In 2020 Suzanne was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. After spending 2 months researching cancer and cancer treatments, she decided to change her lifestyle. Suzanne prioritized sleep, changed her diet, began meditating and exercising, and detoxed through baths, massages and other therapies. She has been cancer free ever since.
Here is her story in her own words:
A small tumor in my left breast was confirmed with imaging (mammogram and ultrasound) and biopsy. Stage 1 breast cancer. I took a leave from work and spent 2 months doing research on cancer and cancer treatments and taking good care of myself. I finally got enough sleep, slowly changed my whole foods organic diet to vegan and mostly raw, began meditating daily, detoxed with some baths and sulphuric mineral water (hot springs) soaks, got a couple of massages and 5-element acupuncture, took some supplements for cancer and continued to exercise and do yoga daily. When I went for treatment to An Oasis of Healing, there was no tumor or cancer activity detectable in the PET/CT scan they use as a baseline. But I spent 5 weeks there in treatment 8 hours/day, 5 days/week working to change the metabolic processes that allowed my body to make cancer. Specifically, severe hot flashes from menopause led to severe sleep deprivation that crashed my immune system and kept me in a state of chronic stress for several years. The very high cortisol was metabolizing into the type pf estrogen that causes cancer. I continued treatment- bi-weekly vitamin c infusions, herbs and supplements- at home for about 1 1/2 years, based on continued testing. I have had 2 MRI’s and 3 ultrasound scans, 6 months apart, and no detectable cancer, 2 ½ years after treatment.
In 2020 I was diagnosed with a mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy. Invasive ductal carcinoma. Grade 2 (tubules 3; nuclear grade 2; mitotic rate 2) Tumor size 1.2 cm x .8 cm x 1.2cm. Estrogen receptive. HER2 score 3+. Left breast. Lymph node from needle biopsy clear. I declined surgery, radiation and chemo, but I did get 6 months of Herceptin and Perjeta infusions (in addition to many non conventional infusions like vitamin c and curcumin) for the HER2 and took an estrogen blocker for 6 months until we rebalanced my hormones with herbs alone. I also took ‘repurposed’ drugs, like Metformin, Doxycycline, Ivermectin, and continue to take a very high dose of melatonin. These more conventional treatments were all part of my integrated plan, led by Dr. Goodyear. All of them work together since cancer has many pathways.
I did a lot of research to determine the treatment I needed, and then found a practitioner. Dr. Goodyear at An Oasis of Healing , and all of the staff there are extremely capable and caring, as was the rest of the team I assembled. They all respect that the decisions are mine, and help me to be informed. I took an integrated approach that not only got rid of the tumor/killed the cancer (which I did myself before I even got there), but also boosted my immune system so my body could handle any cancerous cells that may be undetectable and correct the metabolic processes by which my body was making cancer. In my case, my cortisol level was sky high and that hormone was metabolized several times into the cancer causing kind of estrogen. Since I am post menopausal, we knew my ovaries were not producing the estrogen that was feeding the cancer. We are now using herbs to lower cortisol (in addition to lifestyle changes) and change how it is metabolized. That said, I feel the emotional/spiritual practices are the most important. Maintaining a daily practice of quieting the mind and feeling gratitude, focusing on the positive, clearing out the negative, forgiveness, and knowing you will heal are all very important. I moved from fear, to anger, to embracing cancer. It was my own cells and my body/mind/spirit telling me I needed to change my life. I am grateful for what I have learned, how I have grown, the change in my perspective and the changes in my life.
I was diagnosed 1/17/20. By 3/17/20, when i went for treatment, my tumor was undetectable. I had about 6 weeks of intensive treatment, including infusions 5 days a week of vitamin c, curcumin, and others, yoga, exercise, vegan diet, hypothermia, colonics, sauna, acupuncture, and counselling. After I returned home I continued with the Herceptin/Perjeta infusions for 6 months; vitamin c infusions, and repurposed drugs for about 1 1/2 years; still taking herbs and supplements, exercising daily, meditating daily, doing yoga weekly, and eating a whole foods plant based diet more than 2 years out.
I had severe hot flashes at night when I transitioned to menopause. The hot flashes caused severe sleep deprivation, that weakened my immune system and left me in a state of chronic stress, with extremely high cortisol, for about 4-5 years prior to diagnosis. The cortisol metabolized several times into the type of estrogen that causes breast cancer.
I tried many natural things, in vain, to control the hot flashes, and even took the lowest dose of bio-identical estrogen and progesterone because I was desperate for sleep, working full time and stressed out about paying our daughter’s college tuition. So hormone imbalance, hot flashes, sleep deprivation, weakened immune system, and stress all contributed. Also, I held a lot of grief in my heart, over the loss of my mother and the state of the world.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Suzanne is thriving as of March 2023. You can keep up with the latest from Suzanne on her Radical Remission.com profile page.
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