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Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:06pm
I have just completed the 4 year check up after my adventure with breast cancer, and I passed with flying colors!   ;D  

If you aren't familiar with my experience, the short story is that I had a fast-growing tumor which was surgically removed with a lumpectomy and lymph node removal.  I also had radiation and chemotherapy.  I'll keep this part of my story short because it is not a period of time that needs to be dwelt upon.  The best part of the story is the healing and my return back into life, light and hope.

This motivated me to get my secretor test done.  Although I had been eating somewhat half-heartedly for my blood type for 2 or 3 years, I was eating as if I was a secretor.  And I was also being quite lenient with my interpretation of how many avoids I was willing to eat!   :B  

There is nothing like being face to face with a condition that could quickly end your life, to put ones life in perspective.  I let go of avoids on the day that I received my secretor results, and have never looked back.  Except for that rare time when I am eating food that has been cooked by someone else, and I get avoids without knowing it, I have not eaten avoids in 4 years.  

My diet is at least 50% beneficials and sometimes more.  I accepted the fact that I am responsible for living or dying, and the choice was clear to me!  :-)  It has been like having another part-time job, as I shop, carefully prepare meals, eat with a calm and conscious attitude and clean my kitchen.  It has become a sort of spiritual practice, which has brought a real serenity into my home.  I have come to love my body very much, and respect the healing power that it has.  I have been giving my all to supporting this body which is such a devoted friend and helper to me!  :-)

The result of my dietary and lifestyle changes is that I now weigh 20 pounds less.  My skin is smooth and radiant.  Chronic irritable bowel conditions are 90% gone.  My sleep is so much better, I actually feel rested when I wake up, and have begun to remember my dreams again.  My depression is completely gone.  After living with depression for most of my life, I can't even remember the last time I felt "down".  My cholesterol has been gradually moving into the healthy range with an exceptional ratio balance, and this is while eating ghee, lamb, full-fat goat yogurt and eggs!  

The biggest challenge for recovering from my illness is my fatigue.  I have continued to struggle with this issue, and by paying attention to the fatigue protocol, I am beginning to see progress.  I am also going to bed earlier, keeping my sleeping area dark, drinking more water, jumping on my Rebounder and breathing well.  And I have started the process of having the rest of my mercury fillings safely removed.

I'm quite thrilled, and hope you'll send your smiles my way also.  I wish you all great and abundant health and radiant well-being!!  

(sunny)
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:12pm; Reply: 1
Victoria, thank you for posting your progress.  It's like reading about a miracle.  You can give yourself a lot of credit for instituting the BTD in your life!  :)
Posted by: Susana, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:28pm; Reply: 2
Thanks for sharing your story and I am glad your diligence is paying off.

Best wishes,

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

:K)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:45pm; Reply: 3
powerful testimony Victoria, Thanks!
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:51pm; Reply: 4
(clap)(dance)(clap)(sunny)(sunny) ;D :D :K) :K) super for those good news ;) ;D :K)
thanx for sharing :D
Posted by: yaman, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 7:59pm; Reply: 5
Happy for you, Victoria :K)
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 8:04pm; Reply: 6
Oh, YAY, Victoria, I'm jumping up and down for you! Can't have too many smiles today!
And your journey of healing has helped you be a kind & powerful teacher to a lot of us!
Put a big gold star on your fridge, you get an A+ (even if you are a B  ;D )
Big hugs, so happy for you, my dear. :K)
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 8:11pm; Reply: 7
Great news.  We celebrate with you.  

It's not "May the Force ......"  but "The Force will continue to be with you".


Joy
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 8:16pm; Reply: 8
Thanks Victoria, for your testimonial,
when you pass such tests brilliantly you inspire the others to give their best too !

I write for you Oonu's signature :
I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing Light of your own Being.

-  Hafiz


Waiting to celebrate further accomplishments, my best compliments and wishes
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Janet, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 9:18pm; Reply: 9
What a wonderful relief for you Victoria,
My best wishes to you and good health always!!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 10:18pm; Reply: 10
Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimonial.  I was very moved at how you now look at food, and that taking care of your body has become a spiritual experience.

It's a good thing, when we can become mindful of what we put in our bodies.

{{{{{To you and your accomplishments dear friend!}}}}
Posted by: 547 (Guest), Saturday, December 16, 2006, 10:48pm; Reply: 11
Victoria, that is such wonderful news to read your post..

You came a long way.. and you did it by yourself into yourself, which is a major spiritual act..

It is such a reassurance to find that missing link. BTD was for me the last piece that completed my health-puzzle..
It made such sense... I went on BTD and never looked back again.

We all have our stories to tell..  :) :)

Makes me grateful and privileged to be part of the BTD group worldwide..

I am soo happy for your recovery and send you all the smilies you need...

 ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D

Cocky 8)
Posted by: Chris, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 11:30pm; Reply: 12
Victoria, thanks for sharing your inspirational testimonial.    :)
Posted by: Lloyd, Saturday, December 16, 2006, 11:44pm; Reply: 13
Good news.  ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 12:15am; Reply: 14
Thank you all for your kind words and <<smiles>> :-)!  To alll who are dealing with serious diseases, I encourage you to smile and take a deep breath, and know that your health can change for the better.  Consistency in dietary and lifestyle change is so important, and don't be discouraged by temporary setbacks.  Our attitudes lead the way for our healing;  optimism opens the doorway to the possibility for being well, and pessimism limits how much joy and wellness that we can experience.

I forgot to mention in my post that during treatment and afterwards for a year or so, I closely followed the super-beneficials listed in the Cancer book, and I followed the supplement protocol very persistently.
Posted by: Kristin, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 12:50am; Reply: 15
You have such a wonderful way of sharing with us Victoria... thank you for your story and the telling of your journey... May blessings continue to light your way. :K)



And yes... many big smiles here...  :D :D :D :D :D :D
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 12:58am; Reply: 16
Iím glad to hear youíre a breast cancer survivor.

I have fibrous breasts and have had a couple of cysts drained.  I get tired of always having to go back and get re-checked.  I didnít go to my last appointment because I donít trust my gyno.  I should find a new one since my aunt died of breast cancer at age 54 and Iím 55.  It is encouraging to know that my B nonnie diet can help if it ever comes to that.
Posted by: MyraBee, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 1:31am; Reply: 17
Oh, Victoria!

What a wonderful relief for you, and all of us who care about you!  :-)

Much Love,

Myra.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 4:21am; Reply: 18
Quoted from Arlene

It is encouraging to know that my B nonnie diet can help if it ever comes to that.


Arlene,
The B nonnie diet can help you not ever come to that!   :K)
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 4:49am; Reply: 19
this is another prove that the health series books really work!! )
Posted by: the_accidental_chef (Guest), Sunday, December 17, 2006, 5:51am; Reply: 20
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey. All the very best of the best Victoria!
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Sunday, December 17, 2006, 8:45am; Reply: 21
:D come sing a song of joy for love and understanding....sing...sing ...a song of joy  for love & under-
standing...laa...laaa..la..laaa.la..la..la..laaaa....laa..la..laa..laaa....la..laa..laaaaa ;D :K)


oooo I just love this song...Waldo de los Rios :D :K) again and loads of hugs :D
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 11:00am; Reply: 22
Wondeful Victoria
- you are such an inspiration for me  :K) :D
Posted by: Alek, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 2:35pm; Reply: 23


 Wonderful news Victoria, made my day to read it today on the Forums.

  :D :K) alek
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 3:13pm; Reply: 24
Victoria-such wonderful news to hear from you.  You must be flying on cloud nine. Here...let me join you. (clap)(clap)(clap)(dance)(dance)(dance) (((((Big hugs))))))

And as you told Arlene...'The B nonnie diet(and all the other blood type diets) can help you never come to that.'

Have a wonderful day.

Debra :)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 6:17pm; Reply: 25
I was hoping for smiles from everyone, and never knew I would get Isa's song as well!  Thanks dear lady!  :-)

We all give and share our successes and fears, inspirations and reachings out for support and our smiles, hugs, songs and encouragement.  Friends are friends . . around the world, when our hearts are open and our intentions are friendly!  :-)

I'll admit that every year when it is time for my check-up, I do get stressed and nervous.  Each year, I am less impacted by the fear, and I am reminding myself to not get stuck in the past.  Old traumatic events do not need to be hauled around around with us, year after year, re-creating fear and dread, and possibly triggering future illness.  This is one of the countless things I learned from illness, to keep my attention and energy focused in the present, where I really am.  This is where our only power is . . right now.  

If we really look at fear, it is a fantasy that pulls us out of Present Time into the unknown future, based upon a past that no longer exists.
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, December 17, 2006, 8:37pm; Reply: 26
Victoria,
Wonderful news...!  It seems like the critical time for cancer survivors is seven years, but with your new focus, that should not be a problem!  I like the "Focus on today" mentality.    

The fatigue protocol is superb... The closer I get to the recommended portion recommendations and only super/beneficials, the better I feel.  I have determined that I need to really limit or eliminate grains to keep inflamation under control.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Sunday, December 17, 2006, 8:40pm; Reply: 27
ya welcome lady Victoria :D ....and yessss you are very right in your constat....about fears, that's why
I like to stay for observations, because I know No:5 works almost best when getting a bit fear in his head ;) ;D .....:P but then I've got sometimes the remark...instead of being the observer...who will live my life then :-/ ::) :B :X .....hmmm   and yes here also it's true...try to stay in that most important moment of your life...it's alltimes the same...the now......
ouch remebers me a bit of Azzap's word ::) sorry shouldn't be similar to a plagiat :B
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, December 18, 2006, 1:22am; Reply: 28
Thank you for posting your personal story, Victoria. †This is the first time I have heard your whole story told.

Congratulations on the marvelous results in your much improved health regarding breast cancer: physical, mental, and emotional.

Looking after one's own body and personal health does take concerted effort, work, and discipline; but the rewards of energy and well-being are important end results.

Alia
Posted by: 671 (Guest), Monday, December 18, 2006, 2:04am; Reply: 29
Victoria, I'm SO glad to hear of the great news of your 4 year check-up!  You are always on these forums giving and giving of yourself and I, for one, am truly thankful for you. I have learned so much from you posts.  Your outlook is one to envied.  I am praying that you'll have continued progress with your health as you share your BTD journey with us.  
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared and success achieved." -Helen Keller
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 18, 2006, 2:30am; Reply: 30
Quoted from Mare_eo

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared and success achieved." -Helen Keller


Thank you for all your sweet words and prayers!   :K)

I said many times during my illness that if I survived it, I would consider it the best thing that had ever happened to me.

This doesn't mean that I love suffering by any means!  But as I endured what I went through, I noticed that I was developing strength of character, patience, compassion and wisdom.  These are all qualities that I have always placed a very high value on, but one can't make them appear.  They seem to be forged, like coal turning into diamonds, from intense fire and pressure.   ;D
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, December 18, 2006, 3:49am; Reply: 31
Victoria, you are the embodiment of your name! I've said it once and I'll say it again, for me you have been a guide all along, a torch in the dark. Your integrity, your seriousness, supported by your God gift eloquence, do shine for me like a diamond.

Cheers,
Yael
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 18, 2006, 6:38am; Reply: 32
Oh my, you are so sweet!  Thank you Yael.  :-)
Posted by: ion, Monday, December 18, 2006, 10:47am; Reply: 33

Hey!!! " Good fairy of my morning smoothie "
(clap)(clap)(clap)(clap)(clap)(clap)

I am very pleeeeased to hear your news.
Yael has right. Your name it is you.
Winning the battle with illnesses is not just a personal thing.
It helps the race to develop. Good for you Victoria.
The biggest smile of my heart reached you through the window you've opened to life. Bow to you with my palms kept together.
Ones you wrote: there is a crack in everything
                         that's how light gets in. (favorite poems thread)
May the light always be on you Victoria.
All my love. Ion
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, December 18, 2006, 4:19pm; Reply: 34
Congratulations Victoria. Here's to many happy and healthy days ahead! You took a life or death situation and chose life--vibrant, healthy life too. Well done! *gentle hug* :)
Posted by: Elizabeth, Monday, December 18, 2006, 4:35pm; Reply: 35
Thank you for the summary, for sharing so much, and for all your helpful posts along the way!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 18, 2006, 6:53pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from ion_amygdalou

Winning the battle with illnesses is not just a personal thing.
It helps the race to develop.


Happy Smoothie to you, dear Ion!!  :K)

I like this attitude very much!  Whenever we are blessed with anything . . healing and good health, prosperity, love, talents, inspiration . . it needs to be shared.  In that way, we are spreading the seeds of well-being around the world, and a happy world benefits us all, and comes back to the sower of the seeds.

Thank you all for the smiles and for rejoicing with me.  I feel the same about you all, whenever I read a success or some hope, or a new start on life after a hard time, I am so happy that things are going well somewhere in this world.  The world is getting smaller, and the network of friends is becoming more accessible through the internet.  This is one excuse for being a geek!  :-)
Posted by: Don, Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:02pm; Reply: 37
Victoria, Thank you for sharing your story and your current thoughts and attitudes about health and life. You are inspiring. :K)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:09pm; Reply: 38
So are you, Don!  :-)
Posted by: jayney-O (Guest), Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:30pm; Reply: 39
Victoria, I just read this post and was so touched! Your story is important, and sharing it is a gift! I am so inspired by all your posts, and now I understand why they are so inspirational and so wise, the wisdom gained through difficult experience is paid for in full and is so, so real. Blessings and celebration to you,  jayney-0
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