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My life changed forever on March 13, 2000. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was told I had about 3 months to live. Talk about shock... all I could say was, "I think I will get another opinion" and walked out. There is no cancer on either side of my family, heart disease and diabetes run rampant... not cancer, I was the first. I couldn't believe it!! I was so stunned I was just numb.

I traveled from one end of the state to the other, even went to Canada, having tests and being given doctors opinions all ending the same way. In order to have the best chance of survival I would need to start one or all of the most common protocols such as chemo, radiation and surgery. Each time the urgency could not have been stressed loud enough. I need to do this right NOW and even with all that, most gave me odds of anywhere from no chance to a possible 20% survival range.

The last doctor I saw was the straw that broke the camels back for me, I just looked at him and told him I didn't like his odds and said thanks, but no thanks, if I'm going to die I'm going to die with hair on my head, not all drugged out, wasted away to nothing with no quality of life left in me... said good-bye and left his office and cried all the way home, "Why me God?"

So I came home and changed my whole way of living. If I was going to die I wasn't going down without a fight!!! I put on my armour and dug in for a fight. As if by divine guidance a door would open, I would walk through and would follow that protocol until the door just seemed to shut, but not before another door would miraculously open.

I chose not to do any of the medical protocols. I did everything as naturally as possible. I won't go into all the detail of everything I did or didn't do I just want to say I did what I had to do for me. I think so many times people are so afaid to listen to their own heart and follow their own path because of what other's would think.

On March 13, 2008 I went back to the Cancer Center and had complete head to toe tests done. I was declared cancer free 8 years exactly from the date of my first diagnosis.

Now that episode is over. I'm ready to get my life back on track and start living again. Over these past few years I've lost alot of muscle tone and strength and gained "fat" weight. My ultimate goal is to have my body match up visually with my head and heart health.

I'm glad I found SP again. With the support, motivation and encouragment I find among everyone here on SparkPeople it makes the journey much more enjoyable.

Member Since: 1/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,562

My Goals:
Lose the excess weight.

Build muscle strength.

Wear swimsuit this summer.

To be able to walk into any store and buy a piece of clothing right off the rack other than shoes.

To be able to tuck my shirt in and wear a belt.

Live a long & healthy life!!!

My Program:
Log in everyday.

Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Walk 30 min. daily.

Eat mindfully.

Track goals on SP.

Be kind to yourself.

Keep your eye on the goal.

Think positive thoughts!!

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"Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe." -Saint Augustine

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  • v SURFERJAN2002
    G;ad tp celebrate with you! It's been nearly three years since I reached goal. (I stick around to keep me in line and so I will never go back..) And I have to tell you, the thrill of being able to walk into any store and find things that fit is still a rush. I laughed when I saw it as one of your goals. If you get as much mileage out of it as I have , it's more than worthy....
    4043 days ago
  • v SMILES4383
    I heard it was your Birthday.....So it must be emoticon emoticon
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    4045 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2010 2:07:22 PM
  • v KSHELTON21
    Happy Birthday!! I too am glad that I found you because of your birthday! God kept you here for a purpose(s) and one of them is to encourage so many others with your amazing story! Congratulations on being cancer-free!
    4045 days ago
    I just wanted to say I love your page, I love purple, I love butterflies, and I read your story and found it so awe inspiring. I really appreciate you sharing your story. The Fly Team is so large, and I'm so glad I met you because of your birthday. I, too, have always said I would never do chemo & radiation. I see we both belong to the Natural team. I have just begun learning about natural everything. Anyway thanks for such a motivating page.
    4045 days ago
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you; Happy Birthday dear FlySister, Happy Birthday to you!! Carol
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