Years ago I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Doctors recommended a complete hysterectomy. I begged the doctor to give me a month first to try homoeopathic therapy. He agreed. I changed to a complete vegetarian diet. The symptoms subsided. Two years later, the endometriosis came back. The doctor thought it was too late to try natural methods again but I persisted. Again, it worked.
Then in 2002, I found a lump in my left breast. I went to my doctor who ordered a needle biopsy and the test came back positive. Recommendations were made regarding the treatment (surgery followed by radiation and chemotherapy), but I chose natural therapy at the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta. I did not want to undergo surgery.
My friends encouraged me to follow my instinct. I didn’t tell my family about my decision because I didn’t want to upset them. I had confidence that the alternative therapy would work.
During that period, my friends and the regimen of natural foods I ate were the biggest factors in my life. I remained in a positive state of mind and found that cancer is definitely not a death sentence. By remaining positive, I did not fear a relapse because I know the disease can be cured.
People do not believe that I had cancer because I did not undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Now I can encourage others, telling them about natural therapy alternatives, and try to help them stay positive in their battle.
During my journey I learned a lot about the disease, and the various therapies that are available. I realized that it was important for me to stay on a vegetarian diet.
To give back, I attend meetings at Gilda’s Club and Cancer Victors to make others aware of the different paths available in the treatment of cancer.