You never know how strong you are...until being strong is the only choice you have

When I discovered the unknown lump in my left breast, I knew something was wrong I had a feeling that it was cancer, I tried not to think that it was not but I can’t lie to myself like that. I didn’t know much about breast cancer, until I was assigned to prepare a persuasive speech in front of my speech class. I decided on breast cancer, I didn’t know much about it anyway and did my research. I didn’t have to prepare much or write an outline. I managed to dig deep and talked to the class unscripted. I somehow tied it all to what I was going through from the discovery of the lump and doctor visits to the fact that you or someone you know has been effected by cancer and I am one of them. Even though I didn’t know for sure at the time if I had it or not but I felt that I did. My cheeks trembled fighting back tears and that deep pain in my chest as I talked about my personal life with strangers for the first time it was scary but good it was practice for breaking the news down for my family and friends... after class one of the students came up to me and said I’ll be here for you if you need me... I was so touched by her and to confirmed I am not alone in this journey. As with many people who experience cancer, we’ve all been told we have 5 years to live with stage IV terminal cancer and there’s nothing we can do for you after conventional treatment fails. BUT I believe there IS! There are people out there who live beyond the statistics and have turn over to alternatives to fight cancer for good. That means changing your diet, eating natural foods that keep you alive, have a positive attitude, surround yourself with positive people, and following a spiritual path. I believe healing and restoring my health better than it was before. I pray every day for this cancer to go away. I am able to live normally have the strength to live on with a purpose and believing I am healed!

Content

Alternative med and New Years resolution

Sunday, December 30, 2012 0 comments
Made a visit to local clinic after Christmas and it went well. Doc said that the diets I am doing and supplements I am taking now is good but is not good enough and can be better! Right now I have to do many tests to check my nutrients and chemicals in my body and find out what is really causing the breast inflammation and preventing me from getting completely healed. So this new year I am going on a strict diet! No liquor Animal fats etc.... This treatment plan... Not sure how long I will be on it but I'm sure it will take some time get my body cleansed and back to normal. This place is out of pocket only and no insurance can cover, usually is with this type of practices. The first appointment cost $395 and after that 95 a visit per hour. Yikes! But thanks to my friends and friends of friends I have enough to get me by :)

The Plans: $2000+
Tests-
RBC elemental analysis
Spot iodine
Oral chelation
Spectra nutrient profile
Blood hormone estrogen
Genomic detox profile

Monthly:
Supplements after tests- $48-86
Onco x
Oncoplex
Iodoral
Vit D 5000

Inflammation- $49-74
Wobenzyme
Curcurplex cr
Reseratrol
Omega 780

Liver- $44
Biocleanse

New oncologist recommendation: works with patients who seek alternative med I need to do some research on her and meet soon. My current onco does not do anything with immune or health to help fight cancer.

Diet-
If it is not on the sheet don't eat it :) I have the Core Food Plan: Enjoy a rainbow of food every day list.

Lowest Tumor Marker Level Ever!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2 comments
Yesterday went in for my follow up with the oncologist, I see him once every two months now. The cancer is declining and the tumor is continuing to get softer and is less prominent than it was 3 months ago.
The cancer antigen results is 59 from 114 in September. Normal range is 39-. How cool is that?! Onco, brought up removing my ovaries so I don't have to take the hormone blocker shot anymore, but I would still have to take Zometa the bone builder and Arimidex cancer cell killer.
I am thinking about it, but if I can control my hormones with organic diet(Eating Cruciferous Vegetables) then I don't need to remove anything. It is really about about diet to improve quality of life naturally and eating foods that don't kill ya! Along with that praying and believing in healing also helps! :) God keeps me calm through my journey and he will pull me out of this when it is time! 








Who says organic is expensive!?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 0 comments
Well yeah agree it sure is, but def worth buying to fight cancer, healthy nutrition, and to prevent many health issues. You know why it is expensive right?! If not just email me and I will tell you. I was doing research on my paper and stumbled upon a NY times articles and read through the comments section and discovered http://healthylifedeals.com/ a website that does all the work for you finding the best deals and coupons for organic products! I never used coupons for food before and I am going to start now, I promise I wont be on extreme couponing =) Trader Joe's recently opened here in San Antonio and all the Cali folks are happy happy!

Whole Food Coupons: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons

Trader Joe's Coupons: http://healthylifedeals.com/trader-joes-coupon-deals-1112/


5K4JS

Friday, November 9, 2012 0 comments

My awesome friends back home in San Diego are hosting a meet up 5K! To help send me on my way for treatment! Hope all of you can make it, if not share with your family and friends in town!!! Don't want to miss out on this event! Movin Shoes will be giving out $10.00 discounts... the holidays is just around the corner and am a size 8! ;)

I am so grateful for my supporters beyond words! LOVE YOUs!

Event details:

The scoop:

$20.00 donation to walk or run the 5k. You can register with a cash contribution at the start or go online and register with a donation here:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.paypal.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Fwebscr%3Fcmd%3D_donations%26business%3DQB6ZXP3USCZZJ%26lc%3DUS%26item_name%3D5K%2Bfor%2BJulie%2BSou%2521%26item_number%3D5K4JS%26currency_code%3DUSD%26bn%3DPP-DonationsBF%253Abtn_donateCC_LG.gif%253ANonHosted&h=RAQHfHGpj&s=1

We will meet at Movin Shoes in Encinitas at 8am on Saturday, December 1st and walk to the start line. The course will be out and back from Encinitas to the Cardiff Kook and back. Gorgeous ocean views and a way to be fit and have fun!

All participants will receive $10.00 discounts at Movin Shoes, and we plan on eating (drinking a beer or 7?) afterwards in downtown Encinitas.

Tough choices ahead...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4 comments
Earlier this morning I got a call from the Onco in class and stepped out to answer...

Your blood work came back positive for high estrogen levels.

You have two options:

1. Extra dose of Lupron:shut down the ovaries and stop them from producing estrogen so there is less estrogen to fuel the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.
2. Remove Ovaries

I dropped a few tears for a second before going back into class. Prayed and have been pretty good the rest of the day and this evening.

I still need to call him back and discuss this. Also I think it might be a scare? Because I didn't get the Lupron shot in September! I will have to let him know and see if it matters and do the test again seriously.

As you all know I want to preserve my ovaries, but if removing them will save my life and I can always adopt. I still believe in natural healing...


Cancer go kill Cancer, not me and other womenz and menz! UGH!





October Updates!

Saturday, October 13, 2012 0 comments
Time is flying by so fast! I cannot believe it! Almost 2 years ago I found a lump in my breast on Halloween eve, but was not diagnosed until December 2010. Yay to another year celebrating life and better healthy life choices. It has been a struggle! Battling with food I love to eat. :P

This year I celebrated my birthday at the Tower of Americas in San Antonio, the only place on top of the city I can watch the sunset and enjoyed an evening at First Friday down in the art district of King Williams with Marcy and also met with old friend I went to  high school with in Alaska, what a small world!

Cindy's Pink Ninja's & Sonic held a fundraiser for me to raise money for my Alternative treatment! Very blessed to have Cindy and the UTSA football Couch & TE players to help out that day, and customers! We raised about 2 grand. Yay!

After the birthday weekend I went in for treatment at CTRC, same news as always body is responding well to treatment. Now I can go in once a month for Lupron and once every 3 months for Zometa, and daily Arimidex orally. I didn't go in for treatment for September though, never got a call to go in for Lupron which stops estrogen & menstrual cycle, that feeds the tumor. YIKES! Which might explain the bleeding I had the following day. I did call the oncologist about it, but he did not have an answer for me, told me to go in to get my blood tested for hormone levels. Haven't heard back from him. Should I be concerned? I need to find a gyno to get my stuff checked and make sure nothings wrong in there. Tumor marker levels same is 114 from the last results of 111.

My bff and friends in San Diego will be hosting a Eat for a Cure fundraiser at Issara Thai Restaurant at Liberty Station. Please share with friends and family about the event! Amy's awesome mom will be donating 25% of the proceeds to the campaign on indiegogo! WoooHOoooo!!! 
Saturday October 20, 2012
6-9 pm
2558 Laning Rd, San Diego, California 92106

If you can't make it you can go to Campaign Site

Show me some loving!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012 1 comments
Thank you all for your support!
Stay classy San Diego!!!

Please visit my funding page.

http://www.indiegogo.com/JulieSou

Brothel, Bites, & Booze

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 0 comments
If you're in the San Diego area! Please join my friends on this awesome culinary tour on my birthday! Free food and booze for $45 and proceeds will go towards my alternative cancer treatment. I wish I was there to celebrate, but I will be working another event here in San Antonio.

Thank you SODIEGOTOURS, Biance Jaime, Amy, Collen, & Tyson for making this happen! Please see information below for details:

Julie Sou needs our help to fund her recovery from stage IV breast cancer.

On Julie's birthday this year, we will be hosting a downtown food tour celebration in the Gaslamp. The tour operator has graciously offered to do the tour for FREE so that 100% of the ticket sales will go to Julie's recovery fund. How awesome is that?

Please buy your tickets now so we can confirm whether we will need one tour guide or two. Here is the link:


http://sodiegotours.rezgo.com/details/41288/tysons-tour/41288/2012-10-06

We will also be having a special happy hour after the tour at Meze! Happy Hour on a Saturday! Downtown! Featuring:

- FREE FOOD
- Handcrafted specialty cocktails for $6
- Beer and well for $3

http://www.yelp.com/biz/meze-cafe-and-grill-san-diego

The Tour will be 1-3:30pm
Happy Hour will be 4-6pm

Free iHeartNom headbands to the first 20 people who buy their tickets.

http://sodiegotours.rezgo.com/details/41288/tysons-tour/41288/2012-10-06

If you are unable to attend either event, you can still donate here:

http://www.indiegogo.com/JulieSou
 
After the food tour enjoy
MEZE has planned 4-6

Byzantine Romance $6
Rain Organic Vodka, lemon, pomegranate grenadine, rosemary and sparkling water
Moroccan Mule $6
Apple Estate Rum. lime, sugar, mint and ginger beer
Drop It Like It’s Hot $6
Rain Organic Vodka, lemon, agave and jalapeno

Well Drinks $4
Patron $6
Mythos Greek Lager $4
Almaza Lebanese Pilsner $4


Complimentary appetizers

Hummus
Chick pea puree with sesame paste (tahini), garlic and lemon juice
Baba Ghanoush
Grilled eggplant mixed with tahini, garlic and lemon juice
Fiery Feta
A pureed mixture of feta cheese, roasted red pepper, olive oil and garlic
Grilled Shrimp
Balsamic and herb marinade
Mezé Sliders
Ground lamb, beef, and pork mixed with garlic, onions, mint, lettuce, tomato and fiery feta spread
 

How to help a friend or someone you love fighting cancer

Thursday, September 27, 2012 1 comments
Sharing this inforgraphic from #fuckcancer. I think it is a start if you don't know what to do. I have experienced friends who ignore me completely, friends who stuck around (love them!) and also met new friends (thankful!) along my journey. Click on photo to view it better.


No more juicing....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 2 comments
Myself! Last weekend headed over to the farmers market in New Braunfels and found a organic juicing company that can do it for me. Pretty excited no more cleaning! Will start using them soon after I finish my fridge full over carrots and apples. My next oncology visit is coming up next month hopefully my immune boosting diet and juicing will show good results.

Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1 comments
Going to start juicing this week and eat vegetarian meals for...... as long as I can do it. This is part of the Gerson protocol for patients with advanced cancer and also good for you to do drink daily anyway. To find out more about it watch Beautiful Truth and Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, both documentaries. Also check out this too: Foods_For_The_Gerson_Diet 

The juice they recommend to drink is carrot/apple, packed with nutrients and easily absorbed by the body. Drink 5 glasses a day. Good pairing to fight/prevent cancer. I don't know the exact recipe but I messed around with it this evening.

Picked up my Hamilton Juicer from Walmart. The juicer has the highest ratings on the site and the price was pretty reasonable $49.00.  Then headed to the grocery store and bought 12 organic green apples and 4 bags of organic baby carrot costing me $18. I chose the baby carrots cause it is already peeled and saves me time. But I guess that doesn't matter anyway the juicer takes care of all the pulp, skin, and seeds. Best way to drink it is to have it cold. The taste is good and you don't taste too much carrot.

Cup of Apple/Carrot Juice
1 apple
Half a bag of baby carrots

The worst part is taking the juicer apart and cleaning it. I put a bag in the pulp container to catch everything to make it easier to clean, but the gunk stuck to the top of the lid.










Tokidoki Drawing Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 0 comments
Yes there's a catch of course. First person to donate $500 will receive an authentic Simone Legno drawing from SDCC 2012

Click here to go to the Perk giveaway!



Body Aches

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Lately, I've been feeling bone pains through out my body in the morning when I wake up. Most in my upper back. I haven't done any serious exercising like weight lifting or anything to cause the aches. So, it's probably the side effects from Arimidex. Been taking motrin 800 more now at least one a day, trying not to take it too much. I look normal of course like I am not in pain, but I just suck it up and go on with my day.

I've been noticing tiredness during the day as well. Even though I get tons of rest and drinking mostly water and teas I feel so tired and I haven't even done anything but walk around or driving. How am I going to survive school this semester!?! I'll have take a ton of B vitamins since I can't do any caffeine or sugar  =P They do make organic caffeine free coffee, I should drink that would be some kind of placebo or something to make me feel better hahaha...

Going to order Istonix from my friend. Talked with cancer patient a while back and she says these products helped her get energy and strength during chemo. Cost a lot to buy but will last for 3 months. Amy bought me Isotonix OPC-3 to try and so far it is good, but for my condition I need more than that! I have to get ORAC, Digestive Enzymes, Reservatol, and Curcumin Extreme. Will order it today and keep track of my energy levels and also hoping that it'll be good to kill the cancer cells too along with treatment.

Tumor marker results for August

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 1 comments
Went in for a visit with onco before treatment. Blood work came back with a lot of abnormals lol but most importantly the marker levels went down from 169 to 111. Good sign! I will have to continue eating healthier, exercise, and take my vitamins. I've been taking isotonix opc-3 and 500mg capsules of Broccoli, Celery, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts,Yams, Carrots, Kale, Beet Root and Artichoke. All for a month so far it's been good for my immune system and cleansing.

Join my campaign!

Thursday, August 9, 2012 2 comments
To help raise funds to send me to Houston for treatment! I decided to go the Burzynski Clinic. I've been thinking about for a long time and something happened today that just confirmed my feelings for it. I spoke with the coordinator about it, and she said this treatment is only for advanced patients when conventional treatment failed or showing no progress.

 http://igg.me/p/200721?a=1005191 Click link here to check out the campaign! Thank you!

What is it?:  

Gene-targeted medications are drugs that selectively block the growth and spread of cancer without affecting the healthy cells. Targeted therapies interfere with cancer cell growth differently than cytotoxic chemotherapy and at various points during the development, growth, and spread of cancer. By switching off the signals that make cancer cells grow and divide uncontrollably, targeted cancer therapies can help stop the growth of cancer cells.
Targeted medications have shown to be tolerated easier than standard chemotherapy and radiation with no side effects or minimal adverse reactions noted.
There are currently close to 30 targeted therapeutics approved by the FDA (as of January 2011). This number grows rapidly with the advancement of the research in genomics. All of the FDA approved gene-targeted medications are available for treatment at the Burzynski Clinic. The combination of targeted medications is customized for each patient and determined by the type of oncogenes involved in patient's cancer (Personalized Treatment).

Chest Pains

Sunday, July 8, 2012 1 comments
For the last few days now I've been having piercing chest pains behind left boob I'm guessing some where near the tumor. Emailed doc about It today, praying it's nothing bad, just part of the side effects? :) I feel it more when I take a deep breath, sucks.


Treatment in Mexico.

Friday, July 6, 2012 1 comments
I have been considering going to Mexico for treatment for some time now after hearing stories about people heading over there and coming back to the states cured. I believe it. I know there's a cure out there not available here otherwise all pharmaceutical companies will go broke and doctors will be out of work..... That's just my outside opinion on that. So, if you work in the medical field I know you'll defend that! So shush.

I never pursued it because it cost a lot out of pocket and I don't have that kind of money, not sure where or how I can raise money for that. Maybe the school bus lady who got bullied will give me a cut of her $500,000! LOL Who are the people who donated?! Send me to Mexico, please! :)

Tonight my fiance brought it up because his co worker talked about the Mexico treatments. He made me cry happy tears and got me all snotty tonight;  there's no price on life and that he'll do whatever he can to make sure I am cured so that he can be with me for a long time.

I looked in Oasis of Hope & IIB Alternative Cancer Center. Been doing some research and trying to contact people who have been there and got treated. I will keep y'all posted on that.



Hormone Drug Update

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 2 comments
Hi y'all! Man I am pretty beat! Haven't had a chance to rest since my trip to Cali. For a whole month of June I'm laying low :) seriously. Need time for detoxing, peace, and relaxation.

The first day I took the pill around 5 pm, took a nap right after and felt loopy in and out of my sleep, and woke up with some minor joint pains and immediately took the 800mg ibuprofen, it helped.
After that no side effects :) I was able to go out and enjoy the holiday weekend without passing out! Woohhhooo!
Then I decided to just take the drug before I go to bed... Cause the bottle said not to operate a vehicle after taking drug. It can also cause memory loss... I can use the drug as n excuse if I forget something :) so don't get mad if I forget special events birthdays and what not! Haha jk hopefully not I need my brain for school for the fall.

I'm fighting a cough and a clogged up throat full of boogies right now... First time getting sick this year, yuck!

:)


New Hormone Drug: Arimidex

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 0 comments


 What is it? This medication is used to treat breast cancer in women who have gone through "the change of life" (menopause). Anastrozole works by lowering estrogen hormone levels to help shrink tumors and slow their growth.

Side Effects:
Constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, loss of appetite, body aches and pains, breast swelling/tenderness/pain, headache, dry mouth, scratchy throat, increased cough, dizziness, trouble sleeping, tiredness/weakness, flushing and sweating (hot flashes/hot flushes), vaginal bleeding, hair thinning, and weight change can occur. Changes in diet such as eating several small meals may help lessen the chance of nausea and vomiting. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), numbness/tingling/swelling of the hands or feet, persistent cough, unusual vaginal discharge/burning/itching/odor, unusually stiff muscles, pain/redness/swelling of the arms or legs, vision changes, bone pain, bone fracture, signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat).
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, jaw/left arm pain, trouble breathing, confusion, fainting, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

INFO from WEBMD site. 


Is this what depression feels like?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 0 comments
I need some motivation! Been laying in been now all day doing absolutely nothing and sleeping the day away.

I have a craving for some grilled goat cheese sandwich and too lazy to go to the market =p

Or even workout... Maybe some Starbucks would help?!

My tumor marker level has been on a the rise, not sure what the cause is but I may have to switch to another hormone therapy with more side effects than current one if it doesn't continue to go down and be stable.

Poopy.







Day Three Without Tamoxifen

Monday, May 7, 2012 0 comments

Last Wednesday I called for a refill with WalMart Pharmacy- their job is to verify with the doctor and that should take a day. It is Monday now and I have not heard back from them! Grr...

I also called the oncologist nurse and left a voice mail(I never get a live person) and she has not return my calls. I called again today because I took my last tablet on Friday.

I emailed the oncologist too and he's usually quick to reply. In the mean time I don't know what will happen because this pill is suppose to interfere with the activity of estrogen (which feeds the tumor growth). If I don't hear from Dr. then I must blow up his phone! :)

Story of my life bro! ayayayayaya....

and I have finals and then this to worry about, love my life =P

Coconut Oil For Everything!

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1 comments
My sister introduced me to this recently and I've also heard wonderful things about it from others. I've been using it on my face, eye make up remover, smoothies, and putting it my tea! I hear it is good to prevent cancer too. Here's a list of what I found.

• Skin Care- bye bye wrinkles

• Hair Care- shiny hair :)

• Heart Diseases- healthy heart less sodium

• Weight Loss- we all want to maintain this

• Digestion- regular bowel movement is necessary

• Immunity- good for fighting off infections/sickness

• Healing & Infections- like bruises!

To find out more you can check out this link here for detailed info Coconut Information This is the brand I use! YUM!

Crazy Dream

Thursday, April 26, 2012 0 comments
It's been a long time since I remembered any of my dreams (must have been the 20g of melatonin i took last night).
The dream: I was at the hospital and getting ready for surgery to remove the lump in my left breast. It felt so real! I just said F it just put me out and remove it. I don't know what happened after that, but I'm hoping I woke up to new sets of Boobies. :)
Maybe this means I'm ready for for the next step to whatever news that lies ahead...I'll be seeing the oncologist in two weeks.

Story On KSAT

Saturday, April 21, 2012 0 comments
Here's a story on the local San Antonio station! Glad I did it and had a nice talk with Isis! Click here to view video/article!

Interview with KSAT

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1 comments
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is coming up next month! I will be sharing my story to the community on the local news station tomorrow! I am really excited! You'd be surprise how uneducated people are about breast cancer, trust me I was one of them. =P So, don't feel stupid. That's why you need people like me to spread awareness about breast health. If you love your life and the people in it you are willing to do whatever it takes to continue holding on and so other people don't go through this before it is too late.

I'll post videos of the interview and let you know when it airs!

If you live in San Antonio, #texas sign up for race! SIGN UP FOR RACE HERE! CLICK ME


Treatment Updates

Monday, April 9, 2012 7 comments
I've been so tired today! I forgot about my good news report, anyway the last two months I've been going alone now since I don't have serious side effects after chemo, but maybe drowsiness today? or it might be from the high dosages of melatonin I took last night. I also have class after treatment too. BLAH

Oh yeah right good news... after being examined twice by a new assistant and the oncologist, the tumor is under control, it is still the same size, blood work and all is stable, good to continue treatment, and my tumor marker levels went down from 200 to 70!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go ahead and jump for joy for me k thanks =) I also found out that it is unnecessary to do any bone scans right now because the treatment makes the results look worst so it is not good to go off on how the treatment is working in that area.

Whatever it is I need to continue to eat healthy and exercise, right now I am doing the 90/10 90 percent healthy 10 percent unhealthy lol I need to change that to 100 =P

Love XO

How to Cope with Cancer

Thursday, March 29, 2012 2 comments
You can also apply it to anything that tries to bring you down =)

1. Problem solving
2. Information seeking
3. Fighting Spirit
4. Positive reinterpretation
5. Self/Cognitive Restraint
6. Seeking social support
7. Expressing feelings
8. Using humor
9. Seeking religion, faith, and prayer
10. Acceptance

Thanks to technology & social networking I can do these things hehe...

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life" Proverbs 13:12

Miracles do happen! Believe it!

Friday, March 23, 2012 0 comments
Thanks Steph for sharing this with me!

This is a story about a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at the same age as me, fought it, and was able to have a baby. Most docs say you can't have babies after Chemo! The key is to live a non toxic lifestyle and healthy eating. :)

Click here to visit Allison's Blog!

Pain in the left arm

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 0 comments
Woke up to the screaming sky and what feels like a bruise inside my arm between my armpit, elbow, and going to the back in the lattissimus dorsi area. Could be the lymphatic nodes but not too sure. When i touch the areas it is very tender. It was fine before i went to bed last night. Hoping it is not serious! Going to call the nurse tomorrow and she'll probably say take Motrin( ill ask for a high dose prescription :) ) and if it doesn't go away come in and have it examined. Yeah you take something to not feel the pain, but don't you want to know what's causing it? besides the boob cancer of course.

Interning @ SGK and other random blahs

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 0 comments
I was strolling to class one day passing the career center and stopped to look at the job postings and saw SGK positions on the board. I didn't plan on working during school, but this was only part time and flexible ours. Hey why not right? I applied that week, interview, and yay I am there! I never mentioned I have cancer until after. But yeah i will be helping with the races, health fairs, speaking in front of people about SGK and sharing my story! I think it'll be a good experience and meeting people!

As for the habaneros... My stomach hates it! It's so spicy I cried! I'm still eating it though because I go in for treatment next week so I'll look and see if there's any changes with my tumor marker level.

Other that I am physically mobile and feeling no pain, thank God and vitamins & vegetables! Lol




Habanéro & Garlic to Shrink Tumors?! Recipe

Monday, February 27, 2012 2 comments
You know I love me some spice! Ran across this recipe and testimonials that it shrinks tumors. Doesn't hurt to try and test it out and save my boobies from getting chopped off! Going to run to the store after school and pick up some peppers, I already take garlic extract supplements so I'll skip eating that. =P

(1) Freshly grate one habaneros pepper each day and put it on bread (persons unable to tolerate peppers can substitute freshly grated ginger (never from a jar).

(2) Freshly grate two cloves of garlic each day and put them on bread (since the "potent active ingredients from the peppers and the garlic disperse quickly... they must be grated each day, and eaten immediately". The bread used by Eidem was high quality Ezekiel sprouted bread [possibly found in the freezer section of health food stores and apparently at Publix]).

(3) Take 1-2 tablespoons of emulsified cod liver oil [or in certain cases evening primrose oil, see further details below] each day.

(4) Smother the grated garlic and habaneros peppers with real butter and eat it. No margarines of any type.

The use of both hot peppers (which contain capsaicin) and garlic as well as ginger is actually backed up by "mainstream" scientific research as all of these have been found to have anti-cancer activity, to wit for instance the article "How spicy foods can kill cancers" found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6244715.stm and "Pepper Component Hot Enough To Trigger Suicide In Prostate Cancer Cells" published at www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/39744.php. Also see eg Capsaicin and cayenne and Ginger and turmeric fight cancer.

Metastatic Breast Cancer ~ Made me teary =(

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At Stage IV, the disease is no longer considered curable, with the exception of the estimated 1-3 percent of patients who, for unknown reasons, experience longterm survival with stable disease or complete remission following treatment. However, even when the disease does continue to spread, metastatic breast cancer can often be treated as a chronic disease for a number of years. Until very recently, estimated mean survival time for women diagnosed at Stage IV or with distant metastatic recurrence was about one to three years, but with improvements in care, including a number of new non-cross resistant treatment alternatives that have been approved by the FDA since the mid-1990s, survival time with metastatic disease appears to have increased significantly.

A recent study from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center13 that compared length of survival of metastatic breast cancer patients treated at their institution in five-year increments, found that median survival had doubled to 51 months (range 33-69 months) in 1995-2000 from a median survival of 27 months (range 21-33 months) only five years earlier, 1990-1994. Five years after their diagnosis with metastatic disease, 40 percent of these patients were still alive, as compared with 29 percent during 1990-1994. At the initiation of their study, during the period 1974-79, only 10 percent of patients were still alive at five years and the median survival was only 15 months (range 11-19 months).

The woman whose breast cancer has metastasized or who has been diagnosed initially at Stage IV must live with the reality that her breast cancer can no longer be cured, and that the disease is very likely to take her life. Consequently, the length of the remaining time she has to live, and the quality of that time, become issues of paramount concern. For her, access to the best care can make a significant difference, both in length of survival and in quality of life. With luck, excellent care, family support, personal motivation, and a skillful oncologist, her disease is likely to respond to a number of lines of treatment that can serve to extend her life-many of which may be quite costly. She may join a clinical trial, or try to get compassionate access to experimental drugs prior to their approval through single-patient INDs or expanded access programs.

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Oops forgot

Thursday, February 23, 2012 1 comments
The 13th visit to treatment went well and my body continuing to respond to the chemo :)



Still Can't Believe.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 0 comments
I'm fighting cancer! Or that I am a one year survivor! =P I finally know what it means to be a survivor, I always thought you're one when you finished treatment and beat the cancer. But it can also mean that you're going through it, and you're alive and breathing everyday. Make sense I guess...


Anyway I am sitting here in the library trying to study, but I am too distracted. Like just out of nowhere saying in my mind I can't believe I have/fighting cancer. I've been tempted to try Adderall, I heard it is a good drug to to use for studying and bad for you at the same time, but you know I've been successful with school with out any help from drugs so I think I am ok... Wouldn't be good to take with my condition now.


Been up since 5 am, kinda tired!

12 Months

Thursday, February 9, 2012 0 comments
It's been a year now and I'm still here yay!

Unfortunately, I still have to continue treatment.

I'll be going in for my 13th treatment next week and get new updates on my prognosis.

I need to have the nurse poke me some where else cause i heard you can get vein scarring?! Idk haven't looked it up yet. And I refuse to have a port eewwww

So far I'm doing ok busy with school and that keeps my mind from my boobs, and also being distracted by my new love interest. Also avoiding being negative, getting angry, and surrounding myself with negative people. The pass few weeks I have been keeping to myself and rarely on Facebook these days not as much as i use to anyway cause I am on instagram now posting photos all day! Ha jk

All right peace out one love xo

J

Treating you like a person with diabetes

Friday, January 13, 2012 0 comments
I've been in la la land the last few days since I had a visit with the oncologist last Monday. I have to come back to reality some time. Good news I don't have to worry about having surgery anytime soon. Because there is not enough studies or substantial evidence that someone with my condition can be cured or live a long time. That's why he said he didn't recommend reconstructive surgery because he didn't want me to go through unnecessary pain and make sure I have a long quality of life. In the mean time I will be treated like someone with diabetes doing this treatment for the rest of my life. I'd like to think that I won't have to forever, be cured, and live long! Woot. Once the time is up for this hormone treatment, he'll switch me to another hormone treatment, the body will find other ways to be immune to it so we have to try something else that will work. If that doesn't work then later down the road I will have to do chemotherapy. (Aahhh shit my eyes are burning, eyeliner and tears don't go well together =P)

Well that's it... will start school next week that will keep me busy and the gym on campus. So, I don't have to think about my boobs. The rodeo is coming up, too never been going to check that out and go two steppin y'all.

Happy New Years 2012!

Monday, January 2, 2012 0 comments
We made it y'all, looking forward to be cancer free this year, I am tired of getting poked and pumped with toxic medications. Positive thoughts, love, and prayers. Thank you all for your love and emotional support! Kisses! I'll see the Onco next Monday about the boobie issues will keep you posted! =)

PS... Don't forget to Hang Up your PinUp for Pink Calendars. I am all out here in Texas, but my friends in California will be happy to send to you for purchase. Thanks!