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Updated: Dec 10, 2022

After 2 1/2 years of not getting Covid, my parents and I......... got Covid.

I'm beyond grateful that we somehow miraculously never got it early on in the pandemic. I still wonder if it was because of my clinical OCD micromanaging everyone around me that kept Covid at bay...with my incessant reminders of..."don't touch that door knob without a tissue....go wash your hands...put your mask on....clean your phone...." and the list goes on.

With that said, I suppose it was inevitable at some point that it caught up to us. I'm just grateful that we had the vaccine (just my do you) and I'm especially so grateful that my parents we able to fight it and not end up in the hospital like so many other unfortunate souls. Hearing how a good friend of mine lost her Dad to Covid sent me into a spiral of depression in the early stages of the pandemic during the worldwide quarantine.

Whatever I needed to do to help my parents survive this, sign me up.
If a mask would help, I did it.
If a vaccine helped, I did it.
I would do anything for them.

My Dad is semi-retired, but retirement has been quite hard for him. He loved his job & being around people & coordinating events with his coworkers. A few months ago, he took a part time job at the local YMCA at the front desk. Most likely, that is where he got Covid. My Mom & I were fine for a few days until I felt a bit sick. I was completely like, "oh this is a tickle...or's nothing" It really felt like nothing....until a few days later & was Covid. By the time, I got Covid my Dad was feeling better & then a few days after me, my Mom got it too.

Below, I have compiled a list of things to have on hand to help with the discomforts of having Covid. If you are high risk ANY upper respiratory virus can be a challenge, so bookmark this post for future reference. Being prepared is far better than being surprised.

A Few Powerful Tools To Prepare For COVID

  • Water - I suggest keeping a bottle near your nightstand so it's there for easy access and so you don't forget to keep drinking. If you can, keep track to make sure you are drinking enough. It was great to have it nearby because I honestly would wake up from my slumber and not remember if I drank anything, what day it was or what time it was! I like to keep these water bottle on hand.

  • Warm Bath or Shower - If you can muster up the energy, it's good to freshen up and upon waking, get the sick sweat off. I was getting a lot of hot and cold flashes so it felt so good to do this for my mind and for self care. Whenever I take a warm bath or shower, I feel slightly less depressed when I come out. I feel slightly more invigorated and less tense. Oh, I also like to hang a eucalyptus bundle in my shower and sprinkle some epsom salt in my bath. If you can, start using a sauna regularly to induce heat shock proteins.

  • Movies, TV Series, Documentaries, Podcasts - Because I'm a nerd, and proud of it, I actually keep an ongoing list of all these so I can remember to catch up on any given one of them so I'm not just aimlessly searching for something to listen to or watch. When migraines were kicking my ass, it helped to have podcasts on hands so I could close my eyes and just listen and get my mind off of my ailments for the time being.

  • Sleep + Rest - Don't mess up your sleep! Messed up sleep leads to messed up immune responses. I would know...It actually took me longer to recover from Covid than my parents. I attribute that to my horrible sleep and OCD where I have been pushing myself with projects and living on west coast time while I'm east coast living! I implore you to use this time wisely and GET YOUR REST! Occasionally, I will sometimes take Ora Organic's "You're A Knockout" natural sleep aid supplement. You can order yours HERE but as always, check with your doctor first before taking mine or anyone's advice.

Things I Have On Hand

To Help Me Through Any ILLNESS

  • Chicken Broth, Bone Broth (or) Mineral Vegan Broth - I would suggest to just constantly sip on some when you get hungry. It's so soothing for your throat between all the coughing and dryness. You can add veggies, orzo or noodles of choice to the broth or have it by itself. I always like to have broths on hand from OWL Venice, which you can check out HERE.

  • Expand A Lung: Lung Exerciser. You can use it to keep your lungs working and it’s great as you recover to move the lungs and get the muck out. It helps you cough it up and move it out!

  • Oxygen Cans - These are helpful when you need extra O2. Not everyone has actual medical grade oxygen tanks at home for when energy or Pulse Ox gets too low. When one is low on oxygen it sets panic in, logic goes out the door and getting a little O2 can do wonders.

  • Pulse Oximeter - This is a MUST have. You need to monitor it during any/all illness. Some health insurance programs offer these in their discount program so I suggest looking into it to see if your insurance does too.

  • Hat + Socks - I LOVE these when I’m not feeling well. I’m a firm believer in keeping your head and your feet warm at all times when ill.

  • Vapor Rub - I prefer Maty's brand which is a petroleum free rub. This one is tried and true! It really helps to have someone else massage it vigorously into your back and apply to the chest as well. Then use the lung exerciser or nebulizer and move those lungs! This is more a stimulant of olfaction and blood flow more than anything.

  • Foam Roller - This was key for me to use daily to keep my thoracic spine moving. Your thoracic spine innervates your lungs and digestion and I wanted to keep things moving and stimulated to work optimally.

  • Saline Nasal Wash - A tried and true helper that keeps the nasal mucosa happy. This one is squishy so it can really get stuff to move. You can use the included saline packets in distilled water and add a xylitol packet to bust up any biofilms present. It’s helpful regardless of what kind of inflamed sinus issues I’m having.

  • Nebulizer - A wonderful and simple tool to help your lungs when they get hit. You may prefer the soothing help of simple saline packets.


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Some of us take our health for granted and it's not only until our bodies are crying out to us when we sometimes take it more seriously. The biggest risk factors with getting Covid are lack of physical exercise and frailty. I know when I got sick, I was thinking about all the nature walks and sunshine I was going to enjoy when I felt better again. I wish you and your family good health and I hope this list of suggestions help.

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Updated: Nov 25, 2022

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  • NicoleDeRosa

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Breast cancer doesn't know April from June, or December from January, which is why it can strike at any time. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but we should also recognize that breast cancer is something to be aware of year-round. We book our cars for a service every few months, right?! So why should our bodies be any different? A mammogram and ultrasound can take as little as 30 minutes!

As someone who had a loved one get diagnosed with breast cancer and I know many who have lost someone they love to breast cancer, it's important to do what we can to protect our health and the health of the ones we love.

My Mama Joy and Aunt Janie are both breast cancer survivors and those years that my Mom suffered were honestly a blur because I was young and didn't know much of what was going to happen. Thankfully, her doctors detected it early enough and now she continues to take care of her health by moving everyday, eating well and enjoying life with family.

Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. In fact, when breast cancer is caught early, the prognosis is often excellent.

According to the American Cancer Society, the 5 year survival rate for breast cancer, if found early & confined to the breast, is 99%, which is why taking the time for your annual mammogram is so important. Mammograms are widely recognized as the "gold standard" in detecting breast cancer.

It is recommended that women begin an annual mammogram at age 40 & men at the advice of their physician. No matter how you identify, men and womxn can be diagnosed with breast cancer. Take precaution and get checked.

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 50% of all women age 40 & older have dense breasts.

Women with dense breasts may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer & may require additional screenings along with their mammogram, such as a breast ultrasound & MRI, to help with early detection.


Understanding BREAST DENSITY

Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous, glandular tissue & fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue, but not much fat. Breast density is determined by the radiologist who, under the NJ Breast Density Law, must include information about breast density in your imaging report. My Mom and I both fall in this category.

If I have dense breasts, do I still need a mammogram?
Yes, a mammogram is the only medical imaging screening test proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Many cancers are seen on mammograms even if you have dense breast tissue. It is recommended that women begin an annual mammogram at age 40 & men at the advice of their physician.

What should I do if I have dense breasts?
If you have dense breasts, please talk to your doctor. Together, you can decide which, if any, additional screening exams are right for you.

What is a BREAST Biopsy?

What type of biopsy is done for breast calcifications?
Stereotactic breast biopsy is used when a small growth or an area of calcifications is seen on a mammogram, but cannot be seen using an ultrasound of the breast. The tissue samples are sent to a pathologist to be examined.

Do breast calcifications need to be biopsied?
Any pattern that's suspicious or highly suspicious should be biopsied to rule out cancer. Calcifications that appear benign aren't usually biopsied. But they should be monitored for any changes. Repeating mammograms every 6 to 12 months may be recommended to monitor benign calcifications.

Should I worry about calcifications in breast?
About 80% of microcalcifications are benign. However, they're sometimes an indication of precancerous changes or cancer in the breast. If the biopsy shows the calcifications are benign, most commonly nothing needs to be done except continuing yearly mammograms.

What are the odds of breast calcifications being cancerous?
''Probably benign'' calcifications have a less than 2% risk of being cancer. In other words, about 98% of the time, these type of calcifications are considered not to be cancer. Typically, they will be monitored every six months for at least one year.

What if microcalcifications are cancerous?
Most microcalcifications are non-cancerous & you will not need any treatment. If there are cancer cells, it is usually a non-invasive breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or a very small, early breast cancer. These can both be treated successfully.

What does it mean when breast calcifications change?
Although breast calcifications are usually non-cancerous (benign), certain patterns of calcifications — such as tight clusters with irregular shapes & fine appearance — may indicate breast cancer or precancerous changes to breast tissue.

Can radiation cause calcifications?
Cancer treatments such as surgery, reconstruction & radiation therapy can cause tissue damage & scarring, which can lead to calcifications showing up on a mammogram.

Myths vs FACTS


Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror and the 7 Essentials Systems. She is also the co-founder of My Breast Friend. Her signature process has empowered thousands of women in over 56 countries. Her mission is to "change lives, one breasts at a time." Dr. V has personally conquered breast cancer twice, giving her an empathetic perspective to understanding others women facing a healing journey.


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Dr. Lucas Tims - Integrative Oncology & Medical Director of Riordan Clinic (Kansas)

  • Suggests adding Glutathione & NAC after an MRI.

  • High dose of Melatonin before radiation exposure to reduce the DNA damaging effects.

  • High dose of Vitamin C after radiation exposure to reduce the DNA damaging effects.

  • Typical MRIs need contrast to get a clear picture, but there's newer technology like the Prenuvo (that doesn't require contrast) which is available in California, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Texas & Florida.

  • 3D Mammogram (Tomosynthesis) - Safe & improves accuracy. If you have access to it, get this over a traditional mammogram.

  • Thermography - Sometimes used in tandem with a mammogram due to dense breast tissue that can perhaps miss a lump.

  • HerScan Ultrasounds - Typically used when you have fibrous tissue in your breasts.

  • Terrain Testing - tests heavy metals, plastics, endocrine disruptors, pesticides, VOCs, etc. Terrain testing should be the baseline protocol for all cancers.

  • Your Cancer Isn't Just Bad Luck - a great series by Dr. Lucas Tims. He discusses the connections with all the environmental toxins and cancer.



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During radiation treatment, the best thing you can do for yourself for regular self care is to use calendula. You can moisturize with plain old Aquaphor to keep your skin healthy. No special salve is needed. But the best person to guide you is your radiation oncologist, because sometimes they prescribe other topical medications depending on how your skin is faring during radiation.

Things NOT Covered By Insurance BUT Should Be

Red Light Therapy
Naturopathic Oncologist
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
High dose Vitamin C IV Infusions
Hyperbaric Oxygen / Ozone Therapy
Nutripath for Integrative Lab Testing

NUTRITION + Lifestyle

There are many known PROTECTIVE chemical nutrients found in foods like...

CRUCIFEROUS PLANTS (indo-3-carbinol found in cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, leeks - try to eat at least 1-2 servings per day)
SPIRULINA (c-phycocyanin)
FRUITS (reservatrol & quercetin - a flavonoid - blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, watermelon, papaya, red grapes, limes, apples, pomegranates, avocados)
VEGGIES (quercetin - a flavonoid - broccoli, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, turnips, mushrooms)
GREEN TEA (quercetin - a flavonoid - try to drink 5 or more cups a day)
FISH (oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines
NUTS + SEEDS (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, nut butters / Flaxseed & Chia Seeds: low fat & high fiber - inhibits estrogen - take 1 tbsp. a day)
WHOLE GRAINS (pasta, oats)
BEANS (chickpeas, lentils, hummus)
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (high quality - try to take 4 tbsp. a day)
HERBS + SPICES (anti-inflammatory: thyme, tarragon, mint, oregano, turmeric/curcumin, ginger)

VITAMINS + Supplements

VITAMIN A, B6, C, D, E (Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin but a hormone)
MULTI-VITAMIN (high quality that is specific for women)

ORA ORGANIC (Plant Based Vitamin + Supplements)

OWL Venice (Bone Broths, Mineral Broths, Mylk Shakes)

PURITY COFFEE (Organic, Specialty Grade, Mold Free, Triple Tested)

TEA DROPS (Organic Teas)

SAKARA (Organic Meal Delivery)

Malibu Mylk (Nut Mylks)

FITNESS + Exercise

Exercising 3-5 times a week not only lifts your mood, but also lowers your risk of getting breast cancer by 30-50%

Exercise, especially in young women, may decrease hormone levels & contribute to a decreased breast cancer risk. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Try to include weight bearing such as walking, jogging & aerobics. These have the added benefit of keeping your bones strong.

Maintain a healthy weight. There is a clear link between obesity & breast cancer. Studies repeatedly link both overweight & weight gain with a greater risk of postmenopausal breast cancer & breast cancer recurrence. Excess fatty tissue is a source of circulating estrogen in your body, which increases risk specifically for breast cancer. (Source: American Cancer Society)


Instagram Accounts

@Goop (especially their PhD articles)
@UFVHMC (UFV Health and Medicine Club)

DR. Christian Gonzalez

"In come Naturopathic and Functional doctors specializing in cancer. We look at the full picture, look for the ROOT CAUSE of cancer and give the body what it needs to heal while removing obstacles to healing. Oncology needs to bridge the gap quick. No, you should not, "go back to living your life before cancer." Cancer is giving you an opportunity to change it.

We see weeds growing. We burn them with radiation, throw chemicals at them with chemo and cut them with surgery. When the field is clear we say the field is "weed free. Yet, no one ever checks as to why the soil allowed an overgrowth of weeds. That's the ROOT of the PROBLEM in oncology."




Most mattresses you see on the market (even if they are CertiPUR-certified) are made of polyurethane foam. The foam emits potentially harmful gasses into the air. This 2019 study showed that body heat increases emissions from mattresses significantly. And the workers who make this foam must wear full-body protective gear, including respirators!

Second, before 2007, the Federal government’s cigarette flammability test required companies to add flame retardant chemicals. One of the most common ones is PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), which may increase the risk of breast cancer and disrupt normal thyroid functions, among other things. With time, older mattresses will shed flame retardants more. So, if you bought your mattress before 2007, it’s time to switch to a healthy mattress. After all, you spend 1/3 of your life sleeping!

No conventional mattress company will tell you what materials they use to make the barrier. And since there is no organic certification, there is no guarantee that they don’t use flame retardant chemicals to make the barrier. Again, flame retardants are linked to reduced IQ, infertility, thyroid disruption, oxidative DNA stress, adverse effects on the immune system & possibly cancer (source).

To be sure that you’re buying a truly organic mattress, visit the GOTS database & make sure that the mattress is listed there.

Naturepedic created its budget-friendly Happsy brand, whose GOTS’-certified organic mattresses are made with the same high-quality materials as their premium mattresses.

*Stay tuned as I just contacted the company to see if I can get you a special discount!


Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Products Spotlight - Branch Basics



PUMA x Barbells for Boobs

PUMA has an amazing partnership with Barbells for Boobs, a community that takes action in breast cancer through RAD (Resources After Diagnosis). Continuing their relationship, the duo has launched a limited-edition

12-piece apparel collection featuring leggings, tees, muscle tanks, hoodies & more available online & at the PUMA NYC flagship store.

Additionally, PUMA Women is encouraging breast cancer survivors to share their stories on Instagram & TikTok with an image or video using the hashtag #SheMovesWithPurpose. $1 USD from each post with the hashtag will be donated to Barbells for Boobs.

Check out Mama Joy modeling some of the Barbells for Boobs t-shirts, tank tops & hoodies below that were so generously gifted to us after sharing Mama Joy's journey. I have placed some of the items we were gifted to us onto my Poshmark where you can make an offer on these items & I will donate 100% of the proceeds (minus shipping & handling) to Barbells for Boobs.

Black Hoodie - XL

Grey Hoodie - XL

Pink T-Shirt - XL

Black T-Shirt - L

Pink Tank Top - L

PILOT PEN x National Breast Cancer Foundation

Pilot will donate 10% of its gross proceeds from each pink ribbon product sold from 1/1/22 through 12/31/23, up to $130,000, to National Breast Cancer Foundation for breast cancer education, support & early detection.

Acroball For a Cure

Dr. Grip Center of Gravity BCA


ACURE x UniteForHer

ACURE partners with Uniteforher all year round with proceeds from ACURE's Brightening Day and Night Creams. Please visit ACURE's charitable partners page here for more information.

VIENNE MILANO x Breast Cancer Research Foundation

This year, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Vienne Milano stands alongside those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. As the most common form of cancer suffered by women, Vienne Milano knows that many of their customers will have had or known someone who has suffered from its life-changing effects - Vienne Milano and her team want you to know that you are not alone.

Vienne Milano want to help you make more than just a fashion statement. From October to December, they are donating 10% of the proceeds from the sales of their lovely PRISCILLA Rose Pink Lace Top Band in Hazelnut to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, contributing directly to life-saving research and care for women who have breast cancer.

Erin Condren


Erin Condren is proud to introduce a collection that's been near and dear to their hearts for years: the 2022 Breast Cancer Research Foundation Collection. In honor of the millions of people affected by Breast Cancer, Erin Condren is donating 35% of the retail price from the collection's planners, notebooks, sherpa throws & more to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the end of October 2022. Make a purchase that helps fund a cure. The planner below is a helpful gift to anyone going through treatment. You can shop other Erin Condren items here.

Breast Cancer Journal Petite Planner

Layout Features:

• Inspirational quotes

• Support Circle Spread

• Drain Tracker

• Chemo + Radiation Schedules

• Daily Tracking for feelings, gratitude, medication, water intake, meals, weight

• Weekly Reflection + Notes

• Lined Notes Pages


Tiah Tomlin-Harris