After suffering with vaginal bleeding for many years, I finally decided to have a hysterectomy in November 2008. I chose to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy because it was less invasive and the recuperation time was much faster. I was anxious to get back to my work as a classroom Special Education teacher.
Everything was cut into tiny pieces so that it could be removed through the small incision in my belly button. They call this process morcellation. It's not the best way to remove cancer! But it wasn't until a week later that the lab informed my gynecologist that they had found uterine leiomyosarcoma there. I was also told that leiomyosarcoma does not respond to chemotherapy or radiation. Removal by surgery is the best form of treatment. My doctor consulted with M.D. Anderson about my case. I had a second operation to remove my cervix and check for any signs of cancer in my abdomen. The cervix was cancer-free and there was no sign of metastasis. Now it was up to me to strengthen my immune system so that it could fight the microscopic remains of the cancer and prevent it from returning. My lab report said it was a Stage II/III with a mitotic count of 100 in 10X magnification field. The sky high mitotic count definitely downgraded my prognosis. I was told I'd have a 50% chance to live 2 years, and a 20% chance to live 5 years. My mother immediately told me that I was going to live, and I believed her.
Please join me on my journey to strengthen the immune system. Throughout this blog you'll find information about nutrition and supplements that researchers have shown to stop angiogenesis (a fundamental step in the transition of tumors from a dormant state to a malignant one). Discover how to use your mind to direct the healing process, which type of exercise helps stimulate the lymph system, and so much more. Come to a place where the talk is positive and uplifting, and where integrative and natural treatments can be explored.
NEW! December 2010 I have gone for over two years without any recurrence of the cancer. When you are speaking of Uterine Leiomyosarcoma, that is a milestone! Every day is precious. My number one goal each day is to stay peaceful and calm inside, like it feels when you've just had a massage. Guided Imagery and Meditation help me to do this, along with walks in nature and deep breathing. My second job is to focus on myself: my nutrition, my supplements, my juicing, my exercise... and so much more. It's my job now, and I don't feel guilty about doing it. I still have time to cook for my family, keep the house clean, shop, run errands, and teach a little bit. But all of those things have to come second to my staying well. So I pace myself. I hope you will be encouraged to stay on your path for healing.
NEW! October 2012 It has been almost 4 years now since my diagnosis. I have remained cancer-free. My lifestyle is second-nature now, and very enjoyable to me. I hope to encourage you on your personal journey to strengthen your immune system.
NEW! June 2014 It has been nearly 5 years and 7 months since my diagnosis and I continue to remain completely free and clear disease. I continue to follow the entire anti-cancer program, and will do so for the rest of my life because once you have had cancer it is normal to have microscopic cancer cells that remain in your body. But your immune system is designed to keep them in check and will do so if you continue to follow a lifestyle that keeps the immune system functioning properly. That includes keeping stress hormones turned off with meditation and guided imagery!