Cancer Journey/ HEALTH

A Health Update + The Importance Of Magnesium

My cancer story- New Nostalgia

I just realized I made the announcement over at New Nostalgia’s Facebook page, but never wrote an update here on my scan results.


I AM NED. (no evidence of disease)

I can’t tell you how thankful and relieved I feel.  Reading the words “there is NED” is such a profound gift to a cancer fighter/survivor.  I know so many of you reading this now would give just about anything to hear those words and I want you to know I think about that and you in my heart and thoughts.

I got the brain MRI back first, and it was completely normal.

Scan day for cancer patient
{scan day}

I then got the call about my CAT Scan and Bone Scan, and the nurse said, “All is normal except…” and then my heart jumped into my throat.  Until she continued “…you have a large cyst on your ovary.”  I sighed relief, as I already new that.  I get them all the time and we check them regularly.

I had been feeling much more normal a day before getting the calls, so I was hopeful it was low potassium causing all these crazy symptoms.  You can read more about low potassium and the havoc it can cause on the body, and also ways to get more potassium in your diet —> here.

My blood test results showed my potassium level was going up, and thanks to the awesome world of health blogs I was able to figure out that it was not lack of potassium foods in my diet (I live on them) but lack of MAGNESIUM!  I am less faithful with eating foods with lots of magnesium (oat bran, sesame seeds, etc) so this made much more sense.  Magnesium is needed to absorb potassium, so this was my solution.  When I brought this up to my doctor, she agreed it could very well be that and lets tackle magnesium, too.

I am now being much more purposeful about getting magnesium and I can’t tell you how much better I feel!!  My digestion is perfect…PERFECT!  My energy levels are up so much and I am getting this house decluttered with my new energy.  I am still taking naps, but I think as long as I am on cancer meds that is just something I have to accept as part of my life now, and be thankful that I have a life that allows for naps.

A great way to get magnesium besides food is by taking Epsom salt baths, which are so good and detoxifying.  If you have trouble sleeping, take one before bed.  I always feel like going to sleep right after an Epsom salt detox bath.

Another great way I just found from Herbs & Oils is a Homemade Magnesium Oil spray.  What a cool idea!  Magnesium can be absorbed into the skin so this is something I am going to look into.  I enjoyed reading the comments on this post.  So many have been helped by up-ing this mineral!

The importance of magnesium

If you suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, have neck and back pain, low energy, low sex drive, and constipation…you may want to up your potassium foods and make sure you are getting magnesium.  It has made the world of difference for me and so many others.

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  • Tracey @ Cooking with Love
    July 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    So happy I found your blog! I really enjoy reading it. Have you tried Magnesium Chelate? It’s supposed to be the best for absorbing in the body. Source Naturals makes the one that I use a lot. It’s 100mg along with Calcium 66mg. I like the small mg. Wishing you good health! 🙂

  • Kathy Wallace
    April 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I am soooo happy for such great test results!! I just love reading your blog, I have learned so much. Thanks so much for your great work.

  • Pam
    April 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I just wanted to chime in that I am taking Magnesium to help relieve Restless Leg Syndrome. I was happy to see it has other benefits as well.
    And thank you for the info. on Potassium. My cousin just found out she has low Potassium and wasn’t sure how to get more in her diet.
    So happy that you received a thumbs up on all your tests. My husband is colon cancer survivor going on 13 years. You survivors are a strong bunch!

  • jeana
    April 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Yay! Praise God!!

  • Miss Rachel M.
    April 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    So very happy to hear that all is well! From the first time I came across your story, I’ve been rooting and praying that God’s divine healing is done in your life! Happy to see that it has!

    Thank you for sharing your story, strength and being a blessing!

  • Christy
    April 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Great news, Amy! So happy to hear you are doing well! Have kept you in my prayers and hope you just feel better and better every day. I wanted to tell you about a product I have found helpful for magnesium. It is called “Natural Magnesium Calm” made by Nutraceutical Sciences Institute. I think I got it through Vitamin Shoppe online. Another good one is Natural Calm by Natural Vitality. Both are powders you add to water. Continued good health!

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