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Supporting Jennifer Randolph in Glamis

THANK YOU ALL for supporting Jennifer Randolph and spreading the message in GLAMIS!! 

WHAT A GREAT picture!

THANK YOU Dont Worry Be Happy Foundation for my Stater Bros gift cards

 

 Thanks to DWBHshirts, and everyone that donates to Dont Worry Be Happy Foundation,  we have groceries in our fridge ! Thank you! You are such a blessing to our family. Xoxo, Crystal

 

We still have a LOT of gifts that the Dont Worry Be Happy Foundation needs help with thru our “ADOPT A DWBH FAMILY” FOR CHRISTMAS. Please contact Mina@DWBHshirts.com or call 949-723-2301

DWBHshirts share 10 tips to feel HAPPIER from Jonathon Lockwood Huie

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

1. Smile. Raise the corners of your mouth. Soon your smile will become genuine. The smile that begins as an effort and a pretense quickly grows to become genuine, and given time, a habit of happiness. In the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

2. Breathe deeply and slowly. Focus your entire attention on each in-breath and out-breath. Imagine drawing new clean energy in through the top of your head on each in-breath, and expelling old stale energy out the soles of your feet on each out-breath.

3. Take a quiet walk by yourself. Focus on each step and on your breathing. As stray thoughts enter your mind, thank each one, and quickly release the thought and return to a focus on your breathing and your steps.

4. Count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. You have thousands of reasons to be thankful. Be thankful for those who serve you. Make a list of those you depend upon. Everyone has many people who help along the way. Don’t forget those who grow and deliver your food, keep your electricity and telephone running, provide emergency medical care, and protect the safety of your community and your nation.

5. Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus.

6. Stretch your body. Do yoga, do qigong, or just stand and stretch. As a simple stretch, stand and hold your arms out to your sides forming a cross. Gently bend each hand back at the wrist until the fingers point straight upward. Twist each hand and arm in a wringing motion as if you were operating a screwdriver.

7. Turn on happy music and dance. Don’t stop ’til you’re tired. Dance with someone or dance all by yourself. Choose music that makes you want to move and keep moving such as Latin Fitness Dance music.

8. Spend some time with a furry friend. If you don’t have your own, borrow a cat or dog to love today.

9. Be of service. Find someone who has worse troubles than you and do something nice for them today.

10. Have a conversation with God (or whatever you call your Higher Power). Approach the conversation with an attitude of gratitude rather than neediness

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Dont Worry Be Happy shirts in Oahu’s North Shore, Haleiwa

Dont Worry Be Happy Foundation Board member, Trycia Carlberg is welcomed to Haleiwa in North Shore, Oahu by her wonderful friend Chris Hagan. 

Thank you Trycia and Chrsi for spreading Dont Worry Be Happy shirts around Oahu’s North Shore!!

DWBHshirts appreciates and thanks Seed People’s Market!

Thank you Seed People’s Market for opening your store and hearts yesterday for Dont Worry Be Happy Foundations warriors.  Thank you also to everyone that came to help and volunteer.  You all are amazing, we couldn’t have done it without you !!

Meet DWBHshirts new warrior Phillip Bacigalupi

Phil Bacigalupi

33 years old
Grade III anaplastic astrocytoma
 
My name is Phil Bacigalupi, and I am a 33 year old elementary school teacher.  I was diagnosed with a brain tumor on May 19th, 2011 and had it removed on June 27th, 2011 and spent my summer recouping from having brain surgery.  My symptoms began over a year ago with migraines, blurred vision and a numb left hand at our house warming party.  I thought it was stress related from being overly social with all of our guests.  I went to the doctor, who came to the conclusion that it was just a sinus infection.  My symptoms became more and more frequent until a year later when my hand, jaw and leg went numb on the left side of my body.  When I stood up to walk, my leg did not work for about 10 minutes, and I found out later that I was having focal seizures.  I went to the doctor thinking it was heart related or maybe a stroke, but that I also wanted to see pictures of my brain because something wasn’t adding up.  He finally agreed that my symptoms seemed odd, especially for someone my age, so I had an MRI.  The next day on my lunch break I got the call that there was a mass was in my brain.  I went to the doctor thinking, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  I saw it, and it took me about a minute to realize that that interesting looking thing on the screen was in MY head.  The lesion or mass or tumor or whatever you want to call it, was the size of a potato or avocado.  It was located between the motor and sensory cortexes on the right hemisphere of my brain.  That explained the loss of sensation and seizures on the left side of my body. When I saw the images of the tumor on the computer screen of the MRI, I got sick.  I got over it.  I didn’t allow myself to be scared again after that moment, hence my new nickname: “Tough as Nails” or TAN for short.  When it was removed I woke up in the hospital alive and well with lots of love in my corner.  I am also the proud new owner of the biggest, coolest scar of anyone I know in the shape of a giant question mark on the side of my head.  To me, that scar represents my survival, so I am proud of it and I don’t mind if people stare or ask about it, (it isa question mark after all). The only other time I got scared, other than when I found out about the tumor, was when I got a phone call from UCLA saying that my biopsy came back grade III anaplastic astrocytoma.  In other words, I have brain cancer.  The hardest part was breaking the news to my wife about the tumor, and then once again when I found out I had cancer.  She’s tough as nails too and I couldn’t have gone through any of this as well as I have without her!

Recuperating was a long road thus far, and I have come a long way from learning to walk again in the hospital.  I have now been cleared for all physical activity, in moderation, which is great news since I am such an active person.  I can’t wait to surf and snowboard again soon.  After the surgery, I was left with a numb left hand and a droopy let side of my mouth.  I am still waiting for the sensation to come back in my hand, but I am training it to play guitar again even though it can’t yet feel the strings completely.  I am also waiting for my lip to return to normal so I can speak and eat without it getting in the way.  Hopefully it will all go back to normal when my brain swelling goes away completely, but if not oh well.  I am just happy and lucky to be alive!

As a survivor, people say that I am an inspiration and I am glad.  To me though, the real inspiration has come from all of the things that people are willing to do to help in any way they can to help get me through this and keep my spirit “Tough as Nails”.  This hasn’t been an altogether bad experience for me though because I’ve never had as much positive energy surrounding me as I have ever since I found out about my brain tumor.  I don’t always know how to receive this kind of thing, but one weird side effect is that I catch myself smiling for no apparent reason at odd times like when I am using the stair climber at the gym or even when I am just taking my dog Jake for a walk.  I catch myself doing it and realize that I was smiling because I was thinking about some great person who went out of their way for ME to help me out.

I am now finished with radiation and am currently beginning my chemo therapy treatments.   It has not been easy on us financially because I had to spend my summer recuperating instead of working, and my wife Stacy had to spend her summer as my main caretaker instead of working.  Since finding out about the tumor, we have had constant hospital visits, many new prescriptions, lots of co pays, and all of the everyday expenses of life in general, which have taken their toll on us financially.  Our most recent realization was that my chemo therapy treatments combined with my other prescriptions will cost us well over $100.00 a month in prescriptions alone for the next 2 years.  We have kept a positive outlook on everything surrounding our lives since being dignosed with the tumor and then cancer.  The phrase on the Dont Worry Be Happy shirt pretty much sums up our attitude about all of this because all of this has given Stacy and I a whole new appreciation for life!  If you are purchasing a “Don’t Worry Be happy shirt to show your support, we appreciate it more than you know.  When you see us smile at you when you wear it, I hope you know how happy it makes Stacy and I to know that you are wearing it because you care!

I know that there is always someone out there who is going through a tougher time than me no matter what, so I consider myself fortunate to be doing as well as I am. My heart goes out to EVERYONE in this fight.  Thank you my wife Stacy, my hero Dr. Liau at UCLA, Team TAN (which includes everyone who’s been there for me through this) and thank you to everyone for your support.

 

Don’t Worry Be Happy!!!
Much Love!
“Tough as Nails”
Philly

DWBHshirts supporting our troops

Thank you DWBHshirts warrior, Jennifer Randolph and son JAMESON for supporting and praying for our troops including our son Nicolas.

You can help and support Jennifer, see her warrior page http://dwbhshirts.com/donate/jennifer-randolph/

Dont Worry Be Happy shirts team at the Brain Tumor Walk 9/17/11

Here is a part of those that walked with Dont Worry Be Happy shirts last Saturday 9/17/11.  Thank you to all of those that came out and supported DWBHshirts warriors!

Happy Birthday to DWBHshirts warrior, Jennifer Randolph

Happy Birthday to you Jennifer, pictured with her parents!!

PLEASE JOIN JENNIFER AT THE KOMEN WALK WITH THE DONT WORRY BE HAPPY SHIRTS TEAM

 
Sunday, September 25 · 8:00am – 11:30am

Location
Fashion Island , Newport Beach
 

 
 

More Info
Help our DWBHshirts BREAST cancer warriors , TRYCIA CARLBERG,
CRYSTAL HOFMANN, JENNIFER RANDOLPH, ALYX HOLIDAY, TAMMY
TOMLIN, JILL ANDERSON AND MICHELLE BENNETT pay their medical bills by joining Dont Worry Be Happy shirt team at the Susan G. Komen Walk 2011.
We ALSO are walking to show support for DWBH Board member, SHERI WHITE.

STEP 1
REGISTER with Dont Worry Be Happy shirts team http://dwbhshirts.com/donate/susan-g-komen-race-for-the-cure/ 

Step 2
DONATE ~ a Minimum donation of $20 (Tax Deductible) will get you a free DWBH Dog tag — PLEASE GIVE MORE – EVEN IF YOU CAN’T COME
http://dwbhshirts.com/donate/susan-g-komen-race-for-the-cure/
Click DONATE
STEP 3
Buy and wear a NEW DWBHshirt

http://www.dwbhshirts.bigcartel.com/
Please pass this along and SHARE with everyone you know.STEP 4
Join our Official team thru Komen (optional)~ BUT PLEASE donate to DWBHshirts warrior above

http://www.komenoc.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=475902&lis=1&kntae475902=53DE21F45CFA43EF8C5C9F0C0DEADA8F&team=4224830
Imagine needing a Mammogram, radiation or chemo, wanting to be a part of clinical trials , KNOWING you have Breast cancer and can’t afford to pay for it.
Pick your warrior TO DONATE TO!

ANY QUESTIONS EMAIL mina@DWBHshirts.com