A dear friend is worried about having breast cancer. Her doctors had an urgent sound in their voice when advising her to go in for a surgical biopsy. The picture they showed her of a suspicious spot near her armpit scared her. The story in my friend's head was that she had stepped on to the cancer "merry-go-round" and that, once diagnosed, cancer would recur until a traumatizing end, which would be forever in sight. My heart went out to her.
Stories are important. They affect our emotions. They affect neurotransmitters, hormone levels, and immune system cells. Stories affect not only the reactions we experience but also our outcomes in life.
Last night, I invited my friend to step into a different story. Whatever the diagnosis, she could become educated on alternatives, begin to learn more about what her body needs, and take more proactive next steps with her diet, nutrition, and lifestyle.
I referred my friend to Patrick Quillin's book "Beating Cancer with Nutrition" and Bill Henderson's books." I asked her to get educated on a half a dozen topics ranging from self care to diet and supplements to improving lymphatic drainage (the waste removal system in the body) to IV vitamin C treatments.
I also forwarded today's news item on the role of cellular iron levels and cancer. According to research reported today:
"A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) may soon help to spare some women with breast cancer from having to undergo invasive and toxic treatments for their disease.
Investigators found that low levels of ferroportin, the only known protein to eliminate iron from cells, are associated with the most aggressive and recurring cancers. The finding suggests that testing for ferroportin levels in women with breast cancer may one day help doctors to more accurately predict whether their patients’ cancer will return. It may also help some women with high levels of the protein to avoid invasive or toxic treatments such as chemotherapy."
My friend wrote to me just now that the prospect of getting educated and taking new actions made a huge difference. She wrote: "Today my outlook is more hopeful and optimistic...I also have a new way to think about this that isn't quite so dark and dismal."
My friend has her surgical biopsy next week. I am holding her in my prayers and heart.