a Photo journal 6 years after Nanay’s breast cancer surgery and 42 day fast. Am so glad we had no money then, and except for a few close friends nobody donated money for Nanay’s chemo therapy. am glad she had no insurance. So much so, that we can see God’s hands in healing Nanay and letting us still spend time with her.
Updates: as of November 22, 2012 … I would like to keep some of my thoughts private for the protection of my family and the people who are trying to help us. (e.g. I would like to transition to raw vegan but I am not sure if I can be disciplined enough to do it and whether I can sustain it), With regard to Nanay’s cancer, I would be writing my thoughts in this blog, but only for private viewing. By request, I could open it up to a few people depending on my comfort level.
Beginning today, public articles will be limited to safe subjects such as Juicing, smoothies and raw food. Everything else will only be available to me, family members, friends and a few of my trusted advisers. Introduction from her daughter (Lanie): My 60 year old mother (nanay) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer- Stage 2B ER+(90%) last January 2010.. She had undergone right breast mastectomy with 25 of her lymph nodes removed (Feb 2010). Despite positive involvement of 3 out of the 25 lymph nodes removed, she declined chemo and radiation. March to April 2010- she completed 42 day fast patterned after Gerson Therapy and Breuss protocol at Tiaong Breast Cancer Haven (pbcn.org)- taking only vegetable juice, turmeric juice and daily coffee enemas. As of June 6, 2010, she is on remission and still continuing on a modified Gerson diet and supplementation. I also believe that there is no cure yet for cancer, if someone is claiming a cure, is either a liar, misinformed or is just using ‘cure’ to mean NED or “no evidence of disease.” Right now, cancer can be managed and I believe can be controlled with the right diet and nutrition. My mother is..a 60 year old Filipina – living in Singapore with her husband, her 36 year old daughter and 5 year old grand daughter, as well as her 29year old son, daughter-in law, 3 year old grand daughter and 1 year old grandson. Diagnosed with IDC Stage 2B Breast Cancer in January/February 2010. Vegetarian since February 2010. March 2012 -Nanay with my 6 year old daughter Its amazing how the above photo reminds me of this photo taken 22 years ago (Nanay with my then 6 year old brother)
< photo taken January 2011 (1 year after she was diagnosed) photo taken last December 2010 (9 months after bilateral mastectomy) photo taken last March 2010 (10th day of her 42 day fast-7 weeks after bilateral mastectomy March 2010 (6th day of her 42 day fast– 6 weeks after bilateral mastectomy) at Tiaong Breast Cancer Haven Disclaimer: I am not a health practitioner and take everything I say as my opinion and not fact. You can do your own research about turmeric/curcumin particulary and print the clinical studies and bring to your medical practitioner. I still believe that conventional doctors and alternative/complimentary medical practitioners can still find a common ground and be true to the Hippocrates oath that they have sworn themselves by. To give up pride and old practices and take new ones– for the betterment of the patient and humanity. To question more and more, and try new ways to be understood and be heard, without the fear of being attacked, maligned or labeled as evil, quack, stupid, disgusting and deprived. I know I have to learn how to use the right words and right tone — in order not to attract bad attention, but it will not discourage me from being heard, because in stating my opinion and being open to influence I also learn. There is no better way to learn but with respectful dialogue. To anyone whom I have offended, my sincere apologies, I would like you to know that I do not have any intent or motivation to hurt you or upset you,there is no way I can change the fact that you were upset by my posts (no matter how good the intent was), so I am sorry. If I do it again, reprimand me by Private Message and I can either delete or edit the post that offended you, without compromising my own beliefs and also under the guidance of the BCO Rules and Regulations in using this forum. According to Dr. John Lee, food/diet alone is not a cure-all remedy but it should not be dismissed and should be part of any cancer battle pan (conventional or alternative). To support my mother’s choice, I stopped working for 3 months to study about alternative/complimentary treatment and conventional non-invasive diagnostic tests– to ensure we are not inaverdently fooled by quacks and also have enough information to bring to the table when we are talking to her oncologist, endocrinologist and naturopath, April 2010, I took her to an endocrinologist, specialising in diagnosing women related ilnesses such as Breast Cancer through non-invasive tests such as Hormone Profile, Thyroid testing, Organic Imbalance tests. Based on the results of these diagnostic tests, we found out she had too much of the bad estrogen metabolite (16OH) compared to the good estrogen metabolite (2OH), that she had a mild depression and too much arsenic in her body. She was prescribed to take an I3C/DIM supplement, 5HTP and a foew other supplements such as Selenium and Zinc. Tried to help improve her sleeping patterns, by having her take Melatonin and Vit D3, being in bed before 10pm and being awake by 6am so we can walk up the nearby hill, while the sun is not out yet. We also have been praying and meditating together, something that we would have not done, if the face of death is not too close to us. Everyday, she juices her own organic juice (made of veggie/fruits) and has been completely vegetarian since her mastectomy. Occasionaly, she would eat organic chicken. All my friends have been telling her that she never looked better. She looks younger, her skin looks more fresh (her liver spots are gone). My problem now is that the Singapore immigration (we are Filipinos), would not allow me to extend her long term visit pass for another 5 years as she looks “healthy”. I need to send them pathology reports and a doctor’s certificate to prove that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and would need me to sustain her natural therapies. It has been 1 year and 3 months since she was diagnosed. At 60 yers old (I am 35 years old), she is often mistaken as my sister (either she looks young or I look old). Is she a survivor? Probably not according to the 5 year mark, but for me- she is a survivor and we are both fighters. We are fighting for our time together. In the first few months after surgery I was skeptical about her decision to go 100% alternative, so I burned my nights– researching– the more I research the more I found out that there was science in her intuitive knowledge of alternative medicine. Then in, September 2010, I decided to stop being skeptical and just support her 100%– the improvements in her overall being is proof enough for me– she chose quality of life– risking quantity of life..her arthritis, vertigo never bothered her again. Her mood swings lessened. March 2011- time for her annual diagnostic tests– this is when I came back to BCO and that there are educated, smart and intelligent women opting alternative over conventional theraphy. Although, I am 100% convinced that her alternative treatment which I closely monitored with the help of conventional medical practitioners, healed her arthritis and vertigo, am still keeping my self abreast with the latest advancements in the fight against cancer. Glad to know that there are now non-invasive diagnostic tests that are clinically approved such as Breast Elastography, Thermography, Fibroscan, Fibrotest, that can help me further monitor her progress. Her2+++ cancer or not, I know that we cannot be complacent even if her overall quality of life has improved in the past year. Hope to keep learning and sharing with you all. Disclaimer: I am not a health practitioner so take everything I say as opinion and not fact. Consult your health professional for medical advice. If there is something you picked from this site, do your own research before starting a conversation with your doctor. I still believe that patients, conventional doctors and alternative/complimentary medicine practitioners can still find a common ground to start talking about real cure and be true to the Hippocratic oath , despite the myriad of things that we have to fix and tag as urgent.
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