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Making Breast Cancer Choices 
Sep. 5, 2011 12:59 pm 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2011 9:44 am

I’ve written three updates for you, and all three have failed to post... which tells me it’s not time to post much.

What I CAN say is that my treatment of choice is likely going to involve minimal surgery with follow-up treatment being a diet of fresh fruits and veggies (raw, cooked, and juiced) and more exercise. I’ve been on the fruit and veggie diet for about 10 days and have lost 7 pounds — without being hungry. (The advantage to weight loss is that fat contributes to making estrogen which is assumed to play a major role in creating many breast cancers.) Hubby has also introduced me to a new aerobic sport which we play in our driveway. It's called Pickleball, and if you haven't tried it, you might find you love it.... I know I do!

I’m not turning my back on western medicine entirely, of course, but I AM listening to my body which, it turns out, has strong opinions: no mastectomies, no chemotherapy, no drugs with toxic side effects. I figure I owe it to myself (and my body) to listen to what it’s telling me, while still getting a second opinion and all other due diligence.

Hubby is still experimenting with his juice mixes, making greener and greener juices gradually to let my taste buds build up to enjoying more nutrient dense cruciferous (heavy hitters when it comes to breast cancer). I’ve sipped each glass as if I were commenting on different wines: “too grassy”, “heavy overtone of kale”, “gag” and, most recently "delicious". His ego still refuses to follow the wonderful recipes I’ve gotten here and elsewhere, but first he needs to know I appreciate his prowess with the juicer. And he’s covering the bases even if the taste could be much more equisite. We’ll get there.

In the meanwhile, I’ve found a satisfying replacement for my morning coffee (which is now on the "no-can-do" list): hot water with lemon and lime juice, sprinkled with cinnamon and a bit of cayenne. It might be an aquired taste for most of you, but I wish you could have been in my body when it got its first taste... perfection!

So things are going well. There’s more to learn, but so far everything feels just fine. And there's lots of love in every corner of my life. How great is that?

Sep. 5, 2011 3:53 pm
Best wishes that the choices you are making bring you health and peace of mind. I look forward to more updates as you move forward with your fight.
Sep. 5, 2011 3:58 pm
Good for you Ellen, you've got a great attitude. The kind that makes short work of the short shrift yer boobs have gotten. All my very absolute 100% best ok.
Sep. 5, 2011 5:01 pm
You have my very best wishes. Isn't the lack of protein going to be an issue? Or have I missed where it is covered? Either way, all the best.
Sep. 5, 2011 10:37 pm
Thanks for posting Ellen - you are blessed to have hubby that cares enough to keep tweaking the juices for you. Hang is there and post frequently - we have your back.
Sep. 6, 2011 4:58 am
You're all so sweet. BigShotsMom, I forgot to mention legumes. The diet will morph from all fruits and veggie juices to include one or more salads each day with nuts, beans, and so on. There will also be soups with beans and ground nuts. That's when it the cooking side of this will get fun. I've never tried to make a dish tasty with so few "non-processed" veggies. And Nana... thanks for your on-going back-up.
Sep. 6, 2011 4:59 am
Oops... I meant to say "non-processed" incredients. My mind is obviously on veggie's these days!
Sep. 6, 2011 6:34 am
Glad to see you posting! The hubby deserves a hand for his experimenting, how thoughtful. He may have to post his recipe if he gets that perfect one :) May I ask why no coffee? The caffine? Positive thoughts coming your way!
Sep. 6, 2011 11:43 am
You go girl!! Hubby's got your front (blending juices for the mouth to partake) and God's got your back - - you're covered!!!
Sep. 6, 2011 12:35 pm
Good to hear from you, Ellen! I'm glad its "so far, so good" for you. Your hubby sounds like a great blessing to you. I'm with Cat, I'd love to try his recipes (once you've given them the thumbs up, lol). Keep on keepin' on and know our prayers are with you.
Sep. 6, 2011 5:30 pm
I know someone who went on a macrobiotic diet when she was given a life sentence with I think colon cancer. She has no signs of it right now. Best of luck to you. Keep us posted. We need your experiences to help guide us.
Sep. 7, 2011 7:02 am
I've heard of more than one person who's resolved cancer with a macrobiotic diet. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with one myself, but I AM sure that a high-nutrition diet is a good direction for me. The reason for the "no coffee" is (in large part) because my body doesn't want it. I suspect that's because I tend to eat more when I'm drinking coffee... not sure, but that's my best guess for now. And yes, hubby deserves major kudos, not only for juicing but for getting me exercising again. Incredibly, he's making this fun!
Sep. 8, 2011 10:00 am
I've been waning to comment on this ever since you posted it. I was in a class of post cancer survivors and I learned two very important things about survivorship. First, is diet and the other is being active. Cancer loves a sedate body. Although there is no way to exercise a breast, you can keep a constant, generous flow of regenerating nutrients through activity. If that means exercise, then exercise. Also, yoga is being recognised as a positive force in the fight for survival. I don't know what it does, though. As the others have commented, I too, believe your attitude is spot on!
Sep. 8, 2011 10:05 am
Ok there are all kinds of crazy things out there that claim to cure every thing, but you might want to look into food grade hydrogen peroxide 35% diluted. It oxygenates cells, it occurs naturally in nature (rainwater contains hydrogen peroxide- that is why everything looks greener after it rains- oxygen)
Sep. 9, 2011 7:26 am
@Mike, I'd put "listening to your body" as the third most important thing in dealing with cancer and survivorship, but otherwise agree entirely. Yoga is already something I've been doing for years. Love it. @JelloGirl, thanks for the links. I'll have a look. I'm interested in everything folks have tried (particularly when they've been successful ;)
Sep. 11, 2011 7:49 am
Absolutely, Ellen!
Sep. 14, 2011 1:03 pm
I just finished reading your blog and wondered how you're feeling? I think of you often. Mostly, its when I'm saying my prayers in bed at night. So, how ya doin? Don't feel pressured into answering. I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you.
Sep. 15, 2011 4:33 am
Rosebud, what a sweetheart you are. I'll post an update today. It'll be mostly OT (meaning not about food). The medical system we've got is a nightmare.
Sep. 15, 2011 2:28 pm
Hi Ellen. Gee, its good to hear from you. I take it you're having a hard time. Will be watching for your update. Take good care of you.
Sep. 16, 2011 4:52 am
Rosebud, not really having a hard time other than making my way through our health care system. I know exactly what I want to achieve and it's taking longer than ever to get there. But not to worry, I'll get there ;) I've begun my next post, but got pulled away before I finished it. Am now off for a weekend wedding. Will wrap up my post as soon as I can though. Thanks again for caring and checking it. It means a lot.
Sep. 16, 2011 9:44 am
Good morning Ellen! You have got to love the health care system. Sorry to hear you're struggling with it. As you say, it'll just take a little longer and you will get there. A wedding sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great time. Take good care of you. I will keep a good thought for you.
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Adding orange juice to diced tomato sauce • Adding Cointreau to fresh fruit salads or a chocolate sauce • Adding tequila and bittersweet chocolate to chili • "poaching" salmon in orange juice, sprinkled with Old Bay and tarragon • adding cidar vinegar and soy sauce to vegetable soups • adding fresh mint to steamed red potatoes • knowing how to bail out a botched dish (example: over-steamed broccoli mashed with bleu or swiss cheese isn't nearly as bad as over-steamed broccoli on it's own).
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