Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Look At Cancer From The OUTSIDE -by Joe in Outdoors! 

There are many weapons in our arsenal against cancer.  We are grateful for a long list:
  • world class Oncologists & teams
  • prayers from family/friends of faith
  • positive thoughts from family/friends who are agnostic/atheist
  • financial assistance from Medicare, insurance and family
  • support and advice from other cancer patients & survivors
  • getting in top physical condition via exercise & diet

But another very important aspect is our increased hiking & kayaking.  What wonderful places we have been this year!  Hiking trails high in the Olympic Mountain Range.  Other spectacular hikes in the Cascade Mountain Range.  We've also begun a tradition of taking communion together on the mountain summits we reach.  Our faith and hope get such a boost from alpine heights and majestic Northwestern forests.  In the kayak we get to see so much wildlife, so many beautiful scenes. 

If you are fighting cancer or doing all you can to stay in remission, we urge you to find an outdoor activity you love and take the time to enjoy it!

As always, THANK YOU for your continued caring & support!

Love & Blessings,
- Joe


  1. What a wonderful, positive blog post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Well said Joe and the gifts and treasures of nature are given freely for all to enjoy. "Beauty can be shy or radiant depending on the quality of the soul that seeks her presence." Brilliant positive blog to encourage and help all but then you can expect no less from two such lovely people.

  3. I've just discovered your blog! Joe, you are so inspiring. Nature is a wonderful healer. People who get out in nature - or even see it from hospital windows - usually heal faster, according to research. Despite my pain today, I am feeling happy and ready to get done what I can and enjoy my blessings!! So many blessing upon you and Heidi!! Love you both!!

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  5. Hi Joe, I am a Recreational Therapist and can not agree more! This is one of my favorite quotes:
    "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~John Burroughs

  6. Hi Joe,

    Beautiful post. I keep thinking of you and Heidi, thought I better check in here. Miss you on twitter.