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My Experience With Stage III Breast Cancer

Author: Loretta S.
Date: 08-20-2007
Views: 20,958
Word Count: 448
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 2339-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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In 2004 I was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. I received chemotherapy, had a mastectomy which included removing 5 lymph nodes and then received radiation (Good results - cancer did not spread and I am now cancer free). Because I received all of these treatments, I was informed that I was at risk to develop lymphedema.

In February of 2007, after flying on a plane, I noticed that my arm and hand had started to swell. I went to my doctor who informed me that I had lymphedema and he recommended that I start physical therapy to reduce and maintain the swelling in the arm and hand. I started physical therapy on March 13, 2007, which included learning how to perform a lymphatic massage and wrapping bandages on my fingers and arm for compression.

Before wrapping my arm I had to use an antibacterial cream to ward off any bacteria that could possibly grow under the bandages causing infection in the arm. The chemical based antibacterial cream recommended by the physical therapist made my arm dry and itchy therefore I researched the Young Living oils to see what I could use instead.

I felt that Fennel oil would be a good selection since it helps break up toxins and fluid in tissue combined with the Melrose oil blend. Since I did not have Fennel oil on hand I looked through the oils I had and found that JuvaFlex contained Fennel oil so I started using the JuvaFlex with the Melrose.

I applied the oils on my arm and hand in the morning and at night. My PT was amazed at how fast my arm and hand swelling was greatly reduced. After the 10th physical therapy appointment my PT stated that the swelling is being successfully maintained and no further appointment is necessary.

I have to mention that I flew in a plane the week before my last physical therapy appointment and my PT stated that she expected my arm/hand to be swollen from the flight but it was not.

I also have to mention that I received another benefit by using JuvaFlex. Prior to the blood test I had for fatty liver resulted in 48 on the medical scale (good range between 14 -36), after using JuvaFlex for only a month I had another blood test and the result was 32 (brought it down 16 points).

I also boosted my intake of NingXia Red juice from 1 ounce to 2 ounces a day. I NEVER GO ONE DAY WITHOUT MY YOUNG LIVING OILS AND NingXia Red!

JuvaFlex - a blend of Geranium, Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Fennel, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy and carrier oil is Sesame seed oil

Melrose - a blend of Melaleuca, Patchouli, Rosemary, Clove

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
2.Associated topics: breast-cancer — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
3.Associated topics: immune-system,fatty-liver — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
4.Associated topics: fatty-liver — "D-limonene is a major constituent in citrus essential oil.... Recently, d-limonene has been reported to alleviate fatty liver induced by a high-fat diet. Our data suggest that the intake of d-limonene may benefit patients with dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia and is a potential dietary supplement for preventing and ameliorating metabolic disorders."Link
5.Associated topics: fatty-liver — "Myrtle oil (MO) exerts hypoglycemic as well as mild hypotriglyceridemic activity in diabetic animals. The reduction in blood glucose level may be due to the reversible inhibition of alpha-glucosidases present in the brush-border of the small intestinal mucosa, higher rate of glycolysis as envisaged by the higher activity of glucokinase, as one of the key enzymes of glycolysis, and enhanced rate of glycogenesis as evidenced by the higher amount of liver glycogen present after MO administration."Link
6.Associated topics: breast-cancer,breasts — "D-limonene is one of the most common terpenes in nature. It is a major constituent in several citrus oils.... Being a solvent of cholesterol, d-limonene has been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of normal peristalsis, it has also been used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). D-limonene has well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer. Evidence from a phase I clinical trial demonstrated a partial response in a patient with breast cancer and stable disease for more than six months in three patients with colorectal cancer."Link
7.Associated topics: immune-system — "Immunomodulatory activity of frankincense oil: Biologically, the oil exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity (90% lymphocyte transformation) when assessed by a lymphocyte proliferation assay."Link
8.Associated topics: immune-system — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link

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