I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3C in March 2016. Prior to my diagnosed I had 2 years of weakness of the body, long periods of bleeding, and severe fatigue. There is nothing more frustrating or upsetting to a patient than to have a set of symptom and being misdiagnosed. I was misdiagnosed for about 3 years. One simple test, CA125, would change my life for a much happier end. What was next? Heavy Chemotherapy treatments for 6months, follow by total hysterectomy +, and 3 months of more heavy chemotherapy. I accepted the oncologists’ protocol but I didn’t feel good about it. It just didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t have peace about it. The effects were unbearable …hair loss, fatigue, gastro issues, and emotional ups and downs that came with the physical challenges. No promises of healing either! The all year of 2016 was a nightmare for my family and me.
Dealing with my emotions wasn’t easy either. It was difficult to identify and honor my feelings. My mood swings was present, sadness, worry or fear was my journey. On top of that dealing with the emotions and beliefs of other people about my cancer it was a challenge. It was hard to deal with the fears of my family while I was facing my own. Sometimes people weren’t sure what to say when they learned I had cancer. Some people were uncomfortable thinking about the possibility of cancer in their own lives. Because of their own fears, they may not know the best way to help me with my illness.
I felt lost and overwhelmed with so much information! If I didn’t have the support of my friends and family I would be lost in this Earth! As a cancer patient, it was incredibly powerful and comforting to know there are people cheering you on. One of the biggest pieces of advice I love to give is to gather your cheerleaders and utilize their support and help. It’s just as important as the medicine.
Unfortunately the chemo wasn’t enough to kill all the cancer cells. In February 2017 my oncologist gave the news that it spreads to my lymph nodes. I was devastated once more. Her protocol was once to put me on chemo again for the rest of my life, and no hopes of cure. I am not a doctor or a scientist but I am a self-educated chemo-researcher
Here is what chemotherapist will do: They go through more rounds of chemo and radiation, but the treatments don’t work as well the second time. The doctors can’t seem to stop the cancer. Every time you see the patient they look worse and worse. Eventually, after a difficult battle ranging from a few months to a few years they die. “That’s not going to be me!”
So what happened?
This is what happened:
Chemotherapy is toxic poison. It works by attacking rapidly dividing cells in your body which affects your hair, nails, skin, your digestive system, and your blood. This process makes you very sick and can cause permanent damage to various parts of your body including your brain, liver, hearing, and reproductive organs. Chemotherapy attacks rapidly reproducing cells, which includes some types of cancer cells, but it also destroys your immune system.
If you take chemotherapy and it doesn’t kill all the cancer cells, you will find yourself in a very vulnerable position with a decimated immune system. You will have little defenses left to prevent any remaining cancer cells from reproducing.
Note: Your immune system is what keeps you alive.
Then I began to study the effects that chemotherapy would have on my body and immune system, which explained my instinctive resistance. I remember thinking to myself, there’s got to be another way…
This was my thought process:
-My body is designed to heal itself.
-Something inside me is malfunctioning and affecting my immune system, allowing cancer to grow.
-Chemotherapy is poison that will hurt my body and destroy my immune system.
-I don’t want to hurt my body and destroy my immune system. I want to build it up.
-Cancer is not the cause of a sick body; it is the effect of a sick body.
-I’ve got to find therapies that strengthen my body and my immune system, so it can heal itself.
And that’s exactly what is going to be my protocol. I radically changed my diet and I have a couple of natural, alternative, and holistic therapies. Unfortunately I can’t afford those therapies.
The emotional and financial burden of surviving ovarian cancer is a challenge at any stage of life. I need your support on this battle that I am fighting. Please help me to fight cancer by contributing to GoFundMe goal of $30,000.
Thank you to everyone for your love, support and prayers. Thank you all for reading and considering my journey ahead. "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have!"
Love Aline Resende