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Amazing Bone Broth

For anyone that has known me the last few years, knows that bone broth is a part of my weekly routine. There is something about it, that when you drink it, your body just tells you, “this is what I need.” It craves the minerals and nutrition that you get from cooking up a homemade broth. I know the word Bone Broth just sounds like it would be gross, but really all it is is just any bones from the meat or fish you eat and using those bones to simmer for 24 hours in some water, with some spices and creating a beautiful soup.

I first learned about bone broth about 4 years ago as I was studying how to help my knee. I had an injury in high school on my left knee that would get inflamed when I exercised. I started adding it in our diets every once in awhile and loved how it made me feel. As I learned about GAPS and how important it is to heal the gut, I really started to understand the benefits of bone broth.

Benefits:

1. It heals a leaky gut.

The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.
2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.

A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.
The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.

The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money.

Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.
7. Super easy to make.

All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements.

Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.

Gut-Healing Chicken Broth Recipe

Ingredients:

Fill you crock pot, stove top pot, or your pressure cooker with bones. This can be a chicken carcass, beef bones, marrow bones, fish bones, ANY bones will work.

Add some a few carrots, celery, onion pieces, garlic cloves

Add some sea salt 1-2 TBS

Add some herbs and seasonings to make it delicious and beneficial. I like to use 1 TBS Tumeric with some fresh ground pepper, chile powder, lemon grass or ginger, organic seasoning mixes. Play around with it.

Directions:

Place all of the above ingredients in a crockpot or stove top and cook on low heat for 8 -10 hours. If you are using a pressure cooker, then I run mine about 90 minutes, but I have heard some people doing it in 30 minutes. I use a Instapot, which makes it super easy. You just set your timer and push start.

I make this just before bed and it’s ready and hot for breakfast.

You can store any excess broth in the freezer and defrost for a later time. It will last 6 months in your freezer and 4-5 days in your fridge.

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Infertility

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I got amazing new tonight from a friend that has been struggling with infertility. She came to my retreat and was determined to get her health back in order with food and not hormones and medications. She did the work, and she just found out she is pregnant. This photo was just taken on our trip to San Diego not long ago with my family. As I look as my four kids, I realize how lucky and blessed I have been to have my children. It is something that we can so easily take for granted when so many are not struggling with this issue. I just want to offer hope to those that are struggling. Getting you hormones balanced, giving your liver a break from toxins, and rebuilding your bodies, especially the gut, can help to get everything working how it should again.

I struggled a few years ago, after being Vegan for a few years, with no periods. I had seen three different doctors who wanted to put me on medications from Metformin, to birth control, to thyroxin. I realized that my body was trying to tell me something. I started to research, study, and be open minded. One of the best books I read was “The better baby book” by Lana and Dave Asprey. I wasn’t trying to get pregnant, but knew it was all related so I read that book and started to realize how important organic grass-fed saturated animal fats, pastured egg yolks and toxin-free foods were in a diet. I started to add those back into my diet, stop chronic cardio workouts, eliminate toxins from my beauty routine, and start to do yoga, meditation, and work on my sleep. I got my period back within months and it has been regular since as long as I take care of myself. You have to look at the toxic load your taking in and on your body everyday. You need to look at your adrenal health and your workout schedule. You need to look at how many chemicals your putting on your body that can disrupt estrogen. There are a ton of factors that went into getting my hormones back in check. We have been working on healing our guts using the GAPS diet, probiotic foods to re-populate the good bacteria, adding supplementation and drinking bone broth almost everyday. We already had the veggies and greens as part of our every meal routine, the healthy fats was a big part that was missing. I also have read the “Iodine Crisis” which I would recommend to anyone struggling with breast cancer, tumors, PCOS, and other hormonal issues.

There is definitely hope and I believe that you can totally help your body to heal. Here is a few key recommendations.

  1. Start eating wild salmon, organic grass fed meats, organ meats or desiccated liver supplements, on a daily basis.
  2. Eat organic pastured eggs, leaving the yolks runny or raw if your throwing them in your smoothie or homemade ice cream. Tryptophan, selenium, iodine, phosphorus, riboflavin, choline, folate, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin D, and lot of good protein and fats are just a few reasons to eat healthy eggs. Most of the nutrients are in the yolk, so no more egg white omelets.
  3. Eat good quality coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, and good quality olive oil (not cooked, just raw like in salad dressings. Eat avocados any chance you can or even in your smoothies or chocolate avocado pudding.
  4. Look at the GAPS diet and follow their guidelines for what foods heal the gut lining and what foods destroy it. Eliminate gluten from your diet and start to repopulate the gut with probiotic foods and supplements
  5. Stop using plastic, especially to warm up your food. Try and avoid the microwave as much as possible and just heat things up on your stove.
  6. Start cooking at home, most restaurants use toxic oils, sugars, and cheap meat and ingredients so make eating out more of a rare occasion.
  7. Try and eliminate sugar, soda, and processed foods from your diet.
  8. Don’t overdo long hours of cardio. Do burst training workouts that are shorter and more intense a few times a week. Walk and do yoga more and try and meditate and relax.
  9. Work on sleeping well overnight. Read Shaun Stevenson’s new book on sleep and follow all his guidelines.
  10. Try not too stress. Meditate, go outside more, use essential oils for healing and support. Supplement with whole food nutrition supplements and superfoods.

We could honestly go on for hours, but really I am just feeling so grateful for my sweet new friend and her joy in finding out she is pregnant. What a gift we are all given to have the ability to feed ourselves with the foods that can actually heal ourself. All disease begins in the gut and let food be thy medicine. These are words to live by.

Toxic Free Skincare

 

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Here is a photo of me and my cute husband. I am a little shiny in this photo because we are in Cancun but I picked this photo so you could hopefully see my skin. I don’t have any foundation or cover up on my skin. I just have my lashes on and a little eye liner and lipstick. I just want you to know that I don’t have perfect skin, but I do get a lot of compliments on it. I still get surprised when I do because I went through years of antibiotics for acne, including Acutaine when I was 19. I wish I could go back and do that all over again. I used all kinds of toxic face crap and lots of foundation to cover up my blemishes and scars. I had no idea that it really starts with what you feed yourself. My skin has actually gotten better over the years and looks better than it did 10 years ago, even though I am 10 years older. It is definitely not perfect and I still have insecurities about wrinkles and my smile lines, but I am learning that healthy fats and an iodine supplement are both helping me with some of those fine lines. I know aging is something we just have to accept, but I want it to happen as slowly as possible!

Almost 100% of the time I don’t wear any foundation, except a little under my eyes to brighten up my skin, then a little mineral make up on my eyes and maybe some lipstick. Most days I just have my eyelash extension on, and that is it. So, is it perfect? Nope! They use a glue that isn’t totally clean to attach the eyelash extensions. I have switched almost everything over, but still have a few items that I love the color but it’s not clean so I just don’t use it that often. You just take it one step at a time. I am not asking all of us to be complete hippies and not wear any make up or wash our hair ever. So, how do we keep all the toxins out of our daily routine and still feel pretty? Is there an alternative for the same product that is clean? There are so many wonderful brands out there now that are clean and luxurious and really beautiful. I am still exploring some myself. Most of my make up is mineral make up, but i would love to try some of the other brands I have seen on-line. One area that we can really save ourselves is on our skin care and routine with daily washing and caring for our face and body. This is one areas that I have down and can completely go toxin free here. I am still working on my make up, but have almost found everything I love in a cleaner version. I just have to find a few colors I love in lipsticks and then I thin I am set. Now to our skin care!

Here is my recommendations:

Don’t use any kind of hard soaps when cleaning your body or face. All you need to do is wash your pits and bits when you shower and bath. A great way to clean is just to use a hot washcloths and some jojoba, avocado, or olive oil and oil cleanse those areas. Also, coconut oil works wonderful because it is antibacterial and anti fungal. You can put the coconut oil right on the areas and then use your washcloths to gentle wash the oil off and the dirtiness with come with it. This is how I always wash my face. I usually use coconut oil, straight out of the jar, rub all over my face and then use a hot washcloth and set it on my face for 10 seconds, then slowly remove the oil with the cloth. It feels awesome. Then I add some avocado or jojoba oil and essential oils on my face to moisturize. Don’t waste money on cleaners and moisturizers. Save that money for organic produce and meats.
Less is more! Just use a small amount of make up or none at all when your just cleaning your home and working in the yard. It is wonderful to feel pretty everyday, but save your skin for the nights your going out on the town and then look into clean brands to replace the make up you love. I have found that just using essential oils on my skin, makes me feel great. Take a deep couple of breaths of the oil before you place it on your body and then get dressed and do your hair well enough that you feel great and can accomplish what you need too for the day. Your skin will have way less breakouts and even your skin tone will even out when you can let it breath and not clog your pores with makeup. I actually think that less make up is more attractive than too much. I like the natural look and like to see the real beauty in women. We all need to find that balance for yourself so you can feel good about yourself everyday.
Stop using any perfumes! This is the worst. No more perfumes or body sprays please. Just use essential oils and mix them with some jojoba or avocado oil and rub on your wrists, or behind your ears. I love the Ameo oils but any high quality essential oil will work great. You also get therapeutic benefits from so many oils once you start learning about them. They are a staple in our home and have replaces almost everything that used to be in our medicine cabinet.
Stop using regular deodorant! Either make your own, which I will share a recipe with you, or buy a clean brand that doesn’t have any toxic ingredients in it like aluminum. You can even just use coconut oil and baking soda and add a few drops of lavender if you want. Your lymph nodes in your arm pits are connected with breast cancer rates. This is an area you do not want to add harmful substances on your skin.
I think this is a good place to start. Find your real inner beauty and embrace it! The ironic part is that I think you get more beautiful truly when you start doing these things. The skin becomes clearer, brighter, and glows. What you feed your body is so important but don’t forget that our skin in our biggest organ and absorbs everything we put on it. How do you think Nicotine Patches work???

These are the two recipes I like:

Homemade Deodorant with Shea Butter

Ingredients:

3 T Coconut Oil
3 T Baking Soda
2 T Shea Butter
2 T Arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
Essential Oils (optional)

Instructions:

Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out… This can also be done in the microwave if you have one.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit)
Mix well
Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!
NOTE: It may take several hours to completely harden and this process can be sped up by putting in the fridge for a few minutes.

If you don’t have all those ingredients around, or don’t want to wash a double boiler, this recipe is faster and easier:

Coconut Oil Homemade Deodorant Recipe

Ingredients:

6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
essential oils (optional)
Instructions:

Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.
Why Use Natural Deodorant?

Start to just replace one thing at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed, but do try and do this. You might be working so hard to eat right but if your putting toxins all over your body, then your still getting them everyday and it might be what is messing up your hormones, gut, sleep, fertility, ect. I hope this all helps a little. Take care you all and I hope to blog more now. I have missed sharing with all of you!!

Magnesium Oil

Did you know that 99% of us are deficient in the worlds most important mineral? Magnesium is a master mineral. It is responsible for over 350 life providing reactions in the body.

This may just be the simplest, most elegant solution to our most common issues… low energy, broken focus, reduced memory comprehension, sleep problems, high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, joint pain, cravings, and More. If we can absorb more magnesium than we  can help the body functions like our immune response, metabolizing fats, carbs, amino acids, nervous & muscular support, proper cardiac & brain function, blood sugar, blood pressure, energy & protein synthesis, the formation of strong bones & teeth… cellular health….And the list go’s on and on… and on.

We know that the skin is the biggest organ and a great and safe way to absorb this important mineral. I wanted to share this recipe for making Magnesium Oil. This recipe can also serves as a deodorant, when sprayed under your arm pits, rub,  and let dry for 5 seconds.  After I make this oil recipe, I just add my favorite essential oil. I like lavender and frankincense for my personal deodorant. You can also make some great body butter recipes with this oil or just use it all my itself to help you relax and sleep better.

Magnesium oil:

ingredients

  • 1 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes (This is the ones I use)
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)

    instructions

    1. Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture. Put the Magnesium Chloride

  1. Flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  2. Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

how to use magnesium oil

Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily. I use 10-20 sprays per day. It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.
You can leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. I usually apply after a shower and then use coconut oil or a lotion bar to moisturize about 5 minutes later.

Even more reasons why you should go off gluten

More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.

It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?

If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:
Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.

Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.

Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.

Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.

Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.

Migraine headaches.

Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.

How to test for gluten intolerance?
I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do an elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.

The best advice that I share is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them. In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must elimination 100% of the gluten from your diet.

How to treat gluten intolerance?
Eliminating gluten 100% from your diet means 100%. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body.

The 80/20 rule or “we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out” is a complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600%. That’s crazy right?

Why does it seem so hard for everyone? They don’t even want to think about not having bread so they close their minds and ears when they hear these statistics. I have family members that have many of these signs, but won’t even think about not having gluten in their daily diets. I just want you to know, that you can do it. It seems overwhelming, but once you commit, there are so many possibilities and recipes to replace your favorite gluten containing foods, with better whole food ingredients that will truly heal the body instead of cause inflammation and disease.

I just heard today a podcast that said that anyone with leaky gut issues, which is 95% of america should not have wheat in any form, even ancient wheat. It is just way to hard to digest and not meant for our guts. Most grains in general are hard to digest, especially if not prepared properly. Try to open your mind to the possibility that you may feel better than you realized you could just by going off gluten.

Foods that are banned in other countries but not here. This is CRAZY!

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Just some photos to remind everyone to spend time with your beautiful friends and family. I wish I had more photos of ALL the amazing people in my life. Truly Blessed.

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Happy Halloween. Enjoy this fun day with your family and choose some treats made with wholesome ingredients and not any on this list.

I am making a new goal to write on my blog again. It has been hard since we have lost my sister Angie to cancer, but I still want to share, post, and together get rid of all the toxins and food that we are poisening ourselves and loved ones with. It takes a village and we need to all work together. I am learning important lessons from losing someone I loved so much. One of them is spending more quality time with my husband, kid, family, and friends. My computer is so backed up and out of memory that it has been hard to download anything, but I will hopefully be fixing all that in the next month. For now, I will post some really important articles or write some post and if you like video, follow me on Facebook, Instagram @the_healthmama, and Periscope. I am still posting little videos on those sites because I can go straight from my phone. Thank you all for being patient.

In the meantime, please click on this link and just look at these foods. Even though the United States is more worried about making money than our well-being, we can take charge of our own family and stop eating these foods.

Click here: 10 Banned Foods

We lost Angie

This video was made by Justin Eller. These were a few of their favorite songs they listened to together.

Angela Sargent Eller, our very dear wife, mother, daughter, sister, nurse and friend left us suddenly after a courageous battle with lung cancer on August 6, 2015 at the age of 41. It came more sudden that we were all prepared for.

Angie was born on July 2, 1974 to Lloyd Neil Sargent and Marilyn Horman Scoresby in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We have 8 children in our family, 4 boys and 4 girls. My mother had Bryce, Janeal, Kevin, Lorraine, and then waited 8 years and had Alan, Angie, Travis and Denise. She was named Angela because she was like an angel. She was an easy baby and had beautiful natural curly blond hair. When she was four years old she read the store names and surprised my mom that she could read. Mom asked her where she learned to read and she said from Sesame Street and Electric Company. In the parent teacher meeting in Kindergarten, her teacher told mom that Angie passed off every skill she needed to do and was wonderful except she would raise her hand and would say, “It would be better if you would say it this way.” She was very smart, right from the beginning of her life.

Angie was also born with her feet turned inward and had to wear braces on her legs and special shoes. Mom put her in dance to help her get stronger. She was a happy little girl that sang and danced all around the house. At field day in elementary school, Angie and her brother Alan came home and showed Mom and Dad their ribbons. Alan had a handful of ribbons and Angie didn’t get any even though she tried her best. Alan ran inside, erased his name off the back and wrote Angie’s name on the ribbon with the words, “For the very best sport.” Her brother Alan continued to take care and watch over her for the rest of her life. He does remember one time that he was fighting with her and she took something of his. He chased her all around the house and finally Angie said, “If you take one more step, I am going to tell mom you hit me.” Well, Alan lunged to grab her and she screamed to my mom. Alan sat on a chair in the kitchen, while Angie walked by and gave him that look of, “I told you so.” Her older brother Kevin played the guitar and Angie would sit on the bed with him and make up songs and sing together. Her older brother Bryce, remembers Angie always helping my mom with everything in the house that needed done. She was a great cleaner, hard worker, and was great helping in the kitchen as well. She would make dinner for everyone in the family. I remember her making bagels, bread sticks, and meals all from scratch when she was just a teenager. Janeal and Lorraine remember her always helping with their kids when they would visit and also going on walks together as adults.

I was her little sister, even though I was always taller and bigger than she was. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better older sister. I have plenty of memories fighting with Travis, my older brother, but not one with Angie, which seems odd really for siblings. There would be times that I would sneak in her room and wear her clothes and even once when I ruined a shirt that I borrowed. She told me not to sneak into her room, but just to ask next time and that was it. She was just a really wonderful older sister. She let me borrow her clothes, taught me about fashion and style, showed me how to do well in school, helped me with my homework, and just was there for me if I ever needed to talk. I learned all about having big hair and using a can of Aquanet to really get it to stay. She even let me come along on a few dates with her. I have many memories doing Jane Fonda with her or Cindy Crawford videos in our basement. We went on walks and runs together. These were some of our best talks and special memories for me. She really helped me through my growing up years.

In Jr. High, Angie wanted to become a cheerleader. She worked harder than anyone I know, but it just wasn’t a natural talent for her. I share this because this says a lot of about Angie. She worked every year and continued to keep trying out every year until her senior year, even when she was disappointed each year. Her Senior Year she decided that she would try out in front of the entire school to be the school mascot. My Dad helped Angie with a skit and she was chosen as the winner. It was fun to see this shy girl come alive when she was in her Bee Costume. She was determined; she never gave up, even when it wasn’t easy for her.

Another example of this was when she started to run cross- country, she came in last place most of her first year but she would not give up. Sometimes she ran so hard that she would throw up at the finish line. It was not an easy sport for her, probably because her leg and feet problem that she was born with. No one knew that though because she never used anything as an excuse. She ran every year and got better and better. My brother Travis remembers her riding her bike in the rain to train and he stopped to give her a ride, but she said she was already wet so she would finish her 30-mile ride. She never gave up on anything. By her senior year she received a huge trophy that said, “most improved runner.” Angie became a really fast runner and completed several marathons and half marathons in her later years. Angie was a talented piano player and served in callings playing the piano and organ in church. She did choir in high school and had a great voice. She also was the activity leader in student government her senior year.

After graduating from Bonneville High School as valedictorian, which she worked hard everyday for, she received an associate degree in Nursing at Ricks College. Angie was such a hard worker and always strived to do the best at everything she did. She was actually hard on herself and a perfectionist. Angie was a very caring nurse and specialized in Pediatric Intensive care and Cardiac care. She loved her job and those she worked with. She would tell me about the good friends she had at work and how much they meant to her. She loved children and babies and was excellent at helping care for their needs. She worked as a Nurse for 19 years. The support of those she worked with was amazing this last year.

Angie met Justin Thomas Eller at Ricks College and he knew he was going to marry her as soon as he saw her. It took Justin awhile to talk Angie into going on a date with him. But once she did, they dated only 3 months and got married in the Idaho Falls Temple on May 6, 1995. I remember when they were dating and how much Justin made Angie laugh.

They both graduated from Ricks College together and got their Associates Degree there. Angie graduated in the Nursing program and Justin in English Literature. They then moved to Utah and attended Utah University for three years. Angie worked at LDS hospital in the Cardiac Unit. They had their first baby there, Sienna Noel. She was a spirited baby and really broke them into being parents. She needed that strong spirit to help her get through these hard times in her life. Sienna is smart, independent, athletic, and beautiful. In 1998 they moved back to Elk Grove California for four years. Justin worked for an Insurance Marketing company and Angie worked at UC Davis Hospital. They had Camden Colby there. Angie was able to stay home more with Camden and he was definitely a mama’s boy. He was always snuggling her and wanted to be near her all the time. Camden is funny, creative, athletic, and handsome. In 2002, Justin got a job in Boise Idaho so they moved there for the next three years. Angie then worked at St. Lukes Hospital. They bought a nice home there and made some wonderful memories. They had their last beautiful baby there, Brinlee Shay. She was just like her mom as a baby. She learned to talk practically before she could walk. She is smart, kind, athletic, and beautiful.

In 2005 they moved back to California where Justin went to work with his father. They have lived in California ever since then. They lived in Roseville for 6 years and then moved to Lincoln, where they now live. Angie loved the warmer weather in California.

I know her greatest joys in life were raising her beautiful children and being a mother. One of Sienna’s favorite memories with her mom was thrift shopping together. When they would find some designer jeans, they would celebrate. Camden will always remember her mom telling them to do their best at everything they tried. He told me that she always helped him with school and helping him with homework. She knew their potential and always wanted them to work hard. Brinley remembers a special mom and daughter date where they went to lunch, then over to buy jewelry together at Charming Charlie’s and ended the day with some frozen yogurt at Menchies. They all had many special times and memories with their mom that they will never forget. Angie’s greatest joy was being a mother. She would tell me how amazing her children were and wanted them to show the world their talents. She would do anything for her children and family and sacrificed all she had for them. There were many sleepless nights after working graveyard shifts at work, that she would just sleep a few hours and then was up so she could take care of her kids. She never missed watching their games and activities, even when she should have been sleeping before her next night shift. Angie was able to make some wonderful memories this past year with her family on vacations, family reunions, and just being at the ocean together. She wanted to do everything she could everyday and not waste any time, even when she didn’t feel well. So many prayers were given in her behalf and I believe they helped her to be able to do things with her family this last year. There were prayers answered in so many ways by others.

Angie’s father in law remember when they first were married they went on a bike ride together and he had a professional road bike. Angie and Justin just had some old mountain bikes but Angie was determined to not let Colby beat her, so she stayed right up with him the whole ride. That impressed him. He also told me how she would tell him she loved him. All of Justin’s family told me how they couldn’t believe how in shape Angie was and impressed watching her run marathons, even her last one she did with half a lung. They all said she was amazing, loving, strong, patient, and hard working. Her mother in law talked about how Angie would do anything to spend time with her family. Family was everything to her. She also noticed how Angie loved babies and was always the one off to the side holding the babies in the family. Angie’s brother in law said that Angie was the strongest woman he has ever met. Angie became very close to the Eller family and loved them all. They were her family and she was one of them.

Angie was a kind, selfless, patient, wonderful person who cared about the things that mattered the most. I think Angie has had more struggles than most people have in their lifetime. Nothing seemed to be easy for her. She had to work hard at everything and overcome obstacles all throughout her life. She went through trial after trial and was really tested at times. She stayed strong through it all and endured more than most of us could bear at times. Of course, we all need to experience and overcome trials. However, a lifetime of trials was compressed into 41 years. She was strong enough to experience trials that most of us take a lifetime to endure in just half that time. We all know what an unconquerable spirit she had and the Lord knew that she could handle a lifetime of trials in such a short amount of time. She had one of the strongest spirits I knew. Over a year ago, when Angie found out she had stage 4 lung cancer, it seemed like the last person in the world that would get this kind of cancer. She had already been through so much in her short life that to endure this trial just seemed like too much. She had a long courageous battle this past year. She did everything she could to try and fight it. We believe that this life is a test. We are here to learn, be tested, change, grow, and experience what we need to so we can become more like our Heavenly Father. In Luke 22:42, the Savior himself asked our Heavenly Father, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

We all wanted to take this cancer from Angie, but it was her test, her trial and through her sacrifice, she has taught all of us. She has reminded us of what is important and of value. She has taught us not to waste time with things that don’t matter, but spend time with those you love. She has taught us that we can do hard things and the Lord will help us through them. During this last year, I was able to text or talk to Angie every few days. We talked about how important it was to get to the temple. I told her that I was going to go to the temple every week for the both of us until she was feeling well enough to go. She made me better, because my life has been blessed by the peace the temple brings. It reminded me every week that we needed to trust in the Lord. I was able to know that the temple covenants are real and I can testify to you that we will be with Angie again. She will be with her children and Justin again. We will be an eternal family. She was able to go to the temple just a few weeks ago with Justin and his family. She text me when she came out and told me how nice it was. As all of us will miss her each day, especially her family, remember that as we stay close to the Lord, he will put his arms around us and give us peace and comfort. This really is just part of the big plan. Angie is my hero and I will live my life better because of her. Cancer didn’t win her battle because her fighting spirit is now in us all. Family and the gospel are what matter most and Angie showed us that. I know if she were here now, she would tell us all that Heavenly Father loves each one of you and is aware of your pain and sorrows. Stay close to him and he will help you through this life. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Radon Awareness

Radon is a gas that is naturally occurring in the soil. It enters buildings from the soil beneath it. The EPA estimates that there are 14,000 to 30,000 deaths each year attributed to lung cancer caused by radon inhalation. Dangerous levels of Radon is found in 1 out of 15 homes. In Utah where I live, 1 in 3 homes have dangerous levels of Radon. Radon is ranked as a Group A carcinogen, along with tobacco smoke and tobacco products. This is the highest ranking for cancer potential.

It is simple and inexpensive to get it tested.  Here is a link to order your test today. Radon Kit. I am ordering a kit to test my home here in Utah. None of us know why my sister got lung cancer, but if even one life was prevented from having to fight lung cancer, it would be worth just testing your home. Remember that you can not see or smell radon and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking. I had no idea that this is so dangerous and so prevalent here where I live.

If you just google radon tests for your state, you will get information on how to treat this in your home if its a problem.

Angie, I love you and your beautiful smile. This photo is gorgeous of you and your sweet Brinlee. Keep fighting my sweet sister and friend. Hopefully this post can help someone else from going through what you have had to endure this past year.

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BX Protocol

I received a comment that from this blog a few weeks ago that I just noticed today. She had said that Angie needs to research Bx Protocol. I googled Bx Protocol and found this website that has 19 videos on this treatment of Bx Protocol. I was blown away. I don’t know what to think but wanted to share this with Angie and anyone else that wants to do some research on this alternative cancer treatment.

Angie, I hope you will watch through them. Anything is worth a try and I will support you in everything you decide to do. There was amazing results from these videos.

Here is the link: bxprotocal

More information on how to sign up is on  this link: BX Protocol

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