Sunday, May 10, 2009

La Vida Loca - Crazy Mint

Anyone who has had a diagnosis of cancer or has had a friend or family member with the Big C knows this: It can make your life just a little out-of-control crazy.

And then there's the every-day kind of "crazy." It's up for debate who said it first, but craziness (or insanity) is often defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I discovered that's exactly what I was doing in the garden while trying to grow a crazy little herb called mint. You can read the full story at Open Mouth, Insert Fork.


Alcomum said...

Hi - just found your blog. Lost my dad to lung cancer about 18 months ago, so I know too well that as you say, cancer sucks. But I am also learning that blogging rocks! Reading and writing blogs has become my new addiction. I hope you are well today. xox

gilly14 said...

Hey I've never lost anyone to cancer, but we had an incident a year ago where the doctors thought my grandpa had pancreatic cancer. Well we prayed and prayed for months about it. Because it takes the doctors at Duke so long to schedule a biopsy and give us the results. Finally, many prayers later we found out that he didn't have cancer and god had given him a second chance. Now I can really notice a difference in his eating habits and his perspective about some general things.
p.s. If you have someone that you want my family to pray for, contact me at

God Bless

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Skip said...

Actually he said "insanity is..." and it was Einstein.
Good blog. It's on its way to being in my top ten.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am from Singapore and I lost my aunty to metastatic breast cancer exactly a year ago.

Its really nice to be able to blog about your feelings regarding treatment and etc. My aunty is iliterate. Up till she breathe her last she has got no idea she was dying. In asia and our chinese backgroud, talking about death was a huge taboo.

Given the situation that my grand parents was still alive (believe it or not, dying before yr parents,even if due to illness, is a big act of unfilial in chinese custom.)it was even harder for us to talk about her final wishes, say our goodbyes, then letting her go.

After reading your blog, i have a sense of regret not being to talk openly about her uncurable cancer with her. I now wishes I knew how she wanted things to be. I never had the chance to tell her I love her and really appreciated how she loved me and my children.

I want you to know, your blog had really touch my heart, I am sure it touches many others'. Please take care of yourself, and may The Big C leave u alone for as long as u live! God Bless You and yr family.

--Alex Luttrell-- said...

Mint is definitely an interesting plant. We have tons of it growing along our fence, even though we didn't plant it, and our puppy likes to eat it (of course, she likes to eat everything)!

Anyway, I really enjoy your blog. My aunt just defeated cancer, and while she was going through it she looked at it with a sense of humor much like you do; in fact, when she first lost her hair, she went and had a big, creepy looking eye painted on the back of her head as a joke. We're a family that loves to laugh, so we all got a pretty big kick out of it.

It was also a pretty large wake-up call for all of us: if she has cancer but still stays optimistic and jokes around, why do we allow our petty issues to make us so upset?

So people like you and her, who manage to stay positive, act as an inspiration to us all.

Marianne said...

Cancer is the top killer in our place. Thanks for blogging about it.
Sending my prayers for your health. Hope you'll be fine....

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a new blogger and I really enjoy reading your blog. My dad's uncle died of cancer. I know how he suffered.
I admire your positivity and I am very touched by your strength and outlook in life. I almost got teary-eyed as I read your entries! You're a fighter and an inspiration to everyone...

God bless you and your family.

Isaac Yassar said...

If you have a cancer, the best cure is a gun with a silencer. It can end your pain fast and quietly. Or you can stick to common medical attention and eventually die slowly and painfully. I know because I had a tumor once. I'd better die as fast as I can rather than suffering the medication again.

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william said...

You have a wonderfull voice and a good vibe about you. I look forward to many more of your post. I have enjoyed reading your posts.
Thank you and I pray the you will feel good.

Liz Williams said...

Just found your blog and love it. Our daughter had leukaemia and has been in remission for 3 years now, so I know just what you mean.
Ive added you to my blog Im doing for a charity event in October to raise money here in the UK.

Take care.

ChRiStEe said...

Hello- I am new to the whole blogging atmosphere. I must say what I have seen so far is very inspiring! I just visited my 76yr old Grandmother this weekend, she has only one lung that is functioning due to lung cancer, she also has emphysema. Yesterday she gave us a scare, she woke having trouble breathing & said her ribcage hurt behind her lung. The nurse gave her a pain pill & a pill to help her breathe. About 30 min later she was better. My Grandmother lost her partner to cancer in Aug 2008, she has lost any initiative to try to keep living. What I mean is she does not want any medical assistance, she's just ready to go be with her loved ones.This used to bother me that she didn't want to try but I understand why now. Most of all of our family have moved on, so naturally I want her here with me as long as possible but that is selfish of me to feel that way knowing the pain she goes thru. Thank you for your site, I will definitely return. I am always praying for the cure for cancer & the strength to make it thru.

CL said...

Your blog makes me so understanding i don't really no how to explain but it made me think of something about my life...thankyou i'm so happy. I have read every bit about your blog although i just made mine a few days ago your one was the first i read. Hope i can still hear more about you

Best wishes.x CL

Ms. Wanda said...

Hi, I just found you:) I lost my mother to Ovarian Cancer 8 years ago. I was just saying today that Cancer is like the Blob! Remember that old movie when this big blubber thing comes along and eats you alive? That's cancer. That cancer ate my mother whole and there was nothing any of us could do. Anywho, we just try to eat healthy and exercise and pray the Blob doesn't get us!

Kairol Rosenthal said...

I've been living with cancer for 9 - count'em - 9 years. You've gotta find ways to balance out the crazy (like gardening) so that the stress does not kill you before the cancer does! When it all gets to be too much, I cook, read short stories, rearrange my furniture, and blog.

Kairol Rosenthal

Anonymous said...

Hi...I just found your blog. I've lost my two brothers to cancer. Both lung. Cancer runs high in my family. It's scary.
I've had a bout of cancer myself, bone marrow, but I am in remission.
I'm just learning blogs ...I wish you the best.

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joesanchez said...


Never have I had a friend like you, a true friend in life.
You cracked the veneer, you accept me for who I am
and for who I am not.
You showed me there is no need to live in disguise
and so I drop the fear because you are here.
To hold my hand, to walk me through this foreign land
Explore a life of truth between you & I
This is how we grew to this friendship
I know now, like I never have
I have you to thank and this is how
I love you my friend
My true friend till the end.
Copyright 2009 By Joseph Anthony Sanchez

Anonymous said...

i had a sister with lymphoma when she was 12. oh and um my blog is

Cassandra said...

Hi. My name is Cassandra. Hope that your day is going fine. The saying goes is insane. You are insane if you keep doing the same and expect different results. We have to know and then understand that a lot of what we eat causes us to get a lot of the sickness that we suffer from. Visit to learn about a different way of eating called alternative eating. It is new and different.

Cassandra said...

I have a niece that was diagnosed with breast cancer and she told me that she got it from taking diet pills to lose weight. She said that the knot showed immediatley after taking those pills. So we have to lose weight the natural way by training ourselves what and how to eat so that we don't have these problems.

Piper Robert said...

Are you advertising your blog or something?

Electronic Cigarette said...

Today is May 12tth, remember last year's China's Tragedy--Earth quake in Sichun Province. People will never forget this day. And now they have confidence to live well in the future.

Just like you.

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Jen said...

I have stumbled onto your blog this morning, which is really strange because I just finished working a night shift as a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse. I really admire your strength. I have seen so many wonderful and amazing people struggle through Chemo, and stem cell transplants, and it always seems to be their spirit that pulls them through. Knowing what I know, you must have an amazing spirit. May you continue to "bounce back" Best wishes.

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Susan C said...

I just want to thank everyone who has visited Cancer Banter and taken the time to leave a comment. It's amazing how many of our lives have been touched by cancer, one way or another.

Thanks for sharing your stories and your warm thoughts with me.

Ronni Gordon said...

Left you a belated comment on your other blog. It's very crowded here! Congratulations on getting picked for Blogs of Note.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog by accident. You are amazing and I wish you well on yur journey.

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miss erika(: said...

i really love your blog(:
my mom is a survivor of breast and skin cancer, my grandma is a survivor of breast cancer, and my grandpa is a survivor of throat cancer so the big C sure hits close to home.


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