Friday, October 02, 2020

Ananda Lewis Announces Stage 3 Breast Cancer Diagnosis


90s BET/MTV host Ananda Lewis announces she is battling stage three breast cancer...

In a video posted on Instagram Ananda speaks about how she resisted getting mammograms for years because she feared the radiation exposure but the treatments she has to endure now are 30 times higher because the lump would have been detected years ago with a mammogram.

17 comments:

Unknown said...

Damn! I hope she pulls through. Fast and cleanse and get some Cablote herb, Soursop Tea and Lily of the Valley Herb to heal the breast.

Unknown said...

God bless her. She can win this battle.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, praying for you Ananda!! I always thought her and Chilli resembled one another. It was probably more the complexion and long hair with the cute baby hairs. Get well sister!!

Anonymous said...

The irony is that now her treatment will more than likely include radiation therapy!

Gg57 said...

Ananda is prettier than Chilli! Chilli is just cute. Ananda is beautiful. Anywayssss good luck Ms Lewis. I would probably do a fast and avoid treatments but thats just me..

Anonymous said...

I saw her video on youtube yesterday and my heart goes out to her. She's very brave because she's battled it for 2 years and has decided to share her news with the world. God bless you Ananda!! Many of us are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

As someone who's gone through heavy chemotherapy for stage 3a cancer, she may want to reconsider. Recovery is rough and not 100% guaranteed remission for all but has better odds than natural methods. Michelle Thomas tried that and lost her life. Even though medicine has progressed since the 90's, she may want a second or third opinion before making a choice she'll regret.

ms mac said...

I've always liked her. She's one classy lady and has never presented herself as anything less. I'm not a fan of mammograms either so I know exactly where she's coming from. But there are newer, less invasive alternative screening treatments available out there. Unfortunately the medical community is slow on the uptake because the insurance companies won't get paid as much from these as they do with traditional methods.

Hopefully she can get through this no matter what avenue she decides to pursue. She definitely can beat breast cancer with the right combination of treatments and formulations that are suited for her body and genotype. Radiation isn't always the best answer, especially for people of color.

Kupcakeshay said...

Prayers to Ananda for a full and speedy recovery!

TRUTH said...

Get well Amanda!! God bless you

Anonymous said...

I fucking hate cancer.

Anonymous said...

I would strongly suggest that she find alternative methods to treatment. Chemo is a guaranteed death sentence. if breast cancer doesn't kill her, the other cancers that chemotherapy will create will.

NiyabinghiWerewolfObeahWoman said...

Cancer sucks!!! Get well Amanda. My grandmother on my fathers side lived to 100 with breast cancer, she just never let them cut into her. I used be against mammogram but, I got my first at 50, and was okay with it. You can actually live with breast cancer and I hope alternative methods work for her, when I saw my grandmother live to 100 with breast cancer, I know its beatable.

Anonymous said...

@ms mac
your very last sentence, that is exactly the type of sentiment that Ananda said she had. She wasn't getting mammograms because of radiation.

I'm so tired of the ignorance in the black community
Drink herbs and teas!
Turn Vegan!
Pray it away!

It DOES NOT work like that. Best thing is to get a doctor's opinion, DEFINITLY go and get a second doctor's opinion, and work out a treatment plan with your medical team.
All those other things are truly secondary options.

@11:57 is 100% right.

ms mac said...

@4:05PM, With all due respect I'm far from ignorant, especially about this topic. I know people who beat cancer without chemo and I know people who have died from it after going through chemo. The last thing I'd do is try to pray anything away and I've never lived by that mantra. But if someone believes in the power of prayer and thinks that alone works, good on them. Personal choice.

Teas and herbs can't be dismissed. Where I'm from that's how folks got well before Big Pharma took over. Both my grandmothers and one grandfather lived into their 80s without any major maladies (one's now 86) and both grandmothers had 11 kids each. Neither relied heavily on modern day remedies for any of their pregnancies or ailments. My maternal grandmother had never even taken an aspirin before she passed at 83 after complications from a bad fall. And to this day my grandmother and mother can recommend a plethora of natural herbs, plants or roots for almost ANY ailment or sickness I have. Some of the most abundant and affordable being ginger root, Cerasee, Matcha, Echinacea, etc. That's not to say these remedies are a cure-all or perfect (pesticides and GMOs changed that somewhat) but back in the day they were the go-tos. They've been used for centuries, which is why they're still used today.

Veganism is a personal choice. I don't condemn anyone for what they choose to consume. We're all different and everything doesn't work for everybody. There are healthy octogenarian carnivores and conversely there are hundreds of documented studies that show how people's bodies and lives changed after adopting a plant-based diet. I also know people who abandoned veganism because it didn't work long-term due to the persistent lack of nutrients without supplements. So folks just have to be mindful about what works for their bodies.

I'm sticking by what I said: Radiation isn't always the best answer, especially for people of color. And I will pull the race card because it's a fact that modern day medicine in America isn't for or about healing Blacks. A lot of the modern day medicines, therapies and vaccines in America were formulated and designed to heal White people. That's why they used Us as literal lab rats & guinea pigs as far back as the 1800s well into the 1930s, 40s & 50s. It's also why the Tuskegee experiment was so important -- because it was used to determine the effects of syphilis based on Race. Do you think they injected Us with all kids of diseases and poisoned OUR bodies because they wanted to heal Us? No. They experimented on us because they weren't trying to sacrifice their own kind if the shit didn't work.

It's also why there's such a huge disparity in the type of healthcare Blacks receive here. Why do you think our symptoms are often ignored and we're more likely to die after being hospitalized compared to our White counterparts? Because implicit biases exist within our healthcare system due to many practitioners taking a one-size fits all approach when it comes to medical treatment, especially Cancer. They simply don't care about what works specifically for Us. And since biologically Blacks are different than Whites (that's fact, not opinion) what works for them does not always work for Us.

I don't dispute that folks should get multiple opinions if they can even afford it. But folks also have to know what works for THEIR own bodies and explore other alternatives instead of assuming there's only one solution. Maybe Ananda is someone who shouldn't have ignored mammograms but that's doesn't mean it's always the best or most effective option for everyone else. Here's a list of other methods out there. Some have just as much exposure to radiation as traditional mammograms but some don't: https://www.advisory.com/research/imaging-performance-partnership/the-reading-room/2018/01/breast-cancer-screening

Anonymous said...

Where has she been? I haven't seen her in years. She has a genuine approach to commentating.

Alma's Daughter said...

I am so sorry to read this. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

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