When you hear the words, “you have cancer”, the world stops, you see the Dr.’s lips moving but you don’t hear anything, you can feel your heart pounding in your throat… you leave remembering only 4 words, “cancer, surgery, chemo & radiation”.
My story in short…At the time of diagnosis I didn’t have insurance, my husbands’ employer of almost 20 years closed their doors in Aug 2012. I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer in June 2013 and in Aug 2013 was told it had spread to my lymph nodes, GI, abdomen, liver, bones and brain. The Dr. said that I had about a month left and there was nothing he could do until after I saw a surgeon. During these couple of months I had started researching about how to strengthen my immune system, I have learned the importance of a strong immune system as I have seen what chemo and radiation has done to many of my loved ones. My research lead to information about diet, supplements, lifestyle…all this information was everywhere…FREE for me to read. I became overwhelmed with all of the information but started making some changes based on what I had learned. In Sept 2013, I saw the last oncologist I will ever see again. In June and August I had mammograms, sonogram, biopsy (6), CT scans, MRI’S, X-Rays, lab work, etc.. This Dr. had all my records and those test results. He came in, measured the mass in my breast, sat down explained that the mass had grown and then suggested I repeat all of these tests because they were incomplete and I should go that day. I had learned from my research that the tests were not helpful yet very harmful but, he was the Dr., right? I said I will get back to him and he pressured me saying there was no time, I only have a month left. He wanted the tests done that day and for me to return in four weeks. I am 51, he was mid to late 30’s…I looked at him and said, “sir, I know you are a Dr. and a very smart man and I also know things have changed in our different generations, but I do believe 4 weeks is STILL 1 month so according to you, unless you are a funeral director, you won’t be seeing me in 4 weeks”. I was so upset, crying, alone…I went out in the waiting room gathered myself together and started walking to the car. During that long walk it dawned on me that this was God working in his mysterious ways. When I 1st found the mass in May 2013 I was in the shower and it was huge…I knew in my heart immediately it was cancer. I looked up and said, “God, I don’t want to die, please guide me down the right path” I saw it plain as day, the Dr. that did my biopsy in June told me before he cut me that this would make my cancer spread faster…yep, the Dr. told me that, but I was so scared and nervous that I didn’t even realize what he was saying until it was too late. They already knew it was cancer, the Dr. that saw the mammogram came in while they were doing the sonogram and said “that is cancer and it’s in these lymphs”, I didn’t need a biopsy but I wasn’t following where God was leading me. Two other oncologists had given me a month to live, in July and August, I was still alive so something I was doing must be working. That’s when I realized God was hitting me in the head with a brick every time I would go see Dr.’s and have tests done saying, “you asked me to guide you…NOW FOLLOW!!! I found Life Extension where I have my own blood work done as often as I want to so I can keep up with my cancer markers. I tried different protocols but there was something in everything I couldn’t do for one reason or another so I have been holistically treating myself…mind, body, soul, nutrition and everything God gave us naturally. My most recent cancer markers done Feb 5, 2014 shows my mets markers came down 1200 points, my GI readings are down and no cancer in my liver. I still have a long way to go and my fight is far from over but I have no doubt I am finally on the right path.
Along with a cancer diagnosis comes treatment choices you probably don’t even know you have and, no oncologist will tell you about them either because they probably don’t know. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, don’t let fear take over. Take time to do some research on alternative cancer treatments and protocols or reach out to Cancer Crackdown before you make choices. During this time you should avoid ALL sugar as cancer feeds on sugar, get plenty of sunshine and fresh air…cancer hates oxygen, start the things you can on your own. There are many great protocols out there but you have to find what works for you, this is a lifestyle change that you will have to stick with for the rest of your life. Yes, you can be cured of cancer using alternative methods but once you are cured you can’t go back to your old ways…no matter which route you go. If you want to live a long, healthy and happy life you have to be willing to make the necessary changes and stick with them forever.
I respect any decision a cancer patient makes regarding their treatments because they are the only ones that truly know their bodies, strength and willpower. Fighting cancer is just that…a fight…the fight of your life…a fight for your life…and a fight you will fight the rest of your life. I would never suggest or recommend any certain protocol or treatment for anyone but I want everyone to know there are other options that are safer and healthier, options that can actually cure cancer.
One of the many Angels that came into my life during this journey was Tara Mann of Cancer Crackdown. God brought her to me during the roughest period I have gone through. I was extremely sick and weak and frankly, I thought I was near the end when she reached out to me (God at work again). She took me under her wing and helped me more than she even knows. She would call and talk to me when I was home alone as I was sitting in the floor puking my guts up, talking me through it and giving me the strength I needed to fight even harder. When I was diagnosed with cancer again (I have been a cervical cancer survivor since 1992; I had a partial hysterectomy and refused chemo.) I knew I had to turn this into a positive and what better way than helping other people facing cancer? I have always had it in the back of my mind that once I am cured, and I will be, that I was going to spend the rest of my life trying to educate people about what I have learned and still learning everyday about cancer. You can imagine how happy, surprised and shocked I was when Tara asked if I would be a contributing member of Cancer Crackdown, I didn’t even have to think about it!! YES!!! She and her husband, Steve, are both very dedicated to helping cancer fighters and have gained all my respect through their non-profit organization. They aren’t in this to make money, they are in it because they truly care and want to help. It is an honor to be part of this organization and help it grow. Cancer is on the rise at astounding rates; if you don’t have cancer chances are you know someone who does. Cancer Crackdown is an awesome organization that I am thrilled and very proud to be a part of.