When cancer struck my family, my wife and I were concerned with what we could do to make things as pleasant as possible. When chemotherapy was prescribed, my wife and I started to research what we could expect.
The side effects of chemotherapy were awful. 5-FU, one of the chemotherapy drugs prescribed, commonly has the following serious
Diarrhea which can be controlled with medicine; blood cell counts are affected which may result in a lowered resistance to infection, bruising or bleeding (5-FU reduces platelet counts, and/or causes anemia); and tiredness or feeling weak.
Chemotherapy is bad enough without side effects and 5-FU has some less common but serious side effects like vomiting, hair loss, sensitivity to sunlight, and soreness of hands and feet which may progress to numbness.
Keeping positive, my wife and I began to check on means of negating the side effects and hopefully, aiding in healing the cancer. A doctor once told me that chemotherapy was a gamble.
They gambled that the cancer will die before the drugs kill them. If the drug does kill their patient, then it is blamed on the cancer.
What we turned to was an alternative means of healing than conventional medicine. Instead of drugs, only natural means were used to aid in the vomiting, numbness of hands and feet, and fighting infection. These were the side effects we had to deal with.
Cancer is hard to fight, and I understand where conventional medicine is headed with their treatments. The side effects, though, were able to be handled without using drugs which have their own set of side effects.
Since there was a risk of infection, and a general lowering of all different parts of the blood, more fruits and vegetables were served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Lots of berries:
Blueberries, blackberries, and red raspberries…all excellent antioxidant rich fruits to help fight infection.
For dinner, we ate more vegetables high in iron, like broccoli, to fight anemia. Ginger tea was used to fight the nausea and vomiting. It also has antioxidants that may fight cancer.
One of the interesting things we learned was that wheat grass helped with the numb feet and hands. It is also considered a superfood, full of antioxidants.
With all these natural remedies, the experience of chemotherapy was much less severe. Quality of life is very important.
What is the point of living if living is filled with pain and suffering? Not all remedies may work all the time, the effects may just be too bad, or the cancer too far along.
By the way, the cancer was cured, without the loss of hair, little to no nausea and vomiting. The pain and suffering was kept to a minimum and the quality of life was still there.
Might as well try something to make it better, and hopefully, the cancer will go away and life can resume, for the better.