I HAVEN’T been prioritising my health recently.
I’ve been slack at getting enough sleep and eating when I can, rather than when I should.
Sometimes I have even forgotten to take medication. I love being busy, and distraction has served me well.
But last week I decided I needed to put time aside and head to Aberdeen for my annual mistletoe boost.
Since 2016, I have been receiving regular mistletoe treatment, either through injections or intravenously.
I can fairly confidently say it is the reason I have the energy to continue life the way I want to.
It’s a treatment that has been around for hundreds of years, treating things such as epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis and rheumatism.
In some parts of Europe it is given alongside conventional chemotherapy. It’s not something many oncologists know about in the UK.
I heard stories of people who had few side effects from chemotherapy because of it. I’m now one of those people.
It’s taken a lot of research and money to find ways of coping and dealing with every aspect of cancer.
In Aberdeen I was cared for by my usual team who were happy to see me waltzing into the clinic three years after our first meeting.
Mistletoe can in some cases cause apoptosis, which is the clever science word for cancer cell death.
In many cases it boosts the immune system, which is always a benefit, but can sometimes mean the immune system attacks the cancer.
I am glad this treatment exists because doing it alongside everything else makes me feel good.
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