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Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 10:08am
Hi,

I'm new to the BTD forums, but would like to share my story and maybe exchange experiences with fellow breast cancer sufferers.

I come from a long line of Type A women who all developed an aggressive form of breast cancer before they were 40 years old. I lost my mother, aunt, and grandmother to the disease. As a matter of fact, I am currently the only woman in that family line who is still alive, to give you an idea of the toll breast cancer took in my family.

At age 28 I fell ill myself, and for the last eight years I've had to deal with one recurrence after another, chemo after chemo, radiation and operations, so you can imagine I was getting a little tired of fighting all the time.

But then something funny happened: after seeing a documentary on TV about abbatoirs I decided, just like that, to stop eating meat.
And I immediately felt better. Being a Type A that's to be expected, but I didn't know about BTD at the time!
So I started looking into vegetarian food more and stumbled onto the BTD books. Read them, thought there might be something in it, and started adjusting my diet.

A few years ago I was virtually given up by my doctors: several metastases, poor outlook, general pessimism.
Now I only have one single tumor left, that'll be operated on next week, and if that one's gone, I'll be cancer free for the first time in eight years. Eight years!!!
Tumor markers are in the normal range too.
My oncologist doesn't believe the diet has anything to do with this; she likes to credit her chemo and her operations.

I will not deny they played a huge part, but let's get one thing clear: I started getting better only from the moment I started eating right for my type.

And I think, I hope, that after 8 long years, I can soon pick up my life again and start living, not surviving.

Posted by: Kumar, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:39pm; Reply: 1
Thanks for sharing the story. (I assume you have also at least six whorls on your finger prints.) Did you ever try to eat snail though? Good luck and I am sure you will be successful in getting rid of the problem soon.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:48pm; Reply: 2
Have you seen the Cancer book by Dr. D'Adamo?


Also if you can get in touch with Karen Vago she might be able to help you get a SWAMI-- professional version.

Karen is french and you can find her on Facebook.

Just let her know we sent you.
:)

Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:39pm; Reply: 3
oh wow what a great testimonial... thank you so much for sharing and I can absolutely relate to your case- I do have some A'cancer patient with similar outcomes but since two years I changed a bit their supplements and added more phytotherapeutica with great success; the most important for me today is the implementation of graviola, salvestroles, paw-paw, healing mushrooms, beta glucans and other good working stuffs.

And of course one of my preferest book in cancertreatment is Dr. D's booklet as well :D(dance)(ok)
oo your oncologue should have an eye into this diet- it helps tremendiously and is one of the best I ever used to prevent any disease.... ;) ;D(dance)

Wish you all the best for your next op and perhaps would you want to lokk here :www.orthokennis.org

greetings from Switzerland
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:40pm; Reply: 4
@kumar: I don't eat snails, but I do take the Helix Plus capsules  :)

@Andrea AWSec: yes, I have the cancer book.
I'll try and find Karen Vago; however, I'm not French, just living in France  ;)
Edit: I see she's not French either, have sent her a friend request. Thanks!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:46pm; Reply: 5
@Amazone I: thank you for your reply! I'll look into the link you posted.
My oncologist is a very nice woman, but extremely sceptical. We've had many animated discussions; she maintains my against-all-odds recovery is due to her treatment, I maintain that my change of diet has played (and still plays) a crucial role.

She's very supportive of many of the diet changes I made though, mainly because they make sense, whether you believe in BTD or not.
Posted by: 19000 (Guest), Sunday, June 17, 2012, 2:41pm; Reply: 6
Wow, you've had it rough.  I'm so glad you've found so much life and success with this diet. Welcome to the forum :)
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 3:06pm; Reply: 7
What a wonderful story.  I wish you success in becoming cancer free.
Posted by: passionprincess, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 3:48pm; Reply: 8
Congrats! Wishing you continued improvement of health.

My cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 39. She turned 40 and had surgery recently after chemo. She is undergoing radiation. I saw my aunt the other day and mentioned the BTD. The words just went in one ear and out the other. I just wish more people would become BTD aware.
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, June 17, 2012, 4:13pm; Reply: 9
2degreespices... you only can win with salvestroles... a professional agreed aid... and underlined with scientifique aprooved tests... I am working also with the whole group of Prof Dan Burke and must say- the results are really amazing .....no doubts... :D but I know nearly all onco's are likewise coz they can't accept that a lot of their recommendations won't help in reality...so far better and easier to point out to others instead looking into their own pots ;) ....(dizzy)(shhh)(whistle)
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 4:18pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from passionprincess
Congrats! Wishing you continued improvement of health.

I just wish more people would become BTD aware.


I ditto that....I wish you the very best of health.  :)  Thanks for sharing your experience...

As for wishing that more people would become BTD aware.....I've been talking about this diet since I began eating this way....when I was 46 years years old and saw Dr. D for the first time....Back
then, people looked at me like I had two heads....that I was following a ridiculous concept that
had no proof, no track record and this was long before Dr. D wrote ER4YT..long before the BTD was a mainstream concept....Although I don't think it really IS a mainstream concept, I find as I tell people about the way I eat, I find most people don't even know their blood type but more and more
people do seem to be interested, or at least curious to hear me explain what I've experienced....I did manage to convince a few nurses to buy the book....and many of my family members have a SWAMI, but for the most part, too many people think their doctors know everything.  What we specifically eat and how our individual bodies are able to process those foods is key. I can't help but wonder how many
sick people would feel well if all doctors said to their patients " First thing you do is....eat for your blood type".  I am quite sure the body does know how to heal itself....if given the right tools.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:07pm; Reply: 11
@Chloe, thanks for your message. I wholeheartedly agree that given the right tools, the body can begin to heal itself.
I believe that I've only come through those huge amounts of chemotherapy because I gave my body the tools to withstand the constant attacks.
I must admit that five years ago, I would have been one of those persons not even knowing their bloodtype, let alone contemplating a diet based on it.

However, I found that the correlation between blood type and cancer, as the correlation between blood type and other diseases, was scientifically sound; that alone sparked my interest; and in fact my oncologist is aware of the link, but refuses to believe that this link can be used to treat the disease.

@passionprincess, if your cousin, like me, is a Type A, then the fact that breast cancer is so prevalent in women with our bloodtype might be the beginning of an interest in BTD. It was for me! I never knew there was a link between being a Type A and breast cancer; learning that little fact was the beginning of the long road back to health, for me.



@Amazone I, I've read about salvestrol, I'm not yet taking any supplements with salvestrol.


Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:08pm; Reply: 12
And thank you to all for your kind words; I'm very glad I finally decided to join the message boards.
And that only because I just couldn't find whether sheep's milk/cheese was acceptable or avoid for my blood type  ;D
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:23pm; Reply: 13
btw...it wasn't intended to be inpolite coz my meaning about oncos...sorry for that...
but this is my own experience since years- they don't like it that we even have more success and allow ourselfs to speak *tacheles* ;) :D...
and fine that you are now with us 2degreespisces (smarty)(clap)(ok)(dance)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 6:28pm; Reply: 14
Your opinion about oncologists doesn't bother me in the slightest  ;) I've had the misfortune to know some very very bad ones, but also the good luck to find one great doctor.
The one I have now is not so bad; and as I'm finally seeing the end of the ordeal, she will soon become my "check-up doctor" and no longer my oncologist.
At least, that's what I'm hoping  ;D
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, June 17, 2012, 7:04pm; Reply: 15
so I feel a bit more released ;)..btw my ebf was *short-cut* from those badies last January...so far I know from what you're speaking about ;) ... :o :-/ :B :P....
Posted by: Spring, Monday, June 18, 2012, 5:41am; Reply: 16
And to think you were only 28 when this began..... I am so happy that you found the right path to getting help! There is no telling how many people will benefit from your story - most of all because it will give them the courage they desperately need to "go against the flow" and protect themselves in every way they can against the assault, in so many cases, of what passes for medical care in our day. So much is simply left undone that could help people... Your testimonial is like a light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel for many people. Thanks very much for sharing!!(smile)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, June 18, 2012, 7:45am; Reply: 17
@Spring: thank you!

Thankfully diet is one of the few things we can still have some control over, when we're in the middle of treatment.
That alone makes the blood type diet such an effective ally against both the disease itself and the effects of those harsh treatment protocols.
Posted by: Spring, Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:54pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from 2degreespisces
@Spring: thank you!

Thankfully diet is one of the few things we can still have some control over, when we're in the middle of treatment.
That alone makes the blood type diet such an effective ally against both the disease itself and the effects of those harsh treatment protocols.


You're very welcome, 2degreespisces!! (smile) I have seen so many people literally terrified to do anything except what is demanded of them by their medical "advisers." My internist moved away some time ago so I started going to another doctor. It was a big shock to this guy that in spite of all his efforts he never has been able to get me into the "fear state!!" The idea of such a thing is so repulsive to me!! Right now I don't especially need an internist anyway. My GYN is very knowledgeable about vitamins, etc., so I will be seeing him occasionally along with my cardiologist, and, hopefully, that won't be very often!! The few oncologists I have had any dealings with because of family members and friends needing them may as well be wearing a death's head.  :o  (hugegrin)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:12pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Kumar
Thanks for sharing the story. (I assume you have also at least six whorls on your finger prints.)


I see that I completely overlooked your remark, Kumar!
And actually no, I have no whorls at all on my finger prints.

Having many whorls statistically raises your chances of developing breast cancer, but clearly it's no prerequisite to getting the disease.

Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:15pm; Reply: 20
@Spring, I'm with you in hoping you won't have to see either of your doctors very often!
And finding a good one is a hard task; in these eight years I've known 5 oncologists: 1 truly horrible specimen, 1 truly great doctor, and three average "typical" doctors.
Thankfully I've become quite knowledgeable about my illness, having taken care of both my mother and my aunt until their deaths, and then living through eight years of disease myself; and I now know how to separate the good ones from the bad ones  ;)
Posted by: passionprincess, Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:39pm; Reply: 21
2degrees - I am glued to your posts because I just got news that my aunt wants to discontinue treatment. She is around 70 years old and has breast cancer. She has edema and severe heart pain along with no appetite. She does not even have the strength to keep her eyes open.

My uncle is quite emotionally reserved. He is known in the family as the "macho guy". However, he said my aunt's oncologist was a "cold" person. Mom asked if she was a leading specialist since they live close to Johns Hopkins. Mom wants my aunt to switch doctors. It seems like my uncle can't convince my aunt so my uncle told my mom to stop calling them for a while... I guess mom showing worry was increasing my uncle's feelings of anxiety and helplessness.

Sorry for venting but I am just upset that my aunt is going to give up her fight.

Reading your posts fill me with hope. I am hoping that my aunt will change her mind and get help.

Thank you for being an inspiration!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, June 18, 2012, 7:02pm; Reply: 22
@passionprincess, first of all: I'm so sorry to read about your aunt. Her illness must be very hard for you and your family.
Second of all, it seems that there are several issues at play: between your aunt's exhaustion, your uncle's anxiety and your mom's wish to help there are clearly many emotions going around.

I don't know if your aunt is getting the best care, or if she's right in wanting to stop her treatment.
What I do know is that cancer treatment can take away all your energy, leaving you hollow and empty and (understandably) not in a fighting mood.
So even if she does make the choice to discontinue treatment, I hope she can turn that into a positive experience, regaining some of her energy and appetite.
If that should happen, who knows, she might be willing to look into starting another round of treatment. But I think first priority should be for her to get back some quality of life.

Being tired, with heart pain and loss of appetite can be extremely depressing. Anything that would give her back some pleasure in life isn't necessarily a bad thing, I think.

I hope you and your mom will be able to stay in contact with her. Cancer is a difficult experience for everyone involved.




Posted by: passionprincess, Monday, June 18, 2012, 7:24pm; Reply: 23
Hi, 2degrees.

Thank you for your response!

I suspect that my aunt's doctor is not compassionate in nature. When my aunt and uncle went to her regarding the heart pain and exhaustion, the doctor just told them that nothing is wrong with her heart. I have a medical background but I have stopped working in the field. I explained to my mom and dad that my aunt's heart pain can be a result of exhaustion and malnutrition. After all, the edema is a sign that her kidneys are being taxed by the chemo and with not eating enough, the body lacks fuel and energy, which is overworking the heart.

My family and I live in Los Angeles and my aunt and uncle live in Maryland. My cousins live in near them and I wanted to contact them via Facebook. They have no idea that their mother wants to discontinue treatment. My mom told me not to say anything because it would cause more drama. I wish my cousins would try bringing food over, etc. They are male and not as "domesticated". :( I feel that if they were female, they would be more into cooking and possibly doing some BTD stuff/looking into supplements.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, June 18, 2012, 7:43pm; Reply: 24
Passionprincess, I understand that being on the other side of the country doesn't make it easier for you to be involved! That must be frustrating for you at times.
As for the the subject of nutrition: even if your cousins were to bring over food, if your aunt is feeling very sick or just doesn't have an appetite, bringing her food wouldn't help. If she can't eat, even the best dishes made with love won't help.
That's why I said that I think first priority should be to make her life easier, to give her back some energy and appetite.
Her current treatment is apparently making her feel ill, so I'm sorry to read that her oncologist dismisses her problems so easily. There are always alternatives, so I very much hope that she can continue treatment, but in another form that will not make her feel as bad.

Posted by: passionprincess, Monday, June 18, 2012, 8:32pm; Reply: 25
Thank you for your message of hope, 2degrees! Hugs!

My parents were getting desperate enough to look into medical marijuana for my aunt! My parents are soo anti-controlled substances, I was shocked. Your assertion about improving the quality of life first is SO important and correct! I am praying that my aunt will find a solution soon. We are concerned more because of her age. My cousin who is 39 is doing quite well. Her mother (my other aunt) drops in every other day and she has extended family living within an hour from her place.
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 11:22am; Reply: 26
WOW this thread became something so different on what I thought it would be, from it's title!

Quoted Text
from Cloe : sick people would feel well if all doctors said to their patients " First thing you do is....eat 4 your blood type".  I am quite sure the body does know how to heal itself....if given the right tools.


This ought to be a mantra, a prayer to be repeated until it happens.

Not only do people not know their blood type, but if they go to a doctor the get the prescription to get 'typed' THEY discourage the people from doing so.


2 degreespices... I might forward a copy of your story to all my doctors.

WOW.. 2degreespices.. YOU are fantastic.. You are so hopeful and so up.. All the best!!!!




Posted by: 2degreespisces, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 11:43am; Reply: 27
Goldie, if you want to forward my story, I can (if you wish, of course) give you more medical details.
I know from experience that doctors like to be talked to in their own lingo  ;)

And thank you, for your kind words!
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 12:17pm; Reply: 28
If you think it would be even better to move even one doctor.. feel free to improve on a near perfect story.. (all that is missing) is total recovery and that is around the corner..  :)  

I can not even imagine how you felt when you read the books by Dr. D. to be vindicated, validated, know you already found this out for and by your SELF.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:27am; Reply: 29
Things are going fast, all of a sudden.
Tomorrow my last meeting with the anaesthesist; Sunday I'll be admitted to the hospital, Monday I'll have the operation.

Now all I need to do is stop feeling so stressed  ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6:24pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from 2degreespisces
Things are going fast, all of a sudden.
Tomorrow my last meeting with the anaesthesist; Sunday I'll be admitted to the hospital, Monday I'll have the operation.

Now all I need to do is stop feeling so stressed  ;)


Love and blessings for healing and ongoing good health!  :)

Here are Dr. D's protocols:
Post Surgery: http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/28.html
Cancer Prevention:  http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/9.html
Posted by: passionprincess, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6:43pm; Reply: 31
Love and tons of blessings!!!

My aunt decided to continue treatment, after all. She told her doctor how strenuous it was and how she wanted to quit. I guess the doc finally listened to her.

You are a true inspiration. I will think of you and pray for you! Speedy recovery!

Quoted from 2degreespisces
Things are going fast, all of a sudden.
Tomorrow my last meeting with the anaesthesist; Sunday I'll be admitted to the hospital, Monday I'll have the operation.

Now all I need to do is stop feeling so stressed  ;)


Posted by: 2degreespisces, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:11pm; Reply: 32
Thanks for the support, victoria & passionprincess!
And I'm very happy for your aunt, just replied in another thread as well.

I'm slowly getting more and more stressed; stress really is my weak spot, and I have a hard time bringing myself to slow down.

The op is relatively "light", it's a fairly new procedure: instead of cutting me open they'll just introduce two probes and freeze the bad cells to death.
But still... I'm always nervous before an operation.

I'm eating well though, trying to give my body superfoods to prepare for Monday.
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:20pm; Reply: 33
Best wishes for a quick procedure and positive outcome!
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 21, 2012, 7:22pm; Reply: 34
make sure you incorporate alternate breathing daily :)
http://www.4yourtype.com/TypeA_basic.asp
...............
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDjMqnxSBF4
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:37pm; Reply: 35
2degreespisces, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...and wishing you the best of health! {{{{hugs}}}}}
Posted by: Spring, Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:11pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from 2degreespisces
Things are going fast, all of a sudden.
Tomorrow my last meeting with the anaesthesist; Sunday I'll be admitted to the hospital, Monday I'll have the operation.

Now all I need to do is stop feeling so stressed  ;)


Sorry I didn't see this earlier...... but eat some walnuts if you have time!!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:19pm; Reply: 37
Thanks for the support, everyone!

@Spring, I didn't know that walnuts are good for stress! We have a beautiful big walnut tree, so we have them in abundance, but I don't eat them often.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:43pm; Reply: 38
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NP035
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6:30pm; Reply: 39
So... bag is packed, house is clean, husband has enough food in the fridge to last him until my return... tomorrow I'm off to the hospital.
Now I just want one good night's sleep, that would be so nice  :)

Hope to read you all again on Tuesday!
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 8:28pm; Reply: 40
We'll be thinking of you.  :)  All good things!!!   :D
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 9:17pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from Victoria
We'll be thinking of you.  :)  All good things!!!   :D


I second that....{{{{hugs}}}}}  2degreespisces

Posted by: BTypeAUS, Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:46am; Reply: 42
Wishing you a healthy life ahead of you cancer free forever...thanks for sharing your inspiring story  :)
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, June 25, 2012, 10:14pm; Reply: 43
je te tiendra mes pouces :K)
Posted by: marjorie, Monday, June 25, 2012, 10:26pm; Reply: 44
Quoted from 2degreespisces
So... bag is packed, house is clean, husband has enough food in the fridge to last him until my return... tomorrow I'm off to the hospital.
Now I just want one good night's sleep, that would be so nice  :)

Hope to read you all again on Tuesday!


Thinking of you and wishing you the best:)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 4:22pm; Reply: 45
I'm back, all went well (except for the hospital food, but that's a story for another topic  ;) ).

The operation went without a hitch; I'm quite sore and a little woozy from the anesthetics, but extremely happy to be home again.

Thank you so much for your support, all! And Amazon I: je t'en remercie  :)
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 4:30pm; Reply: 46
I'm so happy for you, 2degreespisces!!! Take good care of yourself now!! (sunny)
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 4:48pm; Reply: 47
;D(woot)(evil)(clap)(ok)(dance) :K) welcome back....
Posted by: wanthanee, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 4:50pm; Reply: 48
:)Wow...Thank you very much for sharing the story. I wish you the best of health.
Posted by: passionprincess, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 4:59pm; Reply: 49
Welcome back!!! So good to see you in good health. Rest up and enjoy!
Posted by: Ligia, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:00pm; Reply: 50
I'm glad it's over.  Happy recovery!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:41pm; Reply: 51
I have to say: I'm glad to live in these times, and not twenty years ago.... this cryo-ablation thing is wonderful: instead of a big wound several inches long I only have two small holes, where the probes were inserted.

In two days I'll also continue my chemo; but if all goes well that should be one of the last chemo's.

Especially glad to be home as I can now eat nothing but beneficials,instead of the hospital food.
Just had a spinach/kale salad with salmon and onion and olive oil/lemon juice, and I swear: just eating that salad I felt better.

Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5:21pm; Reply: 52
Happy you're home....and doing well!  WIshing you the very best of health :)
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:12pm; Reply: 53
Quoted from 2degreespisces
I have to say: I'm glad to live in these times, and not twenty years ago.... this cryo-ablation thing is wonderful: instead of a big wound several inches long I only have two small holes, where the probes were inserted.

In two days I'll also continue my chemo; but if all goes well that should be one of the last chemo's.

Especially glad to be home as I can now eat nothing but beneficials,instead of the hospital food.
Just had a spinach/kale salad with salmon and onion and olive oil/lemon juice, and I swear: just eating that salad I felt better.


thinking of you with very positive thoughts. oxo
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:43pm; Reply: 54
Had chemo yesterday; oncologist was quite impressed with my speedy recovery from the operation I had just a few days before.
Bloodtest also showed I'm doing well, and my oncologist is on board with my plan to stop the chemo and see what happens without it.

It seems I really did turn my life around, turned my diseased body back into a healthy one, even though nobody believed it was even possible.

Sometimes I look back and I'm amazed that I didn't let the constant negative input from the people around me get me down... how did I keep the faith, when everyone said there was no hope? Funny how I can't seem to remember how I did it then...

But I'm glad I did persevere.

Anyway, I'm just rambling a little here. Feeling happy and grateful, optimistic.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:45pm; Reply: 55
Also having the worst cravings for everything green: spinach, green beans, salads, kale, leeks, chives...
It's all I want to eat, I actually have to force myself to take something else besides veggies  ;D
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, June 29, 2012, 6:54pm; Reply: 56
Quoted from 2degreespisces
Also having the worst cravings for everything green: spinach, green beans, salads, kale, leeks, chives...
It's all I want to eat, I actually have to force myself to take something else besides veggies  ;D

This sounds like an indication of what the body needs right now...  Usually a good idea to provide as much as is wanted... ;)

Congratulations of the successful operation and healing!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, June 29, 2012, 8:39pm; Reply: 57
Wow- what an incredible testimonial!

I have an aunt who was treated for breast cancer a few years ago. She's simply not interested in changing her diet, and I'm not going to argue with her about it. I don't even know her blood type. I do know that she's still quite weak, and she blames the cancer treatment, not the cancer itself, for her current state of health. I don't know whether or not that's accurate.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, July 1, 2012, 6:59am; Reply: 58
Quoted from ABJoe

This sounds like an indication of what the body needs right now...  Usually a good idea to provide as much as is wanted... ;)

Congratulations of the successful operation and healing!


Thanks, ABJoe!

As for giving my body what it needs, I have a history of craving the "wrong" foods (potatoes come to mind  :) ), so I'm always a little wary when I start craving specific foods.
But I figured that since these green veggies are all beneficials for my type, I can't really go wrong.

It seems I need to relearn how to have faith in my own body again, after so many years of disease. I'm taking it as a positive sign that my cravings are now for healthy foods, my body seems to know better what it needs, now that I quit putting all the wrong things in it.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, July 1, 2012, 5:44pm; Reply: 59
Quoted from 2degreespisces

It seems I need to relearn how to have faith in my own body again, after so many years of disease. I'm taking it as a positive sign that my cravings are now for healthy foods, my body seems to know better what it needs, now that I quit putting all the wrong things in it.


The way I 'reset' my body to crave foods that are good for me was to eat only Diamond Superfoods (or, Beneficials in the BTD era).  I had serious illness to recover from, so the highest level of compliance made sense from that perspective also.  The result was that I came to love the foods that are good for me and lost all desire for foods that are toxic or counter-productive for my body.  Now that my health has become stable, I will eat Neutrals occasionally, but still crave those Diamonds.  ;)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Sunday, July 1, 2012, 6:21pm; Reply: 60
Thank you for your reply, Victoria! I hope you're fully recovered. Very informative to read that you still crave those Diamonds!

I'm doing exactly what you deseribe: eating to the highest level of compliance, with Dr D's cancer book as a reliable guide throughout all.
I've noticed that my body now craves only things that are good for me, but it seems I've got to make some changes in my head, because it's my head that's lagging behind, not my body  :)

I have a hard time having faith in my body's ability to know what's good for me; that's really something I have to relearn.
I've gone for so long on rationality, it'll be good to let some intuition back into my life.

(If this is a little vague, please ignore  :) I'm trying to put feelings into words and that's a bit difficult sometimes).
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, July 1, 2012, 7:59pm; Reply: 61
Quoted from 2degreespisces
As for giving my body what it needs, I have a history of craving the "wrong" foods (potatoes come to mind  :) ), so I'm always a little wary when I start craving specific foods.
But I figured that since these green veggies are all beneficials for my type, I can't really go wrong.

Like Victoria said - When I have a craving, I choose something from the Beneficial / Superfood list that relieves the craving...  So I'm always eating beneficial foods that feed the craving, so I am eating healing foods that the body says it needs.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, July 1, 2012, 9:05pm; Reply: 62
Quoted from ABJoe

Like Victoria said - When I have a craving, I choose something from the Beneficial / Superfood list that relieves the craving...  So I'm always eating beneficial foods that feed the craving, so I am eating healing foods that the body says it needs.


2 degreespices, I agree with what ABJoe says here about working within the Beneficial choices, even when following my intuition.  

This way of eating is all about satisfying our body's needs and not being yanked around by the whims of cravings.  It's not about depriving.  When eliminating some favorite food that was bad for me, I always look at what it was about that food that appealed to me, and I come up with a splendid version of that quality but in a food that is a healing tonic to my whole system.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 2, 2012, 6:31am; Reply: 63
Thank you Victoria and ABJoe, for your input.

I hope you've read my own posts as well: I am eating nothing but beneficials and cancer specific super foods (have been for the past 22 months). So that's almost two whole years of very strict compliant eating.

What I was trying to say was that in the past I had cravings for the wrong type of food. Cravings equalled bad choices.
Lately I've realised that I'm actually craving healthy things, so that's a big step forward. However, in my head I'm not entirely up to date yet, I still react as if I can't trust my body or the needs it has.
That's due to years of illness and detoxing, I guess.

I'm still getting used to having cravings that are actually healthy for me  :) and the biggest hurdle in my head really seems to be the fact that I 'm having a hard time trusting my body again.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, July 2, 2012, 5:43pm; Reply: 64
Quoted from 2degreespisces
Thank you Victoria and ABJoe, for your input.

I hope you've read my own posts as well: I am eating nothing but beneficials and cancer specific super foods (have been for the past 22 months). So that's almost two whole years of very strict compliant eating.

What I was trying to say was that in the past I had cravings for the wrong type of food. Cravings equalled bad choices.
Lately I've realised that I'm actually craving healthy things, so that's a big step forward. However, in my head I'm not entirely up to date yet, I still react as if I can't trust my body or the needs it has.
That's due to years of illness and detoxing, I guess.

I'm still getting used to having cravings that are actually healthy for me  :) and the biggest hurdle in my head really seems to be the fact that I 'm having a hard time trusting my body again.


I have read the entire thread as each post was made, but don't remember in detail what was shared in the earlier posts.  I'm so glad you're being consistent with what you're eating - it will be all for your good.  :)

I understand about having a hard time trusting your body again.  After a serious illness, we find it hard sometimes to feel safe in just assuming that we can count on our bodies behaving predictably.  It's something that people who have never lived through something like this cannot really understand.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 2, 2012, 5:50pm; Reply: 65
Quoted from Victoria


I understand about having a hard time trusting your body again.  After a serious illness, we find it hard sometimes to feel safe in just assuming that we can count on our bodies behaving predictably.  It's something that people who have never lived through something like this cannot really understand.


That's it, exactly!  :) And it's true that it's a difficult thing to explain, even my husband (who is absolutely wonderful and has been great throughout my illness) does not get that I have to rebuild my faith in my own body.

I hope you'll continue to be in good health, it's very encouraging to read from people who've recovered from serious illness with the help of BTD. Thank you!

Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 12:40am; Reply: 66
Wow spice!! I hadn't read this thread, having been away & also not being an A... but sooo glad I did!! Amazing spirit!! Congrats on your journey, courage & determination & lovely to meet you!! ;) I really look forward to reading more... & many thanks to Spring for posting the link to your story!!!

Oops; just realised Spice is not the right abbreviation.. ;)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:31am; Reply: 67
Possum, no problem, you can call me spice if you like  ;)

Thanks for your kind words, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the people on these boards.
Rarely have I seen an online community so willing to help each other, to try and find solutions for people's problems, etc.

It's really great being here.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:56am; Reply: 68
Cheers!!! Yeah, its a great community... ;) Glad you are part of it :)
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 3:33pm; Reply: 69
Quoted from 2degreespisces

Thanks for your kind words, I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the people on these boards.
Rarely have I seen an online community so willing to help each other, to try and find solutions for people's problems, etc.

It's really great being here.


This board is here because of Dr. D'Adamo and I've found that the people here genuinely make an effort to reflect his wisdom and generosity of spirit.  

And yes, it is really, really great being here!  (hehe)
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 4:04pm; Reply: 70
Quoted from ABJoe

When I have a craving, I choose something from the Beneficial / Superfood list that relieves the craving...  So I'm always eating beneficial foods that feed the craving, so I am eating healing foods that the body says it needs.


Wonderful words of wisdom, which I shall attempt to follow in my own life. Thanks Joe :).
Posted by: grey rabbit, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 8:16pm; Reply: 71
This is a great thread, I just read it in it's entirety (I'm avoiding some house work ::)) and I'm very glad I did, great to hear of your success 2degreespisces!

Quoted Text
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
― Hippocrates
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 8:42am; Reply: 72
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  ;D
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 2:20pm; Reply: 73
Quoted from ABJoe
Like Victoria said - When I have a craving, I choose something from the Beneficial / Superfood list that relieves the craving...  So I'm always eating beneficial foods that feed the craving, so I am eating healing foods that the body says it needs.

For some reason, if I feel this "need" for something that absolutely no beneficials satisfy, ginger is my go-to food! Works every time!! I don't have any particularly strong cravings, but ginger just mows down any feelings of just "wanting to eat!" (smile)
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:00pm; Reply: 74
What a wonderful inspirational attitude you have.  This is the first time I've seen this thread.  Congratulations on your wonderful progress and your truly special way of handling the cancer.  

We can all learn from your positive message!  
Jane
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:29pm; Reply: 75
Quoted from 2degreespisces
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  ;D


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

Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 5:42pm; Reply: 76
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..
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Thursday, July 5, 2012, 6:08pm; Reply: 77
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  :D
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!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, July 20, 2012, 5:59pm; Reply: 78
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.
Posted by: deblynn3, Saturday, July 21, 2012, 1:23am; Reply: 79
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
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Saturday, July 21, 2012, 9:52am; Reply: 80
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  ;D There's absolutely no reason to stray from the path with so many delicious, fresh, organic produce available!
Posted by: deblynn3, Saturday, July 21, 2012, 10:57pm; Reply: 81
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.   ;)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:54pm; Reply: 82
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!
Posted by: passionprincess, Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:38pm; Reply: 83
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!!!!
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 23, 2012, 7:51pm; Reply: 84
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  ;D

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!
Posted by: Chloe, Monday, July 23, 2012, 8:50pm; Reply: 85
I'm so happy to hear you're doing well 2degreespisces....:)
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:47pm; Reply: 86
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.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:54pm; Reply: 87
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!
Posted by: passionprincess, Monday, July 23, 2012, 9:57pm; Reply: 88
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!

Quoted from 2degreespisces
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  ;D

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!


Posted by: Possum, Monday, July 23, 2012, 10:07pm; Reply: 89
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...
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Monday, July 23, 2012, 10:29pm; Reply: 90
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.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 23, 2012, 11:05pm; Reply: 91
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.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Thursday, July 26, 2012, 1:02pm; Reply: 92
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.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, July 26, 2012, 2:31pm; Reply: 93
Quoted from 2degreespisces
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~

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7:32pm; Reply: 94
Such great news!  May your radiant health continue to shine!!

(hehe)  (sunny)
Posted by: Possum, Friday, July 27, 2012, 1:14am; Reply: 95
That's fantastic news 2degrees!!
Posted by: wanthanee, Friday, July 27, 2012, 4:05am; Reply: 96
Quoted from 2degreespisces
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.


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

Wish you all the best. :D :D

Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, July 27, 2012, 7:20am; Reply: 97
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.
Posted by: 2degreespisces, Friday, July 27, 2012, 7:44pm; Reply: 98
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.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:23pm; Reply: 99
What a wonderful update!
Posted by: wanthanee, Friday, July 27, 2012, 10:51pm; Reply: 100
Quoted from 2degreespisces


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


  :D Wonderful! please add some the list below that I heard. (if you can. Please)

-Most on raw food. I mean lot lot of Organic fresh vegetables, Fresh juices,fruits and avocado. They will give you boost of energy because they have a lot of oxygen. sorry I don't quite know how to explian. and I heard that the macrobiotic diet for the fight against cancer.
-Drink a gallon of water every day with half a teaspoon of sea salt in it
-Walk 28 ;minutes each day and expose your skin to the sun at least 12 minutes each day.
- Massage your body, foot.
- Try never eat microwaved foods and try to stay away from cell phones and computers. Try not to watch TV, especially the news, enjoy all types of movies, but skip TV, news radio and newspapers. That mindless propaganda will simply manipulate you and make you weak-minded
-Take curcumin, Vitamin C these the super cancer killer
-Citrus Peels-the great cancer protection Peels of citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruit contain a compound called d-limonene which has been clinically proven to have a huge impact on a variety of cancer symptoms.It's especially useful in combating breast, skin, liver, lung, pancreatic and stomach cancer. The way it works if it causes apoptosis or, cell suicide of cancer cells. It is believed that it inhibits the ability of cancer cells to communicate with each other.
-Take Burdock Root
-Flax seed oil
-Grapefruit seed extract
-Omaga 3

http://www.ku.ac.th/e-magazine/april44/know/yoka.html
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