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Another Good Cancer Blog

another good cancer blog
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I have run across another good cancer blog you might enjoy – it is called People Beating Cancer (.org) and its subtitle is “A Healthy Exchange of Information and Inspiration”.

Its creator, David Emerson, was 34 years old in 1994 when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an “incurable” cancer of the bone marrow.

Between 1994-1997 David fought three relapses of his cancer with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant. On his third relapse his doctors told him there was nothing more that could be done and that he had 6-12 months to live.

I love it when cancer patients prove doctors wrong!

David is still with us today and that’s because he chose to look further afield for his healing – to try things of which the FDA doesn’t approve, and then he fought the second biggest fight of his life when he sued his HMO and the doctors’ group that had the contract to care for him because he wanted “to exact a reckoning of how bureaucrats could declare the therapy that saved him ‘medically unnecessary’.”  You can read his whole story here.  The litigation is ongoing.

Bravo!  Now I’m not against doctors, don’t get me wrong.  I think they are marvelous.  What I am against is our system of medical care.  I believe that there is SO MUCH ROOM for improvement that I could write a blog about it every day for the next 365 days and only scratch the surface.

I was impressed with David’s blog, there were loads of interesting articles there.  One article in particular “What Do Your Genes Say About A Future Cancer Diagnosis?” caught my eye, because I have done quite a bit of research myself on the role that genes play (having a mother and grandmother die from the disease you are diagnosed with can definitely spur you on) and I liked what he had to say here:

“…I do everything that I have read that turns cancer genes off.  This anti-cancer list includes

1) supplementation

2) nutrition

3) exercise

4) sleep/relaxation”

I was glad to see that we agree about the importance of taking nutritional supplements, eating carefully, getting exercise and that sleep and relaxation are so very important.

My hat is off to Mr Emerson and may he continue to thrive.

I believe that it is crucial to take your healing into your own hands – doctors do their best, but generally their hands are tied.  It is up to us to empower ourselves and be proactive with our healing.

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Moving Beyond Breast Cancer: Informative Video

 

Moving Beyond Breast Cancer Informative Video
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Moving Beyond Breast Cancer

The National Cancer Institute has posted a wonderful video that discusses the topic of moving beyond breast cancer.  Check it out by clicking on this link.

Several breast cancer survivors are interviewed in the video and discuss their transition back to “normal” life and the difficulties they have encountered once their treatment was over.  I found this to be a really informative video and pretty life affirming.

One of the things that most cancer survivors talk about is how they feel once the treatments end.

Everyone Seems to Think You Should be Normal Now, But…

Once the treatments have concluded and your cancer battle is seemingly over, then what?  Your friends and family are relieved and happy for you and everyone seems to think you will be able to get back to normal really quickly.

But all too often, that just isn’t the case.  Some say it takes as long to get back to “normal” as it did to go through the treatment!  And they don’t expect that, they often think there’s something wrong with them.

That was certainly true for me – in fact, here it is 8 years later for me and I still notice the after-effects of some of the treatment I received.  For one thing, I have these darned tropical moments all the time!  And sometimes I don’t seem to be able to cope with too much excitement – it’s like my nerves are shot and I do know they take a beating from some forms of chemotherapy.

For a long time, every ache and pain would send me into a fit of worries thinking “Oh no – is it back again?”

Not to mention the fact that cancer changes you in a very big way – you will never view the world – and your life – the same way again.

The women in the video discuss their physical exhaustion, the sense that the treatments turned their bodies upside down, some suffered from depression, some had intimacy issues.

Dealing With These Problems

The video had a few suggestions on dealing with the problems.

Dr Susan Love, a renowned breast surgeon, suggested that having high expectations could set you up for failure.  Lay down and take a nap if you feel you need it!

One woman found that meditation really helped her a lot.  Another found that joining a support group was extremely beneficial.

I highly recommend actively dealing with the issues that come along, rather than sweeping them under the rug and ignoring them because – believe me – they don’t go away.

In some respects, I feel my cancer was a gift.  An opportunity to create a wonderful new life for myself.  Not many get that chance.

Sometimes growth can be painful but it almost always leads to something better.

My New Program

One of the many things that breast cancer survivors have to deal with is finances that are in ruins.  Between the cost of treatments, taking time off work to go through the treatments or to heal from surgeries, there is usually some degree of pain being experienced, financially speaking.  I’ve put together a new program to help with that and it’s outlined on my page Moving Beyond Breast Cancer.  Any questions, just contact me!

Wishing you wonderful things in your healing journey,