Kicking breast cancer ass

Now it’s all starting.

Cancer is a scary word. Like my mother said, hearing the diagnosis initially feels like a death sentence. But it isn’t – it doesn’t have to be. And like the nurse said, if I had to have a cancer, I’d choose breast cancer. So there you go. It’s scary, but not impossible. And now is the time to start kicking ass.

My family has dug into the research. Thank goodness for them. My husband is googling everything he can. My mother is finding food that inhibits estrogen production. My father is giving me meditation exercises. My brother has referred me to an acupuncturist (he’s one himself, but I’m not in Canada). And my other brother is always good for a chat and a relief of the mind.

Today I called and booked an appointment with a TCM acupuncturist. That’s Friday afternoon right before work. Tomorrow I have a MRI scan to check the rest of my body. Next week I have more scans.

I have two lists of food – those I can eat, and those I can’t. Here’s a list if you want to see yourself, however I have to check a few things out more comprehensively and compare to other sources of information before I’m certain on all these points.

I’m meditating. I’ve always said prayers to myself late at night, but now I’m focusing on releasing my fears and releasing pent up energy from my body.

I’m punching. This is something my mom always does. She ‘punches out’ her anxiety and issues. Normally I don’t do this – I write instead. But she has been encouraging me to punch. So, late last night my husband and I started punching for about one minute. We were punching out the cancer and telling it not to spread.

I realize they aren’t medically proven techniques, but does that matter? What I can say is this: all day yesterday my breast was sore, and that soreness was spreading. But last night after my meditation, punching, and cup of estrogens-inhibiting orange juice, the soreness melted away. Though it may return as new doubts swamp my mind, It’s good to have a plan.

When I take action I feel like myself. I don’t feel like a victim.

By the way, if anyone has any great recipes for the following items, I’d love to hear them. Keep in mind I can’t eat eggs, beef, pork, potatoes (boo!), or tomatoes (and a number of other items shown through this link) because they all produce estrogen, which would cause the cancer to grow in my body.

Berries, Broccoli, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Citrus Foods, Corn, Figs, Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates), Grapes, Green beans, Melons, Millet, Onions, Pears, Pineapples, Squashes, Tapioca, White rice, White flour

Man, I’m hungry for lunch!

5 thoughts on “Kicking breast cancer ass

  1. I still remember how hard our black belt test was back in 1998, and I saw the fighter in you then. So I’m sure that you will be able kick ass with your bumpy boob 🙂

    And if your unfamiliar with a black belt test…just think of the hardest physical exertion that your body has ever gone through and multiply it by 1000.

  2. Catherine- you don’t know me but I have known your Dad for the last 19 years. He has helped me many times through the ups, downs and sometimes sideways journey life presents to us. Over the years I have had glimpses of your family life running into you parents at a farm we both shop at, the Loblaws where we buy our Friday night bag of chips, crips on your side of the pond and his then weekly Pepsi. I saw you long ago when you worked at Chapters here also.

    So that’s the intro to who I am.

    Today was the first time Tony asked me for anything of true importance. He asked me to send out a prayer request for you to those in my prayer network. I have seen first hand the blessings of faithful prayer in the health of our youngest daugther who was has some health issues since birth. I prayed for you this afternoon and had a real sense of calm.
    May God continue to surround you with kind,knowlegeable caregivers and restore your health.

    with love to you
    -Sandie Cramm

    • Thanks Sandie,

      I had a very tough morning today but pulled through, and I’m sure the prayers and thoughts you sent were a big help in my finding that strength. It means a lot to know others are with me. Thanks for your message; I appreciate it very much.

      Oh, and I enjoyed remembering Friday night pizza with Pepsi, and working at Chapters – so that was great to read.


  3. Hi Catherine,

    I’m very impressed with your blog. It’s great to see you’re using the methods your family have developed to “kick ass”. Tony, Marcelle, JP and Daniel are very special people and the advice they share is extremely helpful. I’m continually sending my positive thoughts and visions to you and your family during this bumpy journey. All my love,


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