Hi There. My name is Alison and I have 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 and weeks, they don't have to remain that way.
You have the power to take this disease by the balls and show it who's boss. And that's what I'm doing, day by day. I'm going to make these tumours my bitch, and walk out of this on the other end, NED (no evidence of disease) and healthier & stronger than I've ever been in my life!
And that's what this blog is going to chronicle. My story, my approaches (both traditional and holistic), the natural remedies that I have found to counteract the side effects of chemo, my (*mostly*) plantbased diet, and a few other bits and bobs.
With so much information floating around out there it's hard to know what's worth listening to, and what's not. But you can't let that stop you from educating yourself and finding out what works best for you and your particular situation.
My particular situation is Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer with spread to the liver. And because I like to go hard or go home, I'm also what they call "triple positive" (estrogen positive, progesterone positive, and HER2 positive), which essentially means that my cancer is hormone driven, and super aggressive and fast growing.
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.