Lessons From Cancer: Switching cancer treatment again

Joyce Rothman

Allopathic medicine hasn’t made my cancers go away, so I’m giving naturopathic medicine a try - a good hardy try. I have the exercise, nutrition and energy pieces to kick into full gear, and I’m so fortunate to have found three women to help me. The resources are there, but I just need to be compliant to implement them. What I still have a problem with is the sugar – getting it out of my system and replacing it with stevia. I’m still not sure about agave, but I will know more about it soon. 

I know that I am exhausted from the brain radiation and still have to sleep a lot, but I also know that I’m strong willed and motivated to keep going in spite of the allopathic sabotage on my body.  

After all, how many people are still alive at this point who have still endured and flourished? I bet not many.

Working with my energy healer and medical intuitive is one of the most positive things I could be doing now because it’s putting me in a frame of mind of possibility in spite of difficult odds. And you know how that goes. Anything is possible – anything.

If you have heard me say this many times you are absolutely right. I have. It is part of the process – a very necessary part. 

In the meantime, deciding how to revise my treatment means that I have to keep my mind open to change. That in itself is scary, but I guess it is part of the roller coaster ride, and I have to keep looking right in front of me so I don’t fall out.   

All week long, I have felt horrible, wasn’t able to eat much or stay awake and had lots of nausea and had an episode where I couldn’t control my left arm for about 15 seconds. The neuro radiologist at MGH moved up my appointment for the brain MRI and to see the doctor earlier this week. I had my lab work checked at my daughter’s insistence, and it’s a good thing I did because it turns out that I’m so anemic that I need two units of blood and some IV fluids. So I’m off to the hospital this morning.  

I am also going to seriously consider moving my cancer care to local oncologists from the safety net of Boston.   

I’ll keep you updated as I keep putting one step in front of the other, one moment at a time and hope for the best.

Joyce Rothman of Massachusetts, a nurse for 40 years, was diagnosed with lung and pancreatic cancer in July 2010. Since then, she has been writing about her diagnosis, her treatment and her outlook on the process, in hopes of helping others. Follow her journey at http://makingsenseofitall.joycerothman.com.