Breast Cancer: Shocking News!

Breast Cancer: Shocking News!

Why is breast cancer such shocking news?

In this article, we explore why so many women are getting breast cancer, why it is such shocking news, and what you can change NOW to prevent this disease!

We are shocked by the news that a friend or loved one has Breast Cancer. But, how paralyzed we feel when we hear  WE have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer! All of us have cancer cells in our bodies, so how can we avoid this disease?

Recently a dear friend who lives in California called me just as I was leaving my pre-op appointment at the hospital for my final reconstruction surgery.

I hadn’t talked to her in way too long, and it excited me she had called. After discussing my upcoming surgery, I asked her, ” How are you doing? “

She answered, “Well, you won’t believe it…!”

I replied, “Oh, no, don’t tell me!”

“Yes,” she said, “I had a double mastectomy two weeks ago.”

Let me say that she is the epitome of health and fitness. When we lived in Texas, we went to yoga classes together. I didn’t place my mat too close to hers because I was embarrassed how stiff and unbending my body looked compared to hers!

She is one year younger than I and works out faithfully!  Her beautiful appearance and elegant demeanor landed her modeling jobs after moving to California.

Furthermore, she continues to model after mastectomies and treatments. So, it saddened and shocked me to hear that she was experiencing the same breast cancer path I have traveled.

Why Are So Many Women Getting Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when the DNA of the cells is altered. According to Wikipedia, the risks are due to genetic and environmental causes.

“In 5% of breast cancer cases, there is a strong inherited familial risk.[7]”

So what causes lurk in our environment?

What changes can we make to prevent getting breast cancer? The older we get, the more our chances of being diagnosed with cancer increase. “A woman is more than 100 times more likely to develop breast cancer in her 60s than in her 20s.”

 

 

Watch this short video by Chris Wark on how to reduce the risks of breast cancer.

Chris Beat Cancer: A Comprehensive Plan for Healing Naturally by [Wark, Chris]

I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you have been diagnosed with ANY kind of cancer, or if you know someone who has. It shares a Colon cancer survivor’s story who opted out of chemotherapy after surgery. Chris Wark shares a toxin-free diet, lifestyle, and therapy guidelines he used to help himself heal.

Genetics ONLY Plays a Small Role

If you have breast cancer in your family history, or other types of cancer such as ovarian, lung, thyroid, etc. you need to have genetic testing done.

Ask your doctor to order the test or tell you who to contact. Most insurance companies will pay for part or all.

I had the testing done AFTER finding out I had cancer. My mom had ovarian cancer, her sister had colon cancer, and my dad had thyroid and lung cancer.

The test revealed I do have a Chek2 gene inherited from my dad for breast and colon cancer. This particular gene does not skip generations.

As a result, my daughter is going to have the testing done also. If she does not have the gene, her daughters will not be at risk. So if genetics is only 5% of the cause, what other risk factors are there?

  • Dietary
  • Obesity
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Hormonal
  • Stress-Related
  • Environmental

 

Read More about the Peaks and Valleys of breast cancer! Stay tuned for more blog posts where we will explore each risk factor along with steps you can take NOW to prevent or heal breast cancer. And, yes, cancer can be healed!

 

DON’T wait until you have been diagnosed (like I did)  to make changes in your lifestyle that can help you avoid cancer.

 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I will always share sources and experiences. If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer or know someone who has, it is up to you to do your own research and to choose your treatment plan.

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The Peaks and Valleys of Breast Cancer

The Peaks and Valleys of Breast Cancer

 

Breast Cancer: Now What? Women of all ages fear the dreaded words, “I think you need a biopsy for breast cancer.”

I am not the poster child for annual mammograms. Before November of 2017, my last one was about ten or more years ago. (I don’t even remember when it was!)

When my doctor found a lump in my left breast during a routine pre-Medicare physical, we both agreed I needed one.

The peaks and valleys of breast cancer

THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is different for each woman who is diagnosed. I can only speak for myself in saying that there are initially many more valleys than peaks.

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MENTAL VALLEYS

We may ask:

      • Why me?
      • What is breast cancer?
      • How did I get cancer?
      • Am I going to die?
      • What happens next?

After the biopsies (which are NO picnic) and diagnosis, we ask:

  • Do I need to be in a hurry?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Do I have choices?
  • Which treatments are right for me?
  • How do I prepare for surgery?
  • What treatments are right for me post-surgery?
  • What will recovery involve and for how long?
  • How can I keep it from recurring?

The lingo the physicians throw at us requires another college degree to understand what they are talking about! This adds to our mental stress.

EMOTIONAL VALLEYS

Then the questions arise:

  • How will this affect my relationship with those I love?
  • What lifestyle changes will be necessary?
  • How do I keep a positive attitude?
  • Won’t the stress play havoc with my emotions and affect my healing?

PHYSICAL VALLEYS

  • How much pain will I be in and for how long?
  • Will the treatments make me sick?
  • Will I lose my hair?
  • Do I want reconstruction?

SPIRITUAL VALLEYS

Spiritual valleys creep in even if we have a deep-rooted faith.

  • Am I being punished?
  • Did God “zap” me with this disease?
  • I am scared. Can God help me?
  • Will God heal me?

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PEAKS IN THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY

Fortunately, there are also PEAKS in this journey! There are many more I will be writing about in upcoming posts…

I wrote this journal entry after having multiple biopsies, ultrasounds, and MRI. Then came the needle biopsy, which was not as painful as the mammograms had been. After I got the call from the surgeon that I had cancer, I wrote this journal entry…

“This morning when I awoke, I was thinking about peaks and valleys. Since I am working on a logo with mountains and sun (hope) behind it for my website, I want to write about the peaks and valleys of surviving breast cancer. I am going to begin blogging about the steps you go through…emotions, decisions to make, physical pain challenges, spiritual challenges, family challenges, etc.

Then I read the Our Daily Bread devotional about The Great Physician (to read the article, click on the link at the end of this post).

I was reminded that striving for spiritual well-being could be much more crucial than physical healing because physical pain is temporary and spiritual healing is eternal.

The prayer in that day’s devotional really rang home.

“Father in heaven, it’s so hard to see beyond our pain. Please let us sense Your mercy in this moment.Lift our eyes beyond ourselves. Let us find a new vision and source of health in the care of Christ, who heals.” –OurDailyBread

My journey has included double mastectomies, decisions about treatments, love and support from family and friends, and radical changes in diet and lifestyle. As of August 2018, I am cancer FREE!

In this blog series, I will share honestly and openly what I have experienced,  what I have learned, and specific changes you can make in your lifestyle to prevent or heal cancer. Yes, cancer can be cured…

Watch this documentary: https://cancercanbekilled.com/

Go to ChrisBeatCancer: https://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/

My intentions are not to convince you what to do, only to give you information and inspiration to make choices, live every day striving to deepen your faith, and find complete healing and wellness.

 


Breast Cancer Blog Series

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