Diary of another Gerson Person: A day in my mum’s life
I vaguely remember what life was like before the rules and regulations of Gerson Therapy became such an imposing feature. I used to think I was busy. I used to complain about not having enough time to do certain things I was forever procrastinating about. Thinking back, I want to slap myself. The amount of work I am able to fit in now, in and around this schedule, puts my old productivity to shame. When I look at what my mum fits into her day, my former self cowers in shame. My mum is amazing. Before beginning full on Gerson Therapy herself for her breast cancer, mum was my carer and I was forever in awe of how many tasks she so elegantly completed every day. Now she does most of that plus Gerson Therapy.
We found that Gerson Therapy became much more manageable once we settled into a standard daily routine. While the monotony can do your head in, it is what gets you through one day to the next without missing any elements of this life-saving treatment.
I posted my Day In The Life schedule a couple of weeks ago, to show you how I structure my day to fit everything in, and now I’m giving you my mum’s.
In her own words, this is my mum’s schedule …
6am: Twice a week I wake up early to take castor oil. Two tablespoons down the hatch, followed by some gagging and a cup of black coffee. Then back to bed.
6.30am: Take my temperature before getting out of bed. Into the bathroom for enema #1.
7.15am: Breakfast – rolled oats with banana, stewed apple, and kiwi fruit, plus a glass of orange juice (juice #1).
7.45am: Clean up from breakfast and put some washing on.
8am: Drink juice #2, which is green veggies. During this hour I will dry body brush before having a shower, take my blood pressure and pulse, then meditate and do some breathing exercises.
9am: Juice #3 – carrot and apple. Jump on the lymphaciser, hang out the washing, pick some produce out of the garden for our lunchtime salad.
10am: juice #4 – carrot. Lie outside and get 20 minutes of sun, then upstairs for enema #2 while reading my book.
11am: Juice #5 – green. Prepare lunch.
12noon: Juice #6 – carrot and apple. Eat lunch while we watch The Ellen Show. Lunch is Hippocrates Soup, a big salad, a baked potato and cooked veggies.
1pm: Juice #7 – green. Wash up from lunch. Read Jess’ blog.
2pm: Juice #8 – carrot. Enema #3, read my book while lying on the bathroom floor.
3pm: Juice #9 – carrot. This is the time of the day I allocate to doing things like fruit and veggie shopping, vacuuming and washing the floors, cleaning the bathroom and toilet, dusting, or having a light oncology massage. On the days that I do the fruit and veggie shopping I will pack a flask with my juices in it as this usually takes a couple of hours.
4pm: Juice #10 – carrot and apple. Jump on lymphaciser, meditation, breathing exercises, or lie down and read.
5pm: Juice #11 – carrot and apple.
5.30pm: Enema #4, read my books.
6pm: Juice #12 – green juice. Prepare dinner.
7pm: Dinner time! We have the same as lunch, but usually with a different variety of cooked veggies. Once a week we have rice.
9pm: In bed with a cup of peppermint tea reading my book.
By the time Mum finishes Gerson, we would have been doing this Therapy for three years. That’s three years of doing the same thing ever day, looking at the clock every hour and peeing about 20 times a day (more in Mum’s case ha!). The strictness of this routine definitely makes you appreciate the freedom of not being bound to an hourly schedule and not being attached to an enema bucket like it’s an umbilical cord. It also makes you a little shaky when you do have to head out into the “real world”. Whenever we go to the shops or to weddings or family events, we always leave with a headache and a craving for an enema.
From the outside looking in, it might seem like we do all of this with ease, but it’s certainly not the case. We have many silent (and not so silent) moments of despair and frustration. But we are incredibly lucky to have a support network in each other, my dad and my boyfriend. Without them, I hate to think about how much more difficult all of this would be. Plus, we consider is a privilege to be able to do this Therapy. Our respect for the healing process, and our admiration for how effective the Therapy is, gets us through every day.
Positive affirmation for the day: Today I am doing everything I can do be in the now. Presence is the best gift I can give myself.
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