Case Presentation about Me!

Case Presentation about Me!

Every few months I search for information about the adverse reaction I had from immunotherapy treatment. I knew my case would be written up at some point because at the time it was so rare.

I just found it in the European Journal of Rheumatology!

This is a photo my husband took while 14 doctors and medical students observed the examination process needed to diagnose myasthenia gravis.


— Sutaria R, Patel P, Danve A.
Autoimmune myositis and myasthenia gravis resulting from a combination therapy with nivolumab and ipilimumab for metastatic melanoma. Eur J Rheumatol 2019; 10.5152/eurjrheum.2019.18159.

Thank You for your Donations!

#CTFRIDE

Thanks to the kindness of friends, family, and even “Anonymous” we just passed the half way mark toward our fund raising goal for the 2019 Closer to Free Ride!

This ride benefits my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and their programs such as Phase One Clinical Trials and the Melanoma Program!

Thank you also to the folks who made a purchase from Pura Vida using my affiliate links as part of my personal fundraising efforts! I donated my commissions today as well!

Learn about Herbal Skin Care!

Learn about Herbal Skin Care!

Have you ever thought about making some of your own herbal and botanical skincare? Check out this simple recipe for making lotion bars!

I am both a Student of and Affiliate for the Herbal Academy. Here is a link to learn more about this brand new course.

Enroll in the Botanical Skin Care Course with the Herbal Academy

And if you need to order molds, jars or other supplies, this is a great time to try Amazon Prime by using my Affiliate link, too!


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Amazon SMILE

Amazon SMILE

Did you know that you can earn money for charity when you shop online using the Amazon SMILE program! It’s true! The key is to watch the URL and once you are on the Amazon website, just change www to smile if the web address is not already pointing there. Then once you choose a charity from the list of participating organizations, that information will be saved in your profile. Just remember to navigate to the proper page (smile.amazon.com) before you place your shopping order!

EXAMPLE:


Try it for yourself by clicking my Amazon Affiliate Link below!

Kindness ROCKS!

#thekindnessrocksproject

I fell in love with The Kindness Rocks Project in 2017 when, during a walk from the Ferry Landing here in town, I found a painted rock on a bridge. I had been feeling sad, and this sweet surprise lifted my heart. I bought a few supplies and painted a few rocks, but then put my craft supplies aside.

My interest in this project changed when a few weeks ago a dear friend and I got together to paint rocks. Something about this process was totally meditative and really got me inspired.

#thekindnessrocksproject

Last week I donated a small box of rocks to my hospital for their effort to spread kindness.

Smilow Rocks is a local effort of The Kindness Rocks Project and shares the belief that one message at just the right moment can change someone’s day, outlook or life. Our goal is to spread kindness through painted rocks left for and created by patients, caregivers and staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT.

Glastonbury Rocks! is a local Kindness Rock Group I belong to on Facebook. It is mostly people decorating rocks “hide and seek” style; so people post photos of rocks they’ve decorated or found, and those who find a rock often rehide them instead of keep them.

Our local elementary school, Hopewell School, even started a Kindness Rock Garden with 3,000 rocks last year and hosted a book signing with the founder of the Project as well!  So this project is local, regional, national and even global!

If you want to spread kindness through painting rocks, the website reminds us to make sure to hashtag #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT but to be honest, I can never fit that many words so I just put #kindnessrockproject or #kindnessrock and the year on the back.


If anyone uses my Amazon Affiliate Links to purchase Arts & Crafts Supplies, I will be donating any commissions I earn from now until September 2019 to our fundraising for the 2019 CLOSER TO FREE RIDE to benefit my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital! Just make sure to use these links!


Vitalibis Signature 600 CBD Oil

Vitalibis Signature 600 CBD Oil

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And when deficient, the ECS can be supported by full spectrum, phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant. Learn more on our “Be Well” Blog

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New PuraVida Affiliate Fundraiser!

New PuraVida Affiliate Fundraiser!

One of the reasons I selected PuraVida as one of my small collection of Affiliate partnerships, is the fact that they support a number of charities through the sale of jewelry from their Charity Collection – where “Every Bracelet Purchased Makes a Difference“!

Starting today and until the Closer to Free Ride in September 2019, I am going to donate my profits from the purchase of anything from PuraVida to my husband Paul Apito’s #CTFRIDE fundraising efforts!

“Pura Vida” means “pure life” in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, and refusing to take anything for granted embodies this laid back lifestyle. “Pura Vida” means living life to the fullest. It’s more than just a saying… it’s a lifestyle.

I’m even donating from the SALE products so make sure to check them out first!


UPDATE April 2019 – I got my fundraising order and these bracelets are so cute!


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Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Just today I read a post from a fellow ocular melanoma patient, warning that they had been told that cinnamon was dangerous to the liver.

The concern with cinnamon is with ingesting too much coumarin. “True” cinnamon is called Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamonum verum) and has very little coumarin!

But lots of people buy a cheaper version of this spice, also labeled as cinnamon, and this botanical is from a completely different plant. It is actually Cassia “cinnamon” (dried Cassia bark) which can be quite high in coumarin and for certain people, may be linked to liver damage. True cinnamon is fine to use as a culinary spice!

Here is a link to an article about Uses for Cinnamon.

To learn more about herbs and spices that you may incorporate into your journey of health and wellness, please visit the link below

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists


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How Our Hemp CBD Oil is Different

How Our Hemp CBD Oil is Different

Sometimes, you really can tell a lot just by looking! 99% of the CBD Oil on the market today is different from Vitalibis hemp, full-spectrum CBD Oil. If you are already using CBD from another supplier, you may want to give ours a try. Chances are your product is produced from hemp that may not have been grown according to organic agricultural practices and may contain pesticides or contaminants from the soil like lead, and it might even be adulturated from residual solvents used to extract the cannabinoids! See below:


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CBD for CTF

CBD for CTF

CBD for Closer to Free

As many people know, for the past few years I have sold various products in order to raise money for charity. I donated gift baskets of products to raffles when I was a sales rep for NYR Organic a few years ago; I donated my profits from the purchase of a certain book about coping with ocular melanoma from customers who used my Amazon Affiliate Link; and as an affiliate of PuraVida I donated the profits from the sale of certain curated selection of jewelry to a number of different fund raisers. A few experiences last year helped me narrow down and focus my fundraising efforts going forward.

I am proud to plan to volunteer at the Closer to Free Ride in person at the Yale Bowl in September. And between now and then I am also working to raise funds for my husband Paul, who is riding 100 Miles to raise $1,000 in my honor, to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

In January I joined the health and wellness company Vitalibis as a Brand Ambassador. The Vitalibis products are focused on full-spectrum hemp CBD Oil!

Between now and ride day, September 7th, 2019, I am donating any profits I earn from the purchase* of our Soothing Body Cream to Paul’s Closer to Free Ride fund raising!

Vitalibis Soothing Body Cream is a topical rub which provides a cooling / warming sensation to targeted areas, while leaving your skin feeling moisturized. Includes a proprietary blend of oils, including Vitalibis’ premium full spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil with approximately 400mg of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids per tube. Perfect for massage therapists, sports practitioners, athletes and individuals with active lifestyles.

Let the training begin!

 


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*Eligible purchases must be made from my website https://www.vitalibis.com/sueapito/