Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Taking Back Control!

Getting dealt some less than pleasant cancer news feels like your life is literally being sucked out of you. When we got Ryan's news, it hit us both like an unforeseen tornado in our calming skies. For the few days after the news, we let the news hit us in various waves and told the story again and again to family and friends. Eventually, our emotions were sucked out of us and it was time to take action!

With the help of our acupuncturist, Dr. Johal, we developed a plan of attack to put the control back where it should be - with us! Over the past week we have travelled to Edmonton and Vancouver to visit some eastern medicine doctors. They all had fairly positive things to say. In general, they feel that Ryan's situation is not as bad as the doctors are telling us and that he will get through it. For me, they feel that I will also get through all of this but that my immune system is so weak after 2 years of treatments that my focus needs to be on rebuilding it, or the cancer will continue to return. We left with a nutrition and Chi Gong program to follow, along with a plan to have minimal stress in our crazy rollercoaster of a life.

We arrived back in Calgary this morning exhausted from the travel, but mentally so much stronger. This afternoon I had my CT Scan and tomorow Ryan will get a PET Scan and also get the results from the MRI he had last week. Next week will be a big week for results for us both!

It is amazing how much a terrible cancer diagnosis can play with your mind. All it takes is a doctor to say that there's not many options left or that they can't cure you to make you feel defeated. But I truly believe that the mind is a VERY powerful tool. If used properly, it can help you surpass all doctors expectations! Never forget that you ultimately hold the control over what you tell your body to do or not to do. Ryan and I are here to prove that a positive attitude will help us both surpass this cancer thing for good.

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