The silver lining, I have lost 12 pounds in 5 weeks. Of course, this is due to never-ending stomach ache that is making my meals smaller and eliminating sweets and foods with no nutritional value. But I cannot ignore the fear. I search for the primary cause, so I can mitigate it and stop the stomach aches and stress. Oddly enough, the word cancer is not causing the fear, my mom survived two fights with cancer. The fear is stemming from the thought of ingesting all of the drugs into my body when I have a history of drug allergies.
Again, I attack the problem with logic and actionable steps. I find an allergist that takes me seriously and is interested in testing each drug as a stand alone to see what my body does. Then I start looking into the homeopathic ways of dealing with the symptoms; chief among them, diet, acupuncture, and exercise. I start by developing a diet plan and moving to a primarily plant-based diet. I have received recommendations for a good local acupuncturist. And of course, finally start to move toward a regular exercise plan. I have talked about doing it, now I need to act.
As I take each of these steps I feel calmer. The stomach is not so jumpy, and I sleep a little better at night. When I talk to people, they are amazed at how calm and matter of fact I am. It is real, not just a face I am putting on. For me information and action make me feel in control, and positive about the outcome. My mother proved to me time and again that your mental outlook is more than 50% of the battle of coming out the other side as good if not better than before. Here is to keeping positive and focused on success.
1/29/2018 07:16:15 am
You are such a strong person but you know that you are allowed to be human at times. I admire your courage and "logical" approach to attacking this head-on. I am always here for you my dear friend 24/7!
2/1/2018 12:12:27 am
Lesley -- you are embarking on an adventure that so many women have followed, and you too will succeed, just as I did with my adventure three years ago with a very similar diagnosis. Your courage and direct approach -- and your blog -- will serve you well. Know that you are being held in prayer and surrounded by those who are walking with you -- Marge
2/5/2023 01:49:37 pm
Great bblog I enjoyed reading
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Lesley is an adventurous, musical and happy person that has been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer.