I Am Still Here, But You May Have Noticed a Lapse...

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Roberta C.
Joined: 8/23/2013

Hi, all! I have missed these forums and have spent a little time cruising around for what I have to catch up on...butvwill be in and out for a bit here.

You will recall in have had great success in weight loss across almost two years now, and my nutribullet helped keep that going starting late last summer.

Then in Oct., I started having back problems. Had kicked up my exercise a bit to take advantage of the decreasing bulk and thought I may have overdone it. Three episodes of "pulled muscles" between then and late January was getting exhausting, x ray showed a broken L1 vertebra, healed.

But a fourth event in early March did not resolve. PT exacerbated the pain, and I suddenly lost sensation hips down. Rushed to urban neuro center assuming pinched nerve and emergency surgery waits MRIs that reveal lymphoma, with tumors strangling my spine. A week ago I underwent surgery to remove tumor fromnthe paralyzed area and gather material to biopsy. Sensation returned to legs, am in rehab facility now to return to walking and strength as I prep for my first chemo Thursday next.

 

I am blessed. The weight loss was my effort slow and steady and healthy over two years. Cancer is not getting credit for my good and hard work. I am in the only bed in any facility in my region that allows rehab and chemo to occur concurrently. I am blessed. My nutribullet is on my counter at home waiting for me to return to it. Meanwhile, the Rehab's social worker has been masking a bigger blast for herself each morning and bringing me a portion. I am surrounded by people who love me mightily, some of whom were strangers to me days ago. I am blessed.

I have some serious conversations set for my oncologist as wee get down to battle in the days ahead. Nutrition is key for me, so you must know how blessed I am to cruise the survivor section of these forums. My course is mine alone, and I look forward to discovering precisely what I can and must do before, during and following what looks like will be 16 sessions of treatment across the next 4-5 months.  I am going to win this battle, and then continue to pursue my weightloss to excellent health. Know this. 

BobbieAnne I am so sorry to hear about this new development. I have no doubt with your resolve and determination you will beat it!! Just a couple of suggestion Remove as much sugar from your diet as is possible. add ginger, curcumin or turmeric and Indole 3 Carbinol (from broccoli)to you blast and diet. Get the book Out Smart Your Cancer and read about Protocel. www.outsmartyourcancer.com Please keep us informed on your progress or if I can do anything for you. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.
We missed you BobbieAnne. Our thoughts are with you as you fight on! Keep us posted on your progress. We're here for you :)
I am soooo wanting to get back home and to my 'bullet. I am being nourished here, but in an institutional way, of course. My digestion is sluggish since the chemo, and I want my veg-heavy, turmeric and ginger-heavy, life-filling smoothies back as my daily! And I want KEFIR to nudge my bowel. Wally, broccoli every day once I get there (and others of that FAM? Cauliflower? Brussels sprouts? Cabbages? Or focus on the trees? And cumin for the curcumins? Remind me? Oy!)
And thank you, Krista and Wally, for your concern. I have *always* felt like an important part of a strong and responsive community here!
I wanted to let you know how I am doing: a PET scan I had last week shows that after 4 rounds of chemo, there is no evidence of cancer active in my body. I will do two more rounds then go on watchful waiting. I am hopeful I will be one of two out of three lymphoma patients who will suffer no recuuence of this disease. If I turn out to be the one of three who does, I am confident I can again tolerate the treatment. I am now able to return to blasting (um...YAY!) and need to counter mild anemia. Any suggestions?
BobbieAnne wrote: I wanted to let you know how I am doing: a PET scan I had last week shows that after 4 rounds of chemo, there is no evidence of cancer active in my body. I will do two more rounds then go on watchful waiting. I am hopeful I will be one of two out of three lymphoma patients who will suffer no recuuence of this disease. If I turn out to be the one of three who does, I am confident I can again tolerate the treatment. I am now able to return to blasting (um...YAY!) and need to counter mild anemia. Any suggestions?
Yayyy! Great news. If you are referring to iron-deficiency anemia, then some foods rich in iron and including some vitamin C rich foods to increase absorption. Blastable iron rich foods include: pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, raisins, Swiss chard, parsley, beans, and seeds. Vitamin C rich foods include broccoli, strawberry, citrus, pineapple, papaya, and bell peppers.
BobbieAnne that's great news!! Just get back on a strong blasting routine. I would also include broccoli, ginger, lemon, curcumin, and algaes like spirulinas. Healthy wishes Wally Bishop C.N.C.