Nicole SalandraTupper

 

On October 28th, 2009 I was diagnosed with Stage IV Appendix cancer and my entire world was turned upside down. I underwent a four-hour cancer de-bulking surgery to remove my left ovary, part of my colon, my appendix, part of my abdominal wall, as well as scraping down my bladder and right ovary. After I underwent 6 months of oral chemotherapy the cancer had stabilized but was still not gone. At this point, I decided to drastically change my diet and undergo acupuncture treatments. Three months later, the cancer went into remission. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. I resumed my life getting back to work as a commercial actress and yoga instructor.  

However, in February of 2013 it was confirmed—the cancer had returned with a vengeance. I decided to undergo low-frequency radiation treatments at this point, which did nothing to hinder the cancer, but knocked my immune system down to almost nothing in less than a month. With raging cancer and a now compromised immune system, I headed to an immunotherapy clinic to undergo alternative therapies. These therapies stabilized my condition for the following two years.  However, in late December of 2014, scans showed that the cancer had spread like wildfire all throughout my abdomen. It was at this point that I was given 3-6 months maximum to live. I was put into hospice care and told to get my affairs in order. Now, it has been over 15 months since that diagnosis and I am doing better in many ways than ever. There are definite ups and downs that’s for sure. But I am active, I practice yoga, go out with friends, laugh, play, and live a pretty full and satisfying life. I want to share tips I’ve gathered along the way to find happiness at rock bottom. It is possible to find Bliss at Zero.