So, I have almost finished my third chemo treatment…I am currently hooked up to my pump of poison and will get disconnected on Wednesday. I am happy to report that I still have my hair! I told my doctor that I still have to shave my legs, so I am taking that as a good sign that my hair is still growing!
I am 3 weeks into this crazy journey and I have decided to combine a holistic/natural treatment with my chemotherapy. While I am participating in genetic counseling and testing and believe there may be a connection, I strongly believe that environmental factors played a role in my early development of colon cancer. The holistic/natural treatment is more of a lifestyle change that will continue to strengthen my body, mind, and spirit as well as help prevent any reoccurrence of this or any cancer.
So now for a little knowledge…
Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US? Regular screenings are the best form of defense, but if you have no family history of colon cancer, or symptoms then prevention is the best form of defense until you are eligible for a screening. 90% of colon cancer can be prevented with recommended screening and if found early enough is one of the most treatable forms of cancer.
Did you know that approximately 10% of all colon cancer cases diagnosed are in people under age 50? The incidence and mortality rates are decreasing in those over 50 and increasing in those under 50.
Did you know that young- onset has a preference for the distal colon (the segment of your colon right before the rectum begins) and often presents in an advances stage? This is where my cancer is and it has metastasized to my liver.
So with this knowledge in mind, lets talk about preventative treatment…or holistic or natural treatment. The body itself is a powerful entity, but pair it with a strong mind and soul and it becomes a force to be reckoned with! I believe that one of the reasons there is an increase in young onset colon cancer is environmental- specifically diet. Those under age 50 are exposed to more processed food in a shorter amount of time vs. those over age 50. While we cannot completely eliminate processed foods from out diet, we can decrease the amount we are consuming. It is important that you Know Where Your Food Comes From! Eat more fruit and vegetables that are locally sourced, meaning they are grown within 300 miles of where they are sold; buy fruits and vegetables that are in season for where you live; and buy more organic. Buy and consume meat that is naturally raised. Naturally raised means the animals are raised in a humane way, fed a vegetarian diet, and are never given hormones. These few changes will help jumpstart your lifestyle change.