Saturday, May 13, 2017

Striking a Balance between the 2 I’s

As my journey in dealing with cancer continues, I am realizing more each day that there is a lot I must also do on my own besides the allopathic treatment efforts undertaken by my doctors and specialists in taking tangible steps in overcoming this illness.

At times, it seems as if each and every day is always uphill with ongoing bouts of fatigue and feeling down.  However, I am doing by best to overcome any negative thoughts and feelings.  Accordingly, I have started to refocus on specific and tangible steps I must take with respect to positive lifestyle, health and wellness.


I am also re-looking at tangible ways to reduce any sources of inflammation while boosting my immune system.  I am specifically focusing on my diet, rest, exercise, training, and motivation as a means to strike a balance between inflammation sources and my immune system.  I have started to do regular hatha yoga, pranayama (deep breathing), bhajan (devotional songs), increased my hydration via water, regular drinking of vegetable juices (beet root, carrot, ginger etc.), taking turmeric, and cutting down on any artificial / processed foods.

Deep down, on this journey, I realize that there is no “silver bullet”, but, I must also help find ways to actively complement, support and assist the efforts of my doctors and specialists as they undertake my treatment.  I also got to keep going, one step-at-a-time, be practical and realistic on my expectations as well as outcomes.  Since “it is what it is”, I just have to look forward and not look back.  All things are possible when I start looking within to tap into an inner source of strength leading to positive thoughts, words and actions.



The purpose of any and all mentoring, focusing on holistic wellness, health, sports, fitness, nutrition, yoga, ayurveda and related is to promote healthy lifestyles and balance between Spirit-Mind-Body. This includes any and all associated proven processes, methods, techniques, therapies which may also include educational purposes with the goal of creating awareness and disseminating information. All information on the Blog in no way precludes the mandatory need for seeking definitive prior advice, diagnosis and/or treatment from a qualified medical physician and/or specialist related to Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s). Prior to starting any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s), it is mandatory to get a thorough examination by a qualified medical physician and/or specialist. In addition, a medical physician and/or specialist’s approval must be obtained prior to undertaking any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program and as well as continual examination(s) by a medical physician and/or specialist during the entire duration and course of undertaking any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A New Journey: Staying Positive with Cancer

My last competitive Masters Track races were in Woodbridge New Jersey in mid-September 2016 in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters.  I kept training and focused on the upcoming 2017 indoor Masters Track events which start in early January and continue into late March.  I was really looking forward to competing in the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters.

September 9, 2016 - Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA
On a cold fall Saturday, in October 2016, I went to my primary care physician for a complete physical exam with the normal routine of tests.  Based on the results, all key parameters seemed within the various limits and I really felt good about it.  I read further and on the last page of the report, I noticed my PSA levels were very high. Accordingly, my doctor recommended that I see a local urologist and thus got a referral and made the appointment.

During a span of the next three (3) months, I went and met three (3) different urologists and got varying opinions and viewpoints.  I also got additional tests done, an MRI, and finally got a biopsy.  I was mentally prepared to just be brave and braced myself to accept whatever the results may turn out to be.  The results of the MRI and biopsy indicated I tested positive.  Upon hearing the news, at that instantaneous moment, I did not feel any emotion, took a deep breath and just kept thinking of the “C” word – Cancer.

September 9, 2016 - Woodbridge, New Jersey, USA
Thereafter, over the next few days, it felt as if I had hit a brick wall.  Deep in the back of my mind, I just kept on thinking and saying to myself to just stay positive and I must go through whatever hurdles I need to go through to get over this new bump-in-the-road, a new hurdle, and a new challenge.

Thanks to my closest family, friends, colleagues, teammates and inspiring coaches at Trojan Masters Track Club and USC Track & Field Program, with deep introspect, I renewed my inner faith.

I have duly accepted to be responsible to myself and those around me.  I made a commitment to seek-out, listen, understand and appreciate the guidance and advice of proper doctors, latest state-of-the-art science and technology, implement proper lifestyle changes (diet/nutrition, rest, balance, and motivation) and most importantly – overcome fearA new journey has now started for me and I can never ever look back.  I realize I must keep walking forward, step-by-step, stay positive and, Fight On!

The purpose of any and all mentoring, focusing on holistic wellness, health, sports, fitness, nutrition, yoga, ayurveda and related is to promote healthy lifestyles and balance between Spirit-Mind-Body. This includes any and all associated proven processes, methods, techniques, therapies which may also include educational purposes with the goal of creating awareness and disseminating information. All information on the Blog in no way precludes the mandatory need for seeking definitive prior advice, diagnosis and/or treatment from a qualified medical physician and/or specialist related to Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s). Prior to starting any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s), it is mandatory to get a thorough examination by a qualified medical physician and/or specialist. In addition, a medical physician and/or specialist’s approval must be obtained prior to undertaking any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program and as well as continual examination(s) by a medical physician and/or specialist during the entire duration and course of undertaking any Spirit-Mind-Body fitness and/or training program(s).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

An Amazing Achievement

The USC Women's Track & Field Team, under the great leadership of Coach Caryl-Smith Gilbert, set the U.S. collegiate record in the 4 x 400 Meters Relay at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Texas A&M University.

A truly great feat and so proud of the Women of Troy! Fight On!