A LITTLE ABOUT CASSANDRA.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer!!
Those are scary words that I was told November 4, 2014. I was scared and confused, so I followed the recommendation of my doctor and started a chemotherapy protocol. Pretty soon, it was evident that the
treatments were not working. My cancer grew when it was supposed to be shrinking.
I knew I needed to change treatment, but only after having it surgically removed. After much research, I knew that I would travel a different path, one that would stop the cancer and leave the rest of my body healthy and able to fight it. At the very least, I would be vibrant with a good quality of life for as long as I have to live on Earth.
The problem is that natural protocols, nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, supplements and organic foods are not recognized by any insurance as approved treatments. So...out of pocket expenses keep
mounting, sometimes up to $1500.00 per month. But, with the support of my family and friends, I have hope and trust in my God that I will live my life NO LESS!
A LITTLE ABOUT DONNA.
3 things have been spoken into my life since my cancer diagnosis:
1. “Daring Greatly!” and NO LESS.
AND WE ARE! In spite of our circumstances, “hope” causes and inspires us to face the unknown and to follow our heart.
2. “Living from the Heart.” and NO LESS.
There are many days where the fear of making decisions wants to consume us. Yet seemingly; against all odds, we hear a voice in our heart and we find that we are moved to follow it.
3. “Live your days NO LESS!”
With all the gusto that mightily fills us in some measure, we live the adventure of each day… living it NO LESS.
We “all” have a story. Though the details may differ, we share the common thread of Life, Love, and Hope that causes us to go where we may not have chosen to go, simply trusting it will be ok.
The diagnosis of breast cancer came the day after Thanksgiving of 2013, and shook my world, as I knew it.
There were procedures and tests done to confirmtheoriginal findings, then mapping out the tumor dimensions and specific location.
The team of doctors shared their prescribed protocol outlined for me. There was fear and doubt. I couldn’t put my finger on it; but their way didn’t fit me. There was no peace in my heart about the choices being recommended. My heart’s desire tugged at me to do “something” different; more natural. But what? What did that mean?
Getting other medical opinions and options outside of my insurance network helped buy time for the whirlwind in my head to clear.
Call them divine appointments if you wish, but I bumped into old time friends who upon my inquiry began sharing “their” treatments and the accompanying side-effects. Many of these effects resulted in permanent and irreversable damage.
Considering I wasn’t fond of most medicines, and being a wee bit stubborn, the quest was to find alternative treatments, having the least amount of unhealthy side-effects.
I believe my days on Earth have already been determined, but perhaps there was a cancer protocol that would encourage a better quality of life for however long I would live.
My heart was being led in a direction not covered by insurance. The consequence(s) of my treatment would now be mine to bear, to be paid “out-of-pocket”.
Who could ever imagine how expensive a naturopathic protocol would be?
Counting the CO$T:
Weekly Dr. visits dealing with strengthening physiological systems, toxin reduction, and nutritional shortcomings.
Daily medicinal compounds, supplements, and tinctures.
Procuring and consuming specific varieties of foods (organic only). While much is eaten raw, bland, or low-temp cooked, most is juiced to fulfill the high, daily quota of hourly, living enzymes, minerals and vitamins.
“Do I want any coffee?”… I joke a bit and say, “Yes, I’ll take my coffee to go; hold the cream and sugar please.” The multiple, daily, organic, coffee enemas help remove toxins and rebuild the liver. A Must, as the liver is the primary organ in which toxins are filtered out in support of a healthy immune system.
Rethink, replace, and stay away from toxic household products, including your bathing, cooking, and drinking water. Buying clean, untainted water. It would be nice to buy a special water purifier, but $$$.
Tests that monitor the status of the cancer, and the presence of potentially growing tumors.
All blood work and urinalysis adjusting for what is, and isn’t, working.
There is more, but you get the idea.