Whether I ever put much thought into it or not, I always knew I would try to have natural, unmedicated births. Growing up my mom talked openly and simply about her three natural births as my two sisters and I would probe her about what it was like. She would say something sweepingly underwhelming like:
“Sure, it hurts a lot, but then it’s over and you have a beautiful baby and you forget about the pain!”
So this is the mentality to that was passed down to me when it came to pain, birth, and babies and I am incredibly grateful to my mom for raising me to see the big picture and to not fear a natural process.
When I became pregnant with my first daughter in 2009 (while I had cancer but that’s another story you should read about,) I began my search for a doctor who would be encouraging to my wishes to have an unmedicated birth with very little interventions. I didn’t know anything about midwives or midwifery at the time, but through some chance meetings with like-minded new friends, we actually found a midwife practice who would deliver our baby in a hospital setting.
My husband and I researched natural childbirth in a similar fashion to how we approached treating my cancer naturally: with serious intent. We learned the statistics of the cesarean section rates in our area. Most of our local hospitals had c-section rates over 30% so we made sure to stay clear of those hospitals and learned that the hospital my midwife was affiliated with was friendlier towards mother-led birth decisions and birth plans.
Similarly to how we viewed the ability of the body to combat cancer when it is brought back to its optimal condition and health through nutrition, detox, and emotional healing, we believed that leaving the laboring mother’s body to move naturally and labor without intervention was the way we were designed to have children and best for mother and baby as long as there weren’t emergency complications.
Our daughter is almost 6 weeks old and I have gotten what seems about 6 minutes of sleep since she was born. <smiles.> I have some hardcore Mommy Brain going on which of course is why (along with having two other children,) I haven’t blogged about my home birth experience yet. And oh yah, it was either write this blog post or shower, so let’s just say I’m thankful for my wonderful coconut oil deodorant.
I know all of the moms reading this will know where I’m coming from.
I’m excited to share how wonderful our home birth was and contrast it a bit with my previous two natural hospital births. I will also be blogging soon about our experience with our health insurance alternative, Samaritan Ministries and how they financially covered our home birth, maternal care, and newborn care 100%!
I’ve gotten emails from several of you about when the “Quest for the Cures” will air again and the answer is VERY SOON! And the best part again- IT’S FREE!
The 11-part series will begin March 30th and air one episode each night until April 9th. Each episode will be available to stream for 24 hours after they originally air. After that, they will be available for purchase for a special promotional sale price through the link in this email.
I wrote a blog post last summer about Ty Bollinger traveling to Atlanta to interview me for the episode that included many other natural/ holistic cancer survivors other than myself (you can see me in Episode 11.) He compiled the entire series of interviews into 11 parts:
Episode 1 – Modern Medicine & The Cancer Pandemic
Episode 2 – Your First Line Of Defense
Episode 3 – Eliminate These “Dirty Dozen” To Prevent Cancer
Episode 4 – Your Secret Fountain Of Youth
Episode 5 – Nature’s Pharmacy
Episode 6 – Clean Foods & The Cancer Diet
Episode 7 – Diagnostic “Do’s & Dont’s” – Proven Treatment Protocols Part 1
Episode 8 – Proven Treatment Protocols Part 2
Episode 9 – Proven Treatment Protocols Part 3
Episode 10 – Doctor’s Orders
Episode 11 – How To Survive & Thrive
All you have to do is sign up by clicking THIS LINK and the information on how to view the series will be sent to your email.
There is nothing else like the Quest for the Cures out there. I wish all of this information (interviews with 28 doctors, 10 scientists, and 9 natural survivors,) would have been all in one resource like this when I was diagnosed almost 7 years ago. It would of saved us a ton of time and stress trying to find reputable sources for WHY and HOW alternative and natural cancer treatment works. It would also have been great to show my concerned family and friends!
I hope you’ll SIGN UP and share with your loved ones. You never know how it could change someone’s viewpoint or even save someone’s life.
I’m due to have a baby tomorrow. And well, I’m still pregnant. Yesterday my nesting instincts really kicked in and what started as me only cleaning the toilets resulted in me cleaning the ENTIRE house. I have barely been able to keep the kitchen clean this entire pregnancy and today I was able to mop, dust, scrub, vacuum, and polish practically everything in my two-story house. There is surely a baby on the way soon!
When you’re treating your cancer naturally, it is essential that you detox not only your body, but also the chemicals you keep in your house and clean with. When I began treating my cancer naturally 6 years ago, I did this immediately knowing the strong ties that chemical exposure has to a lymphoma diagnosis. And although I started with buying “green” cleaning supplies from Whole Foods, I now make all of my cleaning supplies at home. Here’s a rundown of my non-toxic cleaning routine.
Screenshot from the hospital holding Cassandra against her will, forcing her to receive chemotherapy she doesn’t want. Notice the message, “It’s the Trip Home that Truly Heals.” I’m sure Cassandra and her entire family couldn’t agree more.
Recently there has been a firestorm around the case of “Cassandra C.”, the 17-year-old who was taken from her mother and home and forced by a state ruling to undergo chemotherapy for her Hodgkin’s lymphoma that she didn’t want.
You can read some of Cassandra’s version of the story HERE, which includes the details of her being taken from her mother and strapped down to receive her unwanted chemotherapy treatments. As a mother of soon to be three daughters and a natural Hodgkin’s survivor of 6 years now, this particular statement from her brought me to tears:
“After a week, they decided to force chemotherapy on me. I should have had the right to say no, but I didn’t. I was strapped to a bed by my wrists and ankles and sedated. I woke up in the recovery room with a port surgically placed in my chest. I was outraged and felt completely violated.”
So much of this story has sickened me, but if you think of the hard facts of what happened here- an almost legal (Cassandra will be 18 in September) American citizen being removed from her home and care of her mother, forced to receive a toxic substance into her body, and then of course what most don’t think about- be given the bill for tens of thousands of dollars for pharmaceutical treatment she didn’t even want in the first place- it doesn’t even seem like America does it?
Last year I wrote a post about Christian health care sharing ministries and had no idea that it would become my most popular post on Green Drink Diaries. Apparently more people are looking for alternatives to the federally mandated “Obamacare” than I originally thought!
Today I’m going to go back over some basics of Samaritan Ministries, the Christian health care sharing ministry we decided was best for us and also tell about our experience. Americans have only until February 15th, 2015 to make their decisions regarding federally-supplemented health insurance for 2015, so it’s perfect timing for research into other options as well.
For my full run-down on how Christian health care share ministries works a a whole concept, click HERE.
For my side-by-side comparison of the largest and most popular 3 Christian health care share ministries (Medi-Share, Christian Healthcare Ministries, and Samaritan Ministries) click HERE.
OK, now onto my review of Samaritan Ministries after one year of membership….
I follow several blogs in the natural health world, and I’m seeing that ’tis the season for an awesome list of healthy gift suggestions! I would love to offer my ideas as well, but honestly- I really haven’t bought any new, healthy stuff lately. I already have my staples for the kitchen, make most of my own hygiene and beauty products, and overall am a minimalist in nature, so I only buy what I need and what is useful. It’s also a season of survival and routine in my house of two small children and a baby on the way in 12 weeks, so my idea for you today is one that I actually loved doing two years ago: WINTER WELLNESS BASKETS!
I’m glad to be getting a headstart on this year’s winter wellness list since just this past weekend it dropped below freezing here in Georgia. I learned a lot last year about the remedies in my winter medicine cabinet after a horrible flu had me in bed for a week over Christmas. The flu is a different animal than the common winter cold and it took rest, time, and a combination of these remedies to fully recover. On the other hand, my daughters did great last winter with only a few minor colds they quickly rebounded from.
So this year’s list is edited slightly from last year as I learned a few new therapies I liked better and simplified a bit too…
Before this pregnancy and a 5 hour road trip with my girls by myself, I had never had a urinary tract infection (UTI.) Not even after 10 years of teaching elementary school and “holding it” a gazillion times for the sake of not leaving my students alone in the classroom. But when both of my daughters finally fell asleep on our solo summer road trip after an hour of whining, crying, and complaining, I just kept driving and ignored my urge to “go.” 5 hours later, I had myself my very first UTI- and it was no fun at all.
I’ve learned that it’s normal to feel alone when you choose to treat your cancer naturally. You begin to get used to it- feeling like an outcast amongst even your closest loved ones. But it’s our doctors and medical team that can be the most discouraging since our choice is one that goes against mainstream belief about cancer treatment. A community of cancer “thrivers” who are coming from a similar place as you are would be amazing, right? Thankfully nowadays this is totally a reality.