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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Overcoming Breast Cancer, An Ongoing Journey

The Medical Profession are wonderful when you are diagnosed with breast cancer but the patient is still the person who has to walk the journey back to wellness.

There are often treatment options and although diagnosis is an emotional time it is also a time for a clear and discerning head to decide which are the options that feel right for you.

If in doubt get a second opinion. Different specialists have their own approach and sometimes you will need to hear another viewpoint to make your decision.

In the end it is your peace of mind that will let you know what is right for you.

An example of these options are my experiences when I had a third breast primary. The breast surgeons I consulted did not see radiation as an option but when I consulted my former oncologist he said I would be an ideal candidate for a second radiation of that breast. I had the radiation and it went well.

I also knew there were factors in my life that I needed to change. I had been aware for some time I was not coping with the wide range of toxic chemicals where I was living, pesticides, herbicides, building, painting and renovation all around. There were four other people living in apartments adjacent to mine who also got cancers.

I was determined as soon as I was well again to change my lifestyle and live sustainably.

I am on a cancer drug Femara and also take Actonel Combi. I wish I was brave enough to do it all naturally but I have a pragmatic side which tells me to cover all bases.

A lady I know at my local organic markets rid herself of a breast primary by using natural supplements, but she was trained in natural medicines.

I am trying to learn all I can about healthy living but sometimes feel frustrated at what I don't know.

Each day I am learning something new. This morning Dora at my local community garden gave me some wonderful New Guinea Spinach leaves. She told me I can use them to wrap fish and then cook it in coconut milk. They are beautiful green leaves and I am looking forward to experimenting with them for dinner tonight. Have some organic turmeric I will grate into the coconut milk, and will also add some cubed sweet potato.

It is a learning curve. One by one I am eliminating chemicals from my life and am learning new and exciting ways to eat and live.


Zuzu said...

I enjoy reading your posts - breast cancer runs in my family, and I am listening carefully to any and all ideas that you share here.

Slowly, I too am making small changes. Day by day, the changes add up to a healthier lifestyle. The fish and spinach recipe sounds wonderful - enjoy!


SandyCarlson said...

You inspire me. You remind me to be in charge of my own well-being.