Worst 18 Months of My Life
I have been through the wringer. Seriously, I don’t want to tempt fate to give me more, harder trials to bear, but I gotta’ say that the last 18 months have been the hardest of my life. I thought I was through the worst at this time last year. But no, there was more in store for me.
In the last 18 months, I have been diagnosed with two apparently separate yet simultaneous cancers, have had intense super harsh treatment for one including a near death reaction to my stem cell transplant and am awaiting treatment for the other, have had a double mastectomy, and most recently have suffered the incredibly sad loss of my dear brother to a third type of cancer nine short months after his diagnosis. Bad things happen in threes, right? So that’s enough with the cancer for me and my family, thankyouverymuch.
Through it all, I have tried to remain positive and not wallow for too long in the inevitable (and understandable) woe-is-me. Of course I’ve had my ups and downs and have shed copious amounts of tears not only for myself but especially for my brother and his sweet wife and child. I’ve found that staying in the sadness though isn’t a great place to hang out, even if I do get sympathy there. Last year after my first cancer diagnosis, I got the message of “Pure Acceptance” and I continue to practice this hard lesson.
But let’s just say it straight. Cancer sucks. It is a silent killer that lives in our bodies with often no symptoms until it is well established and at that point often difficult to treat. Many people have random cancer cells floating around in their bodies but what most of us don’t know is that our immune systems are supposed to be strong enough to kill off these abnormal cells. Many do, but it seems that for more and more people, our immune systems are not up to the task.
So here are some things you can do to boost your immune systems to be cancer killers. I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating:
• Get enough sleep. I can’t stress this enough. Running on a few hours of sleep is chronic in our culture and it is seriously bad for your health.
• Get your Vitamin D. I recently read an article that said that the cancer killing T-cells in our immune system are activated by Vitamin D. So take a supplement (I take 5,000 UI daily) and/or spend 15 minutes a day in the sun without sunscreen.
• Eat the rainbow. Eat a wide variety of colorful foods. Vegetables have anti-oxidants that work to fight cancer. Particularly good cancer fighters are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onions, kale and mushrooms.
• Find out if you have a food intolerance/allergy. A simple blood test from a Naturopathic Doctor can provide this important information. Eating foods that our body doesn’t like activates our immune system continuously, ultimately weakening it over time.
• Reduce your intake of sugary, processed and fried foods. These foods create inflammation in our bodies—the kind of environment that cancer likes to grow in.
• Get fresh air. Oxygen is a cancer killer. So take deep breaths of good quality air—the kind you find in the great outdoors, preferably filtered by big trees.
• Let love rule. Staying positive and optimistic and happy and loving creates a higher energy vibration that kills cancer cells. Forgive those who annoy you for being human and show your affection.
• Meditate. Many recent studies show that meditating activates the body’s restful state where it does its healing repair work. The more frequent the better but if you’re new to the practice, even 5-10 minutes of mindfulness a day will do the trick.