The Cancer Learning Curve~

I was trying to think of a title for this post and I really don’t like the one I chose but it is appropriate unfortunately.

It really is hard to meet anyone these day’s whose life has not been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Whether it is them personally, a loved one, friend or acquaintance.

And I am moved by the great efforts of individuals to raise money and awareness, it is commendable.

But there are lifestyle changes that we need to make as a society if we are ever to gain ground with cancer. And it starts with each one of us in our day to day lives.

This may not be a politically or socially acceptable post but I want and need to address a few observations and facts I have learned through the past six years of dealing with melanoma cancer.

My aggravation was incensed last Tuesday when I had to take my husband to the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center otherwise know as CBCC here in Bakersfield, because while I am struggling with my husband’s wheelchair he begins to cough and I notice a car parked next to the very front of the entrance where there sits a person puffing on a cigarette and the smoke is blowing right across our  path as we make our way to the entrance. It really upset me because of the smoke  my husband has now breathed in is causing him to cough, which in turn makes him heave uncontrollably due to the tumors that fill his lungs. I pushed pass the smoke and swallowed my words, while watching my husband who once was a 220 pound man that has now been reduced to 170 pounds by the effects of cancer, shaking his head and trying to control the spastic coughs that embarrass him.

As I am waiting in the lobby for him to have more x-rays and more cat scans I see people swing past me hurriedly and only slowing down for the candy dish that sits at the counters of the many receptionist areas through out this maze.  I wonder if they realize they are literally fueling the opportunity for their body to create a perfect growing space for cancer.

I listen as a very nice receptionist explains to a new patient that they are not to eat carbohydrates  but to keep her meals limited to vegetables and light proteins before her PET scan. What she doesn’t explain to the new patient who is listening carefully, is the reason. In order to perform a PET scan they will inject her with glucose (liquid sugar) which will cause the cancer cells to activate (stir them up because it is feeding time) in order to see them on a on the scan. Sugar feeds cancer.

I don’t understand why not one of the doctor’s we have spoken to over the past six years don’t focus on educating their patients in regards to nutrition, stress, and a healthy lifestyle.

For the past six years I have read and researched all I could find regarding melanoma cancer in order to help my husband. I remember sitting with him at the first oncology doctor’s office as he explained to us the different treatments available and the fact that they use a five year survival rate to determine the effectiveness of the treatments. I was shocked to hear that if you survive five years they consider you a survivor and their treatment effective, that is even if you die at year six, seven or whenever. I told Dennis the other day, well honey your healed now according to medical science, wonder what they would have to say about your current bone scans?

I cannot take much credit for anything we have been led to do during the past six going on seven years. We prayed, and had others praying and we listened.  During one of our first prayers regarding what to do specifically regarding the right treatment option we were presented with by the oncologist or what we could do personally,  I had the thought run through my mind ” Dark Chocolate 70%” , I knew where that came from and it was not me. So the next day I was researching at the library and came across a study that was done in Australia using dark chocolate 70% and how that it protects and reverses skin damage that can cause skin cancer. Wow, that was amazing.

Here are a few thing’s I have learned through this journey:

Keep your body as alkaline as you can by drinking a cup of  lemon water (hot or cold) a day or even a few times a week will help.

Healing begins now before you are diagnosed with cancer. Change the way you think about food being for pleasure only but as a real source of prevention and healing.

Eat more sulfur type of foods:  Onions, garlic, broccoli,

Eat more dark chocolate and less sugar.

Eat less heavy red meats because they create a more acidic environment in your body which in turn creates a perfect breeding ground for cancer cells.

Relax have Fun. Even if you are a type A workaholic like my husband was you can find an activity like hiking that keeps you moving and calms your spirit.

Forgive. No, really Forgive. We think we have forgiven others but all those chattering, nattering thoughts are proof that we have not really forgiven we have only pushed it further into our subconscious and those thoughts and feelings can make you sick at a cell-level.

Holding grudges and animosity can and will eventually make you sick from the inside out.

Wear sunscreen.

Have moles removed !!

Take your vitamins and drink tea.

Remember we heal our bodies from the inside out.

There really is nothing complicated about that.

Will doing these things prevent you or those you love from ever getting cancer? I don’t know but what I do know is that not doing them will increase the chances.


Author: iola reneau

I am a writer and sometimes author.

4 thoughts on “The Cancer Learning Curve~”

  1. I share your anger and frustration with the low level of awareness about healthy living in general and cancer in particular. I was treated for prostate cancer two years ago. So far, so good. And, I am pleased about that. A year before my diagnosis, I began living on a plant-based diet. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting animal protein contributes to disease, especially heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The diet works for a growing number of people of whom I am aware. It works for me. I am always happy to share what information I have.

  2. Such an informative post, Iola. Thank you so much for sharing your story and cluing us in. Even though I had heard some of your tips before, a reminder is good. (especially since I’m not a ritual person; see my comment on Dennis’s post). I’m a big believer in the power of nature and of forgiveness. Most of us would do well to forgive others — and ourselves. Thank you. xoA

  3. Seems like the more I read the less I know. Lemon juice is acid, not alkaline, citric acid to be specific. Our stomach depends on hydrochloric acid for digestion. Cancer is not a single disease, but a variety of diseases with multiple risk factors. Diet is only part of it. They say it takes at least three changes in the dna of a cell before it becomes cancerous, and then many years before that cell multiplies enough to cause problems. Treatments for cancer are improving, but prevention is still mostly guesswork.

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