You shared that despite stage 2 breast cancer (it hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes.). Lifestyle and diet modifications, you followed and would advise women to follow while keeping a track of Breast changes. Foods to eat in moderation, avoid and boost up? Please share 5 healing-soothing foods
Beth Nielsen Chapman
I had always thought of myself as good with nutrition, but I learned a lot more when going through breast cancer.
I reduced my sugar intake and increase green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
On my website there is a great recipe for kale soup that I used to literally make and drink out of a wine glass as an elixir of sorts! Since I had to give up my wine, I figured I might as well enjoy my magic elixir in my crystal wine glass!
I did greatly reduce alcohol intake as well as turned more to whole grains and nuts and limited my dairy intake. fresh organic vegetables and fruits whenever possible. Especially blueberries and strawberries and apples always organic because the pesticides they use on these are in higher concentration.
It is ironic as I studied a lot during the period, I was getting well that I discovered the same company that creates pesticides also manufactures chemotherapy drugs. Go figure! Pretty interesting that they would be a part of the cause and a part of the cure… Something to think about.
After a successful lumpectomy and chemo and radiation and a whole lot of other complimentary healthy regimes you were able to heal back into wellness. Can you share your journey – challenges, moments of loneliness, and things that kept you going?
Beth Nielsen Chapman
During the experience of healing through breast cancer I relied heavily on my friends and my family. My son was 19 at the time and it was devastating to me that he would have to see me lose my hair right around the holidays which was unfortunately around the same time of year when his father went through chemotherapy for the first time when he was 12. My husband Ernest died of lymphoma in 1994 so for my son to have to see his remaining parent go through cancer was probably the hardest thing about the whole journey for me.
Fortunately, I was in a quite different situation than my late husband was as his diagnosis was much more dire. I had a very good prognosis and in fact in the process of healing through back into full health my son and I both healed a great deal from the grief of having lost his father and life became joyful again and we moved on in a way that I think had some hidden gifts.
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