My mother had her second bout with breast cancer. She battled breast cancer for the first time in her 70’s and it was a slow-growing post-menopausal kind. After surgery, she only needed hormone treatment for a few years.
At 95-years-young, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her remaining side. The doctor thought it would be what is typical for someone her age — the slow growing kind. But we joke that my mom is reverse aging. A few years back, her hair actually started turning black again!
My mom’s breast cancer was of the younger person kind. It is very aggressive. This is rare for a person of her age. At her age, some doctors would advise against surgery but we knew that my mother sails through surgery with an amazing ability to recover. This is her superpower. And her secret is this: she never admits to being sick.
If you ask my mother, she hasn’t been sick in years if not decades. If you catch her with the sniffles and ask about that, she will tell you that other people she knows have been in bed for days, but she is fine. A positive mental attitude goes a long way toward surgical recovery. For example, my mother had surgery on a Friday. On Saturday, after she was discharged from the hospital, she joined us at a ramen restaurant before going home.
My mother also believes in the healing power of Nikken magnets and Forever Living Products Aloe Vera juices and supplements. My siblings and I were not too enthusiastic about my mother’s participation in multi-level marketing companies, particularly since she seemed to pile up on inventory because she didn’t sell much.
Now I am of the belief that anything that makes you feel health has healing properties because of the power of positive thinking. My mother had stopped drinking her aloe vera juice two years ago when she moved from her house to an independent living place. I think the aloe vera juice affected her digestion as she adjusted to a new diet. Not coincidentally, her cancer came back … two years ago.
We have ordered aloe vera for my mom who continues to wear her healing magnet jewelry. She might be the only 95-year-old not on any kind of medication so now I am coming around to her belief in her multi-level marketing companies.
A positive outlook on life goes a long ways towards a long and happy life. That’s my mother’s secret and her superpower. She is delighted to share it with you. While she no longer reps Forever Living or Nikken products, she still has stories of “healing miracles.” Now, I’m a believer!
p.s. We received bad news that my mom’s cancer is back despite the recent surgery. She is undergoing radiation treatments and is in good spirits.
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