UPDATE: I’m a mom, I don’t have time for Cancer!

Its been a couple of weeks since I introduced you to my friend Franny, so I wanted to give you an update.


I received a message from Franny yesterday, that made me smile and spurred me on, to keep on walking through the night at the Relay for Life.  I want to share this message with you.

So, I am not sure what has caused me to be "not me" but I took both kids with me to sign my son up for t-ball, go INSIDE the bank, and walk/shop around Wal-mart for a long time. I actually shopped for necessities like toothpaste and toothbrushes and nail polish remover….that means I have the energy to paint my own nails!!!!!!! For the past year or more, I have dreaded doing ANYTHING with two kids and I was too tired to browse while shopping. I just went in, got out, and then it took me the whole day just to put all the stuff away. Or I would make my hubby shop!!! Tess, I have put make up on the past two days!!!!!!

After my nap today, I had to ask Franny, what has changed to cause this increase in energy.  I am aware of her efforts to “move more” as she has started walking regularly, either outside or on a treadmill, so I asked her.

How many days have you been exercising? When did you begin supplementing your nutrition? When did you begin noticing these differences?

I started the vitamins on the night of 4/2/13 and the smoothie on 4/3/12. Well, I don’t know. I did walk the week before I started using but not as long or intense. But I definitely know for a fact that it was Wednesday when my husband was impressed with what I did around the house that day.

I am so happy Franny is feeling better!  I look forward to working with her and following her progress.

This is not the first time I have seen others respond to the food based supplements so quickly.  Results depend on the individual, their mindset, their attention to prevention, and their consistency.

If you would like more information on how this system can work for you or someone you know, contact me.

Interview with Franny–Making time for health.

I talked with Franny this week and asked her a few questions about what she is looking for in her quest to heal and gain better health. 

I was somewhat amazed that many of the things that stand in the way of her feeling better are very similar to things that try to stand in my way at times.  Showing me, we are all humans in the same mix, working to make things better.


Here’s our interview:

What do you want to create in your life, health-wise? What is your goal?

I want to create a healthier me. I want to loose 70 lbs.

Great! Once accomplished, what will loosing 70 pounds and a healthier you do for you?

Live life more! Get more energy, reduce my risk risk of diabetes, bring back the spontaneous me!

What has been your resistance to this point?

A) Being a mom. I am tired when I wake up (that is getting better since I started my thyroid replacement pill). 

B) Having a husband who is not home. So I do a lot of the housework, cooking, school stuff, animal duties, etc.

C) Spending 98% of my day in the kitchen (it is where the dishwasher, stove, computer/office, & laundry room are located). This causes me to eat mindlessly.

D) Health issues that would improve if I lost the weight.

If it wasn’t  for the cancer thing, being overweight would be my only health problem.

Why is it important to you to create this in your life?

Create a healthier me? Because I want to do things with my kids, look younger than my husband, weigh less than my husband (lol), fit into cute clothes!

I do nothing for me. That has to change.

What amazed me about our interview was the fact that it sounded so familiar.  How many other moms out there are facing similar issues?

We will continue to follow Franny on her journey to better health.  Our goal is to give others the encouragement to make the move to better health as well. 

If you would like information on sponsoring Franny and her recovery, getting healthy yourself, or assisting a friend in need, as we are with Franny, contact me.  (tess@healthygreasemonkey.com)

You can do it, we can help support you!

“I’m a mom, I don’t have time for cancer”

How close are we to personal health & financial devastation?

22 years ago I met a fun loving gal at Purdue University at the ZTA house. We pledged together and vowed to be sisters for life.

Life has gone on, we’ve gone our separate ways, but Facebook has brought us back together.  Franny now lives in NW Indiana and I live here in sunny, SW Florida.

Today, I want to tell you Franny’s story.  One that many aren’t to far from repeating, they just don’t realize it yet.

Meet Franny.

They were your typical family.  Everything was going great. Franny’s Thirty-One Gifts business was beginning to thrive, hubby was working hard and they were living the American dream.  In the blink of an eye, things began to change.

January 2012  – Her husband lost his job and we lost our insurance

February 2012 – Franny found a lump in her neck (She didn’t have it checked out because they didn’t have any insurance and they were down to her Thirty-One Gifts Business income)

April 2012 – The lump began getting bigger

May 2012 – Finally went to the doctor; had ultrasound and blood work

June 2012 – Biopsy, abnormal cells – cancer still unknown

July 2012 –  Oncologist, advanced blood work-up, thyroid levels normal
Lump defined as a nodule. Left up to her to see a surgeon

August 2012 – Advised “leave it or have it removed” 4% chance cancer

December 2012 – Right thyroid removed with nodule

January 2013 – thyroid was cancerous nodule not.  30% chance left
nodule was cancerous too – recommended they remove

February 2013 – Left thyroid removed. Difficult surgery, vocal chords
damaged 6-12 months to heal and recover

March 2013 – CONFIRMED left thyroid lobe was cancerous.

Currently, Franny is awaiting diagnosis and whether she will need to undergo radioactive iodine treatments or not.  All of this, while caring for her babies, running her 31 gifts business, and without insurance.

My mission, is to get her the supplemental nutrition she needs to heal faster.

My request is for those who can, would you assist me in supporting her.

  1. Prayers are requested for healing, understanding, peace, joy, time with her family stress free. 
  2. If you would like more information on how you can sponsor this wonderful gal, her recovery nutrition, and her family, please contact me.

Franny Flyer

When three people purchase the Lean & Healthy Kit nutrition kit to improve and support their own health, Franny gets her’s free.  I have 2 people already committed to improving their own health as a means to also support and “sponsor” Franny’s.

If you or someone you know is interested in supporting your own health, and in turn allowing Franny’s kit to be complimentary, please let me know.

If you know someone else recovering from cancer that could benefit from this model, contact me.  I am happy to get this going for them as well.

Working to be part of the solution!  – Think outside the box!