Journey

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

By Karen Berrios | September 11, 2017

This month is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common type of endocrine cancer. Also called “thyroid carcinoma,” thyroid cancer is a malignant tumor or growth that originates within the thyroid gland. That’s the official definition—true, but very impersonal. To me, though, thyroid cancer became extremely personal three…

The Rash

By Karen Berrios | September 7, 2017

Shortly after I got the good news that the alternative approach to cancer treatment that I was pursuing seemed to be having a positive impact, I started developing a mysterious rash. And I don’t just mean a basic, run-of-the-mill rash. This rash was dramatic. I itched like you wouldn’t believe, and when I had the…

After Tijuana: Good News

By Karen Berrios | August 5, 2017

After my month at the Tijuana cancer treatment clinic I went home and continued with the home program that the clinic physicians had recommended. Thankfully I had the full support of my husband, and my kids were very understanding, because this home treatment program affected all of us. There were things we could not do,…

So Much Suffering / Cancer a Multi-Factorial Disease

By Karen Berrios | July 14, 2017

After arriving at the Hope 4 Cancer Institute clinic in Tijuana, Mexico for a month of holistic therapies based on a mind/body/spirit approach to treatment, I was struck by the suffering of those around me. Like most people, until I received my cancer diagnosis it had never really crossed my mind how much people suffer…

My Second Major Decision / My Cancer Treatment

By Karen Berrios | June 16, 2017

After I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma (cancer), everyone around me pushed hard to get me to start the standard treatment. “You need surgery!” they would say. “You need radiation! And you need it now!” In spite of this pressure, my first major decision on this journey was to say “NO.” I felt like…

Who’s in Charge?

By Karen Berrios | May 26, 2017

My journey towards wellness and healing has also been a journey of self-discovery and truth discovery. One of the truths that I have come to embrace is the idea that ultimately, we are all responsible for our own health. There’s really so much more under our control than I had previously realized. According to the…

Shielding Myself from Negativity and Fear

By Karen Berrios | May 12, 2017

I had been blindsided by my cancer diagnosis. Now, more so than ever before, I found myself truly believing my inner voice and trusting in God. Although everyone around me was urging (begging and pressuring) me to sign up for the standard treatment of surgery and radiation, I was listening to the voice inside me…

Why I Chose the Holistic Approach

By Karen Berrios | April 28, 2017

I started to educate myself as soon as I received my cancer diagnosis. My goal was to gather all the facts that I could, analyze it all, pray for guidance, and then make a rational decision. I gathered information from different physicians and clinics in various geographic areas. I read books, including “Cancer: Step Outside…

Decisions About My Thyroid Cancer – Standing Up to the Pressure

By Karen Berrios | April 14, 2017

The days and weeks after I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer – papillary thyroid carcinoma, to be exact – went by in a blur. Everyone around me was sounding the constant drumbeat of “You must have surgery. You must have the tumor removed. Surgery and radiation is how this is treated. This is what you…

My Cancer Diagnosis – The C Word

By Karen Berrios | March 10, 2017

As I explained in my last post, it all started in Peru. My husband and I had taken our three kids to Peru to visit family, and while I was there my father insisted I see a dermatologist about my acne. The dermatologist sent me to an endocrinologist, who felt a suspicious lump on my…