Going under the knife
A couple of months ago my oncologist asked me if I would like to consider having my ovaries removed.
I’ve got my family, my beautiful monkey of a daughter so I don’t need my ovaries for any more baby making.
Besides I’ve always thought that having a hormonal based cancer it would be pretty daft for me to have another pregnancy, lucky for me that David and I only ever wanted one child.
I then gave some thought to the bigger and more holistic picture.
I have talked this over with my family, acupuncturist and my holistic guru. We discussed the operation to remove a part of me, a very important feminine part of me in opposition to having a chemical change to my body every month in the form of a estrogen blocker. I have chosen to relinquish the chemical change in favour of the surgical option.
So in a few days time I’m having a bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy which in plain english means I’m having my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed with a keyhole surgical procedure.
I’m having this done as my cancer is estrogen positive.
Every four weeks since my diagnosis I’m at the doctors having an implant through a rather large needle in my lower stomach.
This implant “Zoladex” chemically switches off the neurotransmitter to produce estrogen in my body, therefore not “fueling” the cancer.
After I have had the ovaries removed I will no longer have to have the implants, which after 2 1/2 years will be a welcome relief.
A quick note to anyone who is having these implants, don’t be tough like I used to be, ask for some anesthetic cream (Emla or Ametop) which you put on the area about an hour before you are injected – it really helps.
Never one to relinquish complete control to others, here are the proactive steps I will be taking before my operation:
Under the guidance of Patricia Peat (Cancer Options) I am cutting back my liposomal Vitamin C from 14 teaspoons a day to just 3 teaspoons for the 7 days before my surgery and 14 days afterwards.
As there can be a “Potential problem of high dose Vit c interfering with blood clotting,this is observed in people with warfarin but obviously need to take care. There is also regular use of blood thinners now with most ops where people are going to be in hospital for a few days. Doses of three grams and less will not interfere but will aid wound healing and hopefully help prevent catching any bugs.“
I will also be taking a zinc supplement
to help healing.
I will be taking the homeopathic remedy Arnica to help bring any internal bruising out quicker.
Some of my supplements will also be stopped prior to the operation in case they cause further blood thinning therefore preventing clotting.
For the three days before my operation I will go on a juice fast, mainly green vegetables with some cancer busting pomegranate and apple added in.
I’m going on the juice fast for three reasons, firstly it will give my digestive system a break and clear out any unwanted stuff (I’ll also do a coffee enema after day one)
Secondly doing this cleanse will hopefully mean I won’t be taking any medication to do the same job!
Thirdly going on a fast, even with some fresh vegetable juices may help to lower my IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) which may be found to increase cancer cell growth. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/92/18/1472.abstract
In those three days prior to the operation I will also be using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to banish any fears I may have (there are none at the moment!) and also to “tap” for a successful operation and recovery.
In the weeks after the operation I have appointments to see my acupuncturist and holistic guru to get rebalanced and realigned
I will let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks time, if you have any additional suggestions for me or anyone else about to have an operation, please let us know in the comments below.