Surgery is less than a week away. My stomach gets all knotted up at the thought. It’s been a journey, and even while I don’t look forward to the outcome, I’ve also come to terms with this as my next course of action. I credit my new team of most knowledgeable doctors.
First, Dana, a friend who is now my naturopath, has been so supportive and thorough with her care. Yesterday, I also had my first consultation with Dr. Michael Schachter, an MD to whom Dana referred me. He’s been treating cancer patients holistically for decades. He is opposed to the invasive treatments that are the conventional standards of care, but also recognizes the emotional challenge of living with cancer in one’s body, so encouraged me to have the surgery if that’s what feels right. He will help me manage the rest with natural means, bypassing radiation and hormone therapy, and chemotherapy if that is recommended.
I left Dr. Schachter’s office feeling confident in him and my decision to have surgery. I am off the fence. I am having surgery. I’m not questioning it anymore. It feels so good to finally land with this decision.
One thing Dr. Schachter did challenge about the surgery was having any lymph nodes removed—for several reasons. First, it’s invasive. Second, the lymph nodes are there for a reason: to clear away the bad stuff, including cancer cells. When any nodes are removed, the body’s internal cleansing system becomes compromised and other problems such as lymphedema can arise. Also, if cancer is detected in any of the nodes, conventional doctors will tell me I need chemo, and since I am electing to heal through natural means, why not keep my lymph system intact and avoid the risk of long-lasting side effects?
I called the surgeon’s office to let her know I don’t want the lymph nodes removed. She’s on vacation and may not learn of my decision until the day of my surgery. I fear she will throw me onto the street! Seriously, I expect a strong argument.
I also realize that some of my treatment decisions may seem risky to some of you who are reading. Please remember that I have early stage cancer. I’m a member of several discussion boards, and read daily about women who have succeeded in resolving their early stage cancer through alternative means. One of the most talked-about ways is through intravenous vitamin C therapy, and this is one of the protocols that Dr. Schachter has prescribed for me.
I won’t even try to get into all the chemistry of it, but the bottom line is that high doses of vitamin C can kill cancer cells—without all the non-selective bodily distress that radiation and chemotherapy cause. I had an IV treatment yesterday and will resume having weekly treatments for three to six months beginning 2–3 weeks after my surgery. Dr. Schachter has also added some new supplements to my protocol that he has used successfully with his cancer patients.
So, surgery on Monday, then I await the pathology results. Hoping for the best, as always. Thank you, everyone, for being there. Really. The support feels palpable sometimes. 🙂