Monday, May 17, 2010
Anyone Want Some Booberries?
Hello everyone. Thanks for all the responses and prayers for Heather and I both. Heather left for Columbus today to see about the PARP trials. I told her that was great and she should give every avenue an opportunity. She had sent me a text so my response to her was...
"Hit this cancer with everything you've got medically, naturally, spiritually.....Just bring out the big guns girl! Tell that cancer 'I'm coming and Hell's coming with me!' " (this is my favorite line from the movie Tombstone).
She said I made her laugh! That made me smile:)
So I have been thinking of all that Heather is having to do right now, and I did not think it was fair that I be eating butterfingers, sour cream and onion chips, and cheese puffs (and I wonder why I have cancer?....although in my defense I never wanted these until chemo) Anyways, I have known it in my heart for quite sometime but I have been in my happy place....a world of denial....a world where I don't have to face the truth. And the truth is I can't wait until I am stage 4 to change my nutrition. The truth is there...staring me in the face. Even though I wish it would go away and leave me the hec alone, it won't. I can't be down here in Texas eating whatever sounds alluring to my tastebuds while Heather is up in Van Wert, Ohio drinking freshly made carrot and celery juice all day. So Kevin and I bought a juicer on Sunday. After our trip to Bed Bath and Beyond I was too wiped out to go by all the fresh fruits and veggies. Kevin dropped me off at the house and went to Sprouts, a local food market, and stocked us up on every kind of fruit and vegetable he thought could be put in a juicer. I mean everything...except for one thing. But I will tell you that a little later. We juiced carrots, celery, pineapple, apples, strawberries, collard greens, oranges, lettuce, spinach, and I don't even know what else. Believe it or not, it was really good. I mean I have been craving orange juice for weeks now. I think I have drank 3 gallons of orange juice in the last 2 weeks myself. You can only imagine what that will do to you. Especially when you drink a whole gallon of orange juice while you're eating a whole bag of cheese puffs at the same time. Trust me, EVERTHING is orange!..TMI?
So I have been juicing away and I actually like the taste so far....of course I have not been drinking just carrot and celery juice either. Yesterday I walked on my treadmill for 30 minutes. It was a slow pace but I upped the incline and took deeper, slower strides. It is a start, and I at least had enough energy to get myself to "the room" where the treadmill rest in early retirement.
So after Kevin and I juiced everything we could juice, I got on my laptop and was scouring the net. I came upon this study that was done by City of Hope, I believe it is a cancer treatment/research center. They did a study and found that blueberries slowed the growth of cells in triple negative breast cancer tumors. They found that in some cases there was cell death, and the overall weight of tumors in lab animals was 70% less with a group that was given blueberry extracts than the control group that wasn't. So I thought this was exciting news and I wondered why this wasn't plastered all over every internet site dealing about TNBC. The truth is ...their is not much money in blueberries for pharmaceutical companies. So unless your a new medicine with twenty or more side effects worth millions to big pharmaceutical companies you won't get a lot of fame. So thank you City of Hope for your research in alternative cures both natural and pharmaceutical for triple negative patients.
So after reading this, I told Kevin to listen up and I read him the article and made him watch a video. He thought it was very interesting then he got up and began putting on his shoes. Before I knew it he was grabbing his keys. I asked him where he was going. His reply was simple and sweet..."I am going to get blueberries....I did not get any blueberries." So out the door he went. It was actually a very touching moment for me. I thought to myself, "he really wants me to live!?" I know that sounds funny, but how many married people out there wish they could do it all over again, right?
So now I am juicing away and eating a lot a blueberries and loving my sweet hubby even more. As always I love to get your comments and thank you for becoming a follower! Share this link with your friends and help me spread awareness about Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Please click on the link below to watch this awesome video. Until next time my friends!
Blueberries and Triple Negative Breast Cancer