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Marinara sauce recipe

Wanted to share a tasty marinara sauce I came up with.

Large can peeled tomatoes

12 oz can tomato sauce

6 oz can tomato paste

(I use organic whenever I can)

Sauté some minced onion and minced garlic in EVOO.

While doing this I put the can of peeled tomatoes in my Nutra Bullet to basically liquefy (but not like water). After the onion and garlic are browned I add the ingredients above with a 12 oz. can of water. At this time I add the following… Continue

Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on August 3, 2013 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Lifestyle Changes

At this time I would like to skip over 6 months of my life and discuss something I feel is very important……my lifestyle change.  In particular, I would like to discuss my new diet.  I can’t say that I previously ate horribly.  I just had glaring weak points.  Over the past years I have reduced the red meat consumption and increased the poultry, pork and fish.  We even bought organic chicken and pork most of the time.  Due to digestive issues from my ileostomy, I tend to stay away from leafy…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on July 7, 2013 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

Taking A Step Back

I’d like to take a step back before going forward with this blog.  Like I said previously, The Center for Cancer introduced me to so many wonderful people.  It was there that I truly appreciated what this dreadful illness can do to people.  I unfortunately witnessed many people with various forms of cancer and I saw what the cancer would do to them not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.   I also witnessed how so many of the patients maintained such a great attitude and spirit to…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on June 29, 2013 at 8:24am — 2 Comments

Cabbage And Carrot Collard Wraps With A Spicy, Tangy Avocado Spread

Um, it is HOT out. So if the idea of firing up the oven or stove is out of the question for you, here's a nice recipe to indulge in. 

Spicy, Tangy Avocado Spread

2 medium sized, ripe…


Added by Marlena Torres on June 26, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

Nearing the end.....Round 1

Well, six months and twelve treatments later, a lot of things had occurred in our lives.  The cancer basically consumed us.  Let’s see.  There was the neuropathy; first in the fingers and then in the feet.  Thanks chemotherapy!!!  There was the weight gain.  Yes, weight gain of about 20 pounds.  Thanks premeds!!!  I also lost most of the hair on my body; however, not on my head. Severely thinned, but not bald!!!  Also, Hurricane Irene hit that August and I was totally out of it that…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on June 21, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

"Being Hot Fudge Sundaes"

A great quote from a book I just read, "Women Food And God" by Geneen Roth:

“It's never been true, not anywhere at any time, that the value of a soul, of a human spirit, is dependent on a number on a scale. We are unrepeatable beings of light and space and water who need these physical vehicles to get around. When we start defining ourselves by that which can be measured or weighed, something deep within us rebels. 

We don't want to EAT hot fudge sundaes…


Added by Marlena Torres on June 20, 2013 at 9:33am — No Comments

Father's Day

Being a father is truly a blessing. I don't mean to sound like I'm the perfect dad. I have and will make mistakes raising our children but I will always let them know that I love them. Even though right now we only have one beautiful girl I know  in the future we'll have another one.

My goal as a father is to respect and support my kids and their decisions. I believe that the cycle of life is to learn from mistakes that our parents might of made while raising us and try our best not…


Added by Enrrico Torres on June 16, 2013 at 8:34am — No Comments

A Bed of Roses:)

Life can be funny, crazy, insane. While I blog about Dom's cancer and his treatments, life was not full of gloom and doom. About 8 weeks after Dom was diagnosed, we got the most wonderful news ever.....we were going to be grandparents! Marlena and Enrrico shocked us with this announcement while we were celebrating Andrews birthday! My mind was so much on Dom that it took me a few minutes to let the news settle into my brain....and once it registered I cried like a baby! Talk about emotions! Up,… Continue

Added by Elena Cipriano on June 10, 2013 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

The Infusion Process--- being on the 'other side'

If memory serves me - I was with Dom for all treatments except one -- I did this for his well being as well as my own. I would have gone crazy at work - would not have focused - basically useless. Everybody thought I was a bit crazy but thats me. Can't help it, I am who I am. Bottom line - I did not need to be there - he received exceptional care from the staff at the Center for Cancer. Our friend Mary was beyond words helpful and caring. And to be honest I know that this experience had to be… Continue

Added by Elena Cipriano on June 10, 2013 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Time for version.....

Being a nurse for, uh, well, a long time :) there are some tests you just hope you never have to go of these is a bone marrow biopsy. Unfortunately Dom needed this test. Back in the day when I observed this study being done is was very tough to when his doctor indicated it could be done 'in the office' I went, I don't think so. Dr Siegel is a most kind and compassionate man - I really don't think there is another MD like him. He saw the fear on my face… Continue

Added by Elena Cipriano on June 10, 2013 at 10:12pm — No Comments

My Husband has cancer.......

There is a 'back' story regarding Doms diagnosis of cancer that is imperative to share. Dom had been treated by a cardiologist for mild high blood pressure. This doctor had ordered a CAT scan to assess the condition of his aorta. The doctor called Dom after the CAT scan to tell him the results and that things were stable and there was no need to change medications. Being a nurse, I typically ask my close family to always ask for a copy of the test results --I like to read them:) In this case it… Continue

Added by Elena Cipriano on June 10, 2013 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

Beet-Carrot Marinara

Today I’m sharing with you a wonderful new marinara recipe. Unlike my original marinara and my smoky marinara, this recipe is raw. It is really delicious over vegetable pasta (this is the typical way that most raw foodies will use marinara), but it’s also awesome as a salad dressing, or a dipping sauce.…


Added by Marlena Torres on June 10, 2013 at 10:04am — No Comments

The Infusion Process

Like I said, the infusion process commenced with blood work and then an exam from Dr. Siegel.  I would also be weighed since they calculate the dose of chemo based upon your weight.  Then off to the infusion area.  Basically, the infusion process began with a few hours of pre-meds.  These were an assortment of anti-nausea drugs such as Emend, Zofran and Dexamethasone that were given to me prior to the Adriamycin, Bleomycin, Vinblastine and Dacarbazine.  I must say that the pre-meds did their…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on June 10, 2013 at 4:59am — No Comments

Treatment Cycles Commence

Each and every treatment cycle commenced with blood-work and a visit with Dr. Siegel.  A CBC (Complete Blood Count) was utilized to ensure you were able to have your scheduled treatment cycle.  The primary counts they look at are your WBC’s (white blood cells which fight infection), RBC’s (red blood cells which is used primarily to see if you are anemic) and platelets (these control your bleeding).  Once these were deemed adequate and I received my exam from Dr. Siegel the orders were placed…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on June 8, 2013 at 7:50am — No Comments

Starting the Process

Prior to starting the chemotherapy, Elena and I were able to sit with an Oncology nurse who thoroughly explained the entire process.  Gina Morelli-Wise gave us a wealth of information and of course had our heads spinning.  If we thought we were overwhelmed before, we were wrong.  Now we were really overwhelmed!  Gina went through the entire process and what to expect.  She reviewed the drugs, how they would be infused and the possible side effects.  She also reviewed all the pre-drugs that…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on June 1, 2013 at 7:21am — 1 Comment

My Personal Cleanse And Some Realizations

Hey Everyone!

Months ago I posted about how I was doing things a bit differently diet-wise. I wrote about how much I was enjoying fruits and small amounts of whole grains, eating throughout the day rather than juicing until dinner, basically doing and eating things that I never did for years prior to pregnancy.

Just to reiterate what I wrote in that post, I believed that approach…


Added by Marlena Torres on May 29, 2013 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Time for the Tests

After being totally overwhelmed with being told you have cancer you are then barraged with information, procedures and tests that have to be scheduled before you can even begin your treatments.  If you weren’t TOTALLY overwhelmed before this, you will certainly be afterwards!  Basically, they have to stage the cancer to ensure the proper treatment and duration.  Since chemotherapy in itself is toxic to your body, you have to have these tests to measure your pre-chemo functions and then…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on May 27, 2013 at 6:23am — No Comments

I have cancer

I will never forget the day.  In my wildest dreams I never imagined.  I even told my wife to go to work.  I told her that it would be a five minute appointment to remove the sutures and I’d be on my way back to work.  Then the words you never want to hear hit me like a sledgehammer, “you have cancer”.  The biopsy came back with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  I guess the shock was due to the surgeon initially telling Elena (my wife) and me that everything looked good after the initial…


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on May 25, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

My family and I have been through a tough period the last 2 years.  I will be posting a piece here and there on our trials and tribulations and how we have overcome a tough situation.  I plan on writ…

My family and I have been through a tough period the last 2 years.  I will be posting a piece here and there on our trials and tribulations and how we have overcome a tough situation.  I plan on writing an outline and following it so that I am not all over the place!!  I want to keep it to the point but I also want to share some things that may potentially help someone.  Well, that's all for now but there will be alot more coming.


Added by Dominick V. Cipriano Jr. on May 17, 2013 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

A Love Letter To My Twenties

My teens rolled into my twenties with a  case of ennui. I remember when I was in middle school and a teacher marked that I was “indifferent” on my report card.

My mom was so angry. “You are NOT indifferent.”

I was, and it got worse.

But 20 was the age I first tried meditating. I felt something inside me light up. A new path emerged for me.


After spending a semester off from college in Jersey, I re enrolled at Millersville as an English major. I didn’t…


Added by Marlena Torres on May 15, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments

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