Vulvar Cancer Changed My Life

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I Thought I Had it All

I’ve been in digital marketing since before you could advertise on Google when I started teaching myself so I could promote my business. At the time I owned several non-medical home-healthcare agencies on contract with the state to provide services to the cognitively disabled, seriously mentally ill, and elderly populations. I was also still in college at the time, I’ve always been an overachiever.

Heather Cooan Google Get Your Business Online Event 2012

Over the years I worked may up the chain working both agency-side and brand-side with some pretty cool brands. Credits include The Smithsonian, UGG Australia, Teva, Google, PapaJohns, ISOTONER, Totes, ESET, PetSmart, Infusionsoft, and numerous others.

I traveled the world speaking on digital marketing and teaching businesses how to use complex tools and strategies to grow revenue. I contributed to two books. I was working myself to death but had a big fancy title, VP of Growth & Demand Marketing, with a progression path to Chief Revenue Officer, a fancy salary, and…well, that’s about it. I was totally misaligned and lying to myself!

*Note: My now husband, Blake, has always been there no matter what. He’s an incredible human being, the most intelligent person I’ve ever met, and I cherish our partnership.

Heather Cooan Husband

Vulvar Cancer Changed My Life

I was diagnosed with vulvar cancer (stage 1b infiltrating squamous cell carcinoma, moderately well differentiated of the vulva) in August 2017. Keratinizing (developed from a tear that wouldn’t heal from Lichen Sclerosis (an autoimmune skin disorder diagnosed at the same time), not HPV).

I had surgery to remove the nodule in September 2017. However, I did not get clear margins because I refused to let them take my clitoris. Post-surgery I was given two treatment options:

  1. Additional surgery to let them remove whatever they needed to remove to ensure clear margins, including my clitoris.
  2. Radiation and low-dose chemotherapy to kill the remaining cancerous cells.

I refused both options. Instead, I went the controversial route choosing naturopathic oncology over conventional treatment…cuz I don’t do anything the traditional or easy way. I’m a rebel by nature and I started reading about the Metabolic Theory of Cancer and it just made sense.

My Cancer Treatment Team

  • Naturopathic Primary Care Doctor (NMD)
  • Naturopathic Oncologist (NMD, IFMCP, BSN)
  • Gynecologic Oncologist (surgeon) (MD)
  • Vulvar Specialist (MD)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Master Practitioner (LMT)
  • Hubby, Friends, & Family

Lifestyle Changes

When I say I had to change my entire life to heal my body of cancer, I’m not kidding. Here’s a list of all the lifestyle changes I made to heal mind, body, and soul

I had to change my mindset from focused on killing cancer to healing every part of my being.

  • Strict whole foods therapeutic ketogenic diet, zero sugar, grains, starches, dairy, or sweetened foods other than stevia and a lot of fat (dairy & gluten free due to allergies)
  • Intermittent fasting on a 16hrs fasted/8hrs eating schedule for cell regeneration
  • Reiki energy healing
  • Counseling
  • Journaling
  • Daily detox rituals including dry-brushing and oil-pulling
  • Stress management – resigned from a high-stress job
  • Meditation & visualization
  • Sunshine & earthing
  • Regular, good quality sleep
  • Quit drinking alcohol
  • Quit smoking – I was a major cigar connoisseur

Clinical Treatments

I received clinical treatments consisting of Nutrient IV’s with high-dose vitamin C and hyperbaric oxygen therapy 3x/wk for 12 weeks.

Medications

The only medications I took during my treatment were Low Dose Naltrexone and my regular thyroid medication.

Supplementation

My supplementation routine included large handfuls of pills three times a day in addition to my 3 times a week nutrient IV’s in the naturopathic clinic.

All of these with the exception of the controversial substances (RSO & B-17) were prescribed in doses specific to my body and health issues by either my Naturopath Oncologist or my Primary Care Naturopath and accompanied by lab testing.

Please make sure you do your research and consult with your physician before starting any supplement protocol.

My Cancer Treatment Results

January 2018 my MRI came back with minimal thickening where I had surgery and no lymphoratomy (lymph node swelling) indicating my immune system is not working overtime to fight anything off. The thickening is believed to be scar tissue from the surgery. February 2018 I had an EDAN ultra-sound with super chip and found there is no abnormal cellular activity anywhere in my body. I am cancer-free!

Both my Lichen Sclerosis and Hashimoto’s are in full remission, no symptoms at all. I’ve dropped almost 70lbs, 5 dress sizes, and 13% body fat. My skin is awesome, energy is good, I’m sleeping like a baby, and I feel amazing!

Heather Cooan Transformation
Now vs. Then

I will be regularly monitored and continue with the ketogenic diet, supplementation, regular exercise, good sleep, hydration, regular detoxification, stress management, and sunshine.

Who would have thought that cancer would be the best thing to ever happen to me!