Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The significance of nine......

The number nine is quite significant, let me tell you why.....

Half of all people diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer die within nine months. It's been just over nine months since I was diagnosed and I'm still here - WOOHOO!!! Talk about gratitude with a capital G!!!

My last oncologist appointment was not great - news wasn't good but wasn't terrible either. My most recent CT scan showed no improvement but also no disease progression in the left lung. However, there has been some disease progression in the right lung. The plan is to do a repeat CT scan at the end of July and evaluate whether or not it is time to go for the standard IV chemo cocktail.

In the meantime, Fran the man and I are here at the Kushi Institute in Becket MA on a 2 day personalized program learning how to become macrobiotic. Some people have had great success with macrobiotics and I've heard talk that the western medical community is planning to do research. I just want to do what I can to support and strengthen my own immune system. I may also go to a local Catholic retreat center for a few days of spiritual contemplation.

It seems this cancer stuff requires a multi-faceted approach - eastern, western, body, mind, and spirit. So, how about that for a holistic approach - who knew you could combine Japanese and Catholic philosophies and practices!!! It's a crazy and wonderful world we live in.......

So peeps, be happy, be healthy, and enjoy this crazy ride   ; )     

XOXOXO

11 comments:

  1. So glad to get this update (but sorry the news isn't better.)
    Stay whole/holy/healthy, also (from the Latin) integrated.

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  2. Fran,
    I have discovered if that if you can get your mind going in the right direction, the body will follow. Unfortunately, it also goes the other way as well. Which is why it is so important to "be the ball" (to quote CaddyShack).

    That is why I became a Reiki Master. It helps get the body/mind/spirit in alignment which helps boost your immunity system so that you body can heal itself faster.

    Good luck on your spiritual retreat. I am pulling for you.

    Nameste' Sista! ;-)

    xoxoxxoxo
    Leslie

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  3. Hi Fran:
    I hope that retreat was all that you hoped. I think of you often and miss you.
    Love
    Jeannette

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  4. Fran, my father was diagnosed stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer 2 weeks ago. He is 88 and over the last two years he began to become a little forgetful. He continued to back up a little at a time.Now he is sometimes lucid but his short term memory is very scattered. With the news from the oncologist I am not sure he understands what is being explained to him. He has lost 10% of his weight this past eight months and is tired all the time. He has expressed a interest in radiation therapy on the condition that it does not effect his appetite or cause pain. How should I discuss this with him ?

    Thank you for your thoughts as I search for something I do not understand.

    Tim Carter

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