Dear Friends,

As my birthday is fast approaching, I am nearing the end of my herceptin treatments and I am returning to work part time! I spent this last December in Colombia, my native country, with my family. It was very healing to be around my lovely family and soaking up some much needed Caribbean sunshine! It was one of the best vacations I have had in my life with my dear sisters. One of the gifts you get from cancer, if any, is the appreciation for all of the little things we normally take for granted. Like breathing, eating, walking and just living life with gratitude.

I wanted to make a couple announcements! I am in the process of writing a book about my journey and all of the different modalities that helped me stay strong and recover from my fight with cancer, with the intention to inspire and help others who are going through cancer treatment. One of the things that helped me the most was having faith which was the legacy my mother left me. I will be posting updates about my recovery, the progress of my book, and the beginning of my new life without cancer every other week.

Blessings,

Alma

Dear Friends,

The last weeks has been very challenging. I’m facing dealing with the reality of six weeks of radiation- five days a week. Feelings of despair and depression are back again. I thought it was over. The tumor shrunk, and my pathology was clear. Grand hopes of undergoing the European version of radiation ( three weeks only) was in sight.

Most important to me is to jump back into my work and my life!

After taking to my radiologist unfortunately, I found out that more cancer cells remain in my breast and the possibility of it being in adjacent lymph nodes. What a cruel reality!

Thoughts raced through my mind after I heard my primary cares news-God I do not want to do radiation for 6 weeks! Just when I am feeling better and my life is returning to somewhat normal. What can I do to avoid 6 weeks of radiation? Would a mastectomy be a good alternative?

For weeks I struggled with the decision. Seeking a secondary opinion and doing lots of research.
Unfortunately, nothing but radiation will give me the best results fighting my stage 3 cancer.

Hence, my learning about myself and my journey begins; for the second time. I know soon it be over, I ask you all to keep me on your prayers so that one again I have the courage to make it though.

Your love and support is the light in my darkness. My sincere gratitude and blessings to all of you!
Love,
Alma

Dear Friends,

Next momth I’ll start with Radiation for a few weeks and Herceptin untill February 2014 & then I’ll be done with all the treatents, Halleluiah!

Being Positive, staying focused & rebuilding my system has been my daily practice. I have also learned that love and forgiveness is the main ingredient for succeess in this battle! One day I know, I ‘ll look back on my life and wander “how did this happen?” Cancer has been my greatest teacher. I’ve learned to accept, surrender, love & forgive. I have also learned that growth comes from change and happiness comes from acceptance.

As I surrender and let go, miracles and possibilities are coming into my life. My body & soul is getting stronger and I have a sense of hope! Not to mention that my hair is getting a little longer and I’m no longer able to call my self the little Buddha :) My skin and finger nails aren’t so dark and most important the word cancer is not always invading my thoughts.

I’m grateful for all the wisdom and gifts that have come out this experience. I’m grateful for the miracles that have happened in my life though out this journey and I’m forever grateful for all the love of my friends and family.

I’m looking forward to getting back to my life stronger & better then ever!

Thank you to each and every one of you for your love and immense support! You have all been a great part of this Journey & I couldn’t make it this far with out you!

Love,

Alma


PS:For those who missed the story about thermo imaging and my misdiagnosis on NBC news July 9. Below is the link.

"Thermography Breast Cancer Claims Can Be Misleading"

Recovering well from surgery! Getting ready to go to Aini’s birthday party!

Recovering well from surgery! Getting ready to go to Aini’s birthday party!

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Dear Friends,

Tonight my segment is being shown on NBC news at 11pm! They are doing a story about thermography verses mammogram. And as you all know I was misdiagnosed. With Her2 positive A breast cancer which is a very aggressive type of cancer, if I hadn’t been misdiagnosed and caught it earlier, the treatment would have been a lot easier and less dangerous!

I’m glad to be on the news with the hope to reach out to other women and let them know that thermography is not a good tool to diagnose breast cancer.

I’m happy to say that I feel better every day! Like a new day, a sense of hope and peace has inundated my soul as I am moving into the recovery and am healing from surgery. I’m so grateful for not having to deal with chemo and the terrible side effects . It all seems like nothing compares to what I have had to go through in the last 7 months. It has been a long journey , but one that has made me stronger and now have the desire to support and help others who are facing the fight!
Now I’m looking forward to my full recovery, even though I still have to do the radiation for six weeks, a MUGA (heart scan) & the Herceptin every 3 weeks until February. In other words I’ll be done by my Birthday & cancer free !
I’ll be reborn into a new me, I know for sure that I will never be the same, but better and stronger!

Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts! for you continuing support & for holding the light for me though out these challenging times. Your love has done wonders in my life.

Thanks to you I’m not alone in this journey!

Love & blessings,

Alma

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Dear Friends,

“I wake up in a meditation about all the people and things I am thankful for today. My dreams of gratitude swirling like a summer storm whistling the tune of ‘everything’s gonna be all right’”.

I want to express my deepest love & gratitude for your support throughout this journey! I feel truly fortunate to have friends & family that really love & care for me! I also want to make a special tribute to my dearest friends Regina Scully, Carolyn Boboff & her amazing family Peter, Kiara & Shelton for taking me under there wing! Their compassion, support, and understanding has been an immense pillar of strength throughout these roller coaster of emotions that happens when you face cancer! I also want to thank my sister Adriana that came from London to take care of me & Patricia for being right there the day of my surgery. After I got the approval from Dr. Peter Richardson last week, I decided to do the lumpectomy on Monday. I was not sure if they were going to proceed with the surgery since I ended up having a staph infection last week, God knows how? However, I was very lucky that the staph infection cleared up that morning & the Dr. gave the ok to proceed with the operation. It was a very long day and I was very stressed out and terrified about the anesthesia. I’m so glad the surgery went well & is now over with! I can move forward onto the next step, which is healing from the surgery in a month and a half or so and then I’ll start with the radiation for six weeks & the hercepton for a year every 3 weeks. I know that I’ll be much happier in a few days after I stop taking the pain killers. Through it all I find joy as I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel :)
I know that I could not make it with out your love . Thank you for holding the light for me in this journey!

“May I continue to see gifts and ignite in others the desire to see their own”.

Sending you many blessing & my deepest gratitude for you support!

Love,

Alma

What a gorgeous moon warmly overlooking us. This was taken from New Zealand. I wanted to share this beautiful image with you. Life is a miracle.

What a gorgeous moon warmly overlooking us. This was taken from New Zealand. I wanted to share this beautiful image with you. Life is a miracle.

My Healing

Dear Friends,

As you know I had my last chemo treatment two weeks ago.Tuesday I met with my oncologist, Dr. Luce, who gave me the best news I’ve had in since this cancer story began. She said at this point she could no longer feel or locate any of the tumors that were in my breast and lymph nodes! My next step is to have a lumpectomy on June 10th of the area where the tumors were discovered originally. They will thoroughly examine the tissue for cancer cells. If there are no cancer cells then I will have a 6 week break to recover before I begin the final protocol of radiation for 6 weeks. Though I will continue with Herceptin treatments every 3 weeks until February 2014, I am hopeful that after the radiation therapy I will be back on track by the end of Summer! Dr. Luce is very optimistic about my prognosis. However I’m doing the gene test before making a final decision and if it’s positive I’ll consider getting the masectomy. I truly believe in my heart that part of this miraculous healing has a lot to do with all the love & support I have recieved from all of you & the combination of vitamin C. IV & alternative care by DR Horowitz. Thanks to your contributions I’m able to concentrate on my healing & keep Alma Holistic open until I’m back to work & fully recover.


I’m sending you my love and my deepest Gratitude!


Alma

One of the Happiest days of my life!

Dear Friends,
Today is one of the happiest days of my life! I’m so happy to say that Tuesday was my last chemo:) Chemo was a painful & awful experience for the most part. I felt nauseous, as if I was pregnant and I could not enjoy eating. I constantly felt fatigued. It was taking my life away!

There are 3 things that can kill you, 1. Is the chemo, 2. The disease and 3. Your fear and negative thinking. I have learned to embrace and accept my cancer. By doing so, I feel more open to receive the blessings and teachings that come with it. That chapter is over and my battle is half way through.
Now I can concentrate in rebuilding my system and prepare for reconstructive surgery some time in June. One of the greater gifts for me is to know how much you all care, and feel the love coming from all directions. Family, friends and even the kindness from strangers. I’m very privileged to have your love and support; my heart is filled with immense gratitude.
Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and payers I could not win this battle with out your support and contributions!

Much Love,

Alma