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What To Do When Breast Cancer Treatments End

What To Do When Breast Cancer Treatments End
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After running the gauntlet of breast cancer treatments that may last six months to a year, most people can barely wait to get back to a normal life again.  I know I certainly felt that way.  “I have a new lease on lifeLet me just get on with it!” was one thought I remember having.  I had to learn what to do when my breast cancer treatments ended.

You might feel as though you’re at a crossroads in your life, it’s as if you’ve fought this huge battle (and you have).  Now what? 

I’m here to tell you that the final day of your radiation treatment or chemotherapy infusion should not mark the end of your journey with breast cancer.  What you do next is REALLY important.

They Did What Doctors Recommended  and Cancer Returned

Sadly, I am hearing all too frequently these days about women who have done everything their doctors recommended – the surgery, the chemotherapy, the radiation, the Tamoxifen or other estrogen inhibitors for  the prescribed 5 years, and breast cancer has STILL returned to haunt them.

The therapies we are being provided are – in many cases – NOT helping us or keeping us alive.

Why this is happening can be due to many and varied reasons.  I certainly don’t have all the answers (no one does) but I always ask the following questions when I hear people say that this or that friend of theirs is dealing with breast cancer a second time:

  1. What changes did they make to their lifestyle upon being diagnosed?
  2. Did they change their diet? Start buying organic produce?
  3. Did they take any immune boosting supplements or super foods?
  4. Did they stop pouring toxic chemicals on themselves in the form of supermarket lotions, cosmetics, body products?
  5. Did they start drinking filtered water?
  6. Did they detox after their treatments?
  7. Did they address the stress in their lives?
  8. Did they join a support network?
  9. Did they seek out any natural therapies like acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathy?

Empowering Yourself To Be A Survivor

As you can see, there are many ways to be a proactive and healthy, empowered survivor.  My own strong feeling is that those who do nothing at all, or only one or two things, have a greater chance of cancer recurring.  I am definitely not judging anyone here, many often don’t know what to do so they do nothing.

But cancer is a huge wake-up call – it’s a sign that things are out of balance in your body and/or your life and to only address one or two things (or worse yet, none at all) is a big mistake.  One of my favorite quotes comes to us from author Katrina Ellis, in her book “Shattering The Cancer Myth”:

“Think of cancer as a message from God to repair the delicate pattern of your soul and internal bodily health through love, nurturing, understanding and acceptance, and as a way to bring those aspects of your life that are out of balance back into balance.”

If you don’t know what to do to achieve this, please sign up for my free e-book and newsletters.  I share all of my best tips in them on how to give yourself the highest chance of surviving this.  Not sure?  Go to my Testimonials page and see what others thought.

Having breast cancer changes your life in ways that last well after the treatments end.  For instance, are you battling lingering fatigue?  Check out my article Fatigue and Cancer: How Long Is This Chemo Fatigue Going To Last? 

How do you deal with “chemo-brain”?  See my article Got Chemobrain?  These Essential Oils Will Help!

What should you eat to help prevent a breast cancer recurrence?  See my page Diet and Cancer.

How do you rebuild your immune system after chemotherapy and radiation have blasted it to pieces?  See my page 8 Ways To Build A Super-Strong Immune System.

These are just a few of the questions that may nag at you as you make the transition from breast cancer treatment to being a thriving survivor.  Sign up for my newsletters (that keeps us connected) and I will do my best to help you through it!

Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Avoiding The Use Of Pesticides

 

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and Sweet Crisis
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and SweetCrisis

Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Avoiding The Use Of Pesticides

We are in the midst of fly season here in Western Australia and if you’ve ever encountered the Australian bush fly, you will know the special kind of hell they create for us!  Having said that, I am constantly surprised at how frequently I see friends reaching for a can of fly spray, or chemical mosquito repellant, or some sort of toxic pest spray, and thinking nothing of it.  I am here to persuade you otherwise because, of course, one of my main goals in life is to help people reduce breast cancer risk.  Not only are we spraying toxic chemicals into our environment (already laden with the same) but we are also setting ourselves up for breast cancer and there’s a very simple reason why.

Why Pesticides Are So Dangerous, For Women Particularly

Pesticides mimic the action of estrogen in our bodies.  The way they do this is by locking onto specific receptors within the breast and then stimulating cell division.  Even small amounts of pesticides can be dangerous to women. and the reason for this is that they concentrate in fat cells, and the breast is comprised mainly of fat cells!

Here are 3 Ways to Avoid Pesticide Exposure

1.  Use only plant-based or essential oil-based pest control in your garden (basically if it’s in your hardware store, I’d avoid it).  You can make your own, perfectly safe garden pesticide spray.  Here’s a great recipe:

Essential Oil Pesticide Spray For Garden

Items needed

* Distilled water
* Spray bottle – 8-oz/236 ml
* 1-1/2 tbsp liquid dish soap (biodegradable)
* Spearmint essential oil
* Citronella essential oil
* Lavender essential oil
* Blue tansy essential oil
* Cedarwood essential oil

To Prepare:

Fill an 8-oz/236 ml spray bottle with distilled water, add liquid dish soap, then add 3-4 drops of each essential oil.  Mix and spray generously on plants, fruits, and vegetables.

2.  Avoid the use of chemical sprays that you apply directly to your skin or into and around your rooms.  This wonderful and aromatic spray is easy to make,  and although the initial outlay for the oils is somewhat costly, they last forever and will make bottles and bottles of this.  Therapeutic grade oils have no expiration date but they should be kept in cool, dark places.

Personal Bug Deterrent

Items needed:

* Spray bottle, 8-oz/236 ml
* Distilled water, 4-oz/118 ml
* Unscented witch hazel, 4-oz/118 ml
* Thieves essential oil blend
* Purification essential oil blend
* Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
* Citronella essential oil
* Lavender essential oil
* Lemon essential oil
* Peppermint essential oil
* Idaho tansy essential oil

To Prepare:

Fill spray bottle with the distilled water, add witch hazel, add 10 drops of Thieves, Purification, and Melaleuca alternifolia essential oils, add 5 drops each of lemon, lavender, peppermint, Idaho tansy, and citronella essential oils.  Shake well before each use and spray a light layer on skin and clothing.

This natural alternative to store-bought bug sprays will keep you free from chemicals and other unnatural ingredients, not to mention you are going to smell divine!  Everyone will ask you what that pleasant aroma is!

3.  Buy organic produce whenever and wherever you can.  If you can’t buy organic, due either to unavailability or finances, you must wash everything with a good quality fruit and vegetable wash, or make your own:

 Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash

* Slice a lemon in half and squeeze out 1 tbsp of lemon juice into a large spray bottle. If you don’t have a lemon, you can use a few drops of lemon essential oil.

*  Pour 2 tbsp of vinegar into the spray bottle, together with 1 cup of water.

 *  Screw on the top (the trigger portion) of the spray bottle and shake vigorously.  Spray this on all of your fruits and vegetables (even the organic ones can stand a wash!) prior to preparing or eating them.  Let them sit in the sink for a couple of minutes and then wash.  They are now ready to eat or use in cooking.

Please – do your best to get pesticides out of your environment.  If you regularly have your home and garden sprayed with insecticide, consider some alternatives, think about the fat cells in your breasts and let’s make our environment and our bodies a much cleaner, healthier place.

If you need to know where to buy therapeutic grade essential oils, contact me.  I will point you in the right direction!

If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters and e-book on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com).  It is my honor and my goal to help you through this so that you emerge from breast cancer feeling better than before, thriving!

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