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Et tu, du lait?

Since this journey began, I’ve been ruthlessly disciplined:

But yesterday I caught wind of a need to give up dairy:

Dairy too? Come on!

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

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Andrea Posted by Andrea April 8, 2010

April 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm.

20 comments

  • http://twitter.com/bobledrew Bob LeDrew

    It's hard enough to decide among treatment options, let alone the wildly varying advice from all sorts of conventionally, unconventionally, or untrained people. Reminds me of the caffeine is bad, no it's good, oops, it's bad, well it's bad for this but good for that, or is it the other way 'round… you get from health 'journalism.' I'm glad that when I got diagnosed the treatment options were pretty simplistic — a quick scrape of the ol' bladder and you're good — and the supplements and stuff that I do outside of that are pretty standard. Wish I could give you an informed opinion as to whether milk is good or bad. I only know that I like it with cookies.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Bob, you gave me a good laugh — which experts completely agree is powerful medicine. Thank you!

    Looking forward to celebrating life with you, and Cat, very very soon!

  • steve

    nothing in excess; anything in moderation

  • laurabergen

    One of those articles is from milksucks.com – I think perhaps they have their own agenda to keep us away from fabulous cheese.

    The bit about the dairy reminds me of my brother in law's 3 kids – Their discussions with pediatricians went something like this:

    Baby #1 – “You have to lie the baby down to sleep on their back otherwise it's very dangerous.”
    Baby #2 – “No, not on their back, we realized that was very dangerous – you must lie your baby down on their front”
    Baby #3 – “Hmmm, yes – you have to lie the baby down on their side – any other way is very dangerous”

    Don't stress over the little stuff. You lead a way more healthy lifestyle than me, and 99% of the people I know (by the way, I know exactly 100 people, including you.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thanks, Laura. Good point. (I'm hoping all three kids ended up fine.)

    I'm proud to have made it to your 100 and look forward to celebrating life with you very, very soon!

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Thanks, Laura. Good point. (I'm hoping all three kids ended up fine.)

    I'm proud to have made it to your 100 and look forward to celebrating life with you very, very soon!

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Ya. But that's kind of what I was doing in the first place, and look where I wound up…

  • steve

    We can do only so much; then, the only defence against plain ole bad luck is good luck.
    And I'm wishing you all the good luck possible, Kid.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    You're right, Steve.

    Thank you.

  • Kelly

    Andrea YOU ROCK!!! I can only TRY to be a little bit like you and if I can achieve that I'll be SO HAPPY!!
    I'm going to take a lot of your advice above….awesome stuff! Thanks cuz xoxo

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    Ha! Thanks, Kelly, but all this over-achieving health stuff started with my diagnosis, rather than before it, so I can't claim any healthnut heroism.

  • http://agreenearth.blogspot.com Greenearth

    You may wish to read `Your Life in Your Hands' by Jane Plant in regard to the milk decision.

    I have recovered from three breast cancers and now have no milk or soy.

    Just go with how you feel during the radiation. It affects everyone differently but you do need to just have some time out to recover with all the treatments you have undergone.

    Not sure if this link will work, but it is a twitter I tweeted yesterday about a breakthrough for estrogen positive breast cancer. Very exciting for us all for the future.

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    I am so sorry to hear of your three breast cancers. I hope you are clear and healthy now for years and years to come.

    Thank you very much for sharing your resources and experience. I watched the trailer video “Living Downstream” on your blog today — terrifying yet, I guess, hopeful in that cleaning up the source could eliminate the problems.

    The microRNA and salinomycin (100x more effective than current chemo!?) breakthroughs are fabulous. Thanks for sharing the news.

    At my most recent medical-oncology appointment, I comment to my doctor surely in the last 33 years we could have developed a better drug than Tamoxifen and the pompous intern barged into the conversation telling me that it was a fine drug. When I listed off the many, many super-scary side-effects and its relatively low success rate, he responded that, since any new drug would work the same way, it would have the same scary side-effects.

    Duh. What I meant was, in 33 years perhaps we could think of a new approach.

    Three cheers for these creative and persistent British scientists.

    Wishing you good health and much happiness.

  • http://www.upstatelisa.blogspot.com Lisa

    I pretty much gave up dairy late this fall (for different reasons) and I really don't miss it anymore. You would, huh?

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    No more than I miss the rest of the stuff I've decided to give up. It's not so much about missing dairy as it is a matter of yet another cancer-cause and another lifestyle change.

    So far, in addition to all of the imposed changes above, we've also heard we should avoid other cancer-causing elements such as: all our phones and electrical appliances; our water; our air; beets, carrots and pineapple; and the list goes on. It's kind of tough to get back to feeling normal when my life has to be so different.

    But, given what I've been through in the last six months, I could obviously adjust to yet another element

  • http://www.upstatelisa.blogspot.com Lisa

    I pretty much gave up dairy late this fall (for different reasons) and I really don’t miss it anymore. You would, huh?

  • http://www.WeCanRebuildHer.com Andrea Ross

    No more than I miss the rest of the stuff I’ve decided to give up. It’s not so much about missing dairy as it is a matter of yet another cancer-cause and another lifestyle change.nnSo far, in addition to all of the imposed changes above, we’ve also heard we should avoid other cancer-causing elements such as: all our phones and electrical appliances; our water; our air; beets, carrots and pineapple; and the list goes on. It’s kind of tough to get back to feeling normal when my life has to be so different.nnBut, given what I’ve been through in the last six months, I could obviously adjust to yet another elementn

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