Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a shocking moment. It leaves a woman stunned and not sure what to do or where to turn. As a Christian, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2007, I turned immediately to God in prayer. Now, as the New Year of 2010 comes in, I give thanks to Him for His graciousness to me.
All the information about breast cancer can be overwhelming, and there are many vital decisions which have to be made in a short time. In the hope that others may find it helpful, I am listing here the resources which were of the most value to me:
Christians and Cancer by Mike Wilson
A Cancer Battle Plan by Anne & David Frahm
A Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook by Dave Frahm
Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases by
Dr. Johanna Budwig
The Oil Protein Diet by Dr. Johanna Budwig
How To Prevent and Treat Cancer with Natural Medicine by Dr. Michael Murray
The Complete Book of Juicing by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore
www.barleans.com (flax oil, greens, etc. -- discount for those with cancer)
www.oldwayspt.org traditional diet pyramids
Any of these resources will lead you to many others. Basically, what I did -- in addition to conventional surgery, chemo, and radiation -- was to change my lifestyle: nutrition, exercise, and mental outlook. I started juicing, eating tons of fresh, raw vegetables & fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, & seeds, flax seed oil w/ yogurt or cottage cheese. I also did wheatgrass & sprouts, supplements, & detox regimens.
Some of the alternative advice out there may be wacky --- but much is perfectly sensible. Something may sound kooky because it really is kooky -- or it may sound kooky only because you’re not used to thinking that way. Keep an open mind. A handout I picked up at Moffitt Cancer Center here in Tampa, Florida, repeats a lot of the same advice which “health nuts” have been giving for years:
- Control Body Weight
- Add Fruit & Veggies
“cruciferous vegetables have been shown to lower cancer risks”
“carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables have been found to slow the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells”
“all fruits & vegetables are high in fiber, antioxidants & other cancer-fighting chemicals”
- Move towards a plant-based diet
“variety of whole grains, beans, roots, nuts & seeds”
- Limit Alcohol
“abstain entirely if able”
- Increase Fiber
- Limit Red Meat & Fatty Foods
“fish oils & flax seed oil have a beneficial effect”
“experts currently caution against large amounts of soy supplements for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer”
- Physical Activity
“Get permission from your doctor first!”
“aim for 30 minutes / day at least 5 days / week”
taken from Moffitt Cancer Center Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Breast Cancer Survivors handout
Bottom Line: Something good can come out of this dark time. It can cause you to know that you are entirely dependent on God, and that a right relationship with the Creator is the most important thing in life. And the most valuable resource in that quest is the Bible, which is God’s inspired Word.