WAKE UP CALL

I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in June 2016 after finding a lump on my right breast. We had just arrived on Maui to spend the summer, and did not expect this at all. When the biopsy came back with the diagnosis we took the first flight back to San Diego and arranged to meet with breast cancer surgeon Anne Wallace from the Moore’s Cancer Center at UCSD. After one more biopsy and one MRI they confirmed my diagnosis and found one more lump on the same breast. The doctor recommended to have a lumpectomy done, but we also talked about the pros and cons of choosing a mastectomy instead. We had a second opinion with Dr Lang at USC Norris Cancer Center in LA,  she explained us the two scenarios for lumpectomy with radiation and mastectomy with reconstruction, none of them sounded good. At that time we were very scared and didn’t know much about what we learned once we started walking this path, but my intuition was telling me to go for the less invasive procedure. I opted to do the lumpectomy and wait for the final diagnosis to make more decisions on how to continue.

Francisco and I started to research like crazy, talking to people who have been diagnosed, to doctors and health coaches, reading all day and meditating all night. We knew that they were other options out there than the ones you get from your oncologist, we just needed to find what worked for me. We were committed to create a path that felt true to us, using our fear to empower and mobilize us to go even deeper.

I’ve always known that good nutrition is your best medicine so right away I started by adjusting my already healthy diet to my own version of a modified ketogenic diet,  eating mostly fresh organic vegetables, a lot of good fats, and some protein.

Something was very clear in me:  I needed to wake up to this call and find my own path to healing.

In the following chapters I share information about how I’m recuperating my health in a gentle, nurturing, non-invasive way, all the lifestyle changes I made, the people and books who guided me, what I’m learning from research and from my own experience, what worked and didn’t, and the progress I’m making.

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A few days before being diagnosed