Julia C

Birth Year 1954
Gender Female
Country United States
Please summarize your healing story in 100 words or less God answered my prayers and gave me a peace beyond understanding and sent experts to help me navigate through the maze of alternative healing protocols with research and consults. All my conventional doctors told me I would die if I did not have a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and Tamoxifen. Despite this, I found the courage to walk the road less travelled and become the CEO over my body, to go the office of health and wellness each day to heal. In this decision, I found peace and never looked back.
Last Updated September 4, 2019

Health Challenge

What is/was your primary health challenge?

Cancer

Type of cancer

Breast

Can you be more specific?

Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC)

Highest stage of cancer

2

Year diagnosed

2000

Current health status

No evidence of disease

Year you healed or became stable

2000

Type of Healing

I first tried some conventional treatment (e.g., surgery), and my doctor wanted me to have additional treatment (e.g., chemotherapy), but I declined the additional treatment. Instead, I decided to use other healing techniques, and now I am well.

How was your health challenge diagnosed?

Biopsy or Pathology Report

Treatment

Check any conventional treatments you've tried for your health challenge:

Surgery

Check any of the 9 Radical Remission factors you've tried:

Diet Change, Herbs & Supplements, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Following Your Intuition, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection, Increasing Social Support, Taking Control of Your Health

Check any other alternative treatments you've tried:

Colonics, Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise, I.V. infusions (please specify in your healing story), Massage, Sleep (getting more of it)

Story

Briefly describe your diagnosis method and conventional treatments, including their timing. Did they help at all?

After 2 negative mammograms, I had to beg for a biopsy and when stage 2B IDC was confirmed I began extensive research to consider my plan of care with the help of a friend/scientist. I soon implemented a Raw, Vegan Diet with a foundation of prayer. The path I took consisted of all organic juices, wheat grass, mostly raw foods and supplements. The benefits of this radical diet and environmental change were evident and amazing when 2 months in I journeyed to MD Anderson CC for a 3rd opinion and subsequent lumpectomy where all margins were clean and tumor markers in normal range. I continue to follow this plan with tweaks along the way based on diagnostic/science always seeking what my body needs. This was the most difficult, yet the best decision I made. 19 years later and I am happy and thriving. My recipe consists of many things, however the foundation is built upon: mostly raw diet, lifestyle changes, alkaline water, high nutrient dense superfoods, continued education and peace from God.

Please tell us your healing story in as much detail as you would like:

I never thought I would get cancer. I ran six miles a day, trained for races, did in-line skating and thought I was eating a sensible Mediterranean diet. I managed to take care of myself even while working 80 hours a week and traveling the globe as a successful meeting planner. I thought I was in great shape and about to take off in my career and personal life.

Then I felt the lump. I was 45 years old and single, living in Connecticut. It was like a mosquito bite, on the outer edge of my right breast, but it was March (winter) and since I had been doing self-exams for years, I knew immediately that this was different. I had never felt anything like it.

My doctors performed a mammogram, but it came back negative. I wasn't satisfied. My gut told me something was wrong. But when I asked for a biopsy, the doctors gave me a hard time, but finally agreed, through my tears, to squeeze me in the next day. Twenty-four hours later I got a call from the surgeon. His first words were: I need to apologize, I learned a really important lesson: I need to listen to my patients more and then he dropped the bomb: you have Stage II Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma- it is aggressive and you need to act immediately.

At that moment, everything stopped. It was the most shocking and terrifying thing I had ever heard. I thought - I might die. When I met with an oncologist, he told me that I would die if I did not implement a double mastectomy, radiation, possibly chemotherapy and years of Tamoxifen. I knew right away that i would not do any of that, for I had recently watched five people close to me die from what I believe was an overuse of radiation and chemotherapy. I saw them suffer slow, painful deaths. I thought- well, death is 100% and if this was I would die then I would live as happy as possible. I envisioned myself renting a villa in Tuscany, tending an organic farm, falling love and enjoying each day.

I left the oncologistäó»s office in tears. When I got home I sank into the sofa and prayed. I said, äóìGod, I donäó»t know what to do. Youäó»re going to have to help me.äó The next day, my cousin called to recommend a top breast cancer doctor in Houston. My sister called to say she was sending a nutritional video series she thought would help me. I felt my prayers were being answered and it gave me peace and fortitude.

I decided that before I acceptedäóîor rejectedäóîany medical treatment, I was going to do my own research. With no time to lose, and with the guidance of a scientist friend, I pored over medical journals and abstracts, watched videos, and surfed the Web to learn everything I could about my condition and how it could be treated.

One of my first movesäóîinspired by my researchäóîwas to chuck everything in my house that contained hormones and antibiotics and toxins like lead, parabens, and sulfates that could have contributed to my cancer. I tossed out all my food, my makeup, my shampoos, and my microwave. I threw it all away and started using only organic products with all natural ingredients.

I made over my diet, too, trading my beloved bread, cheese, pasta, and chicken for an all organic, vegan menu. I started juicingäóîcarrots, beets, kale, spinach, Bok Choy and celeryäóîand doing shots of wheat grass three times a day (just 1 ounce provides the nutrients of 2.5 pounds of organic green vegetables). Within two weeks, I felt amazing. Everything was strongeräóîmy hair, my skin, my nails. I could feel my body healing. I felt so much better that I couldnäó»t even believe I had cancer.

By the time I saw the Houston oncologist my cousin had recommended, all my tumor markers and a lot of my blood work showed levels that were back in the normal range. This doctor recommended a lumpectomy, where they remove just a margin of tissue surrounding the site of the tumor, and a sentinel node biopsy, which removes only the lymph nodes involved. This sounded right to me. He also recommended following up with radiation and Tamoxifen, but at this point I was sold on a more natural approach.

I flew home two days after the lumpectomy and continued my new diet and lifestyle regimen, all while constantly seeking the advice of nutritionists and naturopaths as well as my oncologist.

Was it difficult? It was the most difficult thing Iäó»ve ever done in my life. Was I scared? Absolutely. I had clients and friends and colleagues and doctors all saying, äóìAre you crazy?äó But I felt total peace with my decision.

I also knew that both of my parents had beaten cancer without radiation or chemotherapy. My mother had uterine cancer and a hysterectomy at age 30, after her third baby. When the doctor suggested she get chemo, she said, äóìI donäó»t have time. I have three young kids.äó I was 5 years old at the time. My father had prostate cancer 15 years ago and chose not to have radiation but to completely change his diet instead. Both of my parents are still alive and healthy todayäóîand they completely supported my decision.

Nineteen years have passed and I continue to thrive and feel good. I am still juicing and drinking wheat grass and eating mostly raw. Sometimes I try organic eggs or salmon, but I am happy to be a master salad chef while taking an array of oils, herbs and supplements. I still exercise and enjoy nature each day with running, hiking and cross-training.

I m back to working full -time, but in my own business, while giving back in the community as an advocate for others with cancer, writing a health and wellness column, moderating patient panels of those with extraordinary outcomes, produce conferences that present natural protocols for cancer, sitting on various boards, support foster kids, seniors and loving on my family and community. I only earn half of what I used to earn but could not feel more free. I have learned so much since 2000, as research and protocols continue to evolve, I try to do so with them. I have learned to live with a lot less- because a closet filled with designer clothing means zero when you hear the word cancer. I live with gratitude for all that I have experienced and enjoyed in my life. You just start seeing things through different eyes after cancer and for me, there is no going back.

Now I see beauty every day. I see how green the trees are today. I see the little flowers growing on the lawn. But at the same time I can also see pain in someoneäó»s eyes, and I get the most joy in my life from counseling other women with breast cancer, which inspired me to publish what Iäó»d learned in Breast CanceräóîThe Notebook (Gemini Media, 2006).

Cancer didnäó»t kill me. It woke me up to who I really am and empowered me to make my own choices. Was it a gift? Yes. It helped me find the real me.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of October 2020, Julia is well and thriving post-diagnosis.

Do you have any thoughts about what may have caused your health challenge in particular, or what causes it in general?

I have come to understand that that it is not one thing, but many things, many years of toxins and stress that led to being diagnosed with cancer, and so there are many paths to healing. I now write a health and wellness column to share topical information and research with others to do a small part in helping those facing what I did.

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