My cancer-fighting green smoothie

IMG_20141126_140831Here is a smoothie that I have each day, a few times a day actually. I should mention that this smoothie, along with anything from my cancer-fighting diet is not only for those that have cancer, but also as a preventative tool, or just simply if you want a little health boost in your life.  I will share more on my cancer-fighting diet in the posts to come, so stay tuned!

Ingredients:
– an apple*
– 1 or 2 celery stalks*
– about 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of kale*, or spinach*, or both!
– the juice of half a lemon
– an inch of fresh ginger
– some filtered water or ice, depending on the consistency that you like.

1. Combine all of the above ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use my lovely Vitamix) or juicer, and voila! There you have it, a cancer-fighting green smoothie. Enjoy 🙂

*Just to note, for all cancer patients following this or anything from my cancer-fighting diet, please ensure all of the fruits and vegetables used are organic. I will provide a list of the dirty dozen in another post. This is essential if you will be consuming a vast amount of vegetables and fruits, either in juices\smoothies, or raw, as non-organic fruits and vegetables contain a lot of pesticides and would be toxic to a cancer patient in such high quantities.

– Also, note that you can feel free to add a plant-based protein powder or wheatgrass powder for an extra boost. And, any leafy greens like swiss chard or dandelion, etc. can be substitued in the smoothie as well. Hope you enjoy it!

The fight of my life

So, a stage four cancer diagnosis is usually a death sentence, or is it? Essentially, stage four means that the cancer has spread (metastisized) to distant locations, including the organs. For me, I have had cancer 5 times prior to this metastasis to my lungs, but the previous diagnoses have always been localized and therefore much easier to treat. I always had stage one cancers. I never imagined I would be faced  with a stage four cancer. Metastisis was a dreadful word, a mere distant thought in my mind, until alas, last February I heard those fearful words I thought I would never hear…your cancer has metastisized into your lungs. Holy shit! (Pardon, my language.) This was a game-changer for sure.

Not only is the osteosarcoma a highly aggressive tumor, but now I was faced with the added issue of the cancer spreading to the lungs, which unfortunately makes it incurable. In these cases, traditional chemotherapy and radiation do not always work and can actually wreak more havoc than good on your immune system. Also, surgery on the lungs (which I have had one already) is no walk in the park either, especially if there are tumors on both lungs, which is the case for me. Naturally, I needed to do something for myself that would give me some control back because the thing about cancer, in general, is that it takes away our control, but only if we let it. I sure as hell won’t. This post is just the beginning of my stage four cancer journey. The best is yet to come!