I got great news today!! My HcG levels are still less than one for the 2nd week in a row. That feels amazing! I still have to go another week to make sure. Then, every other week for 2 times, then monthly for at least 3-4 months (as long as they stay below one). Luckily the nurse that called to tell me knows me and my sense of humor. She said, “you’re levels are less than one–that’s great news!” I followed w/”yes it is. Does that mean I’m zero, can’t go under zero, eh?” Get it–less than one, nothing left but zero….ummmm, maybe it’s just funny to me. Anyway, I feel ok about talking about what I did to get here now. I had a few e-mails asking what I did to get them to drop w/o chemo when no one thought I could and no one they know of ever has. I was afraid I’d jinx myself until I got my results this week. So, here you go.
Disclosure: I didn’t want chemo so badly that I tried everything I am going to list below. These are things that worked for me. They may not work for everyone else and I am not a doctor. Try what you feel comfortable doing. I will list in separate paragraphs. All I ask is to let me know if and what you try. Also let me know if any of it works for you. Can’t wait to hear from all of you.
Medicinal: I was told by my Specialist, after my D&C to increase my folic acid (folate) to 5mg. She said that this would help me once I was pregnant again. I did this for several weeks, but then my HcG levels began to slowly go up. I researched it and found some articles stating that folate can activate some cancers. Remember, molar pregnancy are tumors growing inside you, it’s not cancer yet, but could be. I also, saw some random post where a girl was going to a naturopath and was told during molar pregnancy NOT to take any folate. So, I trimmed my folate BACK to 1 mg. My levels went down.
I still take prenatal vitamins every day.
A local nutritionist, Joy McCarthy, had blogged about cleansing your kidney w/ hot lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. I have been doing this every day since I read this. Whether that helped or not, I don’t know, but my levels came down. No matter what, I feel better.
I did not personally try this, but was going to when I found out my levels dropped. Acupuncture. I also read somewhere that a girl did acupuncture and it helped and her levels begin to drop. I don’t know, give it a try, can’t hurt it’s good for you either way.
Exercise: About 4 days after my D&C, I began working out very hard again. I was doing at least an hour a day and sometimes would have a soccer or hockey game that night in addition to what I had already done. My levels started to rise and I trimmed back. My jogs were a little lighter, I still pushed myself, but didn’t go so extreme where I was completely blasted after I was done.
I started to focus on yoga and pilates again. I combined shorter runs followed by yoga or pilates. I feel this long stretch, cool down and meditation helped to release calming endorphines for me. Soon my levels started to drop.
De-Stress: This can relate to the above paragraph, but I’m going deeper. After I returned from Mexico (that was the last time my levels dropped–148 to 24), I had a few small stressors. One was my mother was having some trouble w/ her masectomy. Nothing terrible, but she was filling w/ some fluid at the surgery sites and they had to do some further minor, but still very invasive surgeries. Also, my fiance began playing a high level of hockey again. I love to watch him, but was always very nervous. One, I was afraid he would get hurt (his 1st game he had some teeth knocked loose and his lip split open w/ a stick). Two, I am very competitive. He played only the last month, which was the playoffs. I really wanted his team to go far, so my stomach was always in knots. My levels went up. They got beat out after a few weeks, my levels went down. Really shows you how terrible stress is. You have to breath and relax. Here is where my mind and inner soul changed. I really started to focus on helping others. Being as good of a person I could be. I felt like I was dealt these cards for a reason. Either I had not been as good of a person as I should have been, or I was meant to spread the word and help others. Either way, I was taking it on. Please think of others and doing what you can to lift others, help make their day better. In the long run, you’re doing yourself a favor.
Also, please drop jealousies, insecurities, etc. First, be happy w/ who you are and what you have to offer. Once you appreciate yourself and your own strengths, you will believe in you and your whole world and way of thinking will change. You will start to feel fresh and free. Once you release these meaningless feelings mentioned above, you naturally are less stressed.
Let others help you. You don’t even have to know the person, but let them help. For example, I have been following a blog for a while. The link is here on my blog. She is the blogging goddess to me. Her name is Jenn Thiel at www.smilewithyourheart.com I read and look forward to reading her blog everyday. She is inspiring, honest and kind. She admits to having bad days or being a little selfish and that’s ok. She is always doing for others, so yes she is allowed and so are all of us. Thank you JT for helping me. I’ve never met you, but you’ve been a lot of help to me w/o even knowing.
Another de-stressor my fiance really wants me to add. He was constantly giving me the most unbelievable shoulder rubs and making me delicious and healthy dinners. Honestly, he did want me to mention that, but I would have anyways. Without his support (trust me all of this has been so difficult for him too–we cannot forget the men in our lives going through this right along w/ us–it’s terrible for them too), shoulders rubs, healthy eats, I would have NEVER made it through this year. He wanted to be there for me and it’s not like me to let people help, but this time I did. I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
Spiritual: I believe in a higher power, which for me is God. No matter what you believe or believe in, re-connect. I had gotten away from this and was feeling like I could handle everything on my own. My levels went up. I started to re-connect w/ my prayers, asking for help and my levels went down. I don’t care what, who or anything, re-connect!
Lastly, but very important are my mala beads. I met Diana Charabin, owner of Tiny Devotions, also a link on my blog about a year ago. What a beautiful girl filled w/ energy and peace. I was very interested in what she had to say. She was telling about her company and the necklaces she makes. I got this kiwi jasper pictured here when my levels started to rise. The main stone kiwi jasper absorbs negative energy and gives protection, it will cleanse and align chakras and aura which in turn balance yin and yang, the small stones are rose quartz, when given to yourself brings self love (important to think highly of yourself). She sent it to me ASAP, very appreciated. I have worn it every day sense. My levels have gone down. For me, it’s not that I believe this necklace is a miracle. I feel it has strong powers, but it’s the physical for me. When I started to have negative feelings or didn’t want to help others or felt like being distant and hiding, I would rub the beads on my necklace. This was a physical reminder to be positive, nice, encouraging, caring, etc. Please check out her website www.lovetinydevotions.com There are all types of necklaces w/ all types of meanings. I still wear it every day. As my life continues to evolve, I will be getting more mala bead necklaces. I’m looking at the Citrine Sunshine or the White Jade. I really believe in her necklaces and I feel this was important in my healing. The thing is they can be helpful w/ anything–finding love, breaking up, physical and emotional healing, reaching your highest powers, and the list goes on. Take a look for yourself and mention my blog if you go there.
Well, thank you all for listening to me and I hope I have helped. I’m going to go over my written journal to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I’d love to hear your comments and if you have any questions, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer anything!
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