My friend, whom I’ll call Mary, has had colon cancer for 10 years. Her symptoms prior to diagnosis included: bloating, heart burn, and about 10 lbs of weight loss. All this time prior to her diagnosis, Mary was thinking that she was: ” just busy at work.” You see, Mary is a registered nurse by profession. She was diagnosed during a routine exam and colonoscopy in 2005.
Two tumors were found on both ends of her colon which doctors performed surgery to resect. Six months later, a small mass was seen on her liver. In 2006, Mary underwent a resection of 60% of her liver.
Mary worked until 2011 after more than 5 chemotherapy treatments, numerous CAT scans and PET scans, two liver ablations, and radiation therapy. Then she underwent a liver embolization in 2013. After enduring all of these treatments she became tired of the debilitating side effects such as:
- Neuropathy (nerve damage) causing a sensation of tingling (“burns”) and feels like “sand in between your toes”
- Her kidneys are now only functioning at 50% capacity
- She now has Gout (verified via blood work).
Mary had learned about a non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases named the Gerson Therapy through the recommendation of a chiropractor. The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that claims to activate the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
Providentially in 2012, through the kindness of a friend, she was able to attend a week-long Gerson Therapy retreat. Mary’s
Gerson Therapy included: all raw organic fruits and vegetables, juices, no fiber, yoga, meditation, and coffee enemas as part of the alternative treatment plan, plus 7 supplements. While completing the Gerson Therapy in Arizona, for a week, she lost 13 lbs. Since then she has continued this treatment at her home.
Rather than proceeding with additional radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments recommended by her doctors, Mary decided that she would give the Gerson Therapy more time. This was not an easy decision, but given the intensity of the side effects from conventional treatments she felt she had to make her own decision.
Today, Mary looks stunning, stylish and poised as I have always come to know her. A person of faith and living in hope. You would never guess in a million years that she has cancer. While interviewing Mary, I asked her about her decision to discontinue conventional treatment. She shared with me that she is satisfied with her decision to continue alternative treatment using the Gerson Therapy. Although the remaining tumors in her liver have not been eliminated they appear to be in suspended animation in the sense that they have not continued to grow.
Mary emphasizes that, “You don’t want to wait till you get sick.” If she can help someone else to avoid what she has gone through, then it would have been worth it for her. In essence, Mary has become her own Health Detective. As a nurse and cancer survivor, it is important for her to encourage others to be screened and become proactive with their health. As a Health Detective she has taken her health back into her own hands and is living the journey with courage, determination and faith.