Tuesday, 11 April 2017

First Meeting At Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

Hallo every-one, here is Priscilla's account of her first meeting with her naturopath , Dr McDonel...

"Alright so big appointment today at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. Met with my naturopath Dr. Mcdonel.

 First off, they have not had experience with Neuroblastoma patients so this will all be experimental which has been my experience since Day 1 of this diagnosis so I understand that. 
Now she did say that they will research and the things that they have started me on and will research will not cause any harm but may or may not be beneficial. We discussed my goals today in knowing that I do have a terminal illness and in no way is this expected to be a cure but a way to prolong life and enhance quality of life.

 My two main starting goals were increasing energy and managing pain control. I have another appointment on Monday to see their General Practitioner to get the blood work done to start the Vitamin C infusions. That should start hopefully within the next two weeks. They are going to try to get in contact with the naturopath clinic in Cornwall to see if the Treatments can be given there which will lessen my trips to Ottawa as they do increase my pain as its a long ride for me. I am really hoping that it is a possibility. They are planning approximately 15 (or more depending on the outcome) of the Vitamin C infusions with a review after 3 to 4 treatments. They said I will know by then if the treatments are helping or not and if its worth continuing or not.

 I am also starting Vitamin D3 1000 IU/Day (Prevent deficiency and helps with immune support), Curcumin (powerful anti-inflammatory, helps with pain, lowers inflammation and may have direct anti-cancer actions)), Melatonin (helps with side effects including pain, appetite, energy and sleep quality. It is also an anti-oxidant which helps support immune function and has anti-cancer actions.) and Probiotics (Helps to heal the digestive tract, anti-inflammatory, good for immune system). These supplements are to be added to my daily medication list and I am to continue my current pain regiment of dilaudid, lyrica and cannabis oil.
There are other things to be added later on as needed but i am positive this is a good start. Also looking into Mistletoe injections which are an at home injection, I have some paperwork to look over for it and a little bit of research to do on it myself and cost to look into it. I will be getting an email with cost breakdown for all of these as well soon. Bought the supplements I needed to start today and will be integrating them. Also she was very happy with my current nutrition plan that we have in place.Thank you Shanna Marie Lynn for your help with that this weekend :) I also got a referral for 2 free sessions of yoga therapy. 

All in all I am content with these first steps."

As you know these treatments are expensive and must be paid for up front so Priscilla's friends and family are arranging many fund-raising activities to help cover the on-going costs~each Vit C infusion is $165CA so we are so grateful for all the donations and all the hard work of Team Pearlz.
Donations can also be made through her GoFundMe page 

Meanwhile Kullen keeps getting cuter...

Liam is enjoying the Spring weather and getting outdoors once more...

Meggie wait for Daddy to tuck her into bed

and Kyra expresses her sorrow in a letter...Mommy I wish you didn't have cancer and I love you...

staying strong together...

Love from Sue