Today is Wednesday. My oncologist’s office called Monday evening and said my appointment had been moved from March 20 to Tuesday morning, March 12. Yay! I get more information sooner than expected.
Dr. Boatright looked over the oncology report from the biopsy and went into more detail with us. (My husband now goes to all of my appointments with me. I am so thankful for his support, encouragement, and taking stress off of me.)
After answering some questions we determined that I have probably had this cancer for about twenty years, maybe a few more. It wasn’t until after I intentionally lost thirty pounds last summer that I began to notice the lumps in my neck and collarbone areas. This may have been due to extra fat covering them up.
The doctor said there were several options available. Of course chemo and radiation were the first mentioned. He said the decision was up to us but as this is a slow-moving cancer, we should just keep up with the natural solutions we are trying. We agreed.
My husband, Tom, read a lot online about the value of enzymes in the body. Then he went out and bought some apples, a papaya, and a pineapple. This morning I had a smoothie of fresh papaya, grapes (with the seeds), blueberries, yogurt, and grapejuice. I ate four papaya enzyme tablets, drank my smoothie, and took some acidophilus. One of the side effects of all of this fresh fruit (for me anyway) is yeast infections. I need the yogurt and acidophilus to fight the yeast (candida). This comes from my battle many years ago with recurring yeast infections. My female doctor at the time told me to purchase a book called “The Yeast Connection.” It was quite an eye-opener for me.
At lunch I had an apple and took my green tea extract and grapeseed extract. I bought them at the local health food store. They also help break down the proteins in the pancreas, according to what we have read online.
The apple produces something called pectin, an enzyme that, according to information online at Baseline of Health Foundation (jonbarrron.org), slows the spread of cancer.