I am finally settling back in after a long weekend away in Floyd, Virginia for the Floyd YogaJam. As usual, it was magical, but maybe more so this year than others. But more on that later.
The day before I left for Floyd, I headed to Charlottesville to see Dr. Bush.
"I was kicked out of my clinical trial," I tell him as I pull my legs up into my lap.
"I already like the sound of this," he replies.
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Dr. Bush isn't chemotherapy's biggest fan, so I knew he was going to be pretty happy with my decision to stay off of it. I also knew I was opening the door to a lot of things I had never tried before. So Ill admit to being more than a little nervous as I settled in to take notes on what he had planned for me.
I'm just now starting to gather everything I need to implement this new lifestyle. I'll be honest - its been more than a little stressful. None of the therapies I am utilizing going forward are covered by insurance, and my savings were already used up on bills associated with chemotherapy and surgery, so I've been weeding out expenses and cutting everything I can to make room for these new expenses. I've had more than a few thoughts about the burdens that come with illness lately, and I'm sure y'all will hear more about it at some point in the future.
But for now, since many of you have asked, I wanted to give a quick run down of what we are doing in this leg of the journey.
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Dr. Bush seems to agree with my oncologist that one of two things has happened: (1) my CA125 is elevated for a reason other than disease in my body or (2) my disease has stabilized, which is not a problem if we can keep it that way and keep me asymptomatic.
So the protocol we are using is designed to boost the immune system so that it can help my good cells survive as the weaker cancer cells naturally die off while also preventing any existing disease from growing any further.
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So without further adieu, here is what I've been assigned:
* Drink 8 ounces of oxygenated water twice a day, for 10 days on, 4 days off.
* Drink another 32 ounces of hydrogen rich water.
* Drink at least 2 ounces of fresh juice a day.
* Holistic Biomechanic therapy once a week.
* High does Vitamin C infusion therapy twice a week.
* Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy - twice a day 5-7 days a week.
* Daily coffee enemas (that one sounds fun, doesn't it?).
* Continuation of all supplements I have been taking throughout chemotherapy - Restore; Vitamin K2 (600 mg daily); R-Lipoic Acid (1800 mg daily); Curcumin (4000 mg daily); CoQ10 (1000 mg daily); Vitamin D3 (5000 IU daily); L-Glutamine (5400 mg daily).
* Maintain a vegan diet. I'm also working toward shifting this to gluten and soy free.
In addition to all this, Dr. Bush wants me to continue working with my intuitive, therapist, and trauma coach. And I plan to continue with reiki along with a few other healing modalities that I'll write about in the coming weeks.
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The rest of my "prescription" involves reducing stress in my life and getting out of the city on a frequent basis. This is the harder part of the scenario, since I also have to be back at work. So for now, I am working on trying to keep my stress at bay as much as possible while I figure out the financials of all this and how to be in three places at once to fit in everything that seems to need doing right now.
I am hoping to be able to get in some of the travel he recommends to visit spiritual healing vortexes around the world. Much of the healing that I have left to do is emotional, and I feel a strong pull to these places and the experiences that await there. I truly believe that I will experience deep healing in these locations. So I've begun to pray that God make the financial provisions necessary and open the necessary doors to make these trips happen in the next year. I know if I am meant to be there, I will be.
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This is just a very broad overview of what is going to be going on in the next several months. I'll be telling you more about all of these things as I learn more - right now many of them are just as foreign to me as they are to you! So stick around. There is an adventure brewing. Can't you feel it?