I wish these posts were dated, I'd like to know how long ago Rosanna posted. In Jan 2011 I had a breast lump discovered in a yearly mammogram. I researched and listened to several doctors, then made my own choice. Since cancer cells are our own cells which for some reason begin to grow wildly rather than dying when they are old, I did not want to attack my own body. Instead, I chose to remove the lump surgically and then boost my immune system. From the biopsy, we found that my small lump was triple negative, invasive carcinoma with a non-invasive carcinoma below (deeper) it and it was already metastatic because it was in both the blood and lymph system and there was one positive lymph node. I turned down further treatment and the doctors suggested that it would be back in bone, lung, or brain within 6 months.
I researched a book called Anticancer: A New Way of Life but David Servan-Schreiber MD PhD, a brain researcher who lived with recurring brain tumor for 18 years. He had standard treatment but also supported it with immune-supporting diet, psychotherapy for old wounds, meditation and innovative use of spices, fresh foods, and supplements. I chose to use his plan without chemo and radiation because I have lived all my life with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue after a car accident when I was 3 months old. I did not want to have lymphodema or other side effects to complicate my life further. I was 70 when I had the surgery and I am now 74. I had no more pain than I was used to, and had a happy life, writing, drawing and enjoying my family. I began to be very fatigued with little reason but assumed it was more Fibro fatigue. A routine chest x-ray for some hand surgery revealed that I have many masses in all three quadrants of both lungs. the CT scan showed "highly suspicious" of metastatic breast cancer. At this point I refused the lung biopsy because I have no intention of doing the standard treatments for the same reasons as before. I prefer to live the rest of this life in peace, without attacking my body because it is sick. Due to arthritis (I need a knee replacement and the hand surgery for thumbs and wrist joints), fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, I chose to enter an assisted living center where I am quite happy with some company, and the work done for me. I have some lower back pain which the CT scan showed is degerative disc disease in L3 and L4. I have some "sore muscle" type pain in my sides after sitting a long time because there are tumors in the lymph nodes connected to the lungs. They feel like they are pressing out against my ribs. I'd rate it about a 4-5 on the pain scale of 1-10. I have oxygen 24/7 because my levels were dropping. It has improved my energy quite a bit. I still consider my life good. I attend church, I go to lunch with my daughter, I see my granddaughter and her little boys every week. Since the day I knew I first had cancer, I consider that I've never been extremely uncomfortable. I take one Ibuprophin and one tylinol every night at supper which keeps the dull pain down so I can sleep well. My doctor asked me if I discovered brain cancer if I would have brain surgery and I said absolutely not. No more surgery. Not lung or bone or brain, none. So she signed me up with Hospice and said I my prognosis is 6 months. That's what it was 3 years and nine months ago. She looked me in the eye and said I could live 2 years. I think it will be about one more year. There is something to be said for knowing how one will die and approximately when. I still eat very carefully and take supplements to boost my immune system. I will have no more surgery, no more tests. I'm writing my memoir and a book for each of my 11 great grandchildren with the help of one of my granddaughters who is an artist. I enjoy every day, spend about half a day in bed every 4-5 days. I go to bed at 10 pm and get up at 7 am. I'm happy and I'm not "fighting." I am letting go and letting God. What I have chosen is not for everyone but I think it should be a choice available for seniors and others. Google "Doctors Die Differently" an article on what most doctors do when they get cancer. Very enlightening.