Yes, it has been a long road back to health for me and if anything I learned along the way could help someone else, I'm really pleased. I feel sexier at 50 than I did at 40. I look better too.
When you are looking at chemo as something that is going to save your life (as I know it did mine) the "cosmetic" side effect like losing your hair are just not that important. Then it's over and you're not dead (Hooray!) but then you have to pick up the pieces. Chemo trashes your thyroid function, probably a big component in why I gained weight.
It also totally screwed up my tooth enamel. I have had some pretty extensive cosmetic dentistry done to restore my teeth. The back molars were crumbling and the front teeth looked all worn down a yellow like and old horse.
When it comes to the bones, it is just a long process of eating right, exercising, sun exposure, good sleep. Rinse, repeat. During that time shortly after chemo when my bones were still soft, I took a minor fall at the farmer's market one day and broke two fingers on my right hand which will never be straight again.
I really don't believe in taking supplements. I think our bodies recognize and absorb vitamins and minerals more readily when they come packaged in food and drinks. I regularly drink mineral water, wheatgrass juice, and acai berry smoothies. I eat bone marrow and bone broth, organ meats, dark leafy veggies like kale and salad greens, and a lot of sea proteins and veggies. Plus I love coconut products including milk, cream, butter, cultured coconut kefir, and cooking oil. I stay with the ruminant and fish proteins as opposed to pork and chicken (the O3/O6 thing). I eat the higher fat dairy products like butter, cream, mascarpone, brie, camembert and occasional raw goat milk when my friend's goats are "putting out".
Lately I have been experimenting with deep ketosis and I really feel that it is the state we were meant to live in. No, I can't back that up with data or studies, just my n=1. It feels like ketosis allows us to stop fighting ourselves internally and get out of our own way so that the body can do the healing it knows full well how to do.
So I can't tell you that any one thing is the magic bullet for osteopenia, but Primal, taken seriously (no 80/20 that slides into 60/40)
does work. You can't ignore the exercise component. Walking is a great way to get started. Just get the old bones up off the sofa and moving every day, at least a little.