Stage 4 Colon Cancer Survivor Celebrates 3 Years Cancer Free!

The following is a post written by a stage 4 cancer survivor. I got her permission to share her story here. Her name is Dawn Eicher and she is a cancer warrior:

Q: How do you get you through a terrible situation, survive tragedy, overwhelming odds and unbearable pain?
A: You dream big and aim for the sky!

During my years of treatment for stage IV colon cancer, I hit many lows. As you can imagine, much of it has been quite unpleasant. Cancer treatment includes party favors such as high doses of radiation, second degree burns, chemo pumps I wore delivering poison 24/7 directly into my heart. I developed a fatty liver from chemo, mouth/throat sores, stomach cramps, permanent loss of bodily function, UTIs. I experienced extreme nausea (like “worst hangover of your life” mixed with “the worst flu you’ve ever experienced” nausea), major fatigue (like “can’t get out of bed except to pee” tired), 14 new holes in my body due to laparoscopic surgery, loss of internal organs followed by post surgical pain @ an 11 (the scale is 1-10, so this qualifies as “off-the-charts-didn’t-care-if-I-lived-or-died extreme levels of pain”). I had drains coming out of my body, so many scans and pin pricks I’ve lost count, ileostomy bags, chemo sensitivity (when you swallow water if feels like shards of glass in your throat), and I was on powerful narcotics for months at a time. All of these “gifts” were wrapped up in a neat cancer package and accompanied by the constant fear of losing my life. It was and still is very overwhelming at times. Can you say PTSD??!!

Sometimes I wonder how I made it through. Many times during treatment I couldn’t even distract myself by watching TV or reading because I was so sick I couldn’t open my eyes. However, in the far recesses of my mind I found a way to “escape” my bedridden hell by frequently dreaming of tropical isles, pristine beaches and overwater bungalows. I promised myself and Mike that IF I beat those stupid, grim 8% odds of survival and made it to 3 years of remission, we would celebrate as a family and take the trip of a lifetime. I dreamt of taking our family to paradise and making memories that last forever. These daydreams got me through the darkest of days.
Well, this month marks three years in remission! This month I reach the far end of the survival “bell curve” and today we head out on the trip of a lifetime. I will no longer dream of overwater bungalows, we will stay IN ONE! Orana Bora Bora and Aloha Aulani. We will Carpe that Diem and #CannonballLife Here’s to fulfilling wildest dreams and living life like everyday day is your last. So grateful for this second chance at life. I will keep dreaming big and reaching for the sky.

Now this is an awesome story!

If you have a cancer journey story you would like to share, please leave me a comment.

Be well!


It’s Always a Good Time for “Spring Cleaning”! ~ Guest Post

Seasonal Cleaning Tips ~ Sarah Wallace

Even though Spring has passed, and Summer is upon us, it’s still very beneficial to do some “Spring Cleaning”…or really any season cleaning. The health benefits that come from a clean home are well worth the hours of work put in. It’s a smart idea to get yourself prepped before you begin your cleaning. The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center has came up with a few great ideas for preperation, as well as a lost of places to keep in mind while your cleaning routine is in process.

First, get yourself ready with the following:

  • Music: Get yourself pumped up with some great music.
  • Empty house: less people = less distractions.
  • Fresh air: Open up the windows and home there’s a nice breeze!

Next, make a list of the often forgotten, must-clean areas in your house:

  • Under furniture
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heat ducts
  • Behind the toilet
  • Window tracks

I’d also take note of the potential dangers in your home:

  • Cleaning supplies: Keep an eye open for any chemical spills or leaks, particularly underneath the sink or wherever you might store your cleaning products. Also, try to use homemade, organic or natural cleaners to avoid harmful toxins that are often times found in cleaning solutions.
  • Asbestos: It is common for homes built before 1970 to contain asbestos, a fiber that becomes very dangerous when airborne, and can cause a rare cancer called mesothelioma. Common areas for this insulation within ceilings and walls, lining around piping, vinyl floor tiles and exterior roofing and siding. If any of these areas are damaged and you suspect asbestos may be present it is important to contact a professional asbestos abatement company.

Once your cleaning is done you can begin to reap the benefits! Not only is cleaning good for your physical health but mental health as well:

  • Less germs, bacteria and allergens
  • Lowers stress and improves overall mental state
  • Safer home with less clutter and harmful toxins

Hopefully these tips help as you get into your cleaning process. Even if it’s not “Spring” cleaning per say, it’s really helpful to do seasonal home cleanouts to keep your home clean, safe and healthy.


Sarah Wallace is the Sr. Communications Specialist | MAAC
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Zeolite Detox: Guest Post


The following is a guest post written by Greg Stein from Zeolite Bentonit Versand, a health and beauty company based in Chemnitz Germany. He will be writing about the health benefits of zeolite and bentonite. I know soaking my feet in warm water with a tablespoon of bentonite clay detoxes my body, but I didn’t know how beneficial it really is! At the end of the post is a link to their website and their Face Book page in case you want to find out more and want to order a product.

Be well and stay informed!


Zeolite and Bentonite are volcanic minerals that bind to a lot of
harmful toxins, so they’re used as a natural detox. All kinds of
things from toothpaste to skin creams contain it.

Benefits of Zeolite and Bentonite as Health Supplements:

Both Zeolite and Bentonite are well-known for their detoxifying properties, as they are able to successfully remove harmful toxins from the body generally without any side effects or harm to the individual.


Zeolite is generally available in powder form, and can be ingested in capsules or taken as a liquid with the Zeolite powder pre-dissolved. The structure of Zeolite resembles a honeycomb, and it is the negatively charged gaps in the honeycomb-like structure that trap and store harmful toxins within the body. The Zeolite, along with the trapped toxins, is then expelled in the urine within 6-8 hours of ingestion.

Zeolite is fast-working and, as it is flushed away in a mere 6-8 hours, does not remain in the body for long and produces no known side effects. This detoxifying process may increase energy levels within the body, and make the individual feel more awake and refreshed. In addition to its detoxifying properties when taken as a supplement, Zeolite produces many other health benefits within the body. These include:

• Balancing pH levels
• Aiding liver function
• Acting as an antioxidant and improving digestion
• Reducing allergies and asthma
• Improving the function of the immune system
• Reducing inflammation

There have been studies conducted that suggest Zeolite reduces the size of cancerous tumors. However, this is not conclusive and Zeolite should not be relied on as a sole treatment of cancer.


Bentonite has been used for health and internal cleansing benefits since the Roman times, and is still just as successful nowadays. Similarly to Zeolite, Bentonite also removes harmful toxins from the body. In fact, studies have even suggested that extended use of Bentonite can prevent build-up of harmful toxins in addition to removing them. Other benefits of using Bentonite as a health supplement are as follows:

• Relieves symptoms of constipation and bloating
• Aids the digestion process
• Provides a balance of probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract
• Improves the ingestion of nutrients
• Strengthens and supports the function of the immune system
• Protects the body against agents that could reduce the immune system’s effectiveness

So far, both Zeolite and Bentonite are considered to be completely safe to take as health supplements for people of all ages. However, whilst no studies have found known side effects, taking any health supplement should still be approached with caution.
It is recommended that these minerals should not be ingested within 2 hours of taking any other supplements or medicines, and you should always consult a healthcare professional first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
With all this in mind, Zeolite and Bentonite are increasingly popular as supplements, and are used by many for the significant health benefits they can provide.