Update, thermography -> good news!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
It's been a while. Not much has changed in the weight department but I've lost 2 or 3 pounds & am holding steady which is good.
As for the thermography, man is it a fascinating science!! It gives you a peak into what is going on inside your body using your own physiology without any harmful side effects/radiation/etc. To understand my journey, you'll need a little background. A normal healthy chest thermography shows heat levels that register as blues & greens. Normal. Got that? OK then. Thursday of last week was my 3rd thermography. The first one in July showed (these are just my estimates) about 90% of my chest being swirls of red, orange & yellow. Not good. There was a red spot that they were concerned about because it looked like vein growth feeding a tumor. There is no way to diagnose breast cancer except for a biopsy and we did not go that route. So, maybe yes, maybe no. No one knows for sure BUT I chose to live as though it was & made some hard core changes to my diet and under the care of a naturapathic doctor started using supplements to balance my hormones. The 2nd thermography at the beginning of October showed a change - about 50% of my chest was red, orange & yellow. Heading in the right direction but not significant enough so we got more aggressive with the treatment. SIX weeks later - last week was my 3rd scan and guess what??? Only about 15% of my chest was red, orange & yellow the rest was HELLO blue & green!!! I wanted to jump up & down and scream but I opted for hi-fiving the doctor instead! lol.
Most insurance does not cover thermography which in my case doesn't matter because I have no insurance anyway & would have had to pay cash whether I opted for a mammogram or a thermography but I highly recommend thermography to anyone who will listen. There is no touching, no squishing & most importantly no radiation at all. It picks up on the subtle changes that take place BEFORE cancer develops and can find tumors 10 years before they are big enough to be seen in a mammogram. And they are perfect for dense breasts which are harder to read in a mammogram. So if you have boobs.... and who doesn't - here's some food for thought - it's worth looking into. *Getting off my soap box.*
Have a wonderful & healthy, active & inspiring day SparkPeople! Spark on!