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How assembling the right cancer team may save your life | NY Post

How assembling the right cancer team may save your life | NY Post

By Heidi Mitchell Moments after Eve Bender was told that a suspicious spot on her breast was cancerous, she phoned her brother, Lew Bender, who runs a cancer research company. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s like an in-grown toenail, you just fix it,’” the sales executive recalls. His blithe response helped Bender sleep […]


UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) While President Trump celebrated with GOP lawmakers at the White House after the House passed the Republican-backed health care bill, I could not help but feel a profound sense of disgust, anxiety and anger. Here were a bunch of mostly men who have access to the best health care in the […]


Langston Hughes’ Legacy Lives on in Harlem | Bio

Langston Hughes' Legacy Lives on in Harlem | Bio

Today, on Langston Hughes’ birthday, Renée Watson, author and executive director of I, Too, Arts Collective, writes about how the influential poet and activist inspired her to preserve his Harlem brownstone and transform it into a space for the community and emerging artists. By RENÉE WATSON Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring […]


The Elixir: The One Thing You Need to Finally Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

The Elixir: The One Thing You Need to Finally Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes)   The New Year is the time when individuals make radical declarations about personal challenges they want to overcome. Most resolutions focus around health, weight loss, financial freedom, and simply enjoying life more. These are all great goals to achieve but sadly about 80% of them fail. Like many of you, […]


The Elixir Profiles: Julissa Pérez

The Elixir Profiles: Julissa Pérez

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Q. From personal experience I know that cancer is generally viewed as an older person’s disease. How did you discover your illness? A. Cancer wasn’t even a thought or concern to me. At my age, the thought of cancer seemed so unlikely. Even though my doctor had suggested a biopsy, I […]


Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

Beauty brand, duty bound | Manhattan Times

By James Clark It’s been a year since Julissa Pérez found out she was cancer-free. “There are good days, and there are bad days,” said the 31-year-old Inwood resident, who battled thyroid cancer and underwent radiation treatment. It has been a long journey. “The after-effects of cancer are a process too,” she noted. Her battle […]


The Elixir: The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List

The Elixir: The 2016 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen List

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Every year I look forward to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list. This handy guide helps you avoid non-organic fruits and vegetables that are highest in pesticide residues and choose non-organic items from the Clean Fifteen List. As someone who works with patients, I rely on it to […]


4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

4/30/16: 9th Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

St. Nicholas Park Plaza (135th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue) April 30th @ 10AM Join millions around the world in their individual time zones beginning at 10AM to celebrate world peace, optimum health and well-being! Our very own Eileen Z. Fuentes will be one of the keynote speakers. This is a FREE event for all ages. Bring […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda | Time 100 Pioneers

Lin-Manuel Miranda | Time 100 Pioneers

By J.J. Abrams An American original I assume you know this already: the musical’s embracing of history and rhythm, race and rhyme, melody and passion is an actual stunning event. Tickets are impossible to get for good reason: even in this age of ubiquitous hyperbole, it can safely be said that Hamilton is one of […]


The 96th Street divide: Why There’s So Much Diabetes in Harlem

The 96th Street divide: Why There’s So Much Diabetes in Harlem

In East Harlem, four times as many people have diabetes as in the neighboring Upper East Side. Meera Senthilingam of Mosaic meets the New Yorkers stopping poverty from being a death sentence.


How To Make Your Problems Disappear

How To Make Your Problems Disappear

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) A short time ago, I came across a video of Michelle Obama’s extremely early morning workout routine. It immediately triggered a curiosity in me that I could not ignore. This curiosity forced me to take a closer look at my morning ritual and it seriously needed some revamping. Every morning consisted […]


My Plant-Heavy Fully Loaded Omelet

My Plant-Heavy Fully Loaded Omelet

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Did you know that February is cancer prevention month? It is why you should use this month to practice living a healthier lifestyle and encourage others to do the same. As chaotic as they can be, mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. Productivity experts all agree that […]


What’s The First Thing I Should Add To My Diet To Reduce My Cancer Risk?

What’s The First Thing I Should Add To My Diet To Reduce My Cancer Risk?

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Because of my extensive training in holistic nutrition for cancer prevention, the first question I am often asked is, “what do I need to stop eating to reduce my risk?” My response is always the same. First, I tell them that the focus should be on the many things that they […]


The 14 Archetypes of Healing

The 14 Archetypes of Healing

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) The Spiritual Fanatic I was convinced that I was going to die and so I made it a mission to find a supportive spiritual community that could assist my family with my end-of-life affairs. After realizing I may be around for a while, I believed the universe was in control of everything […]


I Literally Lost It All And Then This Happened…

I Literally Lost It All And Then This Happened…

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Almost four years ago, I wrote a heartfelt post titled, “Freedom Fridays”, about my decision to go part-time. It remains one of the most popular entries on my blog. It was written 3 years after my breast cancer diagnosis. When I wrote it, I was completely burnt-out. I realized that I […]


Spread Love: Introducing EileenZFuentes.com & Wellness Wednesdays

Spread Love: Introducing EileenZFuentes.com & Wellness Wednesdays

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Ok, so this has been a long time in the making. My beautiful and extremely dedicated wife, Eileen Z. Fuentes, has been hard at work revamping her online space. The result is the recently launched EileenZFuentes.com. The new site is lovingly devoted to aiding and empowering women dealing with cancer of […]


Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes – Harlem

Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes - Harlem

Being that today is the 113th B-Day of Langston Hughes, it is only right that we send some posthumous love to that giant that played such a part in the Harlem Renaissance. Happy B-Day Langston, you will live forever. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? […]


Uptown Video: The Crossing Broadway Panel @ The New School

Uptown Video: The Crossing Broadway Panel @ The New School

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I had the distinct honor of taking part in the Crossing Broadway panel at the New School earlier this week. The panel was ably moderated by New York Times reporter Michael Powell and included the author of Crossing Broadway, Robert Snyder, as well as Dave Crenshaw, Victoria Neznansky and Calvin Thomas. […]


12/9/14: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime

12/9/14: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime

Center for New York City Affairs at the New School presents: Crossing Broadway: How community activists rescued their neighborhood from crime Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 8:30 to 10:30 am Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, (between Fifth and Sixth avenues, 2nd Floor) How did New York City emerge from […]


The Wellness Series @ Columbia University Medical Center

The Wellness Series @ Columbia University Medical Center

When diagnosed with breast cancer, Eileen Z. Fuentes, a Columbia University employee, experienced cancer treatment from a patient’s perspective. Having worked for Columbia, she knew she was in capable hands during her treatment; however, she was determined to play an active part of her own health and recovery and was unsure how to do so. […]


Diary of a Dominican in…. Minnesota

Diary of a Dominican in…. Minnesota

Translated by Led Black (@Led_Black) I came across this hilarious story a few years ago but apparently it has been around since 2006. It tells the tale, in Spanish, of a Dominican man who moves from the island to Minnesota. He arrives mid-summer and falls heads over heels for the place. Things quickly change once winter […]


We’ve been to war together | Manhattan Times News

We’ve been to war together | Manhattan Times News

Reiki healing at the hospital Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi When Susan was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, she was devastated. She hadn’t even felt particularly ill, but she had an aggressive cancer that had already spread to her lungs. That meant she wasn’t a candidate for surgery. Even with chemotherapy, the […]


Get Yours: The S.O.U.L. Food Tee

Get Yours: The S.O.U.L. Food Tee

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@theSPEACHgal) Our wellness program at Columbia University Medical Center will begin in January. By purchasing our new SPEACH t-shirt, you can help us continue with this program, which brings holistic nutrition information, plant-based cooking classes, physical fitness, and integrative therapies to the hospital-setting for women in the community who have been diagnosed […]


Uptown Video: It’s about time: Rita Rosenthal

Uptown Video: It's about time: Rita Rosenthal

Video by Arlene Schulman (@ArleneSchulman) In this latest episode of It’s about time: Conversations wth New Yorkers about time, Rita Rosenthal talks about what keeps her 102 years young. She lives in Washington Heights and is one of upper Manhattan’s oldest residents. The video Includes comments from local neighbors, including children, about time. Check out: […]

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