Exercise Can Reduce Cancer Recurrence Risk!

This is why I exercise six days a week!!
“Dr. Andrea Cheville of the Mayo Clinic said exercise offers significant benefits for cancer patients. She cited in particular a 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found that breast cancer patients who walked briskly for three hours a week had an almost 50-percent reduction in their risk of breast cancer recurrence.

“That’s honestly as good as any drug we have,” Cheville said.
Read article here:
Exercise Can Reduce Cancer Recurrence Risk!


Panoramic Optics

Panoramic Optics

I am a cancer survivor.
Nothing can ever
dent that armor.
Everything else pales
in comparison.

There are those
who don’t get it.
Playing power games
with a jurisdiction
they don’t have.

Hold your sticks in place.
No one wants her mask to slip.
I have my brave heart,
duct taped to my sleeve.
They are masquerading in
the clothing of a sheep,
camouflaging the wolves
they’ve become,
or always were.

Their viewfinder
is a microscope,
magnifying each minuscule action,
throwing judgments through the air,
as deadly as poisonous darts.

My shield is in place.
As my body and soul
build in strength and wisdom,
apoptosis is occurring
inside and out.
Destructive cells
beyond my skin
are as equally venomous.

My inner spirit
is unscathed,
It cannot be harmed.
I am a cancer survivor.
Hear me roar!

I have seen
the mountaintop.
I had to crawl, climb, and dig
to get around, over, and through it.
Unless you have scaled the sierras,
you have not seen the Big Picture.

The view is
Simply stunning.
Stunningly simple.

The insignificant details
wash away.
Stones of understanding
and gratitude
left in their wake.

My vision is clear.
Smoke and mirrors
have been removed.
Vivid colors remain.
My scope
is beyond
the naked eye.
Wide angle,
panoramic optics.
what has been there
all along.

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
June 15 – 22
Poem #378

Busting Through The Finish Line?!

My next two surgeries are scheduled. Monday, July 8th is the  Uterine Polypectomy and Ablation. To recap the need. For peace of mind, I had a uterine sonogram. Good thing I did! There were three polyps. They biopsied one of them. Great news is it was benign!! With my being on tamoxifen, there is an 11% chance it could turn to cancer. You can be certain that is an 11% I don’t want! Begone polyps! Begone all uterine lining! I don’t want to go through this again!

Lexi and Rylee (my left and right breasts respectively) are back in the limelight for the next surgery on Friday, September 6th. Their story was paused before completion, because they needed time to heal! Six surgeries in seven months was a bit excessive for them. Now that they’ve almost had a year since their last stint, they are ready to reach the finish line. The nasty infection Lexi had to endure was a game changer for her overall look and feel.  We’ve known since the last surgery that they would be on the table again. They are not symmetrical, and Lexi still needs a lot of TLC.  The surgery will include new implants, nips, tucks, repositioning, and relocating a little bit fat. My exercise must be paying off! Today, my plastic surgeon had to really search for a place on my body with enough fat to remove and relocate a smidgen!

After both surgeries I will have physical restrictions. Driving will be one of them. I am hoping I’ll have a little help from my local friends! **Hint! Hint! Hint!** Thank you!

In the meantime, I am containing my treatment. My diet is clean and nutritious. On the average, I exercise six times a week. I get Vitamin C and aloe IVs once a week. I’ve also gotten two antisense injections, a formula made partially from my own cells which is designed to kill cancer cells. Once I’ve had three of these injections, I’ll retest my blood in Greece to determine the drop in circulating cancer stem cells.

Next week, I have a bone density test. I am very interested in the results. Part of the reason I am exercising so often is to build my bones! Exercise does a body good!

Interestingly, even when diagnosed with osteopenia, and taking tamoxifen which has a known side-effect of pulling calcium from the bones, my mineral metabolism specialist at the highly respected UT Southwestern Medical Center, recommended I get a bone density test only every two years. One would think it is critical to know if the treatment I’ve chosen is working or if it needs to be modified, especially during the first year. The bottom line, as she told it to me, is that my insurance will only pay for the test every two years. Her medical recommendation was based upon my insurance not based on my medical need. Incredible! I would think a doctor’s treatment plan would be based on the patient, with the caveat of insurance coverage.

In any case, testing at two years was not acceptable for me. I need to know if my efforts are having a bone building effect, so I can either continue what I’m doing or modify my plan. Paying for the test outright at UT Southwestern is $250, while it’s only $125 at Radiology Associates! In research options, I called my insurance company and found out that they will indeed cover the test any time that there is medical necessity!

I tell you all this because it is a great example of why we need to be our own health advocates! I had asked that doctor on several occasions if my obvious medical necessity would change the insurance coverage. She said no unequivocally. She never even brought up the option of paying for the test outright. Her vision and treatment recommendations are wrapped around and blinded by insurance coverage. It took my tenacity in knowing I needed to be retested, no matter how the test was going to be paid, to find out that indeed medical necessity can sometimes make a difference. We need to listen to our healthcare professionals, and then follow our own inner guidance.

There you have it. The down and dirty! The up and clean!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
2013-05-19 17.27.19

Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

Yesterday, I saw two “friends” who had ousted me from their group. It was the first time that we’ve seen each other since I had been expelled. They wanted to catch up and acted as if nothing had happened. The real kicker was when they left, each of them said how good it was seeing me. They know and I know what they did to me. Yet, directly to my face, they act as if nothing was amiss; and as if their names weren’t engraved on the knives in my back. I never realized how blatantly two-faced some people can be.

I’m learning oh so much going through this incident. Some of the lessons are ones I would have preferred not to learn. Yet learn them, I must. For all the years they had been the friends I thought we were, I had no idea they were actually wolves in sheep’s clothing.

For more detail  on the story, you can visit two other notes I’ve written.


Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.2013-06-13 08.40.03