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The Story of My Complete Recovery From Breast Cancer
by Meg Wolff

 
 
 


Hi. My name is Meg Wolff. I'm 50 years old and live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. My husband Tom and I have a son and daughter: Francis, age 21, and Cammie, 17.

I've survived cancer - twice. In the process, I had my leg amputated and a breast removed. I've learned a lot because of these experiences, and I feel obligated to share what I think could benefit other people. I've written two books in hopes of sparing people some of the pain I endured by offering them the life-saving information I'm so grateful to have learned (and maybe wish I'd learned sooner!)



Here's a summary of my story:

I was diagnosed with bone cancer and consequently had to have my leg removed when I was 33. We were living in Oregon, and Francis was 4 and Cammie was 7 months old. Seven years later, at 40, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I went through a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, and doctors still told me to "make my peace with God," and reconcile with the fact that cancer would most likely be back within a year.

I'll forever be grateful for learning at just that time that some women with breast cancer had been helped by eating a macrobiotic diet. I didn't know what the diet involved, but at that point, I was willing to try just about anything that offered hope. I wanted to live.

So I started gathering every bit of information I could about macrobiotics. The diet sounds much more mysterious at first than it actually is. Allow me to simplify: It's essentially a diet based on delicious whole grains, vegetables and beans. Some people on a macro diet do eat meat, but I do not. I also don't eat dairy or processed sugar and junk foods. I wholeheartedly embraced this common-sense way of eating … much to the heartache of many family members and friends, who sadly thought I had really lost it by believing that changing my diet was going to save my life.

I don't know how to explain this, but their concern and fears didn't deter me one bit. I took local cooking classes; had a fantastic macrobiotic counselor, Warren Kramer, who got me on the right track … and I had wonderful support from Tom. And in very short order, I started feeling - and looking - much better. So I've never looked back. I believe macrobiotics changed my body's chemistry and made it inhospitable to cancer.

Nine years later, I'm healthier than most people I know. And I'm very happy and grateful. So really, then, how could I gain this knowledge and not spread it around??

I wrote a memoir that describes my journey back to health - and the recovery of my marriage and happiness (Becoming Whole: The Story of My Complete Recovery From Breast Cancer). Becoming Whole also contains healing menu plans, many easy-to-follow macrobiotic recipes and an extensive directory of helpful Web sites, reading materials and macrobiotic professionals. I then took a leap of faith and published my second book (Breast Cancer Exposed: The Connection Between Food and Survival), which shows through Joyce Tenneson's photographs, the results of my mastectomy, and succinctly explains the diet that I credit with saving my life.

I believe that dramatically improving my diet was a life-saving decision. I want to share this information because I believe millions of people's health and lives could be better for understanding the vital link between diet and health.

And so, I now spend a lot of time sharing my story and recommendations through a variety of speaking engagements. My Web site, www.megwolff.com, contains lots of helpful information and resources, and I hope it's a source of support, especially for people going through breast cancer and for their caregivers. And I've also been building a community of people interested in improving their diet and lifestyle through my blog: www.becoming-whole.com.

If you'd like to learn more, please visit these sites or e-mail me directly at meg@megwolff.com. And best of luck on your own journeys to excellent health. Let me know if I can help!

Love, Meg

Posted: March 2008
 

 

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