Diagnosis: Breast Cancer
August 24, 2017
Integrative Breast Cancer Therapy
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Unbelievable News. August 24, 2017: How Could I Get Cancer?Hi, I'm Bev: relatively happy, healthy Chicagoan, 54 years old, long time vegetarian. I went in for my standard mammogram in July. As usual for someone with chronically cystic (lumpy) tissue, they needed to ultrasound. I wasn't alarmed at all - they always ultrasound. Then they wanted to biopsy - no big deal I thought, I've had 4 over the decades and the tests always come back negative. I thought "Easy. To biopsy, they aspirate it, it always deflates instantly, it feels better, its always benign, and I go home happier." Imagine my surprise when this time, something completely different happened: on 8/24/17, I found out I have stage 2a, grade 3, triple negative breast cancer. It didn't deflate; its the size of a walnut and growing. The stages of grief started cycling through me. Shock, disbelief, anger, confusion, sadness, acceptance. And yet there is cause for great hope: it hasn't got the lymph nodes yet and hasn't metastasized - yes!! And with hope comes action: I feel a burning desire to research the heck out of this thing.
I'm All Over ThisI've thrown myself into researching triple negative breast cancer and all types of treatments: the best, the new, the alternative. Long story short, I made a deliberate choice: integrative cancer treatment.
What’s an integrative plan?Integrative means looking at the body as a complex, whole system, and therefore the cancer within it as a symptom of the whole system. Systems examined might be the immune system, digestion, filtration, the nervous system, hormones/endocrine, mental / emotional health, spiritual health and many others. My treatment plan indeed includes medicines for all these body and mind systems. Solutions are evidence-based, science-based, but do not exclude remedies from other traditions (such as Chinese or Ayurvedic), other cultures (such as Native American or other indigenous knowledge.) Integrative oncology might even include the use of globally toxic (conventional/orthodox) chemotherapies if they are indeed the best option. Hence the use of the term, integrative. If you want to look at the science and evidence behind the treatments, click here: (link to the cancer center for healing website)
Why go Integrative?My primary reason: my mother. My mom died of this cancer at the age of 32, having been diagnosed at the age of 29. Another words, within three years of her having had a radical mastectomy, conventional chemotherapy, and conventional radiation, she was dead. My secondary reason: The chemotherapies and radiation used to try to treat my kind of cancer and my mom’s has not changed much since the 1970s. And the outcomes have not changed much either: people die and die quickly. Why? Triple Negative is more rare and difficult form of breast cancer end it has not been as researched as the two other more common (hormone based) kinds of breast cancer. I decided that no matter how many -or few- years of life I had left, I knew I did not want to live them as my mother did: weak, emaciated, sick, in pain, miserable, and sad. There was no way I was going to put my body through that. No matter what, I want to quality of life. Luckily, I do not think this cancer will be the cause of my death. Everything is going so well and so amazingly that I have not thought once about how many years I might have left. My intention is to have decades left. Thank you for visiting my website, joining me on this journey, and I hope that you and your loved ones find it informative and full of hope! With great love and gratitude, Bev
Bev's Actual Treatment Plan
Bev’s doing an integrative, evidence-based, cancer healing program, based on the work of Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy and her integrative colleagues at the Cancer Center for Healing, in Irvine, CA.