Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people across the nation do their part to increase awareness of this disease. By spreading the word, more women are likely to get checked and the early it's detected the better.
Today we're sharing a story from one of our own patients, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2014. During her chemotherapy treatments, Dr. Max of St. Charles supported her through chiropractic adjustments—which proved to make a considerable difference in her cancer pain.
How Chiropractic Care Helped Me Deal with My Cancer Pain
"After completing months of physical therapy from a double hip replacement in 2013, I was finally getting back to my active lifestyle when everything changed. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2014.
At first, it looked like I was just going to do radiation, but upon further examination, the doctors recommended a more aggressive treatment plan. After a couple reduction surgeries, there was still fear that the cancer had reached my lymph nodes. I ended up being prescribed six weeks of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiation.
The first chemo treatment was OK. I noticed some wheezing, tightness in my lungs and shortness of breath. The second treatment hit me hard. I was down and out for five days, horribly sick to my stomach, struggling to eat or drink anything. The third treatment was even worse. I couldn't even drink water. I laid on the couch for over a week, exhausted and unable to move. I was missing weeks of work at a time.
My medical bills had started to pile up and my sister stepped in to help, throwing me a fundraiser in St. Charles. Serendipitously, Chiro One was a sponsor and during the fundraiser, Dr. Max approached me and said, "I think I can help you." He explained that by ensuring that good spinal health would improve my overall reaction to the chemotherapy. I was skeptical, but willing to try.
I went to Dr. Max's office three times the week before my fifth chemo treatment and received an adjustment each time. I told him I wouldn't be there the following week, because I knew how sick I'd feel. He called to ask how I was the Monday following my chemo and I was surprised to say that I actually felt pretty good! Honestly, I felt like I could go back to work. My sixth and seventh treatment were the same, I felt ill for a short period of maybe three days—but even during those days I could get up and function.
The only difference between my first four treatments and my last three was chiropractic care.
I had started this journey skeptical of chiropractic, thinking that maybe it helped some but didn't help others, but now I believe in it. I'm not a doctor, but I can say I feel better. I'm able to do more and more every day. I'm coming back slowly, but I am coming back.
At Dr. Max's office, there's a sign that sums it up perfectly, it says, "It's just like gravity, it exists whether you believe in it or not."
-Stephanie, St. Charles Patient
Thank you, Stephanie. We wish you all the best as you continue on your wellness journey.
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