I love road trips with my family. It’s always a time when we can just get away from the busyness of our every day life and just be with one another.
Today we are driving up to Idaho to spent Christmas in the snow…something we miss after having been away for two years already.
When I got in the car, I realized how long it’s been since we have had a real road trip … it was October 2016, just weeks before I was diagnosed. We took a camping trip to Moab and hiked in Canyonlands… the National Parks are something we absolutely love to do, being out in “Americana” is our thing. Today we stopped at Jacob Lake Inn for breakfast, it’s by the North rim of the Grand Canyon… they have great cookies (which I miss) and this amazing fireplace that feels so good when it is -7 degrees outside. It feels so healing to take big deep breaths out in the middle of nature with my family. I like the idea of running a little place like the Jacob Lake Inn someday, a simple life, low stress, out in nature.
The part of my life that is hard right now is just sticking to this new way of eating, without going bonkers. I miss fries… I am a French fry lover and I have to say that being prepared on this road trip has been really important. I packed salad, nuts, and fruit so that even if a sneak a fry from someone else’s plate, I have my healing food on hand and ready.
These next couple of weeks will be filled with friends, fun, and relaxation. I will be starting a juice detox in January that will hopefully be the thing that gets my immune system functioning a little better. I will likely not start the drug regimen recommended by Dr. Miklos for a couple of reasons, 1) side effects are fatigue, rash and low counts, and 2) there really isn’t much data that supports any response from doing it. So far what I am doing on my own seems to be keeping it stable.
I will return back to Stanford in March for another scan, but in the mean time I will get my root canal pulled in January. I have read a lot of things about mercury fillings and root canals that are extremely toxic to the body. According to my biological dentist, If the body is constantly fighting bacteria from the root canal, it’s like constantly having a low grade infection and it can’t focus on fighting cancer.
The detox in January will help me set things in motion to get my immune system firing on all cylinders. Juice and teas only for 21 days. And these are like beet, celery, and carrot juices that taste very earthy and healthy. I guess that makes what I am doing now sound indulgent. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out, but in the mean time I am just looking forward to focusing on my family and friends and forgetting that I have cancer for a little while.
Here is my Christmas card that I didn’t get out this year wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year!! I am so blessed that I trust in a God who gives hope in the midst of trials and for Jesus who is the reason for this season.
Onward and Upward 👆🏻
“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6