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!