Diagnosis & Treatment

Colorectal Cancer
Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center - Irvine CA
Jan Beth Schimke, MD - Irvine, CA
Albert K. Park, MD - Irvine, CA
Clinical Trials
Medical Treatment
Details of Treatment
11 Rounds of a combination chemotherapy (FOLFOX). One surgery with a 5-day hospital stay.
Medication During Treatment
FOLFOX regimen that is used to treat colorectal cancer. This includes the drugs leucovorin calcium (folinic acid), fluorouracil, and oxaliplatin.
Alternative Therapies During Treatment
Plant-based Diet
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
My cancer crisis inspired me to take better care of myself and family. It sparked a burning desire in me to become an active participant in my well-being journey. I embarked on a wellness revolution to reclaim control over my health and happiness - and have never looked back. Cancer can be a great teacher. When facing down our fragility, cancer teaches us so many lessons about what it means to truly live.
WHAt helped me during treatment
Favorite Quote
Advice for Others
Mindset is the greatest form of medicine there is. How you react and respond to your cancer will play a pivotal role in your success. Become an active participant in your own recovery. Do your research and find ways to back up your medical team’s work. Give yourself the best chance, by utilizing ways you can help the process. It is always best to treat the whole person rather than just treating your disease. Your doctors may be hard at work treating your disease while you can get busy completing the work behind the possible root cause. Integrative healthcare is the term used for coordinating non-mainstream and mainstream elements to provide holistic treatment. This form of fighting disease bridges together the best of both worlds. In other words, you can use these complementary therapies together to build upon all else you are also doing in terms of your conventional medical care.

My Story

The last thing I expected to receive in my 37th year was a Stage III cancer diagnosis. I had been living the average life of a busy, over-committed mom and wife when the illness began to ravage my body, steal my identity, and damage almost everything that I held dear.

In November of 2019, I underwent surgery to remove a 2-inch tumor and six inches of my sigmoid colon, then a year of grueling chemotherapy and cancer treatment.

After wrangling with tremendous grief, fear, and heartbreak, I discovered that the best way to find meaning again would be through embracing whatever life I had left. This would require traveling to new depths with myself.

My cancer diagnosis sparked a burning desire in me to become an active participant in my well-being journey. I embarked on a wellness revolution to reclaim control over my body and health. I had walked hard paths before and was intent on walking this one, too, while setting an example for others along the way. I set myself an aggressive goal. One bigger than crushing cancer.

I was going to use this experience as an opportunity to get deeply present with my life, connect with my body, and engage with the world. Of course, my family was my greatest reason for living, and while cancer sucks, I believed in my strength and capabilities. And so, I made a promise to them, and myself, that I was going to do everything in my power to survive.

More importantly, I realized that I could do all of this despite the chaos surrounding me.

I am so thankful that my family and I were able to survive my cancer crisis. It taught me so much about prioritizing self-care and living my life to the fullest and now I am committed to helping others take power over their own health and happiness.

I am now committed to helping others take power over their own health and happiness. That’s why I resolved to streamline the path to optimal wellness to help others learn the most impactful healthy living practices - without the overwhelm.

On my website, I share everything I've learned about the simple, yet highly effective, actionable steps we can all take to heal our lives. My mission is to use everything I've learned and help the next patient in line.

I teach others how to take charge of their health and power. I run a mission-driven business that serves my wellness community and makes me feel all the warm and fuzzy feels each and every day.

My No. 1 Best Selling Book on cancer has resonated with thousands of health enthusiasts and wellness seekers. Cancer, crisis, or not, if you want to discover simple habits of health that will radically improve your overall well-being (and joy), then my book, The Mother of All Fights, is for you!

I also create online programs for cancer thrivers, survivors and anyone wanting to know the most effective evidence-based preventive measures to protect against development and support recovery.

That is why I'm so passionate about supporting YOU. We can take this journey together. We can learn together. We can create our best selves together. Wishing you health and happiness!

Erin's Book: The Mother of All Fights

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