Hello beautiful people, I am in a state of pure bliss thinking about at what this past week has brought. I've received a flood of messages from a wide range of new followers asking for a condensed version of what it is I did on my journey of healing and for any key pieces of advice along the way. While I've posted about all of this information before, it's been in bits and pieces throughout the duration of my blog so I've decided to condense it into one to hopefully clear things up!
First I'm going to start by saying that it's time to reinvent the hold that this disease has on us. Try referring to it backwards - "RECNAC." It doesn't have such a fear-stricken connotation this way. Whether you choose to heal via chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, cannabis oil, lifestyle change, or anything in between - know that this is not a place of judgement but rather a place of SUPPORT. Just because I healed in the following way does not mean that this exact regimen will work for any and anyone with cancer - this is what worked for ME in my journey. My hope and purpose behind this website is to raise awareness that it is YOUR choice what you do to your body. It is not your family's choice what form of healing is best for you and it certainly is not Recnac's choice what it does to you.
Positivity and prayer were the key players for me in keeping an empowering mind frame throughout the healing process, which greatly attributed to the success of my treatments. This is why it is so important to BELIEVE IN THE ROUTE YOU TAKE and be in charge of your journey, no matter what it may be.
The beginning of my diagnosis felt as though I was faced with two options, and two options only : "Do this treatment regimen" OR "Here's the number of days you have left" (essentially do this or die - pretty extreme, huh?). The worst part is you typically don't get months, weeks, days, or even hours to prepare for that kind of news. Nope. It hits you harder, faster, and stronger than you could ever imagine. And in my case, it was completely unexpected. The problem is that a lot of times this unexpected and tragic news creates tunnel vision. Our first thought and main focus is "okay, just make it go away" and not "okay, what is the root cause of this?" or "what IS cancer?" which is exactly what causes us to go with the first option we're given. Being the strong-willed (some would say stubborn) person I am, I didn't like either of the options I was handed. SO - I created my own.
- DON'T TAKE THE BACK SEAT this is YOUR journey! Devastating? Very. End of your life as you know it? It probably seems that way. BUT, the awesome thing is that the power of prayer and positivity can take you extremely far. Read, research, pray, ask, reach out, think positive, look at ALL angles. The best thing I ever did for myself was to take the time to learn what cancer actually is at a cellular levelrather than look at it based off of society's definition of cancer. Once I knew how cancer played the game, I spent hours and days on end coming up with a plan as to how I could play it better
- I prayed and prayed for God to show me the way and to take my hand on this journey, which is exactly what He has done. After a lot of contemplation and research, the signs were unignorable. I decided to heal holistically, but I also knew that I needed structure and organization to do so successfully without getting too overwhelmed by all of the changes. I spent days and weeks researching different clinics. I crafted color coded documents comparing pricing, treatments, pros & cons, etc. My heart lead me to Mesa, AZ to a lovely little adobe style center called An Oasis of Healing. This is not the big glass building with beautiful art work and valet parking that you would expect or that you're treated to at other health facilities. For any preconceived notion that this treatment route is glamorous, it is actually far from it. It is beautiful in it's own way; simple and close to nature. You can read about my initial diagnosis, back ground, and decision making in the links at the top of my web page, so let me cut to the chase and take you into what my treatment at Oasis looked like.
My treatment plan included:
- High dose vitamin C infusions 3x per week
- Blood ozone therapy 1-2x per week
- Colon Hydrotherapy 3x per week
- Lymphatic drainage with the use of grapefruit and frankincense essential oils 2-3x per week
- Manual lymphatic therapy 1x per week
- Myofascial release 2x per week
- B17 injections 2x per week
- Coffee enemas 1x per DAY
- Acupuncture 2x per week
- Dry brushing to increase lymph flow every day
- Rebounding/walking/low impact exercise as much as possible
- Infrared Sauna 30 min, 3x per week
- Insulin Potentiated Therapy (Low Dose Chemotherapy) 6 sessions total of the Bleomycin, Etoposide, and Cisplatin
- 64 oz of green juice per day (I didn't always reach this amount, but I tried my best!)
- Raw vegan diet 100% of the time.
- No meat, eggs, gluten, dairy, processed sugar, little to no natural sugar (only organic granny smith apples for fruit)
- Yes, it was VERY hard, I will not sugar coat that. But, no route of healing cancer is easy!
- We had classes every morning that were tremendously helpful with this component. Some days they were raw vegan cuisine classes where we learned how to use different kitchen tools like dehydrators, juicers, etc. As well as how to incorporate different spices and superfoods in order to avoid feeling like all we were eating were vegetables 24/7. We made things like raw vegan cheesecake, cheesy kale chips, walnut taco meat, and yummy smoothies.
- Other days of class consisted of preparing for the transition home, discussing how to make our environments at home chemical free (cleaning supplies, beauty regimen, etc), or just talking about our days ahead at treatment.
- Counseling, laughter therapy, and mediation were always available to whoever wanted/needed it that day
A typical day of eating 100% raw vegan at treatment looked like this:
- Hot lemon water upon waking
- Early morning snack: 16-32 oz green juice
- Breakfast: Either granny smith apples and celery with raw almond butter OR superfood protein smoothie loaded with healthy fats, nuts, seeds, avocado etc
- Late morning snack: Raw mixed nuts with goji berries
- Lunch: Large salad of some sort (walnut taco salad, raw waldorf salad, etc)
- Snack: avocado + tomato + himilayan salt and olive oil, raw cashews, 16-32 oz green juice, raw crackers with spreads
- Dinner: We had a variety of things like Raw Zucchini Lasanga, Raw pasta sauces with kelp noodles, Raw veggie burgers etc
I also ate out at local raw vegan restaurants and had things like raw nachos, veggie wraps, etc.
Things I did in addition to my treatment "plan"
Meditating, journaling, and being in silence were recommended to us patients at Oasis in order to connect with your inner being. However, this did
work for me. My "meditation" consisted of what probably seems like a rather strange morning routine to many, but it was the right fit for me. The first thing I did in the morning was have my hot lemon water and read my daily devotional for the day. Then I did my coffee enema, during this time I educated myself. I found articles and followed different influential people in the holistic community on social media like Ty Bollinger, Chris Wark, and Dr. Charles Majors. Each morning, I read about a different holistic topic or scrolled through their posts, which really helped me understand
I chose the path I did. It helped to continually remind me of my belief and strengthened my faith that this path was going to work for me. Some days I woke up completely sick of anything related to health or holistic healing or cancer - so I read about religious uplifting posts, stories of how God has transformed others' lives in big ways, which proved to be insanely inspiring. When I was done with that I would crank up my Christian playlist and belt the lyrics while I got ready for my day. (I'll post a few of my favorites at the end of this post). Music was a form of prayer for me many days when I couldn't find the right words to say or when I was just feeling lost and defeated. It lead me back to a place of clarity in genuine gratitude and endless love for Christ. It made me reconnect with the fact that I was living out God's plan, and although extremely difficult, it was greater and more beautiful than anything I could plan for myself. I knew He was breaking me down to nothing to build me up to something beyond measures.
Diet wise I also kind of took my own little spin on things. I focused on NOT allowing myself to feel deprived, I thought about how the food I was eating was nourishing my body to become strong and to support my body in ridding cancer. The power of intention was everything to me both in diet and in treatments. Don't get me wrong, I had my days. We were served "pizza" one day and I about had a stage 5 meltdown kindergarten style when I saw it looked more like a lump of mush veggies than a pizza. (No offense Janet if you're reading this, most of the food was incredible but please don't call it pizza if it's on a bed of lettuce. Right?) I still went out and did things, because I'm a very social person. We would go out to eat, or to do different fun things on the off days of treatment and I would just make sure to bring my own food and supplements for the day!
What I do now, post-cancer:
It hasn't been easy trying to find a balanced and sustainable lifestyle, but I get closer and closer as time goes on.
Here is what my regimen currently consists of: ~8 months post treatment
- 100% vegan diet (not 100% raw)
- 100% processed sugar free, dairy free, meat free, and gluten free
- I do enjoy organic vodka or titos vodka with lots of water and some lemon or organic dry red wines from time to time (I really, really like a great party and dancing - but I definitely have limits)
- High dose vitamin C once every other week
- Colon hydrotherapy once every other week
- Coffee enemas 3x per week
- Exercise: rebounding, walking, low impact weight lifting
- Dry brushing
- Aim for 16 oz green juice per day, if I run out of juice I make a GIANT green smoothie
- Bioidentical hormones
- Vitamin C
- B complex
- Glutathione (for liver support)
- Digestive Enzymes
If this overwhelms you.. good. That means you're completely normal. It should be overwhelming to someone who has never done all of these things before. It honestly kind of overwhelms me just looking at all those bullet points and I'm the one who wrote it. It is all a lifestyle journey and it takes time! Even if you may not be able to do everything right now, breathe. You will get there.
For me, going to a treatment center took away the stress of organizing and planning everything myself - but it was still a lot of work! It was dedication every single day and keeping a positive attitude regardless. The key was to never expect perfection from myself. We all start somewhere. Don't compare your "here and now" to someone else who has already walked through the path. There's always more green juice you could drink, more steps you could take, more time you could've spent in the sauna instead of in bed, and so on.. The important thing is that any effort in your day toward being healthier than yesterday is progress. You are striving toward a healthier you and that's incredible. Give yourself credit for how far you've come. No one gets there over night.
By no means am I perfect, I have my guilty pleasures. I fall off and get back on. I am human, but I'm headed in the right direction. The more I learn the harder it is to ignore that this is God's purpose for me. Sharing my journey with all of you is such an incredibly amazing gift from God and I thank you deeply and sincerely for taking interest in my story!!
I look forward to growing together in health and happiness,
With endless gratitude and love,