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Recover Making Sense of Breast Cancer

No one really knows exactly why we get , but what we do know is that there are certain that contribute to the development of the disease.

Some blame it on lifestyle, some on family history and other . Some say that it’s just the luck of the draw; or that it’s the universe sending us a wake-up call; or that maybe it’s our bodies sending us a message that we’re not taking care of ourselves in a healthy, productive way.  

In the end, no one really knows precisely why we get . But, when we do, being the warriors that we are, we confront it, deal with it and overcome it -- some of us more successfully than others.

If we were to attempt to make sense of , at least from a scientific perspective, then according to the , certain changes in our DNA can cause normal breast cells to become cancer. DNA is the chemical in each of our cells that makes up our genes -- the instructions for how our cells work. Some inherited DNA changes (mutations) can increase the risk for developing cancer and can cause the cancers that run in our families.

From a holistic perspective, and according to  -- or the “science of life” -- the rising incidence of cancer is caused by an imbalance in our bodies (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) and the drastic changes in our lifestyle and habits, especially the use of chemical and synthetic food items, which deprive us from the adequate mineral intake that we get from more pure and natural sources.

Many of the food items that we consume are deficient in the minerals we need to nourish our bodies. This deficiency causes acidification, which leads to poor absorption of the essential metals needed by our bodies.  In addition, eating disorders, irregular eating patterns, , and other lifestyle factors contribute to the formation of acids and toxins in the body, which could result in inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract . The accumulation of toxins and the gradual suppression of the immune system lead to abnormal activities in the different tissues of the body – an imbalance in our system – and can ultimately lead to cancer.

According to the , plays a key role in the . While it is necessary for the normal development of our breasts and vital organs for childbearing, as well as maintaining our heart and healthy bones, a lifetime of exposure to estrogen can increase a woman’s risk of .  Being well informed and more knowledgeable about how chemicals in the environment can affect our body’s estrogen levels, and how diet and lifestyle factors affect estrogen exposure cumulatively over our lifetime, may help us make more-informed decisions about our bodies and exposure to environmental risk factors.

As they say, knowledge is power, and the more knowledgeable we are about our health and well being, the better off we are -- especially after .

It is important for us to have information and knowledge about upon our diagnosis and about our recommended treatment protocol. However, it is even more important for us to on us physically, mentally, emotionally and, for some of us, spiritually. We cannot begin to from until we fully understand its impact.

It is also important for you to know so that you can manage all aspects of your life in the most effective way. Life after treatment will not be the same as it was before.  We are not the same as we were before our diagnosis because most medical illnesses, as proven by research, lead to some sort of personal transformation, whether it is positive or negative.  Of course, we hope for the positive.

In either case, we all emerge from our experience with a new identity, i.e., our .  In reality, however, not everyone embraces the idea of being a .  Even though there can be positive meanings attached to “,’’ some women have altered their attachment to the term or have rejected being acknowledged as a .  Some feel their cancer experience was not severe enough to merit this title or they want their disease to be a private disease experience.

Whatever your position and however you view yourself after your breast cancer experience, it is an individual choice. We are only here to serve as a resource to help you from breast cancer and live a long, healthy and vibrant life.   

We hope that you find meaning that makes sense out of your experience and that there is a desire for you to ask “what can I learn from my bout with that has a positive outcome?”

You can share what you have learned from your experience by posting it on our or start a discussion in our .


Breast Cancer Partner Events

September 29, 2012
'Pamper Me Pink' Breast Cancer Event, Floyd County, IN

September 22 – October 28, 2012
Shine Your Light Bright for the Cancer Fight, San Marcos, TX

September 29, 2012
Pink October Velvet Sessions with Bret Michaels, Hard Rock Hotel, Universal Orlando, Orlando, FL

September 30, October 3, 2012
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference – “Treating the Cause”, Orlando, FL

September 30, 2012
Prevent Cancer Foundation 5K Race, Washington, D.C.

October 3, 2012
The Beauty of Caring Event, San Francisco, CA

October 11, 2012
Cancer and Careers Online Event Legal & Insurance Issues to Consider

October 13 – 14, 2012
Lance Armstrong Foundation Live Long Run, Walk, Ride Event, Hallandale Beach, FL

October20, 2012
SASS Foundation 18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Uniondale, NY

October 27 – 30
AACR Cancer Health Disparities Conference, San Diego, CA

November 15, 2012
Cancer and Careers Online Event Re-Entering the Workforce After Short & Long Absences

 

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