After creating a hard-copy file on myself and inserting my biopsy and lab reports, I spent time on the computer, in the library and bookstore reading about just what the type of breast cancer and the stage that I had been diagnosed with meant. I examined the therapies that my oncologist had planned for me – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. That conjured up the picture of the typical cancer patient: the picture that I didn’t want to become. I reminded myself that it was just information.
The information told me that the ‘standard of care’ was not the path I wanted to take. I knew I was already in a weakened condition, and evidence indicated those therapies would weaken me further. I had only been given 3-5 months, and I knew I did not want to spend my time in that way.
I read about survivors. Although I believe we are all individuals and therefore I have my own solution, it was helpful to read about survivors and to know that it was possible.
Most importantly, I looked at options: integrative medicine. What I was looking for were methods that would detox, heal, and strengthen my body while making the cancer weaker. Knowledge is power, and I wanted to have a toolbox full of power to use. “Do your research.” is probably the first thing I say to cancer patients as well as the most-repeated phrase that comes out of my mouth. You have time to make an informed decision.
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