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Jan 11, 2018 07:10AM
Meow- I hear you. I thought I had been living healthy enough - low BMI, 10,000 steps x day (ok, they were fast city walking, not aerobic), haven't used chemical products on my skin in over 8 years, mostly only organic (perhaps not enough veggies?) but sure, I did have a lot of sugar in my diet in the form of wine and I live in an extremely polluted city and there is no escaping that.
And I hate to be the bearer of bad news to all, but alcohol consumption is very bad for breast cancer, but not other cancers. And that is the insult to the injury, right?
Do I think my less than perfect eating / exercising lifestyle was a cause? I do not.
However.... I was super stressed, oftentimes angry and in a dead marriage bordering psychologically abusive- actually not bordering, it was, and I had been going to a therapist for it for a few years, but it was my husband who needed to go and wouldn't!
I see it like this --- the continued cortisol levels being in an alarm state from hating the guy who parked on the sidewalk or the dog owner who didn't clean up the crap, not giving myself enough pleasurable moments and having few outlets of joy, and having an oftentimes evil husband, I think that my body created the 7cm tumor to protect my broken heart. The first question my holistic oncologist asked me was if I had had any losses in the family in the previous two years. Yeah, my marriage, I told her. After dx my husband and I thoroughly discussed our marital situation and he has now (thankfully!) become my rock and of utmost support. We are hoping to have at least those 10 lost years back to do over and then 30 more.
The point being, that in addition to bouts of depression, I wasn't at all taking care enough of myself. All my efforts were geared towards my family and I left myself the short end of the stick. Sheryl Crow has a similar belief to her cancer. And it isn't by chance that more often than not, breast cancer starts in the left (nurturing) breast.
So my changes have been to curtail the sugar (wine on few very occasions, a cookie here and there, mostly here), go off meat almost entirely (only exception organic), and try to eat at regular times (hugely important for the body to have a regular schedule so it stays in homeostasis), plus I've added in a whole host of vitamins and supplements and am starting up with aspirin.
I'm putting this article out there wherever I post because it is a must read for all of us! It is scarier than not, but the good thing is that through diet and supplementation we can have a better chance of avoiding recurrence! Based on this evidence I would drop all adjuvant chemo but I'm too afraid to give up what might be better off for me. What I can do is add about 5g of fish oil and aspirin to my list of daily capsules. Resolvins .... the key to add to chemo.
btw - a friend's wife was just dx, she is mid 50s a vegetarian, always exercising, lives in a coastal town (good air and vitamin D in addition to the sea iodine in the air).... she has a strong genetic factor, but her probably perfect lifestyle didn't protect her. Crap shoot.
10/17/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 6cm+, 17/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel)