Q&A: Breast Cancer at 32, What to do?

Hi Chris,

I stumbled across your website when I was looking for alternatives to Chemotherapy. I believe what you have done is very courageous and inspiring.

I am 32 and have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, no family history, generally healthy – so totally shocking. I have had 2 lots of surgery and the tumour was removed and my lymph nodes were clear. I am due to start Chemotherapy on Tuesday and I am scared.
Since my diagnoses, I have changed my diet completely, pretty much vegan now and feel the healthiest I have felt in a long time. I have researched into healing myself with food and alternative therapies and it just makes sense to me, but there is also something in me that is saying I need to do the mainstream treatment as well, but the closer I get to it the crazier it seems, why would I want to go and get pumped full of toxic chemicals that will destroy my immune system when I feel so healthy and in tune with my body?
I have already been given Zoladex (meant to suppress ovaries – in the hope to remain fertile) and already I notice the changes in my body, not sleeping, spaced out and off my food. I just can’t imagine putting my body through this for 5 months with ongoing treatment for another 5 years..
I wish I had the courage you had. What do you think of doing the mainstream treatment alongside a plant based diet and alternate therapies?? Or is it counteractive? I am confused!! The hospital system here (Hervey Bay, Australia) just seem to want to through every treatment at me, Chemotherapy, Radiation, Herceptin for a year and hormone treatment for a following 5 years – they’re reasoning for this is because of my age and that the tumor was grade 3 & triple positive – but the cancer could potentially all be gone already?? And when I ask what is the cause of my cancer, they say “its just one of those things” Isn’t that ridiculous.
I would appreciated any comments you have, you can be as blunt as you like. Maybe that’s what I need.
Thanks for taking the time to read my mail, and thanks for sharing your story.

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