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Jan 23, 2018 11:52AM
What a great thread to follow. I feel like it's given me some ideas to try now.
At my point of diagnosis, I was 45 years old and it devastated me because I had just lost my mom two months earlier to cancer. I felt like I needed to do whatever I could to prevent it from happening again. Anything.
We did some juicing for a while, but haven't done it in some time. I keep meaning to return to adding juicing back in a little bit. I changed my diet, cut out sugar as much as possible, watched any products I used and switched many of them to organic or little preservatives (soap, shampoo, lotions, deoderant). I tried to stick to as much non-processed foods as possible, I upped my water intake, added lemon to it and started doing high pH water when possible. I added organic turmeric supplements and high vitamin D supplements to my diet. I tried to focus on mostly fruits and veggies, especially those with higher pH values, and limited meats. I try to just eat seafood and chicken for the most part, and I try to find only wild caught seafood whenever possible. I added a square of high cacao chocolate to my evening regiment.
I am a tennis player, but don't do it as often as I wish I could. I did do a lot more walking and kept that up throughout my treatment...lumpectomy and chemotherapy. I only stopped playing tennis when I had to due to surgery (port insertion, lumpectomy, port removal).
I dropped weight very quickly after my diagnosis but just my diet changes for the most part. Between April and August or so I lost about 30 pounds and I've kept it off so far, despite slipping a bit in the diet aspect, especially since the holidays. I've had more sugar than I should over the past few months. I'm not perfect, I've slipped, but I try to return back to my fruits and veggies as often as possible. Oh and I did add green tea but haven't had it as often as I should these days. I drink mostly water, some tea with stevia only, and that's about it most of the time.
I know I need to do more exercise and that should be my next focus. I need to return to more fruits and veggies and probably also should back off on the chicken and dairy products (I LOVE cheese!) also. I need to return to juicing.
I just started taking tamoxifen a month ago. I've been in chemo-induced menopause for some time already. I feel like I want to snack more often, and I am trying to blame the drug, but I don't know if that's the case.
I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate better lifestyle changes to my diet to hopefully prevent my risk in the future, but I have a high incidence of cancer on BOTH sides of my family, so in my mind I always just knew it was a matter of time before I'd be diagnosed. I just expected, like most of the rest of my family members who have battled it and who have lost their battles, that I'd be diagnosed much later in life like they were but I wasn't that lucky.
4/10/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Right
6/27/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
10/8/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
1/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)