In her 38th year, she found a small lump, she had a mastectomy, chemo, radiation, then it came back, another mastectomy, more chemo and radiation etc, then spleen, then everywhere…
My father too, died from cancer, although, in both cases, it seemed to be the treatments, not the initial lumps that killed them both.
l was 13 when my mother passed, and from then on I developed a strong desire to keep my body and mind in excellent condition to ward off disease, and can honestly say that I have rarely been sick or debilitated at any time in my life, I have always had lots of energy and always been happy, healthy and optimistic.
When I first felt a lump in my left breast in 2010, I figured it was just a cyst or something’.
Then in 2012, I felt another lump. An ultrasound and biopsy discovered 3 lumps, the largest being 2cm, ductal carcinoma, oestrogen receptive. Crikey, what a shock, it felt like the world had dropped out of my belly.
I was seeing Dr Oscar of Mullumbimby Integrative Medical Center, he advised me to see a breast surgeon for treatment options. I did.
The options were:
Mastectomy, chemo and tamoxifen for 5 years
Lumpectomy, radiation and tamoxifen for 5 years
However, he suggested Mastectomy would be better as they would have to remove most of my breast to remove the 3 lumps and I would end up with a very odd shaped breast!
That night, soaking in a hot bath with my partner Jake, and feeling that my life was over, crying, every time I thought of my two beautiful sons losing their Mum, I realized that, as I had always ‘flown the flag’ for health and natural healing options, my decision had already been made! I couldn’t just ‘jump ship’ and do the cut, burn, poison! Jake was like… Yeah you can do it!
This was my opportunity to walk my talk, get on and Do It! So the next morning I woke up and began a 28 day veggie juice and broth cleanse. Lucky I already had a ‘slow’ juicer and a fridge full and a garden full of organic veggies! I opened my mind, heart and soul to the universe to guide me.
I got on the internet, I went to the health food shops, I booked in some sessions with healers, I had my eyes open and my ears open and my intuition open. I knew it could be done; hundreds of people had cured themselves without the trauma and debilitation of medical procedures. I actually felt excited!
I have always loved a challenge.. One thing that I couldn’t quite work out was how I was going to pay for it all! It seemed every healer cost heaps, every supplement was pricey. Then, something that touched my heart so deeply happened, and boosted my confidence in my ability to succeed. People in the community organized raffles and fund-raisers, people (some I hardly knew) came up to me in the street and handed me money ‘towards my cause’, my partner’s mum hopped on board and helped out heaps, some people booked me in with healers and paid for it, some bought boxes of organic fruit and veg, lemons, herbs, sent Reiki, came to my house and gave me healing. I was taken aback and overwhelmed by the amount of love I was receiving. What a great lesson to learn to receive! I am sincerely and deeply thankful to you all.
After the cleanse, I stayed on juices, smoothies and raw foods for another couple of months. However, I began to feel really depleted and further blood tests (medical and naturopathic) showed I was very deficient in B12, iron, vitamin D, protein, fats, had adrenal fatigue, and leaky gut. A lifetime of vegetarianism and busyness. I had to start addressing imbalances and build my blood (cancer can be a disease of deficiency as well as excess). So I began organic chicken and beef bone broths, liver, raw fermented cod liver oil, cooked and steamed, vegetables lots of butter and hemp seed oil, crikey! Anyhow, within 6 months, I felt fitter and all tests showed improvement. They say vitamin D is the chairman of the body, so lots of sun bathing, no sunnies and gentle sun gazing at sunrise and sunset… whenever possible. I was also going through transition from mother to blossoming elder, so my cycles were irregular and hormones wonky. I took supplements and herbs to help my body, and the improvement was confirmed by saliva tests and a general sense of well being. This was, after all, considered a hormonal cancer, so it was imperative to support my endocrine system.
These are some of the protocols that I followed
Juice and Broth Fasting: A 28 day juice and broth fast with many supplements, rest and sleep
Black Salve: I applied black salve, and I took the tincture for 6 months. I did 4 layers of black salve, it was painful enough to need strong painkillers and some time off work, however, one of the lumps ‘popped’ out… quite extraordinary. Two lumps still to go!
Laetrille: I obtained, with Dr Oscars help, an import permit for Laetrille (b17 or extract from apricot kernels). I did intravenous, with help from a local nurse and friend, for 20 days, then took the B17 tablets for a little while. They were too strong for my tummy so I stopped taking them after a couple of weeks.
Organic Foods: I took every vitamin and mineral in tablet form. However, when I realized that they are mostly synthetic, I substituted ‘real’ foods and herbs, which proved way more effective with less strain on the body. Lots of Turmeric, Garlic, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Cayenne, dozens of fresh herbs from the garden, super foods such as Goji, Cacao, SeaWeed, BlueBerries, fermented foods such as Kim chi, Miso, Natural Yogurt.
CBD Oil: I took high quality CBD oil morning and evening.
BiCarbonate Soda: I used bi carbonate of soda and molasses for a month.
Herbal Tea: I drank herbal teas such as the Essiac formula, Cat's Claw, Pau D’ Arco, Slippery Elm, Astragalus, Ginger, Licorice, Burdock Root, Dandelion to name a few, and still do.
Reiki: I did self Reiki and visualization daily, I constantly re affirmed that I was already healed, I totally told my body to heal!
Medicinal Mushrooms: I ate medicinal mushrooms, salvestrols, selenium, algae, sea minerals, honokiol, ate the best foods I could acquire. I ate Paw Paw leaves and flowers off my tree daily.
Oil Balms: I made a balm with coconut oil, hemp seed oil, Lugols iodine, magnesium oil and therapeutic grade essential oils (Young Living Oils) of Lemon, Myrtle, Peppermint, Thyme and Grapefruit and massaged into my breasts twice daily.
I also applied Sacred Frankincense and took under the tongue 2-3 times a day.
Essential Oils: I walked, danced, stretched, had hot baths with magnesium salts and essential oils, skin brushed, rested and slept regularly and took a step back from too much busyness.
I made sure:
I am being fully ‘Me’
I am living my dreams
I have love and respect for everyone I interact with and everything I do
I receive love and respect by everyone I interact with
I am giving myself plenty of care and nurturing, at least as much as I give everyone else
I am not suppressed, controlled, or put down by anyone (including myself!)
I had an ultrasound every 3 months. From the time I began the protocols, the tumors stopped growing. It took about a year before the remaining 2 disappeared, it feels like all that I did made them benign, which then allowed my body to clean up. Dr Oscar said to me, ‘well we can’t call it cancer any more because, by definition, cancer is something that proliferates and spreads and yours is gone’.
I know that there are no certainties in life, but for now, I feel blessed to have come thus far and will continue to look after myself, to be mindful, whilst living life to the fullest.