Dr. Beth DuPree talks about cancer not being a surgical emergency but an emotional emergency. I suddenly realized the other day that many of the emotions I have been experiencing are so similar to what I felt twenty years ago when I broke my ankle and endured a two-year recovery. For me, it has been a curious mix of feeling vulnerable, alone, lost, and floundering. Any type of catastrophic medical issue is life changing and requires one to be able to reach within for strength to overcome and heal both physically and emotionally. What drew me to Dr. DuPree was the fact that she strongly believes in a marriage between Eastern and Western medicine. She is truly the physician of the future. Please take a moment to view this video clip of Beth DuPree. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1IKICNpDvY&feature=relmfu
As most of you know, I already embrace many aspects of Eastern and holistic healing/wellness. I incorporate acupuncture, massage, energy work, reflexology, and chiropractic into my normal wellness routine.
Yesterday I went to Dr. DuPree’s office in Southampton for the insertion of the balloon catheter which will deliver the radiation to a very specific area. Not knowing what to expect, I was apprehensive. I was grateful that Fran was with me as it helped me keep my mind off the procedure. The procedure was quick. In spite of a lidocaine local, it was still quite uncomfortable, especially since I was still very sore from last Monday’s lumpectomy. Fran was permitted to remain in the room during the procedure. Later in the evening after the lidocaine wore off, it was very painful. Fortunately I still had pain meds left-over from surgery. It took two doses to even get a slight relief, and fortunately I was able to get a good night’s sleep. I’m more comfortable this morning.
It’s another hurdle negotiated, and I’m approaching the finish line!
. . . and so it is