Memorial Day Recipes to Try


Red, White and Blue Summer Salad

Recipe Credit: Green Light Bites


3-4 cups of fresh romaine lettuce, organic, cleaned and torn (you can use the bagged lettuce)

About ½ cup fresh blueberries, organic

About ½ cup fresh strawberries, organic, cut into small chunks

1 oz. (28 g) crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp dressing (recipe below)


Wash and prepare all your ingredients.  Top the greens with the berries and cheese.

Drizzle on the dressing (recipe below)


Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup of lemon juice

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp poppy seeds

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp fresh ground pepper


Whisk all ingredients together.


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Red, White and Blue BERRY Smoothie

Recipe Credit: Super Healthy Kids


2 cups strawberries, frozen, organic

1 cup raspberries, frozen, organic

1 tablespoon honey

2 medium bananas, green-tipped, frozen

2 cups blueberries, frozen, organic

1 ¼ cups almond milk, unsweetened

2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground

Low glycemic fruits in this recipe, means lower sugar


If you do not want the separate layers, just blend everything together at once in a high-powdered blender.

If you DO want to make the layers, start by blending the red layer ingredients together. Pour into individual glasses, about 1/3 full. Set glasses in freezer for 10 minutes.

Rinse out the blender jar to remove any remaining red layer mixture. Then, add your white layer ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  Pour the white layer over the frozen red layer, fulling about 2/3 full.  Set glasses back in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Rinse out the blender jar to remove any remaining white layer mixture.  Then add your blue layer ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  Pour the blue layer over the frozen white layer, filling to the top.

Serve with a straw.


RED: frozen organic strawberries, raspberries and a bit of honey (can use coconut water to loosen it if needed).

WHITE:  frozen bananas, unsweetened vanilla almond milk (but any milk will work) and a few ice cubes

BLUE:  frozen organic blueberries, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and ground flax.

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Overcomer Mary Erikson shares how she integrates her health!

My Christian faith, which came through saving faith in Jesus Christ, is My hope. This hope saw me through my cancer treatments and surgeries. Hope is what gives us purpose to continue amidst the storms of life.

The Hebrew word for spirit is ”RUAH” this term when applied to a person, means vital powers or strength. This is why we hear the phrase ”he/ she has a fighting spirit” My prayer life keeps me in touch with the spirit. I pray when I run, which allows me to add the body and mind elements of the trivium, to my daily habits. Since we are unable to go to a gym class during this time if quarantine?

Why not go for a run, take a walk or a hike, and soak in the beauty of creation which renews our spirit.

Friends, always, cling to hope! One of my favorite faith passages is ”but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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She Inspires

Panache and Believe Big – Maru Fava – Believe Big Volunteer

By: Caitlin RogersPosted at 1:36 PM, May 20, 2020

She Inspires is a new initiative from the boutiques at Green Spring Station who are giving back to women and non-profits that inspire them. Panache is a premier women’s fashion boutique specializing in high quality merchandise and impeccable style.

The owner’s sister in law is a two time cancer survivor. Believe Big is a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between conventional treatments like chemotherapy and surgery and complementary treatments like nutrition, acupuncture, and spiritual wellness.

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Need Encouragement?

Each day we have a choice to make. Will we give into the fear or will we live by faith and fight?

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Believe Big was invited to attend the SIO Conference in New York City

Believe Big was invited to attend the SIO Conference in New York City this past weekend! We were able to connect with top physicians who specialize in integrative oncology from all over the world, discuss options for our phase 2 mistletoe clinical trial, be filmed for Dr. Kelly Turners new documentary (coming out in March) on healing, make connections with companies that have products and resources for the patients we serve, and meet with the Believe Big Institute of Health team to outline our next steps to bring integrative oncology and wellness care in a research and data driven residential center!

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David Is Overcoming Stage 4 Cancer!

In January, I had been working hard as a property manager while also rehearsing–I’m a pro drummer.  Although I was in great shape, I started getting winded and tired.  I dismissed these symptoms as being caused by the change in altitude after moving to the mountains. Then, my face, neck, and upper arms started to swell.  As a veteran, I went to the V.A.  and was diagnosed with a sinus infection and prescribed antibiotics.  Even after more antibiotics the swelling persisted, so I had an X-ray. 

The doctor said, “You have vena cava syndrome, and it’s most likely caused by cancer.  The swelling is from a tumor pressing against your heart that’s disrupting the blood flow.”  I was airlifted to Albuquerque for confirmation testing and treatment.  It was Stage 4 cancer that had metastasized to my pelvis and liver.  My checkered past of abuse and smoking had caught up with me, but I also felt that The Creator had stepped in with a warning sign–had my face not swelled, I would’ve continued as if nothing were wrong until it was too late.  It probably seemed too late to most people, but I’m a big believer in miracles.  The doctors treated me conventionally with heavy steroids followed by chemotherapy.  I enrolled at Taos Whole Health where I was told about Mistletoe treatment, which changed everything!  

While Taos Whole Health administers Mistletoe, my V.A. insurance and Medicaid didn’t cover it. Just in time, the big blessing came!  I contacted Believe Big and spoke to Christine to request a wellness grant for my Mistletoe treatment.  Not only did Christine speak of faith, treatment, and healing, which greatly lifted my spirits, but she also swiftly applied for my grant, and it quickly came!  With ample help from Believe Big I started seven sessions of IV Mistletoe treatment.  I finished my last chemo and Mistletoe treatments at the same time.  When I went for my CAT Scan, the oncologist told me that the cancer had NOT spread to my brain.  The metastasis was gone!  

My Stage 4 had almost disappeared, except for a couple minuscule spots!  Recently, I finished my second round of Mistletoe.  I know the cancer is now completely gone.  I am so grateful to Believe Big, whose patient advocates are at once personal and professional. 

Believe Big has given me hope and increased my faith, and the generous wellness grant I received helped save my life. 


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National Relaxation Day

Learning to Relax When Coping with Cancer

Original Source:

Many people with cancer have found that doing relaxation or imagery exercises has helped them cope with pain and stress.

Take the time to learn helpful relaxation skills, such as the ones below, and practice them when you can. You can also take a class, buy a relaxation DVD or CD, or find other exercises online.

Getting Started

For each exercise, find a quiet place where you can rest undisturbed. Let others know you need time for yourself. Make the setting peaceful for you. For example, dim the lights and find a comfortable chair or couch.

You may find that your mind wanders, which is normal. When you notice yourself thinking of something else, gently direct your attention back to your body. Be sure to maintain your deep breathing.

Some people like to listen to slow, familiar music while they practice these exercises.

Breathing and Muscle Tensing

  • Get into a comfortable position where you can relax your muscles. Close your eyes and clear your mind of distractions. You can sit up or lie down. If you’re lying down, you may want to put a small pillow under your neck and knees.
  • Breathe deeply, at a slow and relaxing pace. Concentrate on breathing deeply and slowly, raising your belly with each breath, rather than just your chest.
  • Next, go through each of your major muscle groups, tensing (squeezing) them for a few seconds and then letting go. Start at the top of your head and work your way down. Tense and relax your face and jaws, then shoulders and arms.
  • Continue tensing and relaxing each muscle group as you go down (chest, lower back, buttocks, legs), ending with your feet. Focus completely on releasing all the tension from your muscles and notice the differences you feel when they are relaxed.
  • When you are done, focus on the pleasant feeling of relaxation for as long as you like.

Slow Rhythmic Breathing

  • Stare at an object or shut your eyes and think of a peaceful scene. Take a slow, deep breath.
  • As you breathe in, tense your muscles. As you breathe out, relax your muscles and feel the tension leaving.
  • Remain relaxed and begin breathing slowly and comfortably, taking about 9 to 12 breaths a minute. To maintain a slow, even rhythm, you can silently say to yourself, “In, one, two. Out, one, two.”
  • If you ever feel out of breath, take a deep breath, and continue the slow breathing.
  • Each time you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing and going limp. Continue the slow, rhythmic breathing for up to 10 minutes.
  • To end the session, count silently and slowly from one to three. Open your eyes. Say to yourself, “I feel alert and relaxed.” Begin moving slowly.


Imagery usually works best with your eyes closed. To begin, create an image in your mind. For example, you may want to think of a place or activity that made you happy in the past. Explore this place or activity. Notice how calm you feel.

If you have severe pain, you may imagine yourself as a person without pain. In your image, cut the wires that send pain signals from one part of your body to another. Or you may want to imagine a ball of healing energy. Others have found the following exercise to be very helpful:

  • Close your eyes and breathe slowly. As you breathe in, say silently and slowly to yourself, “In, one, two,” and as you breathe out, say “Out, one, two.” Do this for a few minutes.
  • Imagine a ball of healing energy forming in your lungs or on your chest. Imagine it forming and taking shape.
  • When you’re ready, imagine that the air you breathe in blows this ball of energy to the area where you feel pain. Once there, the ball heals and relaxes you. You may imagine that the ball gets bigger and bigger as it takes away more of your discomfort.
  • As you breathe out, imagine the air blowing the ball away from your body. As it floats away, all of your pain goes with it.
  • Repeat the last two steps each time you breathe in and out.

To end the imagery, count slowly to three, breathe in deeply, open your eyes, and say silently to yourself, “I feel alert and relaxed.”

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Broccoli Burritos

4 servings

Source: Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer by Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond, M.S., R.D.

Salsa and tahini pack the flavor into these burritos!

About the Recipe

317 Calories · 13 g Protein · 11 g Fiber

Broccoli is rich in vitamin K and calcium, which support bone health.

If the tortilla is made from wheat, barely, or rye, it is not gluten free.


Makes 4 Servings

  • broccoli stalks (2)
  • garbanzo beans (1 15-ounce can)
  • roasted red peppers (1/2 cup)
  • tahini (2 tbsp.)
  • lemon juice (3 tbsp.)
  • flour tortillas (4)
  • salsa (6 tbsp. or more to taste)


  1. Cut or break broccoli into florets. Peel stalks and cut into 1/2-inch rounds. Steam over boiling water until just barely tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Drain garbanzo beans and place in a food processor with peppers, tahini, and lemon juice. Process until completely smooth, about 2 minutes.

  3. Spread about 1/4 of the garbanzo mixture on a tortilla and place in a large heated skillet. Heat until tortilla is warm and soft, about 2 minutes. Arrange a line of cooked broccoli down the center, then sprinkle with salsa. Roll tortilla around filling. Repeat.

  4. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving 

Calories: 317
Protein: 13 g
Carbohydrate: 50 g
Sugar: 7 g
Total Fat: 9 g
     Calories from Fat: 25%
Fiber: 11 g
Sodium: 725 mg

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Wellness Grants – Update

Thank you to everyone who answered our call for donations last month and helped to boost our Wellness Grant budget. Your support helped us raise over $16,900! Our grants available through the end of the year went from 6% to 18%! Thank you!

We still have $3,000 out of the $10,000 available in a matching gift that we would love to fully raise if you feel led to give! Please also consider sharing this need with your network and corporate connections. Each and every dollar in our Wellness Grant fund goes directly to patient care and helps to release the financial burden a patient and their family is experiencing.

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Horizon Day Camp – Believe Mugs

On July 16th, Believe Big arrived in the art room at Horizon Day Camp. This camp is a full summer day camp for children ages 3-16 battling cancer. Recognizing the extraordinary financial demands that a child’s chronic illness can have on a family, Horizon Day Camps and year-round programs are always offered free of charge.
Believe Big staff and volunteers were met by smiling happy faces of campers who were very excited to paint a Believe Mug. The campers were even more excited to choose a mug of their very own to take home that had been painted for them by other Believe Mug painters in the community. What a blessing to see this circle of HOPE! It started with the generous donation from The Serini Foundation, then those of you in the community that painted a Believe Mug for the kids at the camp, and then the kids at the camp painting a mug for an adult with cancer. What a blessing!

Mark McElrath, who runs the camp shared, “Thank you for contributing the materials for our campers to enjoy such a fun day.”

If you would like to contribute to have patients paint Believe Mugs during their treatments or support groups, please donate using the link below.

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