I’ve been home from my pilgrimage for a little over two weeks. Most of that time I’ve been in bed. I got a painful lung infection over a month ago and the cold and exertion of being on the mountain were quite challenging. I’ve been to a couple doctors, and one of my greatest fears has been pretty well confirmed.
I need to have more tests, but most likely, the breast cancer that I was diagnosed with two and a half years ago has metastasized (spread) to my lungs. It’s a huge blow to my family and me. I’ve done so much to take care of myself; body, mind and spirit, that this is quite shocking. The oncologist (cancer specialist) has scheduled me for a brain MRI (to see if it has spread there too) and a PET scan. The PET scan looks at the metabolic activity of cells. Cancer cells metabolize sugars quickly, so using a radioactive dye (yippee), they will be able to tell if the lumps showing up on my lungs are cancer and how far it has spread. It also looks at the rest of the torso to see if any other organs could be affected.
I have a few amazing health practitioners to support and guide me, and loving family and friends, as well as a few different treatment options available. Western medicine is going to suggest Tamoxifen (an estrogen inhibitor) and some sort of chemotherapy concoction. There are many many chemo drugs, so they have to decide what they think would be most effective.
From a complementary perspective, I am using some wonderfully powerful theraputic essential oils, I have a fantastic chiropractor/energy worker, and another energy worker that has been with me through a lot of hard stuff. I am also looking into starting to take injections of Iscador, which is derived from mistletoe and comes from Europe. There have been very positive case studies that show it’s effectiveness.
So, we have hope and our mantra has become “one day at a time”. I don’t know how Figs with Bri will really fit into all this stuff since I don’t have any energy for cooking right now. The nature of the blog may shift as my focus does. I’d love to keep writing about food, but I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to write posts and we’ll just have to see how everything goes.
One last thing, my Figs with Bri email account is down right now, so if you need to email me, please just leave me a comment, and I’ll contact you from my personal email in the meantime.