Survivor Stories 2013:
1. How did you first find out you had cancer?
I felt a lump, but no pain. I had never felt better.
2. How did you react when you heard the news?
Absolute shock. There is no history of breast cancer in my family.
3. What course of treatment were you prescribed?
Before I knew a thing, I was rushed in for a lumpectomy, chemo, radiation, and then I opted for a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
4. What most surprised you about your treatment?
At the time, learning how many people get cancer compared to just 50 years ago. Now that I have studied cancer in depth, I am shocked that Western medicine doesn’t tell patients anything about prevention, nutrition, lifestyle, stress, and how the patient can help prevent cancer from coming back.
5. What would your advice be to anyone who’s just received a cancer diagnosis?
Get a few opinions. In addition to standard treatment (surgery, chemo, radiation), seek advice from a naturopathic doctor for the nutrition part and get blood tests for nutrient deficiencies, including Vitamin D and B12. Study the ketogenic low carbohydrate/low glycemic index diet. Don’t eat sugar or starches and grains, which turn into sugar and feed cancer cells to help them grow. You want to starve them. Don’t consume soy, processed food, nitrates, alcohol, tobacco. Only eat certified organic, nutrient-dense food, tons of vegetable–especially leafy greens–and only fruit that are berries or citrus. Eat all types of grass-fed certified organic animal protein, whole fat plain dairy such as kefir, yogurt, and cheeses. Take Omega 3 fish oil, and high-potency probiotics. Eat wild salmon, fermented vegetables, all types of nuts and seeds, extra virgin coconut and olive oil, and grass-fed butter.
Eliminate toxic chemicals in cleaning products by buying organic. Join a support group. Mediate on a positive outcome daily. Get 30 minutes of direct sunlight on your skin. Soak in Epsom salt. Filter your water and air. Take a brisk 30 minute walk a day without shoes on grass. Lift weights and stretch daily. Laugh to release positive endorphins. Eliminate stress and toxic people. Keep a journal. Focus on gratitude.
6. How long have you been cancer free?
7. What lessons did you learn from the experience?
Our health is in our own hands. Most illnesses and cancers don’t come through the air and infect us; we cause cancer cells to grow unchecked by depleting our immune system through an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Even if we have inherited a gene, we can prevent it from turning on and expressing itself or at least delay it. There is more power in every bite of nutrient-dense food and in a healthy immune system than in pharmaceuticals.
8. If you could send one message to all the Good Enough Mothers out there – what would it be?
Resolve to wake up every day and force your mind to focus on the blessings in your life. Be joyful about being alive. Change your perspective about going through your cancer process step-by-step and do not allow yourself to go down a negative path. Vow to cancel those thoughts immediately. Learn as much as you can from those who have gone before you. You will survive and thrive to help those who come after you.
Jacqueline Marcell cared for her parents with Alzheimer’s for five years, compelling her to write Elder Rage and to become a national speaker. After burying both, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now her presentations include “The Importance of Caring for Our Own Health,” “Alzheimer’s, Now Termed ‘Type 3 Diabetes,’” and “The Obesity Epidemic and Sugar Addiction.” Elder Rage is a Book-of-the-Month Club selection receiving 400+ 5-Star Amazon reviews, 50+ endorsements (www.ElderRage.com/review.asp), is required reading at numerous universities and being considered for a film. You can read an excerpt at www.ElderRage.com/samplechapter.asp. For more information about speaking engagements, visit www.ElderRage.com/speakingengagements.htm