Jun 10, 2011 - 2:11 pm
I have always found that it is hard to talk about something if you don’t have a common frame of reference. A lot of us here can talk about Conventional Cancer Treatment because we were all treated for cancer and we are either living or dead.
I take nothing away for our doctors; they are people just like us and everyday they are on the fount line of this battle dealing with people with all different types of cancer doing there best to help each one of them.
But what about Alternative Cancer Treatment does it work or is it a myth, my question is this. How many people here have been treated by Alternative Cancer Therapy? In my humble opinion the only way to know if something really works is to try it. I am not here to endorse any product or to endorse Alternative Cancer Treatment to anyone but only to share my Story.
I can talk about both the Conventional Cancer Treatment and Alternative Cancer Therapy because I was treated with both and I am alive to tell the pros and cons of each.
I have lived the nightmare of having Cancer three times in the same place (NPC). I have lived the nightmare of hearing my Doctors tell me the bad news and the fear of having to tell my Wife and children that it is back again. As anyone with cancer well knows this is not easy to do, and to know the fight that is ahead of you and watching what happens to your body with the terrible side effects.
Most people only have the knowledge of Conventional Cancer Treatment that is because we depend so much on our doctors to help us when we get sick. I too was no different when I was told that I had cancer, the first thing I did was to find an Oncologist doctor to get rid of it. I was stage 1 NPC and my doctor told me that because it was so small I did not need to have Chemo just radiation.
I had no idea of what radiation treatment was only that after 35 treatment of it my cancer would be gone and I would be back to normal again, I finished treatment in Jan 2003. Life was so good to not have this thing in my head anymore. Until November 2003 when I did my first PET scan and to hear the news that not only was my cancer back but that it was also in my neck as well. A biopsy was done to make sure the PET was not just showing some hot spots and like the PET it confirmed that indeed my cancer was there.
A decision would need to be made by my doctor whether or not I could do radiation treatment a second time, remember all my radiation was to the head. My doctor came in and told both my wife and I that I was able to receive the radiation treatment a second time and that he would also like me to do Chemo with it. It was a living hell to go through radiation a second time and the sad part my doctors did not offer me a PEG tube. I did not even know they existed until I came on CSN and heard others talking about using PEG tubes. By the middle of March 2004 I finished all my Treatment again and was so glad to finally be passed this nightmare.
All was well until March 2006 when my ENT was putting a tube in my right ear and was going to scope my nasal while I was under and saw something that he did not like. He got permission from my wife to take a few biopsies of the area and sure as the day breaks my NPC cancer was back again a 3rd time. My oncal doc ordered a PET and it lit up like a Christmas tress, I was deeply depressed about the whole thing and did not know what to do. We talked to my Oncal doctor and he said the only thing they could do now was to try more Chemo. I ask him if the Chemo did not work last time why did he think it will work this time. He told me that with the chemo I might have a 5% chance with out it well you know what to expect, I told him I will let him know.
By May of 2006 I could tell that the cancer was there. My left ear did not have a tube in it to drain like the right ear and would fill with fluid this cause me to get dizzy and very unbalance at times. I knew I would not make it until December of that year so I ask my wife to let me go home one last time to see my Dad and my brothers in Honduras. So in June 2006 we left to go to Honduras my oldest brother knew about my cancer but we did not tell my Dad as he was 81.
As I said before I am NOT here to endorse any product or to endorse Alternative Cancer Treatment to anyone but only to tell my Story. While in Honduras my brother said he heard of a place on the main land that did some kind of treatment for cancer. You need to know my brother he does not take No for an answer so the next day we took a boat ride and went to see this place.
My brother found the place and we went and talked to a Nurse who was in change because the doctor was not there. He told her about me and what I have went through for the passed years. She came back with a bag and some other stuff gave them to my brother with instruction and we left. I did not tell my brother but I was glad to be gone from that place. I open the bag only to see a lot of twisted up vines in it and asked what is this crap.
Well he made me start taking the stuff but by then my attitude was not that good because I knew I did not have much time left. My pray life did not change, somehow it got me closer to my God then ever before and I found that just putting myself in his hands was all I could do.
I think back on all of this now and wow it’s been over 6 years ago and I am still here. My local oncl doctor to this day is still trying to get me on Chemo for my cancer. I just laugh and say for what Cancer, it must be some very slow growing cancer doc. I have a new ENT and I really like her because she takes the time to sit down and talk with me and tells me everything she sees when she is scoping, her last report everything is looking good.
So the Question:
Alternative Cancer Treatment does it work or is it a Myth
I sometime wonder if it was the Alternative Treatment that helped me or the prayers of the many friends. Or maybe it was there prayers that lead my brother to find that place. I am not sure but this I do know I no longer have Cancer.
I do suffer from the many side affects of all the radiation treatments that I had direct to my face and head. I tried to talk to my local Oncal doctor about what I can expect next, but he can’t answer me, he just said he don’t know. I don’t know if he is telling the truth or if in fact he really doesn’t know what to expect for me in the years to come, he has only been doing radiation treatment for 37 years.
As of this day I have two types of days, good days and very bad days. Days that are filled with some depression due to pain that I just can’t get away from and days of just feeling so good it is like laughter coming out from inside of me. I don’t worry about the future because I know I am in the hands of the one that makes the future.
Just a warning to anyone who might be thinking about ACT (Alternative Cancer Treatment) beware because the intranet if full with a lot of garbage. Most of what you will find on the net or about 95% of it will be people just wanting to take your money and don’t give a care in the world about what happens to you.
It is not easy to find but there are other treatments that do work.
As they say that’s my Story and I am sticking to it……