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Chasing the Thigh Gap

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Haha, not really! I’ve never had a thigh gap; even when I was a hundred pounds back in the eighth grade. However, I am trying to heal myself of hypertension and Hashimoto’s disease. I’ve immersed myself in nutrition and paleo blogs for the last three weeks. There is so much information out there.

Three weeks ago I came across Dr. Terry Wahl’s book, The Wahl’s Protocol:  How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis. It is very well written, and such an encouragement that I decided to implement her protocol right away. By right away, I mean at lunch that very day–even though my husband and I were attending a Paul McCartney concert that evening. I had such a feeling of “I can do this” that I had to start right away.

I sat down and ate three cups of romaine lettuce, one cup of broccoli, one cup of radishes, one cup of carrots, and one cup of tomatoes (yes, that’s six cups). I figured I could eat the rest of my vegetables for dinner. I also decided to start avoiding gluten and dairy, so my favorite ranch dressing was out. In order to get all these veggies down, I needed a chaser which turned out to be two salmon filets. TWO! What was I thinking?

Fast forward a few hours to me with a raging headache in a hundred and ten degree weather trying to enjoy our date night. Needless to say, I was not hungry for dinner. My headache intensified in spite of all the water I drank. Right before the concert started, I ate a slice of Little Caesar’s pizza (yes, full of gluten and topped with tons of greasy cheese). After chewing and swallowing two bites, my headache immediately disappeared. I am sharing this because that is the first and last headache I’ve had in three weeks.

I had breast cancer twice. I’ve struggled with high blood pressure and weight and fatigue and acne and arthritis. I’ve chalked it up to hormones and “just getting old”. On day five on the Wahl’s Protocol, my blood pressure was 109/77 ( a few weeks before it was 198/125 on medication). On week two, I actually started running on the treadmill again. This week, I’ve noticed that my hair–which had been receding and solid gray along my hairline–is growing back all along my hairline…and all the new hair is black, and the gray hair seems to be fading back to black. This seems so crazy to me!

This is such an exciting journey I’m on! And I’ve learned how to incorporate all those veggies and leafy greens into all my meals. My goal is to get off of my blood pressure medication and my thyroid medication, but I’ve gone down a size in jeans already. So…a thigh gap may be in my future! Haha.

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New Years Resolutions Coming Up

New Years Resolutions Coming Up

First resolution on my list:  buy a new keyboard because the apostrophe and delete keys on this one do not work.  I suppose I risk losing readership because of the resulting poor grammar, but Ive been around the internet and Ive seen worse.

This morning, I decided today would be the day to start shedding a few of these extra pounds Ive carried around since my girl was born. She is twelve. Years. I figure I have a few days to iron out all the kinks before it becomes an official New Years Resolution on the first of January. You know, when you make a resolution or ten and break half of them by lunch. I went ahead and broke my diet by lunch time today when I ate a gingerbread cookie that was bigger than my head–and, yes, my head is preeeeetty large. It snowballed after that.

I borrowed a pressure washer from a friend. With dreams of a sparkly driveway and walkway, and a clean, moss free north facing wall, I decided to tackle this task today. After three hours of starting and restarting, I cleaned exactly five rectangular sections of the front walkway (this is probably one-sixteenth of the concrete on my property). The machine starting leaking gas and oil (oops!), so I put it away. Feeling like a failure, I returned indoors to comfort myself with some Cranberry Noel cookies. After eating two cookies, I remembered that I was supposed to be changing my lifestyle today. Shoot! So I did what any feeling woman would do:  I made it an even half-dozen.

I have many chores that need to be completed today, but I cant seem to get over this mornings pressure washer failure or my broken promise to start eating healthfully. SO I thought Id hop on here to inspire a few of you! If you are anything like me, and I pray youre not, start practicing your resolutions now! I think I should probably get rid of all the baked goods in the house before I expect any kind of success. See, now I can say I accomplished a post today. I am off to get stuff done.

Enjoy your day!

 

Rant

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Rant

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post.  I’ve been a little preoccupied with finding my way through my medical treatment maze.  I’ve had a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, and I’ve been on Tamoxifen for five months.  I stopped the chemo after one treatment, and now I’ve stopped taking the Tamoxifen.  Now you’re caught up.  This whole cancer thing has really curbed my wandering–just saying.  Lately the only places I’ve wandered to have been the oncologist’s office and around Google looking for information on cancer, cancer treatments, and effects of different drugs.

I am over being angry–almost.  My oncologist recommended I get my ovaries taken out; or why not have a full hysterectomy?  All because I informed him that I am still getting my menstrual cycle.  He acted surprised by that info and then went on with his suggestions of further invasive surgery and/or drugs as a solution.  After a very informative appointment with my new OBGYN, I decided to stop taking the Tamoxifen.  She asked me why I needed the drug in the first place, and as a good patient I reiterated, “Because it blocks estrogen production, and my tumor had estrogen receptors” (which means estrogen made it grow).  She repeated the question and then asked, “Where is it your oncologist thinks your cancer will come back if they’ve already taken both breasts and told you it hadn’t spread?”  Silence.

These are the same questions my dear husband has been asking.  I agree with their logic, but it is so hard to resist treatment recommended  by a man with a doctorate degree.  I mean, aren’t these the people we entrust our healthcare to?  Let me hear you all say a resounding, NO!  First of all, my oncologist knows that Tamoxifen is an aromatase inhibitor.  It blocks the production of aromatase, which is a type of estrogen produced by the fat cells in your abdomen.  It has nothing to do with the ovaries or the production of estrogen from the ovaries; so he shouldn’t be surprised that my menses are continuing given my age (still young) and, again, the fact that Tamoxifen WILL NOT stop your periods and result in menopause, as he has led me to believe.  Now, maybe if I were older and nearer menopause perhaps the Tamoxifen would do just that; but it hasn’t.  My oncologist even went so far as to suggest that I may have uterine cancer and that is likely the reason I am still “bleeding”.  How irresponsible is this?  How many women have fallen for this?  Tamoxifen increases your risk of uterine cancer, and recent reports are showing an increased risk of a second more aggressive breast cancer.  The oncologist’s own nurse shared with me that she, too, was a breast cancer survivor.  She told me that the oncologist recommended that she have her ovaries removed and she complied.  Now, he wants her on another round of “hormone therapy” drugs for the next five years even though she already had five years of Tamoxifen!

My OBGYN, bless her heart, has reaffirmed my belief that I need estrogen, not only for the health of my uterus, but also for skin, hair, brain, and bone health.  She did recommend that I avoid consuming all white foods, except for cauliflower, because they lead to inflammation of your peritoneum which leads to all kinds of cancers down the road.  How ironic is it that the last time I took Tamoxifen (for nine months) I suffered from severe hip and back pains.  When I had a CAT scan done they discovered that I had arthritis in my hip and one of the vertebrae in my back had simply disappeared.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been having pain to the left of my tailbone that will not go away.

I am posting this in the hopes of encouraging all readers to be your own advocate in regards to your health and to the health of the ones you love.  In 2010, 44 – 48% of Americans were on prescription drugs.  Please do your research and ask many, many questions of your doctors before taking any medications.  When doctors start throwing statistics at you, or standard protocol such as “five year” drug therapy, please be suspicious enough to ask for a second opinion and also curious enough to review the research out there.

One final thought:  in Germany, they are having success with curing cancer by heating your body’s core temperature up to 102 degrees in a sauna or with infrared heat.  The tumors melt at this temperature and there are no nasty side effects such as those you have with chemotherapy.  Thanks for letting me rant.