Month: March 2019

The Witches Roots March 2019 – The Enchanted Rose

March 13, 2019
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Artwork: Rose Herbal Grimoire Page
Crystal: None
Herb: Rose
Incense: Amber Sky
Mini Spell Candle: Beauty
Ritual Body Oil: Lucky Love
Other Items: Love Spell Charm Pendant, Rose Quartz Bracelet

My Thoughts
Rose is the featured herb for The Witches Roots March 2019. My apologies for not being more eloquent, I am writing this review three months late and backdating the post for the sake of chronology.

The dried rose is a potpourri of pink, red and cream-colored petals – absolutely enchanting!

There is no crystal for March 2019.

Amber Sky incense has a scent that reminds me of a cross between Nag Champa and baby power. Not entirely bad and somewhat intriguing.

The Beauty mini spell candle is cotton candy pink and unadorned. I truly appreciate receiving unadorned spell candles every now and then so that I have the option to dress them myself.

Lucky Love ritual body oil contains fractionated coconut oil, amber, jasmine, rose, and sweet orange oils. Orange peels, rose petals, a Lemurian quartz, and Enchantment magickal anointing oil from the Witches Moon’s personal cabinet of witchery are also included. The aroma is pleasantly floral with a sweet citrus undertone.

A Love Spell charm pendant and rose quartz bracelet have also been included in The Enchanted Rose.

March’s box is not my favorite offering from The Witches Roots. I do appreciate the quality of the items I received, they just don’t resonate with me personally. To be fair, I never had the desire to focus on love or self-love magic. Maybe I am odd, but I love that about myself!

The Witches Roots is a monthly subscription containing high-quality items centered around natural herbal witchcraft. The current US price is $29 a month, including shipping.

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by The Witches Roots. All opinions are my own.

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I’m not dead, but I do have cancer, again

March 11, 2019
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I disappeared in October, 2018. Here’s why:

In August, 2017 I was diagnosed with eosinophilia (too many of a certain type of white blood cell). My doctors were at a loss for what was causing it, so after almost a year of tests I was referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Long story short, we made 6 trips in 11 weeks and they still don’t know the cause. All we know is that the eosinophilia is getting worse and it is attacking my nervous system. This non-stop eosinophilic attack has left me with progressing, wide-spread neuropathy.

Towards the end of the whirlwind diagnostic process, the doctors at Mayo found cancer in the deep lobe of my left parotid salivary gland, not related to my eosinophilia. During surgery on December 13th, 2018, it was discovered that the cancer was completely wrapped around my facial nerve and the nerve tested positive for cancer. My surgeons had no choice but to remove the cancerous nerve section and perform a nerve graft that has resulted in the left side of my face being paralyzed. I also had a total left parotidectomy and modified neck dissection. We received the official diagnosis shortly after surgery – high-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma, a highly aggressive salivary gland cancer that likes to grow along nerves.

While I am lucky I avoided chemotherapy, I had no choice but to start 6 weeks of radiation therapy in January because the cancer is very aggressive, plus I had an additional cranial nerve that looked suspicious on one of my MRIs. After researching my options, I made the choice to do proton beam therapy at Mayo, which is 10 hours from where I live. It has been an extremely brutal winter, but I finished treatment on March 1st and I’m now back home and recovering.

I’ve missed blogging and I have a lot to catch up on. Needless to say, I am happy to be finished with radiation therapy and I hope this is the last time I have to deal with cancer (my fist cancer was metastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma in 2005).

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