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I'm Carole, living in London, happily married and mum to two amazing boys.I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer in April 2010. Surgery took place in November 2010 and I now have a permanent colostomy...Spinal mets were then diagnosed in October 2011...In January 2012 I was told of further spread to the hip area (multiple lesions)..My life expectancy is now 6-9 months. Walk alongside me on the last part of my experience with this..

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Diet, supplements, nutrition and more advice :-)

As you know now I've been researching diet, nutrition and and supplements for the past few weeks.
What this has made me realise is that even if I HAVE to go ahead and have the full op done in September (or whenever) I need to ensure my body is operating at peak performance as this will assist in my recovery time.
Doctors have warned me that this operation usually takes at least 4 months to start recovering from so I figure if I'm healthy then maybe my time to get (literally) back on my feet can be at least a little faster.
Also I'm still working on the added advantage that maybe it will assist with reducing the tumour and maybe I won't have to have the 'full' op.

Last night I had a consultation with a Doctor who deals with nutrition, supplements and holistic care.
She has discussed with me at length the supplements that I need to put into place (some I already had, others are now additional) and a large part of this will involve Wheatgrass, superfoods, Algae, and a healthy diet rich in nutrients.
Now, what harm can this possibly do? ;-) It's making me feel better, I'm back in control and taking responsibility for my own health and recovery time - all good.

She has also suggested that I should be contacting my GP and asking to be referred for a 2nd opinion as the surgery currently being discussed is so very drastic. She feels that I will be able to face the operation with more acceptance if I receive a 2nd opinion and it is the same as the 1st - I'm in agreement with that so I shall be seeing my GP this week and requesting that they organise this.

Doctor K is also putting me in touch with another patient of hers, living in London with rectal cancer who is a similar age to me.
Initially this patient was told she would have to have the full APR surgery and permanent colostomy bag - however since being referred to another Doctor and having her 2nd opinion consultation, he felt that there was another less drastic option available to her.
I'm looking forward to having a chat and seeing if there are enough similarities between our cases - either way I think a 2nd opinion is a good idea.

My sister arrives today - I'm so pleased about that. I wanted her to come over so much but it didn't make any sense for her to rush straight over.
It's the summer season now in Greece and M needed to get into his working routine - now that he has hopefully he'll manage ok without my sister for a few days :-)

James and Leanne are due back from Ibiza today - hope they're both OK after their robbery disaster :-( and managed to enjoy the rest of the break regardless
(More than anything, hope they had insurance - considering J's job I'd assume they would have)

Apart from that, last week of Primary school for Dj this week. Leaver's assembly on Thursday afternoon which he's actually agreed to take part in this year!
Hopefully good weather will continue over the weekend and I shall get out and soak up some 'good for you' Vitamin D :-)

I have tons and tons of stuff to read from Doctor K, need to get a folder and organise everything and ensure I've got my new daily plan into place by Monday.
That's it for now :-)


  1. Well done you for having the courage to question...it is not like you are holding things up just making sure you are at the top of your game and get the best choice available.

    What our regime is teaching me is that whilst we are being flooded with all this goodness which is way more than a 'normal' person would have, it can be adjusted for a 'normal' person.

    We need huge amounts of this stuff to support us through and build up our immune system - we have enough to worry about without getting the flu. Saying that even if we get the flu, we have a better chance of fighting it when our blood is as healthy as it can be.

    Therefore the lesson to everyone is to look after your bodies, maximise your immune system, cleanse and detox your blood and LIVE!

    Tony's 4 (used to be 3 but added one)step plan is the way forward for normals too :-)

    Cancer Hates sugar...Decrease sugar
    Cancer Hates oxygen...Increase oxygen
    Cancer Loves depression...Increase happiness/Decrease stress
    Cancer Loves dirty blood...Increase detox, water and green iron enriched vegetables/Decrease alcohol and processed foods

    Love and health Carole, Rab and kids...

    T x

  2. Thanks Tony, as always, for the continued support....I'm feeling very healthy already :-)

    And you're quite right, even 'normal' people need to flood themselves with a good diet and keep on top of things - actually you ARE a 'normal' person now eh :-))
    It's so good to be able to say that to you

    C x

  3. Enough about you. How's your sister? Have you seen her yet? x

  4. Oi! It's all about me, me, me y'know :-))

    No, not seen her yet Lou, but she's at Mum & Dad's since early evening. We're catching up tomorrow and hopefully if she's got enough time whilst here we'll be catching up with you for lunch one day next week (if you are free of course).

  5. Like the new blog, very calming... :-)

  6. Yes, it's meant to reflect the new me - calm, in control and serene :-)
    Let's see if it works eh..