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Reponse from L. to message in “Cut!” April 30, 2009

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(This post should actually be following “Cut!” It was in response to the message I sent to all my family and friends)

October 30, 2008

Dear ___________,

This is, indeed, very good news and I am so very happy to hear from you! I really hope you can avoid hormone therapy and chemotherapy but I would listen to their suggestions and weigh the risks. It is fabulous your tumor shrank from 2 cm to 1.7 cm. You are doing something right! (more…)


Letters to a Friend, #4 April 28, 2009

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October 31, 2008

Dear L,

Thanks for keeping in touch. I realize I’m actually “in remission” not exactly as I had put it, “they got all the cancer”. I’m beginning to recognize the difference. I must still be diligent to make the conditions in my body a very hostile environment for cancer, as there aren’t any tests that tell if and how many stray cancer cells are roaming around in my body, hoping for the right conditions to be able to grow again. Is that about right? So, I need to continue the balancing act with the live foods and supplements. Thankfully, J’s started to take an interest in following the same schedule, though he still eats fish and eggs. (more…)

I Digress… April 27, 2009

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Thanks to WordPress, I just got introduced to TED, the web site with “Ideas Worth Spreading” where I watched a presentation by Shai Agassi about his vision for changing the world (reducing car emissions to zero) by introducing a viable electric car and a charging network as well. I also read a more detailed article on CNET; an interview with Shai Agassi. Earlier, I caught most of 11th Hour, the documentary produced and narrated by Leonardo diCaprio.

It’s so inspiring to see what action is being taken by entreprenuerial individuals to try to reduce the negative impact man’s greed and over-consumption have created. What a wonderful world it will be when the King of kings returns and takes over the reins! In the meantime, I’m sure in favor of folks trying to stop the damage and destruction and trashing of the planet and start to focus on how to fix the problems.

Ultimately, however, that means changing the heart of man. No small task, but there is one thing powerful enough to do just that: LOVE.

Cut! April 26, 2009

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Many of my friends and family replied with relief and support to my announcement that I would be admitted for surgery and my request for prayer, so, of course I was very encouraged and entered the hospital without fear and full of faith. I had that peace of mind that comes only when we’re trusting Jesus completely. I knew I was in His hands and nothing would happen without His allowing it for my good somehow, because He loves me. Long ago I chose Him as my Master, my Anchor and my Friend, and I trust Him completely—as my Husband—even until death. (Death is not the end anyway–the best is yet to come! it’s only a door to the beginning of a truly Heavenly life! So what is there to fear?) (more…)

To Cut or Not to Cut (and how deep!) April 25, 2009

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Sorry–I must have been tired! I just realized the last 2 posts of my email exchanges with L. got posted too soon, so I thought I’d better explain something major(!) that took place earlier in October…my decision regarding surgery!

I visited a Vietnamese doctor who specializes in internal medicine, specifically stomach problems. He had helped me with my viral gastritis at the end of 2006 and when my husband asked his advice in April 2008 about a lymphoma on his back, he offered to do the surgery, which went very well. We’ve known him for some time, so asked his advice about the breast cancer. (more…)

Reply from L. #3 April 25, 2009

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October 22, 2008


It is completely understandable that you are stressing! There is simply too much to think about and no one there who can help guide you. You should not be losing weight–you are already quite thin. D. did lose a lot of weight on this diet but he could afford to as he was about 30 pounds overweight when he began it. Are you eating avocados and bananas? They are higher in calories than many fruits and the avocados have very good oils. I would try to find a way to add them to your breakfast line-up. (more…)

Letters to a Friend, #3 April 24, 2009

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October 21, 2008

Dear L,

It’s such a blessing to be in touch with you at this time. I see it as more than a coincidence that we had lunch together this past summer and could connect on this very important issue. I do keep coming back to “A Cancer Battle Plan” and am so glad I have a copy.

However, as much as I’d like to say I’ve got it all figured out now, I’m still unsure of my best course of action eating-wise. I know that getting the results of the tissue analysis will help some, but I also expect the doctor who delivers that news will also be armed with the usual pharmaceutical options and I’m not interested in that route. At least, not now. I’ve read enough to give me hope in the body’s own ability to wipe out the cancer. (more…)

Reply from L. #2 April 23, 2009

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October 7, 2008

Dear  _____,

I was so very glad to hear from you again, as I was afraid that what I said in my previous e-mail might have been too overwhelming.

I think you have a wonderful attitude and it sounds like you are on your way to beginning this new diet and lifestyle.

To try to answer some of your questions: (1) Yes, I think beans can cause some gas problems. I think it helps if you soak the beans for 24 hours before you cook them. Also, I think your body gradually gets used to it. You can experiment with different beans as they may have different effects on you. I think lentils may be the easiest to digest. (Great lentil soup recipe: brown onions in a little oil; add lentils (more…)

Letters to a Friend, #2 April 22, 2009

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October 4, 2008

Dear L,

Thank you so much for your very helpful response to my news. Since I’ve continued with my usual schedule, what time I have left I often use for research and study. Because of my strong faith in Jesus, I don’t worry about the outcome, but have focused on doing all I can to get my body up to optimum health, so it can destroy this invader. So far, through trial and error and stumbling around a whole lot, I’m nearing the point of settling into a regimen I’m comfortable with–for now, anyway.

We’ve had a good juicer for a year and a half–since J’s first juice fast in years, last February. We often have carrot juice, but were mainly intent then on getting all the antioxidants we could, not knowing anything about food combining and my cancer. We’d heard about not eating fruit after meals, but hadn’t strictly adhered to the principle. (more…)

Reply from L. #1 April 15, 2009

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Oct 1, 2008

Dear ______,

I have been away from my computer for several days and just now read your e-mail.

I’m sure you are feeling a terrible shock from your recent diagnosis; what always makes matters worse is that now you have to gather together all the information and decide on a course of action. We felt that our anxiety lessened once we decided how we were going to proceed and we could throw ourselves into our active pursuit of getting well.

I spent many months reading endless books on cancer and alternative treatments. D’s tumor (and almost half a lung were removed) and then he had chemo and radiation. (more…)