On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Not perfect

I saw the oncologist this morning and he said he was "cautiously optimistic."  That wasn't what I wanted to hear.  I wanted him to do a happy dance, say I'd done it again and I'd probably never be hit again.  Okay, so what he really said was that while the reduced tumor marker was encouraging, he wants to see a trend.  That means several readings of down, down, down.

My hope is that now that I'm on board with lifestyle changes - no sugar, higher vitamin D levels, exercise (which also "burns" glucose), antioxidants and whatever else I learn about in the coming months - he will get his wish.

The dietician told me that anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer should eat ten servings of fruits and veggies every day.  Is that even physically possible????  I'm working on it....

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