August 2013

Greetings everyone! 

I hope this finds you all enjoying the fullness of summer. 

Faye’s Light will be celebrating its eight year anniversary next month. Eight years! We’ve now provided more than 9,000 free services! This all makes me so happy. My goal was to not let my mother’s journey with cancer be seemingly for nothing. Thanks to the love and dedication of all of our volunteers, and the generosity of everyone who supports Faye’s Light, be it through donating time, talent, or money… we have accomplished this goal. I know my mom is present, and blessing our great organization. 

We are in the process of updating our website, newsletter, and YouTube page, and we recently added Pinterest to our social media mix. Andrew and Jessie are working hard so watch for the changes in our next newsletter in October. I’m excited about what I’ve seen so far. 

Our annual golf outing is September 14th. This is always a great event and the Shrimp Boil dinner is unbelievable. Duane and Nancy Kaminski not only donate all of the food for this, but Duane still does the cooking!!! I can’t thank them enough for the generosity they continue to bless Faye’s Light with. They are truly our angels. Click here for more information on the event. Registration details coming soon! 

I do hope you’ll take time to read all of the articles in our newsletters. Our contributors are the best of the best and the articles are always great.

Many blessings….Vicky

Save the Date!
For additional information about any of the following events, please contact Vicky at 708-431-3643.

Annual Golf Outing & Shrimp Boil, Saturday, September 14th.Download the flyerRegister

Recipe Corner
By Vicky Weis

Frozen Yogurt Cups

I recently bought a few new cookbooks and I’m having so much fun trying some of the new recipes. The recipe I’m sharing this month is from a book called Good Food Made Simple: HEALTHY, by Parragon Books and Love Food Editors. It’s got a lot of great, healthy, easy to prepare recipes, and many of the recipes are great for kids. 

This recipe is a wonderful summer treat; refreshing, healthy, quick to put together, and it will be enjoyed by the whole family. I liked it using vanilla yogurt, or you can add a touch of honey if you like a little sweetness added. Let me know what you think!

Frozen Yogurt Cups

2 cups low-fat plain yogurt
1-1/2 Tbsp. finely grated orange rind
2 cups mixed berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, plus extra to decorate.
Fresh mint sprigs to decorate, optional

Serves 12

  1. Set the freezer to its coldest setting at least two hours before freezing this dish. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with 12 muffin cups or use small ramekin dishes placed on a baking sheet.
  2. Mix together the yogurt and orange rind in a large bowl. Cut any large strawberries into pieces so that they are the same size as the blueberries and raspberries.
  3. Add the fruit to the yogurt, then spoon into the cups or ramekins. Freeze for two hours, or until frozen. Decorate with extra fruit and mint sprigs, if using. Remember to return the freezer to its original setting afterwards.

    Aromatherapy Corner
    By Vicky Weis
    Summer Solstice ~ June 23 – September 23


In this issue I’d like to share some easy tips for using essential oils. Have fun with them. I’d love for you to share some of your ideas as well!

  • Put 1-2 drops of Lavender in a spray bottle with water. Spray directly on the skin for relief.
  • For great smelling towels, sheets, clothes, etc. place a few drops of any combination of essential oils onto a small piece of terry cloth and toss it with the clothes while drying.
  • For an inexpensive and healthy air freshener, add about 20 drops of any combination of essential oils to 8 ounces water in a spray bottle. Shake gently before each use. I also use this blend when I travel to mist the bedding in the hotel.
  • For tired aching muscle or arthritis aches, mix 1-2 drops each of Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oil with a tablespoon of Jojoba (or other vegetable oil) and use as a massage oil. 
  • Ease headache pain by rubbing a drop of Peppermint and/or Lavender essential oil that has been mixed with a few drops of Jojoba oil (or other vegetable oil), on your temples and onto the back of your neck. Make sure not to get the blend close to the eyes; the Peppermint will burn your eyes. 
  • For a carpet freshener, add 20 drops of essential oil to 4-4 ½ cups of baking soda, mix and let sit for at least a day. Sprinkle over carpets; leave on for an hour or more, vacuum up. Citrus oils work great for this; they’re bright and refreshing!
  • For smelly feet or shoes, shake a few drops of Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and/or Eucalyptus essential oil into the shoes, or put the drops onto a cotton ball and leave in the shoes several for hours, or until the next time you wear them!
  • To keep mice and ants at bay place several drops of Peppermint essential oil onto cotton balls and place them at problem locations, or mix the Peppermint with some water in a spray bottle and mist the area; try 60 drops of Peppermint is 4 ounces of water.
  • Potpourri can be revived by adding a few drops of essential oils of your choice and gently mixing.
  • Homemade sachets are more fragrant when of any combination of essential oils are added to the flowers and herbs first. You can revive the scent by putting a couple of drops of your favorite oil right onto the sachet.
  • To calm your nerves and elevate your mood simply open the bottle of essential oil and inhale deeply three times. How easy is that?
  • Rosemary essential oil is known as “the oil of remembrance," so for mental alertness burn a few drops in your diffuser, or inhale directly from the bottle.
  • When you’re washing the floor, refrigerator, freezer, or oven, add 15-10 drops of Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Mandarin or Orange essential oil to the wash & final rinse water. It will make your house smell so good and it will make you feel great at the same time!
  • For burns on the skin, put undiluted Lavender essential oil directly onto the burn site. Repeat a few times a day. This will heal the wound and keep it from blistering and scarring.
  • For great skin, add one drop of Geranium or Patchouli essential oil to your moisturizer. You’ll smell good too.
  • To help bring a fever down, add 1 drop each of Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils to a small bowl of cool water and sponge down the skin. Repeat as needed.

    Sweet Serenity 
    By Patricia Fares-O'Malley, Ph.D

I have recently come across a book called Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin, M.D.  What I enjoy about this book especially is that she talks about the fact that our mind is just important in our healing process as the medicine we take, the food we eat, and the exercise routine we practice!  In other words, how we think and what we believe about ourselves and our lives is an important key to getting well! 

In a particular part of this book, she talks about the characteristics of people who have overcome diseases, especially cancer.  In one sentence she describes these people in this way, "They had all faced death and made a conscious decision to live every day like it might be their last."

Her research shows that living each day with this attitude - that it may be your last day on Earth - actually helps us keep focus of what is most important to us. Think about it, if you don't have tomorrow, what do you want to do today? What would you decide to spend your 'energy' on?  How would you live it? 

Well, we do not have to wait for a life threatening diagnosis to test out how much we want to live. We can live each day to it's fullest exent by simply developing these great characteristics in ourselves. 

1. Be unapologetically Who YOU Are!
People who survive tend to get feisty.  They say what they think. They don't make excuses. They wear what THEY want - what makes them comfortable.  They do what makes them happy! 

2.  Learn to say "NO" 
People who survive say "no" when they don't feel like going somewhere they don't want to go. They avoid gatherings when they prefer to be alone. They don't let themselves get pressured into doing things they don't really want to do. 

3. Do it NOW 
People who survive realize that you can't wait to do what you are dying to do!  They prioritize joy.  They live like they mean it! They choose happiness over grudges, jealousy, anger, resentment, despair! They do what makes them feel happy NOW! 

4. Say " I Love You" Often 
People who survive leave no words left unspoken.  They just don't take the risk of having someone they love, not know it! 

5. Take Care of Your Body 
People who survive have a whole new appreciation for health! Those who haven't been there may take their health for granted - but these folks prioritize self-care.  They stop smoking. They eat healthy. They drink their green juice. They maintain a healthy weight. They 
avoid toxic poisons. 

6.  Prioritize Freedom and Live Like You Mean It 
People who survive have learned that money isn't the answer.  Security doesn't matter if you're six feet under. Stress takes too much energy from their health and wellbeing!   These people find the new currency to be "Time" and "Mobility."  If you can enjoy as much of 
those as you have the ability to enjoy - you are truly RICH! 

All of the above comes from the website  - and there's more! 

However, it seems to me that all we need to do is shift our focus to one of honoring ourselves.  The process of making our health, our wellbeing, our mind, our body, our spirit our first priority - gives us the mindful edge to heal the disease within us.   It seems that if we are able to make our wellbeing our first priority - we will live a warm, wonderful life.  And sharing that with those we love is really all any of us ever wanted to do, isn't it?  

So, live like it's your last day - and enjoy the rest of your life! 

With Love, Pat 

Patricia Fares-O'Malley, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree in MindBody Psychology in 1998 and since then has written and published several articles and books on the subject of healing the body through the power of the mind, including, "Healing The Love Wound."

Ingalls Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program Marks 1 Year in Flossmoor
By Debra Robbins, Ingalls Memorial Hospital 

Are you or someone you know struggling with depression caused by an illness, job loss, divorce or financial difficulties? Is stress preventing you from performing your daily life activities? Have you ever gone to the emergency department with chest pain, and it turns out it was a panic attack?

Ingalls Behavioral Health Services Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which recently marked one year of service at the Flossmoor Family Care Center, can help.

Led by medical director Moises F. Gaviria, M.D., distinguished professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois and neuropsychiatrist on staff at Ingalls, the program became the area’s first and only short-term behavioral health treatment program for adults, ages 18 and above, when it debuted in 2012.

It is intended for individuals struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, or chronic medical conditions, or those who are experiencing impacts from a neurological disease and/or mild memory impairment.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; additional intakes, family therapy, case management and individual therapy occur in the afternoon between 2 and 5 p.m.

After a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, treatment plans are created for each individual and include:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and medical management
  • Group therapy and family intervention
  • Neuropsychological testing for cognitive-decline conditions
  • Genetic testing for Alzheimer’s, and
  • Imaging techniques, including CT, MRI, and PET scanning, for the most accurate diagnosis

A multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatrists, a geriatric specialist, a neuropsychologist, a psychiatric clinical nurse practitioner and licensed clinical therapists meets every Friday at 1 p.m. to discuss each individual in the program and give input on the best way to proceed. Psychiatrists also are available during the week, as well as a clinical nurse practitioner, therapists and case managers.

“Every day, our group programming includes one psychotherapy group and two more hours of psycho-education,” Dr. Gaviria explains.

Psychotherapy groups focus on specific, here-and-now difficulties related to low self-esteem, stress management, grief and loss, etc. Psycho-educational groups provide comprehensive information related to psychiatry, psychology, medication and general wellness.

“These groups address a host of issues pertinent to medical conditions, such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., and co-morbid psychiatric disorders,” he added.  

In addition to groups, other helpful techniques are incorporated into the individualized treatment plan and may include Tai Chi, lifestyle changes, yoga, mindful meditation, memory fitness, music appreciation and family therapy.

If you or someone you know can benefit from the Intensive Outpatient Program, call 708.915.8600. 

Journaling to Better Health! 
By Jessie Jury 

Keeping a Travel Journal

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” ― Oscar Wilde 

Writing about a place can change your experience of it by teaching us how to observe a scene while still being a part of it. You start to notice more details as you reflect, and traveling tends to help us grow. As you write and reflect about your travels it can help to shed light on your own inner journey. 

Why keep a travel journal?

It's practical. Use it to jot down places you want to visit, or the phone number or email address of someone you meet or the next place you want to go on your trip. You'll appreciate having everything in one place.

Your memories will stay fresh. I think that I will always remember the way my muscles felt after canoeing for six hours straight, or the smell of the air at the top of the mountain that I didn't think I would be able to climb. The thing is, some memories do fade. I'm able to sustain them because I've kept a written and photographic record.

You're creating a record for yourself and loved ones. I believe that some day my children will enjoy reading about trips I've taken - and enjoy reading about things they've done when they were too young to remember.  

Some tips for travel journaling:

Don't wait for perfect timing. If you wait until you have the time to sit down and write everything you want to say you may decide the time is never right. Date each entry and note where you were and some key words that will help you remember the destination and the event. Jot down brief thoughts to jog your memory later. Note how you feel, what you smell, what you see.

Take a multimedia approach. Paste your packing list into your journal. Circle what you ate for breakfast on a menu from the restaurant. Glue in your train or plane ticket or flyer from the museum. Sketch your surroundings. Even if you aren't an artist, hand sketches make a wonderful accompaniment to your words. Later, add some photographs from your trip - even if you have a separate photo album. 

Ultimately, your travel journal becomes a souvenir of the trip itself - one from which you'll derive enjoyment long after you've returned back home.

If you'd like to revisit older Journaling entries and prompts, find them here. Also, please share your thoughts on what journaling means to you, as well as ideas for future articles on our Facebook page!