Get your mind out of the gutter, I'm talking about cancer.
First, please, don't let this become a Deist vs Atheist thread. I really need some support here.
Second, I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer which has metastasized into bone cancer. I'm on radiation and chemo. I sure could use the knowledge that there are folks out there praying for my stabilization.
I just finished treatment for stage 4 throat cancer. Six weeks of daily radiation and weekly chemo. The cancer is gone and I'm overcoming the side effects -- painful swallowing, nausea, dramatic weight loss, weakness.
Each patient, each type of cancer, is different, so outcomes are different. We all want the best for you, but I would place more faith in my oncology team, and in the loving support of family and friends, than in the good thoughts and prayers of strangers.
My thoughts and positive energy are going your way on wings and a prayer that you will get only the very best care and support during this time in your life.
I've been through breast cancer, and am still receiving post-treatment care ongoing and will be for years to come. There are many treatments today available for the disease, including metastatic.
It is very frightening to get the diagnosis. Processing that alone is painful and mind numbing. I remember listening to meditation music to try and ease my mind a bit when I began treatment and radiation therapy.
You're going to need a support group. There are those available usually in your community; and you'll find some online. Your hospital and oncology team will be able to provide you with resources to help you navigate your way as you go. My therapist was pretty helpful when I was going through treatments. His daughter developed cervical cancer since then and his brother had lung cancer during that time. It seemed like things were all happening at once. There were days I didn't know who was counseling who? But therapy helped me get through it nonetheless.
Hang in there, Heidi. This too will pass. Sending you hugs and warm wishes of healing and wellness as you embark on this next chapter. You WILL get through it. BELIEVE. One day at a time.
Heidi. I am so sorry to read this. I will join those sending you good vibes and my best wishes for you.
My mom has had breast cancer recently. She was fortunate to only receive radiation and not need chemo. She is doing well postop but still it's a major life challenge and interruption. Of course it's scary and immensely tough to go through. Fortunately, the cancer care medical teams are most often the best of the best, with tons of experience and understanding.
I wrote earlier today of a prayer experience I had years ago where I felt immediate peace and comfort in the face of great grief. So immensely helpful to me. I fervently hope for the same for you.
I wish for you to be surrounded by love. That, and laughter, the best medicine, as they say.
All the best to you and I hope you can keep us updated. Know that we will be thinking of you.
Just want to add, Heidi, there are several people on this board who are breast cancer survivors, myself included.
For what it's worth, we're a loose knit support group right here, albeit not as close to home as where you are.
Something I learned at a local support group when I was going starting my treatment regimen is that from the first day you receive your diagnosis you can count that as your first day of being a breast cancer survivor! Seriously!
That's day #one of being cured of it.
Will be rooting for you all the way. Please keep us posted as you are able to.
I recall the radiation made me terribly tired. There were days all I wanted to do was to go home and rest. And you know, that is just what I did. The doctors and nurses were incredibly kind, and the people I met during the treatments. It helped make the time go by quickly.
Take really good care of yourself and sending lots and lots of hugs your way. ❤️
We have had several posters who have dealt with forms of cancer. Some are more private, some share quite a bit.
I feel helpless and have compassion for everyone dealing with this. I generally feel encouraged with modern treatments and the strength these posters demonstrate.
I do have gratitude for those sharing with us. It helps us understand what it is like and allows us to share in our empathy. It helps us all to see the courage and determination many have demonstrated to overcome obstacles. The battles we face being frail humans seem not as bad when we share our concern and encouragement. Thanks for educating us first hand about such experiences. It's a gift that benefits us all and makes us stronger.
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I do not know if this works but I have been doing the keto diet. There have been several articles and YouTube videos saying that cancer cells cannot live without sugar. Keto is sugar free. Some people have replied saying they had positive results from removing sugar intake. But I do not know anyone personally who tried that path. Might explore that option.
I am not a doctor and don’t claim it works. I just found the sugar link to cancer interesting.
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I have stage 4 breast cancer that has returned 5 times. I’ve done chemo twice and tried pills multiple times. Nothing worked as it kept coming back. I was diagnosed with stage 1 in 2001 and stage 4 in 2012. I see an oncologist every 6 months to be checked. I’ve given up on chemo although there are new drugs out there I would try if only they were not so expensive.
I tried something new in 2012 that I believe has helped. My oncology nurse recommended I watch the Netflix video Forks Over Knives. I have been following this advice since 2012 and with the help of an oncologist and a good surgeon, have been doing well.
The whole idea is to keep a low acid profile in the food you eat to help you heal. I’m willing to talk on the phone or email if you wish. It is terrifying to face a deadly disease.
I’m willing to give the admin my name & address. Being a kind of newbie, I’m not sure how to do that. Any help?
It’s been a long and crazy ride for me but I’ve finally gone one entire year without finding cancer spots on my chest wall, knowing it takes about 3 years to convince a doctor to cut it out. They keep telling me it’s just a small mole. And yes, I’ve seen multiple doctors and mostly they’ve been pretty bad. I finally found a couple of gems though. My lifestyle changes are helping too.
LOL to the first part. I guess my mind was in the gutter, because I was thinking of a different “ C word”. There was indeed a time where the C word wasn’t talked about ,or if it was, it was whispered . I’ll definitely be praying and sending positive thoughts out also. My sister is going through that. I can’t imagine how that feels to hear that diagnosis from a doctor. I hope you find positive support groups in your area to attend . Aren’t the people on this board awesome?
Been a while since I read this thread. Hoping everyone here dealing with cancer is getting some positive results from their treatment. It's coming up on 2 years since I lost my wife to stage 4 lung cancer and I've become a bit paranoid about any changes to my own body.