Hi my name is Jessica and I am restarting my blog after a little hiatus. I have had numerous people ask me where my site had gone and I am giving it a second go. Since returning from work after a 6 month sick leave, I have had zero time to properly put an effort into the information I wanted to share on my blog. But I really feel since being in remission for over a year now that the information I have learned along the way would be beneficial to not only individual’s going through a cancer diagnosis but also people struggling with chronic health conditions. I have a driven passion in the knowledge of the correlation between nutrition and health as well as the environmental toxins in our every day life and it’s effects on our health.
In my last blog, I went into depth about my cancer diagnosis but in summary, my cancer diagnosis started January 11, 2017 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 large B cell Non- Hodgkins lymphoma. I had a 2 year old and a 2 month old at the time. It started with a lump in my right breast and further scans showed an 11×11 cm tumor in my left lung, a 5×5 cm tumor on my right breast and two smaller tumors on my kidney’s. I started chemotherapy immediately the day after my PET scan. I had to stop breast feeding immediately which hurt in itself! I had 9 rounds of chemotherapy and 16 rounds of radiation to my chest. I had countless tests, blood work, drugs, and hospital stays. I lost a lot of weight due to the large tumor mass in my body. I lost my hair which was devastating to me. But I picked my self up and decided I was not going to go down without a fight. I was a wife and mother of two little girls. I changed my nutrition because that was the only thing I could control at the moment. I eventually went plant based. I did art and music therapy. I meditated, practiced yoga, participated in reiki, acupuncture and cranial sacral massage. Most importantly I had an army of support from my family and friends as well as my coworkers. I have been in remission for over one year now and I believe with my whole heart that it was because of my chemotherapy and radiation but also the changes I made during my treatment in 2017.