Who is The Savvy Sister?

That’s me right before chemo giving the one fingered wave to my cancer.  I decided to chop off my own hair rather than let the chemo “take it”.  I took the opportunity to have some fun…I mean, how many people get to see what they look like with a mohawk?

When I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2005, I was determined to “make something good” out of it.  As a health professional (I am an RN specializing in cardiology since 1986) I read everything I could get my hands on to try to make some sense out of this diagnosis and keep this disease at bay while living a rich and full life.

I have several friends who were also “blessed” with breast cancer.  We would occasionally get together and swap survival stories…(how much Vitamin D are you taking??)  It was very helpful for us all to get other points of view.  Often there is a side to “survival” that we don’t think of or don’t value until someone brings it to our attention.

Thus is the purpose of this blog.  I am merely bringing you my “survival” (i.e. health promoting) techniques.  Living with cancer or just attempting to live a cancer free life (whether you have had it or not) is an ever-evolving process.  I would like for you to benefit from my hundreds (probably thousands!) of hours of reading, research, web surfing , and discussions with professionals in order to help you make your own choices for yourself and your loved ones.

To clarify…I am not telling you what to do or how to live your life.  That’s for you to decide.  I am merely telling you what I do every day to live a healthier– more specifically, cancer-free life, and it is based on solid studies…not on presumptions or false web site claims.  My information is triple cross-checked and I will give my information sites whenever possible.  Will my information change?  Probably. No one has all the answers.  But hopefully I can get you thinking about the questions, and then you can come up with your own answers.

My daily choices are made after answering 2 questions:

1.  Will it promote my health?

2.  Can I be happy including this in my life?

You can take the things you read here, and apply the same questions.

For example: broccoli……will it promote your health? YES! Can you be happy including this in your life?…….well……if the answer is that you would rather drink battery acid than eat broccoli, then don’t eat it!

Here are some points about this blog:

*this is not a blog to tell you what to do.  Rather it gives you easy options to choose.  Whether you choose them or not is totally up to you

*I will do my best to substantiate everything I do with references-whether they are web sites, or books or seminars I have attended.

*I am a registered nurse and that makes me a professional, but it does not make me an expert on everything.

*I am not your health professional, so please check with your doctor or health provider before you adopt any routines or suggestions mentioned here.

*I am not getting any money for endorsing certain products. If I say it’s good, it’s because that is what I think because I use it.

*I believe everyone has the right to be happy and healthy and I think having information can help you in your quest for that happy, healthy, you.

*I believe in hard facts…not myths or half-truths or fads.

So check out my posts! And please leave some feedback–good or bad–as I love to share ideas!

Please feel free to e-mail me with questions or comments…I love to share ideas….(ok I said that already, but I really do love to!)

So what’s with MOON Organics?

MOON Organics is a company I created to bring the organic, natural, beauty products I developed and have been using since my cancer, to you!   These are original creations of mine based on the fact that I couldn’t find truly natural products that were effective, so I decided to just make my own.

I am constantly developing new products to help with different problems…scars, wrinkles, dry skin, etc.

Please check out MOON Organics. But there’s no pressure….Thanks!

force a smile and it will become real

73 replies

  1. In 2012 you had posted a home made cream recipe for chemo burns for the breast that I used with good results. I lost the recipe & would appreciate if you could email it to me. opiffle@sbcglobal.net

  2. I love your purple eyes, Savvy Sister! And your mohawk! I had stage 3 as well, triple negative, before they I had chemo and a single mastectomy. I’m having the other breast removed in November, then reconstruction. I think the hardest is behind me, I hope! Thanks for blogging, I blog too and it keeps me going during this trying time!

  3. Thank you, Savvy sister. I’ve been reading this blog for a while and I love it! My favorite is the one about poop. I cut out dairy because it was giving me gas and now my poo is a #1. I am so proud of myself. Thank you so much, girlfriend. Keep doin’ ya thing!

  4. Awesome blog! I’m glad you decided to share your story and inspire everyone. Lots of great information on your blog that I will read and also read in your future posts. I’m also on the quest to making healthy food to avoid/recover from chronic ailments.

  5. Hey Savvy Sister! Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you’re interested, you can check out my post here: http://wholefoodrunner.com/2013/12/30/versatile-blogger-award/

  6. I love reading all your informative information!

  7. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. You can find more information here: http://refreshedandfit.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ ~ Anneli

  8. Thanks so much for the goodies. I got my package today and am so excited to try everything out. Looking forward to enjoying all of the products. ❤

  9. Glad to have found you! It appears I have a lot of reading to do!

    • Tak it slow and only digest what you can. info is like playing “Don’t Spill the Beans” game (I’m old, so if you don’t know what this is, you can google it) when your brain gets info it can process it, but if you get too much too fast, your brain will dump everything!
      I so appreciate you reading and commenting!

  10. Hi there! You are such an inspiration and your blog is lovely. Hope you are all set for the VVP:)

  11. Love the blog. Love it. Love it!

    Came for info from the poop article, stayed for the amazing story of kicking cancer’s ass; and hoping to try some of the homemade MOON goodies soon.

    Keep up the super-amazing work. I love finding decent reading… I thought I’d “finished” the ‘net… glad to see there’s still some great content to discover.

    Did I mention – I LOVE IT! ROCK ON!

    PS – anyone mention you look like Sophie B. Hawkins circa 1994? (I think that’s a total compliment, btw). 🙂

  12. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award 🙂 Congrats and keep up the great work!



  13. You are amazing!! I am loving your blog, and loving your outlook on life!

  14. Hiiii! Just wondering what’s the best way to contact you? Thanks!

  15. I have nominated this blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! (Looks like you have two now!) http://veggiewhatnow.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/one-lovely-blog-and-versatile-blogger-awards

  16. You’ve been awarded with the coveted Versatile Blogger Award! It is only a little bit like a chain letter 🙂 http://wp.me/p1Vu1g-9W

  17. Thank you for sharing your story. We all have one, don’t we? When people expose their most personal pain, such as you have, there can only be one motivation; it is the pure gift of wanting to help others. I am currently on a holistic path to curing myself of a rare lung cancer. I only “woke” up about my own power about a year ago. The gift of cancer can make us more aware of our own capability to heal ourselves using the tools that nature has provided. Thank you again for your wonderful blog and sharing your story with others.

  18. Interesting….”raisen Kitty” changed color of eyes, shape of ears and mouth as well as blowing up like a tick after using Biodenticals……hummmmm…go figure. I’m also hanging around after breast cancer 26 years ago and Uterine cancer 20 years ago. Good luck to all….Make sure you get a Colonoscopy to include in your check-ups.

    • Do you mean you had a reaction to using bioidentical hormones? Not sure how that happened but sorry it did. You must be doing something right if you have survived 26 years! Good for you and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  19. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor too. Your fearless attitude and passion is impressive! Your mind is a powerful tool in helping the body to fight in my opinion. Great job!

  20. Thanks for checking out my post (Grass is greener…) Savvy… really enjoy your site and have been checking out what you have here. Like the mohawk picture! Glad your health is good now and that you are out there for other who might need it!
    Great mojo!

  21. nice to know about this and about you dear……it is amazing the work you provide for the soceity ….well done

  22. Such a nice blog! Great job 🙂

  23. Your blog is very nicely done!! Good job. I admire your positive outlook and compassion to better health.

    William Leed

  24. You inspire me! My mom is a survivor as well and she did the same as you did. She read a lot about cancer that she could get her hands on. She didn’t start a blog like you did. I’m glad you did! Now I understand more about her through you. Thank you….

  25. Cara sister,
    many thanks for your reply.
    These days I translated my blog in English.

    I invite you to collaborate a intercultural blog (in english and italian language) where the people of the world can put thoughts, images, sounds and simple stories.
    I hope you will partecipate.

    Spero parteciperai al blog 😉
    buona serata

  26. I LOVE this blog…it has become an email I look forward to receiving. Thank you Savvy Sister!! Keep it coming. 🙂

  27. I just realized that you’re a nurse. I love nurses and used to work with them. They run the show – not the doctors although the doctors like to think they do. When I was in the hospital it was the nurses who cared for me and made me feel better.

    Do you watch the TV show ‘Nurse Jackie’ played by Edie Falco? I love how she is with patients.

    Also most people can’t carry off the shaved head look but I think your features allow you to – you actually look really pretty with your shaved head…very Sinead O Connor. Brings focus to your lovely eyes and smile 🙂

    • You are so sweet!! Well…I would agree that we run the show…but I don’t know if the MD’s would agree:)
      I LOVE nurse Jackie…even with her faults she always has the patients best interest at heart
      The shaved head thing, was not an option…I just thought I would have some fun with it!

  28. Thanks BJ! I never realized how much we value our hair…until it’s gone!

  29. by the way you look amazing with both hairdos!! so much spunk! 🙂

  30. Love your blog…you’re an inspiration and I love your purple eyes in that photo! 🙂

  31. Hi,

    I wanted to inform you of the 2011 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, scheduled for June 24-26 in Boulder, Colorado.


    This conference will be a gathering of bloggers from throughout North America who specialize in the areas of fitness or health. I live in Boulder and can tell you it is a very active, healthy city and the perfect place for this conference.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to be included in conference updates. Find us on Twitter @fitnessbloggers

    I hope you can join us!

  32. oooh, I am so excited that you commented on my blog earlier today because it lead me to yours! I have been re-thinking my diet and I am excited to read about your vegan ways. Thank you for posting delicious recipes, thoughtful insights and sharing your PMA (positive mental attitude).

  33. Very nice blog. Glad you are a survivor! 🙂

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