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I look forward to sharing my findings in the online series “The Missing Link: Conquering Cancer” over the next few posts. Host Nathan Crane is a naturopathic researcher and certified holistic cancer coach. He is an award-winning author and motivational speaker. Nathan joins 33 world-class doctors, researchers and cancer conquerors. Each episode highlights groundbreaking discoveries that have proven effective against cancer and other conditions, diseases and chronic diseases.


Please note that I will not share any specific medical supplements or medications as I am not qualified to do so. However, I am qualified to share some of the best strategies to support natural, holistic, and integrative health. Because I take an integrative approach, I am living life over stage IV breast cancer.


An integrated approach supports me in using conventional and complementary methods to support my body, mind, and spirit. The next few posts will provide you with strategies for your optimal health. You deserve to live your best life now!

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"Grow Old with Me, the Best is Yet to Be." - R. Browning


When I count my blessings, I count these two. Joseph Raymond and Joseph Sebastien celebrate their birthdays on May 16 and 17. In honour of their Acadian roots, both men's first names began with Joesph and carry the surname Aucoin. They are also friendly, determined, loving people who value family and friendship. I know and experience the awesomeness of these two men. However, it’s great to hear others share the joy of knowing them, working with them, and joining them on their journey.


My health has suffered many setbacks over the past five years. They held my hand every step of the way and cheered me on from the sidelines. Every day, I refocus on “why” I work hard to live life over cancer. These two are at the top of the list. I want to grow old with Ray and celebrate Sebastian's adult life. There is no greater motivation than loving these men and being loved by these men


Today I support them in celebrating their special days. As I prepare their meal, I will fondly remember the years of life I spent with them. I will pray and ask for support to live and celebrate many more years with them and I will cherish every moment of this day.


Happy birthday J. Ray and J. Sebastien! Grow old with me, the best is yet to come!





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Today I found a dime just lying on the ground,

I know in my heart of hearts it is more than what I found.

The dime came from Heaven, an Angel tossed it from above.

To let me know each day, that I am loved. - Kimfetti


I often look to people in the spirit world for signs of comfort and guidance. During my first battle with breast cancer, I missed the presence of my parents, who had comforted me for years during life's difficult moments. The morning of my first chemo session, I woke up very early and was anxious because in taking a drug meant to wipe out my cancer cells including some of my good cells. To relax, I started to prepare clothes to wash and tidy up the house. As I was taking the clothes out of the laundry basket, two coins flew out and landed on the floor next to me. I sat down and cried because I knew my parents were with me.


When I arrived at the hospital, I was greeted by the head nurse. Oncology nurses are the frontline leaders to assess your mental status and monitor vital signs, with mental health being the primary concern. I was surprised to hear my mother's voice as she spoke. I asked her if she was from North Sydney, Cape Breton. She nodded: "Yes, I am." "Why do you ask?" I told her that my mother was an Ivey from North Sydney, and her voice, accent and friendly manner were all exactly like my mother's. She nodded and said she knew many from the large Ivey clan. I walked into the chemo room with confidence and knew my mom was right there with me.


I share these two stories to remind you that you are not alone in your struggles. Start looking outside of your fear and sadness for signs of those who continue to love you from the spiritual world. My hope today is that we can all find signs that allow us to breathe a sigh of relief and move forward, knowing that the love we know and cherish is with us every step of the way.

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