Topic: Living Differently

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the incidence of ages associated with CC?  Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule and some people are far younger, but I see so many 60ish people having dealt with this.

This is not just a rhetorical question.  As the daughter of 2 parents that both passed within the last 18 months, both at age 61 (inconceivable until last August) , I am starting to feel quite proactive about my health.  I am 39 and I too have digestive troubles.  I have changed my diet about 12 times, getting rid of dairy, then wheat, meat, then adding fish back in, adding vegetables, eating more alkaline foods.  Could there be incidences within families?

Do we have any nutritionists in the audience or others concerned for their digestive systems, or their family members and wanting to make changes? 

I have seen what CC/bile duct cancer can do to a person and how quickly and am ready to stand on my head, eat seaweed and do just about anything to find a healthier path.

I would appreciate any ideas or suggestions.  I want to empower myself and loved ones with knowledge.  I am also considering having some medical testing and think I know where to begin, but it's a murky subject. 

Thanks for reading this one.  I need some direction.  -ljg

Re: Living Differently

Read the book Anticancer, by David Servan-Schreiber. A comprehensive and up-to-date look at what promotes cancer and what stops it, with tons of medical references if you want to look at the research directly.

Hope this helps!

Kristin

Peace, hope, and healing to all!

Re: Living Differently

ljg,

I don't have any answers, but have also wondered lately, as you are doing now. My husband was 62 & so many are dying of cancer especially in that age group & as you said, also so many more younger people of late. I have also noticed that people that get to be in their 70's often live to a very old age. Not sure what all of this means. Has something changed or were we just not as aware of it before it happened to us?

My children also wonder about heriditary issues. I don't think having tests taken would be out of line. I think knowledge is also a very important thing. I try to educate anyone that will listen about this terrible disease.

I have begun to believe that we really have no control over life & no matter what we do or how we live our lives, when it is our time to pass on it will happen. Not always in our time frame or in the way we want or expect it to be.

I don't know that I am being of much help in giving you any guidence or direction here, but am just expressing how I feel. There are so many questions & not enough answers, aren't there? I am so sorry for the loss of both of your parents & wish you the best in the future.

Darla

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

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ljg,

I echo what Kristin says! I am only on page 34 of Anti Cancer, but I have found already so many good insights and enormously compelling insights into our individual health. Before this book I had no idea that all of us have cancer cells in our bodies but not all of us will develop cancer. For the most part chronic diseases such as cancer is a lifestyle disease. If we can try and take care of ourselves the best way possible, then yes I believe not everything is in our control such as biochemical, genetic determinants. I am looking to become a health psychologists and I believe Western medicine has to do a better job preventing rather than intervening after the fact. I admire you willingness to get proactive and start asking questions. Just as Darla says, there are not always answers, but there is great knowledge out there!

Take care and blessings,

Ashlea

Re: Living Differently

Hi --

I have been much obsessed by the age component of this disease since I was diagnosed (at age 44.) You have to wonder if in some cases, the tumor develops but kind of sits there inactively for a decade or more, only causing troubles as the "victim" gets in 50s and 60s or older? But there must also be some cause for the fact that there seem to be many more younger folks here than there were a year ago.
Irene

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Irene,

I have wondered the same thing. In a lot of cases the age seems to be 50's & 60's, but it seems that the tumors could have been there long before that, (sometimes possibly for many decades) just hiding & waiting to attack with a vengence. Now there seems to be a lot more younger people showing symptoms & being diagnosised. As usually, nothing about this disease is consistant or makes any sense what so ever!

Darla

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Re: Living Differently

I'm not sure if it is that more younger people are diagnosed or that more younger people like myself are more computer-literate and inclined to blog our lives on the computer, or sites like this smile