May 2013- Gerson Clinic
Mama's love for people
A new beginning to a past story - our mama's journey continues....
Every day we are learning something new about how we can battle this thing called cancer and win. We are constantly hearing success stories from around the world of people who can, who have, and who ARE winning their fight against cancer. I know it can be beat - I know we can create an environment within our bodies to not allow the cancer to survive...but if it is to happen.. we need to be pro-active about getting our bodies as healthy as we possibly can. Mom is working hard to do that to get rid of the cancer she has, and I am starting to do what I can to prevent it from ever being a problem.
It takes a lot for our bodies to heal...there is a lot of rest recommended in the first 6-8 weeks especially. Your body goes through healing reactions that can manifest in a variety of ways. Different for each person. Mom has been experiencing some of these healing reactions through her journey, prior to arriving at Gerson and in the last few days. She has had cold like symptoms that they have been assisting her with by giving her chamomile tea, goldenseal, Echinacea, peppermint...and a humidifier. She is responding well and doing much better.
The yoga class was great! Lot's of stretching and moves that really help with strength, balance, and breathing. All very important to your health with you mind, body, and soul.
Lunch is the largest meal of the day. No meat - all plant based dishes that are deliciously prepared. Fruits and veggies with a potato, carrot juice, and hippocrates soup. This is so much more filling than you would think! Breakfast is oatmeal, orange juice, and fruit. It is very satisfying... and again - it was delicious as well! Dinner is much the same as lunch, but on a smaller scale. Believe me, you want to go smaller scale...otherwise, it is just way too much food! It is amazing how little is a lot.... and is so much better for you!
Magda demonstrated how to make and apply the clay packs and the castor oil packs. They are so good for so many things. I will be listing some of the many uses these are good for in my health and wellness page. I just can't help myself...I need to share this kind of information when I get it.
Dr. Si and Magna demonstrated the application and wrapping of the clay pack. The castor oil pack is very similar, but can be applied with a little bit of heat...the warmth is what helps it to work better to draw out the toxins from you body.
Now mom isn't one to sit around and just "rest" - as we all know! She is always having to be doing something...
Mama is very busy making scarves to give to the ladies who work here - and some of the patients and companions. They are turning out so beautiful and she loves making them and giving them away...
Her down time is UPtime for her :0)
Well, it appears that cancer has re-introduced itself to our mama. We were surprised and disappointed it decided to rear it's ugly head once again. However, since it did, we are even more determined than ever to not let it have any control.
This time around - Mom has decided to try out the Gerson idea. We have all purchased the book to study up and learn everything we can to support her in this continued journey to win the victory over these altered cells within her body.
Pam came up from Oceanside to be with mom and help out with doctor appointments for first week we were in the middle of finding out what was what...she was here for a week and I know she enjoyed every minute she was here. She was struggling with feelings of going back to California and not being able to be more active in mom's care. Luckily with the wonderful world of technology, we have set up weekly (or daily when needed) conference calls to help us all stay on the same page with mom's care. We are all taking on different assignments for reading and learning, etc. We are all taking an active role in what we can to be a part of helping mom to get better.
Sheila has been taking on daily activities with mom staying active with conversations with the Gerson clinic and doctors, appointments, and creative cooking! We also like to have a little fun while we are preparing such dang awesome meals!!!
I came to SLC to be with her this weekend. We browsed through recipes in the back of the book and decided on a menu and a grocery list. I took her to Calli's for some of the organic ingredients. I will be adding link information to this amazing store soon. They were very accommodating to our needs and are so willing to help us in any way they can. It was a great experience looking for all the best ingredients for her new lifestyle on eating and diet. We picked up some little mini squashes for individual servings, as well as a butternut squash for some yummy soup. There are also dried apricots that will have to be soaked and some organic oats.
We also ventured downtown to Trolley Square to the Whole Foods Market there. It is a very large store with a great selection of just about everything we needed. And as an added bonus - they get an A+ for customer service. This nice gentleman helped us out to the car with our many bags of groceries. They were very well staffed and very helpful to assist us in finding everything on our list.
We got home and we are on our way to healthy eating the Gerson idea way! I have posted the first three dishes I personally helped and learned with on my recipe page. Try them out! I hope you can enjoy them as much as we did!
Now - we continue to study and learn... we will find a way to keep that cancer at bay, and although it may be a part of our lives today, we are going to do what we can to control IT so it never controls US! We are going to be participating in the Relay for Life this year as "Team Aleen" - This cancer walk will take place in August....
I love you mama and we will beat this!!!!
(from the beginning - newest posts at the bottom)
Mom's Battle of the Beast - Cancer
November 2, 2011
November 6, 2011
Time to go WIG shopping!!!
November 10, 2011
11-11-11 - Our Girls Day Field Trip :0)
Mom has been looking forward to picking her wig up for DAYS...so today, we decided we should go pick up her new hair. We took the morning as it came, got ready for the day, and off we went to Head Covers by Joni on 3300 South in SLC. Ronda was so excited to help mom fit her wig. We tried all three of her favorites on her, did a little styling and fluffing, turned from side to side holding the mirror up for visibility at every angle, and she picked her favorite to take home first. She wanted to wear her new doo for the day. It was very exciting for her to see how beautiful she will be even as the chemo robs her of her her own "head cover". She now has a fill in that looks just like she was born with it. Before we could leave the store though, she had one more peice of business to take care of. She wanted Pammy to pick out a new doo too! She wants us all to wear wigs with her while she has to wear one. That was easier to agree to then to shave our heads!! None of her loyal and loving daughters have any guts to do that!!! As she knows how we love her with all of our hearts, she doesn't expect us to go bald to show it. Thank goodness!!! I was going to bring my new doo to wear home with them, but as per usual, when I left home to come up here...I was pushing the envelope with time and forgot my hair!!! As soon as Sheila gets hers, we will do a group picture with our new head covers :0)
Now that we had mom looking like she just went to the stylist, we were off to the hospital. Pam lost her phone there yesterday and we thought we should take one more look around the place to see if we could find it. I feel so bad for her. We searched the grounds over, re-traced our steps from the day before and once again found ourselves on the second floor. We went in to ask them if they had seen the phone yet. Unfortunately, they had not, however...we got to enjoy visiting with Shauna, Shelly and Robert again before heading home. They LOVED moms new look, but really did think she had just been to the beauty parlor! It was AWESOME!!! Mom also wanted to show them what she works on in her spare time. Her beautiful crocheted dresses. They adored her talent, and let her know they adored her. Shelly also told mom that she had inspired her. After work yesterday, Shelly went to the store and picked up her yarn and other supplies to make a scarf like the one she had made Pam. Mom left the hospital feeling WONDERFUL!
Her port area has been a little painful today, but tolerable. A little ice, a little pain med, a little rest, and a LOT of love from her girls :0) she is making her way. She is less tired and able to pretty much stay up the whole day. She is eating better too. We had lunch at the hospital. She decided the panini sandwiches there are pretty dang good...Pam and I agree.
Life is good. I am going to try to remember that things happen in life. I want to remember that even when bad things happen, there are good things that can come from that challenge. I am so grateful to be with my mom as she takes this fight and wins her battle with the cancer beast. It is a gift to us as well, to share in the stories of others who have been on a similar journey. It has certainly made things easier for my mom to face, and easier for us to face it with her.
Mom's hair began to fall out before the 17th day after chemo. She went in with my sister Sheila and had it shaved off. Although traumatic to shave her head, it seemed so much less difficult than to slowly see clumps of her hair coming out onto her pillow or in her hands in the shower or when combing through it. She had her wig properly fitted, and wore it home. She has discovered however, that her wig and most caps are uncomfortable, itch, and irritate her cute little bald head...so I decided to see if I could figure out how to make a little hat for her that would keep her warm and cozy without experiencing that which she was complaining of. I completed her hat and she LOVED it! She said it is more comfortable than any other she had tried to wear. This made me extremely happy that I could provide her with some level of comfort during this part of her journey. As we were sitting in her last chemo treatment, one of the ladies there noticed I wasn't crocheting this time. She asked why, and I let her know I had brought the wrong size needle for the thread I had. I also make hat/scarf sets that I sell. She had mentioned how much she loved my moms hat and would love to have one...my sister had brought her thread, so as we visited through their appointment, I made her a hat and gave it to her.
Another patient, asked the details of why these hats were so comfortable, my mom explained, and I offered to make her a hat as well. I was so excited to have been able to complete the hat that night and deliver it to her before I left town the next day. It has now become a goal of mine to make and gift these hats every time we go to mom's chemo treatments, and offer them to the clinic or to whoever I can get them to from now on. I also have a friend who asked to be taught how to make them so she can help! Friends are offering to donate yarn and I am so excited every time I complete a hat so I can give it away!
Christmas week was a great celebration for us. Although she couldn't be here for Christmas day, I enjoyed spending time with her the days before. We visited as we made presents together. This year the family wanted a "homemade" Christmas, and so that is what we did. Mom worked diligently on her cowls which she knitted for each of the girls and women in the family. This is what she would work on during chemo treatments as she felt like it. For the most part though, DURING treatment, she generally sleeps. They give her Benedryl at the beginning, so she becomes very drowsy. She actually says she feels pretty rested after treatments because she gets to sleep a little. So Sheila and I just visit with those around us and crochet our little hearts out!
I feel so lucky and so blessed to be able to go through this with my mom...and to have the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful people, hearing their stories, and getting to know them a little more each treatment. My mom goes every 21 days, and you generally see the same people come and go on the same 21 day routine. I really like that - it allows you to build relationships with those experiencing the same kind of journey and offers an extended "family" support. I am feeling grateful today.
May 25, 2012
So many things have happened since my last post. I feel bad that I haven't kept it up as I knew in my heart I had wanted to. Sorry Mama :0(
On the UPside of things - Mom finished her last chemo treatment a few months ago. Dr. Beck felt she had enough and would be ok to stop treatments and just monitor her condition. She was experiencing some things she didn't like much as far as the chemo goes. Her attitude, although remained pretty positive for the most part, was even better after her treatments were halted. She started to feel like her old self again and seemed to have a feeling of relief now that they were over.
Look at her NOW!!! My mom is the most beautiful woman I know!!!! Doesn't she look amazing??? Her hair is now about an inch long and she is stylin' the spunky look. She has been able to get out and about and loves life. She is looking to the future and excited about all the plans she has. She is planning on doing some traveling to Washington and Mexico....gonna see a little bit of the world!
I am so grateful for my mom and all she contributes to my life through the biggest heart ever in the world! She has given much and continues to give of herself all the time.
In August - the Relay for Cancer will be held in Fillmore. I am proud to say that I am on the committee this year and feel privilaged to be helping with something that could change so many lives as raising money to find a cure for cancer. But more importantly, the Relay for Cancer helps individual patients...not just scientifically. They provide rides through volunteers for patients to get to and from their chemo appointments. They have volunteers to assist patients during times of need while they are sick. They have support groups and volunteer circles for so many things that help to benefit those who are stuck with that terrible thing called cancer. SO - I am going to sponsor a team for my mom. It will be called "Team Aleen". I am allowed to have up to 15 people on a team... I am hoping to have a great show of support for mom...I am doing this for her. I want her to be able to share her story and show that she is a true survivor and that now that she has been through the rough and the rugged times with this disease...she can now show her support in helping others achieve the survivor goal too. If you are interested in helping us make this years Relay for Cancer a success for mom and so many others who could use a little help, please let me know. I am learning more about accepting donations - so I will pass that information along as I get it. And of course, I will keep everyone posted about the Relay Event as I get the information.
Good things are happening - this year is going to be amazing! Love you Mom!!!