Can Breast Cancer be Cured Completely?Sep 28, 2023
Hey there, lovely readers! It's great to have you back.
Today, we're diving into a topic that's close to my heart and, well, pretty much everyone's heart: the big C - breast cancer. Now, I know that when it comes to this disease, it can be tough to find definitive answers.
We all know there are no guarantees in life, and cancer is no exception. But let's chat about something that's equally important – hope, resilience, and three powerful allies in the battle against breast cancer.
Let's start with the undeniable truth - none of us can predict the future, and that's what makes life a exhilarating rollercoaster ride. And we shouldn’t dwell on the "what ifs." We're here to focus on the things we can control and the positive steps we can take to stack the odds in our favor. Let's dive into three incredible allies that can help improve the outcome of your breast cancer journey.
- Physical Resilience: Keep on Moving
First up, we have the power of physical activity. It's a game-changer! Research has shown that being physically active can improve your overall well-being and even reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. You don't need to become a marathon runner, but incorporating regular exercise into your life is a fantastic way to stay healthy. Aim to follow the minimum guidelines for physical activity – move your body, stretch those muscles, and let those endorphins work their magic.
The physical activity guidelines for people with cancer are similar to those recommended for everyone: 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (That’s ONLY 21 minutes a day!) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity every week.
Quick side note: Obviously you need to be cleared to do so by your surgeon. But the second you get the green light, go for it!
If you are just starting out, it’s best to start slowly with an activity you enjoy and gradually build up the amount you do. I think sometimes the reason people hate exercise is they do something that their body isn't ready for. This can then cause so much soreness that they never want to go back.
For example, if you enjoy walking, start walking a short distance regularly. Then gradually begin to build up the distance, number of times a day you walk, and the speed at which you walk.
Another tactic to get started is just making exercise part of your everyday activities:
- Energetic housework. Put on some good music or listen to a podcast. It makes it more fun!
- Park your car a little further away from the shops or work and walk the rest of the way.
- Use the stairs instead of an elevator.
- Sit less and stand more. You could walk around when talking on the phone. I have a standing desk that I love.
Walking, Bike riding, strength training (this should be done 2 or 3xs a week), running, hiking, yoga, pilates, Barre, Tai Chi, dancing, cardio, core, etc.
We all love Netflix, right? What if there was something similar to Netflix, but with workouts that you could follow along with? Guess what? There is! If you need this and are interested in learning more, reach out here [email protected] and I can help you get started.
- Nutrition: Feed Your Body with Love
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates
I need to start by saying I'm NOT a nutritionist and I'm not suggesting you eat a specific way, BUT I can tell you what you put into your body does matter. The key here is to ditch the overly processed junk and embrace whole foods. Think fruits, vegetables, fiber, whole grains, and soy. When you can, opt for organic choices. Cooking at home allows you to control what goes into your meals, ensuring they're packed with the nutrients your body needs. So, channel your inner chef, experiment with new recipes, and give your body the fuel it deserves.
And remember It doesn't have to be some crazy change, but just small changes over time. You may even want to consult with a nutritionist or a Doctor. Have some tests run. We are all unique individuals and our bodies all work differently.
One thing I do think is important though is MORE PLANTS. I'm not saying you have to go vegan, but if you eat more plant-based foods you may lower your chances of getting breast cancer & recurrence of breast cancer. Please know I’m not suggesting FAKE meats with the ingredient list a mile long. I'm talking about healthy plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and soy products.
- Mindset Matters: Embrace the Present
“It’s important to remember that everything is connected between the mind and the body. You can eat all that organic food and do all that yoga, but if you’re angry or stressed, much of the goodness goes to waste.” ~ Kris Carr
Last but certainly not least, let's talk about mindset. Your mental well-being plays a monumental role in your journey. Remember, you are meant to live, to have fun, and to enjoy every moment. Don't let fear take the driver's seat. Instead, incorporate mindful activities into your daily routine – meditation, breathwork, or simply spending time in nature. Listen more, connect with loved ones, and slow down to savor the present moment. Focus on the beauty of now rather than the "what if's."
1. Surround yourself with positive people and positive energy.
- Change the way you look at things. The situation doesn't change, but you do. Find a way to shift your perspective so instead of seeing the glass half empty, you see it as half full.
- Get a cancer crew! A positive crew of course. DO NOT be in this alone! (OR consider joining the Reset & Rise Community.)
- Keep a diary/journal and write it all out.
- 5. Subscription for fun - It's important to create fun during these difficult times.
- Start every day with a smile and gratitude. Do this before you even get out of bed. Tell yourself something wonderful is going to happen today. And Thank God for a new day!
- Journal 5 things every morning that you are grateful for.
- Monitor your media - Maybe turn off the depressing news for a bit. Or at least reduce it. Pay
- attention to the shows you're watching. Murder mysteries or something that’s disturbing won’t boost your immune system, it can actually activate the stress response instead.
- More comedy that gets you laughing.
- Hang with friends that lift you up and make you laugh. Laughter is a HUGE part of healing.
- Get Active: Exercise, meditate, walk outside, dance, cook, give, take lessons, volunteer.
- Create a joy list of fun things to do a couple times a week and follow through with it!
So, can breast cancer be completely cured? Well, there are no crystal balls to predict the future, but there are ways to tip the scales in your favor. Embrace the uncertainty of life with hope, resilience, and these three incredible allies – physical activity, nourishing nutrition, and a positive mindset.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey. Let's face breast cancer with determination, love, and a zest for life. Together, we'll say, "Not today, cancer!"