Facing Breast Cancer

Newly diagnosed?

Here are some things to consider:

  • Do you need a second opinion?
  • Have you had adequate time to decide what treatment is right for you?
  • People mean well and will give lots of advice about all kinds of things – decide how much and from whom you wish to hear – otherwise can add to anxiety.

About to have surgery?

  • If you are about to have surgery – this guided imagery is an amazing tool to help with centering and anxiety reduction
  • Eating well helps you heal.  I especially recommend nourishing soups made with all organic ingredients. One of my favorite chefs, Rebecca Katz shares her recipe for “Magic Mineral Broth” here.

About to have chemotherapy or radiation therapy

  • Consider adding acupuncture – in my experience it help reduce side effects from treatment.  Often people come through the full treatment more easily.
  • Consider using guided imagery as an adjunctive tool.  For chemotherapy you can listen to Belleruth Naparstek’s imagery here.  Or for radiation therapy listen here.
  • There are many other specific CDs for wellness, healing, and anxiety that are helpful.

A survivor?

  • My dietary recommendations are here.
  • Keep on exercising.  Even if you can only do a little bit – begin where you feel comfortable and gradually increase the amount of time and the intensity. Exercise has been shown to enhance well-being and survival.
  • Many integrative strategies can help reduce side effects of treatment – including fatigue, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, hot flashes, chemobrain etc.
  • Interview with patient Sherry Williams posted on Dr Andrew Weil website.