Some have been asking what my treatment plan is and when it will start. Well, we are still in the information gathering stage. This week I will meet with a genetic counselor to begin the process of determining if I have a genetic marker for breast cancer.
This will be helpful information not only for deciding on the extent of traditional treatment, but it will also be crucial information for our girls in the future. Then, I will have an MRI to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread to other areas of the breast and/or lymph nodes. Once we have all of this information, which could take up to three weeks or more, then we will have the pieces needed to formula a battle plan.
Until then, it’s “Operation Green Machine”! We are in a full-scale reconnaissance mission to gather as much information about cancer busting diets as we can. I’ve currently cut out refined sugar, and I’m filling my diet with organic fruits, and vegetables, and other ultra “healthy” whole foods, juices, and smoothies. Probably how I’m supposed to eat anyway! Ok, not gonna lie, I MISS PIZZA!!!! (And it’s only been a few days.). I’ve had a few “hangry” moments, (hungry and angry), but I’m getting it figured out and actually feeling quite satisfied with my new diet.
Here are a few of my favorite books that I have been reading to learn more about anti-cancer diets. I particularly love, Breast Cancer Smoothies by Daniella Chace.
Another fantastic resource we have been using is a blog called Anti-Cancer Mom. We met Courtney, the author of this blog, a few months before I was diagnosed. She and her husband have been a great resource for us. If you’re looking for some fantastic resources for “cancer busting” recipes, this is the place to go!
I am also kicking up the exercise routine and getting myself in top fighting form. I will be focusing on increasing my pilates workouts and forcing myself to jump on the treadmill. (Not one of my favorite things to do.) But, I have to say it does feel good being able to put my own action plan in place now while I wait for more answers.
God has been strengthening my spiritual armor everyday. I love how God’s word will speak to me right when I need it most and touch a part of my heart that is yearning for peace or knowledge. One of my favorite devotions books is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It has been a great tool for quick devotions every morning. I’ve been using it for years, but it’s so cool to see how He makes it fresh every day. Here is today’s devotion:
“I have promised to meet all your needs according to My glorious riches. Your deepest, most constant need is for My peace. I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live, but there are weeds growing there too: pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief. I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds. I do My work in various ways. When you sit quietly with Me, I shine the Light of my Presence directly into your heart. In this heavenly Light, Peace grows abundantly and weeds shrivel up. I also send trials into your life. When you trust Me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away. Thank Me for troublesome situations; the Peace they can produce far outweighs the trials you endure.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:19
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” -2 Thessalonians 3:16
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” -2 Corinthians 4:17
I will continue to trust Him daily and know that He will provide all my needs! Even if it’s something as simple as, lunch.