Friday, May 13, 2011

"One day at a time Sweet Jesus"

For those of you who have followed my cancer journey since 2008 you know that I should not even be here now. I give all the praise and glory to God my Father. My endometrial cancer was an aggressive rare type. They could not reach the para-aortic lymph node during surgery. I did start chemotherapy but I had an extreme adverse reaction to it. PET scan showed that the chemo did not get to the lymph node and I never took the sixth treatment. I did meet with the radiologist but it turns out they could not reach the lymph node either because of its location. Also, I would have additional side effects that would last the rest of my life. I chose not to do that and to live the rest of my life with quality and not quantity of days that I had left.

Around the first of the year in 2009 I decided to change my diet and went with the Alkaline-Acid diet. It was a whole new way of eating for me and it did take some getting used to. No – in no way did I give up all of my favorite foods, but I did learn to like and appreciate vegetables and fruits more. I still have that big beautiful piece of cake on occasion. I continued to have PET scans every six months only to find that the cancer had moved to another lymph node and to my liver. All the doctors said they would support me in my decision not to do treatment for the endometrial cancer.

It was not until my PET scan in February of 2010 that the doctor said that my cancer was no longer active. They did not know why and questioned me on alternative medicines that I might be doing. My PET scan in May of 2011 still shows there is no active cancer. I will never take the credit away from God Almighty. He alone put this diet in front of me and gave me the will to stick with it when it did not look like it was working.

The breast cancer is another thing. It was there from the start of my cancer journey in 2008, but it did not look bad enough to worry with until after the endometrial cancer was under control - it was the aggressive cancer. I decided not have a mastectomy as long as the endometrial cancer was metastasizing. On the PET scan there was still a shadow on the breast that they diagnosed as “undetermined” after all this time. I went ahead with the mastectomy in June 2010 only to find that it also had metastasized to the lymph node under my arm.

Recently I decided that perhaps I would like to have breast reconstruction if I was a candidate. I met with the plastic surgeon and he verified that I am not a candidate and that he would not do surgery on someone who is on Coumadin. It turns out that breast reconstruction is a yearlong procedure and it is not without complications. He said that it would be a terrible risk to keep taking me on and off the Coumadin. So I will be content with what I have and thank God every day that I have my life.

Yes, I believe in Miracles and I do consider myself a survivor at this time in my life.
 I do not want to wait five years to say the words - 
"I am a survivor".  
I will keep praying to my God and take it -
“One day at a time, sweet Jesus” 
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