Diagnosed with cancer? Maybe my story will give you hope. Maybe your story can give me hope.
November 2010: A well-care visit finds a benign-looking mass followed by surgery that results in a stage three colon cancer diagnosis and a temporary colostomy.
January 2011 through June 2011: Chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries, including an ileostomy and colostomy take down/reversal. Local doctors followed treatment recommendations from a major cancer center in Buffalo, NY.
September 2011: Clean CT scan.
October 1, 2012: CT scan reveals 5 cm mass has returned and is threatening iliac artery. The left kidney is shutting down due to the mass and requires a stent. Stage four cancer.
October 8, 2012: Juicing and raw foods regimen begins in conjunction with consultations with doctors about potential treatment. Blood clot discovered in iliac artery and daily blood thinner shots in abdomen begin. Refused to accept the urgings to have an immediate permanent colostomy to surgically remove the mass. Also refused the recommendation to immediately start – again – chemotherapy.
January 2013: Targeted radiation treatment and daily chemo pill accepted at major cancer center in New York City with goal of shrinking cancerous mass. Juicing used first week but became harder for bowels to tolerate. Chose to include the use of specific supplements during treatment to protect the body from negative effects of chemo and radiation, and help the chemo and radiation work better.
February 2013: Return to juicing and raw foods at home begins.
May 2013: MRI reveals mass has shrunk 90%, “remarkable” according to doctors at a major cancer treatment center in New York City. Blood clot no longer a threat and daily blood thinner shots are stopped. Suggestion made by doctors that remainder of the mass be surgically removed – which would result in a permanent colostomy. Personal decision made to decline surgery and continue juicing/raw foods based on the positive outcome we were seeing.
August 2013: PET scan reveals that there is no cancer detected. “Your body is normal; there is no cancer detected as this time.” Juicing/raw foods continues. PET scan in six months.
February 2014: PET scan one year after second round of targeted radiation and chemo pill reveals that there is no cancer detected. Juicing and raw foods continues. PET scan in a year.
May 2014: Left kidney stent removed. Hold breath… no problems… breathe. Thank you God.
May 2015: CT Scan shows.. nothing. Clear again by God’s grace.
April 2016: CT Scan is stable. Clear again by God’s grace.
May 2017: CT Scan is stable. Clear again by God’s grace.
In between the dates listed above please include dashes of sorrow, tear filled pleas to the Living God, moments of life saving joy, days clouded with doubt, steps of faith big and tiny, clinging to God’s promises that He can work good in spite of fear and painful procedures, a growing understanding of how little we truly know about cancer, and how much God loves to help us when we take Him at His word.
How about you?