Metastatic breast cancer
No evidence of disease
I used conventional and non-conventional treatments at the same time to overcome my challenge.
Biopsy or Pathology Report
Diet Change, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection
Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc)
I was diagnosed with a needle biopsy, then PET/ CT, liver biopsy. Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin for initial course. Went into complete remission after one course. Subsequently went through clinical trial at U of Washington for this in remission, a lumpectomy and a prophylactic double mastectomy. Have been on Herceptin ever since.
I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic disease in January 2007. Being the personality type I am, very determined, assertive and results-oriented, I left the ultrasound which confirmed that the lumps in my breast were malignant (which was all I knew at that point), walked down to the parking garage and started calling everyone I could think of to get a referral to an outstanding oncologist. Then I remembered, quite amazingly, that years ago, my daughter had gone to school with Susan Love's daughter . I got a a name.
At my first appointment, the renowned surgeo recognized on sight that it was cancer but assured me it was easily treatable. He changed his tune when the PET/CT/biopsies showed mets to my liver and bones.
My daughter was 19 at the time. Though I never said "why me", I did say "NO" to cancer.
In my fashion, I pushed for the earliest date I could start chemo. But I had to wait, for more tests, for the liver biopsy., about a month. While I waited, an amazing thing happened.
I read everything I could get my hands on about HER2+ breast cancer, positive thinking, the mind/body connection, the Exceptional Patient. I was incredibly an uncharacteristically attracted to Norman Vincent Peale's The Power Of Positive Thinking, a book I would have previously dismissed as hokey. I meditated, I walked, I listened to tapes. I talked to friends and family. A group was praying for me in Ohio. And I felt the love and the positivity. I felt the universe was embracing me.
In my journal, I wrote, "I have never felt so loved and comforted and cared for. I am seeing the very best in people, and I'm so grateful for that."
And, on the of my first chemo, before treatment, I wrote,
"I feel like I'm in spontaneous remission. Today the tumor felt smaller and softer. Went for a walk. Beautiful day. Feeling great. Feels like it took a lot of work to get from the finding-of-the-lump to today. SO glad it's here."
I had one course of Carboplatin, Taxotere and Herceptin. At the end, I was declared to have No Evidence of Disease (NED). Against all odds and contrary to the grim stats, I was in remission, where I have so, so gratefully, remained until this day.
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