Link to Above Tweet with Responses:

This Tackk is a
Work in Progress
started for a Wellness Chat
requested by @jenniferbeals
for March 11, 2015
on the Topic of Cancer
Created By: @PeaceAcore
for @WellWeds

Last Updated: 7/13/2015

Other Tackks from Wellness Wednesday Chats
(@WellWeds - Twitter Account)
are here:

Wellness Wednesday (@WellWeds )
is a Twitter Account that was
inspired by Jennifer Beals (@jenniferbeals)
and her #WWTrain's weekly
journeys along the path of Wellness.

@WellWeds was established by
@dgohar , @CanadaWise and @PeaceAcore

We are deeply grateful for
Jennifer Beal's inspiring leadership in bringing Wellness topics to the public
for discussion on her Twitter Account,
and for once again putting the
Wellness Wednesday Train
back on the tracks ...

We Think We Can ...We Know We Can ...
Make a Difference
in Promoting Wellness

I will still be working on this Tackk after the Wellness Chat
on 3/11/2015, so please check back for updates.
If you send me links or pics ~ I will check them out
and include what I can at the end of this Board.
~Katie (@PeaceAcore)

On March 18th at 8 PM - Alesia from @SaferChemicals led a @WellWeds chat on:
"Making the Right Choices:
Limiting You and Your Family's Exposure to Toxic Chemicals."
Link to Poster and (some of) Chat Thread:

This chat will barely scratch the surface -
looking at some facts about cancer and
the promising research that is unfolding every single day.
There will be future Wellness Wednesday Chats
that will continue to focus on cancer -
what we know about it, and what we can do about it.

@Safer Chemicals will join @WellWeds
once again on April 22, 2015

to talk about legislative action regarding
Toxic Chemicals in Products

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families:
A national coalition of parents, health advocates, enviros, cancer survivors and 450 orgs working to protect US families from toxic chemicals.

@SlowMedicineDr ~ Dr. Michael Finkelstein
is a supporterof @WellWeds, has chatted with us,
and I am working with him to schedule a chat soon
from our Twitter Account.  

Please check his Website:

~Katie (@PeaceAcore)

Some Tweets from Jennifer Beals...
Regarding the #WWTrain on 3/11/15 about #Cancer
For Followers' Responses - click links below each Tweet
Part of Wellness Chat is in these Tweets

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In Hindu Mythology, the Goddess Durga
was created by several gods
to vanquish demons/monsters
and establish Good over Evil.
She had many weapons to vanquish
the Demon Mahishasur...
We need to use all of our weapons
of Knowledge, Wellness and Community
to Vanquish the Monster : "Cancer(shasura)"
alluded to in Jennifer Beal's Tweet below:

The Hindu Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga who is one of the most spectacular of all personifications of Cosmic Energy.

Goddess Durga
The Mother Goddess & Her Symbolism

Durga's Three Eyes:
"Like Shiva , Mother Durga is also referred to as "Triyambake" meaning the three eyed Goddess. The left eye represents desire (the moon), the right eye represents action (the sun), and the central eye knowledge (fire)."

Durga's Many Weapons:

" *The conch shell in Durga's hand symbolizes the 'Pranava' or the mystic word 'Om', which indicates her holding on to God in the form of sound.

* The bow and arrows represent energy. By holding both the bow and arrows in one hand "Mother Durga" is indicating her control over both aspects of energy - potential and kinetic.

* The thunderbolt signifies firmness. The devotee of Durga must be firm like thunderbolt in one's convictions. Like the thunderbolt that can break anything against which it strikes, without being affected itself, the devotee needs to attack a challenge without losing his confidence

* The lotus in Durga's hand is not in fully bloomed, It symbolizing certainty of success but not finality. The lotus in Sanskrit is called "pankaja" which means born of mud. Thus, lotus stands for the continuous evolution of the spiritual quality of devotees amidst the worldly mud of lust and greed.

* The "Sudarshan-Chakra" or beautiful discus, which spins around the index finger of the Goddess, while not touching it, signifies that the entire world is subservient to the will of Durga and is at her command. She uses this unfailing weapon to destroy evil and produce an environment conducive to the growth of righteousness.

* The sword that Durga holds in one of her hands symbolizes knowledge, which has the sharpness of a sword. Knowledge which is free from all doubts, is symbolized by the shine of the sword.

* Durga's trident or "trishul" is a symbol of three qualities - Satwa (inactivity), Rajas (activity) and Tamas (non-activity) - and she is remover of all the three types of miseries - physical, mental and spiritual.

* Devi Durga stands on a lion in a fearless pose of "Abhay Mudra", signifying assurance of freedom from fear. The universal mother seems to be saying to all her devotees: "Surrender all actions and duties onto me and I shall release thee from all fears".

Tackk Board from Another Wellness Wednesday Chat:
Dimensions of Wellness
~ Previous Wellness Chat - Lots of Information Here:

Cancer is the Evil Monster
that must be slain.

Cancer is "Cancershasura"...

as so named by Jennifer Beals
when she alluded to
Hindu Mythology and the
slaying of the Great Demon Mahisasura
by the Goddess Durga...

The Monster: "Cancer(shasura)" :

"Cancer is a worldwide scourge
the fastest growing disease on Earth.
By 2030 there will be as many as
22,000,000 cases worldwide "
Documentary: The Emperor of Maladies

In the U.S. alone - on average ...
cancer kills more than 68 people
every hour - more than 1,643 every day -
more than 600,000 people
every single year.


"Illness is the night-side of life,
a more onerous citizenship.
Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship,
in the kingdom of the well
and in the kingdom of the sick.
Although we all prefer to
use only the good passport,
sooner or later each of us is obliged,
at least for a spell,
to identify ourselves as
citizens of that other place."
~Susan Sontag

A Personal Reflection on Having Had Cancer
By Katie (@PeaceAcore)

I am a 9 year survivor of Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.
For many years I had been an unwilling "citizen" of that place that Susan Sontag describes as the "night side of life".
There was a time when I could not say
these words:
"I have/had cancer" - because the fear of having cancer ferociously gripped and suffocated my being.
Merely uttering its very name seemed to give it a
greater terrifying power over my life.
Over time I have learned that while,
indeed - I had cancer -
what was more important was that - 
cancer DID NOT HAVE me.

When I was diagnosed,
I was a single, adoptive Mom
of two teenagers, whom I had raised since their infancy.
I was a Middle School Teacher and
their sole financial supporter.

I remember the exact moment when
the doctor said those terrifying words,
unleashing that horrible monster's power over me:
"You have CANCER"

The floor beneath me seemed to have opened up -
and I was free falling with the greatest anxiety
I had ever known in my life.
I almost lost my mother to cancer
when she was only 46.  
She went through radical surgery
and refused chemotherapy -
and is still alive today.  
My father died of cancer, when he was only 60,
and I had lost my brother to cancer
only three years before my diagnosis.

I grew up on Staten Island in New York City,
and while I loved my house,
which seemed so safe and secure  
with its beautiful, big backyard
and close knit neighborhood;
it was located on the North Shore -
the part of the Island where insidious winds
drifted from New Jersey's "Cancer Alley" -
a stretch of the NJ Turnpike that had the nation's
highest concentration of chemical factories.
Could that have been a major factor in why
cancer struck so many in my family
and my community -
some while I was just a kid,
and others decades later?

After my diagnosis,
I remember being terrified about
what was going to happen to me -
but more importantly,
about what would happen
with my precious children -
my Heart and my Soul.

It was a long, hard struggle, with several setbacks,
but I survived with the support of loved ones,
an excellent surgical oncologist and medical team,  
friends, colleagues, and students.

I am well now -
and humbled and grateful - every day -
that I have survived.
I don't mind calling myself a Warrior -
because I fought very hard,
and according to my oncologist -
my own very strong immune system
(which I must have inherited from my mother) saved my life.

I was not the only Warrior, however.
My children, other loved ones, friends,
nurses, doctors, medical personnel -
all, who were a part of my battle...
all who were fighting along side me -
were also  Warriors.

The people who struggle through cancer,
and succumb within its evil clutches -
were the bravest of Warriors -
not losers in the battle against cancer.

Those who devote their lives to medical research
to find innovative and promising treatments,
and possibly - one day - a cure... are Warriors...

and those who are dedicated and steadfast  
advocates and activists for cleaner air and water,
a safer food supply and personal care products
are also Warriors in the battle
to slay the monster that is cancer.

It takes a community of people working together
to improve physical and environmental #Wellness
for the nation, the planet,
our children and future generations.

Like the Goddess Durga who is depicted
as having 8-10 arms - with various weapons,
we need to employ every dimension of
Wellness and Wisdom
to slay the terrible monster - Cancer.  


While there were so many who helped me
through the struggles of surgery and recovery,
followed by months of
debilitating chemotherapy treatments,
there was one thing I longed for -
and that was to meet and talk to someone,
who had survived ovarian cancer -
someone who could show me that it was possible - and that a diagnosis of cancer was
not necessarily a death sentence...
someone who could give me HOPE.

If I can be that someone for others,
who are terrified by a recent diagnosis ...
that someone who can say -
"Look I have had cancer -
and I am still here...
you can do this." ...
someone who could give HOPE to another...
that would be great.

~ Katie (@PeaceAcore)

Above Design By: Katie ~ @PeaceAcore

We All NEED to be Warriors in the fight against
the monster that is cancer - #Community ...

Jennifer Beals - Campaign for Healthier Solutions

                               Environmental Justice Health Alliance

"New Report Finds 81% of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain One or More Hazardous Chemicals Linked to Learning Disabilities, Cancer & Other Serious Illnesses."
See more at:

Climate Justice Initiative:


Jennifer Beals is a strong supporter of the
Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center (see links below the video....)

Breast Cancer and the Environment

More Information at:
Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center:

The Children’s Environmental Health Center

"At the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC), we conduct groundbreaking research to identify the environmental causes of childhood disease. We translate these findings into solutions that protect children’s health — using research to educate families and change public policy."

“Courage starts with showing up
and letting ourselves be seen.”
~Brené Brown

Link to Image Above:

Writing Program: Visible Ink
"Visible Ink offers Memorial Sloan Kettering patients the opportunity to express themselves in writing with the individual support of an experienced writing mentor.
Our mission is to promote creativity, stress reduction, and personal empowerment for people diagnosed with cancer."

Visible Ink 2014 Staged Reading

Information About Above Video:
"4th Angel ~
Patient & Caregiver Mentoring Program

Have you had a cancer diagnosis? We have too…
Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery.

Connect with a 4th Angel and talk to someone who understands."

Telling Cancer's Story;

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book about cancer becomes a documentary after noted filmmaker Ken Burns signs on.
By Marilyn Fenichel

"When Siddhartha Mukherjee was an oncology fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he was sometimes unable to answer questions that patients asked about the origins of cancer, how treatments had evolved, and progress in developing new therapies. He looked for a book to guide him, but he couldn’t find one. 'I was astonished by this,' says Mukherjee, who is now an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University in New York City. 'Here we were, 4,000 years in one of the most complex, long-standing human projects in history, and we didn’t have a roadmap to where we had come from, where we were going, why we were here, and what was happening next.' Mukherjee decided to write a book to answer these important questions and devoted several years to the project."

"Here we were, 4,000 years in one
of the most complex, long-standing human projects in history,
and we didn't have a roadmap
to where we had come from,
where we were going, why we were here,
and what was happening next.”
~Siddhartha Mukherjee

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Ken Burns Presents ~  Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
A Film by Barak Goodman
Aired: 03/30/2015
"THE STORY OF CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report."

Cancer: "The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of lasting cures."

~ Trailer:


Cancer: A Conversation ~ Aired: 02/17/2015

"This 30-minute special features a roundtable conversation hosted by Katie Couric of Yahoo! News and co-founder of “Stand Up To Cancer.” Couric interviews Ken Burns; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA and a cancer survivor; and Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book upon which the film is based."

"Have you ever wondered which chemicals are linked to breast cancer and why? Or which plastic recycling codes may tell a toxic story? Or why BPA is so harmful?

You can find the answers to these questions—and hundreds more-- at Get a quick guided intro to our science web experience."

HBO: Vice Report ~ Killing Cancer:
Vice Season 3 Special Report: Killing Cancer Debrief (HBO)

"Support lifesaving research at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center — every gift will be DOUBLED!
Mayo Clinic, recognized for developing cutting-edge cancer therapies in HBO’s VICE Special Report: Killing Cancer, relies on supporters to make cures a reality.

The CEO of Vice Media, Shane Smith, is so impressed with Mayo Clinic’s pioneering research that he has offered a $500,000 matching gift to cancer research in honor of his mother, a cancer survivor.

This is your chance to make twice the impact on the groundbreaking research happening at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center — research that could one day lead to a cure for cancer.

Right now every dollar you give in support of cancer research will be matched up to $500,000."

Abramson Cancer Center:
How T-Cell Immunotherapy for Leukemia Works

Promising Research and Studies
(This is only a sampling)

JOHNS HOPKINS (US)-An experimental drug derived from a poisonous weed can travel harmlessly through the bloodstream until it detects cancer

Link to image above:


Posted by Vanessa Wasta-Johns Hopkins on July 10, 2012
"An experimental drug derived from a poisonous weed can travel harmlessly through the bloodstream until it detects cancer cells and kills them.
In laboratory studies, the researchers say, a three-day course of the drug G202 shrunk human prostate tumors grown in mice by an average of 50 percent within 30 days. It far outperformed docetaxel, a chemotherapy drug now used against prostate cancer, and was also highly effective against animal models of human breast cancer, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer.
The study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and from Denmark was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine."
Article Continued at:


Posted by Mike Williams-Rice on December 10, 2012

"RICE (US) — Activated by a pulse of laser light, nanobubbles can kill diseased cells while leaving healthy cells untouched.

This unique use for tunable plasmonic nanobubbles, developed in the Rice University lab of Dmitri Lapotko, shows promise to replace several difficult processes now used to treat cancer patients, among others, with a fast, simple, multifunctional procedure.

The research is the focus of a paper published in the journal ACS Nano.

Plasmonic nanobubbles that are 10,000 times smaller than a human hair cause tiny explosions. The bubbles form around plasmonic gold nanoparticles that heat up when excited by an outside energy source—in this case, a short laser pulse—and vaporize a thin layer of liquid near the particle’s surface. The vapor bubble quickly expands and collapses.

Lapotko and colleagues had already found that plasmonic nanobubbles kill cancer cells by literally exploding them without damage to healthy neighbors, a process that showed much higher precision and selectivity compared with those mediated by gold nanoparticles alone, he adds."
Continued at:



"The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist."

The Anticancer Diet ~Reduce Cancer Risk Through the Foods You Eat

By David Khayat

"In this international bestseller, Dr. Khayat provides easy-to-follow and often surprising guidelines on what are now known to be the foods most likely to reduce the risk of cancer. For those of a scientific bent, he explains what cancer is and how it develops. Bringing together his own research with that of other major cancer specialists, he breaks down what the studies mean, which ones provide the most solid evidence, and how to use their results in you and your family s diet."

Slow Medicine: Hope and Healing for Chronic Illness
~Michael Finkelstein, M.D.
Everything is inter-dependent—muscles and nerves, bodies and minds, people and planet – and each connecting thread has a domino effect on the other. To achieve and sustain optimal health, we therefore need perspective that goes beyond the obvious symptoms. We need to become aware of each area of our lives and explore how to optimize our wellness, not only within each of these areas but also through their harmonious integration. The best “quick fix” for our health, you see, is not a quick fix after all; rather, it is Slow Medicine – a methodical, step-by-step process of asking questions that lead to awareness that turns into action that results in optimal health. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt. Ready to begin?"

Cancer Today - Practical Knowledge - Real Hope


Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families:
@SaferChemicals Website: ~


Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

The Slow Medicine Doctor:
Twitter:  @SlowMedicineDr


* 5 tips to reduce your risk and protect the planet:

* 6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me:

* 6 Tips for Smoothies When You Have Cancer (Infographic):

* Choose Safe Cosmetics:

* Nanotechnology:

* Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
What are #PAHs ? Multiple studies link breast #cancer incidence with PAH exposure:

* Shining Light on Skin Cancer:

* U.S. News and World Report - Hospital Rankings:

Posts From Followers:

The Flower of Life ~ From: Petra @petzi2404 (Follower of @WellWeds):

"The picture of this flower of Life (shown above) was made by my friend, she is an artist and wanted to express this powerful symbol in one of her paintings.

For many thousands of years, the symbol of the flower of life, which consists of 19 circles is known in many cultures around the world as a symbol of power. The flower of life is well known for example, in Greece as well as in Egypt, China, Japan and Tibet. Not only in Europe, the flower of life is today used as a protective sign . In some cultures it is even considered sacred.

Probably the oldest representation of the Flower of Life is about 5000 years old and in the temple of Abydos, on the pillars of the temple complex of Osireion, in Middle Egypt. With an estimated age of about 2000 years, a picture of the flower of Life was found in a monastery in Tibet.

It is considered as a symbolic representation of cosmic order and the recurring life. The flower of Life has a harmonizing effect. It supports in removing blockages that impede our energetic system and ensure the free flow of our life energy again."
~ Petra (Follower of @WellWeds)

Infographic sent it by @labrys75
America's Cancer Clusters [Infographic - Above]

"Generally, I like to keep a positive focus here at sustainablog: there are plenty of other information sources out there on the environmental challenges we face. But, every so often, we can use a reminder of what we’re up against. This infographic nicely sums up one of the potential outcomes of releasing toxins into the environment: cancer.

No doubt, some of us have a genetic predisposition to forms of this disease, and there are causes of it that we’d label “natural.” But the broad view of what’s causing cancer in the US is pretty scary."

Above Poster From: @Lizzebit

Twitlonger from Lillian May @Lillianna277:
"A Wing & A Prayer Poem" by Michelle Butler:

Poem from Mare: