My cancer story (part 12 – last): The art (and science) of war

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The art (and science) of war

According to American College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists, about 75% of the women with uterine cancer have stage 1 disease; and of these women, 85% to 90% will have no sign of cancer five years or more after treatment. Therefore, when uterine cancer is found early, the outlook is great. They are talking about the outlook is great after the conventional treatment. I say the outlook is equally great with non-conventional treatment – let thy food be thy medicine, as Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, said. Switching to a vegan diet helped me cure my cancer without the surgery doctors said I needed.

I have been battling with a monster that I could not see or feel, but deadly enough that could have done some serious damage to my mind and body. Up to this day, I still don’t know why cancer chose me. Some holistic doctors said cancer cells lurked in everybody and are just waiting for an opportunity to attack. This opportunity could be opened up by unhealthy diet, harmful lifestyle such as smoking, pollution and stress. Living in a small, laidback town in New Mexico with less than 30,000 people and clean air, the only factor that would make sense was my diet. I started eating like a big American dude with a tub of ice cream in my hands watching TV and enjoying big chunks of deep fried and grilled meat over the KFC and Golden Corral buffet.

Angie P, Hong Kong

Healthy and happy with the veggie diet. Never looked back since I made the decision more than 5 years ago.
Photo by Jeff Tong. Make up & hair by Glory Kwok

Becoming cancer free in six months without surgeries seems to be a miracle to some people. To me, it was a long battle that required lots of research on plant-based food, understanding from family and friends, and self-discipline on refraining from addictive foods that I was used to. Cancer has changed my whole mindset and philosophy on life. I am who I am today because of the training I gained from being alongside cancer for almost two years. It is my enemy but it’s also my friend at the same time – I learned a lot about the world, things I never came across. I would not have known my food pyramid with meat and diary isn’t ideal or that food is such a political issue.

As Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War,” if you know your enemies and yourself, you can win numerous battles without a single loss.

I say taking down a monster by bare hands, whether it is as big as the sky or as small as a cell, depends on your will and attitude.

There is hope everywhere. Never give up.

 

—–the end—–

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***

 

My cancer story (part 11): A brand new day

My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

 

A brand new day 

My last trip to this clinic was to pick up the actual copy of the pathologist report. I had no intention to go back for a checkup or anything whatsoever. I do know that I need to get regular checkups to make sure the cancer cells are not around anymore.

Or do I need to?

I had really bad symptoms with my cancer, so if my symptoms don’t show up again, then I should be fine right?

Yes, I think I’m good.

Going to doctors has been a painful experience, mentally and physically, and I try to avoid it at all cost…so much so that my last checkup was in September 2014. My father said if I’m writing a vegan book to promote veganism and fighting cancer, it’s not convincing if I’m not cancer-free.

Alatoy vegan bag

Point taken. So after five years of healing my cancer, I went for a full body checkup. The report came back with no signs of cancer.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 12…last part of the story): The art (and science) of war

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***

My cancer story (part 10): The final battle

Previous: My cancer story (part 9): A different kind of battle

 

The final battle

My own treatment with a plant-based diet continued. My third D&C was in September. This was performed by my third military oncologist.

A week later, he called me, “sorry that the report took so long. We decided to send some tissue samples to Mayo Clinic for expert consultation just to be sure.”

Silence.

“Ok…thanks for letting me know,” I replied before hanging up the phone.

Did I get worse? This was a worrying call.

After a whole anxious week, a call came in.

“I have some good news for you. Your report came out to be completely normal. There wasn’t even hyperplasia in it, which was actually quite surprising.”

I was stunned, over the other end of the phone. “Er, so, I’m, ah, cancer-free?”

“Yes, but don’t be too happy yet. Eventually you will still need a hysterectomy because once you were diagnosed with cancer…” the real doctor crept up on him again.

I was not too interested in keeping up with the conversation. I just wanted to scream but I could not. This time, it was out of joy, hope and gratitude.

The final battle

“…come back for a check-up three months later,” I could barely hear anything else except for the check-up part.

 

Next: My cancer story (part 11): A brand new day

 

***The version of this cancer story released on the blog is a very rough draft, which acts as a base for part of the content of the vegan lifestyle book I’ve been working on. The Chinese version is more detailed and I shifted things around a little as well. After reading it again, I also rewrote certain parts. 

Writers usually go through several rounds of drafts before they find their materials presentable, but I really wanted to put some materials out there and see what reactions people have so it can help me refine it. Thank you for all those who have been reading my past experience with cancer and the bizarre encounters I had with doctors.

This book is going to be rich in content, not just from my cancer story and personal recommendations of vegan products and services, but also the experiences and tips from other well-known and interesting vegans around the world. I can’t wait to finish writing it and get it out there in 2015.***