Breast Health banner

Breast Health

 

Can we talk a bit about breast health?

I’m almost 53 as I write this, and at this age it’s a bit scary to find 3 new lumps in your breast. I say new because I have multiple fibroadenomas and cysts in both breasts. When I say multiple, I mean there are approximately 14 fibroadenomas on one side, and in my “busy” breast, we have closer to 20. I also have very dense breasts (Category C for those in the know), which makes it very difficult for anybody to find anything in there. I’ve been developing these lumps in my breasts since I was in my late 20’s (thanks very much low-fat vegetarian era).

Oh, and did I mention that my mother had breast cancer twice? Combined with multiple fibroadenomas (which is a risk in itself), this factor puts me at a statistically greater risk of acquiring breast cancer.

So yes, new breast lumps are scary for me. Especially when there are 3 of them.

Earlier this week, I took myself to the Breast Clinic to check these new guys out. This clinic keeps all the maps of the goings-on in my breasts, and their lovely staff went about their business with the mammogram and ultrasound in a very professional and caring way. Every single fibroadenoma and cyst I have is measured and mapped so they know if I have anything new happening, and so that they can measure the growth in each of them. This takes a while.
In my mind, I was laying there thinking, "This is it. This time it’ll be cancer for sure."

Thankfully, this clinic gives you the results of all your scans and biopsies the same day you visit (I KNOW, RIGHT???) so there’s little time spent wondering and worrying whether or not you have cancer. This is great for those of us who frequently go through this procedure due to finding lumps on a very regular basis.
After the scans the surgeon called me in to discuss the findings of my “new” lumps. Turns out those new lumps are actually old fibroadenomas that have shrunk! (Now you know that when fibroadenomas shrink, they feel very different compared to the way they feel when they’re growing!)

Now, you might be wondering if it's normal for fibroadenomas to reduce in size, and the answer is no. It's actually quite unusual. The surgeon said that about 10 years after menopause starts, breasts begin to become less dense and then sometimes fibroadenomas get smaller, but it’s rare. My breasts are still Category C as far as density goes, and the surgeon said that it’s very unusual to see the kinds of reductions in measurements seen in these scans compared to the ones I had done 18 months ago. She can’t explain it.

What happened 18 months ago to induce such a change?

18 months ago was probably around the time that I committed properly to the ketogenic diet. 18 months ago I had my last mammogram and ultrasound mapping done. In the time since, my fibroadenomas have shrunk to the point that the radiographer decided to make completely new maps for the next radiographer. (I don’t know if that means anything, but I thought I'd put it here because hey, I have new maps now!)

There is some nutritional strategy to the way I do keto because of the number of crazy health issues my body has thrown my way, but this particular issue has been at the forefront of my mind and it shows that due diligence in dietary decisions is really important.

A carefully constructed and strategic ketogenic diet may have helped me shrink some more benign tumours in my body. Hooray for keto! This is why we push so hard for our clients and groups members to commit 100% to this lifestyle. It's true that your health doesn't take a holiday, and had I decided to take a holiday from my Ketogenic lifestyle, I might not be able to share this exciting, positive turn in my own health today.

Clients Love Ketogenic Lifestyle Coaching!

Whether part of a limited time group or continuing month-to-month coaching, our coaching clients have great things to say about their coaching experiences!

Seriously getting a Ketogenic Lifestyle Coach was the best decision I ever made. The amazing Mary really helped me work out what worked for me. The time I had with her helped me to be able effectively tweak this WOE to really suit me. She gave me the confidence to experiment and continues to inspire me. All of the coaches here are truly wonderful and if you can afford it will be the absolute best investment in yourself.

Jane P.

I want to stick to the keto woe. My coach is my sounding board when I have questions, concerns, trouble or just support. It's different from familial support because she's been there & knows what you're going through. I always spend on everyone else but never on myself. Well this is my "gift to self."

Renee G.

I read about coach Jessyca on another Keto site for women. There was a thread about binge eating disorder which I have been struggling with for over 35 years...im 57 (as well as other eating disorders). I had been trying to do keto, but think it was low carb. I didn't understand the "macros" importance of the correct amounts of fat and protein and the real "who, what, when where and why's" of Keto. I genuinely believe (and I hope this isn't offensive to anyone) that seeing Jessyca  name on that thread was a miracle, and a sign from above. The threads on this Keto site are massive with thousands of comments..... I came to your site and read her history and thought, "wow" she will "get" me! Jessyca  even thou we only know each other thru "cyber" space and face time; has helped me more in a month than YEARS of therapy, medication, and despair. Thru her graoup I was introduced to another wonderful client who shared a technique with me to help me relax.... I'm new to this way of life, but for the first time in years feel HOPE over HOPELESNESS.....it has been a full month that I have not waken up "hating" myself from a massive sugar binge. For me this is giant. Jessyca let me know to always be aware.... That eating disorder is "lurking" waiting to jump out. I have more tools in one month than I have had in the past 35 years of my life dealing with this. I'm truly grateful to Jessyca and feel blessed she is my coach and my friend.

Suzy F.

I went through menopause at 40 and began to really struggle with my weight. I was no longer seeing success with the "normal" weight loss plans that had worked in my 20s and 30s and I was at my wit's end. I hired Katrina as my coach because I could not wrap my head around eating fat. I was terrified I would do it wrong and continue to gain. Figuring out the food ended up being the easy part - fixing my thinking and setting reasonable expectations for MY unique journey was where coaching was truly invaluable. I was a relatively slow loser and having Katrina help me understand why my progress was slow helped me stay the course. She also encouraged me focus on the non-scale benefits of Keto such as better sleep and no more aches and pains instead of being singularly focused on the scale. Thanks to Keto, I now feel better than I did in my 20s! Courtney (48 years old).

Courtney R.

When I started this challenge I was so out of shape. I had gained back almost all the weight I had lost doing keto 2 years ago, and I was eating so much junk. I haven’t had sugar or junk of any kind in weeks! I’m still happy and proud of myself because I’m taking care of me again. I feel good, have more energy, I’m not needing a nap, I’m eating good healthy food, and exercising. Thank you so much Bronson for giving me this chance. Once we are done I’m going to keep eating this way and exercising.

Yvette