By Barbara Allen //
One of the scariest moments in a person’s life is when you are diagnosed with cancer. The second scariest moment for many is when you are told you are in remission. That may sound positive, but actually oftentimes fear sets in as you worry about when the cancer may return.
My cancer journey began with a diagnosis of ovarian stage 3B in August of 2013. I had multiple surgeries, starting with one to remove a 21-by-5-by 6-inch tumor along with a hysterectomy. I began chemotherapy in September and ended in February of 2014.
After the last chemo treatment, I became severely ill and was rushed to the hospital and nearly died. It took five weeks in the hospital to get me where I was well enough to be discharged. Since then, I have worked diligently at changing my diet and lifestyle in order to rebuild my immune system and atrophied muscles. I now feel more alive and more fit than ever! I enjoy life by swimming, walking the Ocean Springs Bridge, off-roading in my all terrain vehicle, climbing mountains, exercising, eating organic foods, loving and enjoying my friends.
When I completed my cancer therapy, I found very little information along the Gulf Coast to support people battling cancer.
People with cancer find themselves with lots of unanswered questions. Then they begin seeking answers from friends, other survivors, and on the Internet, where much of the information is conflicting.
Oncologists have chemotherapy, radiation and surgery in their arsenal, and we as patients can augment these with fundamental changes in our lifestyles. This is why I birthed Mind, Body and Spirit Cancer Support Group. Our group is about fellowship (you are not alone!). The group receives ongoing education covering the mind, body and spirit. We foster understanding (we know and support what you are going through). With love and compassion, we bring hope for a new beginning.
We invite those with cancer and those in remission to come and join our support group and hear stimulating guest speakers, such as cutting- edge information from noted cancer researcher E.A. Helwick about the various changes you can implement in your daily lives for a profound effect on the quality and longevity of your life. Come prepared to laugh, love and learn. And hugs are mandatory!
ATTEND THE MBS MEETINGS
The Mind, Body and Spirit cancer support group meets every Wednesday from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Ave. in Bayou View, Gulfport. For more information, call Barbara at (228) 669-9102.
KNOW THE FACTS
The newest statistics tell us that one out of two men and one out of three women will come down with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Approximately 90 percent of those who go into remission will typically see their cancer back in three to five years. The World Health Organization predicts that cancer rates worldwide are projected to rise 57 percent by 2030. According to WHO, about 90 percent of cancers are stimulated
by environmental toxins/chemicals. People who get cancer basically have a poorly functioning immune system. This could be attributed to poor nutrition/diet and chemical exposure in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Another common problem leading to this disease is chronic dehydration due to lack of adequate daily intake of pure clean water. There are multiple causative factors for developing cancer.
There are more than 125 different kinds of cancers, not including the subsets. A few may be mild or docile. Others fit into the moderately/ aggressive group. Unfortunately, the vast majority are in the severe/aggressive category.