teacher2017 wrote:I wish you all good positive thoughts and all the luck in the world. Yes, cancer doesnt play by the rules. But I also think that with close monitoring we have a fighting chance to beat it out or at least back. I hate all of this and I miss my carefree life. They say stress is bad for us but I still can not seem to figure out how to not worry about cancer. This new normal is not something I’d wish on my worst enemy. Years ago I was asked if you could choose a different problem from a bowl of problems and return yours, would you? And I said no. Today I’d say yes. I’d trade this with something else.
Yeah. I'd trade for a different problem if I could.
One thing that has really helped me find peace is focusing on what I can control. About a month ago, my wife and I went to Charleston, SC for vacation. Someone recommended we check out the Charleston Tea Plantation tour. In their gift shop, I stumbled upon a book called "Cancer Hates Tea" by Maria Uspenski. She's a 10+ year cancer survivor herself and accredits her healing and survival in part to the many health benefits of drinking good quality tea. I've never been a tea drinker. Ever. But needless to say, I bit and bought the book. That was the first time I seriously began to consider the potential benefits of integrative therapy. I realized that diet, exercise, cancer-fighting supplements, meditation....these are things I can control. And there's plenty of evidence that suggests these adjunct approaches can be really helpful in preventing / fighting cancer or increasing the efficacy of traditional systemic treatments.
So for three weeks now, I've been drinking loads of green tea every single day. I exercise more. I've started making changes to my diet. And next week, I will be brining a list of known cancer-fighting supplements to my oncologist. Either she helps me integrate a mix of these into my daily regime or I find an integrative oncologist that will. Being proactive and opening up to new information has helped me feel less vulnerable. Especially when I consider that there are more tools in the toolbox that my oncologist never even brought up. And for what it's worth, every since I started introducing some of the changes I mentioned above...I've been feeling great. That goes a long way.
Good luck with your upcoming resection. I know it will be a success.