Today I completed Day 2 of my Water & Grape Juice Fast. This time around hasn’t been nearly as bad as the first time 6 months ago. It seems like everywhere I look, social media, TV; food and the smells of food are pervasive. I have a 6oz glass for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All other times I’m drinking water. The reason I decided to add grape juice is because the water fasting makes the cancer cells “hungry,” and when the cells do get food, what they get is grape juice, which contains several major cancer killing nutrients, such as:
1) ellagic acid,
4) oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) or procyanidolic oligomers (PCO), originally called: pycnogenol (seeds),
5) resveratrol (skin coloring of purple grapes),
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12) caffeic acid and/or ferulic acid (together they kill cancer cells), and
13) gallic acid.
That is an incredible arsenal.
I truly chose the wrong weekend to do this as the clock was turned back. Tomorrow 8 pm will actually 9pm instead. The stomach acid and heartburn is gone. Headache was very mild at the begging of the day but went away quickly. I plan to introduce grapes towards the end of the day tomorrow. I’m sleeping better than usual. Probably because my body is a bit drained but not even half as bad as when I did the water only fast.
also, today, 2 years ago, I received the phone call that changed my life. As I was walking my daughter onto the high school football field watch a game her School against the rival school when I was teaching. I knew immediately, the doctor asked “ Mrs. Brown are you driving?” It was Friday, November 4, 2016. I had had my biopsy 2 days before and the doctor had told me that I wouldn’t hear from him until Monday.
I really don’t remember exactly what he said to me but I do remember hearing him call my name out a few times to get my attention. He scheduled for me to come in on the Monday to go over all the details. God knew that I needed to be around people, but I remember feeling my legs were very weak and quickly went to sit down on the bleachers. Having my daughter with me and also being around my students kept me composed, but dizzy. I didn’t want to worry them so when I had a free moment I sent my husband and mother a text with the news. After speaking to my husband he advised me to go home and he would pick up my daughter.
I don’t remember the drive home but I do remember immediately falling on my knees and crying out to God to save me, help me, and give me wisdom. After crying harder than I think I ever had, I composed myself and immediately felt comforted by God. Still afraid of the unknown, but much better. I had this strong sense that I would be fine and God would protect me. At the time I felt he was telling me that I wouldn’t lose my breast or need chemo.
After Meeting with the doctor on Monday, he assured me that my treatment would be mild and bareable and it looked like I wouldn’t need chemo, but would need a lumpectomy to completely remove the small tumor and then radiation therapy to the area 5 days a week for 5 weeks. Then the hormone drug Tamoxifen, for 10 years, to stop the cancers from absorbing estrogen and basically sending me into menopause. The diagnosis showed that the cancer had receptors that were fed by estrogen at 100%, had a Ki-67 of 90%, and was a Grade 3. Despite having caught it early myself when doctors missed it, (which I learned is a very common occurrence since many women have dense breasts which renders mammos very unreliable), the cancer was highly aggressive.
The treatment plan seemed very straightforward and much easier than I once thought. One thing I’ve learned about cancer and treatment is that one test, or one symptom can change from nothing to something in an instant. God continued to guide me and I didn’t want radiation, it just felt so scary. How can something we’ve always been told is bad for us now be so good?
I asked God for wisdom and it started pouring in. I decided to go to Johns Hopkins for a 2nd opinion and ultimately decided to receive my care there initially. This began my search to learn everything I could about breast cancer. Little did I know things were about to do a 360, and not in a good way.
My initial diagnoses:
Notice the arrows and drawing. The area in red is very important when determining if a person with cancer requires chemo or not. The drawing is the doctor explaining how part of the tumor was DCIS, meaning still enclosed inside the duct and the other drawing shows how it’s now aggressive and has eaten through the duct and invading the breast tissue. Things are never as they seem. God is so good!