My cancer story (part 6): Struggling with the monster

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Struggling with the Monster

Thousands of Americans died every year because of medication errors, unnecessary surgeries, adverse drug effects and hospital borne infections. For some reason, I was more concerned of the complications and side effects from the surgery and anesthesia than losing a few organs.

“I do want to try for a baby. So, I will not accept surgery at this time.” That was the best excuse I could come up with at that moment to avoid surgeries.

Throughout 2009, I went to military and civilian doctors receiving all kinds of consultations and doing every test, including ultrasound, MRI, biopsy, D&C and even hereditary cancer genetic testing. Military doctors go to deployment or separation, and some military bases do not have specialists, so I ended up being treated by four oncologists.

Medical test

The oncologist started a hormone therapy to control the spread of my cancer after that meeting in February. The doctor said it wouldn’t cure the cancer but would hopefully delay it until I decided to go back for the hysterectomy. I was told to return to the clinic for a checkup every few months and not to delay the surgery for anything more than a year.

The medication was probably not as bad as chemotherapy, but it seemed to be an aging agent that added ten years to my life. I had trouble sleeping, pounding heartbeat and shortness of breath with just raising my voice; and a list of other side effects that were listed in the fine print that nobody wanted to read. I did not like it at all.


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My cancer story (part 5): Combating the monster

Previous: My cancer story (part 4): The struggle continues

Combating the Monster

The endometrial cancer had been causing all the irregular bleeding and blood clots for one year and three months. My defective cells, something that I could not feel or see, had been havocking my life. That’s the bad news. The good news was that it was a stage 1 cancer.

I was young, healthy, slim and ate well (at least I thought I was). All the doctors I saw said I was not a “textbook” case for cancer patients. Cancer of the uterus is rare in women under 40 years of age; it most often occurs in women between the ages of 60 to 75 years. Women are at a higher risk of uterine cancer if they are obese, have late menopause, or do not ovulate regularly etc.

endometrial cancer from healthmeup

Photo credit: healthmeup

“So what are my treatment options?” I was not sure whether I should be happy or not that I was not a textbook case. I wish I could be unique in some other ways.

“Total hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy, which involve removing the uterus and perhaps it’s best to remove the ovaries too just in case. That’s the best way to get rid of the cancer,” the oncologist paused, “but if you decide to preserve your fertility, we can try something conservative, say medical therapy and radiation therapy.”

Next: My cancer story (part 6): Struggling with the monster

First Raw Chinese Festival brings raw foodists and experts to Hong Kong

Being a vegan seemed to be such a taboo a few years ago in Hong Kong, but with the popularity of Green Monday and Newstart detox programs here, veggie diet has suddenly become sexy and cool. It takes some time for vegetarianism and veganism to find a space in the mainstream market in Hong Kong, which has been relatively slow in accepting this health trend. Raw foodists will find it even harder to survive in this concrete jungle. Fortunately, Dr Simon Chau and his team are ready to rock this place with their first Chinese Raw Festival.

For the first time, there will be a party where all raw foodists in Hong Kong, mainland China and other countries meet and share experiences on their raw lifestyle. Janette Murray-Wakelin, author of Raw Can Cure Cancer, and Dr Simon Chau, veteran green campaigner and leader of the local raw movement, will be some of the speakers at the event. All are welcome to share their experiences in healing and transforming life and the world by going raw.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Chau and also trying their raw vegan food a few months ago. The quality of ingredients and presentation of food are delighting, and the talks and sharing connect people and empower aspiring vegans to take a stride in adopting a healthy lifestyle. For those who want to find out more about raw vegan lifestyle, this is the place to be. See you there!

First Chinese Raw Festival at Greenwoods

Date: September 9, 2014 (Tue, also a public holiday in Hong Kong)

Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Venue: GreenWoods Raw Café, 13/F, 2 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit D2, TST MTR)

Fees: HK$388 (members HK$348, Senior citizens and full time students HK$288), FREE for anyone who is on a totally raw diet since June 2014

Enquiries and reservations: 3428 2416 or WhatsApp 6627 7500