You Are A Breast Cancer Survivor

With every Breast Cancer diagnosis, these simple words are what every single Breast Cancer fighter hopes to hear at their end of their fight.

Between chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and hormonal treatments, the targeted approach to kill the existing cancer while preventing a reoccurrence takes a serious toll on the body, both physically and mentally. For me, the term Cancer had become a household name, after my father’s diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer in 2015.

We did everything we could to help my parents during this very trying time, and no one can ever prepare you to lose a parent at the age of 36 years old. To watch first hand as your dad wastes away, not from the cancer but instead from the side effects of the Parkinson’s Disease he had been diagnosed with years earlier.

When my father finally passed in October of 2015, we thought we were done with the “C” word and tried to resume a normal life after being surrounded by death and illness. I tried my best to re-focus on my responsibilities at work, but it was a daily struggle, as a plethora of symptoms had become my constant companion.

I blamed it on all the stress we had been under while dealing with my dad’s illness, including the lump that had appeared in my breast during my dads last few months on this earth. A year later, and I finally decided to seek the assistance of a Naturopath to hopefully figure out what was wrong with me once and for all, and finally put me on my path to health.

Needless to say, I soon found myself faced with that hated word yet again, Cancer, except this time instead of dealing with someone else, I found myself faced with a very serious battle for my life. I was diagnosed in September of 2016, at the age of 37 with Stage 3A Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I was too young to let Cancer take me, and after everything our family had been through a year prior, I had to fight the tough fight that my dad was unable to.

Today I had my 3-month followup with my Oncologist since finishing my last round of Chemo. My reconstruction surgery was approximately a month ago, and I was finally able to kiss the port good-by. I thought I was finally on the path to regaining a normal life, whatever that may be, but instead, I found myself leaving the doctors office with both good and bad news.

The good was a pink folder documenting everything I had been through in the past year. My diagnosis, treatments and important informational resources which is the Oncology way of classifying you as a Breast Cancer Survivor.  Of course, the bad news came when the discussion came to medications needed to keep the Cancer from reoccurring.

You see, my cancer was Estrogen positive, so in order to have the best shot at killing the cancer, you need to starve it, which meant throwing me into early Menopause with a monthly shot. Every four weeks I need to make a trip to my Oncologist to get a shot in the gut, literally, with an extended-release capsule that disables my estrogen production. I am also on Tamoxifen to target the estrogen created by other parts of the body, like belly fat.

So being someone that hates taking any type of medication, I was not thrilled with my current situation, but thought I would only need to be on the Tamoxifen for 5 years, and I could discontinue the Zoldadex after having a Hysterectomy. Well in a very short amount of time my hopes of being medication free were shattered. The 5 years I had sworn my doctor told me at my last meeting with her suddenly turned into 10 years.

Sure I understand they want to make sure there are no reoccurrences of Cancer, but in my head, I can’t help but wonder about the negative side effects of being on any medication for that long. She then advised me that it may be best to switch me from the Tamoxifen to a new medication called Aromasin. Evidently this pill works better at blocking Estrogen, but of course comes with its own side effects, like bone loss, which of course there is another shot to help counteract that, which I would need for two years. Then to make matters even worse, she told me that the hormonal therapies could also make my brain fog, and difficulty with concentrating worse.

I honestly felt like I had been punched in the gut. One minute I feel like I am finally working towards normalcy, only to find out that it has been all the medications I am on that has put me on what feels like an endless roller coaster each and every month. I go from barely being able to think straight or focus for about two weeks after my shot, which I got today, to approximately two weeks of somewhat normal functionality, only to start the cycle all over again.

I left my appointment with a mix of emotions. Sure I’m supposed to be happy that I am a survivor of a disease that has taken women younger than myself. Yes, at my office alone, they just lost a patient this week to this horrible disease, but I can’t help but be a bit self-centered as I still wonder what my new normal will be. Will I ever be able to work again? And if so doing what? I may be a survivor, but I will always have Cancer in my body, it just may be dormant, and I prefer to keep it that way cause I don’t want to fall down this rabbit hole yet again.

With Cancer, there are always good days and there are bad days. I need to remember to not let the bad days consume me, and instead focus on improving my health, and my morning Isagenix shakes are a step in that direction. I have felt noticeably better in the few months I have been using the products, and I have to remember that wellness is not a sprint, its a marathon, and each day is a little bit better than the last.  I need to focus on healing my body and my mind, instead of focusing on things that I cannot control. In a year from now, I hope to be a healthier, happier and slimmer version of myself, who has kicked Cancer’s butt, and with the help of Isagenix, I know I can get there!


Isagenix BOGO Sale on Pumpkin Spice Isalean Shakes

Tis the season for all things Pumpkin Spice and the Isagenix IsaLean Shake is no exception. Each season Isagenix releases seasonal flavors and the Isagenix shake flavors for fall were Chocolate Mint and Pumpkin Spice.

Sadly the Chocolate Mint is sold out, and that really should come as no surprise because this Isagenix shake is quite yummy, tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream, but I’m getting off track here.

With limited quantities remaining of the Pumpkin Spice flavor, Isagenix has released a Buy One Get One free deal. Now through December 3rd in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, add two Isagenix Isalean Pumpkin Spice shakes to your shopping cart, and the cost of one of Isagenix shakes will automatically be deducted from your total.

It is important to note that you must add at least two of the Pumpkin spice flavor to your cart for this offer to work. Of course, there are no restrictions on how many canisters you can order, so don’t be afraid to shop my Isagenix Business Page to your heart’s content. This is also a great time to get on our auto-ship plan for these shakes in our traditional flavors, like the Dutch Chocolate, French Vanilla or Strawberry Cream. All of which are in daily rotation in my breakfast routine.

Again, this BOGO deal expires on December 3rd, so don’t delay and shop my Isagenix business page today.


Change Your Life with Isagenix – A First Look

I was diagnosed with stage three, triple positive Breast Cancer in September 2016 at the age of 37. My treatments have consisted of six rounds of very nasty chemotherapy medications, double mastectomy surgery, five weeks of radiation, and chemotherapy maintenance for an entire year. A common side effect of cancer treatment is weight loss, and my goal was to at least maintain my existing weight. At the time of my diagnosis, I weighed around 130lbs, which is a comfortable weight for my 5′ 8″ frame.

The hardest part of a cancer diagnosis is not the diagnosis itself, instead, it’s what all the treatments do to your body. Chemotherapy takes its toll on the body both physically and mentally. You experience fatigue unlike you have ever felt before, you can’t seem to think straight, and your sense of taste is thrown so far out of whack that the foods you used to love now taste like crap. I guess that is why so many people lose so much weight during this process because to be honest the last thing you want to do is eat when food both smells and tastes bad to you.

My main goal in this process was to not do anything that would hinder my treatment process. While I did try my best to eat healthy, I also ended up using my diagnosis as an excuse to eat whatever I felt like. This included cookies, ice cream, and any other “treat” that caught my eye in the grocery store. At every oncology appointment, I am required to have my vitals checked, which includes a weigh in. Over the last few months, I have noticed the number on the scale slowly creeping upward. I kept making excuses for myself thinking that it was because of the clothes I was wearing, or the fact that I had two fluid filled expanders in my chest. My denial suddenly became a reality a few weeks ago when I had to dress up for a job interview. Suddenly I could no longer fit into the pants that were borderline baggy on me only a year ago.

Now you may be asking yourself, so how does Isagenix fit into all this? Well, it’s actually quite simple. After much trial and error with trying to find an outfit that fit, I turned to my friends on Facebook to vent my frustrations. While my cousin, who is the same age as me, chimed in to concur that she was dealing with the same issue, it was a close friend of mine who reached out to me to advise me on how these products could help me lose weight and regain my health. She had been using this product for over four years, was a close personal friend since grammar school, and while I knew she wouldn’t recommend something that she hadn’t thoroughly vetted herself, I couldn’t help but still remain a bit skeptical.

She provided me with more info than I could ever want, all the nutritional information, as well as the success she has had while using the products. Since my cancer was estrogen positive, my biggest concern was whether or not the Isagenix products contained soy. To those who may not already know, soy can mimic estrogen in the body, and while it is not always possible to avoid it entirely, I try to be proactive and avoid it as much as possible. I was happy to learn that all the Isagenix products are free of soy, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. Isagenix products are also made using non-GMO, or non genetically modified, ingredients, which can be very hard to come by in the nutrition marketplace.

After having felt so crappy for so long, I finally decided that I had nothing to lose by giving the products a try. Isagenix offers a money back guarantee that if for any reason you do not like their products, or they do not deliver the results you are hoping for, you can return them for a full refund. While the 30 Day System is the most popular starter package from Isagenix, I didn’t have the funds to afford it, as I had unexpectedly lost my job in the last few weeks. I instead opted to try the IsaLean Shake in Creamy Dutch Chocolate, as well as the Ionix Supreme.

I have only used the shakes for three days so far, and I have already noticed a difference in my energy levels. Although I do still wake up a few times during the night, I now get up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, instead of feeling like I’m struggling to find enough energy to walk to the mailbox to get the days mail. I have also noticed an improvement in my mental focus. I no longer feel like my brain is in a constant fog, which allows me to actually focus on the daily tasks that need to be done to keep my e-commerce shops up and running. While I have not noticed any weight loss as of yet, and I wouldn’t expect to after only a few days, I am excited to see where these products take me and I encourage you to stay tuned to my site so you can follow me on my path to wellness, and possibly be inspired to try the Isagenix products for yourself. You truly have nothing to lose, and a healthy lifestyle to gain!

NOTE: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Each situation is unique and I can only speak to my personal experiences with the Isagenix’s products. I encourage you to visit my website to learn more about Isagenix and determine if it is the right health and wellness solution for you.

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