How did you first find out you had cancer?
I found a lump the year before when I was scheduled to have hysterectomy during a routine breast exam. The Doc said ‘don’t worry about it – we will watch it”. The doctor put me on estrogen therapy. Within a year I noticed a difference in the lump and made a doctor appointment. As it turns out, the tumor was estrogen fed so the estrogen therapy fed my tumor for a year.
How did you react when you heard the news?
I was in shock because I thought I was in control. When we left the doctor’s office I was disoriented and kept telling my husband he was going the wrong way to get to our house.
What course of treatment were you prescribed?
They told me I was stage 4 and terminal. The doctors prescribed a randomization and I had 3 Chemo treatments at 21 days apart and they followed me for 20 years.
What most surprised you about your treatment?
How sick I got. I vomited 12-14 hrs a day after each treatment. After the first treatment, I was put in the hospital for my violent vomiting because they didn’t want me to cause internal damage to my ribs and surrounding muscles. I was sedated for the last two treatments and still managed to vomit in my sleep.
What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
Stay Positive, eat as healthy as you can and do your research on what you can do to help yourself fight the disease in your body. If you elect to take Chemo, read about the drugs you will be given their relative side effects to be prepared. Pray, visualize, meditate and pray!
How long have you been cancer free?
26 years +
What lessons did you learn from the experience?
That my work is not completed here and my passion is helping others get healthy because we do need to take charge of our own health and we do have the power to change our bodies.
If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Take Charge of your Health! Your health is your future. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to question doctors if your gut is telling you something.
Jacque Miller specializes in area of Behavioral Nutrition. Since 1981 she has worked with thousands of clients in the private, corporate and government sectors.
Jacque has developed new integrative ways to determine the behavior connection that clients may have in relationship to their lifelong eating and thought patterns. Her approach involves assessing the whole person by relying on behavior tools, her extensive knowledge of holistic nutrition, and the use of nutritional supplementation and lifestyle education. When using therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) and targeting nutrition to promote healthy genetic expression this functional medicine approach addresses the underlying nutrition elements that may hinder recovery and cause disease. A systems-oriented approach that is patient-centered empowers those in recovery both nutritionally and behaviorally allowing them to create long lasting lifestyle changes.
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