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Cancer Battle Plan Phase 2: Chemotherapy

We were home by 12:30, none the worse for wear. I spent the rest of the day feeling amazingly well. By the following evening, the drugs began to hit home. I was exhausted and felt like crawling right out of my own skin. Another day and my stomach declared its revulsion. Suddenly food looked, smelled, felt, and tasted nothing short of disgusting. At age 51, I was about to have my very first fight with food. The relationship between food and me wouldn’t be the same for a long time to come.

As the weeks and months passed, my husband would sit by my side through all but one treatment, when my daughter accompanied me. Even at my insistence that I could go it alone, as many other patients did, he wouldn’t hear of it. He’d be there for treatment, he’d be there for every doctor appointment, he’d be there through every sick moment. He would see me through baldness as he had through losing a breast. He’d laugh with me, share with me, and love me, just has he had before cancer reared its ugly head.

It may seem like an odd thing for a person with cancer to say, but I am a very fortunate lady.

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Author’s Note: This is article is part of a series chronicling my first-hand patient perspective of life with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Without being overly self-indulgent, I hope to convey the raw emotion that comes with such a diagnosis… and the process of living with and beyond it. Entries will appear in Care2 Causes and in Care2 Healthy & Green Living. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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6:34PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

This is a perfectly good article and I wish Ann the best with her fight against cancer. However, there is a piece missing.
What's wrong with this picture? Ann has breast cancer and is getting chemotherapy for it. She has posted an article about it on Care2 under Healthy & Green Living.

Nothing at first glance, but if you look deeper, there are wide gaps in this article. No mention is made of why chemo is either healthy or green. In fact, it is neither. No mention is made of why she got breast cancer. Cancer can never be properly treated without having at least some idea of what the cause is. There are no healthy, green or environmentally friendly topics or statements in this article. Any cancer article on Care2 would ideally be about natural, effective cancer treatments. If natural cancer treatments or specialized, minimally toxic chemo (IPT) are not mentioned in a cancer article, that article has no place on Care2 and would be better off on a cancer site or booklet.

No offense. Thank you Cherry.

9:36PM PDT on May 11, 2011

Hemp oil? Is there more information on this, who has used it, how, with what results?
Certain chemos can destroy the heart muscle so that it can no longer pump effectively, so, ask oncologist about taking CoQ10 supplements while undergoing the chem that can cause the damage.

11:23PM PDT on May 10, 2011

Ann - we are with you all the way.
Thank you for opening your life.

3:43PM PDT on May 10, 2011

I thought about it and have come up with a better word than "story", infobiography.

3:17PM PDT on May 10, 2011

Thank you Ann for this wonderful, enlightening, from the heart "story", Much information is helpful! God Bless

10:00AM PDT on May 10, 2011

I have read, time and again, chemo and radiation kill more people than are cured. Drug companies are making billions over our dead bodies....and laughing as they say 'business is great!'.

Research hemp oil.....incrediable success, no side effects. Problem is docs and drug companies won't have anything to do with it because you can't patent a plant!! Whooosh.......there go the billions in profit!

4:12AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Noted with interest.

4:32PM PDT on May 9, 2011

Another survival story

3:41PM PDT on May 9, 2011

thanks for sharing

2:55PM PDT on May 9, 2011

Thank you!

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