Thought I should say hi....introduce myself and such.
I currently live in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. Yes, it rains A LOT! Gorgeous weather today, though. I have an 11 year old son, and have been divorced 4 1/2 years.
September 11th, of 2003, I was diagnosed with cancerous tumors on my thyroid. My Naturopath said I needed to have my thyroid removed immediately and possibly follow up with radio active iodine. I had a surgery scheduled for mid October. Finally, about two weeks before the surgery I told my parents and sister. (you see, I didn't want to cause worry until I knew which road I was going to take as my mother had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer 6 weeks before my diagnoses.) As each day passed and I drew closer to surgery I became more and more distressed. After spending three days of straight crying I woke the morning of the surgery. I called at 9 am (1.5 hours before surgery, mind you) and cancelled. I knew that surgery and a lifetime dependency on hormone medication was not the answer for me. But I had no alternatives. I ended up scheduling a second surgery which I cancelled about 1 week before the date. The tumor was about the size of a ping pong ball and very visible to
the human eye. I was scared to death. FINALLY, I met my health coach (and now very dear friend), Arnoux Goran.
Arnoux was a friend of a friend. I knew he taught about raw food. I went to a Holiday / New Year party and after talking to him made the decision to do my first cleanse. He agreed to coach me through it. I began eating 100% raw food and cleansing on January 19th of 2004. My first commitment was to eat raw food for the duration of the cleanse and a few weeks afterward. I did a lot of reading, as suggested by my coach, and had many long talks about nutrients and the way my body should be working. After two weeks I had committed to 6 months on raw food. I was totally LOVING it!! At the end of the cleanse I knew I could easily commit to 1 year of 100% raw food.
I extended the cleanse 9 days, so it was 39 days total. I lost 51 pounds, and the tumor was no longer visible to the naked eye - unless I tilted my head back, then you could see a little knob. It was so awesome! I have an ultrasound done every three months to measure the progress. I believe that once I purge the underlying emotions that created the dis-ease within my body, the tumor will go away completely!.
I am still 100% raw (vegan). At this point I am committed for the rest of my life. It's hard to fathom what I used to put in my body and I have no desire to ever do that again!!
My son still eats the standard American diet. I am troubled about this, and hope that one day he will see the light, so to speak, and stop being so stubborn (he gets it from his mom!).
It is my intent to move to San Diego by December 1st of this year. I have started a business with three colleagues (www.sunlightunlimited.com), and since they are all located in San Diego, I am moving down there. I am so excited!!.
I look forward to learning from all of your experiences and sharing my own.
To your health! Paula (lala)
wolfmother1 (at) yahoo.com