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Nov 2, 2018 12:27AM
@lantana70 - I also got the Chris Beat Cancer book and am reading it, plus listening to the Square One program. I'm a bit like you - balancing both the nutrition and the medicine and choosing what's right for me. We're all snowflakes, all a little different, and we have to find what works for us. To his benefit, Chris Wark did that.
I also found a useful site called foodforbreastcancer.com that backs up their recos of what it good or bad for breast cancer with all the scientific evidence and studies. I'm making note of the common threads - there are foods that both the holistic guys and the medical community say are good for beating breast cancer, like carrots and berries and broccoli. So I'm eating more of those.
I'm assessing my own risk/benefit based on lots of research, different opinions etc. I did the surgery (so did Chris FYI, and most of the people who beat cancer 'naturally') and I'm doing the radiation treatment (I tan easily so I hope that helps minimize side effects). I'm not doing chemo. Luckily my oncotype score was low and I had a stat to back up my choice, but also the risk of life threatening side effects worried me. There was someone else on the forums (Meoww I think?) who had a high oncotype, chose to say no to chemo, and is doing great. So helpful to see those success stories!
I will begrudgingly do tamoxifen like you. I'm trying to learn all the natural ways to prevent side effects before I start. I've also revamped my diet (no red meat, no dairy, no processed foods for now - not never, just now) - and lost 15 lbs since the diagnosis. You won't find me doing any coffee enemas however, nor vitamin C infusions. I see more evidence backing up the nutrition than the coffee enemas. And Chris ate the same thing every day for 90 days and more power to him but I need variety! So I'm trying to find a balance of what works for me. Eat the right things but change it up. Still eating fish and chicken (plus I read the protein helps prevent the risk of blood clots with Tamoxifen).
I agree with the fact that there are a million unique stories out there. My sister drinks and smoked and is more overweight than me and doesn't have breast cancer. But I'm encouraged by the ones who took matters into their own hands, did what was right for them, and beat it! My friend's Aunt went fully with the natural route and her tumor went away in 3 years and she's been 2 years cancer free since then, so those stories exist! Suzanne Somers did surgery and radiation but said no to chemo and she’s thriving 15+ years later
Speaking of doing what's right for you - @DivineMrsM what an inspiration you are! Your story is another that I find so encouraging.
Anyways, @Lantana - just wanted you to know I'm reading the book too and trying to take the best from both sides, the medicine AND nutrition - and applying them to what I hope to figure out works best for me, and provides the one two punch to knock the cancer out of the ballpark!
Best wishes to you and all the other ladies here to beat this as well, in your own way that works best for you!
9/7/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
9/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)