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Alison Gannett recovering from brain surgery

post #1 of 11
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Alison Gannett, Operator of Rippin Chix Ski Camps, environmentalist, and mountain biker extraordinaire underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor within the last week. 

 

According to her facebook page, she is recovering well and is planning on being back to 100% soon. 

 

From her Facebook page: 

 

 

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Alison Gannet
Monday July 8th
So the doctor thinks this brain tumor has been growing in my noggin for ten years or so - not related to a mtn bike or ski crash. Things started to get a bit foggy and weird about six months ago - forgetting things more and more and strange migraines. Then last Friday it suddenly was super bad and Jason rushed me to the ER for a cat scan and they found this monster baseball. Luckily one of the best neuroscience centers and docs are in Aurora, Colorado - amazing.

 

 

 

 

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Alison Gannett
Today 
Been doing a bunch of research on brain tumors and I now feel even luckier and more blessed than ever. Mine was located in a spot that was relatively easy to remove and was not pressing on vital functions, glands, or created memory damage. Loving all the good thoughts and feelings folks are sending!

Alison is a great ambassador for the ski industry. 

Wishing her a speedy and full recovery. 

post #2 of 11

Muchos + vibes to her.  Mrscrgildart had a similar brain tumor removed in early 2004.  Alison can expect to have a wicked headache for about 6 weeks, but with some luck will be good to go for ski season assuming they got all tumor and little brain tissue during the surgery.

 

We've had no new tumor detected since.. so far, always praying it will stay that way.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Alison has been posting updates on her facebook wall on a regular basis.  

She is feeling much better now and is beginning to realize how much the tumor had impacted here while she had no idea it was there. 

 

Here is a note from her wall 

 

 

Quote:
 
Signs that my tumor was getting too huge: completely missing plane flights for work, keynote speaking in a complete stupor, falling asleep multiple times driving Red Mtn Pass for my KEENRippin Chix at Silverton Mountain, forgetting to pay major bills for six months, watching bacon almost burn my house down, complete lack of coordination skiing and biking, frequent migraines, sleeping forever and complete personality change. Glad to have the old me back!
post #4 of 11
Best wishes and GL to her.
post #5 of 11

Alison is a wonderful and giving person and it's good to know this is something she will get through and be OK at the other end.

post #6 of 11

Hi All,

Thanks for all the great message, posts and great vibes!

 

Osprey Packs just posted a fun update "Live every day as if it were your last" -  that I wrote on my giant brain tumor - aka "alien abduction" on their blog, here is the link:

 

Osprey Athlete is one strong, inspiring, resilient human being and we're happy she's alive and well:

http://blog.ospreypacks.com/2013/08/22/live-every-day-as-if-it-were-your-last/

 

Have a great day!

Alison

 

And, so you don't go through what I just did, top 12 Cancer prevention strategies:

 

Mercola's Top 12 Cancer Prevention Strategies

There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer. But please don’t wait until you get the diagnosis—you have to take preventative steps NOW. It’s much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, once it takes hold. I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and chronic disease, and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies.

Adding naturally fermented food to your daily diet is an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. You can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but naturally fermented foods are the best.

Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer outcomes. Research has also found evidence suggesting exercise can help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Ideally, your exercise program should include balance, strength, flexibility, high intensity interval training (HIIT). For help getting started, refer to my Peak Fitness Program.

If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly, as well as supplementing your vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. To learn more, please see my previous article: "What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium".

  1. Food Preparation: Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli,curcumin and resveratrol. To learn more about how these anti-angiogenetic foods fight cancer, please see our previous article: "Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity."
  2. Carbohydrates and Sugar: Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit.
  3. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100 grams of protein and most likely close to half of that amount. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
  4. GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and likely to be carcinogenic. A French research team that has extensively studied Roundup concluded it’s toxic to human cells, and likely carcinogenic to humans. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods.
  5. Animal-Based Omega-3 fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
  6. Natural Probiotics: Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy.
  7. Exercise: Exercise lowers insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. In a three-month study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy.
  8. Vitamin D: There is scientific evidence you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing yourvitamin D levels with appropriate sun exposure. Your serum level should hold steady at 50-70 ng/ml, but if you are being treated for cancer, it should be closer to 80-90 ng/ml for optimal benefit. (Sources of D2 are grass-fed lard and sunshine, NEVER take D3 if you test low for Vit D)
  9. Sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer’s virility.
  10. Exposure to Toxins: Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and toxic cosmetics.
  11. Exposure to Radiation: Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.
  12. Stress Management: Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is driven by emotional factors. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed. My favorite tool for resolving emotional challenges is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Link to article (expanded) so that the blue highlights are clickable!
 
post #7 of 11

Great info, thanks for posting.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Alison Gannett View Post
 

Hi All,

Thanks for all the great message, posts and great vibes!

 

Osprey Packs just posted a fun update "Live every day as if it were your last" -  that I wrote on my giant brain tumor - aka "alien abduction" on their blog, here is the link:

 

Osprey Athlete @AlisonGannett is one strong, inspiring, resilient human being and we're happy she's alive and well:

http://blog.ospreypacks.com/2013/08/22/live-every-day-as-if-it-were-your-last/

 

Have a great day!

Alison

 

And, so you don't go through what I just did, top 12 Cancer prevention strategies:

 

Mercola's Top 12 Cancer Prevention Strategies

There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer. But please don’t wait until you get the diagnosis—you have to take preventative steps NOW. It’s much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it, once it takes hold. I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and chronic disease, and radically improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies.

Adding naturally fermented food to your daily diet is an easy way to prevent cancer or speed recovery. You can always add a high-quality probiotic supplement as well, but naturally fermented foods are the best.

Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer outcomes. Research has also found evidence suggesting exercise can help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Ideally, your exercise program should include balance, strength, flexibility, high intensity interval training (HIIT). For help getting started, refer to my Peak Fitness Program.

If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly, as well as supplementing your vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. To learn more, please see my previous article: "What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium".

  1. Food Preparation: Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli,curcumin and resveratrol. To learn more about how these anti-angiogenetic foods fight cancer, please see our previous article: "Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity."
  2. Carbohydrates and Sugar: Reduce or eliminate processed foods, sugar/fructose and grain-based foods from your diet. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level. The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which feeds cancer cells and promotes their growth. Make sure your total fructose intake is around 25 grams daily, including fruit.
  3. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to one gram per kilogram of lean body weight. It would be unusual for most adults to need more than 100 grams of protein and most likely close to half of that amount. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality meats, avocados, and coconut oil.
  4. GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and likely to be carcinogenic. A French research team that has extensively studied Roundup concluded it’s toxic to human cells, and likely carcinogenic to humans. Choose fresh, organic, preferably locally grown foods.
  5. Animal-Based Omega-3 fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
  6. Natural Probiotics: Optimizing your gut flora will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth. They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy.
  7. Exercise: Exercise lowers insulin levels, which creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. In a three-month study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy.
  8. Vitamin D: There is scientific evidence you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing yourvitamin D levels with appropriate sun exposure. Your serum level should hold steady at 50-70 ng/ml, but if you are being treated for cancer, it should be closer to 80-90 ng/ml for optimal benefit. (Sources of D2 are grass-fed lard and sunshine, NEVER take D3 if you test low for Vit D)
  9. Sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer’s virility.
  10. Exposure to Toxins: Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and toxic cosmetics.
  11. Exposure to Radiation: Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.
  12. Stress Management: Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is driven by emotional factors. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed. My favorite tool for resolving emotional challenges is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Link to article (expanded) so that the blue highlights are clickable!
 


Just read this article and continuing to send good vibes: 

Facing her biggest fear head on

 

 

Snip from the article: 

Quote:
 "Anytime I want to grab something sweet, I think of Junior(small tumor still in there) like a Pac-Man, and he's in there hungry for the only food that he can metabolize, so no sugar, no carbs for me," she said. "Even after 30 days, I looked like a new person. Now after a year and a half, my bloodwork is almost flawless. It's pretty impressive to see."
post #9 of 11

God bless and continued good luck...

post #10 of 11

Speedy and full recovery to you!  

post #11 of 11

You're an inspiration, Alison.  Keep on rippin'.

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