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Traditional Vietnamese Herbal Medicine March 30, 2009

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I’d like to state here for the record that this tea is not like anything you can buy off the shelf in a health food store. I have enjoyed all manner of herbal teas for years and most likely also benefitted from their natural properties, but this is totally different. Herbs are chosen because of their individual properties and/or for their synergistic effect when cooked with the entire concoction. The taste is unique to each batch’s recipe, of course depending on the ingredients. I actually have two separate batches which are prepared and drunk on alternating days. (more…)

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The Research Continues March 28, 2009

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Even though much of my time was occupied by our volunteer projects and prior commitments, it seemed the rest of my waking hours were mostly dedicated to reading everything I could find on how to cure cancer naturally.
I began to apply the guidelines in “A Cancer Battle Plan” as best as I could, but found it wasn’t as straight forward as it looked. Mainly, because I didn’t have a nutritionist or any other professional to advise me and in my zeal to get everything right, I put myself under too much pressure. (more…)

“About” March 27, 2009

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Two new articles posted in “About” that I’ve taken from other web sites that may be of interest. Check the “Subpages” on the right hand side. I will add articles here from time to time as I have time. They may not fit exactly with the flow of my posts, but I think the information is valuable and helpful to some if not for all.

The Research Begins March 27, 2009

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That night my husband called from Europe and right away asked about the results. I think he was even more shocked than I had been. At first, he didn’t know what to say. Then he asked me what I was going to do and assured me he’d pray for me, but it was a very difficult thing to talk about. I briefly shared what the doctor had said, what my options were and what I was thinking and feeling about it so far, but, probably like most people, I knew so little about the subject and really wanted to make an educated decision.
I didn’t sleep much that night, or the next night or the next or the one after that! (more…)

The C-word Part 5 March 24, 2009

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The doctor continued describing what the diagnosis meant and what my options were. Mostly he talked about 2 choices: 1. lumpectomy followed by radiation or 2. mastectomy, which would not necessarily need to be followed by radiation. Mercifully, he repeated himself to give me time to let it all sink in. I had time, he said, so there was no need to rush to make the decision.
He didn’t know it yet, but from the researching and praying I had already done, I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be doing either radiation or chemotherapy nor would I go the hormone therapy route. (more…)

The C-word Part 4 March 23, 2009

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For some reason, the hospital forgot to notify me, as promised, when the results had arrived from the lab in Malaysia. (The first indication that the details of patient care weren’t necessarily a top priority.) When I called to inquire about it, they didn’t seem to recognize it as an oversight. Surely they must understand the torment most patients suffer while waiting even a short time to know the results. The unnecessary extra week of limbo could have been avoided. But this was not the last slip. (more…)

The C-word, Part 3 March 21, 2009

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There are a number of big, expensive hospitals that foreigners usually go to here and I was familiar with a few names, Columbia, Family Medical Practice, International SOS, International Medical Centre, etc., but knew next to nothing about them.
There are also lots of good Vietnamese hospitals and probably plenty more not-so-good ones. I had a little experience with a couple of Vietnamese hospitals. I’d visited one when my husband had finally, after about 15 years, had a large lymphoma (more…)

The C-word, Part 2 March 20, 2009

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One of the first get-togethers I had shortly after arriving in my hometown was a lunch with family friends I’d know since childhood. Our 3 families had grown up together and lost loved ones together over a period of about 50 years. Some had stayed in the area and others had moved far away, so it was more like a reunion as we tried to catch up in the short time we had together.
That’s not remarkable in itself, but the topic turned to cancer and (more…)

The C-word March 19, 2009

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Ever been alone with a doctor in the starkly-cool, formal setting of his office and heard the C-word? Whether it was in regards to your own body of that of your loved one, it always comes as a shock. One friend who had this experience said she didn’t hear another word said after the c-word and had to call the doctor back later to have his advice repeated.
I was probably better prepared than most and my faith in God is strong, but if I’d been strapped to an ECG machine, (more…)

2nd Post! March 18, 2009

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Wow! I’m rolling now! I’ve just posted something on my “About” page to get things started. Last night I was awake in the night; couldn’t get back to sleep with things on my mind about this blog, so I got up. I turned on the computer and continued typing my story of my journey with cancer until about 5 a.m. I then went back to bed and slept soundly. Sleep issues have plagued me all my life and one of the sleep-thieves, in fact, probably the most successful culprit is my over-active mind! I can’t get it to turn off! Oh well, I got something done that needed doing anyway. I’ll be posting my story sooner or later. Either I’ll finish it first or I’ll post it bit by bit. Not sure which. Stay tuned!