6 Smart tips, reminders to stay healthy - before AND after cancer diagnosis. :)

1. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Avoid weight gain during cancer treatment, whether you are at a healthy weight or overweight.
If you’re overweight or obese, talk to your health care provider about safely losing weight after you recover from treatment.
2. Be physically active.
Studies show that exercise is safe during cancer treatment, and can improve many aspects of health, including muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and depression.
Physical activity after diagnosis is linked to living longer and a reduced risk of the cancer returning among people living with breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancer – among other forms of the disease.
3. Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
The most health benefits are associated with a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish, and low in refined grains, red meat (beef, pork, and lamb) and processed meat (hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and some deli meats), desserts, high-fat dairy products, and fried foods.
Studies show that taking vitamins, herbs, and other nutritional supplements often does not help cancer patients live longer, and may even shorten life. Before taking any supplement, discuss it with your health care provider.
4. Get recommended cancer screenings.
Cancer survivors should go to all the follow-up visits their cancer care team recommends, to make sure the cancer hasn’t come back.
Survivors can also get other cancers. They should follow the same testing schedule for their age and gender as the general population.
5. Create a survivorship care plan.
Ask your cancer care team to give you a thorough record of the treatments you had and any follow-up they recommend.
Understand which provider – oncologist, primary care doctor, or other specialist – should be in charge of cancer-related and other medical care. If you don’t know, ask.
6. Take care of your emotional health.
Spend time with family and friends, and doing things you like.
Focus on your spiritual side, whether that means participating in organized religion, communing with nature, meditating, creating art, or whatever speaks to you.
Join a support group in your local area or online (such as Cancer Survivors Network) or speak to a mental health care professional.

Featured Quote in Coping With Cancer Magazine May/June 2016 issue

"It’s that faith in myself that helps me overcome obstacles in life, includ­ing cancer. And when a thunderstorm rolls in, I remind myself that there’s a sun behind those clouds.

It will shine again – maybe not today or tomorrow – but it will shine again.

When we disagree with co-workers or family members - and we know we are "right.". When we have a headache that won't stop. When a close friend dies suddenly or is taken off this earth at an early age. When things happen that are out of our control - and they're not positive things. Remember the sunshine. Remember it WILL shine again. 

After having an article featured in the January/February Coping With Cancer Magazine, I'm honored to have this quote placed in a special section in May/June issue. We need to ALL  remember this every day.

A Reason To Smile

Just thinking about the positives in life will bring a smile to your face. Add a few uplifting quotes, like "When you smile, the world brightens around you." And your day will be even cheerier. Think about the fact you're free to make choices, you have friends, you have eyes to see, as you're reading this, you have senses - taste. smell, touch AND you are alive. You awakened this morning. It may have been a stormy, cloudy, rainy day. But remember that the sun is always there. Maybe behind clouds today, maybe your life is a stormy one. But that sun will come ou and SHINE AGAIN. So keep smiling! :)

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How You Can Be The BEST of Whatever You Are!


Be the Best
Whatever You Are
         by Douglas Malloch 

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
BE - a scrub in the valley--
BE the best little scrub by the side of the hill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree. 

If you can't be a bush, be a bit of the grass,
And some walkway some happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass--
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't ALL be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here.
There's big work to do and there's lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun, be a STAR.
It isn't by size that you win or you fail--
Be the BEST of whatever you ARE!


Successfully achieving the goal of another client - showing How a Positive Attitude can turn Adversity into Achievement

When I was invited to speak to over 1000 employees, community leaders, and residents in Jasper, Indiana, I accepted with excitement. Why? Yes, I would be paid for each engagement plus all travel expenses. But there were other incredible "it was meant to happen" reasons.

Over a 2 day period, 5 engagements on June 3 and 1 evening engagement on June 4, I would  be speaking at the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, a large facility sponsored by the sisters of the Little Company of Mary. And we say "timing"? Exactly 3 weeks before the talk, I was having a Thyroidectomy at the Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital here in Torrance, California. And I already adored this hospital, after being treated like a queen in a castle when I had a 15-plus hour Double Mastectomy there in 2009. Another reason I accepted with excitement? I was already planning to fly to Indianapolis the following weekend to surprise my closest sister Diane on her 60th birthday! That's "timing", again. 

I must say, now almost 6 weeks later, that this was one of my favorite speaking engagements ever. From my relaxing country-road drive from Indianapolis to Jasper to lodging in a special upstairs room overlooking a beautiful horse-filled ranch to being warmly greeted and appreciated by audiences of all ages and types, I couldn't have asked for more. Sister Rose Mary Rexing escorted me to each talk in addition to treating me to many extras during my stay, including meals at the locals' favorite spots, a live concert at the majestic Monastery and an afternoon walk around Jasper's historical plaza. Even my 30-minute PowerPoint presentations were flawless!

But there was another "cherry on top". My good friend, Dan Brumett, a  Hermosa Beach resident, is from a small town south of Jasper, where his mother and sister still live. Upon signing the presentation agreement, I informed Dan of this exciting endeavor, and he immediately contacted his family in Indiana. So before my 6th presentation on Thursday evening, in walks Dan's mother and sister! Having previously spoken with his mother on the phone, it was a joy to meet her in person. And she was doing so well at the age of 94 years old! The fact that they drove close to an hour each way to meet me and hear me speak meant the world. 

As the client requested,  in my presentations I had stressed the importance of teamwork, "giving back" and volunteering, caregivers, staying active with a healthy lifestyle, and accepting change, even the difficult ones. And I had shown how a positive attitude is key.  Well, positive "word got around" about my talks. Sister Rose Mary shared that employees were coming in on their day off and lots were coming in early and staying after their workday ended to hear me.  Even during the breaks and at lunchtime,  I was greeted by many, expressing their thanks for my inspiring them.  And just last week, I spoke with Sister Rose Mary who commented that she's still hearing positives about my talks - from the employees to sisters at the Monastery who were in attendance.

Knowing that I successfully achieved their goal - and mine - of motivating and inspiring individuals brings an even brighter smile to my face. And I know, I'm sure that this "was meant to happen". 

Preparing for Wednesday's surgery is a "piece of cake" in comparison...

With a Thyroidectomy scheduled for this Wed., May 13, 2015, most patients might be nervous. But this is not cancer surgery, it's only 2 hours, and I'll be staying over just one night. Speaking of night, this surgery will be "night and day" in comparison to the surgery I experienced in September of 2009 - at the same wonderful hospital, Providence Little Company of Mary. 

On Labor Day weekend a little less than 6 years ago, I underwent a 15 plus hour Double Mastectomy, the surgery I chose, having cancer in my right breast. While there were lots of positives - I was prepared to miss work, had a phenomenal assistant, saw VIP written on my folder at pre-op AND the breast cancer was in stage 0 - there was still a "don't know if". You see, the doctors don't know if the breast cancer has entered the lymph nodes until the actual surgery. So we breast cancer patients enter surgery with that question mark, that fear, that "please God, don't let it be there" prayer. And I wouldn't know if the "margins" were clear until a few days.

Surgery was successful due to local Hermosa Beach residents, Breast Cancer Surgeon Dr. Melanie Friedlander and Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Newman. I had 6 tubes when first awakening in ICU, and other than experiencing several eccentric, scary dreams, I felt the comfort of a 5-star hotel. The Providence Little Company of Mary nursing staff was warm, treated me like family, and both surgeons visited daily in addition to lots of friends.  My phenomenal sister Diane flew in from Indianapolis 3 days after surgery and helped prepare my apartment for my return home. So everything really was going smoothly, even my move from ICU to a regular room.  But a scary bit of good news shocker was still coming. That was the news from the Patholigist. 

Dr. Friedlander visited me, sharing the awesome news that my margins were clear; no cancer was in my lymph nodes. She also had some chilling news. The Patholigist found breast cancer in my left breast, also. That cancer had not been detected by the mammograms, the MRI's, by no one. And yet, its size was 1/2 centimeter smaller than the cancer in my right breast. That's not THAT much smaller. So, thanks God I chose the Double Mastectomy rather than having just my right breast removed. Dr. Friedlander was quick to say "smart choice of surgery, Adrienne". And I replied, "Wow", with a smiling sigh of relief.

So today I am cancer-free, in great physical shape and ready for another surgery to be added to my history. This Wednesday's Thyroidectomy should be "a piece of cake". Thank God.  I've already endured the tough ones, like amputation for starters,  and they're in the past. So this surgery, in comparison, will be very minor.  And sincerely, I look forward to Pre-Op appointment on Monday, seeing Leslie Gault, as she was incredible in 2009. This entire surgical experience will be a joy, because it's at Providence Little Company of Mary, the best hospital in the world, with the best doctors. It's the best hotel. 


#speakswithasmile #survivors #lifelives

So excited to toss out the Ceremonial First Pitch at May 1 Dodgers vs. Giants game. Here's the intercom announcement:

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers and The American Cancer Society are pleased to welcome to the mound Adrienne Slaughter.  As a young and promising top ranked amateur tennis player,. Adrienne was expected to turn professional when she was diagnosed with childhood bone cancer at the age of fourteen.  With less than a 1% chance of survival, she underwent both radiation and chemotherapy, and not only beat her disease, but still, today, plays tennis, as well as rock climbs, skis and dances. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, Adrienne is now a “two-time” cancer survivor - 100% cancer-free!


In addition to her many other accomplishments, Adrienne began speaking on behalf of the American Cancer Society at the age of 16, and now “speaks with a smile” as she serves as an American Cancer Society and Relay For Life “Hero and Voice of Hope."


Our Heroes of Hope are living proof that we are saving more lives and creating more birthdays. They inspire us to fight back against cancer by supporting and participating in events like Relay For Life. These honorees symbolize the courageous struggle of all cancer patients as they deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their experience, and are available to speak at local Relay For Life and other American Cancer Society events.  If you would like to learn more about Adrienne’s story, please visit adriennespeaking.com, and be sure to visit relayforlife.org to find out how you can get involved with an event in your community.




A Positive Song to Share... What If... #kidscancer #survivor #cure #speakswithasmile #positive

What If…


Always on the go, but that’s your way.

Never - tough to slow down, that’s OK.

Accelerate, put on the brakes fast.

Then it hits ya, life’s gonna pass – too fast.


Slow down, just a little, but don’t stop.

Look ‘round, realize what you’ve got.

Breathe in, take a moment, feel the air.

The world’s in your eyes, no time to spare.


What if that car doesn’t stop, hits you blind.

What if that plane crash, is the plane you’re on.

What if your closest friend moves across the world.

What if, just think, what if…


Oh Ohh - we only have one

Oh Ohh – turn ‘round, it’s done..

Oh Ohh – a bad day, ya gotta grin.

Oh Ohh – smile & smile again.


It’s human nature, that’s the excuse

Take a second, listen for good news.                             

We take things for granted, but hold on.

 Pinch yourself, see the sun, b’fore it’s gone.


What if that car doesn’t stop, hits you blind.

What if that plane crashes, is the plane you’re on.

What if your closest friend moves across the world.

What if, just think, what if…


Oh Ohh - we only have one

Oh Ohh – turn ‘round, it’s done..

Oh Ohh – a bad day, ya gotta grin.

Oh Ohh – smile & smile again.


Yeah – you and me and the world –

We only have one, for sure.

Enjoy every day like it's the last.

When it hits ya, life’s gonna pass – too fast.


What if that car doesn’t stop, hits you blind.

What if that plane crash, is the plane you’re on.

What if your closest friend moves across the world.

What if, just think, what if…


Oh Ohh - we only have one

Oh Ohh – turn ‘round, it’s done..

Oh Ohh – a bad day, ya gotta grin.

Oh Ohh – smile & smile again.


ya think What if? What for? Think - What's next and enjoy.


Song lyrics written 5 years ago - when recovering from 2nd cancer experience

A reminder of how precious life is! www.adriennespeaking.com

“28 More”       Written by Adrienne Slaughter


Watching a movie -  to get it off my mind.

Already seen the movie, but will it help?

Closing my eyes, so maybe I’ll be blind -

To the true reality, to what I’ve been dealt.


    Yea I’ve been there before - A long time ago.

    Yea - given 28 more.    Die from cancer?   NO.  


 They said I shouldn’t have – but I did.

They said I couldn’t have – but I lived.

The odds were against me, but I soared -

To achieve and to be – not less but more.


    Yea I’ve been there before - A long time ago.

    Yea - given 28 more.    Die?   No never,  NO.  


Some say life is short – but it’s not.

Some say life’s a bore – if so, why not -

Enjoy it ‘til it’s time & never look back.

As the sun rises high, look UP - try to CLAP

    Your hands together with all your friends!

    Smile with pleasure, as life never ends!

    Remember forever – your flame stays a light!

    As nothing’s better – than life, ya gotta fight!


I say I should have – and I did. 

Today I can laugh – as I live.

No odds are against me – as I adore

Achieving & being – Not less, but so much more…


    Yea I’ve been there before - A long time ago.

    Yea given 28 more.   Live? Yes, forever - ALIVE!


Appreciation of Vision

Having watched a Scent of a Woman movie last night with a blind character played by Al Pacino, I was reminded of the VALUE of sight. Most of us are blessed by being born with vision of both eyes. Think about life without our eyes - or any vision. It'd be missing such beauty.

So let's not take vision for granted. I lost sight in my left eye in a car accident at age of 17. But Ic can still see with my right eye. I have vision. I have ability to see the gorgeous ocean every day, living here in Hermosa Beach. I even see the sunset every night and the stars above the ocean from my home windows. Wow, am I blessed!

Wow, aren't we fortunate to SEE!