Breast Cancer Journal

Early Signs of Breast Cancer

In 1988, the forty-six year old features editor for the Boulder Daily Camera, Juliet Wittman, mother of a ten-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer.

Both her parents had died of cancer.

She wrote about her cancer survivor’s journey over the next year in Breast Cancer Journal: A Century of Petals, published in 1993.

Having discovered a lump, almost incidentally, a mammogram and subsequent biopsy and lumpectomy were eventually followed by chemotherapy and radiation.

How Do You Cope?

Wittman visited a psychiatrist to cope with fear and depression and started looking for alternatives to supplement her treatment regimen.

Eventually, her additional efforts included modification of her diet and exercise, meditation, massage therapy and attendance at a cancer self-help group, QuaLife.

What Else Can You Do?

Some of Wittman’s diet modifications included:

  • Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture
  • Green tea and licorice-root tea
  • Foods rich in beta-carotene, like carrots, sweet potato and cantaloupe
  • No alcohol
  • No red meat
  • Fresh water fish only
  • No spicy foods, cheese, coffee or chocolate
  • Low fat.

She treasured the loving support of her husband and daughter. Playing with her three dogs, she described one of them as “a bundle of naturally healing energy.”

Since a cancer diagnosis starts an immediate search for information, Wittman recommends the Physicians’ Data Query, a National Cancer Institute resource for doctors that is also available to the general public, which you can find by clicking here.

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