ago
    MONDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable. ADVERTISEMENT That remarkable news comes with an equally stunning corollary -- the key to success doesn't rest with some undiscovered therapies or treatments. Much of cancer's toll can be reduced with simple precautions, such as lifestyle changes and routine screenings. But somehow that message isn't getting through to enough people. "We can't beg people to change their behavior, to make the lifestyle changes that we know will reduce cancer risk," said Carolyn "Bo" Aldige, president of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, in Alexandria, Va. The biggest threat, of course, is smoking. "You'd have to live on another planet not to know smoking causes cancer," Aldige said. Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in U.S. society. Tobacco causes nearly one in five deaths in the United States, killing about 438,000 Americans each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Yet, about 45 million adults still smoke -- about 23 percent of men and 19 percent of women. Need more proof that much of cancer's misery is self-inflicted? Experts estimate that about one in three of the 564,830 deaths from all forms of cancer this year will be related to poor nutrition, inactivity, overweight and obesity. Research has shown that "excess calories cause the mutations that start genes going down the pathways that cause cells to divide out of control, and that's what cancer is," Aldige said. "If everybody today magically had the appropriate body mass index, we'd start seeing a lot less colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer," she said. But there's a highly effective second line of defense against each of these cancers and many others -- screenings. Doctors can test for these cancers, as well as testicular, cervical and other kinds of malignancies, and often catch them before they've gone too far. And taking the tests usually requires little time and causes only minimal discomfort. Eventually, there will even be screenings for lung cancer, probably in the form of "spiral CT" scanning, using special equipment to obtain multiple cross-sectional images of the organs and tissues of the chest, Aldige said. Then there's melanoma, the deadly skin cancer that's on the rise. An estimated 62,190 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the United States this year, and 7,910 people will die of it, according to the American Cancer Society. But melanoma is highly curable if it's caught in its early stages. The best way to do that: Check your own skin about once a month and become familiar with the pattern of moles, freckles, and other marks so you'll spot any changes. And a skin exam should be part of a routine cancer checkup by a doctor or qualified health professional. Many people know that too much sun causes skin cancer, and they use sun block to protect themselves. But not many know that you need some sun every day -- about 15 to 20 minutes' worth, especially younger people, for vitamin D. The trick is to go out before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. during warm weather months, Aldige said. Vitamins play an important role in cancer prevention as well, she said, and eating properly and taking recommended supplements can help. Yet, the overall problem isn't just one of people refusing to do what's good for them, said Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, program director of cancer occurrence at the American Cancer Society. "It is access to care," he said. "Recently, the federal government has made access to breast and cervical cancer screenings available to women. But a large percentage of the population is uninsured, and it is a question of access and care," he said. "We cannot completely prevent cancer," Jemal added, "but we can substantially improve by doing the right thing." More information

    Books

  • Healing, book on this topic from impactchristianbooks
  • Inoperable Cancer Conquered by Christ, from born-again-christian
  • Immune System Makeover, by Dr. Janet Maccaro (appeared on Life Today Jan 9th of 2006 on TBN. She talked about detoxification

    Educational

  • American Cancer Society

  • "What You Body Needs
    On the average, our bodies need at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. This enables them to resist disease, maintain strength and endurance, increase vitality, improve our mood, and slow down the aging process.
    You can live about five to seven days without water, about five to seven weeks without food, but only about five minutes without oxygen. Therefore, oxygenate your body throughout the day by taking one-minute deep breathing breaks. In this exercise you breathe in deeply through your nose, then blow the air out through your mouth.
    Many Americans are in the process of developing cancer due to stressful lifestyles, lack of exercise, and an excessive intake of sugar, processed foods, hydrogenated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Therefore, in my opinion, healthy dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle habits will help fight against a majority of cancers"
    -from Dr. Colbert
    -Books: Bible Cure for Cancer

    Geography

  • NCI: Cancer Mortality Maps & Graphs, regional data, graphs, etc..
  • Health Care Support

  • Medi Share, affordable Biblical Healthcare; Call 1.800.PSALM-23 (mention ad in One Voice)

  • "The Christian Care Ministry of the American Evangelistic Association"

    Hospitals

  • Cancer Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oasis of Hope
  • Prayer

    Cancer 1-800-342-3857, care treatment by praying

    Testimonies

  • Healing Hands, from entourages

  • "... My father was healed of cancer, after the doctors gave him a six month death sentence. But, we prayed and believed, and the Lord healed him. ..."
  • Healing Rooms of Santa Maria Valley, testimonies from California
  • Prayer and Healing Center, from Rhema-Tulsa, OK
  • Tammy Faye shared her testimony on TBN last week (Nov 2005)

  • Others: insider-tv, Larry King Live Interview-born in International Falls, MN!
  • A Widow's Letter About Cancer Healing, "Dear Christian Friend of Cancer Sufferer" (includes faith building tips)
  • Woman healed of 4th stage cancer, from breadsite
  • GLOBAL

    Skin

  • Non-Melanoma, taking vitamins from Health A to Z
  • *found this after "searching" on "inoperable" lesions that was sent through a prayer chain

    Testimonies

  • Touching Lives Through Prayer, from CBNAsia

  • "In 1996, Mary Ann was diagnosed with stage 2B breast cancer. Soon, she began calling the Counseling Center to ask for prayers. Even though a Christian, Mary Ann was angry and questioned God and stopped going to church. A separated single mother, Mary Ann thought her illness was a curse for all her sins in the past. But in spite of how angry she felt towards God, Mary Ann continued to call the Center for prayer and encouragement.
    Over the years, the cancer transferred from her left breast to the right, and she eventually had to undergo mastectomy. Wanting to survive, Mary Ann underwent all possible treatments for cancer - chemotherapy, radiation, lumpectomy, immuno therapy, and various surgeries, along with different kinds of medications.
    In July 2003, doctors found lumps in her lungs the size of 25-centavo coins. Within 30 days, the growth multiplied from 3 to 15 lumps, and doctors diagnosed her case as stage 4 lung cancer. This time, instead of feeling more angry, Mary Ann saw it as a wake-up call from God. She knew God was calling her and her children back to Him. Mary Ann and her two kids recommitted their lives to Christ and began attending church once again. It was then that her relationship with her kids and family began to flourish.
    Still, Mary Ann's battle with cancer continued, and she developed complications - type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart enlargement and arthritis. By this time, her family hardly had any money left to sustain her treatment and medication.
    Then, last August 9, during a routine chest x-ray, doctors were surprised to find her lungs clear of any growth. Perplexed, doctors suggested that Mary Ann undergo the test again, and for the second time it showed that the lumps in her lungs had disappeared. Somewhat still unconvinced, Mary Ann was asked to have her chest x-rayed for the third time, and by God's miracle it was indeed clear. She underwent a couple of other tests, and doctors diagnosed her totally healed of cancer.
    Mary Ann gives all the glory to God for her miraculous healing. She is also deeply thankful to counselors of The 700 Club Counseling Center for tirelessly praying for her through her nine years of battle with cancer. And in time, God answered their prayers. Today, Mary Ann is a committed member of their church choir, while her kids are with the dance and music ministry."

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