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  • Aviva Jaye

    This is great. My GF recently got several accounts of admonishment after letting a terribly painful, disruptive digestive issue go unchecked for 3 weeks! It's one of the only things we cannot wait for others to take care of, so hop to!

    • Thea Linscott

      Thank you for sharing Aviva! I am glad you have a good support system for each other.

  • cee_emm

    your word "stupid" jumped out at me!..oww! i want to know more. meanwhiles i plays my monies and takes my chances on "alternative" cancer therapies rather than get caught up in the tentacles of bigPharma's machine. Annie Appleseed's conference was 1st place i met people face to face unafraid to walk away from the dominant slash-burn-poison paradigm.

    • Thea Linscott

      Stupid Cancer - www.stupidcancer.org - is the one and only resource that wholeheartedly addresses the needs of the young adult (15-39) cancer community. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • Center for Teaching Quality

    This article is so timely for teachers as they finally have the flexibility to schedule those doctor's appointments and focus on their own health after 9 months of focusing on everyone else but themselves! Thanks for challenging people--many of whom work in professions that ask for selflessness--to take care of self as a way of preserving a vibrant future.

    • Scott Slater

      Thank you for the wonderful comment! So many who are constantly giving OF themselves rarely make the time to give TO themselves. Sometimes one of the best things you can do for others is to take care of yourself, so you can continue to be a be a force of good for a long, long time. It's that much more challenging to help others if you've forgotten how to help yourself.

  • Danil312

    Great article!

  • Jennifer Day

    I thought I had a pocket in my throat that food was getting stuck in. It felt like someone was pressing their thumb into the hollow of my throat all the time. It turned out to be a large nodule on my thyroid! And then the doctor sent me into a panic by using the C word. After further needle poking and testing, it turned out to be quite large but thankfully benign. But my endocrinologist wanted me on thyroid medicine which had less than a 50% chance of keeping it from growing further and even less of a chance of shrinking it. If that didn't work then my only other option was to have my thyroid removed AND go on thyroid medication for life. I didn't love my options. So before going down that road, I decided to take matters into my own hands and see how far I could get. I landed at a clinic just 5 blocks south of the border in Tijuana...not where I would have expected. But my best friend had beat stage 4 cancer going there a year ago and is healthier than she had has ever been, so why not try it? I am now taking 19 different supplements, eating healthy, exercising daily, and doing some alternative treatments at the clinic. My doctor and the staff there are brilliant, have the most wonderful bedside manner, and I feel amazing! The pain that has been in my back for two years went away, literally overnight, the clicking, ringing and itching in my ears...all gone, and I definitely feel like the nodule has shrunk. I'll go back for another ultrasound after my three month protocol to find out for sure but I am extremely grateful to have found an alternative. I can also expect to get down to at least half the number of supplements (which I buy from Vitacost or Whole Foods) in a couple of months. I'm not saying not to use Western medicine but I am saying, check out your options and in any case, do not ignore the red flags showing up in your body. Left to their own devices they will only get worse! Thanks for the great article!

    • Thea Linscott

      Thank you Jennifer, sharing your story is a large part of us taking care of ourselves collectively. I am glad to hear you are doing well and continue to seek out alternatives and choices for yourself.

  • T August

    Brilliant article. I have had this same argument with myself and my husband often. We run businesses, are applauded for getting so much done, yet I will put off my own health concerns. I started by confronting the dentist and now am up to date, all cavities handled, teeth cleaned etc. Working on my husband too and got him to a doctor this year (it has been years). As one friend said to me, "When you are at stage 3 or 4 that is a little late to be finding out you have cancer." There is so much that can be done if things are caught early. I can find time to go to a movie, really, I can't find time to make a doctor's appt? I just arranged a tour to accompany 8 people to Italy in September but I don't have time for the colonoscopy I'm suppose to have? Thanks for the nudge. Right on, as usual

    • Thea Linscott

      Thank you for your comment and for being a fellow DIY-er. As young adult cancer survivors, Scott and I try to facilitate this conversation within our circle whenever we can. Kudos to you for doing the same.

  • Lindsey Smith

    Thank you for posting this article!

    • Thea Linscott

      Thank you Lindsey! We hope to spark some good conversations. ~ Thea & Scott