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Sugar–Again! November 5, 2009

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I knew it! Finally I see it in black and white: In the article below, Dr. Maoshing Ni gives more evidence that sugar is a major culprit in the development of breast cancer: ” Another study discovered that rats fed a high-sugar diet had a substantially elevated rate of breast cancer when compared to rats on a regular diet.
I have felt so much healthier since I kicked the sugar habit! It isn’t exactly a subtle difference, but of course eliminating sugar wasn’t the only change I made, so I haven’t followed the usual scientific method in making this claim, but there’s a lot of evidence pointing to sugar as a major factor in the development of many health problems, including cancer. (more…)
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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…)

Up to Chapter 8 now! June 13, 2009

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I had a little time while our Internet connection was pretty good and WordPress allowed me reasonable access to my dashboard and tools, so I posted 2 more chapters of my cancer journey. This included more correspondence between my friend L. and I (Chapter 7, More Letters to and from L) and my decision regarding surgery (Chapter 8, To Cut or Not to Cut–And How Deep?). Read all the chapters of my cancer journey in my book-style compilation of earlier blogs by clicking here: Choosing Cancer–My Story.

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…)

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…)

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…)