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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Alternative treatments are many and it can be daunting trying to decide what to do, but it is worth the effort to try and find out what feels right for you .All of my doctors have told me that they have been able to give me the maximum treatment, both chemotherapy and radiation because I was well. This seemed a very strange thing to me considering that I had cancer, but as time went on I began to understand what they meant. I did not have any other chronic health problems which may interfere with or limit the drugs that I could be treated with or it may mean that they would have had to offer me less treatment. I am also convinced that my naturopath helped me to get through my treatm ents by supporting me with supplements, especially to help detoxify my liver in between my oncology sessions. Now I am ten months post brain surgery and eight months since brain radiation and I am feeling much stronger and starting to enjoy some of the activities that I previously enjoyed, like gardening and reading. I am also doing the Encore program again very soon. Ed and I have bought a small camper van and hope to be able to enjoy going on little trips in between my Herceptin treatments, doctor’s appointments and our weekends with Crystal. We are just trying to enjoy every day together and spend time with family, especially our children and grandchildren. I hope to be able to contribute more to my support group and friends that have been so supportive of me through this last 2 years. I realise how very fortunate I have been in having such a supportive, loving and caring husband and family, it must be very difficult for people who do not have family or a good support network. Life is a learning experience for everyone but what the last two years has taught me is to always find something to be thankful for and enjoy each day that we have. The past is gone and the future will take care of itself, we just need to face each challenge as it comes along and do our best. Live in the moment. The Rock-itt would like to thank Julie for telling her story. I’m sure her bravery and fortitude will be an inspiration for others experiencing the same challenges.