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Old 03-13-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Natural Antidepressants for Cancer Patients/Survivors

I just wanted to pass on two helpful ideas which may or may not be of any use to any of you but if you know of them at least you can look at them and consider if they might be worth trying.

I have recently started an on-line buddhist training with Pema Chodra, plus a meditation class. And I am finding the simple learnings about how to reduce suffering make sense to me, help me and really hit the spot. I KNOW not suffering is about managing to think about things in ways that stops them devastating me, but CBT tricks seem so inane in the face of something like cancer. Buddhist philosophy works on the whole of me, from the heart and my emotional reality, and is about mindful approaches to being real and finding things that work at a profound level.

My son has had ongoing anxiety and depression for much of his life. He recently discovered Inositol, specifically myo-inositol, which is made in the body, was considered a B Vitamin, and its only side effect is bloating if you have too much in one dose. It tastes sweet. He gets it as a powder in 1pound packs, and takes 1tsp about 5times a day, ie about12gms a day, just as powder in his mouth, and it has greatly improved his mood and emotional comfort. If he is feeling upset, he increases the dose with another tsp immediately and another couple between the doses.
Inositol has been researched and found to help with seretonin-uptake-related depression, and with anxiety. But it does not throw your seretonin/dopamin/norephidrin neurotransmitters out of balance and is a much less toxic drug than most things marketted as antidepressants.
1997-2004 many cysts, many MG & U/S: polycystic breasts.
Sept 2013 found lump,Cyst?? forgot lump.
Dec 2013 GP check, Referred for U/S, MG,FNA.
7 Jan 2014 Radiology: Radiologist turned screen away from me. When asked she said "Not a cyst, very suspicious.See your GP asa results avail."
Cancelled my psych clients for the week.
8 Jan 14 GP: 2.2cm IDC in 6cm DCIS field. FNA=malignant cells. Referred to Surgeon.
Cancelled my psych clients for the month.
13 Jan
14 Surgeon said L mastectomy not lumpectomy, offered neoadjunctive trial, agreed adjunctive chemo after surgery a good choice for me. Booked Body scan and bone scan for staging (both fine) Surgery for16 Jan,
16 Jan 14 Surgeon also agreed in preop meeting to also remove 6cm fatty cyst in job lot. Good job done.
19 Jan 14 discharged home with 1 drain.
22 Jan 14 drain partly pulled out overnight, serious seroma (600 ml reducing removed every 2 days for a month) Serious staph infection because nurse said wait 3 days for yr surgeon appointment.
26Jan 14 pathology: 2.2cm Grade 3(3,3,2)ER-, PgR-, HER2+2 so to be confirmed by Sish test. Node negative. No vascular or lymphatic involvement. No metastases in scans.
30 Jan 14 HER2+ high amplification, 13 gene copies per cell.
21st Feb 14 Began 3wkly TCH adjuvant treatment at The Mount Hospital Perth, with 3monthly MUGA heart tests +Oncologist or Surgeon full physical check-up.
Cancelled my psych clients for 6 months.
Feb 14 First MUGA test: 71%,
First C15.3 test: 20
7th March 14 began Neulasta self-applied injections 24hrs after each TCH treatment. Bonepain helped by spa, heatpacks and
Claritin, reflux/indigestion helped by Somac.
July 14 completed docetaxol and carboplatin, ongoing herceptin to 12 months. Severe cognitive deficit/fatigue after 1pm daily.
Sept 14 Second MUGA test: 69%
Cancelled my psych clients for 2014
Dec 14 Third MUGA test: 70%
Second C15.3 test : 20
Cognitive fatigue delays return to work.

March 2015 Tachycardia pulse 168, night in hospital. Cardiologist says no heart disease, ALIVE ECG attachment for my mobile phone now regular monitoring.
July 2015 Worktrial, up to 8hrs per wk. Fatigue ongoing
Aug 2015 Heart good, no evidence of cancer, just Fatigue.

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