duncan and rodene

I’ve Been Meaning To Update…

..but keep stalling. I don’t know what it is, but here’s that link from last years PSA my buddy and I did. Yes, unfortunately it is STILL relative, because we DON’T have a cure for cancer yet. 

From the Popsugar website: (  http://www.popsugar.com/Kat-Dennings-Interview-Rodene-Jones-Video-32030641  )

Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings and her best friend, photographer Rodene Jones, first met as teenagers. Like any close, longtime friends, the two have weathered their share of successes and setbacks together in the years since — but nothing prepared them for Rodene’s breast-cancer diagnosis at age 31. After Rodene’s fiancé noticed a lump underneath her breast, Rodene not only learned she had triple-negative cancer, but she also tested positive for BRCA1; that gene greatly increases the likelihood of contracting breast and ovarian cancers. Rodene quickly began a grueling treatment process that would transform not only her own life but the lives of the people who love her.

UPDATE: It’s been a year since we first brought you Kat and Rodene’s story on  In Her World, and we’re happy to share that Rodene’s most recent scans indicate that her cancer treatment — which included six rounds of chemo, 37 rounds of radiation, and a double mastectomy — worked. Even so, she’s cautious about her health and awaiting a new round of scans at the end of the year, which should provide her and her doctors with a better idea of her status. “The form of celebration I practice is making every day I’m alive and able awesome,” Rodene tells us. She and her husband, Duncan Jones, are looking forward to trying for a baby once she gets a thumbs-up from her doctors and are teaming up with the Tower Cancer Research Foundation on a campaign called Touch Up Your Loved Ones, inspired by their own experience. The couple is now back in LA after spending nine months in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on the set of the movie Warcraft. Duncan directed the film and Rodene served as the movie’s archivist photographer. “I was so grateful to have no time to sit and worry about all of the aches and pains,” she says. “Being able to have the strength to carry my camera around, stay on my feet, and push myself out there again has been helping my ‘new’ self.”

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Lots has happened since my diagnosis, lots of living has been going on 🙂 . My two years is coming up, and I’m hoping to get only good news after my new set of scans. Til then, I’ll be living “as if,” which includes trying to raise awareness so others don’t ever have to go through this nasty disease.

Also, my husband and I went to the doctors and got our flu shots. Please be a responsible person, visit your doctors office, or local pharmacy, get jabbed, bring everyone YOU KNOW with you. If you don’t want to donate, or help raise awareness, just get the dang flu shot. 

Taken from Lisa Adams’ blog: “According to the CDC the flu and complications from it kill almost as many people each year as breast cancer. Let that sink in. The flu kills about 36,000 people each year. Metastatic breast cancer kills approximately 40,000 people.” ( Visit Lisa Adams’ blog, she’ll tell you first hand about METASTATIC Breast Cancer, and also how you should get your flu shots. )

Metastatic Breast Cancer.

And as far as side effects from all the treatments and surgery, I’m alive, and yes I am experiencing random pains, aches, fatigue AND neuropathy. (I’ll get into more of my physical & mental health later, if it helps someone else out.)  But, I am able to push myself everyday, as far as stretching, walking longer distances, and normal people things.

Like dancing in Vancouver rain:

…and so she just danced her little heart away. ☺️ 🐋☔️☁️

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My hair is slowly growing back, and so is my belly, something about BC treatment messes up your system, including your metabolism, or maybe it could be all of the DELICIOUS food we’ve been cooking. My 37 rounds of radiation did mess up the left side of my chest, so being able to stretch that side out has been difficult. I was able to swap out my rock hard expanders for soft, ziplock bag like saline implants. That surgery was way less stressful than the double mastectomy, but don’t get me wrong, I was still terrified. Though, knowing my husband would be waiting for me soon after keep what little peace I did have close in my heart. I didn’t take any painkillers, and couldn’t take the medical cannabis, so I just rode it out naturally, sleeping basically upright on a ton of pillows. I did have to take antibiotics for about 8 days to prevent any infections, which worked. Had over 120 stitches inside my chest, and felt gnarly pains here and there, but nothing that stayed long enough for me to panic. My right side is saggy, but I’m ALIVE, and am so happy. NO ROOM TO COMPLAIN. NONE. 

Well, that’s that, for now.

I’ve set up a new fundraiser, one that I, actually, we, will have a clearer idea of where the money will be going towards. Its a special place to me, and have supported me during and after treatment. So, please donate, support, share if and whenever you can, its important.

Okay, I’m done for now, thanks for reading. I hope you or anyone you love never have to deal with cancer, its a b*tch. Life is short, fragile, and dang precious, please take care of yours, as others are fighting harder just to live another day.

Peace & Love,

Rodene Jones

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We Don’t Like Chocolate, We LOVE it.

Our puppy has mastered the fine art of begging.

We always have bags and bars of chocolate in our home. I say home, because its every where, no, not where the dog can steal a bite, but in drawers, purses, the fridge, cabinets, every dang where, in all forms. Basically, always within arms reach…you just never know when your chocolate blood sugar levels are going to drop. 🙂 Its important to try out all sorts of chocolate, so you know which is right when you have a specific craving. Sometimes that cheap, dirty, kind of like Easter Chocolate barely chocolate chocolate is fun, then you can be daring n’ go for that lavender or bacon chocolate, but you can’t replace a thick, high quality dark chocolate bar. When we were in Montreal, Canada, (click here to see what I’m talking about) they had pretty amazing bars at their every day markets, they even had a hot chocolate cafe. Here in Los Angeles, Whole Foods, Cost Plus and Bristol Farms have a decent selection, but could be better.

So, you know we love chocolate in our house, in all shapes, forms, percentages…sometimes in milkshakes, cakes, brownies, fudge, ravioli, pastas, smoothies, coffee, oh and those chocolate covered gummi bears, do they count as chocolate? My favorite: those spiced hot chocolate pieces imported from somewhere Spanish, that you melt into a big ol’ mug with an extra side of warm chocolate saucey goodness..that’s what I’m after and am always a little upset when I have to share. 🙂 Anyway, we had a bunch of chocolate chips, cocoa, and squares that were dying to fulfill their destiny. Mixed them up with cups of powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, pecans & some salt, baked ’em and magic = easy flourless chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE cookies.

Happy baking!

xo,

Rodene

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Lazy Asparagus.

We had a bundle of asparagus just lying around in the fridge, so I figured, eh, let’s BAKE ’em. I love fried foods, but I know I know, its terrible for you…but wait, I just read somewhere that if you use sunflower oil or healthy oils to fry, your body doesn’t react as bad. Was this real or a dream? Oh man, the possibilities once this is confirmed.

Until then, baking it was. Gave ’em a good wash, threw ’em in a slightly beaten egg, tossed ’em around in some panko bread crumbs, and laid ’em out. Because I was trying to be SOMEWHAT healthy, I didn’t add any salt, etc. Instead, served ’em with a little chili sauce.

Supposedly, asparagus is a great source of Vitamins A, C, E, B, potassium and zinc. And I’ve heard it does something to your pee…or was someone lying to me?  -__- Does it matter? No.

Try making them, they’re good and so easy breezy to bake. Happy Friday.

xo,

Rodene

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Ren Fair Style Turkey Legs For The BF.

I am a pescatarian (bout 6yrs now) who is in love with an awesome carnivore with a huge appetite, though I know one day I’ll be making the switch again. Til THEN, I’ve been gathering and recooking a lot of our favorite recipes, old & new. He’s lucky I’m not strict when it comes to food, because I AM a HUGE CARNIVORE when it comes to my belly but  huge ANIMAL lover at heart. And, because I’ll be eating meat at some point in my life again, aaaand because I love HIM so, I don’t mind cooking him red/white/dark meats. (I do get sad, it does make me whimper for the poor defenseless animals, but what am I gonna do?! I hate to see my bf starve. :/ )

When I was younger, I used to go to the renaissance fairs here in California, and during those days, I happily ate meat. One of my favorites from the fairs were the massive turkey legs! Delicious. (Poor turkeys..) Turkey is a leaner meat than chicken and beef..and pork, and although I love to feed my bf, I do want to keep him healthy.

So, yesterday I ended up brining three turkey legs over night in my favorite seasonings. Then today, for lunch, he finished ’em right down to the bone while I watched in envy, grief, and admiration. They turned out great, according to him, and though he loves me, he’s usually quite honest & open with constructive criticism. He gave me the thumbs up, this one is going down in the books.

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xo,

Rodene