When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and need to start chemotherapy immediately, you learn to relativize so much in your life. I remember sitting across from my doctor as he explained my options to me, the kind of treatments available, what he advised me to go through first. All I could think of was “I will never complain about the damn weather again.” Everything I used to waste my time on suddenly stopped making sense. We do spend too much time on the little things, don’t we?
Fortunately, my husband was taking notes on what to do and the pros and cons of each treatment, because my mind was elsewhere. I didn’t fear death but I feared pain. I was the kind of woman whose something as small as a headache would lead me to tears. I had absolutely no resistance to pain and I was terrified of knowing that that would be the little thing to drive me off the edge.
On my husband’s notes, there was a long list of things to do before starting treatment and one of them was “buy wild Chaga mushroom tea.” A tea of mushroom? I had heard of medical marijuana before for cancer patients, but a tea of mushroom? I was intrigued. Also, wouldn’t it taste and smell horribly? He laughed when I shared my concerns. Clearly, I hadn’t been listening to a single word the doctor said and no, that wasn’t a joke he had written down just to catch my attention. I was indeed going to drink one cup of organic Chaga tea a day, while I was going through chemotherapy. It would boost my immune system and help with my appetite and nausea. In the realm of super-foods, this was the one they called anti-cancer Chaga. It could possibly help me beat cancer faster.
There are two things I hold accountable for helping me through chemotherapy: my husband’s dedication and wild Chaga mushroom tea.