You remember your response when you heard those four words you never thought or wanted to hear. In shock, you took a breath and held it, while your mind tried to grasp how your life as you knew it had suddenly been taken from you.
“How am I going to get through these treatments, take care of my family and be able to work?”
“Worrying about it coming back is much worse than the treatments”
think“It’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop … every day, all day long.”
“I can feel so alone; family try but they don’t understand.”
Medical oncology has come a long way in diagnosing and treatment of breast cancer. But, the side-effects of treatments are difficult—nausea, fatigue, digestive disturbances, lack of appetite, anemia, brain fog—your quality of life can be impacted for many years to come. In addition, the tumor micro-environment area that surrounds the tumor created by the cancer to promote it’s spread and growth, is not addressed through medical oncology.
There is another side to oncology care that can reduce treatment side-effects, protect your healthy cells and the health of your gut, detox from treatment, and change the tumor micro environment so your body becomes inhospitable to cancer recurrence. This is known as integrative or complementary cancer care and works in collaboration with standard medical oncology treatment. Modern oncology addresses cancer from a pathogenic perspective—the tumor needs to be removed with surgery, chemotherapy is used to treat the out-of-control cells, and radiation is employed to help destroy the remaining cancer cells. An integrative approach incorporates the pathogenic nature of breast cancer treatment, works to strengthen the health of your immune system and addresses the environmental, nutritional, social and emotional aspects of this disease.
Your oncologist treats your breast cancer, but what about the rest of you?
Integrative care develops a health strategy to:
As sunflowers follow the sun as it moves through the sky, your cells naturally move towards a healing state. It is our task to provide your cells with the environment that supports and encourages this innate behavior.“It takes two”—both medical oncology and integrative or complementary care — to ensure the best possible outcome from treatment.
We use integrative protocols in ways:
“I think as women we are the backbone of our families and we think of ourselves last a lot and now we have to put us first—it can be hard.”
Breast cancer turns your world as you knew it upside down and wakes you up to what’s meaningful and precious in your life. It is both a scary and life-altering event—but it doesn’t have to be that way
“Once one has cancer and you are in remission, there is always a little voice reminding you“what if”. No matter how you try to ignore it, it’s constantly in your subconscious.”
Knowing you are doing everything possible to address your breast cancer, feeling confident in the tools you have to manage your health, contributes to less anxiety, stress and worry! While there is always uncertainty in our lives, attitude and support, in combination with medical and integrative treatments, will make a huge difference in your experience.
There is a spiritual journey that is part of breast cancer, and I’d be honored to guide you on your path.