HOW I CHANGED MY LIFE


My name is Carol Joy Knizek, I am 45  years old and I have reversed my second cancer with a very clean diet, a positive attitude, exercise and the will to live.

I am going to blog once per week about my journey to help those of you who have or have had cancer to change your life for the better.  I have been there, now I am here to help you!  It was very confusing to me before I perfected my anti-cancer way of life.

It all started when I was seven months pregnant with my second son.  I noticed a small, movable lump on my right breast.  I chalked  it up to me being very cystic.  As I approached my eighth month, the lump poked out through my skin and felt like a hard marble.  It seemed to root itself down.  I began having pain and numbness that shot down my right arm.  As my pregnancy progressed so did the lump.  I was very concerned for my baby and myself, I called my doctor and she told me that I would have to get a mammogram after my baby was born.

On January 4, 2004 my beautiful baby boy was born through a C-Section he was a spunky little fire ball that warmed my heart.  I was so thankful and grateful that he was healthy!  I pushed that dreaded lump in the back of my mind.  Deep down in my heart, I knew that it was breast cancer.  I couldn’t say the word, the thought of it made me sick to my stomach.  I did not want to put additional stress on my family at that time.  Instead, I focused on my baby and the healing of my C-Section.  I stupidly waited eight months, I could not pretend that the lump was not there.  I got a mammogram and had a biopsy done.  The tumor was removed and I was sent home to heal.  My follow up appointment came fast, as I sat in my general surgeons office wondering what was going to become of me.  Was it going to be cancer?  Was my life going to change for the better or for the worse?  Crazy thoughts buzzed through my mind.  My doctor came in with a stack of papers in his hands and he did not look happy.  He sat down beside me and looked into my eyes and told me that I had a stage 3 breast cancer.  After I heard the word cancer, I saw his mouth moving but did not hear another sound.  I looked at my husband holding my eight month old son, and thought about my 5 year old in pre-K.  What were they going to do if I died?  How was I going to tell a 5 year old that I had cancer?  Everything was going in slow motion, my husband sat there motionless with shock written all over his face.

My doctor told me that there were a lot of options and treatments for my kind of cancer, it was more of a common one.  He also told me that I had a better chance of getting killed by a chicken truck.  That did lighten the mood and I was thankful for it.  I left his office wondering what I was going to do.  I ended up getting a Mastectomy with a reconstruction.  This was a year long process, but I kept strong and smiled my way through everything.  I endured 4 rounds of aggressive chemo therapy that left me sick, weak and bald.  Not even 14 months later, I noticed another lump on my right side again.  This time is was more towards my arm pit.  I did not waste anytime, I got the tumor removed and was told that it was cancer again.  My doctors urged me to do chemo again, I refused and opted to heal myself naturally.  I used a very clean diet, a positive attitude and the will to live.  I went out there and read everything pertaining to healing and preventing cancer.  I was on a mission to save my life!  I wanted to see my boys grow up, I wanted to see my grand children grow up!  I felt empowered and was ready for action.  My doctors were not happy with me, but deep down I knew that more doses of chemo would kill me.  I got monthly tumor marker blood tests done.  As it turned out, I was cancer free, I had reversed my cancer with my new found  knowledge, my doctors, and my naturopath, and my never give up attitude!

I lead a partial vegetarian life, I have given up all meat except, fish and turkey.  I have also given up dairy, sugar,  and all bread.  I also eat right for my blood type.  I am not going to lie, it was hard as hell for me to give up the stuff that I loved.  But the love of my family outweighed the love of food.  I often say to myself, “It is only food”  I ended up learning how to cook healthier meals, to try things that I never tasted before.  It got exciting to me, now I taste the true flavors in food, it’s not masked by junk.  I am now a forever label reader, if you cannot pronounce the word and it has a long shelf life, avoid it like the plague.

I feel that it is my calling to reach out to help others change their  lives.  I have been there and know what you are going through.  I have evolved into a new person, my heart, soul, mind and body are changed forever.

Currently, I am looking for a way to enroll in an on-line natural college to become a certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant.  In all, I have had 7 surgeries and cancer twice, life can get rough sometimes, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE,

Carol

Please check out my second blog “SUGAR AIN’T SWEET”  Also, I refused chemo because it was my own personal choice.  I am not telling people to go out and do what I did, it all depends on what kind of cancer it is and how aggressive it is.

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SUGAR AIN’T SWEET


BLOG #2

This will be the first of many more blogs to come on how I reversed my own cancer.  If you would like, you can check out my first blog about my story.

Sugar is very addictive, it is like a drug, the more you eat, the more you want.  I was a junk food junkie, I craved cookies, cakes, ice cream, and white bread.  The more the merrier, I went along like this for many years.  At that time, I was an avid “Gym Goer” I told myself, “oh I can have that huge piece of cheese cake because I will just work it off.”  My sugar intake caught up to me, leaving me bloated, tired and sick.  Eventually, it turned out to be breast cancer.  I don’t know how I got the cancer, but my horrible eating habits did not help.

When you are trying to prevent cancer, the number one thing to give up is sugar.  It actually feeds the cancer, it makes your body acidic and cancer loves to live and breed in this kind of environment.  Sugar will speed up the growth of tumors, that is what happened to me.

The key thing to do is to become a “Label Reader” sugar can hide in so many foods.  If sugar is the first ingredient, don’t even bother with it.  Also, watch out for foods that get converted over to sugar like white rice, white bread and white potatoes.

Sugar in it’s natural form comes from sugar cane, then it gets stripped of it’s color by bleaching it and then you loose all of the vitamins and minerals.   Sugar is just a bunch of empty calories!

We all have cancer cells in our bodies, these cells start to mutate when we  over load our systems with sugar.  Then our immune system becomes weakened and then you fall prey to cancer.  Sugar screws up your white blood cells causing a weakened immune system.  Then that leads to catching all sorts of illness and infections.  We need to keep our white blood cells strong to fight off germs and illnesses.  When you consume sugar it destroys the ability of white blood cells to kill germs for up to 5 hours after eating it.  It is a good idea to choose foods with five grams of sugar per serving or less.  The body does not  register anything  five grams and under.  Sugar drains calcium, which makes you age faster.  It also overloads your body with acid responsible for arthritis.  A hight sugar diet makes arthritis and fibromyaligia pain worse.  There are more and more children getting ADD, this is due to a high sugar diet.  When you remove or lessen your sugar intake, and replace it with a whole food diet, you will have less cravings for it.  Right after dinner, I was the one searching for something sweet in the pantry.  Now, I grab a fruit or don’t have any dessert at all, it is doable.  Sugar is a hard thing to stop, especially if you have been over doing it for many years.  But, when you do give it up, a new world will open up for you.  You will be blessed with more energy, better skin and will loose weight.  Start slow, if you are really craving it, take a small bite and get rid of it.  Better yet, clear your cabinets out and replace everything with fruits, veggies and nuts.  Keep yourself full of nutritious food so you won’t binge on junk, eat every 2 to 3 hours to rev up your metabolism.

SUBSTITUTES FOR SUGAR

STEVIA –  It has been used in South America for over 1500 years.  It does not contain any calories and is 25 times sweeter than sugar.  It comes from a plant and is in powder and liquid form.

SUCANAT – It is made from granulated cane juice.  It is not stripped of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and molasses.  *It is still a concentrated sweetener, use it carefully if you have sugar balance problems.

XYLITOL – A sweetner derived from plums, birch wood chips, strawberries and corn which is safe for diabetics and hypoglycemics.  It is also know for fighting infections, tooth decay and sinusitis, (in nasal spray)  *It can cause diarrhea in some people, use it sparingly until you get used to it.

WATCH OUT FOR THESE MAN MADE SWEETENERS

ASPARTAME (NUTRA SWEET AND EQUAL) – It is 200 times sweeter than sugar.  It is linked to blood sugar problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, hypoglycemia, diabetes, ovarian cancer and brain tumors.  Aspartame is also associated with brain damage in fetuses.  Some side affects are:  Severe headaches, extreme dizziness, attention difficulties, memory loss, slurred speech, throat swelling, allergic effects and retina deterioration.  Dangerous side effects are worse when Nutra Sweet is used hot or cooked, as in pre-pared foods.  These effects are reversible when Nutra Sweet consumption is stopped.  Over time, methanol toxicity from aspartame can mimic the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and lupus, both diseases common for diet soda drinkers.  Many causes of MS and lupus are actually misdiagnosed.  Sometimes just eliminating aspartame can cause complete remission of symptoms.  Also Aspartame contains 10% Methanol which can cause oxygen deprivation.  At high altitudes, this effect is magnified causing sudden memory loss, visual problems and epileptic  seizures.  Grand Mal seizures are another side affect of Aspartame, especially serious for pilots or people flying.

ACESULFAME K, ACESUFLAME POTASSIUM – Is 200 times sweeter than sugar and boots the sweetening effect of other sweeteners.  Animal tests show it aggrivates reactive hypoglycemia, produces lung tumors, breast tumors, thymus tumors, some forms of leukemia and respiratory disease even when less than maximum doses were given.

SURALOSE, CHLORINATED SURCROSE (SPLENDA) – It is 400 to 800 times sweeter than sugar.  Research from the Japanese Food Sanitation Council reveals that up to 40% of this sweetening chemical is absorbed and may concentrate in the liver, kidneys and gastrointential tract.  FDA studies say that it is not carcinogenic and did not cause significant genetic change, birth defects and brain or nerve damage.  Some experts feel the original data was flawed and that sucralose may pose hazards to human health and to the environment.  In animal testing sucralose is linked to 40% shrinkage of the thymus gland, atrophy of the lympth follicles in the spleen and thymus, enlarged liver and kidneys, decreased red blood cell count, aborted pregnancy and diarrhea.

AGAVE NECTAR – High fructose sweetener it’s 90% solids, a percentage much greater than traditional high fructose corn syrup.  This amount of fructose  may aggravate a copper deficiency linked to serious coronary problems.  Agave may cause disintegration of red blood cells, irritate the skin and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, depress the central nervous system, and immune response, and may cause miscarriage.

The key thing to do is do everything in moderation, keep your sugar levels low and eat a clean diet.  This is how I changed my life.

Eat Right For Your Life,

Carol

Here are a couple of cancers that you may have a risk of getting if you over due sugar:  Breast Cancer, Pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer.

Some of the information has come from the book Healthy Healing, by Linda Paige