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plantlady2012
Posts: 49
Joined: Dec 2012

Hi! I have been reading this board for awhile, and just recently joined. I have posted a couple of comments, but thought perhaps an introduction was in order!

I just finished one year of chemotherapy with taxotere and carboplatin (I was allergic to taxol), for stage 3 grade 3 endometrial cancer. We didn't expect it to take a whole year, but that is what it took to get into remission. I am concerned about an increased SUV in one lymph node after the final treatment, but at least it had shrunk, and the biopsy came back negative.

My doctor recommended a book to me, back when I was first diagnosed, called "Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life", by David Servan-Schreiber, and it sounds like some of you ladies have also read this one. I made major changes to my diet and lifestyle, and as a result, have lost a great deal of weight in the past year, as well. (Much needed weight loss!). I am currently trying a totally plant-based diet, and am also beginning to juice vegetables. I have been to see an Integrative Oncologist, and wil be incorporating some of his supplement and alternative recommendations, as well.

I have been trying to learn to meditate, and do some visualization, but I need to do a lot more in this area.

I spent the past year reading perhaps 40 books on various cancer recovery topics. I hope some of the information helps me to stay well, but as I said, I am pretty concerned, because it took a whole year to get a remission, and then that one lymph node lit up last time.

I am happy to have found a group with so many others trying complementary and dietary practices!

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ConnieSW
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Joined: Jun 2012

Hi plant lady. I look forward to becoming acquainted with you. My dx was UPSC and I finished chemo in Aug and brachytherapy in Oct. Like you, I am doing my best to live a healthier lifestyle. No matter how it turns out, I feel good now. This site is so supportive and educational.. Every day I am grateful to Linda P. for starting it. She has left a wonderful legacy.

plantlady2012
Posts: 49
Joined: Dec 2012

I appreciate hearing from you!

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HellieC
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Joined: Nov 2010

Welcome to the group that no one should have to join! The book you mention is like a bible to some of us on this board! I think it is an extremely well written book with lots of sound dietary advice. I try to follow much of it but frequently fall off the wagon!

I have quite a long history of fighting this particular cancer beast. I won't bore you with the details, but I am now on my third recurrence, having previously had surgery (twice) radiotherapy and chemotherapy. I am now receiving hormone treatment (letrozole) which seems to be holding it at bay at the moment. No one is really able to explain why my cancer (low grade and with a 7 year remission before the first recurrence) should be so persistent, but I guess there's no point wasting effort in the "why me" way of thinking. Much better to put all our efforts into positive thinking about staying healthy.

With kindest wishes
Helen

plantlady2012
Posts: 49
Joined: Dec 2012

Thanks for your reply! I really appreciate hearing from someone who has been able to beat this back again and again! It gives a lot of encouragement to others! Thank you!

SUNGRANNY
Posts: 81
Joined: Dec 2012

Hello Plantlady,

I too found this book helpful, and what he says seems to make good sense to me.  I appreciate that he advocates nutrition AND other lifestyle changes. 

May your immune system continue to strengthen and your lymph nodes return to healthy condition.

SG

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