Bout with the Big C
like to share a little about my own bout with the Big "C".
also diagnosed with cancer. In my case, it was breast cancer. My
husband found the lemon-sized lump -- I had been somewhat lax in
self-exams because I did mammograms
faithfully every year. So much for early detection.
scheduled for surgery and the diagnosis was cancer. I can't even
begin to describe the cold feeling you get when the doctor's telling
you that you have it. To make a long story short,
I went to a master herbalist who had been recommended to me by a
very good friend. She put me on an incredible raw food, dry-brushing,
cleansing, herbal regimen.
I went in for the lymph-node surgery some six weeks later, in spite
of having Level III cancer, my lymph nodes and tumor site were absolutely
to say, I feel that cancer was my friend. It woke me up to the priorities
in life and made me take my health much more seriously.
going to share below the type of regimen, diet, herbs, etc., that
I was/have been on.
does not mean that I'm prescribing -- not only am I NOT a doctor,
but I don't even play one on TV!
more thing about non-supportive doctors. I went to an oncologist
for a preliminary checkup and found him to be the most offensive,
holier-than-thou, Nazi asshole I had ever run into in my life. I
had already decided that chemo was not an option. That locked it
up for me - no way was that idiot going to play with my health!
He basically told me I was stupid for being worried about side effects
- I thought Larry (my husband, Larry King - not the one on tv :-))
was going to deck him.
a year later I'm still cancer free and still very much on an excellent
diet. I don't plan ever to change, although one does slip from time
to time ;-).
desire now is to become even more familiar with herbs and perhaps
become a master herbalist. I feel that God has provided a cure for
everything. We just have to look to His resources to find them.
you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to write me
and I will tell what I can remember about everything that I did.
Believe me, it wasn't easy!
now, the story :-):
dragged kicking and screaming to the herbalist. I had already talked
with her a couple of times and she insisted that I start IMMEDIATELY
on an all-raw, vegan diet. I was totally against the idea of a raw
diet. What did that have to do with anything?
any rate, desperate times call for desperate measures and so I went.
put me on a regimen that literally changed and saved my life.
and foremost is that I had to eat an all-raw vegan diet. I learned
to like it -- sort of.
I try to drink at least a pint a day -- a quart or more when
I can. Each cup of juice should contain at least two of the following:
carrots, beets, FRESH celery, ginger, wheatgrass, barley grass (I
sprout these myself), parsley, or dark green vegetables. Don't ever
use brown, wilted celery. It can be toxic. And it goes without saying
that all vegetables should be organic whenever possible. If not,
get the freshest you can find and scrub well. I also throw in apples,
oranges and lemons (whole) from time to time. I think my tastebuds
are permanently traumatized!
Spirulina with organic sulphur (MSM), vitamin C powder, and
organic cayenne. I also add nutritional yeast, BarleyLife, beet
powder, and kelp.
Up to nine garlic cloves (raw) a day. I put in a small food processor
with parsley, lemon, and a little sea salt to cut down on smell
and make it palatable. Otherwise, two cloves a day when I think
Q 10 - 100 mg once a day (expensive!)
Vit. D-3 - 800 IU a day. 1200 during crises.
Vit. C - 2000 mg
Vit E - 800 IU
Selenium - 250 mcg.
Melatonin - 3 mg.
Colloidal minerals - One tablespoon three times a week
With any herb, it's good to take a break from them one or two
days every two to three weeks. When crisis has passed, it's not
a bad idea to go nearly a week or to scale down. Every Sunday is
my herb-free day, with an occasional long weekend thrown in. When
I first started, though, I went for a straight six weeks with no
days off. When my diagnosis came back clear, my herbalist suggested
that I begin to take an occasional day off to give my body a rest.
tea -- one cup two times a day with 10 drops chaparral tincture.
The tea is made by soaking two very rounded tablespoons of the dried
herb in a quart canning jar in just enough vodka to cover for about
10-15 minutes. Then fill up the jar with boiling distilled water.
Must use distilled because it uses all the goodies that the herbs
have. Then let the jar sit for 8 hours, preferably in the sun. By
the time it's ready to use, it should be tan and cloudy. Tastes
truly nasty! But it smells like the desert after a rain. I call
it my herbal chemo! She taught me how to make my own teas and tinctures,
so I do a lot of my own stuff now. The tincture is made by filling
a jar half full of herb, then adding boiling water enough to just
cover. After it cools, fill jar to the top with vodka or everclear
grain spirit. It should sit at least a month before use. Shake once
daily. I'm drinking the tea now only several times a week. I keep
a bottle of tincture available "just in case."
is important - Because it is such a strong and powerful
plant, chaparral is NOT a "one size fits all" herb. It
has to be used judiciously and only when there is a great need for
tincture (both kinds of echinacea) - Because of the way she
"brews" her tincture, I cannot hope to duplicate it, so
I buy from her. During crisis time, three to six dropperfuls a day.
It's not cheap!
tincture - Make my own. One to two dropperfuls a day.
root and red clover blossom tincture - ditto
Use only for one week - maybe once every three/four months. This
is strong stuff! Tincture consists of green black walnut hulls,
wormwood, garlic, cayenne, ground cloves, and ground pumpkin seeds.
Use tincture instructions above and use two dropperfuls a day -
one in the evening and one at night. Should also take capsules of
ground cloves and black walnut hulls at the same time. Can't use
this the way you can use herbal fiberblend. I was pretty horrified
at what came out!
During crisis: two enemas a day, some with strong black coffee
(cooled down of course!) I still do them from time to time if I'm
feeling a little "stove up." Herbal laxative - I think it's
the same formula as Dr. Schulze's #1 intestinal formula, except that
it worked better. I don't know what she has in it but it's easy to
use. Intestinal Flora - I can't remember what I'm using off the top
of my head, but it's a capsule a day.
brushing every day. Natural brushes can be found at Target, Wal-Mart
or K-Mart for about six bucks.
oil packs three times a week. Castor oil on a cloth against the
skin over the liver to stimulate immunity. Use a heating pad and
don't let it get uncomfortably warm. This sounded goofy to me,
but it worked!
water with lemon each morning.
every day. Twenty minute walks to start - build up from there
and make working out a regular part of your routine. I'm planning
to walk a half-marathon later this year!
- fun when you can't get outside. Because of limited budget, I
found a nice little cheapie trampoline for about $20 at Service
baths & showers
time on and for yourself.
- a lot. I had to learn how to pray for myself. I think that's
the hardest thing for people to learn how to do. Get others to
pray for you.
When using the green food, prepare for unexpected results. Unlike
tableted vitamins, they actually work. If you're on BarleyLife you
already know what I'm talking about. You get energy, see changes
in the skin, etc. I was really skeptical when I started, but my
hair started growing faster and my skin cleared up. My skin is as
soft as someone in her 20's and I'm 47.
a cancer patient is drinking a lot of beet juice, be careful.
It can be an explosive detoxifier. To say nothing of the fact that
it turns bodily fluids various shades of pink and red! You can get
a real feeling of illness as your liver tries to cope with the aftereffects
of toxins dying off. Look up Herxheimer Syndrome (or Reaction).
to start adding some cooked food to my diet after six months because
I noticed that I was shedding a lot of hair. After about three weeks
on cooked food (rice, steamed veggies, stir-fry, my own home-baked
bread, etc.) the shedding stopped. My diet
is now about 80% raw and 20% cooked. That's what's best for
this is a long and difficult regimen. I can't always do everything
every day, but I do my best to do the most that I can. Actually,
the supplements, herbs, etc., are secondary. It's the lifestyle
changes that are the most significant. Sunshine, fresh air, laughter
and prayer are more important than anything!
one thing I can say that I respect the doctors for is that they
take cancer very, very seriously. And so should anyone. You have
to hit it with everything in your arsenal.
you found this interesting. Reading back over it, I can't believe
that I was able to stick with any of this!
did a wonderful job in putting my little narration on the website.
But I'd really like to correct an presumption. It's my fault; when
I went back and reread it, I could understand how someone could
reach that conclusion.
issue is that I had two surgeries. The first one was the one that
removed the lump. I wasn't worried because there was no history
of breast cancer in my family, I had breastfed three children over
one year, and lived pretty healthy. So, being the type of person
that I am, I asked to see the tissue while still in the operating
room. (Warning: gross description following) It was kind of strange
looking: sort of a creamy pearl white mixed with brown (I think
blood that had changed color from the fluid in the jar), and with
blue (yes, blue) swirls entwining around it. I think back now and
get a little shudder that I was looking cancer in the eye.
was about the 25th of May of last year. I had already gotten in
touch with Barbara Rogers (my herbalist - 702-454-6060) and had
sort of started on the raw diet. Five days later I got the news
- my large tumor was cancerous.
like to take a minute here to rant about mammograms. I was 46 when
this was diagnosed. I had mammograms EVERY year since the age of
40. I had even had one when I was 35 that the doctors wanted to
use as a "baseline." Yet this huge tumor was completely
UNDETECTED until my husband found it on the upper inside of my left
breast. I had one more mammo in June - the technicians were told
to be "extra careful" to include all surrounding tissue
- because even the doctors couldn't believe that something that
large had been missed. I still may do another mammogram - maybe
when I'm 50, because I sure don't see the use of them. Talking to
other women also gave me an interesting insight. Nearly every one
who had cancer surgery had also been faithful with mammograms, but
yet still found the lump on their own. Needless to say, we are not
exactly mammo fans.
I got the news on June 1; however, because my surgeon was going
to be out of the states until near the end of July, I could only
schedule a July 20 surgery date. That gave me over six weeks to
do something serious about my health. That's when I buckled down
and followed Barb's recommended program seriously. BTW, I had an
opportunity to briefly meet a lady who had gone to Barb when she
was diagnosed with colon cancer. Well, the cancer is now gone. Without
any rate, I met with the surgeon once before surgery where I was
given the choice of a lumpectomy (actually, just cleaning out the
area where the lump had been) followed by six weeks of radiation;
a modified mastectomy (breast only removal); or a radical mastectomy
(where they remove everything but the kitchen sink) with no radiation
therapy for these surgeries. He also said that because of the size
of the tumor that chemotherapy was highly recommended. Because it
seemed that people I knew who died from cancer died because of cancer
**treatment** rather than the cancer itself, I was already pretty
sure that I wasn't going to do chemo. I opted for the lumpectomy,
figuring it would be less traumatic. Since the tests came back with
NO SIGN OF CANCER anywhere in my body, I was so relieved that I
had gone that route!
the rest of the report is okay. But I wanted to be sure that you
(and everyone) understood that I did have two surgeries. Which,
since I didn't have surgery that was disfiguring, I don't regret
doing at all. It was just peace of mind.
this helps to clarify my story. Thanks.
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