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Hi my name is Eileen and like yourself I am fighting the fight against cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in April, 2017. I immediately had a colon and liver resection and 8 months of chemo and targeted therapy, followed by a hysterectomy. I recently was given the wonderful news that I am in remission but am still being tested and monitored.
As difficult as it was to deal with the reality of being given such devastating news, there were certain support systems along the way that helped to both inspire me and provide much needed comfort. When a friend told me about a book called Beating Cancer with Nutrition, by Patrick Quillin, I decided to read it. It was awesome! I learned that I could start helping myself by changing my diet. At a time when there was so much uncertainty and often times feelings of hopelessness, I felt some measure of empowerment which can go a long way in the healing process. I became extremely motivated and immediately began eating the foods that were identified in this book. I can honestly say that this aided me tremendously in my fight against cancer. In fact, I felt so strongly about this book that I decided to establish The Hogenkamp Roth Foundation (501C3) named after my late parents to help raise awareness on how proper nutrition can lead to improved outcomes.
While this was a very inspirational book, there were certainly many other influential factors that helped me along the way. One thing I used to encourage me each and every day was the paper chain a friend made for me. I counted down the days by ripping off one link every day until I finished chemotherapy. It was so meaningful to me in that it marked the daily progression towards the end of my chemo. I used this as inspiration every single day. It literally became a symbol of my fight against cancer. This was huge for me.
Other than the three major surgeries, going to chemotherapy was the most difficult aspect of my treatment. Sitting in that chair for 5 hours was never something I looked forward to. But there were comforts. Small things that provided that little extra that would make the day go by a little easier. I can remember packing my “chemo bag” with a blanket for when things got cold, a stuffed animal to be there with me and hold on to when things got tough, chap stick and lotion for the inevitable dry skin you get from the chemo treatment, and finally a water bottle to help keep you hydrated and flush out all of the harmful toxins from the chemo.
I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a wonderful support team of family, friends, doctors and many more. But these items mentioned above also meant so much to me and helped to not only inspire me but also provide that much needed comfort. So I created this "links of love" box to offer these same things to you in the hope that it can provide that same comfort, support, inspiration and most importantly the same results!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Good luck in your fight! You can do this!!!
Each "Links of Love" box contains the following items:
Beating Cancer with Nutrition book
Construction paper for chain
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