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Chloe
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Thanks, grey rabbit! Great quote, from Hippocrates  

Your topic has inspired me to finally contact some law schools and find out if I qualify. I've been postponing this for years now (always with the rationale that I need to get better first), but this year I'm doing it.
Or at least I'm taking action  


What a great thing to do for yourself........Law school.....Wishing you the very best! {{{{{{hugs}}}}}}



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A new beginning..

letting go of old .. there is a connection to the illness and your mind knows what it is.. ask for it, then accept it as truth and change the outcomes.. its in your mind, the body will follow... The mind does not know truth from fiction, it only knows what you once told it or learned.. By comparison: the body never forgets.. it can distinguish amongst millions of things you ingest or experienced.. including your recent trauma.. allow the inner healing to come along with the soreness and the wooziness.. it is a loving reminder to take it easy.. All the best..


Being here is invaluable, but not enough. We need ALL the Doctors. I needed them for a very small cancer spot-I could never feel!!! Please do your mammograms! Doing so saved me from cancer later on. I am grateful! Thanks for learning from my experience! I was lucky! I wish the same for YOU!
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Goldie, exactly, a new beginning.
There's too much pain and loss and sadness in the past, time to focus on a brighter future.

Chloe, thanks! My husband is so supportive; he even had my diplomas translated so I can apply to universities here in France. Maybe this really will happen  

Jane, thank you so much! Reading these positive, supportive messages makes me so happy I joined these boards.

Spring, ginger for your cravings, I should try that  
I've had a lot of ginger during chemo, as they say it reduces nausea (it never did, but it tasted good so I took it anyway). Will try it next time I have that strange feeling of just needing to eat something.

Our vegetable garden is going crazy; the humid hot weather makes everything grow so much faster.
I spent all day today preparing the first kale and spinach crops; almost all of it is cooling as we speak to go into the freezer later.
It's a lot of work, but the feeling of having our homegrown food is priceless!


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For the last two days I've had a good friend from the Netherlands staying here with her husband and little two-year old boy.
And when she arrived and got out of the car I saw she'll soon have another one, she's pregnant again!
So we had a wonderful time, in spite of the continuing rain and the absence of summer.

Monday I'm having the MRI to see if my last operation was a success; I'm very curious to see the results.


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I don't know how I  missed this thread, up lifting, 2degreespisices I'll be thinking of you all weekend. Cheers to you! hoping for a clean MRI.

debbie


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Thank you, deblynn!
That's so sweet!

(I'm using this topic just to vent a little, writing what I feel; I hope that's OK with the people here, as it's not all about BTD/GTD)

I used to wear head scarves all the time out in public, or even when we had people over to the house.
But last week I suddenly didn't want to anymore. I was so fed up with having to "hide" my head, I decided to just stop hiding.
I'm not entirely bald, but the hairloss is such that I have to keep it very short, because it's so thinned out and there are bald patches.
I do look "sick" to some people, but I feel "sicker" when I have to cover my head all the time.
So: no more.

My husband is happy about this, he likes my head just the way it is and hated it when I obsessed about my hair (or lack of) showing.
I feel liberated and I have to say, it feels like a milestone.

Years of covering up, of shame, in a sense.
And now there's just me; with or without hair.

The hair wil grow back, I'm confident of that.

These last weeks I've been 100% compliant with my diet and I feel this really helps my sense of well-being in general.
I've always been highly compliant, since I have to deal with the disease, but if I stay at 100%, I truly reap even more rewards.

It helps that our vegetable garden provides me with beautiful, fresh, compliant veggies all the time at the moment   There's absolutely no reason to stray from the path with so many delicious, fresh, organic produce available!


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yes, lose the scarves, I have a friend who just had surgery on her brain, she'd taken a fall. She is my other hip, so to speak, anyway after being gone for 4weeks (she was taken to Illinois for the surgery) she came home but wouldn't have company, this wasn't just because of her hair, just tired so easily, but she would call when she felt like company. Finally she called to tell  us that she thought she was strong enough to came to a meeting.  Of Course she had very little hair.  Everyone in the congregation was so happy to see her, and guess what she has a beautiful head!  Hair will grow back, friends will wait, just don't make them what for your hair.  


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Just wanted to share that I had my check-up MRI today, to see if the last operation was a success: and it seems it was!

So, I'm almost afraid to say it, but this would mean I'm now cancer free, or at least closer to it than I've been in the last eight years.

Thursday I'll see my oncologist, who wants me to have one last chemo round to "make sure"; I'm not sure that's a great idea, but we'll discuss it.
Either way I'm finally, finally seeing the end of chemo and the end of all these operations.... I'm actually a little stunned, to be honest.

Sitting here with my husband and we don't even know how to celebrate, that's how much trouble we have wrapping our heads around this new situation!


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Major hugs, 2degreesPisces!!!!!!

Congrats!!!! You are such an inspiration. I read about your desire to start law school. Go for it. I started grad school at 31. It was my best decision to date. Yes, the coursework will be a love/hate affair at times but at the end of the day, you do it because you love it. I hope you savor every moment of your journey to becoming a lawyer, starting with the LSATS and application process!

Hugs!!!!


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Thanks, Passionprincess!
I'm halfway through with my application; I already have two Masters degrees, but in totally different fields and from universities outside of France, so they're actually no help at all  

I'm hopeful that I can start in September; that would be so great. It's inspirational to read that you started grad school at 31; I'm a little bit daunted by the idea of being the eldest person in the program, but then again, even if I am, that shouldn't stop me!


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I'm so happy to hear you're doing well 2degreespisces....


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Thanks, Chloe  

I'm curious, as I can't find a thread specifically about the "Cancer/Fight it with the Blood Type" book.
I also noticed there are lots of very supportive and lovely people who replied to this thread, for which I'm very grateful, but so far no other (breast) cancer survivors. As breast cancer seems to be (sadly) a very common cancer in women, although maybe not generally at such a young age as I got it, this really surprised me.

I'm a type A secretor who did great on the basic BTD for A's; and even better when I got the cancer specific diet.

However, when I got the GenoType book and typed as a Teacher, it didn't really change anything, as there was virtually no newness in the diet.

Sure, a few minor differences between the tweaks I made following the Cancer book and the Teacher diet (Amaranth comes to mind as a black dot in GTD and a superbeneficial in the Cancer book), but in general the foods stay the same.

As the Teacher diet is tailored to prevent cancer, I get why it's so similar.
And for myself I've targeted the superfoods within the rather large group of beneficials that the Teacher/Cancerbook diet gives me.
I'm so hoping to discuss the cancer diet with someone else one day  

Not to discourage anyone else from replying, far from that!
But I feel quite alone sometimes in this struggle, and in the way I approach it.



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Wow- what a great update!

I'm not sure why there isn't a thread about the Cancer book- you can certainly start one if you'd like to!


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Hi!

You will NOT be the eldest, trust me. At 33, when I started my PhD prog, I was actually the median! The eldest was around 50s and the youngest were fresh out of undergrad.

So, go show them! Show them your fighting spirit!

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Thanks, Passionprincess!
I'm halfway through with my application; I already have two Masters degrees, but in totally different fields and from universities outside of France, so they're actually no help at all  

I'm hopeful that I can start in September; that would be so great. It's inspirational to read that you started grad school at 31; I'm a little bit daunted by the idea of being the eldest person in the program, but then again, even if I am, that shouldn't stop me!




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Such great news 2degrees... If your hair is as thin & with balder patches I would suggest you shave it each day til it thickens up... Apparently doing that encourages it to grow thicker & in the meantime you will just look super stylish?!

My daughter shaved hers off once as she'd had a style that was so matted & then got very sick, so it got worse... Her solution proved very liberating & looked great

Also have you ever considered silica? A friend is using Diatomaceous silica powder & finding it very healing for herself & her pets...
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Possum, that's exactly what I've been doing for almost two years now: shaving the hair that's left.
I've had chemo that made me totally bald, and somehow that's easier  
The last two years it's been hard because I'm not bald, but my hair was way too thin to be considered "hair".
So I kept it shaved and wore scarves.

Passionprincess, I'm so very happy with your posts! I really feel better about starting this new thing, going back to university, when reading about your experience & example.
Thank you!

Rurhiegirl, I'd like to start a specific "cancer" thread.
But first of all I was a little taken aback and very sad about Paula O+, who had her scan, and then there was nothng that could be done. I felt selfconscious about starting a thread about the disease that took her away.
And second, I wonder whether there are any cancer patients/survivors here. I haven't read them yet; maybe a specific "cancer book topic" would give any cancer patient with an interest in BTD:GTD/Swami a place though, so I'm thinking about it.



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Yeah, that took us all for a shock. My first thought was "she's been on BTD; how could she have gotten so sick? Isn't "eating right" supposed to protect us from stuff like  this?"  Maybe not logical, but that was my thought all the same. It's so much easier to rationalize "so and so got breast cancer but I know she's been drinking diet soda and eating fast foods and using BPA-containing plastics for years, but I don't do those things so it won't happen to me."

Also, of all the people I've known who died of cancer, there was way more warning. They got the diagnosis, had treatment, did better for a while, went for a follow-up and then found out it was terminal. Even then there were a few months to say goodbye. This was less than a month from initial diagnosis until her death. I think a sudden accidental death would have been less shocking- we all know accidents happen, but healthy bodies shouldn't just get sick and die!

I think this board could use some positive cancer stories right now. Somebody who's been dealing with it a long time, using BTD as one of her tools to treat it, and is doing OK.


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I just came back from my appointment with the oncologist, and I did NOT have chemo  

The bloodwork was so great (tumor markers down again!) that even my chemo-happy oncologist agreed that it's time to see what happens without chemo, as it seems there's no disease left now.

I'm very, very happy with this, and it's an incentive to keep eating as well as I have, to keep excercising as I did, to keep having faith.


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I just came back from my appointment with the oncologist, and I did NOT have chemo  

The bloodwork was so great (tumor markers down again!) that even my chemo-happy oncologist agreed that it's time to see what happens without chemo, as it seems there's no disease left now.

I'm very, very happy with this, and it's an incentive to keep eating as well as I have, to keep excercising as I did, to keep having faith.


Something to smile about

What great news....Thinking nothing but good thoughts for you.  Stay healthy~



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Such great news!  May your radiant health continue to shine!!

  



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That's fantastic news 2degrees!!
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I just came back from my appointment with the oncologist, and I did NOT have chemo  

The bloodwork was so great (tumor markers down again!) that even my chemo-happy oncologist agreed that it's time to see what happens without chemo, as it seems there's no disease left now.

I'm very, very happy with this, and it's an incentive to keep eating as well as I have, to keep excercising as I did, to keep having faith.


Hi 2 degreespisces, Great! I am so HAPPY for you. CHAI YO! CHAI YO! YAAAH.

Wish you all the best.



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Thank you  

I had a hard time sleeping last night because, as is typical for me, as soon as something really great happens, I start doubting.
"What if I NEED the chemo?"
"What if I took the wrong decision?"
"What if this backfires on me?"

It took about all the concentration I had to recognize these thoughts for what they were: fear, plain and simple.
And fear is not a reliable motivator, nor should I base my decisions on fear.

So I spent the night acknowledging these fears whenever they came up, then setting them aside. With love, and accepting that these fears come from within myself, but still: I set them aside.
Meditating, focusing on those things that I know to be true.
And in the end I calmed down.

Didn't sleep a lot, but got through the fear and feel so much better for it.


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So now I'm preparing to go to sleep, and still the fear seems to be gone.

That's a good thing. I ate well today; 100% compliant and nothing but cancer beneficials.
That always helps to ease my mind.


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What a wonderful update!


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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