The test results are in.....
Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Kathy's Blog on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

As if the drama of a CT scan wasn't enough, in my last blog you read about the added drama of mom's medication causing 'loose bowels'.  Well, she survived that and now we wait for the test results.  After four chemo treatments, mom felt in her heart that the cancer was gone, she just needed her doctors to confirm it. 

 

I had just gotten off the air and was sitting at my desk answering email when mom called.  (There go the butterflies in my stomach!)  I took a deep breath.  "So?  What did the doctor say?"   There was a bit of a pause and mom said, "I'm in complete remission".   

 

"Really?!"  "Really", she said.  I let out a squeal so loud the two women in the office down the hall asked if I was okay.  OMG what a relief.  Now what?  The doctor said even though she was in remission, it is vital that she complete her recommended treatment.  Two more rounds of chemo.  My head starting spinning as I was already thinking about her post-chemo treatment.  I had heard that some non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients go through a bone marrow transplant to reduce the risk of the lymphoma returning.  That likely isn't an option for mom so I found an Integrative Cancer Care Center that will plan her post-chemo treatment.  It will focus on proper nutrition, exercise and relaxation techniques.  We could ALL use that! 

 

Actually, when I did an interview with Dr. Roberta Lee, one of the first graduates of Dr. Andrew Weil's Program of Integrative Medicine and author of "The Superstress Solution", I asked her advice on recommendations for cancer patients.  This is what she said......

Focused breathing - during which you think about your breath as you inhale and exhale.  A slow, full breath triggers physical and cognitive changes that promote relaxation.  Deep breathing helps release tension and anxiety and is a great energizer because the deeper the breath, the more your body is flooded with life-fueling oxygen.

Visualization - You must be in a relaxed state, which allows you direct access to your subconscious mind.  When you feel relaxed, begin by visualizing any scenario that will calm your mind and bring your awareness back to the present.   A sunset/sunrise; sitting at the base of a tree, surrounded by wildflowers; your body completely healed!

Acupuncture - Modern research shows that the practice makes biological sense.  It stimulates the release of natural painkilling chemicals - endorphins - that automatically enhance feelings of wellness.  If you choose to include acupuncture as one of your relxation techniques, make sure you see a well-recommended practitioner.

Reiki -  Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

Daily Affirmations -  Can be a powerful tool for reducing stress by increasing feelings of personal power.  Try some of these or create your own:  I can handle whatever comes my way;  I am in charge of my life; I open my heart and allow peace to fill my presence; I am strong and the universe is my unlimited reservoir of energy; Today I will see things through a positive lens.

Family & friends -  Most scientific studies cite social support as the number one determinant of how people handle a stressful situation.

Whey protein shakes -   An excellent way to get much needed protein, especially when cancer patients have decreased appetite.

 

In addition to making sure mom incorporates as many of these as possible into her routine, I am planning a PARTY!  She won't complete her treatment for a couple of months but it's never too early to plan a party!!

 

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