Hi There. My name is Alison. I am 44 years old and in July 2018 I was diagnosed with Stage IV HER2+++ Metastatic Breast Cancer.
They're words you never expect to hear spoken to you directly ... "we found cancer".
Words that completely change the trajectory of your life.
BUT as scary as they are to hear, and as all consuming as they can be in those first few days, weeks and even months, there is life after a cancer diagnosis. And even after a stage IV cancer diagnosis. For many of us, it is absolutely possible to take this disease by the balls, and show it who's boss!
Sure, I have my bad days. But the good (and quite often, the awesome) days far outweigh the bad.
And that's what this blog chronicles. The good, the bad and the ugly. As well as my approaches (both traditional and holistic), the natural remedies that I have found to help counteract the side effects of all the different drugs and treatments that I am on (and will be for the rest of my life), my *mostly* plant-based diet, and a few other bits and bobs.
There is no playbook to having cancer, so listen to your gut, be your own advocate, educate yourself, and don’t worry about being a pain in the ass. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’re not happy with an answer you’ve been given, ask again, or get a second )or even a third( opinion! And do so unapologetically.