Anne Mercer Larson, June 3, 2016

Updated May 31, 2017

Amazingly, there are almost 14 million of us now in the United States who have survived some type of cancer. I am one, are you?

That fact is both a celebration and a challenge!  According to the CDC, on their newly redesigned Cancer Survivors’ website, survivors will increase in number, although the rates are going down. That’s because people like me are living longer, due to early detection and treatment, as well as increased awareness and taking better care of ourselves.

We are like veterans of a war…

As cancer survivors, what special challenges do we have after treatment?  In some respects, we are like veterans who come home from one or more tours of duty fighting an enemy. We have employed every bit of weaponry in the traditional health care arsenal: surgical strikes, chemical warfare, radiation and now increasingly, alternative and homeopathic methods.

But, like any war veteran, we suffer post-war physical and mental challenges.  The war may be over for now, but we worry about being redeployed.  Our bodies are not the same. Some of us are missing body parts we depended upon or were very fond of!  All of us are on higher alert for infections that plague people who have endured multiple attacks on our microbiome from antibiotics, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal treatments, and extreme stress.

Improve Your Health, Improve Your Survival

The CDC has an entire page on Improving Cancer Survivor’s Physical Health. “One major change is that these treatments weaken your immune system. Cancer survivors who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections, such as bacterial infections, through everyday activities or from health care settings.”

Did you know that it is estimated that your gut is home to around 80% of your entire immune system? That means that your war-torn gut needs reconstruction!

Among other behaviors recommended, such as fastidious daily hygiene, the CDC recommends a healthy diet that includes eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Did I do that post treatment?  Honestly, no. Do you if you are a survivor?

Well, I’m here to tell you that it is never too late! The better I eat, the better I feel. The better I feel, the nicer I am to be around and the more productive I am in my work. The healthier I am, the more resistant I become to unwanted bacteria, viruses and fungal assaults. What an amazing discovery!

cancer survivorship graphic

Why Prebiotin?

Prebiotin has become my go-to supplement which I researched, purchased and used, eventually joining the company. It provides the prebiotic fiber I so needed to rebalance my gut, which was totally dysfunctional due to chemotherapy, antibiotics and improper nutrition. Prebiotin’s fiber helps feed my good bacteria. I learned that taking probiotics alone was not the answer.  Although beneficial, probiotics often don’t survive the rigors of the front line’s natural weaponry of the stomach: acid and heat.

A full-spectrum fiber made from chicory root, Prebiotin is the most medically researched and trusted #1 doctor recommended formula available that specializes in strengthening the entire colon, not just one side.  War is never fought on just one front.   And, as I often point out to friends and family, prebiotics don’t actually “kill” bad bacteria.  They simply help good bacteria repopulate your war-torn gut, crowding out the bad invaders.

Go from Surviving to Thriving!!!!

For a lifetime of great gut health…Just Feed It!™ with Prebiotin

Are you one?  If you have a health experience as a Cancer Survivor, caregiver, family or friend of a survivor that you would like to share with us, please go to our Contact page and please tell us your story.


Anne Mercer Larson is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Prebiotin. Even before becoming a survivor herself, Anne consulted with physicians and hospitals and a premier producer of award-winning cancer videos on the development of cancer marketing strategies, and authored two peer-reviewed articles, one in Cancer Management Journal which was also included in the International version, and another for California Hospitals Magazine. 
She was a volunteer assisting with the initial strategic planning for the Orange County Breast Cancer Partnership, facilitating the initial planning meeting of county medical and social service providers. Anne also served as Publicity Chair for the Orange County 1995 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, helping increase registrants from 7,500 to 12,000. She has a B.A. from California State University Bakersfield, and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology.
“Pay attention to the things that make you feel good and try to repeat them!” 
 Dr. Judith Mercer Shrider, 1936-1996


Additional List of Breast Cancer Resources
CDC: Cancer Prevention & Control
BCRF: Breast Cancer Research Foundation Resources
American Cancer Society: Survivorship Resource Center
Dana Farber Institute: Cancer Treatment & Resources
NIH: National Cancer Institute Resources for Patients
Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment
CTCA: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

1 comment

  1. Adele says:

    Dear Anne, your life’s story has inspired me personally.Thank you for your transparency and heart of compassion.May your journey from surviving to thriving bring a continuous refreshing and restoration. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and wealth of knowledge…I thank God for your life!
    Sincerely, Adele

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