Better than 50%

On special request from my grandmother, Lulu, I will attempt to write more often.

alternative cancer treatmentShe put it to me quite nicely yesterday: “I don’t want to bother you, but I worry!”

Well don’t worry Lulu, because I am fine – Je suis tres bien aujourd’hui. J’ai travaille avec ma mere pour etre “okay” avec ma chimio, j’ai aussi commence a faire un menu pour que Zsolt puisse me faire de la nourriture quand je suis fatigue* – and I am writing.

I was just saying to my mother the other day, ‘Who are these people coping well with chemo?’ because I hear of them, but haven’t actually met any of them – nor have I see their blogs online.  So, that started the google search mission. Both she and Zsolt have managed to find stories where people cope with the treatment and do not suffer any treacherous side effects. Mind you, each chemo approach is different depending on the cancer. For instance, one lady had chemo every three to four weeks. I’ll be having chemo every two weeks, later followed by every week. However, I’m trying to ignore that side of their good news and focus on the positive stuff – people cope well, and are able to carry on with their lives.

And on that note, Mom found an interesting website. There was a little boy – three years old – who was diagnosed with a cancer that has a survival rate of about 3%. Now that’s scary. But his parents took it upon themselves to give him every fighting chance possible. Years later he is cancer free. His dad ensured that every possible option was explored – and while there was probably an element of miracle in his great recovery – watching this father speak was a source of inspiration for alternative ways I can better prepare and protect my body**.

But you see, it’s not that I want to turn away from the medical advice provided. The doctors I have worked with are very experienced, specialize in breast care, and know what they know. So that isn’t it. I’m still having the chemo. I’m still having the radiation. I’m still doing the hormones. But . . . I still want to do more. I want better than 50%.

A long time ago I worked for PWC, and while working there – during a purge of office clutter and clean up – I acquired several pads of PWC note paper. On every page of this notepad it reads: ‘Have I explored every angle?’

Apart from loving to have that sweet copywriting opportunity, I admire the statement.

Have I explored every angle? Not yet, but I’m trying. Today I went to the acupuncturist. In a few weeks I’ll start treatments. A while back my breast was removed. In the meanwhile I’m taking supplements. On top of that I’m lessening estrogen-encouraging food in my diet. Tomorrow I’m going to the shop and buying glass containers to replace my plastic Tupperware (though I do love my Tupperware). Tonight I’ll try to meditate. And all the while my air filter is running, getting rid of mould and mite crap from the air.

Why not fight from every angle, what’s so wrong about that? Nothing.  Not a thing.  Nada.

So, that’s encouraging.  🙂

* Thanks for translating, Mom.

** Watch Bobby’s father describe their efforts to beat cancer and reduce the side effects of chemo treatments. It’s broken into parts. Click here for Part one, Part two, Part three, Part four. You can also visit their website, where proceeds go toward supporting other children in a similar situation: http://www.bobbyshealthyshop.com/

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5 thoughts on “Better than 50%

  1. Your guest blog on that Facebook site was amazing! I hope you read the responses to the entry. My only response to that could possibly be “you go girl!” as cheesy and 1990’s sitcom that is 🙂
    As for this entry….what’s the point in fighting unless you’re going all out?! So good for you! Go big or go home as we say when we’re back in Canada. 3% is still better than 0% and 50% is even better but yes you deserve better than 50% and I believe you will get that other half of the pizza!
    Keep fighting Catherine!!

  2. Hi Catherine,

    Through your mom and dad, you have the alternative therapy and holistic part of the equation which is complementary to allopathic medicine.

    Your dad’s guided and unguided meditations are very special, and your mom has wonderful practical exercices. When the doctors and nurses say 50%, I say 100% because they don’t know how powerful your parents are with their work. And they don’t know what a fighter you are!

    Mom, dad, JP, Daniel, Zsolt and Catherine… that’s a very cool team!
    Plus, you’ve got many of us as your cheerleaders.

  3. Hi Catherine! so happy to meet you, thanks to Marie JBBC 🙂
    Sometimes the angle isn’t fight, but just nap or waiting that time passed. Dont’ get more fatigue than it’s necessary by always fighting.
    You’ve got cancer and traitements, you didn’t got the obligation not changing.
    Courage and kiss,
    Looking forward your next post… and drawing !
    (excuse my english…)

    • Hi Cathie – I most certainly agree. Tomorrow I’ll be going to Bath and hanging out in the spa. All I want to think about is beautiful location and hot thermal water. Cancer can take a holiday while I rest 🙂

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