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Nov 8, 2018 08:26PM
Hi all - just checking in! I've been busy still working (from home at least) while I go through radiation treatment so it's been nutty, but I just told my boss that I need to take at least 1 day a week to myself to focus on health and healing and he was fine with that, so one day at a time.
@marymc86 - thank you! I just feel we are our own best advocates so I've "nerded out" a bit with this bc diagnosis and am trying to learn as much as possible to get myself to a healthy state all around. I've always fluctuated with my weight, I'm trying to go down now and do it by lifestyle changes that mean once I lose the weight, it will stay down vs. the ups and downs I've always bounced around in. I think it's brilliant that you didn't give up, did one more try, and interesting that without a microwave to allow for easy temptations, you lost weight! I eat sometimes because of habit and something is there, bit by bit I'm trying to cut the temptation foods from being easy to reach to.
And congratulations on losing 40 lbs! What you did is exactly what my husband is encouraging me to do - just keep going and sticking with it and don't rush it. Make lifestyle changes that you can then stick to, don't think you have to do crazy exercise all the time (b/c then you'll be good for a little bit then stop, I did that). I also do a lot of workouts at home and it's encouraging to know that adding just a little bit of the right exercise helped you push past your plateau. I just hit a 22 lb. weight loss! But I also need to lose 40 lbs. so I have a ways to go... thank you for your encouraging story and being an example that was able to push past the plateau.
@Jadedjo - it sounds like you are starting to find something that works for you, so that's what's most important. Find what works for YOU! And if at some point you hit a wall, I just want you to feel empowered that you DO have options and can always change things up. This is such a life altering and stressful thing for all of us that hopefully feeling that there are things you can control help even the littlest bit. Sounds like you have lots of great suggestions from others on this board and I have one more, are there any local Farmers Markets? Usually they sell better fruit for cheaper. I found this site that helps you locate your local Farmers Market - anyways, just options! http://www.localfarmmarkets.org/CNONfarmmarkets.ph...
Also, I do a lot of workouts at home instead of the gym (a lot so I can be home with my husband and the pups too). I have a set of free weights at home to help with that, maybe that's a thought for you so it's a one-time, hopefully not expensive investment, and you don't need to worry about paying for an ongoing gym membership?
@WC3 - that's SO interesting that you gained weight on 900 calories per day and then lost on 1,200 per day. I think that gives credence to what they say re: eating too little gets your body into fast mode and slows down your metabolism, and just right could be better for your metabolism, so it's all about finding the right balance for you. Thank you for sharing and I hope you've been able to find another balance with the thyroid problems... I did decide I would do the tamoxifen hormone therapy since I'm not doing chemo, and I'm a bit anxious about side effects of weight gain from fluid retention and low estrogen allowing fat to bind to the fat cells more...
@Warrior2018 - cool find on the recipe, vegan ramen? I have lamented that I can no longer have ramen (for now, I'm not saying forever, just for now) so maybe I will look into this too. :-P
@LovefromPhilly - I do have a story to share but it's not stage 3, it's my co-workers Aunt (so a real person, not an internet story) who was stage 1, but I want to share because she did not do any treatment at all, shrunk her tumor entirely until it disappeared, and has been cancer free for 2 years! It took her 3 years to shrink her tumor. She did not even opt for surgery. She sent me a text of what she did so I will pass along her tips - this is what worked for her, and I've adapted some of it, but not all of it, as I believe we all need to do what's right for us. I WILL say that when they did my ultrasound, they thought my tumor was between 2-3cm and when we did the surgery, it measured 1.8cm. I don't know if I shrunk it but I was adapting some of the nutritional changes already (3-4 weeks between the biopsy and the surgery) and my friend's aunt thinks I shrunk it. She herself had a 1.6cm lump measure in ultrasound that was 1.1cm in the MRI 4 weeks later. She also lost 10 lbs during those 4 weeks.
Anyways, here is the advice she had passed on to me! These are her words so I'll put them in quotes:
"First and foremost, I did not panic, and strong believed that I would heal myself holistically. Then I decided that I am not doing any toxic treatments, and I used google to research my options and find a holistic practitioner. I tried everything!
1. I excluded processed sugar and any food that turns into only sugar in my body, like white rice.
2. I ate organic fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, beans and eggs.
3. I ate products of grass fed animals only, and no later than 2pm to give my body 8 hours needed to fully digest.
4. I used organic apple cider vinegar, and I ate a lot of pickled food.
5. Stopped eating bread with yeast, because cancer is a yeast.
6. I stopped using any plastic containers, and drank spring water delivered in glass bottles.
7. I did treatments with magnets followed by foot bath.
8. I did whole body cleansing, like juicing and coffee enemas.
9. I did walking,exercising, and relaxation.
Basically I changed my body from acidic to alkaline in order to boost my immune system. But I think what helped me the most is the intermittent fasting. Everyday I fast for 16 hours on liquid, from dinner to lunch the next day."
Anyways, that is what she did. She was also stage 1.
The things I adapted from her protocol were to exclude processed food, eat fruits and veggies and mostly organic, no bread, more juicing, tried the glass bottles but not sure if I'm sticking to it. I did a little bit of intermittent fasting too but not regularly as I don't want my metabolism to go down. And based on more learnings from sites like ChrisBeatCancer.com and FoodforBreastCancer.com, I decided to cut red meat and dairy entirely for now. I still eat fish and white meat like chicken and turkey though. I'm trying an 'integrated oncology' approach - I was fine with the surgery, fine with radiation, and I'll do the tamoxifen hormone therapy, but no chemo, and yes to doing everything I can from a nutrition and exercise standpoint to improve my odds! It's all about just doing what you can control.
Hope this helps!
9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
9/19/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)