Alternative Therapies: Lisa Marie Ives

Lisa Marie Ives gives her best tips for alternative therapies and supplements to help during breast cancer treatment.

Lisa Marie Ives is 42 from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She’s a SAHM to one 3 year old boy. She enjoys being his mom and her version of pre home schooling. She loves fine dining and wine but no longer a connoisseur. She gets lucky with her own madness infrequently in the kitchen and any bottle under $8 does just fine.

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Lisa Marie Ives

HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU WERE DIAGNOSED?

Diagnosed 10 months ago (1 month after my birthday…gonna be 42 AGAIN)

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT?

3D mammo and a call back. 1, 2 and 3 biopsies (2&3 with an MRI).

TELL US YOUR REACTION.

I always knew it would happen subconsciously as it is rampant paternally…the realization hurt.

WHAT WAS YOUR TREATMENT PLAN?

Chemo sucked canal water. I chose pre-op treatment hoping to avoid surgery…well…going under this Monday (late September) anyway, even though the tumors discipated…mastectomy right side.

HOW HAS TREATMENT AFFECTED YOUR WELL-BEING, IF AT ALL?

One kid and done fortunately. Sex…phhh what!? I am gaining weight from my Herceptin treatment, which is driving me bat shit crazier than a womanly cycle ever has. 

HAS HAVING BREAST CANCER INSPIRED YOU TO DO SOMETHING MORE?

Live! I always have…and sometimes large…but I have a little man that I am responsible for and for a very long time!

I hope to prevent anyone else from suffering with what cancer is responsible for in so many ways, if possible.

WHAT WERE YOUR BIGGEST STRUGGLES AND HOW DID YOU MANAGE THOSE?

The limitations I had through chemo and the life it stole from me with my child is my biggest complaint. Chemo was a hurtful hell. My sanity is on edge with my upcoming surgery I was led to believe wouldn’t happen.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST PRESCRIPTION?

Essential oils and magnesium for personal help and a tad bit of well being…I swear! I found that essential peppermint oil aides better in the relief of headaches. nausea and spirit.  Lemon oil detoxes the liver (what a relief that is after the abuse of chemotherapy and this week alone with industrial strength pain killers!) Lavender oil truly does relax the mind.  Cypress oil is a miracle for circulation in ached joints (in my case, due to chemotherapy damage) Clove oil for the mouth pain chemo causes, as well as better dental hygiene. 

Lisa Marie Ives gives her best tips for alternative therapies and supplements to help during breast cancer treatment.

Photo source:

“Eucalyptus Oil” by Adam is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

Personal photo courtesy of Lisa Marie Ives

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