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Olivia Newton-John’s Journey With Breast Cancer After More Than 20 Years

Olivia Newton John

When I read that Olivia-Newton-John once again continues her journey with breast cancer, my heart sank.  Olivia, now 70 years old, first entered the journey in 1992.    She underwent a mastectomy and 9 months of chemotherapy.  She was declared cancer free.  Twenty-one years later, there was a recurrence.  Olivia was in a traffic accident and a lump on her right shoulder turned out to be metastasized breast cancer cells.  She underwent conventional and natural medicine, which she says helped to boost her immune system. It’s now been over 25 years since her first diagnosis and in September 2017, a tumor was found on her spine.

Olivia and Suzanne Somers (diagnosed in 2001) both used a combination of traditional and non-traditional treatment on their journey kicking breast cancer’s butt.

Since Olivia has used non-traditional, natural methods on her journey, I thought I would share a segment of my own journey thus far.

One of the things that is not widely known is that when some women are declared “cancer free” medical professionals do not advise them how to stay cancer free through diet, herbs, and vitamins.  The thing with cancer is that even if the doctors believe that the cancer cells have not metastasized, there’s no guarantee that they haven’t.  All it takes is one of those mutated cells to get into the blood stream, end up in an organ or a bone, and when the environment is right, start dividing and creating a tumor.  I read a story by a woman on her journey who was told she was Stage 1 and with the tumor removed, she was cancer free.  About 5 years later, her hip started hurting and there was a tumor consisting of the same breast cancer cells.

Olivia Newton-John is proof that even with metastatic breast cancer, patients can use natural methods to keep it in remission for 20 years or longer.   However, it takes lots of research to find out just what works for each individual because not every breast cancer patient has the same cancer cells.  Read the rest of this entry

Getting Through Another Chemo Treatment

Yesterday, my new oncologist prescribed dexamethosone.  It’s a long, nightmarish story for why that is necessary.  In summary, it is due to another oncologist administering a chemo drug to me that was unnecessary just because he had the authority to do so.  It started in October with this being a reaction to the same drug;

That’s necrosis, folks.  After it healed in late November, the oncologist appeared to not like that another oncologist jumped in leading to that healing, so on December 6, 2018, he had to try to undo it.  This time around, things did not end up with outright necrosis, but some of the skin texture did change, with purple swelling and burning pain.  The administration of that same drug did result in me being admitted to the hospital for 4 days because of life-threatening issues it caused.  That oncologist resigned his practice on January 17th. Read the rest of this entry

One Of The Stupidest Cancer Drug Commercials Ever

There appears to be lots of commercials for medications to treat cancer and currently, there is one for a drug called Verzenio.   The commercial says that Verzenio is for POST MENOPAUSAL women with metastatic breast cancer with certain receptors.  At about 40 seconds into the commercial, it begins with warnings about what the drug might cause.

Then it enters into stupidity.  The commercial actually says to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or plan to become pregnant.  WHAT?!?  Does whomever wrote the commercial know what post menopausal means?  I actually did a rewind 5 times to make sure I heard the commercial first say that the drug is for post menopausal women.

 

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