The Fear is GONE

PHEW!! What a trip I had these past 3 months!

In the beginning of March of this year I went to the OB GYN for my yearly check-up exams. During the exam I asked my doctor if she could also check my ovaries for any types of cysts, because I was in a lot of pain, and I also had been noticing my hair fall out more than usual every day. She asked me if I knew my insurance would cover the ultrasound, and I truly didn’t, but felt like I needed to know what was going on with my “insides”.

I left her office without an answer, but she asked me to go back there in 3 weeks. I was in so much pain! I couldn’t wait for the 3 weeks to come — I just needed an answer.

Three weeks later I show up at her office to find out she wanted me to repeat the ultrasound because they had found a complex mass between my 2 ovaries. I asked them what kind of “mass” that was, and she said she didn’t know; she only knew it was complex because they could tell by looking at the ultrasound that it wasn’t simple (meaning made out of fluids) nor hemorrhagic (made out of blood). Both simple and hemorrhagic cysts and masses disappear with time and are not worrisome – the simple ones simply dissipate, and the hemorrhagic ones bleed into themselves and leave the body with the following menstruation. (sorry if there are any guys reading this post — but this is what we, women, have to go through, so welcome to our world!).

A complex cyst or mass can contain both fluid and solid material.

Anyway, while I was getting my 2nd ultrasound, the radiologist says to me: “You need to see someone that specializes in cysts… Please go see Dr. X because he is the best Dr. there is around here to solve this matter. The Dr. you are seeing is not the best on this.” And I was like: “Um hum… excuse me, but what ‘matter’ are you talking about??!”

The doctor told me that my complex cyst was growing really fast. It grew from 2x4cm to 3×6 in only 3 weeks. She said I needed to see the other Dr. X about it ASAP, because she couldn’t tell where this mass was growing from and that he could do a 3D ultrasound of it to find everything out before surgery. She even drew me a picture so I could understand what was going on inside me —

– gulp! –

So I freaked OUT. It was very hard to keep calm or to hide it at work; but I think I did a pretty good job. (that’s why I love to go to work, because I get to focus on my clients and forget about my problems for a little bit 🙂 ).

At home was a different story though. My boyfriend was (and is) my rock. He was there for me, even though I didn’t want to talk to him about any of that. But his shoulders were there for me to cry on when I couldn’t hold it together. I feel like the more people know about something bad, the more negative energy goes around us, not purposely, but because some people end up feeling bad for us. That goes against my personal healing process, and that’s why I choose not to share bad things with too many people.

Well, I had to wait for the other doctor’s office to call me to set up the 3D ultrasound appointment. They took a whole week to call me! (I’m sure this is not a surprise to anybody). Meanwhile I was researching online on Radiologist websites and finding out things like this: “Ovarian cancer is the second most common of all gynecologic malignancies. It is the leading cause of death in this category of diseases, frequently presenting as a complex cystic mass.” Only God knows how I was feeling, really.

When they finally call me, their first availability to see them is 1.5 months later. I explained to them what was going on, and basically begged them to please schedule me to an earlier date, but no success. That’s when I had to make a decision: to drive myself crazy over this, or to heal myself. Of course I chose the second choice. I did NOT want to go under the knife and was determined to heal myself.

I had already started eating foods that are good for my blood flow and immune system, and I just basically put my nutrition on 5th gear and decided to drive on the highway of my healing system.

Besides starting to work out with a personal trainer (Thanks, Joe, if you are reading this!), I also started doing Qigong again, and chose to eat foods to enhance my body’s ability to heal.

I was taught Qigong Healing by an expert in the area (Jeff Primack) and from his teachings, along with my experience in Nutrition and Health Counseling I know that to heal any types of tumors:

1 – It takes a positive attitude and faith in our body’s healing ability. — We have an “immune army” fighting for us and cleaning our cells with every breath we take. Our bodies can win the fight if supplied the right foods. If we have a lot of doubt about our bodies’s healing abilities, it’s harder to win.

2 – It takes commitment to eating lots of specific veggies, herbs & mushrooms until the tumor is gone.

So my eating regimen was to load up in phytochemicals and make juices and smoothies every day until my next Dr.’s appointment. (There is evidence from laboratory studies that phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer, possibly due to dietary fibers, polyphenol antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. Specific phytochemicals, such as fermentable dietary fibers, are allowed limited health claims by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).[1])

Everyday I ate at least 1 beet – there’s a lot of sugar in beets, so I made sure to mix it with other vegetables to lower its glycemic index (when this is done, the glycemic index of beets – and carrots – go down dramatically). The juice I drank every day for 90 days consisted of:

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– 1 beet – contains an extreme amount of phytochemicals. Also, the betacyanin contained in beetroot (the beetroot’s deep red color pigment) has also been linked to fight cancers.

– 2 celery stems – celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. A study at Rutgers University of New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent cancer cells from spreading. Celery contains compounds called acetylenics and this compound has been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Celery contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which encourage the growth of tumor cells. Coumarins, another phytonutrient in celery helps prevent free-radicals from damaging cells and prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

– 1 carrot – Drinking carrot juice is one of the best ways to prevent cancer or fight cancer. According to the “Antioxidant Miracle,” carrot juice provides powerful antioxidants that support health and the immune system. Eating raw or cooked carrots are great ways to obtain vitamins, minerals and even fiber.

– 1 cup of red cabbage – Red cabbage contains 36 different varieties of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoid phytonutrients that have been linked to protection from cancer. Red cabbage is unique among the cruciferous vegetables in providing about 30 milligrams of the red anthocyanin in each half-cup serving. The cancer-preventing effects of cabbage are due, at least in part, to the antioxidant richness of the vegetable. Without enough antioxidants, we can experience a metabolic problem called oxidative stress, which can be a risk factor for development of cancer.

– 1 cup of watercress – It’s rich in minerals and transforms acidic terrain into alkaline terrain.

– 1/2 cucumber – the most alkaline of all vegetables

– 1/2 green bell pepper – besides containing phytochemicals, it contains lycopene, which may decrease the risk for ovarian cancer

– 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms – Animal studies have shown some positive results regarding the antitumor, cholesterol-lowering, and virus-inhibiting effects of several active compounds in shiitake mushrooms. Several potential cancer-fighting substances have been found in shiitake mushrooms.

– 1 green apple – Apples really are a rich supply of nutrients and contain high amounts of antioxidants. Apples have many documented health benefits. Including apples and pure apple juice in your well-balanced diet can help force away diabetes, obesity, coronary disease and cancer.

– 1 tbsp chia seeds – good for menstrual pain, besides many other health such as antioxidant properties, Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and minerals.

– 1 tbsp flax seed or hemp seeds – Studies show that it may help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.

– 1 tsp maca powder – Maca powder has been touted for improving moods and assisting with the symptoms of both PMS and menopause, and may therefore be an alternative treatment method.

Some times I ate another beet during the day, with lunch or dinner.
I had green leafy vegetables with every meal (in the form of smoothies, juices, or the real salad), and ate some walnuts or 1/2 avocado with it. In my daly salads I also included 2 tbsp of sauerkraut (once/day). And I also made sure to eat at least 3 egg whites/day.

My daily vitamins are: 2,000 Fish Oil (EPA/DHA), 1,000 Vitamin C, CLA, Rhodiola Rosea, and Resveratrol.

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So today I went to Dr. X for the 3D ultrasound. And…. the mass is GONE. The doctor said there wasn’t even a sign of scar tissue between my ovaries!!! You guys should have seen his face of disbelief! (and my face of absolute contentment!!)

So now I am celebrating, extremely happy, and feel so, so blessed! Tears of happiness ran down my cheeks all day every time I thought of it, and I was finally able to take a deep breath again.

Today I feel more alive than ever, and am ready to continue living this healthy lifestyle.

I want everyone to read here that we don’t need to believe in every bad news our doctors tell us. We don’t need to settle. We need to start believing in our inner intelligence. Our bodies are made out of more microorganisms than DNA cells (isn’t this crazy?!), and we have to feed those micronutrients what they need to make our cells function at its best capacity besides keeping them in an alkaline environment.

Our bodies ARE CAPABLE of healing themselves from every thing… We first need to believe it, and the rest is easy: it’s just a mix of veggies and meditation!

I send you all much peace and healing.

Thank you for reading my blog.

From your Health Coach (smiling from ear to ear),

Gabi Brandao.

June 11th, 2013

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