Mar 21, 2013 - 12:28 pm
It has been over three years since I received the glorious news that I was NED. I’m certain it came as a shock to my gyn/onc, who, after my suboptimal debulking from a very aggressive cancer, said I would never achieve remission and would not last a year. I think he wasn’t far from wrong. The time of treatment was an endless struggle for me, having 20 gallons (80 liters) of ascites drained over the 2 months following surgery, enduring chemo that literally incapacitated me for 8 months, and relying on IV nutrition for 3 months, in order to prevent me from dying of malnutrition.
Since then, I’ve learned that, genetically, my body is a train wreck. I don’t have the ability to produce or use glutathione, an essential antioxidant; I am predisposed to inflammation, autoimmunity, and sugar metabolism issues; and my body loves to produce VEGF – the factor that Avastin blocks.
There’s no question, I was a sitting duck for a fast and furious recurrence. But the same source that revealed my genetic predisposition to cancer, my naturopath, has guided me down a path that is keeping me NED. All of the markers she looks at, many, many more than just the CA-125 or HE4, say that my body isn’t even thinking of allowing cancer growth. And I feel amazing, way better than I felt for years prior to my diagnosis.
I can’t tell you what a gift and a blessing it is to have my life back, after the difficult journey I had with cancer. I wish everyone here successful treatment and eternal NED. I know it can be achieved, even if the cards are stacked against you.