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I HOPE AFTER YOU READ THIS ARTICLE YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM MY EXPERIENCE. 47 levels remain at a minimum. I give daily thanks that cancer didn’t kill me. It did change my life forever, but in a positive way; and I have every reason to believe it will be a long, healthy one. Don’t ever give up fighting for your dreams. Even with a terrifying diagnosis, there are actions you can take to arm yourself and win the battle. SERVING DOWNTOWN FLINT FRESH & YUMMY SALADS AND SANDWICHES InnovativeHealthMag.com was very eye-opening. I had a chance to reflect on the possibility of dying before seeing my children married and having children of their own. I was brought to tears thinking that, at only 60, my time here may soon be over. During my treatment period I did a lot of praying and reflecting. How did I get this disease? I had been very healthy my entire life with only one surgery to correct a ruptured disc in 1975. Lymphoma is a disease of the immune system. Where did I go wrong? I learned that the aging process begins to break down the immune system, yet there are things you can do to strengthen it. After my treatments and going into remission, I found the book, Anti-Cancer, a New Way of Life. It focuses on diet, exercise and meditation aimed at keeping the immune system healthy. I made it mandatory reading for my family. It was written by a doctor diagnosed with brain cancer who lived 15 years following his own lifestyle plan. But this book is for everyone. I was fortunate to have had wonderful medical care for my lymphoma. But I discovered at the time that the places where I could receive treatment were limited. I had an insurance plan that limited my access to some facilities that might have provided advanced treatment. I discovered that all hospitals are not alike and treatment plans vary widely. I have since made a health insurance change. Over the past nine years, I have become a firm believer in self-advocacy. The Patient’s Playbook is a great guide for teaching you how to take charge of your medical care. It focuses on finding the right doctors and treatment in the event of an emergency or major surgery. It’s also a great guide to locating a good primary care physician. Lymphoma could have killed me, but it served to awaken my senses to living a happier, healthier life. For that I owe the disease a debt of gratitude. I have since seen a son marry, and have welcomed my first grandchild. My quest today is to be around for my family and see them fulfill their dreams as I continue to fulfill mine. I have biannual visits with my PCP to monitor the cancer. I also keep up my routine screenings and protein tests to monitor inflammation. I hope that through physical activity, relaxation, and healthy diet, my immune system stays healthy, and inflammation lunch Studio qtr 444 S Saginaw St Downtown Flint, MI (810) 424-9868 Open Daily 8:00AM - 4:00PM


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