Patients Talk About... Complementary Therapies and Cancer: Jan's Story Video Transcript

Patients talk about... Complementary Therapies and Cancer
Jan's Story
Time: 2:18

Jan:
I want to stay in touch with my self, as I know myself to be, a complete person, and not find myself just thinking in terms of myself as a carrier of cancer.

Narrator:
Jan was diagnosed with breast cancer after getting her very first mammogram at age 42. This mother of 3 shared an interesting perspective on her situation.

Jan:
I was laughing as we were driving here to the hospital in the darkness of night, because they announced that it was October 1st, that it was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I said, "Here I am kicking it off with a mastectomy."

Narrator:
Jan began to look at what she could do in terms of eating habits and exercise to help build her immune system and help fight the cancer.

Jan:
Well, I kind of look at it more like complementary therapies really to go along with you know good medical care.

Doctor:
Hi. How're you doing. Last chemo ever today.

Narrator:
Jan felt that having a good rapport with her doctor made it easy to discuss the complementary therapies she was using.

Jan:
I look at it as he's the captain of the ship that I'm on, and maybe it's my ship you'd even say. But I've got to have faith in him and feel comfortable and be able to work together with him as a team in order to have a good chance for healing, and also to lessen the complications.

Doctor:
I don't see anything at all on here that would interfere with any cancer treatment...

Jan:
...Do research, find out, think about the things and then question your doctor. Because like I was told many, many years ago. The only unacceptable question is the one that's not asked.

Narrator:
Jan and her husband Kevin sought information about relaxation techniques and various exercises, like Tai Chi, at the Place... of Wellness.

Jan:
The Tai Chi is so – it's relaxing. Yet it's stimulating, and it's graceful, and it just – it centers you in a very peaceful sort of way.

And I think a lot of these things can really help with that, as far as being able to relax, or have a positive image of what you're going through. To be optimistic. To keep fighting.