Breast Cancer, Giving Back (It Is What We All Should Do!)

My own mother passed away over fifteen years ago from breast cancer.  I watched as the mighty woman of 4’11 and 1/2 inches tall, whither away to a minuscule 40 lbs when she died.  The 1/2 inches I added onto to her height, is because she would always add it when asked how tall she was.

Dynamite does come in small packages! But, not even dynamite can beat man’s chemo.

Cancer does not discriminate between gender, race, or even age.  It can ravage the body of a child while the parents stand by watching helplessly.  My own prayer list for healing seems to get longer every day with the word cancer beside each name.  And I am always looking for ways to help or give back whenever I can.

One of my favorite ways to give back to various organizations is to buy from those companies who give a portion of their profits back to communities, and different disease/cure funds.  I recently bought a red  iPhone from Apple because part of my purchase price goes to help fight AIDS. Would I have bought the phone without the charity? No.  I would have waited until my other phone disintegrated first.

One word of warning…Do not give your money to just any organization that comes along.  Sadly a lot of them use the non-profit status and charity to pay themselves six figure salaries.  With only 10% of the money going to their named charity.  You can google the web and find out who gives what and how much before sending your money!

My affiliate WPEngine sent out a recent email concerning giving to Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer.  Here is the email with the links should you care to give.


Hi Joni,

One of WP Engine’s core values is “Aspiring to Lead, Committed to Give Back.” Today we are taking a step back from our normal promotional email and give back to a charity within our community. Our friends at Affiliate Summit are leading a team in the Avon39, raising money to power breast cancer research and fund programs that support those with breast cancer.

The WP Engine team is donating to the cause and we are hoping you will join in as well. To donate, go to affiliatemarketersgiveback.com and help Missy Ward & Shawn Collins reach their team donation goals. You can also help out by spreading the good word through your social media channels.

Suggested tweet:
Help @affiliatesummit raise money for @avon39walk. Donations power breast cancer research & treatment goo.gl/bNqHsy Please donate!

Thanks for your support!
The WP Engine Affiliate Team


I pray you will find time to check out their links and give to a worthy cause.

God Bless You!

LAS VEGAS GIVEAWAY! (AND IT IS HEALTHY)

Who would not love a free trip to Las Vegas?  My affiliate partner Love With Food is giving away a trip for four plus $8,000.00 in prizes and you have to enter by May 15.  They are calling it, Besties’ Las Vegas Giveaway.  If you want to enter with out reading the rest of the story, here is the link.

Copy and paste link in browser.

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=410820&m=53869&u=1324097&afftrack=“>Enter the Besties’ Las Vegas Getaway Sweepstakes!</a>

Love With Food is an amazing company, who donates a portion of their proceeds to fight hunger in America and the world.  Two organizations they support are Feeding America and Global Food Banking Network.  And a company who gives back is my kind of company!

The company is a monthly box subscription business, but they have subscriptions as low as $7.99 a month.  And their products are snacks! Healthy, all natural, organic, and gluten free varieties of snacks! To me this is a dream come true.

When you are grocery shopping and you come to the part of snacks for your family, what aisle do you head to first.  Chips, cookies, or maybe even the frozen ice cream section?  We want to feed our family good healthy snacks for fuel, but if we have never tried them, we are unsure what to pick out.  With Love With Food, we get to find out what they like without having to venture into the grocery store!  I like the idea!

So after you enter the Las Vegas Giveaway, check out their products for your family’s healthier lifestyle.

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=410820&m=53869&u=1324097&afftrack=“>Enter the Besties’ Las Vegas Getaway Sweepstakes!</a>

God Bless You!

Love Remains

Easter weekend quickly approaches and some will be focused on the cross, and some on the chocolate bunnies.  I will be focused on Jesus and my new year with Him.  In case you don’t understand, I believe my new year to be Easter Sunday not January 1.  I do celebrate the changing of the yearly number, but it is more important to me to celebrate the changing of my soul each year.

We go through so much in a year.  Joys, sorrows, struggles, miracles; you name it, we humans experience it.  So I like to think of Good Friday as the day Jesus takes my past year to the middle of hell and leaves all the bad stuff there.  My brat ways, my control freak persona, my self-centered absorption, unkind words thought and said, and anything else along those lines.  Then Jesus brings back the better side of me, especially my heart.  And on Easter Sunday, I start a new Christian year!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Humans die, kingdom don’t last, fads fade away, countries rise and fall because nothing stays the same.  We are all evolving.  The one who has never changed and will never change is Jesus.  Love remains!

This year why not start a new year with me?  No resolutions or fad diets required.  Just the love of Jesus Christ in your life to share with others!

Love Remains by the Scott Family is the perfect video to explain how I feel.  Like I have said before, if I could sing, I would sing for you.  But I want to protect your ears!

I pray this music blesses you the way it blessed my heart!

 

I Am The One Woman Show!

If you are like me, you are a “one woman show” for your business.  Which means you have to cover all the bases like advertising, web site design and promotions; along with managing and writing for  Face Book pages, Blogs, and Websites. Some days it can be over whelming but when you are on a shoe string budget, you have no choice.  And because promoting on the internet is ever-changing; i.e. Google, I have to stay up to date on what is happening.   

I received an email about a webinar which I will be attending and thought I should pass the information to those of you, one man and one woman shows out there.

Here is the email…

Hi Joni,

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is fundamentally changing the way in which site owners deliver experiences on mobile and the landscape of mobile SEO. If you’re a site owner, marketer, developer, or SEO expert, join us for a must see webinar presented by Yoast SEO’s Joost de Valk and WP Engine’s David Vogelpohl.

The AMP landscape is drastically changing, so don’t miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop and stay ahead of the curve as you think about your future SEO and mobile strategy.

You’ll learn:

  • What is AMP and why it matters
  • The controversy behind AMP
  • Considerations for implementing AMP in WordPress
  • Details on deploying AMP in your WordPress environments

Webinar details:

  • When: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 1:00 pm CDT (2:00 pm EDT/11:00 am PDT / 18:00 UTC/GMT)
  • Who: Site owners, Marketers, SEOs, Developers
  • Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Duration: 1 hour (includes Q&A)

There it is one more thing I need to learn and learn well to keep my websites, blogs, and Facebook pages current in the promotion game of the internet.

Here is the link to sign up.  I always set the alarm on my phone to remind me of important webinars. Hope you will join me! GOD BLESS YOU!

AMP for WordPress – WP Engine Webinar with Yoast SEO

Can The Christian Band Mercy Me Get Any Better?

OH YES THEY CAN!  Their new album, Lifer, is amazing, incredible and so uplifting!  Having a bad day? Then go to YouTube and listen to the audio versions, or better yet go to iTunes and just buy it.  I pre-ordered Lifer and received teaser songs one at a time and then bam! The whole album.

Most of the time, when I get a new album, there are maybe 5 or 6 songs I really like.  Rarely do I like all of the songs on an album.  Lifer is one album that I love all of the songs.

The song “Even If” is a good reminder that Pastors, Praise Leaders, and Church teachers, get up on stage every Sunday and lift us up.  It does not matter what has been happening in their lives or the struggles they may be going through.  Have you looked at your Pastor as a human being with the same temptations as the rest of us fallen beings? We are men and women, male and female traveling through this time together for God’s reason.

OK, I won’t tease you too much.  The song I am putting on my site is called “Grace Got You.”  Now, I am going to stop writing so I can start dancing to the song.

God Bless You!

 

Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz?

I thought Friday should be fun or for me, a more tongue-in-cheek kinda day.  I wrote this years ago, when I had had my fill of prosperity preachers.  And sometimes I re-write everything but the chorus.  OLWYBMAMB is a country song that should be sung really twangy, with a stomp of the foot!  If I could sing, I would sing it for you, but I don’t want to ruin your weekend.

So start stomping and pinch your nose tight!

OH LORD WON’T YOU BUY ME A MERCEDES BENZ? BY Joni Berry

 

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
Well, if you ever been living in a little ole town.
Not having wheels don’t mean you can’t get around.
But since them developers came and bought up all the land.
Now, all the townsfolk has jumped on the luxury band.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me  to find a way?
The small Baptist church up on the hill, has a new prosperity preacher,
And Lord, you ought to hear what he has been teachin’ us.
He said if I want my pockets full of hundred dollar bills,
Then give him my paycheck, cause that is God’s will.
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
He said the Lord, will bless me with more than I need.
Well now I am broke, so I is planting a seed.
The funny thing Lord is I don ’t know who he’s been giving to,
Cause he drives a mercedes, nice…shiny…and new!
CHORUS
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I’ve been drivn’ this wreck around since Abe Lincoln was in.
It won’t go in drive so I sa been backing up all day.
Oh, Lord won’t you help me to find a way?
God Bless You!
God Bless America!

My Matcha Arrived!

UPS delivered my Matcha tea today from Art of Tea.  You can find their link on this page.  I am thrilled to start this journey of hopefully better health.  And I will document for you along the way.

For those of you who do not know, I have an auto immune disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis or GPA.  It creates other inflammatory diseases to kill off the body.  So, I have GPA, Lupus, Chronic Acute Asthma, Chronic Acute Upper Respiratory Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Osteoarthritis in my feet, ankles, wrist and hands.  To look at me you would never know unless it is a wheezy day, or you further inspect my nose which is one of my rib bones.

My nose is like a vacant lot, I have nothing left resembling the anatomy of a normal nose.  As-a-matter-of-fact, they want to put a “button” inside to help me breath better. Which is the closing up of the huge crater left in your nose, when everything is gone. Another surgery, yuk!

When first diagnosed, the only traditional medicine I would endure was large doses of steroids.  Try 60 mg a day for months. I had to stop the steroids because angry crazy is not the way I want to live.  As for the chemo drugs…no way! I do not believe in killing the whole body to heal it.  And guess what? I have been doing immune therapy ten years prior to the medical community grasping this new treatment. Funny, Chinese medicine has been doing it for thousands of years. They believe you heal the body by making it strong to fight for itself!

So my friends, I use Eastern medicine, Western medicine, and Homeopathy to keep the disease in what is considered remission.  When I first was diagnosed with Wegeners, I had a tumor growing behind my left eye.  Chemo? Radiation? NO! Cassie’s tea.  A tea used by a nurse starting in the 1920s for her cancer patients. The recipe was given to her by the Native American Indians in her region. (Google Rene Cassie, and Essaic Tea for more information.)

Within 6 weeks the tumor was gone.  My surgeon even wrote down the tea because he was amazed at the results.  And any time I am out of remission, I go back to the Cassie’s tea.  In the mean time I work on getting my body as healthy as possible.

Do not think this stage of healthy was a snap of the finger’s results.  Years and surgeries passed before I was even diagnosed properly.  Once the Cassie’s tea worked for remission, then it took years to find what would actually help build my immune system.   Finding doctors who would stand by what I was doing was difficult.  And not poisoning myself along the way was a strong consideration in every thing I did.  I am still on the journey, because your body changes with age, and our environment changes over the years.

Mixing Western, Eastern, and Homeopathic methods is not something to do without a physician’s supervision or a pharmacist. Always seek professional input and try any thing slowly, in small quantities.  Because in case you did not know, some vitamins that you take to boost your immune system end up in your urine.  Your body knows what it needs and how much, and will vacate the rest.  This is also a waste of your money, because you are literally peeing it away.

When I read about Matcha, I was impressed with the results.  Also, years ago I read a homeopathic physician’s article concerning keeping a green environment in the body.  Because he believed cancer could not grow in a green environment. And since Wegeners and cancer are all about inflammation; inflammation control is my main focus.  Matcha, also has proven results of inflammation control.

Teas have long been a part of Asian and European cultures.  Some are ceremonial, some are for enjoyment and others are specifically for health benefits.  I mean our American forefathers turned Boston harbor into one of the biggest tea parties known.  Tea is an important part of human life and living. In the south if you don’t serve and/or drink sweet tea well you will get a “bless your heart” statement.  Meaning poor, uneducated you or yep that is a Yankee’s pitiful way.

I am just beginning to realize how vital tea can be concerning health and culture. None the less, tea can be an important part of everyone’s life.  Maybe even life changing for some of us!

Please join me on this journey as I document my own personal results!

God Bless You!

God Bless America!