Thrive and Spruce Teamed Up


Yesterday I was privileged to attend a forum of the breast cancer awareness by Thrive. Thrive CDO is a breast cancer awareness advocacy group in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao headed by Ms. Karen Lluch, a breast cancer survivor herself. At the opening of the forum, Ms. Karen shared that Thrive is campaigning about the early detection of breast cancer to the women of CDO and Northern Mindanao, while giving emotional support and fellowship to breast cancer survivors. Personally I think this is a very noble advocacy, it’s great to know that we now have a venue to talk about cancer related issues. I love how Ms. Karen pointed out that having cancer is not a sentence contrary to what most of us thinks. Thrive is here to give support to those who have this ordeal.

Dr. Rhoel de Leon, a breast cancer specialist who chose to practice his profession here in Cagayan de Oro is working closely with THRIVE CDO. During the open forum he opened our eyes to a lot of truth about the most common cancer women suffered . Here are some valuable eye-opener and facts I took home with me after the forum. Thanks to Dr. Rhoel!

  • Breast Cancer is not preventable.
  • Early detection of breast cancer is the best proactive approach in defeating it.
  • Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer cases in South East asia.
  • The size of the breast has nothing to do with a woman’s susceptibility to breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Have a mammography annually when you reach 40 years old. If you are at the high risk of having it, have it at 35.
  • Breast implants does not cause breast cancer (correct breast implant)
  • Every woman should at least do self breast examination a week after their period.
  • Men can have breast cancer too.

spruce pinked pumps

Thrive CDO found a partner in Spruce in strengthening their campaign. In the effort to support Thrive CDO, Spruce Philippines launched its first Spruce PINKed Project naming the projects of Thrive CDO as its beneficiary. Spruce created a special line of trendy, fashionable, fabulous and above all AFFORDABLE shoes for every woman out there! Everytime you buy a pair of the collection, a portion of your money goes to Thrive CDO. How’s that for a charitable fashionista? It’s a common knowledge that Spruce has this reputation of selling durable and fabulous but expensive shoes! But  with Spruce’s PINKed collection, you can get to own a spruce shoes at a very affordable price. Check out some of the latest pieces sold currently at Spruce.

Doll Shoes Collection
Doll Shoes Collection
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10 Ways to Avoid Breast Cancer Risk


October is not just the month to start preparing for Halloween. It is as well a month of Breast Cancer Awareness. Hundreds of Women worldwide are battling breast cancer spreading awareness and hope.

It is very beneficial to know the risk of having a breast cancer whether you’re in your 20s or mammogram years. To help reduce risk of getting the disease. Read on for 10 things every woman should do to help prevent breast cancer.

  1. Watch your Weight – maintain a healthy weight that is! Being overweight or obese can increase your risk and possibility of developing breast cancer. Fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, which in return can fuel some cancers.
  2. Check up on your family’s medical history – it is very that you have a background of your family’s medical history. How many people in your family have had breast cancer? It’s high time to check. Breast Cancer risk factors are genetic so having a close family member who have developed breast cancer also increases your risk as well since .
  3. Self-Examine and Know Your Breast – free of charge! The easiest way to watch out for possible breast cancer. Self breast exams may not have been given a buzzing endorsement from the medical community, you should still be familiar with how your breasts feel and look so you’ll notice right away any changes.
  4. Drink Moderately – It’s true that a glass of red is good for your body but remember that excessive alcohol drinking has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Stick to a one-a-day mantra if you want to reduce your risk.
  5. Exercise Regularly – Not only will working out help you maintain a healthy weight, exercising itself has been shown to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of exercise, five times a week.
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Breast Care – Reducing Discomfort


Women around the world experiences breast discomfort usually when pregnant or when monthly period is around the corner. Some are bewildered by the hard lump they found during their monthly self-exam, despite the pathologists assurance that it’s benign.

That tenderness you apt to feel in pregnancy or just prior to your menstrual period occurs because of the natural cycles of your reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones signal the cells of the milk-producing glands to grow and the areas around these glands expand with blood and other fluids to nourish the cells. These fluid-logged tissues can stretch nerve fibers and you experience pain.

Fibrocystic changes, which include lumps and cysts, usually affect the nonworking areas: the fat cells, fibrous tissues, and other parts not involved in the making or transporting of milk. But in either case, the same strategy can help you find relief and promote healing.

Below are experts advised breast care on reducing Soreness and discomfort.

SWITCH YOUR DIET – change to low in fat and high in fiber like whole grains, vegetables and beans. A study showed that women who are following this diet metabolized estrogen differently. More estrogen was excreted in the stool leaving less to circulate. That means less hormonal stimulation of the breasts.

STAY SLIM – that means you should keep your weight within the proper range for your height. Losing excess weight can help relieve breast pain and lumpiness. In women, fat acts like an extra gland producing and storing estrogen circulating in your system. Breast tissue is very responsive to hormones.

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Coconut Oil – Healthy Bikini Body Secret


The world of fashion is never complete without the beauty and exciting body of Miranda Kerr. She joined the mommy club when she gave birth to her son with husband Orlando Bloom and yet that body is still something to envy! The 28 year-old Victoria’s Secret top model shared her best birth control for weight loss and her secret in maintaining such beautiful body. “I personally take four tablespoons of coconut oil per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.”

Ladies, here are some FACTS about the COCONUT OIL.

You can take coconut oil both internally and externally. Those who are proponents of this cure do both. The typical amount to take internally per day is 3 TBSP. It is recommended that you take 1 TBSP with each meal. Coconut Oil apparently gives an instant energy lift and may assist you to quit caffeine! Several sports nutrition bars and drinks include coconut oil for its energizing properties.

Warning: Coconut Oil is contraindicated for those with hypertension . But if you suffer from low blood pressure, this is an excellent remedy for you.

Lots of research has already been done on the subject of Fatty Acids and Monogycerides (found in coconut oil). Some of the reported cures from research are:



A great great weight loss resources. Encourages loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate. Is utilized by the body to create energy in preference to getting stored as body fat such as other dietary fats. Helps protect against obesity and over weight problems.



Coconut Oil offers a nutritional source of speedy energy; Increases energy and endurance, improving physical and athletic effectiveness; Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; Boosts insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose; Minimizes stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body; Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis;

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Breast Cancer Facts and Myths


Although a lot of advances have been made in breast cancer detection and treatment throughout the last quarter century, the fact is we still don’t know much about the factors that cause breast cancer or it’s cure. This leaves a lot of us misunderstanding the facts about cancer of the breast. Then it’s time we dispel those myths and replace them with what we know is true about breast cancer.

Myth: Almost all women diagnosed with breast cancer had many risk factor prior to diagnosis.
Fact: All women have a risk for developing breast cancer whether they have known risk factors. In fact, nearly all breast cancer patients had no known risk factors, other than being female, for this frightening disease.

Myth: I’m too young to worry about breast cancer.
Fact: While it’s true that your breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for developing breast cancer.

Myth: I do not possess a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene so I’m certain breast cancer isn’t around my future.
Fact: Don’t fool yourself! Not having a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene does not mean you will not get breast cancer. Actually, the reality is that almost all women (90 to 95 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer have neither family members history nor mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, according to the American Cancer Society.

Myth: Breast cancer is preventable.
Fact: Although a drug classified as an antiestrogen called, Tamoxifen may decrease breast cancer risk in some women, the cause of breast cancer remains unknown and is not completely preventable. The true secret to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment.

Myth: There’s certainly not been a circumstance of breast cancer in my family so I don’t need to worry about it happening to me.
Fact: The truth is the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history of this devastating cancer. Nevertheless, if your mother, sister, or grandmother ever had breast cancer your risk is significantly increased.

Myth: I’m not going to breastfeed simply because breastfeeding would increase my risk of getting breast cancer.
Fact: Just the opposite is true. Breastfeeding may actually decrease the risk of perimenopausal breast cancer.

Myth: Having annual mammograms will expose me to too much radiation and cancer will occur as a effect.
Fact: According to the American College of Radiology, the benefits of annual mammograms far outweigh any risks that may occur because of the minute amount of radiation used during this screening and diagnostic procedure.

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Heart and Breast Care to Women’s Good Health


These days, it seems women have more issues with having good health leading to numerous health concerns more than ever. Women and health care are as much as important as anything else in the world. Perhaps women’s health concerns are now greater in number than ever before or perhaps we are just more aware of women’s issues as women are more comfortable having them brought to the forefront.

One issue that continually does get the attention it deserves is The breast cancer statistics are alarming, and almost everyone you know has a sister or mother who has suffered from this deadly disease. If caught early enough, it does not have to be deadly. In fact, there are things you can do so that you don’t get it at all. Every woman (young and old) should be aware of breast care checking their breasts monthly to detect for any strange lumps or any unusual signs. This can be done in the shower, with one arm raised and the other performing the checking task. Any doctor can show you the specifics on how to do this. If you do sense something suspicious, make an appointment with your doctor right away to have it looked at. The other thing you can do is be a conscious consumer; every day the FDA is coming out with new information as to what may be potential carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), from food additives to plastics to environmental hazards. Becoming aware and taking the time to be educated can make all the difference in the world.


Another major health concern for women is heart disease. This continues to be the number one killer of women, actually, and it doesn’t just happen to those you would suspect. When people think of heart disease, most people think of the severely obese. However, women can suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, and clogged arteries from poor food choices, lack of exercise and stress. Believe it or not, if you eat fast food on a regular basis and skip the gym in favor of drinks after a very stressful work day that ends at 7:00 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m., you may be in a higher risk category than your friend who remains calm, eats a lot of healthy food choices, and practices yoga a couple times a week. If you know you are in the first group, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start making small changes. Good health does not necessarily mean you invest too much time. If you can’t get away from a stressful job or career, make sure to step away each hour and do deep breathing exercises, and stretch your body while at work. Go to the ladies room to do it if necessary! Try to make smarter food choices, even if it means just eliminating one of your ‘junk food meals’ a week. If you’re not big on exercise, start with a simple walk a couple times a week and go from there. The sooner you make these changes, the healthier you will be and the less at risk for heart disease.

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