I had my first acupuncture session 4 days’ after the mastectomy, my surgeon agreed to release me for 4 hours from the hospital. He knew that acupuncture helped calm my agitated system down and gave me a reasonable night’s rest.
However, two days after the electromyography
torture test, I had an encounter with acupuncture that wasn’t so pleasant.
Acupuncture works by releasing blockages or facilitating flow of energy by the insertion of very fine needles into energy lines (meridians) in the body. Pain when needles are inserted may indicate a blockage at that meridian.
The acupuncturist I saw wasn’t my regular acupuncturist (who was on holiday and recommended I see this other acupuncturist instead). This second acupuncturist used to be a concert pianist and I was looking forward to meeting him because I was a pianist myself. The room where he had his practice couch had a grand piano in it!
He inserted a needle into a classic acupuncture point, Colon 4, which is between the thumb and index finger. OMG. I nearly jumped into the air. The pain was unexpected. The point actually started swelling up and bruising blue-purple before our eyes. I felt the pain radiate into the knuckles.
Updated March 2016 – For more information on GcMAF, please join the GcMAF and GcMAF Cancer forums on Facebook – they are closed groups, so you have to wait for your membership to be confirmed. They contain up-to-date information on sources of GcMAF, and also feedback and contributions by people who are using GcMAF.
Updated 10 Jan 2014 – previously “Happy Christmas and 2014”
Updated 22 Feb 2014: please note that the process for culturing Maf314 is different from Bravo Probiotic. I am therefore unable to offer any cultures because I suspect my Maf314 culture is no longer viable. I suggest that if you want to start, you buy a fresh set of cultures from Bravo as only they can guarantee the activity of the cultures. Compound 1 must be cultured afresh from powder each time. Compound 2 can be re-propagated from the existing culture.
Here is the link to Bravo Probiotic: http://www.bravoprobiotic.com/
And for further information on GcMAF and Maf314: http://www.gcmaf.eu/
Happy 2014 to all my friends and family.
It’s been a year when the rug’s been constantly pulled from under my feet. So thank you for seeing me through a challenging year.
It was a year in which I found a voice through this blog, I also met Grace Gawler who is a wise and generous cancer strategist who has held my hand throughout 2013, and been an integral partner in my journey.
To my friends on the cancer journey – may this year bring you NED and good health and loads of money for and success in all the treats and treatments you may need.
Winter at Hallwang video
(Here’s a short video I found, that I took from my room at Hallwang – the magic of the soft, falling snow and wintry scene in the Black Forest seems apt for this festive message)