Thursday, November 29, 2012

UPDATE: HOW EATING GREENS HELPED ME... AND THE POWER OF KALE

 
Chopped kale...my favorite!!
 
 

How eating greens helped me... And the power of Kale

 
A few weeks ago, I had my first appointment with my acupuncturist since I started my radiation treatments.  The acupuncturist didn’t want me to do any acupuncture during my radiation since it would be too much for my body.  The radiation needed to do its thing.  So, she was excited to see me and to see how things were going.

She had all types of questions to ask me like:  “How I was sleeping?  How was the burn on my back?  How was...” and the list goes on... One thing she asked about was my menstrual cycle.  “How was that?” she inquired, "when did it stop?" I said "Stop? It never stopped!"  She said, "really?"  She then went on to tell me that for many woman their cycle stops during radiation & chemo because of the stress on there body and since there body just can't do it all it has to give up something.   Do you find that incredibly interesting?  I know I did.  My cycle has stayed totally on time and in fact I have had no cramps, with no real strong PMS symptoms since I started eating so many greens.  I have to say even I was surprised that my cycle didn't change during the radiation treatments.  She said it had to be a direct result of the greens.

She went on to tell me that kale can really regulate a woman’s cycle, and she said it definitely was the case with me.   I left that appointment on cloud 9!   Radiation was so hard on me, that towards the end of the treatments, I didn't stick as closely to the diet because I was so nauseous and tired.  I felt like I had been pulling weeds in the garden all day and yet I had only just barely gotten out of bed. Nothing tasted or looked good!!   I actually started hating food a litte.  The one thing I did do was stick to eating greens, I think this really shows how powerful greens can be to our bodies and why you should try and get them in your body each day!
 
And now for the really good news, I saw my oncologist a few weeks ago as well and my last scan came back clear.  As of now, there is no cancer in my body.  I will continue to be checked every 6 months to make sure that it doesn't come back.  I feel really good.  The radiation took a huge toll out on my body and although I am about 6 weeks out from my last treatment, I still can feel the effects on me.  But overall, I do feel stronger and I'm exciting for the next year... I can't wait to see what goals get accomplished!!

Thanks for all your support!!!

Join the discussion:
I am curious to know if any of you have noticed your bodies having a positive reaction to eating more greens?  Let me know by leaving a comment...



8 comments:

Dee Eaton said...

amazing Jean absolutely amazing.

Felicia said...

Dee,
It is really amazing and inspiring! xF

uknowlikeaustralia said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us. I too am using the raw/vegan diet for health reasons and I have noticed a marked improvement in my chronic pain. Kale or spinach will definitely continue to be in my daily smoothies! Keep up the good work JM!

Jean-Marie said...

Thanks for the encouragement and letting me know that kale has helped you... It is truly a super food!!! JM

Jean-Marie said...

Thanks Dee... Kisses!!!

yumi said...

Thank you for sharing this Jean! J & I read your post this morning and said what good reminders these are to keep up on healthy eating. We love you very much and are so happy for you!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Great News Jean! I have a question, In 6 months when you do your follow-up with the oncologist - What test will he perform to confirm you are still cancer free?

Jean-Marie said...

I will have a PET Scan... Unless they change it. But this is the scans that I have been getting thus far.

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