Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blood Test Results

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!
(Excuse me please, my rural roots are slipping out.)
For the third consecutive month, my blood results indicate that my cancer is continuing to regress!!!    
Truth be told, I was a little nervous about my results, not because I doubt the therapy but because I wasn’t as compliant this month as I have been in the past.  I often missed my skin brushes and my daily tablespoon of flax oil.  I had some chocolate (85% cocoa, dark, organic) which is a no-no and when I ate my homemade desserts, I had a little more than I should.  (I’ll share my super easy, super delicious fudge recipe at the end of this post)  I also had beef on three occasions that was mostly but not entirely grass fed.  I knew that any one of these things wouldn’t derail my program, but I was concerned about the cumulative effect.  In addition to my transgressions, I was on the go a lot this last month and I’ve been feeling it.  I know that my body heals best when it’s at rest and that running around trying to keep up with my young daughters as they hit every single activity on our town’s Christmas walk isn’t the wisest decision.  But, I haven’t attended these events with my girls for three years and we had a blast enjoying the festivities together.  I think there’s something to be said for the healing effects of joy.   
So, it’s official.  I’m not perfect.  (ssshhh….don’t tell my husband)    
At any rate, I had another month of terrific results.  IGA, the main number we use to measure my disease, continued to decrease another 400+ points from 6022 to 5579!!!  It feels so good for this number to be in the 5,000s instead of the 7,000s.  In addition, both my hemoglobin and red blood cells increased.  Very, very exciting.  My red blood cells are at 3.6 and it’s been several years since they were that high.   
My white blood cells decreased a teensy bit from 5.0 to 4.8.  Dr. Gonzalez said that it’s normal for WBCs  to move around and it’s all good.  We don’t want that number increasing too much as the last thing I need is leukemia.
I asked Dr. Gonzalez about my recent skin break outs and he explained that as the cancer cells die off, the body attempts to get rid of them through various channels, including the skin. 
So, I’m off to a fantastic start on my new therapy.  My cansir (looks a little less daunting spelled this way, don’t you think?) is dying off and life is very, very good.  It will be a Merry Christmas, indeed. J
White blood cell count: 4.8 (normal 4.0 - 10.5)
Red blood cell count: 3.6 (normal 3.8-5.10)
Hemoglobin count: 9.7 (normal 11.5-15.0)
IGA count: 5579 (normal 70-400)

Fudge Recipe
1 cup softened butter (raw is best)
1 cup raw honey (I cut this in half)
1 cup cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
½ t sea salt
Process all ingredients in a food processor.  Spread mixture in pan and refrigerate for several hours.  Cut into squares and store in the refrigerator.  Enjoy!!

5 comments:

  1. Hi Theresa! Thanks for sharing your blog with all of us who attended Natalia's training-- I'm loving it!

    So happy to hear that you're doing so well, and that fudge recipe sounds amazing. Going to try that over the holidays, for sure. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing your story. Beacons of hope are especially wonderful when a fog sets in. Your stamina and fortitude are astonishing.

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  3. Theresa, I've been meaning - I know, I know - to touch base. Your story is awe inspiring and I can only imagine you've shared with us just an 1/8th of what your life is like on a daily basis.

    Not sure if Dave mentioned I met w/ a holistic Dr. here in the SS. I'd love to chat more with you about my experience and maybe you can share more of your delicious receipes. BTW > can you make the fudge dairy free? using smart balance or earth's balance?

    Let us know next time you're in the area. Love to all!

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  4. Hi Theresa!
    I've really enjoyed reading your story, your attitude, strength, and faith are an inspiration! I look forward to reading more...

    p.s....your family is beautiful :)
    Have a happy holiday!
    Love,
    Sima

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