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My diligent mother was doing her own in depth research now that she had 2 daughters with breast cancer. She started sending me links to these Cancer videos. I drug my feet to watch, but once i started I was hooked. They were long. They were terse. They were informational. They were eye opening. Ironically, they came out only this October 2015. Destiny? I don't know. There were 9 documentaries. Each documentary was about 90minutes. The documentaries consisted of interviewing MANY physicians and health professionals and researchers within what insurance companies call ALTERNATIVE medicine. Here is the link If you feel like checking it out... http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/ . I had lots of questions. I instantly became my own research assistant. I thought my computer time was too much already, I was now permanently glued to to my computer, my ipad, and my iphone. I took notes, then re-watched and took notes again. I researched ALL the people mentioned in the documentaries and came across Dr. Veronique Desaulniers the "http://breastcancerconqueror.com/ ". I bought her audio book and listened to it 2 times. Then a 3rd time and took notes. I also came across this site http://www.americanaci.org/ and this guy Bob Wright author of Killing Cancer- Not People . There was a definite theme that kept repeating. 1) Yes you can cure yourself naturally 2) Yes you should be detoxing your body, your household, your spirit 3) Yes you can use herbs and supplements 4) Yes you should be exercising and eating mostly cruciferous vegetables right now 5) Yes you should include stress relieving regimens daily .
Bam! My decision was made. I was going to cure my breast cancer naturally. It all made sense and seemed to Fit ME best considering my health & fitness background and spiritual beliefs. I began my mission and had no idea what was in store for me or WHO could essentially help me. I went to a 3rd doctor to get another opinion, extensive blood tests, and to check out the option of "integrative" medicine at http://www.blockmd.com/ where I met with another author and doctor. I thought I could get some diet advice, and perhaps utilize some of their integrative services and have it be covered by insurance. I had informed them prior I was going to be healing naturally and I wanted some guidance. The Dr. opinion was Yes I needed surgery because my cancer results contained "cribriform". I was told to contact his surgeon friend and line up a surgery in the next few weeks. The dietician in my opinion was very amateur and gave me very basic text book guidance. The therapist could see I was on my journey and felt my emotional and spiritual behaviors were A ok and told me to do a bit of meditation each day. After 20 vials of blood, I walked out of the center past patients receiving chemotherapy.
I left feeling like sh++. I learned that "integrative" means using "complementary therapies that address the physical, nutritional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of healing" AFTER surgery. AND furthermore, NO these services are NOT covered by insurance. Just to be clear, "Conventional medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery." I learned the definition of WHAT I was seeking to be "Traditional medicine which is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness." After all my readings, my OPINION and simplistic dissection of differentiating the 2 are: Conventional is based on the technical biological science that we study in schools, and Traditional is based on how particular segments of our population have repeatedly used natural elements to help heal the body.
Time to get my brain straight and pump myself up for this journey ahead of me. I now saw it was gonna be a very tough and challenging one. I realized I was personally being challenged and my belief is it was happening for a reason. So in true Tami-style, I picked up the reigns and charged forward. No looking back to see if I made the right decision. No looking back and feeling sorry or regretful. No looking back and judging.
My MRI also came back in week 4. I was told they found suspicious areas in the other breast and wanted me to come back for another Breast Biopsy. I made the decision to NOT have a 2nd Biopsy and to start my Alternative journey, which I will now officially start to call Natural Healing. I declared this in my head so I can be strong in my decision and keep trudging through this quicksand. I feel like ALTERNATIVE has perceptions of "it's not good", "it doesn't work", "it's quackery", "it's not necessary" AND the FACT that it is NOT covered by Health Insurance also SENDS THE PUBLIC MESSAGE to People that it is NOT good and NOT supported. According to WIKIpedia, "Alternative examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the science-based healthcare system." Thanks WIKIpedia!
I sat in front of my computer majorly PISSED OFF at the world of Insurance, the world of Peoples Perception, and the world of What Government Deems acceptable in regards to our Health Care. I was PISSED OFF that because I was CHOOSING my declared
3rd Option (that is what I am now also officially calling it) that did not include surgery or drugs, Insurance would not pay for my choice. I felt penalized. I felt let down. I felt ripped off. I felt deceived. NOT the feelings I was going for BUT necessary to provoke CHANGE. It catapulted me into a solid Natural Healing mode and I have not stopped since.
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Tami Herbst xo