GrandBob’s Vegetable Soup Recipe

GrandBob's Vegetable Soup Recipe For Breast CancerBy: Holly Bertone, Breast Cancer Survivor and Founder of Pink Fortitude.
Vegetable soup is the perfect winter comfort food.  Packed full of vitamins and cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, it’s also the quintessential health food.  I used GrandBob’s crock pot recipe, and made some minor changes to accommodate the busy and frugal family.Vegetable Soup Recipe For Breast Cancer From Holly Bertone

This is GrandBob, also known as Bob, or my Dad.  Who happens to be celebrating a very happy #70 this week!  Grab your apron…  Are you ready to cook with us?

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Since GrandBob is retired, he has a little extra time in his schedule, and normally purchases fresh veggies where possible, and cuts them up.  I used 100% frozen veggies.  We saved approximately one hour of prep time.  For a large sized crock pot, you will want about 40-50 ounces of frozen veggies – any kind.  I used a mixed bag of carrots, corn, and peas, and then added a few extras like Lima beans, green beans, and spinach.  Ideally, you want to let the frozen veggies sit out for an hour ahead of time, but if you forget, they are fine to use right away.

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When I was at the store purchasing ingredients, I forgot what kind of tomatoes, to buy.  I ended up with a 28 ounce can of basil crushed tomatoes and they were perfect!  I also used Swanson’s Organic Vegetable Broth, but you can use the regular kind.

This meal is obviously vegetarian, and while I am not an expert on Gluten Free cooking, it is mostly Gluten Free (double check the seasonings, broth, and tomatoes) and easy enough for you to adapt.

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Who is ready to keep warm and healthy this winter with some of GrandBob’s vegetable soup?  Don’t forget to wish him a Happy #70!

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Love, hugs, and staying healthy.

Holly

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Holly Bertone is originally from Waynesboro, PA. She holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly is the CEO and President of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self-esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women.

Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller Book Review & Giveaway – Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide

Holly Bertone's Survival GuideBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide – About The Book

Holly Bertone was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 39th birthday, and was engaged two days later. In 48 hours, those eight magic words, “You have breast cancer,” and “Will you marry me?” converged to change her life forever. Follow Holly’s year-long journey from diagnosis and engagement to being sick and bald on her wedding day. This is Holly’s story as she battles breast cancer and struggles with overcoming the subsequent self-esteem issues. The writing is raw – you will get an uncensored view of breast cancer treatment and what it’s really like. She uses humor and laughter to redefine beauty as she loses part of her breast, all of her hair, and is launched into early menopause. With pop culture references and her quirky sense of humor, Holly’s heartwarming story of love and strength is encouragement for all women going through cancer treatment. A percentage of sales will go to Holly’s favorite breast cancer charities.

Holly Bertone AuthorBook Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I used to work with Holly and had no idea that she had cancer. This book just reinforced how much respect and admiration I have for her. She is a brave and remarkable woman.This book also made me count my blessings. During the course of living our lives we get caught up in what we don’t have and forget all that we have been blessed with. I recommend this book to any woman who is facing a difficult challenge. I loved the humor Holly used to make the best of a very difficult situation. This book made me laugh, cry, and start appreciating and living life to the fullest. Tina Turner

About the Author

Holly Bertone is originally from Waynesboro, PA. She holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly is the CEO and President of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self-esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women. Holly has published several books, including the heartwarming “Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide – My Journey from Diagnosis to ‘I Do’.”

Personal Breast Cancer Story

I found the lump on my own and by accident.  I went immediately to my primary doctor, which started the process of a mammogram, biopsy, MRI, and numerous other tests.  I was healthy and had no risk factors or family history and was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday. I was ER/PR positive, HER2 negative. I had a lumpectomy on my right breast. The artist formerly known as the tumor was 1.3 cm. I had four rounds of chemo – taxotere and cytoxin. I had 36 radiation sessions. I’m on 5 years of tamoxifen. I have three amazing doctors: a surgeon, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist.  Plus numerous specialists.

My last treatment was on March 21, 2011 and our wedding was 10 days later on March 31, 2011.  I’m still recovering, both inside and out.

Book Giveaway Details

Like Holly Bertone’s book? You can have one, too!  Holly has generously agreed to give away a Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide My Journey From Diagnosis to “I Do.” book, a ($9.95 value) to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address so we may notify the winner of our Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller Giveaway.  We will randomly select a commenter to receive one book, signed by the author.We will announce the winner on the Breast Cancer Authority Blog and on our Breast Cancer Yoga Facebook page.

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What are you Growing?

By: Holly J. Bertone

Springtime brings a rite of passage when we venture out into the garden to watch life blossom out of the dead of winter. We shed the layers of ice and snow; and look to the earth to give us green and growth.

Cancer was my winter. Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation targeted the tumor, but killed everything else. Everything inside of me was dying. I lost my hair. My nails were dead and brown. I ached from the inside of my bones out as the treatment worked at the cellular level to kill all things bad… and good. In death there is life, and as my body began to heal, everything started to grow back. As I marvel at the miracle of spring, I think about life and death. Gardening and cancer. Flowers and weeds. Sowing and reaping.

When we moved to the Homestead in 2011, gardening became my new obsession and therapy. It is a peaceful activity, and brings a new serenity to my life. We inherited some very invasive Boston Ivy with the Homestead. It’s pretty to look at, but it will kill a house and surrounding foliage and everything in between. Despite the ivy being everywhere, and being extremely invasive, it’s actually pretty wimpy. Give it a little tug and it gives up.

Gardening For Breast CancerOnward to a different part of the garden and a different kind of weed. I have no idea what this weed was called, but it had deep roots of steel. It didn’t budge. Even my super strong-muscled Green Beret husband struggled to remove these stubborn weeds.

These roots are like a cancer. Sometimes they are wimpy and simply need to be removed. Sometimes they are invasive and run deep, and are difficult to completely eliminate.

It was great to admire the garden completely empty. The weeds were gone and it was a blank slate; a chance to start new.

It was time to plant beautiful flowers. We planted Shasta Daisy’s, Cornflowers, Black-eyed Susan’s, and Phlox. All of these flowers are not only beautiful, but are perennials, and will grow back year after year. Ideally, these flowers will grow and bloom in the garden long after we are gone.

When you face mortality, it’s only natural to think about how you want to live. What is the cancer in your life? How deep are its roots? Are you committed to getting rid of it? How much do you want to start over? Are you ready to face a blank slate? What are you planting? What are you growing? How are you blooming today?
About the Author

Holly Bertone Breast Cancer Authority BloogerHolly Bertone is originally from Waynesboro, PA. She holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly is the CEO and President of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self-esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women. Holly has published several books, including the heartwarming “Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide – My Journey from Diagnosis to ‘I Do’.”   You can follow Holly on her website and blog: http://coconutheadsurvivalguide.com/. She is passionate about reaching out to breast cancer survivors, and also volunteers for organizations supporting our Veterans.  In her free time, she loves to garden, putter around the house, hit flea markets, antique stores and yard sales, and drink a cup of coffee on her back porch. Holly is married to a retired Green Beret, is a stepmother, and lives in Alexandria, VA.

My Response to “I Wish I Had Breast Cancer”

In Response To I Wish I Had Breast Cancer

Kerry Harvey

By Holly Bertone is CEO & President of Pink Fortitude.

This has been weighing heavy on my heart since the story went viral in the cancer community.  Kerry Harvey, 25, the star of a UK pancreatic cancer awareness campaign said, “I wish I had breast cancer.”  She only has several months to live, and has been bombarded with outrage from all over the world, including death threats.  The goal of the commercial was to raise awareness and money for research for a very deadly form of cancer that does not get a lot of attention.

As a breast cancer survivor, I do agree that this ad may appear insensitive to fellow breast cancer survivors, and anyone who has had their lives devastated by breast cancer is certainly entitled to be upset.  If you have lost a loved one to breast cancer or if you have breast cancer, those six words spoken by Ms. Harvey are certainly ones you don’t want to hear.  But hear me out.  No cancer is good.  None of them.  I wouldn’t wish any cancer on anyone.   From what I understand, pancreatic cancer is one of the most painful forms of cancer, combined with a high mortality rate.   If you had pancreatic cancer, would you wish for an alternative?  If you had pancreatic cancer and only months to live, would you sit around and stew in your own misery?  Or would you have the courage to stand up and fight like Ms. Harvey?

When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, a dear friend who was going through treatment for ovarian cancer made a similar comment.  She said that breast cancer was like the popular cancer sorority to be in because of all of the pink and awareness and campaigns.  She said that all of the other cancers take a back seat to breast cancer when it comes to research and money and awareness.  There is a lot of truth to what she said, however when I was bald, missing part of my breast and going through early menopause, I certainly did not feel like a popular sorority girl.  But because of all of the awareness and research given to breast cancer, I am alive today.

God blessed me with an early stage and non-aggressive form of breast cancer.  Because of my cancer, I have total clarity in life with what I am going to do as a result of being a survivor.  I have used this opportunity to be vocal about awareness and prevention and I host a large fundraiser every year in my home to support various breast cancer organizations.  Would I have wished for breast cancer?  Of course not.  But I can’t change the fact that I am a survivor.  I can only control what I do every day to try my best to inspire other survivors.

I know this ad has angered a lot of people.  Do you know what cancer is the worst of all?  The cancer of hate.  For the haters out there, hate on cancer, not on the person.  If you are going to take the time to comment or tweet, take the time to be kind and support a cancer organization.  Or take the time to do something nice for someone who has cancer.  Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with this controversy, use your voice to inspire your community of fellow cancer survivors.  We’re all in this fight together.  We need to support one another.  We need to love one another.  We need to find a cure and end ALL cancer.

Holly Bertone Breast Cancer Authority Blooger

Holly Bertone is originally from Waynesboro, PA. She holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly is the CEO and President of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self-esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women.

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