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Discovering Hope Shawn White

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Live life to its fullest! Discover hope, embrace science-based medicine and become your own advocate at Shawn White Blog. This site is dedicated to personal advocacy, helping people with cancer and making the most of every moment.

Join me and Discover Hope

Hope, the cute, yet terrifying mouse. She has guided us, continues to guide us and will always guide us. Hope is our faith, love and belief we can make the best of any situation. With Hope we can find our way through any hole, overcome any obstacle and put a smile on anyone’s face.

The more we know, the better off we are. Throughout our lives we’ve been told ignorance is bliss, but you and I know this to be false. Imagine how many lives could be saved if others with cancer knew more about their terrible disease at the start of their journey? If I had even a fraction of my knowledge when first diagnosed I would have walked a completely different path. I would have understood why a NET specialist was essential, I would’ve been more powerful and demanded excellence from my health care providers. Clearly, I cannot travel back in time to change the events in my life, and even if I could, I wouldn’t. It sounds utterly insane, but getting cancer was the best thing to ever happen to me. Since I was a youngster I have been searching for a purpose, and now I have one. My purpose is to help you avoid the pitfalls in this terrible journey by casting a light on the many holes to reduce the horrors you must face. If I get to help just one person, then my pain had a purpose, and that gives me peace.

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NCAN Patient Conference

Our disease is a hard sea to sail, its dark and the waters are rough. NCAN’s patient conferences are the lighthouses we need to see. The opportunities are vast and have great potential. The world’s best are at your disposal. Complicated questions are answered, resources are revealed and for a ...
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Massage: MBLEX, Body Mechanics & Communication

When I went to massage school very little was spent on body mechanics, technique or communication. Instead the class room experience focused on the MBLEX (the licensing exam every massage therapist must take to become a licensed practitioner). I understand the weight this test is supposed to play in a ...
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Bowen Technique? What the heck is that?

What is the Bowen Technique? The Bowen technique also called the Neurostructural Integration Technique uses a combination of soft tissue manipulation and energy work. Supposedly through a series of gentle movements at precise points the therapist promotes the flow of energy and creates vibrations throughout the body. This modality utilizes ...
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Words of Hope 27

Remember it’s fun to swim and dance with glee, cause when you do it sets you free. Truth be told, if I may be so bold, being silly makes me smile. It gets rid of the waste by making my day taste sweet and tart as it warms my heart ...
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Words of Hope 26

Most times when I breathe it hurts, like a knuckly knot tying off the life to my lung. Sometimes when I breathe it feels light, gentle and soft like a soothing sheet cuddling us asleep. Tonight as I lay in bed waiting to dance my sleepy time tunes my heart ...
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Words of Hope 25

It’s a water day. On weekends when I feel ill. The water helps calm me. Like a massage against my skin, a warmth to my muscles. It makes me want to sleep away the last few hours before the sun rises. To wake and return to life refreshed. That is ...
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Looyen Work

Looyen Work? That’s a strange name! What does it have to do with Adhesions?

What is Looyen Work? This modality may be described as a combination of physical therapy and psychoanalysis. Looyen Work practitioners claim to have the ability to penetrate deep into a muscle to reduce tension, remove adhesions and improve range of motion. This modality uses a variety of techniques and pressure levels, ...
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Words of Hope 24

When you called me weak… it took me to my peek and placed a smile on my face. I was empowered by your disgrace, it reminded me of the challenges I have faced. It was the most invigorating insult I’ve ever received. So thank you, for your delightful words for ...
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Words of Hope 23

There are so many things we can do, but only if we are wearing blue shoes. If you want to know what to do, it will only take a few, we can take a cake from a pan and stand it up in the shape of a man. Surely, whirly ...
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Words of Hope 22

What makes you feel right? Is it a dark scary night? A woeful wind? A roaring rain? Do you feel at peace when your heart is teased, when you can’t find release, perhaps when your bound in bondage? Are you free when you can’t see or are in agony? What ...
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Stand Strong

Monsters Everywhere! Words of Hope. Stand Strong!

Within each and every one of us is the ability to inflict terrible suffering and bestow greatness onto the world.  We are a complex and magical matrix of roots fed with hurt and health, we tend to make mistakes, spread misery and inspire marvelous feels in others.  Our range of ...
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Words of Hope 21

Jump into the air and be joyously jolly.  Live, love and wear your heart like a glove.  Stand  with those who lift you high into the sky and dine on life like its a dreamy delight. Be better than before and flourish your beautiful light with all the might of ...
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What is Neuroendocrine Cancer

I have a really cool kind of cancer, but not a really cool one to have. It is a decently rare type that does all sorts of amazing things to the human body. These amazing things aren't very fun to experience, but when we look at them objectively it is incredibly fascinating. My cancer is called Neuroendocrine Cancer, now this disease does all the terrible things regular cancer does. It, like a lazy roommate trashes our house, eats all our food and progressively wrecks our home. It also has the ability to synthesize and secrete hormones. One tumor can create a multitude of hormones. Now these little microscopic criters are delightful when they are in the proper amounts, but when they are too high or too low they start causing serious problems in the body. An example is serotonin, most people associate serotonin with the happy feel good hormone juices in our brain, but this only accounts for about 10% of it, the rest can be found throughout our body, and is synthesized in the gut by enterochromaffin cells and are used predominantly for bowel motility. If a tumor is producing serotonin in high doses it may cause a cancer patient to have 10 to 20 bowel movements a day and may even destroy their heart valves, resulting in serious health complications.

Now this isn't all the hormones, others might include adrenocorticotropin hormone, histamines and various other hormones. If that wasn't bad enough, the tumor can be very difficult to find with imagining technology. Neuroendocrine cancer is incurable, so once you have it, it will never go away, no matter how many tumors you’ve cut out, your new friend will be your besty for life.

Is there hope for people with cancer?

If we are alive there is always hope. It doesn't have to manifest in the form of a potential cure. Life is about living the highest quality we can. Cancer has had a huge impact in my life. I have had many friends and love ones endure this challenging road and I want to help others see the pitfalls they will face so they may avoid or minimize the pain when they are confronted by these obstacles.

Shawn White what do you have to offer me?

If you dig people who live with a purpose, you will enjoy your time with me. I love humanity and I have dedicated my existence to inspiring others, bringing joy to their lives and helping people help themselves.

There is so much horror in the world, but that doesn't mean we have to succumb to it and surrender. We can stay strong even when are weak, see hope when we can never be healed and live life with love. In every second there is a snap shot of infinite beauty, and no matter how hard life becomes, if we have hope we can make the most of every moment.

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