Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A New Poster As Free Digital File

If you have not been a follower of my other blog, "Original Art Studio", you may not know that in 2008 my thirty-six year old daughter was diagnosed with lung cancer.  I wrote about my experience accompanying her on the journey from the shock of diagnosis, through major thoracic surgery, through recovery, to her body/mind/spirit adjustment to this new and alarming reality in her life.  (You can read those posts on Original Art Studio here and here.)

One of my (and also my daughter's) coping strategies in any crisis is to learn as much as possible about all the related variables so that I/we can make informed choices and at least have some sense of understanding, even if during the crisis I/we have no sense of control.  So once over the initial shock of the diagnosis and surgery, my daughter and I did a lot of research about cancer and what science knows about its causes. 

As a result of that research, my daughter has made some radical changes to her life.  (My husband and I have too!)   She had removed herself from a toxic marriage just prior to her diagnosis and was still working at recognizing and releasing the toxic emotions that had (in my therapeutic opinion) grown out of control into a a tumor which symbolized how little room to breathe there was in that relationship.  (Her cancerous tumor blocked 98% of one of her bronchial tubes.  The blockage was in the part of the bronchial tube that is inside the lung.)  After surgical removal of the tumor her challenge, as she saw it, was to remove all other possible toxins in her life.  BTW she was never a smoker so that was not one of the toxins she had to remove.

Two books (out of dozens) that were pivotal in her change to toxin-free living were:

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.,  and

AntiCancer:  A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.

Research on the internet led her to in-depth medical papers about her particular form of cancer ("carcinoid", a neuro-endocrine form of cancer - the same form of cancer that afflicted Steve Jobs although his carcinoid tumor was first discovered in his pancreas, which is considered much more dangerous).  When she meets new doctors, they invariably assume she is a physician due to her comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the topic.  As well as her full time jobs of parenting two beautiful girls and as a business professional, she manages a hot-line for her type of cancer here in the province of Quebec.

Add in my background in psychology and education - and my recent dabbling in Photoshop - to all our research and I decided to create a poster to share some of our newly acquired information and new anti-cancer lifestyle.   Whether you want to use the information to try to prevent cancer (as I am), or to fight cancer if you have already been diagnosed (as my daughter is), I believe you can benefit from this poster.  Perhaps it will motivate you to do your own research and make the simple life changes that help make your body/mind/spirit an anti-cancer environment.

As with the poster I recently created on Depression (you can download the digital file for it here or from my sidebar), I do not want to be involved in printing, packaging, profiting from, or shipping this as a tangible product, so I am offering this poster to you for free as a digital file.  It was designed in an 18 inch by 24 inch file, 300 dpi resolution.  You then have the choice of how you want to print it yourself. 

You are welcome to download the digital file for non-commercial use only.  This means you may not sell (or re-gift it in large quantities) as either a paper poster or as a digital file.  If you post it on your blog, I ask that you make a link to this blog for your readers to make their download here.

Download this free digital file by clicking HERE.

While no regimen or lifestyle changes can guarantee anything, the recommendations in this poster can certainly help you clean up your physical and emotional environs - if that is your wish.  My primary hope is that it motivates you to think seriously about the effects of what you absorb into your body/mind/spirit and do your own research to determine how you want to best live your one life.

BTW, my daughter is doing very well now.  She is a  now a vegetarian who also tries to avoid dairy, eggs, sugar and wheat.  She is also a runner and in the best shape of her life - not that she was ever visibly out of shape. 

While she is exhibiting no outward signs of recurrence, she is currently, at her doctor's request, undergoing a new round of scans and tests to verify that she is cancer free three years after surgery.  This new round of tests is a concrete reminder that once you have cancer it can hover over your life like a dark cloud.  Taking life one day a time, loving and appreciating every moment you have while you have it, is the best strategy for not letting the on-going threat of cancer be a toxin itself in your life.  Byron Katie's book, Loving What Is helped and continues to help us absorb the emotional reality of having cancer touch our lives.

I hope you will take advantage of this free digital download, perhaps print it and give the printed poster it to those who might find it of use. 

Good health and a very happy new year to you all. 


  1. I recently made some changes to my lifestyle. Already following some of the guidelines on your poster, going Gluten free and eating more vegetables and fruit. Some changes are easier than others, but I am already feeling better and looking forward to a great 2012.

    Wishing you and your daughter all the very best for the New Year.

  2. I hadn't realized how cancer has touched your daughter's life Bonnie; I'm sorry of your heartache. It is something we seem unable to escape. Making changes to move head-strong forwards is a good route. Thank you for your nformative posters.

  3. Bonnie thank you so much for this wonderful poster. My prayers will truly be with both you and your daughter. Sounds as if she is doing well at 3 years out. I can totally empathize with your feelings of needing to fix this..... have experienced this my self. As a nurse practitioner, I spend many hours trying to manipulate everything possible when I had a close family member who was quite ill. Through a long time and much trial and error, I really did discover that I was not in "control", and just needed to be there..... just like you are doing. Had not read or heard anything about this before, and was only able to find one post that you did, but am definitely interested in "following" on this, and will remember you and your daughter in my prayers. what a great share it is to put out this poster, and definitely can think of someone who will really need and appreciate this. Thank you so much!!!! Know how hard it is to be "the mother" and not be "the professional". Really tough, and especially with your precious daughter! Hugs from Jeanne

  4. such a powerful poster. thank you so much for sharing your story with us. means a lot.
    {{hugs}} to both of you

  5. Hi Bonnie - In your typical giving spirit you have created a wonderfully informative poster. Wishing your daughter continued good health throughout the new year and all the years to follow.

  6. Bonnie, this is a wonderful gift. I also believe in a strong mind body connection, and I'm going to share this with my sister who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I think it will really resonate with her as well. So glad to hear your daughter is doing so well. She's very lucky to have you by her side through this.

  7. Wonderful Gift! My husband was recently diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer. This poster is greatly appreciated, thanks for sharing and God Bless you and your family!

  8. Wonderful Gift. My husband was recently diagnosed with an aggressive terminal cancer. Positive thinking and stress management is a must for daily living. Thanks for sharing and God Bless you and your family:)

  9. Beautiful gift. Your blog is a work of art and life in and of itself. I hope that your daughter stays well for a very long time. :)


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