Makin’ Lemonade (my 100th post)

Kissed by a sealion in St. Thomas... sweet!

 

Today is July 12, 2011… and it’s the one year anniversary of the day I lost the love of my life, Alan Craig Stoller, 47 years young to cancer… to pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma to be exact.  And oddly enough, today is also the 100th post of CancerHawk.  Weird, right?!  I did not plan it this way.  In fact, it wasn’t until my daughter asked “Mom, how many posts have you written?” that I even started counting.  And it was also my daughter who said “Mom, you MUST do something special to celebrate 100.”  Talk about pressure!

So over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what I should write on this very meaningful day… Do I reminisce about my incredible life with Alan? Do I write about all the GOOD things that happened since Alan was diagnosed for the second time with cancer? After all, Alan was the most optimistic, upbeat, glass in 1/2 full kinda person and he’d like that.  Or do I thank all the people who have helped me get through this insane and heartbreaking year because I have a lot of very special people to thank?  Or do I write a recap of all the AMAZING organizations and people that I’ve learned about so far who help people touched by cancer?  Heck, they are the reason why CancerHawk exists… I’m just a conduit to their information.

 

And then the answer came to me (courtesy of my friend Kim, twitter name @PutItAway)… Alan always said, When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”  And CancerHawk is my way of making lemonade with the lemons that have been thrown my way.

 

So without further ado…

Here’s an Alan-friendly, Robyn-approved recipe for delicious lemonade sweetened with stevia (since I personally believe that sugar feeds cancer cells). Every time I make it, I send a kiss up to heaven thanking Alan for making my life so sweet.  (My boys however send farts and kisses up to Alan… seriously, every time they pass gas, they send it up to Daddy to enjoy.)

The Best Lemonade Ever

Make sure you do not use the spoonable type of stevia, but the concentrated, liquid type. You can also use limes for a “limade” which is also very good.

1 cup of freshly juiced lemon juice (usually 4-6 lemons)

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of stevia (or more, to taste)

6 cups of water

Combine, adjust sweetness with stevia (start low and build up) chill and serve over ice, if desired. It’s as simple and easy as that!

(source: The Nourishing Gourmet)

And for an extra special kick, add tequila (my personal fav) or vodka…. delish!

 

 

 

 

8 comments

  1. cancerhawk says:

    Anonymous said…
    Beautiful,wonderful,appropriate post for today.
    Well done Robyn!
    July 12, 2011 7:26 AM

  2. cancerhawk says:

    Margo said…
    I am making it today in memory of the man with the most magnificent smile. Robyn-you are an inspiration.
    July 12, 2011 8:56 AM

  3. cancerhawk says:

    Anonymous said…
    You are one of the most amazing people I know – strength and grace!!! Sending you a ton of love and going to make some lemonade in honor of Allan. Lisa
    July 12, 2011 10:43 AM

  4. cancerhawk says:

    Stacy Soler said…

    What a fabulous post! Today’s batch of the kids lemonade will be made in your families honor. My separate glass will have a special kick to cheers to your strength, grace, and to a glass half full!

    July 12, 2011 12:13 PM

  5. cancerhawk says:

    Cindy P said…
    Even though I’m partial to tequila, this would taste great with blueberry vodka … and I may just have to mix up a batch. You should rename the recipe “Stollerade.” Love to you all!
    July 12, 2011 12:26 PM

  6. cancerhawk says:

    beth said…

    Such a great photo of Alan. Thinking of you today. Gonna go make some lemonade (with a kick) and toast to the glass half full :) love you!!

    July 12, 2011 8:09 PM

  7. cancerhawk says:

    brooke said…

    what an amazing post! i am going to make me some lemonade too! love you.

    July 12, 2011 11:36 PM

  8. cancerhawk says:

    brooke said…

    So Robyn often shares very important, interesting and relevant information about cancer prevention and treatment. We have also had many discussions regarding nutrition – just yesterday, she was sharing Alan’s lemonade recipe. Recently, I lost a friend to breast cancer. When her breast cancer relapsed, doctors gave her 4 months to live – she changed her diet and lived a high quality life for another year. She was convinced that if she had made those simple changes to her diet earlier, she would have never relapsed at all. While I am not prepared to say that an anti-cancer diet will always prevent cancer, I too am a big believer in the benefits of “anti-cancer” nutrition and apparently so is The MD Anderson Cancer Center. A friend of mine has shared with me that they have created a foundation to incorporate the work of Dr. David Servan-Schreiber. I encourage everyone to read his book called “Anti-Cancer…A New Way of Life”. And if you have the time, watch this short you-tube video on him and his work. It will definitely make you think differently about the choices you make.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfddD6keYq0
    July 13, 2011 9:54 AM

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