Wow! What a day!
So I finally did it… Chopped off my hair (or what was left of it). Hubby hooked me up and gave me a fashionable buzz cut with a fade. I think I kinda look like Hillary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry. And Miss M watched the whole thing and then took part in our “hair cutting party” by getting a trim herself.
It’s funny how the anticipation of an event is always scarier than the event itself. And when you’re all done you realize it really wasn’t that big of a deal after all.
So there we go. Big crazy, scary, life hurdle – done. Check.
And the other AMAZING news is that I met with my oncologist today to have my white blood cell count tested and it’s off the charts!!! It went from 2,500 last Monday to 9,600 this Monday. Craziness! I walked out of his office crying big ol’ tears of joy!
My doctor of course is a bit perplexed at how this happened. I assured him it had to be because of all the supplements, meditations, and guided imagery I was doing. He smiled at me in that “Ok, whatever you say” kinda way.
So THANK YOU – THANK YOU to all those who offered suggestions on how to boost my white blood count. It worked. Special shout-outs to my Bowen Island and West Coast peeps… Michelle – I’m now using practically every thing you suggested… Lisa Marie – your mushrooms are working their magic… And Dorothy – I’m using your Chinese medicine options too.
All of this means no more Leukine (white blood cell booster) shots! Yay! One less pharmaceutical I have to put in my body!
So what am I doing to keep my WBC boosted?? Taking a crapload of supplements and vitamins including:
- Regular multivitamins
- Vitamin D
- Calcium (with Magnesium)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B12
- Ginseng (tincture)
- Astragalus (tincture)
Plus I’m drinking lots of green tea and special therapeutic mushroom tea. Trying to squeeze in 30-45 mins of exercise most days of the week. And sticking to my uber healthy eating plan – No sugar, limited flour, limited dairy and very limited animal meat, and LOTS and LOTS of veggies and fruits, whole grains, beans/lentils, and healthy fats.
But the other thing that I think has been really helping is my guided imagery and meditations. I have been visualizing my white blood count multiplying and spreading to every inch of my body during daily meditation sessions. If visualization can help basketball players get more free throw shots, why can’t it help me get more white blood cells???
I just finished reading an amazing little book – The Power of the Mind to Heal – that reinforced my deep seated belief that our brains, thoughts, visions, and mindset greatly influence our health and ability to heal.
So with that, I celebrate the beauty of today and head into tomorrow’s chemo session with confidence.
There is hope. There is always hope.