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“Is Eating Sugar Really That Bad for Us?” January 30, 2010

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Those of you who read my blog know that I became personally convinced that my sweet tooth played a major role in my breast cancer. I’ve posted quite a few times on this subject already, but have come to accept that there will be no end to it while we continue to tolerate the way the “food” industry both blatantly and insidiously adds more and more sugar (and all kinds of artificial sweeteners, as well) to more and more food products in order to sell more at the expense of the general public’s health.

It’s hard, but it’s not impossible to drastically reduce your sugar intake. I was really a sugar “junkie” even when I knew how bad it was–though I didn’t yet know the cancer connection. This great article, which I’ve shortened a bit, is quoting experts who know their stuff. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, the fairly well-known cofounder of Doctors Without Borders, who also diagnosed his own brain cancer about 15 years ago is definitely someone worth listening to. (more…)

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Sleep Problems and Breast Cancer Connection? December 26, 2009

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It looks like I’ll have to give a bit higher percent credit to my sleep problems as a contributing factor to my breast cancer. I’ve assigned a large percent to my sugar addiction in my younger years and chemicals from all sources, but in this latest article, Olivia Judson informs us of the consequences of a little light in the middle of the night: “Exposure to light in the night has been linked to breast cancer; consistent with this, women who are totally blind have a lower incidence of breast cancer than those who can see even a little bit.” Read her whole article below. (more…)

Watch Out for “Chemo Brain”! August 8, 2009

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As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to want to avoid chemotherapy–now they tell us that it can also cause “prolonged effects” with memory and concentration problems known as “chemo brain.” It is medically termed “chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment.”

Some researchers are finding that there might even be a connection between chemotherapy-induced cognitive changes and DNA damage in breast cancer survivors.

More confirmation for me that I made the right choice to skip radiation and chemotherapy (and especially hormone therapy–see my previous blog on this point here) after my breast cancer surgery. (more…)

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…)

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 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…)