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Mesotheliomas’ Touch


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By, Staff Writer, Crystal S. Kauffman

What is Mesothelioma?

This form of cancer is known as “the asbestos cancer”, because victims get it after prolonged exposure to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Asbestos fibers are inhaled and attack the mesothelioma, a protective membrane layer that covers internal organs. Most frequently if affects the lungs, however, it can also affect the abdomen and heart. Asbestos is banned in some countries, but remains legal in the United States and Canada. While it’s not used as frequently, it can still be found in products.

This type of cancer can take anywhere from 10 years to 60 years to present any symptoms, so it is difficult to detect quickly. Unfortunately the prognosis for mesothelioma is about a one year  life expectancy. When mesothelioma is caught early on, it increases the patient’s chance of a longer survival prognosis.

Post Diagnosis

A patient is not only physically dealing with the effects of treating this type of cancer, but they also endure mental stress as well. This emotional and physical stress can be devastating to the patient and their entire family. It is important for caregivers to be their to support their loved one, but also be sure to take care of themselves too. Caregiving can be an extremely stressful and difficult job, but can do so much to help the patient.

Most patients will require cancer treatment, which means the patient will have different effects from the type of treatment they have received. Some patients require chemotherapy and some require radiation as well, while others may need surgery. There are also newer treatments because of the innovations to cancer research. Immunotherapy is a growing option, as it uses parts of the immune system to fight diseases. Patients are able to use immunotherapy options by signing up for clinical trials.

Living with Mesothelioma

There are several types of literature, which has been written online and offline to help patients and their families. The patients who living with mesotheliomas’ touch will need emotional, spiritual, and other forms of support during their journey. So with that said, take time to make memories and laugh with the patient as they endure treatment. Living with mesothelioma is a long and painful journey for a patient and their families, but it is worth every single second that is gained through treatment.

For more information on mesothelioma cancer, be sure to read here .

©Crystal Kauffman, 2016

Posted in Crystal S. Kauffman, Family

Update on My Momma


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Most of my followers know that I had moved in with my mother, in order to help her because she has health problems like I do. Recently, after 6 years of living together, my mom became unable to care for herself and began falling a lot. So, she has moved into a nursing home, which is near where I am living at now.

She is happy and has made new friends. She and I are working with the new situation, but I miss her so much. I asking everyone to pray for her to continue the journey that she has started towards a new life. I am asking for prayer for me as well, because I am now adjusting to a new life as well.

I love her very much and I am so glad she is getting the care and support she needs. Thank you to all who have been going to visit her.

Posted in Crystal S. Kauffman, dog, dogs, memior, Memories, parents, pet, pets, Relationships

Saying Goodbye to My Fur-Brother: Gizmo “Old Man”


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

 

Tomorrow, I will be saying goodbye to my “Old Man”.  Gizmo was my Fur-Brother for over 15 years or more. He has been with my family for his whole life, but due to moving and new landlord issues. I had to make a heart breaking decision to re-home him immediately or surrender him to the animal shelter down town. I believe that I have found the best home for him and he will be able to live his life with a family, instead of living in a cage the rest of his life.

I am so happy to have I met his new pet parent by phone today and I told her all about him. I really am excited for him to start a new life, but it is a bittersweet emotion I am feeling tonight. He is a loyal, sweet, and fun dog to love or adore as much as I do. My family adored him as well, because of his laid back personality. He loves playing with cats and other dogs around his size.

Gizmo’s Journey So Far

I have always been his “Sissy”, since the day that he was born to my momma’s Poodle and her Chihuahua mix. He was my granddad’s puppy/dog for many years, until he passed away. Then, my mother claimed him and cared for him. I moved in with my mom six years ago to help her out, but unfortunately both mine and her situation has changed. Recently, mom was placed in a nursing home for health reasons.

Additionally, my husband and I moved as well, but now we have Gizmo with us fulltime. He loves it but my landlord doesn’t. Thankfully, I was given time to find him a very good home. I did my screening and I know that he will adjust well to his new companion. Gizmo and I have a very strong family bond, which will make this a very hard step for me to make. Pray for me that Gizmo, my momma, and I will both have the strength to adjust from this change in our lives.

I have so many memories with him, but he has over the last few years he has become partly deaf and partly blind. However, throughout these changes, he has literally stayed right by me and my husband. I will miss him so much every day, but I know deep in my heart that he is getting a new pet parent that will love him as much as my family has. Thank you for the prayers people has sent out on his behalf, in order to guide meto the best home for him.

I will keep in contact with his new pet parent, until he crosses the rainbow bridge.

To Gizmo: Sissy loves you always and you truly hung the moon. Thanks for the sweet and special memories that we have shared.

Sorry to be so emotional

Thank you stopping by,

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

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Posted in awareness, Change, Crystal S. Kauffman, Orphanage, orphans, Reallife Orphanage Home

Meet Three More Precious Orphans


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Meet Susan

Little Susan is ten-years-old, but she lost father and her mother has HIV/AIDS. Her mother could not care for her, so came to live at the orphanage. She is well adjusted and loves having her friends at the orphanage. She is in Primary 5 School, but she has a dream of teaching in the future. She is like a momma/teacher for the other children and she loves helping the volunteers care for the younger children. Little Susan is eager to make new friends, loves watching cartoons, and learning about wild animals. Her favorite meals are rice, potatoes, meat, chicken, ice-creams, and biscuits. She is in need of a sponsor to help her finish her education, as well as helping her to obtain her daily care and basic needs.

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Meet Easter

Little Easter is a five-year-old little girl whose parents died in an accident. She has never been to school, but she want to be a fashion designer in future.  She likes singing, sewing clothes, watching and dramatic plays. Easter is a well-adjusted and loves playing with her friends at the orphanage, as well as playing dress up with the other children. Her favorite meals rice, fish, beans, and of course she really loves ice-cream. Little Easter needs a sponsor fulfill her dream of attending school and she also needs help with her basic daily needs.

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Meet Richard

Little Richard is a seven-years-old and he was found in the streets of a neighborhood called Bwaise. He was picked up at night near the motor garage he was basically sleeping in. He wants to be a mechanic and learn he wants to obtain an education. He loves playing football, playing with friends, riding a bicycle, and watching war films. Little Richard is well adjusted and needs sponsor to help go to school and obtain his daily needs. His favorite meals are rice, fish, posh, fruits, chicken, ice-cream, and biscuits.

The Real Orphanage Home Desperately Needs:

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The Real Orphanage Home is desperate need of people who can sponsor through a mission program. The orphanage cares for about twenty orphans, who have no one else. The man Kakande Muhamad and a few volunteers are all these children have right now. The orphanage has legal papers, but he has a few more obstacles to overcome which cost money. He needs rent money for home the children are living in Kampala, Uganda in Africa.

Hopefully, the children can find a mission program, which can help the man who has decided to love these children as his own and give them a home. He needs help with obtaining the children’s basic needs like: clothing, food, and personal needs. These children need help, so take a moment to ask your church, if they will consider helping this orphanage continue survivor and thriving. Take a moment to see if there are ways, in which you may be able to help these precious children.

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

PS: Please share this article everywhere that you can. Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

PSS:Here are his legal papers. If you can help him get the word out or help his in anyway, please meet him on Facebook.

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Posted in Crystal S. Kauffman, Guest blogger, Lilly Maxwell

His Kiss


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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He hugged me,

Came closer and kissed me.

He kissed me in the most passionate way,

I’ve ever been kissed I felt my mind go blank.

My stomach went to knots,

My heart was pounding against my chest.

I loved the feeling and I never wanted it to stop,

I really like him and I know he likes me too.

 

©Lilly Maxwell

 

Posted in Blessed, Change, Christian, Crystal S. Kauffman, Devotional, faith, Forgiveness, good fight, imogen rayne, Life, opinion, prayers, Religious, salvation, Spiritual

Why Did God Create You?


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Many people wonder why God created them, but the Bible says we were all created for God’s pleasure. I couldn’t wrap my own head around the fact that God made me for his pleasure. I am a sinner who doesn’t deserve God’s mercy or grace. How could God get pleasure for my sinful ways? Everyone sins and fall short of God’s glory. However, through Jesus, we can be forgiven of those sins and be cover by his blood sacrifice.

Rev. 4:12 (KJV) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

This verse means a lot to me, as someone who truly tries to remember every day to somehow bring God pleasure. I love writing, so I use my talent to try and make sense of my everyday stumbles. Sometimes, I feel like God is right there holding my hand but other times I feel he is distant. However, I truly believe that my sin blocks my relationship with God and I choose to repent. I know I am forgiven when I stumble and fall. He is there to lift me back up, because he loves me.

Psalms 72:13 (KJV) “He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.”

So, now I try to take time to honor God every day. No matter the storm I am facing, I am trying to remember to pray and stay connected with God. I love reading and listening to my Bible, but I use a YOU VERSION app on my phone. I have been learning more and trying to always remember to thank God for each new day that I wake up. I am imperfect and I know that, but God wants me as I am. He can mold me into what he wants me to be with each new step.

References:

Personal Opinion- God doesn’t make junk!**

**I cannot go to church as regular as I want, but I spend a lot of time praying and seeking God’s guidance in my life. God gives me so much, so I can spend time with God at home and I can work on my failures. I hope this devotional can help you in your walk with God. Keeping a prayer journal can help you learn how to give your problems to God and learn how to pray to him.**

 Thank you for reading and come back to visit.

©2016,Crystal S. Kauffman

 

Posted in Crystal S. Kauffman, Guest blogger, Lilly Maxwell, love

Afraid to Love Again


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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Love left my heart,

I hated being alone and torn apart.

I cried each night and people didn’t know,

Then, I saw him.

Love was slowly creeping back in,

I’m afraid to let it in.

I’m afraid of getting left behind again.

I’ve been hurt so much.

I’m afraid to love again,

He’s my best friend .

I want to let him in.

But I’m afraid,

I’ll get left again.

©Lilly Maxwell, 2016