Shortly before my 35th birthday, I found a very small lump in my breast. In mid March 2014, I was told that I have Breast Cancer. Six days later I was told I have Thyroid Cancer. When I received the second diagnosis, the doctor asked how I was so calm and collected?
At first I was angry and scared when I was diagnosed with cancer at such a young age. But within two weeks, I realized that I am grateful I get to live the next 35 plus years with a new understanding of living in the moment, focusing on the positive, and experiencing true health. I feel a sense of awakening and clear focus on things that seemed so difficult before. I am so optimistic about my prognosis and my future. I’ve always been a very pragmatic, logical person so…I spent two days being a little afraid and sad and then decided to spend the rest of the time looking for positive things in life and focusing on only the things I can control.
Both cancers are early, small, and treatable. Currently my treatment plan is to do a few surgeries but to avoid radiation and chemotherapy. I am seeing a very skilled cancer team at OHSU along with a Naturopath Oncologist (to integrate natural remedies with the Western Medicine treatments).
The first book I picked up turned out to be an amazing one for my Wellness Journey. “CANCER – 50 Essential Things to Do” by Greg Anderson. This book reaffirmed how I want to live from here on out. Greg Anderson was given 30 days to live with a Lung Cancer diagnosis. That was 30 years ago and he is still going strong to publish current editions of his book. I am implementing 6 key strategies from Greg Anderson’s book: Exercise, Nutrition, Medical (surgery), Attitude, Support, Spiritual.
Since my diagnosis, I have cut out eating almost all sugar and started exercising every day (two things I could never have made myself do without this diagnosis). 🙂 I’m continuing to eat “modified Paleo”. I’m learning to enjoy the small pleasures in life and am trying to learn how to do mindfulness meditation.
I will try to update my blog homepage with progress from surgeries and along the way on my Wellness Journey.