GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) − When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, they begin a journey that most of us associate with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
But for Gilbert mom Tarley Reed, those things aren't in her game plan.
She has chosen to heal her cancer using the body's natural processes and said she views this diagnosis as an opportunity.
"This is gonna open up something that I haven't had access to and so, to me, things that happen that are traumatic in life creates [sic] opportunities," said Reed. "It shakes you from where you're at so it really just creates opportunity and I knew that from the moment it happened."
She was diagnosed in February with stage two breast cancer.
And she said she knew right then that she would be handling this her way.
"Immediately they were like, 'double mastectomy' and I was like, 'absolutely not,'" she said.
In fact, she's said no to all traditional treatments and has instead opted for all natural -- sometimes controversial -- healing practices.
"Shots of wheatgrass, doing colonics, it's all vegan detox so it's no oils, no fats, no sugars," explained Reed. "And boy, when you put your body in a state like that, boy does it clear out stuff."
She's taking high doses of vitamin C and changing her diet to include a lot of organic juicing.
It's a process that hasn't always been easy for her family to accept, but she feels doing it any other way would be abandoning who she is.
"I'm sure there are people who think I'm taking it too lightly and here's what I say: everybody has their own path that's their truth, right? To some people this is ridiculous that I'm doing this," she said. "To some they're inspired like, 'I wish I could be that strong and trust something and have faith in that.'"
I asked her whether she would change her approach if she finds out this method isn't working.
"I would just keep doing what resonates with my truth. I know that I can heal this. I know that," she said. "It's never been a fight for me. It's been a dance. You dance with it and you let it teach you."
In December, she will head to Costa Rica for a plant based -- emotionally cleansing -- treatment.
It is a one-way ticket because she doesn't know how long it will take to get to the traumas that she believes are making her sick.
I plan on keeping in touch with her to see how her treatments are working.