This week I discovered a bunch of lumps in my pectoral muscles and also between the implants and both clavicles (collar bones). Initially, I thought there were just a few lumps, but either they kept increasing in number or I missed palpating some. This coming Friday, June 3, I will see the oncologist. I have had non-cancerous lumps before, and prayerfully these are also.
However, there have been changes in my lifestyle since I had the last MRI that showed the lymphoma was shrinking:
1.) I started wearing a bra again, even at night, because the alloderm holding my implants in place is deteriorating. In my vanity, I was trying to make the implants last as long as possible. However, bra wearing decreases lymphatic flow which in turn decreases healing and detoxifying of the tissues. See my paper in this blog on this subject.
2.) I also relaxed significantly in my diet, so much so, that after our trip to Ireland my blood sugar went to above the normal range.
3.) I included meat in my diet– quality, free range meat, but still meat. In retropect,I think good quality meat is fine for healthy people, but those with chronic disease may not be able to handle the acidifying effects that meat has on the body.
I am blogging about this in order to encourage others to stay the course in changing your lifestyle in factors which may have contributed to disease. Again, I am not saying that diet heals. God heals, but bad diet and lifestyle can prevent health from lasting.
Here is a summary of the actions that I would do the same or do differently based upon my experiences.
1.) I would do the mastectomies right off the bat, and I would not do radiation or reconstruction.
2.) I would do the Gerson diet until the cancer is gone with very few modifications. I would take out all grains like the GAPS diet. I would do serious probiotics as recommended in the GAPs and Clean diet. I would eat no beef, chicken or pork, minimal fish, and no simple carbs like sugar. I would do organic veggies and fruits as much as possible as well as small amounts of wild caught fish.
3.) I would do my adventure with cancer as a spiritual journey with Jesus knowing that he would have blessings and gifts for me in the process Never has anything in my life gifted me or grown me like this interlude with cancer. Because of all that my Lord carried me through, I know that I know that I know Jesus loves me forever. Nothing will ever take that from me.
4.) I would detox my life spiritually, physically and mentally. “Simplify, purify and be transparent,” would describe my lifestyle.
5.) I would make decisions based more on health and less on vanity.
6.) I would find ways to eat my chosen way without being drawn into social eating or compromise. In truth, I still have not figured this one out–nor have I found a way to travel and eat in a way that is consistent with my diet plan.
Blessings to each one who reads this– hold firm. The most important part is staying the course with Jesus. You can make every other decision wrong except for the choice to belong to Him. If you belong to Him, it will all turn out for the good. It is a promise that you can build your life upon– an eternal life. />