My Cancer Journey: 9 Tenets of a Radical Remission

After interviewing over a thousand cancer patients who defied the odds of conventional oncology’s survival expectations, Dr. Kelly Turner wrote the book Radical Remission where she identifies 9 of the key practices found in common.

I am working on all nine and advocate that they are great tenets for anyone.

Here they are.

Radically change your diet
I adopted a Low Glycemic Modifed Paleo Diet. Learn more about what that means here.

Take control of your health
This was easy for me to want to do. It simply refers to the actions that one takes on a daily basis to encourage health in their body. Getting your health under control is a result of choosing wisely in each set of decisions every day, day after day. 

Follow your intuition
There have been a few times that I have felt compelled to advocate a bit harder for myself with my doctors. For better or worse, we call this following intuition. Sometimes you just get a feeling that something is or isn’t right and it’s good to go ahead and push. 

Use herbs & supplements
I have a whole post dedicated to this. I’m so glad to have stumbled upon How to Starve Cancer and I’m even more delighted that my conventional Oncologist was on board and recommended a great integrative Oncologist to help forge the protocol. 

Release suppressed emotions
I will continue to journal over this one. I have considered talk therapy mostly because I can’t really drudge up any deeply suppressed emotions. Do I not have any? 

Increase positive emotions
Live. Laugh. Love.

Embrace social support
Pitching the idea to Kate to cook my meals for me is 100% out of my comfort zone and I did it fully to embrace social support. She, among a beautiful handful of other sweet friends have been at the ready to show their support for me. I’m so wickedly independent that it’s very me to refuse. I have made it an effort to be more accepting and I feel so loved as a result.

Deepen your spiritual connection
Somehow I roped a few lovely deep thinking ladies into a weekly video chat with me where we plow through the chapters of Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart.” My next endeavor includes Thich Nhat Hanh’s “Living Buddha, Living Christ” that I will read alongside my fellow Mennonite raised cousin. I have opened myself up to a new prayer dialog and I often exist in the presence of my mom who passed away from Cancer mere months before my own diagnosis. I’m a work in progress. This gets intimate. 

Have strong reasons for living
These are not reasons not to die… these are reasons to live. I sat down and made this list for myself. The difference to me is that this list is about what I want, it’s about my passions. It helps fuel me when things feel hard and it helps me keep track of how to live, focused on the things that matter most!


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