How the Book "Radical Remission" Impacted My Life
One day, the Dr. Oz Show was on and I had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Kelly Turner along with a young woman who has been cancer-free for 10 years. Dr. Turner’s book was entitled “Radical Remission” and the patient was cancer-free for almost 10 years. Immediately, I ordered the book. It fascinated me. Today, I admit this book is one of my great resources for managing and staying positive as I face the diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.
What is radical remission?
There are nine key factors to "Radical Remission". Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of the key factors and stories of patients, the majority who have metastasized cancers including some who were sent home to hospice, who have embraced these suggested key factors and have gone on to live a long and fruitful life. The book was an eye-opener for me and I am pleased to convey that I am changing my life and implementing these nine ways to heal naturally. Below are the nine key factors with notes on how I am working my way to radical remission.
Working my way to radical remission
- Radically changing your diet - I follow the ketogenic diet and have removed all sugar from my diet. It is not always easy, but I love this new way of eating that includes intermittent fasting. Menu items I avoid are pasta, bread, and alcohol. I loved all three especially wine but I believe sugar feeds cancer and that many other dietary changes can help and heal.
- Taking control of your health - I have been and continue to be my own advocate, reading and researching what is new and cutting edge in the world of cancer.
- Following your intuition - This is a learned art, but I would say in many circumstances since my diagnosis, I have followed what my gut told me and said “no” to many traditional medical treatments.
- Using herbs and supplements - I consult with a naturopathic oncologist and she has made some great recommendations that keep my white blood cells from going too low and assisting to get my liver enzymes in the normal range.
- Releasing suppressed emotions - My regular visits to my acupuncturist (who is also an MD) and an energy healer help me release past negative emotions. After I see the energy healer, I feel like I am bouncing off the wall with positivity and I am ready to run a marathon.
- Increasing positive emotions - I surround myself with positive people. I find them at the gym. The environment at the gym is one that makes me feel most alive. I try and find the people and places that make me feel most alive!
- Embracing social support - Social support can be found everywhere. On a day to day basis, it is found in my Latin dance class. The women there are very supportive and besides their hugs, words of concern, they bring me magazines and make recommendations for healing. There is a 92-year-old friend in Latin dance who just gave me a magazine on mantra wellness. Amazing! Then there is the online support. Also, writing and moderating for Health Union has been a wonderful way to learn of another person’s journey and share information. Every story has a teaching moment.
- Deepening your spiritual connection - I have a wonderful spiritual director who I can call upon any time I need to talk. She is a great listener and offers me her “wisdom” as she is recently recovering from breast cancer surgery and knows what I am going through. The other spiritual guides for me are the acupuncturist and energy healer. I have to say, I feel their love and their spirit, and it fills me. Lastly, I must mention meditation. Although I sometimes don’t do it every day, once you learn its art, you can do it anywhere and for a few minutes. It has awakened me in unexpected ways.
- Having strong reasons to live - I have been blessed with two granddaughters. When I first was diagnosed, my back due to the bone metastases to my spine and other areas found me unable to pick them up. I love holding them and kissing them and through the blessing of a personal trainer who has to strengthen my core and upper body, I am now able to hold them. The love they give me is so unconditional. They just see me not my cancer. These two little girls (ages 2 ½ and 1 ½) are my healers.
Trying to live my best life
In conclusion, I want to state that my life is important, I am important, and my life is worth living. Living my best life is what I embrace now. "Radical Remission" came to me by happenstance and on its pages, I have found many new ways to live my life. If you get a chance, I hope you can find time to read this book. It might just change your journey with the diagnosis you face today as it has done for me.
Editor’s Note: We are extremely saddened to say that on November 5, 2019, Linda passed away. Linda’s advocacy efforts and writing continue to reach many. She will be deeply missed.
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