Multi-focal invasive ductal carcinoma and DCIS
No evidence of disease
I never used ANY conventional medical treatment and yet still healed.
Biopsy or Pathology Report, Imaging (CT, PET, MRI, Mammogram, X-ray, etc), Blood Testing
Only if absolutely necessary
Diet Change, Herbs & Supplements, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Following Your Intuition, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection, Increasing Social Support, Finding Strong Reasons for Living, Taking Control of Your Health
Colonics, Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise, Hyperthermia, I.V. infusions (please specify in your healing story), Massage, Sleep (getting more of it), Enemas , Ozone, Near Infrared Sauna, PEMF, Photo Dynamic Therapy, Mistle Toe, Removed amalgam fillings, Sound Healing, CranioSacral
Arcadia-Praxisklinik, Henning Saupe M.D., Dr. Yvette Whitton, Ken Robertson – Healing Practices of Greenwich
I did no surgery, chemo, radiation, medication or hormone blockers. No conventional treatment, but I did do conventional testing and monitoring.
Diagnosed September 2016 with multi-focal invasive ductal carcinoma ER + PR + HER2 - by mammogram and MRI. Biopsied: 1 area by stereotactic biopsy and 2 areas by MRI biopsy. (Nothing showed up on Ultrasound). 3 inserted titanium clips marked random areas where tissue was removed, which all tested positive and it was assumed all other connecting similarly suspicious areas also cancer. Mastectomy was recommended, because it was not one lump, but multi-focal throughout breast. I went to clinic for 3 weeks and did several treatments but nothing conventional. I read Radical Remission there and deepened my commitment to take charge of my own health and follow my intuition. Changed diet to plant based. Eliminated dairy. March 2017 I did the preliminary MRA of abdomen required for the DIEP Flap reconstruction surgery. Requested mammogram before surgery that showed no spreading. 2 areas with titanium clips did not show up at all, but mammogram was being compared to MRI so inconclusive if actually gone. Opted to continue my own protocol and continue to change my life and use cancer to become more conscious. Canceled mastectomy. Had optional experimental type of Photo Dynamic Therapy. (CHLORIN E6 TRISODIUM SALT 30 mg Powder for injection). All blood work and cancer markers were normal a little over a year later and remain stable 1 year later.
I was told to stay for a few more tests after a suspicious mammogram. Here we go! I was relieved when they had made improvements to this procedure—less false positives with immediate feedback. I have since had many “free and clear” drives home, checking off another year like getting a season ski pass that allowed me to sail freely down the slope to safety without a mishap. Much better than the previous ups and downs, waiting for results followed by the inevitable 6-month, follow-up. Or worse, the surgical biopsies they used to do and I had had, starting in my early 30’s for a total of 3. Memory blurs them together but they remain separated by the faded scars in different quadrants of my right breast.
I also had one attempted (but aborted) stereo-tactic biopsy back when it was a new procedure. The area in question was difficult to reach, so they did x-ray after x-ray trying to reach the right spot. After many unsuccessful attempts, I had to have it done surgically after all. When I asked about all that radiation (and it was much worse in those days) I was assured that it was no more than flying from California to New York. Though I know it is procedure, I never had to sign the paper like the one I just had, saying I wasn’t pregnant before I could get on a plane. The plane radiation was never so focused on one spot, over and over and over. Years later a friend told me that I had casually mentioned that if “I ever get cancer, it will be on my right breast because it has been so over-radiated” since all of the (too many to accurately count) false positives were always on my right breast. The irony is that in “playing it safe” and being extra cautious (because my mother died of breast cancer) I will always wonder if the overzealous screening led to the diagnosis. Yet, it was ultimately an annual mammogram that alerted me that this time it was for real. As a side note: Switzerland has abolished mammograms, theweeklyobserver.com/switzerland-decided-abolish-mammography-reason-will-shock/26779/
My mother got breast cancer when I was in high school and shortly before she passed away my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2005 my husband Phillip went in for a hernia operation and at the pre-op exam was told he was too anemic to have surgery. Instead, he had a colonoscopy, which went on for so long he became conscious as other doctors were called in and huddled around the screen to become educated and witness the very rare familial polyposis - a genetic disorder (his colon “carpeted with polyps”). This came with both colon and rectal cancer, and he knew from the discussion he became privy to by his unavoidable eavesdropping that he would be having his colon removed. We would learn after doing genetic testing at Johns Hopkins that his case was even more rare as it came from 2 recessive genes-- the best scenario for my then 16 year-old daughter.
Phillip had the ileostomy in 2006 at Johns Hopkins and then brain surgery at Columbia Presbyterian to remove one of five metastasized brain tumors. He had been taken to brain radiation on a stretcher every day for 3 weeks, but the tumor by the brain stem, it was decided, would require surgery. He passed away 6 months later in a hospice with extremely loving care during what would have been our 30th year of marriage.
Four years later I was diagnosed and a mastectomy was recommended. The only “second opinion” I could get to say “maybe not” was my own gut feeling and unqualified wishful thought.
I went to a cancer clinic in Germany where I was given the book Radical Remission to read. I spent three weeks having hyperthermia, Mistle toe injections, Vitamin C infusions, PEMF, and a lot more. One of the first things said to me was “So you don’t want to die, but why do you want to live?” Surprisingly difficult to answer after he told me it had to be a reason other than my child, which he said predictably every mother says, almost reflexively.
The stories in Radical Remission became like the 4-minute mile—demonstrating what was possible. When I came back home, I looked at everything in my life—diet, supplements, thoughts, habits and emotions. Still feeling pulled to follow my gut, yet preparing for the mastectomy in all ways.
Curious, I requested one more mammogram a month before the scheduled surgery, thinking my breast was being removed anyway, so the radiation didn’t really matter now. They couldn’t see cancer in two of the areas where the titanium clips had been placed during the MRI biopsy, but said those were areas did not show well in previous mammogram compared to the MRI. They would confidently say though, that there had been no spreading. That was enough for me to delay the surgery while I continued all of the changes in my life.
I also went back to Germany in August and did an additional experimental Photo Dynamic Therapy with Chlorine E6. I had all of my amalgam fillings removed and replaced while there. (I had tested very high in mercury).
A few months later I went to Omega to do the weekend workshop with Dr. Kelly Turner and once there extended my stay to become a certified Radical Remission Teacher. The question I had been asked about why I wanted to live (echoing the having "Strong Reasons for Living" factor) became crystal clear for me. There is nothing more meaningful or that go deeper for me than connecting with people who are going through cancer, either as a patient or a caregiver.
In December of 2017, all blood work from 3 different Lab tests were in the normal range, and an additional “Liquid Biopsy” test for Circulating Cancer Cells was “not performed” because no cancer cells were found. I was NED. No Evidence of Disease.
Cancer had been my focus for so long. At times it felt like a job that I dutifully reported for every day and I was now walking out without giving notice. The energy that went into decisions that needed to be researched and made, the fear around it all, the massive medical bills and paperwork, appointments, and traveling for treatments became a foundation of rooted empathy and understanding for those who are either healing or learning how to thrive with cancer and all that comes with that. I felt extensively qualified to become a resource and support for others.
Still, I know that people can walk with me, but they can’t walk for me. No one talks to me more than me. Factors like “spiritual connection, intuition, releasing suppressed emotions” need to be experienced consciously and felt in the body. That is where the healing happens. My body, which has taken so much of my attention and resources, has given me so much pleasure and pain, now carries the story I bring to others. It is more of a thermostat that sets and guides me (often bypassing and mystifying my brain) than a thermometer that just reacts and reports. It is not my enemy that needs to be conquered, fought or bullied. This is not a war to be won, but an experience to be understood and made conscious.
I now am a Radical Remission teacher, coach, and speaker.
2019 Upcoming Related Events:
Feb 28 – March 2 Annie Appleseed Conference in West Palm Beach, FL
March 23 and intro talk at the Byram-Shubert Library in Greenwich, CT
April 6 + 7 a retreat at St. Birgitta’s in Darien, CT
Sept 20 – 22 I will be co-teaching at Omega in Rhinebeck, NY. (This is the workshop previously taught by Dr. Kelly Turner.)
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* I had several mammograms with false positives on right breast--resulting in 6 month follow-ups, 3 surgical biopsies-all on right breast, 2 stereotactic biopsies. I have had too much radiation on that breast.
* My husband of 30 years passed away 5 years ago. The stress around his long illness and then death may have contributed to a weakened immune response.
* My mother had breast cancer and my father had prostate cancer. Genetics play less of a role than once thought, but possibly was a factor.
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