After being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, Christa Wittmier decided to make a stand and fight it.
With the help of some great people around her, the blogger and DJ known as Super CW is sharing her journey with others.
She’s written a paper and a documentary is in post-production. Her desire to help others by sharing her experiences makes her a Living808 Local Hero.
“Growing up I was always a musician,” Wittmier said. “People that I grew up with would probably be surprised to find out that I joined the Navy. I was just antsy and I wanted to travel, and the military was just such an easy way to do that. Through that, I kind of lost touch with my music side, and it never came back until a friend suggested that I DJ. I was like, why not? Learning how to DJ and play, there’s just this whole other element to that where you are the one at the event, at the party, in the club, that is setting the vibe for all these people. It’s a lot of power. It’s a lot of control, and it can get intimidating. But when it’s flowing, it’s so amazing.”
Wittmier was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015.
She said it “was a shock, because I was pretty healthy and I felt like I was very happy, and it doesn’t run in my family. I really didn’t even know anything about it. It’s one of those things you hear about and whew, that was scary. I was diagnosed at stage 4, which is the last stage there is, and I had a really hard time accepting it. They were telling me I had a couple years. My options for treatment were very small, because it was stage 4 diagnosis. That means there’s no surgery, because it’s already spread to other organs, and my oncologist prescribed a very aggressive chemotherapy plan, and she gave me about a 30-percent chance.
“I feel really lucky that I was able to take a step back from everything, and really quiet my mind, and just go with my gut,” Wittmier added. “I was able to find a lot of integrative treatment options that worked really well for me. I took a test, a blood test, that specifically told me what treatment options, both natural and western, specific chemo drugs, work. The cancer I was diagnosed with is metastatic, which means there’s no cure, so it’s more of a matter of keeping it contained. So right now I do have an active cancer in my liver, but all of the cancer I had in my brain and in my lungs and in my breasts, they’re not showing any signs of disease there.”
Wittmier wrote a paper that details what she did throughout her cancer battle. It’s free and and posted online.
“It’s easy things. Eating specific types of food, taking sugar and processed foods out of your diet, forming a close-knit team that can help you and rally around you, because it’s really easy to just want to withdraw,” she said.
She also co-founded an organization called the Aloha Cancer Project as a fellowship for others who are touched by cancer.
“We’re not really focused on the pity party. It’s more about making the most of the days that you still have in front of you. We do scrapbook events, where they can bring their pictures and their notes and put them all together in one book to look through when they’re having the darker days. We have a ‘zen approach’ seminar up at the Chozen-ji dojo, where they learn breathing techniques, meditation, and decoupling pain and suffering,” Wittmier said. “These events are keeping people from being so attached to their illness, and using that as their identifier. It’s more about what’s happening right now, and in this moment, there’s joy.”
Documentary trailer video: https://vimeo.com/254440554