This spring I'll be celebrating a milestone, it will be 15 years since I found a lump in my breast which turned out to be invasive breast cancer. Why celebrate? Because I was given a year before my cancer would return, even with conventional treatment, most of which I did. (A few things I didn't do, but that's another story.)
When I felt that I no longer had hope from my conventional medicine resources, I decided to change to a healing plant-based way of eating. I started following a macrobiotic diet.
The weight that I had struggled with for years easily melted off my body, and the incredible part was that I wasn't exercising beyond a twenty minute walk everyday. Not that I didn't want to exercise, I couldn't because I was on crutches with an artificial leg that didn't fit well. (I wear an artificial leg because of a previous bone cancer diagnosed several years before the breast cancer).
Prior to that I tried every diet in the book (who hasn't?) and I struggled with my weight, losing, only to gain it back. That's a pretty typical American story. But, weight-loss was not my motivation at this point in my life, saving my life was (or doing everything humanly possible). We now know from studies that extra weight is tied to breast cancer recurrence and death.
I had a lot to live for, two young children (then 8 & 12) and a loving husband. I didn't want to die and have someone else raise my children. I worried a lot about this because my prognosis was pretty bleak.
As I ate this way, over the next year everything about my health started to change for the better. I started sleeping through the night and I was able to go off sleeping pills.
The ulcerative colitis I had been experiencing and that I was on medication for for 5 years prior to this disappeared and I was able to go off the medication for that. Again, this was not my motivation, but a beneficial side effect!
Best of all, I stopped worrying that I was going to die. Even before being diagnosed with cancers, I had this tendency of worrying as much as I tried to hide it.
From an Eastern Medicine perspective, each organ of the body holds an emotion and the kidneys are related to the emotion of worry.
Animal protein which is high in saturated fat can be damaging to the kidneys. This picture became very clear in my case because I came from a long line of worriers and meat eaters. My mom claimed that her family ate a lot of meat even during the depression because her father was a butcher. Interestingly, there was also a lot of kidney problems in her family. Little did we know that this may way of eating may have been help.
And after eating this way I gradually started to notice that my worrying was decreasing ... perhaps my kidneys were healing?
Or, perhaps it was that I had a plan that I was working. I was reading and studying about the connection between diet and health. I was cooking, eating this way, making lifestyle changes & seeing amazing changes in my health and feeling of well-being. I had peace of mind instead of worry because I had something I could actually do 3 times a day that was helping my body to heal. I felt that I was in control of my health and my destiny.
The joy that is often diminished after being diagnosed and treated started to return because I had faith in what I was doing and I was seeing results -- good health.
In 2006, a book was published called the, China Study, which was based on 40 years of government-funded studies. These studies confirmed that real, whole, plant-based foods are best way of eating for fueling our bodies and preventing the likes of heart disease, diabetes -- and, yes, even cancer.
As a nurse I had watched people suffer and I now realize so much of it is unnecessary.
And now, going plant-based is pretty popular and cool. But, beyond that, it can be a life-saver!
It was a life saver for me and it also brought purpose into my life, the purpose of helping others learn to do the same thing that I've done. I help people that are ready to "take the bull by the horns," and take the action with a plan and the support that they need every step of the way!
On March 1, I'll be opening one spot in my "Becoming Whole" private one-on-one coaching program. If you would like to be considered for this program, please email me @Megwolff.com and put the words "Your private one-on-one Becoming Whole program" in the subject line. These spots will fill fast so if you are serious about making a change please contact me soon.
I will also be offering my "Life In Balance" group coaching program, starting on March 20th, see here for details & to sign up!