“Facebook Post upon diagnosis –
Warning: This post sucks.
I thought I could get through this without burdening everyone with it and then I realized I have surrounded myself with the most amazing, loving, healing, beautiful people on the planet and I need you right now.
I was recently diagnosed, after a biopsy in January, with an aggressive breast cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Grade 3).
The last six weeks have been a blur as I have been going through a battery of test, researching all the latest options available through traditional & natural medicine & keeping to every two-hour protocol of supplements & juicing.
I have consulted with six medical doctors in the US & reviewed the results of MRI’s, CT Scans, Xrays, & Blood work with my medical doctor. After considering their opinions as well as that of many cancer survivors & natural healing practitioners, I have decided to have a double mastectomy to remove the cancerous tumor and reduce the risk of it returning. The pathologist will then determine if the cancer has metastasized and what Stage they feel the cancer is.
I’m feeling well, however repeating the story to our family members wore me out, so I hope you will forgive me for not delivering this information personally. To facilitate keeping everyone updated I have created a group I named ‘Dance YES to the No’s’.
It is certainly going to be a journey, but I would like to stay in the mindset of moving towards better health and balance rather than fighting some big ugly monster called cancer. I want to stay in the now – I want to laugh – and there are a lot of funny things to laugh about.
I’m not one to go down easily, but perhaps I did too much bragging that I was recently celebrating my 20th anniversary of the “three-month expiration” notice I was given for a brain tumor in 1994, when I decided to follow my intuition and take a natural approach to my healing.
And I can tell you I regret complaining about these big boobs since I was 14… Ladies, love your tata’s, no matter what they look like!
The roller coaster ride begins… I am sitting in the front row, eyes open, hands in the air, screaming like a little kid, scared sh*tless. Thanks for coming along with me. I love and appreciate each of you to the moon and back!
Two years later/current – “I am happy and well, living life to the fullest, finding the new normal… I refuse to fall victim to cancer.
I cannot imagine going through this without the constant support from family, friends, doctors, energy healers and my Squatty Potty – 3 of them in fact, one in every bathroom!
The bowel issues that come from all the medications and chemo can be unbearable and can impede the healing process. Think about it… if you don’t get that toxic crap out it is like taking another dose of the poison.
With the Squatty Potty I did not suffer the pain of the strain, nor inflammation and irritation from sitting too long. I believe getting full evacuation helped negate the nausea that always accompanies chemotherapy.
If you are reading this and you are supporting someone going through a cancer dance, remember to laugh… laugh a lot! Also, try to understand that surviving the treatment is the easy part… the hardest part comes later. As your loved one must rediscover or invent themselves, grieve the loss of their former self, adjust to limited energy and abundant fear and anxiety, trying to move toward vibrant health while dealing with the long-lasting side effects of treatments that no one has prepared them for. Understand that they sometimes feel guilty for not being grateful they did survive, because this new life is so different and not what they expected. Realize they may suffer survivors guilt as so many around them do not survive. Be patient, the light will come back as they adjust and continue to embrace the hope that has gotten them this far. “
-Linda, Squatty Potty