Surgery AGAIN!!!

by on November 1, 2011
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I can’t believe my left lung has collapsed again but these things happen in the journey of healing to make your life more interesting and definitely humbling.  I am scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10AM to have my pulmonologist take a very expensive suction “straw” and try to get as much mucous out as possible and hope it inflates like it did on August 17th.  Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.  For those of you that are LDS I would appreciate including me in your fast this Sunday too.  I need another miracle so I can enjoy a normal quality of life.  Life is possible with only one lung but the quality of life is greatly diminished.  I know first hand because I have been doing it for the last few months.

The cause is from the radiation in Sept. 2009 but I still have hopes of more healing while I am still following Dr. Max Gerson protocol. I have exactly 3 more months before I can switch to maintenance mode which will still include several daily juices but not 10 and definitely NOT 3 coffee enemas per day.  I can hardly believe I have made it this far and am on the home stretch.  This is the hardest, strictest thing I have ever done and two years is a very long time to be so regimented.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  I just need to take one day at a time and focus on my lung surgery tomorrow.  My pulmonologist says I am his “adolescent” patient since I am so much younger than the rest of his patients.  This procedure is very uncommon.  He & one other doctor perform approx 6 per year and they do the most in the whole state of Oregon.  Aren’t I lucky…tee hee.

Love to all and please take good care of yourselves and eat better quality food and make more careful choices so you can enjoy the health & vitality that God intended for you to have.  Cathy

Surgery today

by on August 17, 2011
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Today I am scheduled to have surgery to remove the “scar tissue” from my previous radiation treatment in 2009. (Just to refresh your memory, my stage 4 anal cancer in 2007 had returned as a metastatic lung tumor in 2009. The tissue is now blocking the airway to my left lung and it is completely collapsed.  I have had two previous bronchoscopies but this is different because I will receive anesthesia instead of mild sedation.  The doctor will use a rigid scope instead of a flexible one so he can use different tools and techniques as he sees fit.  The procedure can take between 1-4 hours.

He said to plan on a chipped tooth and then if it doesn’t happen I will be pleasantly surprised.  They use a tooth guard and gauze to protect my top 2 front teeth where the tools will rest but there is no guarantee that one won’t get chipped or even knocked out.  The side effects should only be a sore throat but this is a rare procedure and a higher level of risk than I realized.  This area is very vascular so bleeding can be a serious issue.  They use strong suction so minimal blood gets into the lung.  (Did you know that you can drown in only 150 ml?  I am at greater risk of drowning than in bleeding to death.  Wow!)  I just signed a release form for my information to be entered into a world data bank to hopefully help others in the future.

The doctor may decide to put in a removable stent which I have already consented to.  It looks like a tube of chicken wire.  This requires high maintenance of 2-4x daily inhaling saline solution that is unpleasant along with other prescribed things to keep it clean etc.  Sometimes it can be coughed up which would be very embarrassing at a restaurant with friends.  The worst part is the need for additional bronoscopies every 2-4 months.  UGH!  I am already a high-maintenance girl in following the Gerson therapy the last 18 months.  It is hard to imagine I could add anything more to my schedule but I will deal with that later if I have to.  I well have the stent removed if the lung continues to collapse over & over again.  So please pray that I don’t even need a stent because I need another miracle!

I have to spend the night for observation which isn’t typical for a standard biopsy bronchoscopy.  This is considered pulmonary intervention although they will still biopsy the tissue on a regular basis.  I haven’t had measurable cancer for over 16 months which is wonderful but this issue is rather scary.  If my lung does not re-inflate then it will stick together permanently.  I don’t want that because the quality of life is so diminished.  I know already, because I have been doing it for the last 3 months or so.  My oxygen levels are still good and the right lung is a little larger as it is compensating and trying to fill the empty space.

I can’t have any food or liquids for breakfast or lunch because my surgery is scheduled for 3:30 PM.  I am so thirsty and I miss my juices and oatmeal already.  I am taking a few juices and packing my dinner in hopes of enjoying them in the recovery room or whenever they allow me to drink again this evening.  I had my morning enema and whenever they release me tomorrow I will hurry home to do another one and get back to my hourly Gerson juice schedule.

I will post the results of the surgery as soon as I am able.  Thanks for your prayers and support.    The thought I am taking with me into surgery is: “It is I, be not afraid.”  My Savior has walked every step of the past 4 1/2 year journey with me and I know he will continue to succor me.     Cathy

Yes, I am alive and well!

by on July 31, 2010
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I am so sorry if I caused anyone to worry about me due to my lack of postings for the last 4 months. Tomorrow is my six month anniversary of following Dr. Gerson’s therapy. Yippee! That means I only have 18 more months to go.

Just as the Gerson book states, it is common to notice an increase in energy around the 6 month mark of following the therapy. I am finding this to be true. The main reason for my lack of posting was the time commitment and intensity of following the regime. Try to visualize a picture of a dog paddling in water just to keep his chin above water. The dog is not drowning but paddling like crazy to keep going. That would be me on this juice/enema schedule.

I have been told by those that have seen me up close that I look great (if that is possible to do without makeup then I think I do too). My skin is softer than ever and my skin tone/color is great too. I weigh 125 pounds and I don’t think I am too skinny or sick looking at all, even though that is 10 pounds less than when I got married 33 years ago.

I’ve had to buy some new pants since the others were falling off of me but that is a good problem to have.

As long as I bath regularly, which I do, I’ve had no problem NOT wearing deodorant or perfume or all the other things that are taboo on the Gerson therapy.

I promise to write more frequently and give you more of the details of my incredible juice journey. Thanks for your patience.

Wishing you good health and vitality,

Cathy

Coming Home

by on March 12, 2010
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I can’t believe that I have been home for 2 1/2 half weeks and haven’t posted an entry on this blog.  Well, needless to say, it has been a very busy time getting settled into the routine.  Before I left town to go to the clinic, I had hired 4 women to work part time Monday-Friday between the hours of 9AM-6PM.  This was one of the smartest things I did.  The transition went so much smoother with helpers to make the juices, coffee for enemas, and soup etc.  Two of them also clean my home every other week.  This allows me to use my energy, what little I have, for healing.  This is very important when following Dr. Gerson’s protocol.  It can be tempting to do too much.

The first few days were filled with purchasing items that I realized would make things run smoother.  For instance I found an electric kettle ($20 at Costco) to heat water in my bathroom where I would be doing the enemas.  This saved me trips up and down the stairs with thermos’ of hot water.  I realize I haven’t mentioned enemas before and I will definitely be discussing them in greater detail in another post. 

I also purchased two 1 quart saucepans to add to my collection since I am heating and reheating vegetables for lunch and dinner.   I also got gloves for the workers since their hands turn orange after cleaning so many carrots for juicing.  I got a new digital timer so I could know when my 12 minutes were up for holding the coffee enema.  My favorite find were the pill boxes to hold all the nutritional supplements that I take throughout the day.  I bought two by EZY-DOSE with push buttons.  It is very sleek and compact.  I found them at Target for $10 each.  Since they are labeled with the days of the week one of my helpers, Gretchen T., made some new labels to fit my needs.

I love being organized!

Activities at Baja Nutri Care clinic

by on February 21, 2010
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On Fridays at 11:00, a yoga instructor comes to lead anyone that is interested in stretching and deep breathing etc.  The first time I attended we met inside the TV room.  Both patients and companions participated.  Norma is the current instructor and very good at what she does.  She is friendly and positive.

I noticed that I was a little winded when the class was over so the following week I only did part of the moves rather than miss the class altogether.  I love yoga and what it does for me in so many ways both physically and emotionally.  The second week the class was held outside by the pool in the warm sun.  What a treat!

On Thursday afternoons there is a food preparation demonstration.  One of the ladies that works in the kitchen usually prepares/demos 3 dishes.  While I have been here they have showed us how to make the Hippocrates “healing” soup, salad dressing, Chinese cabbage, mashed potatoes etc.  The demo usually lasts 30 minutes.  Felix, the patient coordinator, acts as the interpreter, translating Spanish into English.

Every other Tuesday there is a Norwalk juice machine demo so we can see how to make juice when we get home.

On Saturday, weather permitting, there is an excursion to Rosarito a few miles south of Tijuana.  There is room for 6 passengers only so not everyone at the clinic can go at the same time.  The cost is $10 per person and lasts less than two hours.

Saturday afternoon, we meet as a group in the TV room while the doctor goes through the list of supplements that we are taking as a part of our therapy and how they benefit our bodies.  This is helpful since we will continue to take these for the next two years for most of us.

That’s about for entertainment.  There is a mini trampoline and a treadmill and and nordic track in the TV room.  I haven’t used those since the therapy prescribes minimal activity so that my energy can be used for healing.  5 minutes of walking is about it. I usually walk for 20 minutes because 5 minutes seems too short but I understand the wisdom in holding back while I heal.

Only juice and tea, NO WATER

by on February 20, 2010
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On the Gerson therapy, if you can handle all 13 juices, you will be consuming 104 ounces of liquid daily.  That is more than most people drink in one day.  There is also water in the two servings of the Hippocrates soup that is eaten at both lunch and dinner.

We are asked not to drink water since drinking a plain glass of water dilutes the digestive juices and can also cause gas.  If you wake up in the middle of the night and are thirsty then you can drink organic peppermint tea which gently stimulates the digestive track.

At the clinic each patient has a thermos of  tea on their nightstand.  Everyone here seems to visit the bathroom frequently so I am sure none of us are dehydrated.  I don’t miss water at all since I drink a juice every hour.  Remember that my mission is to detoxify my body and then restore it.  The juices are the key to introducing a large quantity of live enzymes to accomplish that very goal.

Make new friends, keep the old

by on February 19, 2010
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Part of the learning experience at the clinic is meeting new people and saying goodbye to friends whose stay has ended.  A two week stay is required but 3 weeks is recommended.  During that time you share 3 meals a day in the dining room with the other patients and their companions.

During my stay, all ages have been represented from the 20’s through the 70’s.  The companions are sons, mothers, spouses, friends, daughters.  Not all patients have cancer.  One man, George, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  A young woman in her 30’s, Jodi, had digestive issues and could only eat 3 foods when she arrived.  Sasha just arrived this week from Beijing and is hoping to nail down what is going on with her body…possibly thyroid issues.

I have laughed and cried and learned so much at these vibrant meal time conversations.  You can’t be squeamish talking about enemas or any other issue.  So far no one has left the table early to my knowledge.  We talk about the challenges we face and tips and hints about how to make things go smoother when we get home.

Our group has been quite lively and bonding has been an unexpected result.  We plan to stay in touch with a network group so we can continue to cheer each other on.

I especially miss one companion, Rudi,  reading his poetry after dinner every night.  His poems had a lot to do with our journey in life.  Some made me cry and some made me laugh.  There are so many unexpected gifts that are shared during our time together.

Another companion, Dana, from Connecticut, is an art therapist and led us in an exercise that was unique and insightful.  Our time here is rich and rewarding if you are open and inquisitive.

I realize that everyone has something they can teach us if we are willing to learn.  My new friends are amazing and I have learned so much from each one of them and I know I will continue to learn from them as we work to restore our health.

Juice ingredients, Gerson style

by on February 11, 2010
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Many of you have asked me what ingredients are in my juice.  In  Gerson therapy, there are 4 different types of juice to drink during the day.  One of the requirements is of course to use ORGANIC produce. 

The machine you use can make a difference too.  For healthy people using a centrifugal juicer is adequate.  That is what most of the affordable ones on the market are.  When you are seriously ill and need to detoxify your body then you can benefit from a two-step machine…grind and press.  This will extract more juice and nutrients and make it worth the investment in good health. 

Another important factor is preparing the juice fresh every hour and drinking it immediately.  This makes a huge difference in the quantity of LIVE enzymes that will help your body to detoxify.

Now for the schedule and ingredients:

8AM or first juice of the morning is orange juice. My personal favorite!    This is the only juice that is made using a reamer type juicer,  hand or electric.  The green juice is consumed 4 times at 9AM, noon, 2 and 7PM.  The ingredients are very specific because it can’t be any vegetable just because it is green.  Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, young beet tops, watercress, 1/4 green bell pepper, endive, escarole, some red cabbage and one medium apple.  You don’t have to use all these ingredients but as many as you can find although you won’t want to leave out the apple because it makes it more palatable.

The carrot-apple juice is made with 3 carrots (6oz) and 1 large green apple (6 oz).  This is consumed at 9:30 and 10AM and also 1, 5 and 6PM

Straight carrot juice is drunk at 11AM, 3 and 4PM

This totals to 13, 8 ounces glasses of juice daily for a total of 104 ounces.  I have no trouble staying hydrated that’s for sure!

The green one is the hardest for me to enjoy but some days are easier than others.

I hope this helps you to consider juicing even if you enjoy great health.

Happy juicing!!!

 

Gerson Clinic-day 7

by on February 9, 2010
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Yesterday was a beautiful day.  With my doctor’s permission, I walked to church after breakfast.  The kitchen help gave me my green 9AM juice at 8:45.  Then I walked with Carolyn T. about 15 minutes to find The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.  I had a map and it was pretty much a straight shot but when you are in unfamiliar territory you always wonder if you are on the right track.

We were a couple of minutes late as we slipped in to a beautiful chapel.  I was touched by the spirit immediately and had a few tears fill my eyes.  I felt  joy and love.  It was a sweet service even though I don’t understand Spanish.  The hymns were familiar so I sang in English or hummed along.  We had to leave before the meeting was over because I didn’t want to miss my 10AM juice. 

I had to walk a little slower on the way back because I was feeling  low on energy.  The sea air is wonderful though and invigorating.  I am very blessed to be here and have my friend to walk the journey of healing with me.

The other patients are so friendly and interesting.  Currently there are 6 patients and their companions so that means we sit at one long table for meals.  The total number changes as some people arrive and depart on different days.  Some patients stay for two weeks and others like myself are staying three.  We are young and old, male and female and all but two Canadians are from the US.  More about them later.

I need to give myself a coffee enema (more commonly known as a coffee break) before I go to dinner so I will close for now.

Adios amigos.

Nutritional supplements with Gerson Therapy

by on February 8, 2010
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Saturday was a gray, rainy, blustery day. At 2PM, Dr. Ramos, gave instructions on the supplements that we currently receive and will continue to take when we return home.  Niacin, CoQ10, milk thistle, selenium, acidoll capsule,  inflayyme, liver capsules, pancreatin and colostrum.  Those are the pills or capsules and then there is the clay pack. 

The clay is purchased in powder form and then water is added to make a thick paste like semi-melted chocolate.  It is spread on a square of flannel that is laying on top of a plastic hospital pad.  It is as cold as ice when placed high on my torso/belly to draw toxins out of the liver.  They use something like a wide ace bandage to hold it in place as it is wrapped around my body several times.  I keep it on for 3-4 hours. 

 When I remove it I throw it in the garbage and wash the clay residue off my body with a paper towel.  Sometimes there is an odor in the discarded pack from your toxins.  So far I can’t smell anything but the clay.  I probably have stubborn toxins that are slow to be released.

To be continued.

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