Trish G. on March 22, 2009
I was Diagnosed with:
low grade oligodendroglioma with areas of anaplasia
Realtor full time
Type and Description of Treatments:
was on temodar for one full year. 3 pills a day for 5 days every month.
How do you feel today?
I feel great.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your life?
Taking responsibility for my own body and not just listening to the oncologists but getting second opinions and being very open minded about cancer which in my mind I dont feel that is cancer. I feel it is our immune system kicking in, the last resort to help strengthen our body. Be postive, release any anger you may have or hurt feelings, take time for yourself, try not to stress, exercise, get sunshine, diet is a major factor, I have changed that in the biggest way, I juice on a daily basis, drink barley mix, stay away from all meat, dairy products, white flour and sugar as all four of these products cause mucous in our bodies and the cancer feeds off of it. I eat alot of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water, I also do cleanses as well, parasite, liver, kidney, colon, ect. I also remove heavy metals from the system as well. Prayer is a big thing in my life as well. I pray everyday. These are just the major things that I have changed as I used to drink alot of the diet pop which is a big no-no, the asparatame is so dangerous, I spoke with a doctor that was taking trials to court and suing the FDA as she felt it was causing brain tumours. She would have used my case as well but I live in Canada and she lives in the States. The cell phone is another danger as well as it gives off radiation. Try to keep it away from the ear as much as possible. As a realtor I wore out my phone in 3 months my average bill was between 35 and 40 pages in 2007. Limit your caffeine intake as well. Anyways, I am getting a little ahead of myself just trying to get the word out there if it helps someone else.
What is going well for you right now?
My work, I love my work I love what I do and I love working with the public, I present myself very well, very personable, and it keeps me going. Did you know that I started working not even a month after my surgery, i just couldn't stay away nobody could believe it.
What is not going well for you right now?
My daughter. Her name is Ashley she is 17 going on 18. She is suppossed to graduate this year but not sure if she is going to, she has gotton into the wrong crowd with drinking and partying and such, she is not living at home, I find it very difficult as I love her very much, her father does not take the responsibility like he should, does not spend the time like he should, it is really sad. My fiancee is giving me problems as well, not having any children of his own does not understand what Ash is going through and anytime things gets stressful he gets angry and then threatens to kick me out of the house and such, very frustrating we are seperated as of now.
What has been the most challenging thing about having cancer?
Just figuring out what to do to build the immune sytem. When I was first dignoised they told me to eat how I usually eat do not take supplements as they will react with the chemo. I took the supplements when I was on chemo to build up the immune system as I got cancer because my immune system was done, we do not know how long we have so we have to get the answers we need. I thought that was very frustrating but I have done a lot of research been to support groups, natural paths talked with other cancer patients and such and feels it has helped me a great deal.
When difficulties overwhelm you, where do you go for support?
I don't think I have any that I can remember, I have been very lucky in that sense.
How have your long-term goals or life goals changed since diagnosis?
Of course, we are a gift on this earth and I was lucky enough to receive this second chance at life I don't want to take advantage like I did before with my body, we only get one!
What is your work arrangement right now? What are your hours?
I work all the time I am a realtor what is that line 24 hours a day sometimes it is like that but I love my job.
Since the diagnosis, what has changed in your work life?
What has helped you continue to work the most?
the support that I get from the team that I work with. We are #1 in our city and we all work very hard but we are all like family it is really hard to explain as I have never experienced this before. I love them like family I am so grateful.
What advice do you have for others trying to work through treatment?
Think positive, release any angry feeling or hurt towrds others, forgive, have a support system, positive people around you, sunshine, always try to think of good things. Think that the cells in your body are doing a wonderful job and they are going to get you through this. Its all mind over matter you may feel sick at times but its just for a short while you are strong and you will get through this and it will make you a stronger person. You can do it its not your time yet you have so much to offer this world!
How have you dealt with any side effects of treatment?
nausea in the last 3 months of treatment.
If "today's you" could give advice to "day-of-diagnosis you," what would you say?
what I had said earlier in the box since diagnosis what changed my life.