Monday, November 10, 2008

Counting my blessings

Assalamualaikum everyone,

This morning, I went for my 21st radiation at mt miriam hospital. On the way, I could not help looking back what I had gone through since my first rad and chemo. I realised how fortunate I have been because I can still swallow my milk rather well even though I do suffer some mouth sores and the thick phlegm in the mouth which threatens to choke me once in a while. I have also completed 5 cycles of chemo and I have 2 more to go.

There are actually a lot of things that I should count my blessings for. When I looked around me in the Mt Miriam ambulance I feel like what I am facing now is just peanuts because there many other who suffer a lot more. Some can't even climb into the ambulance on their own. They have to be assisted all the time. Many have lost their appetite totally and are only getting by with water for weeks and they have become very weak. There is a 36 year old lady who has a stage IV cervical cancer which is inoperable and it has metastasised to her kidney. She is on palliative treatment which means it cannot be cured and the treatments are just to prolong her life.

Another thing that I am grateful for is that Allah has given me the strength to go through the treatments and I am almost at the end of the tunnel now. I have another 9 zaps to go. I think I can handle that. Alhamdulillah.

The most important of all is that Allah has chosen me to face this ordeal and not any of my children. I don't know if I will have the courage if one of my children is struck with cancer.

And because of cancer, I have made a lot caring friends which I would not have otherwise.

And for all those things, syukur alhamdulillah....

Sharifah

"Life is too short, but intend to grow old gracefully"

6 comments:

Has said...

Sharifah,

Kalau gusi sakit dan gigi rasa macam hendak gugur, ubat gigi biotene amat membantu. Saya semasa chemo dulu amat diganggu kerana gigi segal dan gusi sakit.

Lagi, susu boleh menyebabkan banyak mucus atau lendir, terutama kalau Sharifah bukan jenis darah B. Madu lebih membantu membasahkan mukosa yang kering dan mempercepatkan pemulihan.

Semoga terus tabah. Kadang2 dalam siksa banyak nikmat.

Anonymous said...

Salam K.Pah,
Hang tough. My prayers for you and family always.

Hugs,
Chee

x air merah said...

Bravo friend .... you are already in the finals ... Press On!!

Anonymous said...

Salam K Pah

Check this website out....donno....might help.

http://ubatsaya.blogspot.com/

Moooah3
Chenah

x-air merah said...

This is all about fighting Cancer.
Just some thughts to shara.

I cannot verify the truth of this article but it is an interesting possibility. Thought it might be useful to have it translated into English to pass around. Here is the English-Chinese bilingual version for your reading pleasure:

Under weakly alkaline condition, cancerous cells will not be able to grow, or even to survive.

Actual case studies, very important, please read patiently and pass this on.
Even if you have read this before, you should reread it, especially the list of acidic and alkaline food stuff, best to read several times and keep in mind.

Please read this article in full, patiently, it will be helpful to your health.

> More that 30 years ago, a Mr Zhang who worked in the public sale department of a Taipei Brewery, participated in the brewery overseas study selection examination, and passed with flying colours.

> Before going overseas, during the physical examination at a public hospital, it was discovered that he has a tumour growth in his lung of the size of a child's fist, and therefore was not able to go overseas to study.

> The greatly disappointed Mr Zhang has always been suspicious that the diagnosis was wrong. So he went to another hospital for a check-up, the result confirmed that the previous diagnosis was correct.

> For the youthful and healthy Mr Zhang to be stricken down with such terminal illness, in his despair, he rang his old class mate who at the time was Taidong County Government, Huangsun County Mayor's secretary, Mr Wei
> Mr Weil rushed to Taipei during his rest day on a Sunday to see Mr Zhang.
> Mr Zhang discussed with Mr Wei in detail his despair and pessimism, and entrusted his friend regarding his affairs after his death. Coincidentally, Mr Wei was a good friend of Dr Lu Geling, who was in charge of the Maijie Hospital, 1945-55, and specialised in the clinical research into cancer cases.

> He immediately suggested that Mr Zhang go and see Dr Lu for treatment.

> At first, Mr Zhang said he preferred not to see anymore doctors, so as to add further to his misery.
> But Mr Wei told him that he had telephoned Dr Lu to seek his advice and arranged an appointment. Mr Zhang felt obligated and went with Mr Wei to meet D r Lu.
>
> When Dr Lu met with Mr Zhang, Dr Lu said: ' Mr Wei is a friend and introduced you and I to get to know each other. This is destiny. Thank you. Let me ask you do you know why is cancer referred to as terminal illness?'
> Both Mr Zhang and Mr Wei did not how to answer.
> Dr Lu explained: 'There are only two approaches taken by human to treat cancer to date. The first is to destroy the source of the disease. The second is the increase the capability to fight the disease.

> But the strange thing is that, cancer whether we use Cobalt 60 or other drug to destroy the cancer cells, however, before the cancer cells are killed, the good cells are destroyed first.
> On the other hand, no matter what nutrients or supplements we use. Before the good cells have a chance to absorb them, the cancer cells have taken them up and it simply speeds up the grow of cancer.

> Therefore both approaches are doomed to failure, that is why cancer is terminal.'
> Dr Lu continues: 'Human being is most clever, they have successfully landed on the moon. But why is it no one ever question the above two approaches for treating cancer are nothing but self defeating dead-ends, try to seek out a third avenue?
> When I was conducting clinical research in Majie Hospital , I had many opportunities to work with and being helped by many colleagues in the Hospital. I discovered that the blood tests of 100% of the cancer patients showed that the blood sample are acidic.
Those Buddhist monks and nuns who are long term vegetarians and live very close to Nature, their blood are prevalently weakly alkaline and amongst them, there has yet to discover any cancer cases
>Therefore, I boldly concluded that under weakly alkaline condition, cancer cells are not able to grow, or even to survive.
> Mr Zhang, I would suggest that starting from now you reduce your intake of the acidic meaty dishes.
> Take more of the alkaline food. In addition you can take green algae and soup made from water chestnuts with shell,
> Modify your physical condition, and try seriously to have a regular life style which is close to Nature;
> If you can manage to stay alive for five years, you should have no further problem. I wish you the best of luck.'
> Mr Zhang followed Dr Lu's suggestion and seriously altered his eating habits.
> Every day, he ate green algae, drank chestnut soup, be optimistic and doing appropriate amount of exercise, and went back to the same public hospital for a check up. It was discovered that not only that the tumour did not increase in size, on the contrary it showed signs of shrinking, and surprised the hospital staff conducting the check-up as a miracle.
> Five years later, the tumour size shrunk to such a state as to be almost disappeared.
> After almost 40 years, presently Mr Zhang's health is totally normal, and living a very pleasant life.
> Following Mr Zhang, a Mr Chen Tianshou, who was previously Head of the General Administration of the Taidong Provincial Hospital , was similarly diagnosed with lung cancer.
>
> When Mr Wei heard of this, he told Mr Chen of the experience of Mr Zhang, and Mr Chen started to follow the instructions of Dr Lu to change his physical condition. The outcome was that he was able to recover fully from the cancer, just like Mr Zhang.

> At that time, Mr Lu and his family have emigrated to the United States . After the two cases, he returned to Taiwan and met up with Mr Wei.

> Mr Wei told Dr Lu about the experiences of Mr Zhang and Mr Chen, and suggested that let the two of them detailed their experiences to Dr Lu in person, so that Dr Lu could publish a report on his self cure body conditioning method.
> Dr Lu very humbly replied: 'I am too old, besides, I do not have any clinical records of the outcomes. I would ask that you tell your friends and relatives, if they are agreeable, then please continue this experience and spread the word.

> One should take care of oneself but should also be caring about others, 85% of cancer patients are acidic in their physical condition

> Blood of healthy persons is weakly alkaline in nature, with a pH of about 7.35 to 7.45
> Babies' blood is also weakly acidic
> As adults mature their blood becomes more acidic in nature.

> According to a study of 600 cancer patients, of their body fluid, 85% of the patients are acidic.

> Therefore, how to maintain the weakly acidic nature of our body is the first step for moving far away from diseases.
> Acidic physical conditions manifest itself in:
1. Skin without lustre
2. Athlete's foot

3. Feeling tired even with very little exercise, and feeling sleepy the moment one gets on to public buses
4. Easily out of breath going up and down the stairs
5. Fat and with lower stomach protruding,
6. Move slowly and movement lethargic

> Why does the body physical condition turn acidic?
1. Excessive intake of dairy acidic food
a) meat, dairy products, eggs, beef, ham, etc are acidic food
b) taking too much acidic food will cause the blood to become acidic and viscous, difficult to flow to the end of blood vessels, leading to cold feet or knee, stiff shoulders and insomnia.
c) When one is young and strong, taking suitable quantity of meat is appropriate, but with older people it is more suitable to have a diet which are primarily vegetables or small fish.

2. Irregularity in the pace of life will cause the body physical condition to become acidic
a) Irregular pace in life will lead to mental and physical stress

b) According to statistics, people who sleep late are more likely to have cancer than normal persons, by as much as 5 times.
c) Human beings originally lead a life with regular tempo in this world, it is not possible to store up sleep or food and not possible to change the order of living by mixing up days and nights.
d) Human organs are controlled by the autonomic nerves, and during day time it is mainly sympathetic nerves activities, and at night it is mainly the parasympathetic nerves which are functioning, If this order is disturbed and reversed, then diseases will result.

> 3. Emotion over tensed
a) Civilised society brings stresses

b) Job related or mental stresses
c) A person suffers mental stress, when the stress is removed and the person relaxes, sometimes this may lead to death, referred to as the syndrome of imperfect adrenal cortex function.
> 4. Physical Stress
a) Before any operation it would be necessary to check to see if the renal cortex does function normally. If the adrenal cortex is lacking, or if the stress imposed by the operation exceeded the ability of adrenal cortex to cope, it could lead to death or other undesirable impacts.
b) If it is noted that patient's face is puffy, it would be necessary to inquire in detail the patient's medical history and medication status, for patients taking adrenal cortical hormone, extra care should be exercised when administering acupuncture.
c) Stress due to physical labour or exercise in excess, whole night card games, driving etc should be avoided as much as possible


> Appendix: Acidity/alkalinity of Common food stuff

1. Strongly acidic food: egg yolk, cheese, cake made with white sugar or persimmon, mullet fish roe, dried cod.
2. Mildly acidic food: ham, bacon, chicken meat, squid, pork, eel, beef, bread, wheat, butter, horse meat etc
3. Weakly acidic food: white rice, peanut, beer, alcohol, oil fried tofu, sea weed, clam, octopus, catfish
4. Weakly alkaline food: red bean, radish, apple, cabbage, onion, tofu etc.
5. Mildly alkaline food: dried radish, soya bean, carrot, tomato, banana, orange, pumpkin strawberry, egg white, dried plum, lemon, spinach, etc.
6. Strongly alkaline food: grape, tea leave, grape wine, kelp sprout, kelp, etc. Especially natural green algae which contain rich quantity of chlorophyll are very good alkaline health food, but tea should not be drunk in excess, and best to drink in the morning.

Sharifah Rashidah bt. Syed Ahmad said...

Hi x-air merah,

Thanks for the info. Its very enlightening.

Will be done with my treatments this friday.