Let me say first that I am a very private person. Keep to myself within my family and do not even have a Facebook account. Reason for stating this is how hard it is for me to reach out and share. I have not even told my friends. I don't want to be "the one with cancer". I know I will change in their eyes. I feel however that my story may help someone else out there, as I am myself searching for answers.
About six weeks ago I was told I have Mantle Cell Lymphoma. If my husband wasn't with me I might have jumped in the Hudson. I'm 56, female and have no other health issues. I got three opinions for treatment with three different recommendations. 10 years ago they misdiagnosed this cancer regularly. I suppose that's the good news, as now it has been identified there are many trials out there testing what might work. The jury is still out. Prognosis is not good tho, as it seems so far they have managed to lengthen life but not extinquish the cancer.
As a young woman I was a vegetarian hippie. Pregnant and barefoot on the beach, I juiced, made my own sprouts, lots of F & V, and enjoyed fresh fish from the sea. I remember being vibrant. I look at old photos and glow. I reckon that is the life force. Children came along, work pressures, and the western world and over the years we ate and lived like most other americans. Pizza, and beer, the odd macca's birthday party, etc. with the odd veggie thrown in.
In my heart I truly believe that the body can heal itself given the right tools. God made us perfect. Our modern life has interfered with the true balance. So here is my plan...
Onc #1 - Go in hard, aggressive, intensive in hospital chemo for 5 months followed by stem cell transplant. Start tomorrow. Maybe add 2-5 yrs to my life.
Onc #2 - Go in hard, 3 different stages of aggressive chemo, followed by SCT. It would be a tough year, with hopes of adding 5-8 yrs to my life.
Onc #3 - "You're not symptomatic. You're healthy in every other way, let's do watchful waiting, and check again in three months to see what's happening."
Then he recommended a mild treatment, which would deal with the MCL as a chronic illness. I may only go into remission for a short time ie 1-2 yrs, and then repeat the mild treatment until that no longer works.
From my reading, it seems the clock starts ticking when the chemo begins. They know the life span of someone who has this disease. What if we just don't start the clock just yet? In my heart I feel I may have had this for several years already.
Okay - I choose Door #3!!! (showing my age now!) I feel like I've been given a reprieve from the Guv'ner! Time to fight this with natural remedies and see what my body can manage on it's own.
Next Stop - Naturopath.
I did see her after Onc #1, and she put me on some strengthening potions (herbs, vitamins, supplements) in case I went with Chemo right away. I have returned to a vegan life, I juice 2x per day, I infrared sauna. This afternoon I have my second appointment to really get serious. I will keep you posted on how things go.
I would appreciate anyone's experience on natural, alternative remedies. I have been trying to dig around on the site and find tidbits here and there, particularly from Emily - 2bhealed. If you could PM me with more details of your wholesome journey, it would be MOST appreciated.
Best Health to all here.