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Author Chris Bledy autographed my book, “With love and gratitude all things are possible!”

“Beating Ovarian Cancer: How to Overcome the Odds and Reclaim Your Life,” a Survivor’s Journey for Women with Cancer, lays out the strategies Bledy followed in her cancer journey. She wrote this book eight years after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer?

Bledy was found to have ovarian cancer after a couple of missed periods sent her to her doctor.

Called the “Silent Killer” because its symptoms are mild and easily ignored or mistaken for simple things, like the flu, such as fatigue or shortness of breath, an examination suggested a more serious underlying cause.

As surgery is required to biopsy ovaries to confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she had surgery to confirm the diagnosis and remove the tumor, chemotherapy to follow up, and then “second look” surgery to confirm it was gone.

Two years later, it recurred in a lymph node, putting her in the high-risk category of ovarian cancer patients.

Bledy had Stage IIIC ovarian cancer. Half of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed at Stage III. Five-year survival for patients diagnosed at this stage ranges from 20 to 50 percent.

She had a third surgery and a second round of chemotherapy. This is the standard for ovarian cancer treatment.

What Are the Risk Factors?

Bledy decided that while there were many things over which she had no control, working to return herself to health was something she could affect.

She looked at the risk factors for getting ovarian cancer to see if there was something she could change.

In most cases, the risk factors did not apply to her:

  • Family members with ovarian cancer (none)
  • Over 50 (she was 48)
  • No children (she had children)
  • History of breast cancer (no)
  • Jewish descent (no)
  • Hormone replacement therapy (no; she had not yet hit menopause)
  • High fat diet (no)

But, a few risk factors did apply:

  • Race (she was white; 50% more frequency than in African American women)
  • Infertility drug use (yes. This represents a nearly 3-fold risk increase)
  • Talcum powder (on babies when she diapered them and when she was a baby)

What Can You Do Post-Treatment?

She researched a number of strategies to supplement the standard of care she was already receiving.

Alternative and complementary approaches have typically not been confirmed with clinical trials. She used them as an adjunct to the conventional treatments she received from doctors she trusted.

Many of the toxin-related suggestions Bledy followed are outlined in Hulda Regehr Clark’s book, The Cure for All Cancers.

Briefly, Bledy’s strategies are outlined here:

Family support.

Bledy credits the unceasing support of her husband as well as the fact that she comes from a large, extended tightly-knit family of children, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandchildren and nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends with her ability to maintain her spirits through this difficult journey.

She and her husband decided to tell friends and family what was happening and she allowed herself to accept their help and support.

Support group.

Bledy went to a women’s cancer support group with a friend and was nourished, for two years, with tips and support from other women in similar situations.

However, after her friend died, she found it depressing to continue in a group focused on cancer, just as she was turning her attention to the rest of her life.

Negative thoughts.

While a very positive person, Bledy realized on reflection that she still harbored resentment at some people in her past.

She does not explain how she handled this but referred to strategies others have used – journaling, writing letters, calling people. In all cases, the desired end is the same – forgive these people and release them with love.

Toxins.

  • She removed the water softening system from her house in favor of a charcoal filter system.
  • She had the amalgam/silver fillings in her teeth removed, as they contain mercury.
  • She started cooking largely with glass pots instead of metal.
  • She cleaned counters and kitchen surfaces with grain alcohol or vinegar instead of commercial cleaners.
  • She removed all poisons from the kitchen to be stored in the garage.

Food.

Although she already ate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, she started buying only organic food, severely limited the meat she ate and eliminated white sugar and alcohol.

She also started soaking all greens, fruits and vegetables in a solution of water and 5% hydrochloric acid.

She washes eggs thoroughly and does not return them to the carton.

She soaks avocados and bananas in hot water.

Fresh air.

She gets out of the house at least 20 minutes every day.

Exercise.

Though an avid tennis player, chemotherapy reduced her ability to return to that game.

She started walking around the neighborhood every day.

She started going to the gym and using a personal trainer three times a week after chemotherapy ended.

Baby love.

She was the fortunate recipient of many visits from her grandchildren, nieces and nephews who brightened her day and made her laugh.

Music.

Bledy recommends the use of music in the cancer journey – at times, healing music, at times sad, mournful music.

Because each person’s taste is individual, she did not recommend specific songs, but visitors may find Native American music very soothing.

Robert and Terry TallTree offer soothing Native American music CDs.

The “When the Eagle Flies” CD is quiet Native American soft rock. The “Echoes of the Heart” CD is haunting flute music, with sounds of nature, like singing birds, in the background.

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To you and years of laughter with your grandchildren.

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