About Me

IMG_2517 - Version 2This blog was started in 2011 after my husband, Lance, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. We wanted to share all that we had learned so that people wouldn’t find themselves in the situation we had found ourselves. Because we believed (I still do) that there are so many ways you can take care of yourself before DIS-EASE strikes. It’s about prevention. How to take care of yourself body, mind and spirit and keep yourself healthy. Although my husband, the father of our two children, passed in June 2012, I still believe in all the ways in which to stay healthy that I did then. I still live, breathe and embody many of the things I learned while Lance was sick. I do not know everything there is to know about health. I am hardly an expert. I am not someone who has been meditating under the Bodhi tree my whole life (although I have visited it!). To be honest, I’ve been a little derailed these past couple years but every day I try my best. Sometimes I fail. Miserably. But I try again the next day. This is my journey…continued.

 

 

31 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lance,

    Good to hear your doing well. Your name came up the other day and we have been thinking of you. I have a framed quote that I live by “One blueberry at a time”
    Be well…

  2. So what I know is that you create what you believe and what you think about, worry about, or focus on. As simple as this is, it’s the hardest thing to remember to do sometimes. And sometimes $#!# just happens for no apparent reason to really great people. Thanks for sharing your difficult, wonderful, enlightening journey with all of us. More times than I can count over the past months I’ve been reminded of (or taught) important lessons by the two of you. You’re blessing everyone around you by sharing all of the good that you’ve brought out of a difficult time. Blog on!

  3. Hi Lance and Nance,
    We haven’t met but I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you over the course this journey. I thank you for your courage and generosity in taking so many of us along for quite a ride. My family and I are very close to Lynn. My wife and I have two baby girls and I’ve been deeply touched by your bravery and the love you share for each other and for your family and friends.
    Last week my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumor is not contained, she goes in for an MRI tomorrow to see the extent of the cancer. While the news was a blow to my family and me, we’ve come to a place of perhaps seeing it as an opportunity for transformation. We’re getting very much into researching natural treatment and both Mom and Dad are willing to go fully into a lifestyle change. It’s super gnarly though and I’ve been thinking a lot about you guys. Seeing your blog
    here is awesome cause I was just going to write you and inquire about anything
    you may have to share. Thank you again for you generosity and openness, your journey has been and continues to be very inspiring. Love, j.

    • Hey Jay,
      I just got back from NY but I wanted to tell you I would love to help in any way that I can. Please email me and we will talk.

  4. nance.. i love this. love your energy, your spirit, your beauty, confidence and faith. hugs to your HEALTHY family. XOXOXO

  5. wow!!! your blog looks beautiful and amazing. you both continue to inspire me daily. your ability to create, thrive, learn, teach, inspire, love and the list could go on is exactly what living looks like. thank you nance and lance for all you have taught us and continue to do so. i can’t wait to read this blog and learn to live NOW!!! love you both dearly.

    holly

  6. Nancy & Lance,
    GREAT MOVE GREAT BLOG!!!!!!!!!
    Beautiful Photos… Lance… WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am inspired by you, impressed by you, and the best part learning from your experiences and what you are learning on your journey your generous of heart mind and spirit THANK YOU for sharing and continuing to share..
    Nancy…. You amaze me your strength and your love for Lance and your family and your friends is just plain AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    blogs are Fun FUN FUN!
    I have one too and I love posting!
    I look forward to your next post..
    buckets of love,
    Susan

  7. This is fantastic, as I told Lance I am firing up the freaking juicer(as I have just found out from Cathy that we actually have one), you guys freaking rock!

  8. As we have not met, I was turned on to your caring bridge site through a mutual friend, Kirk Boeger. Right before Lance was diagnosed, I was involved in a terrible car accident involving a fatality. Badly injured, Kirk told me about what your family was faced with. I have felt a connection due to life altering injuries and the long road of the physical and emotional recovery. As I am on my way to making a full recovery, ( just had surgery 2 with one more to go), my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. Its has been amazing to read your posts and now blog. I had to go through similar dietary changes for my healing and they have helped me bring this to a bigger cause, my mother’s cancer. She is beating the odds and is the first on her regime of chemo to NOT have to have a blood transfusion. The Doc’s are amazed at her energy levels, blood counts and the progress she is making. As we are not out of the woods, so to speak, her quality of life, both physical and emotional, has improved greatly. Keep up the great energy you put out. Your family is inspirational.

    • Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been thinking often lately about how EVERYONE HAS A STORY (and plan on writing about that soon). To hear your double wammy is my reminder today. So good to hear your mom is beating the odds as I truly believe that every person is different and every tumor is different. A very inspirational book if you or your mom haven’t read is Bernie Siegel’s Love, Medicine and Miracles (all of his books are great actually). People continually beat the odds and there are many thrivers out there including ovarian cancer. See if your mom will juice daily. I think that is one of the single best things she could do. Feel free to ask me any questions and I wish you and your mom all the best. I believe it’s how we handle the challenges we face that path the way for our future. Good luck and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  9. Lots of love and laughter to you all. Your words, your wisdom, your spirit are inspirations to us all on this crazy, mad, wonderful journey through LIFE! XX

  10. Hi Nance and Lance. I love your blog. I’m glad that you found a new outlet to continue sharing your beautiful mind and body wisdom. As I don’t attend mass, meditate, go to therapy, attend retreats, etc. you’re my only spiritual feeder. No pressure but keep up the good work! Love ya. Kate

  11. That beautiful boy is my nephew. Thank you so much for going on your journey together. He is an incredible boy, one I consider to be an angel on earth. Stay strong and thank you for all your inspiration.

  12. Nancy and Lance,

    I just recently stumbled upon your blog after reading Lance’s Happiness is Not Having a Cell Phone post on FearLess Revolution. I found that story especially inspiring, and I think it’s equally as impressive what you’re doing here with Love Laugh Veggies!

    I’m currently working on a startup, and you’ve both inspired our blog post for today at http://buypositively.com/. If you have a minute, we’d love if you read through our Confessions of a Cell Phone Addict post. I hope I got most of the details right!

  13. Hi Lance,
    I spoke to my brother today and he told me of your blog. I read the latest entry and can relate by saying I haven’t had a public cellphone since leaving the US 6 years ago; and I don’t miss it! He also mentioned that you had gone through some adverse times. Hope my note finds you in happy spirits and the sun is shinning. Please let me know if you are ever in the Copenhagen area, would be quite a time trip saying hello!
    Best,
    Eric

  14. Lance,
    I am so thankful to for the opportunity of reconnecting –
    I am very glad to know of this site –
    I look forward to seeing you and staying connected –
    Gratefully Yours,
    Brian

  15. hello Nancy and Lance from italy…..I like your blog very much and I am very happy to know you well and that you keep on eating wonderful, artistic, super healthy food.
    Congratulations Nancy on embracing this coolinary’s challenge and becoming a natural food gourmet!
    Thanks for sharing .
    Blessings to you all.
    F

  16. Wow! That sounds so incredible Nancy. What an experience. 
    Thinking of you, and hoping you both slept and slept after that. Where were your kids? Did they make it through that long journey?
    With much love,
    Elise

  17. Great to hear you are in Puerto Rico, land of many wonders and loving people. I heard about your blog thru Nicole thru Facebook and am interested in veggieness
    if that is a word! Fight the good fight on all this and you will be prayed for as well which I hope is OK. Hopefully all you are doing will bring healing to you both; it is hard not to need that when there are two of you dealing with any serious illness. God bless you.

    • Thank you Carol for reaching out. I appreciate your words and prayers. It means the world to us. Having first experience with the real kindness of the human spirit, I can tell you that people all over are infinitely good and the prayers from people we have never met just reiterates that. So thank you for once again. I am posting about our experience in Puerto Rico tomorrow, in case you are interested. It’s been an amazing experience so far.
      Love and veggies,
      Nancy

  18. Hi Nance, I don’t know if you and Lance will remember me but my husband and I met you in Honduras back on the 1999/2000 New Year millennial shindig that Jerry and Lou orchestrated; we see them a lot (having moved to the small town where they spend their weekends) and have heard updates on you from them over the years; we were, of course, very, very sorry to hear of the challenges you’re now confronting. I don’t know where you guys come down on macrobiotic, but the Kushi Institute in western Mass. has had some wonderful successes through its program, including with a good friend of mine’s father. His life was extended and his health improved throughout his experience with cancer thanks to their recommendations. I’m sure you are already well-versed in this nutritional option, but it felt like one thing, beyond sending all good thoughts of love and light your way, that I could do. http://www.kushiinstitute.org/ We’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  19. lance and nancy… you both and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers… and in the sunflowers planted alongside these… sending a bucketful of love into the ocean of support beneath you… xoxo kristen

  20. Dear Nance, this is one of the most amazing blogs I have ever read. My sister had ovarian cancer, so I know part of the story from a sisters point view. I always tried to walk by faith and not by sight. It touches every part of your being. You question everything and see everything differently. It becomes a new normal. God Bless you and your family. I wish you much love and comfort in the coming days xoxoxoxo

  21. Nancy:
    I met Ann Oliverios on Thursday shortly after her brother’s death. I was with my friend who was diagnosed with GBM February 2011. Ann shared your information and I have just completed reading your amazing blog. Thank you for sharing such strength and insight. My heart is balanced with heaviness for your loss but lightness for the gift you had of loving and being loved by Lance. May you and your children always remember and live in his grace.
    Rickie

  22. i really really don’t know what to say except that when i felt lance leave (my cognitive world), it felt like a robbery. i know you don’t feel that way and you shouldn’t. it’s a selfish reaction to a thing i didn’t realize because i had allowed it to become so far removed, despite how deeply embedded in me lance truly has been. when jen, from a fitful sleep, told me lance has stepped on – despite the fact that we have hardly seen/heard/enjoyed you two in ages – except in ‘oh shit we really need to reconnect’ conversations – i lost my breath. a lungful of life he had lent to me but i didn’t have the wherewithal or whatever the modern term for that is, to know about – because of his strength and understanding. i relived our very long walk down the hill from your family’s los altos perch. down to the horses and chickens and other aggressively pooping non-plussed creatures. our youngest – now oldest – boy was so alive… seeing and hearing and feeling and far more importantly, witnessing the two of you. you have always given more, the two of you. more than is audible or visible or probably even palpable – despite the fact that i don’t know exactly what palpable means. and i think that accounts for much of the breath that stole away from me tonight. i happily give it back and have been breathing deeply and exhaling generously since. our angel lance, he needs some breath and air and levity and strength now, for his journey. and despite my heart being with lance all these years in spite of my mind’s absence, my spirit – my breath – is also with him. his wings are mature and ready to lift him into his proper space. i hope the breath he lent me, which i’ve taken advantage of all these years through ridiculously critically moments, will now billow out and up beneath his wings to lift him higher than he ever imagined he could sail. lance, my friend, you are an amazing person. so much so, i really can’t imagine what a ridiculously phenomenal angel you have become.

  23. Nan, I read your blog. Thanks so much for letting me know you put something up there. I really appreciate what you have to say. What a journey you are on. I have thought and sought similar things for myself going through things (and still am), but certainly not the things that you have experienced. I think of Lance a lot and I am so glad I have his shirt. He’s right there. I know we haven’t talked for awhile, but I do wonder how things have gone for you and your blog feels good. You have put things into a great perspective with how you explain how you feel I can’t imagine what it is like to go through all of this. Maybe we can catch on things if you want to. And thanks again for pointing me to your blog.

    Craig

  24. Hello, Nance,
    I knew Lance, for a short time, – he was a friend of my sister.
    I have experienced loss of a few powerfull persons that was in my Life for a time , recently.
    You seem to have SO many friends and support with- in Your blog, and how You choose to be open about what has happened.
    – This is something very beutiful!
    The lonlyness – and ” missing” of Lance, is something, howEver that will perhaps never be less.
    But I do beleive that This feeling, can turn to something Very Positiv and give Strength!!
    I wisch and hope that You Will Find a way to be Truly Happy!!
    Luv, Helena

  25. Hello!
    I was browsing Elephant Journal and came across your Last Words post, which I followed to this blog – such a moving & beautiful tribute to life, loss & love. But your name really caught my eye – are you the same Nancy Gentry that went to Greenwood Lab school in Springfield, MO?
    Regardless of that answer, I thank you for the open and honest chronicle, and for sharing your strength during such a difficult journey. My heart and energy go out to you & your children.
    Namaste –

    Brian

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