I have run across another good cancer blog you might enjoy – it is called People Beating Cancer (.org) and its subtitle is “A Healthy Exchange of Information and Inspiration”.
Its creator, David Emerson, was 34 years old in 1994 when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an “incurable” cancer of the bone marrow.
Between 1994-1997 David fought three relapses of his cancer with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant. On his third relapse his doctors told him there was nothing more that could be done and that he had 6-12 months to live.
I love it when cancer patients prove doctors wrong!
David is still with us today and that’s because he chose to look further afield for his healing – to try things of which the FDA doesn’t approve, and then he fought the second biggest fight of his life when he sued his HMO and the doctors’ group that had the contract to care for him because he wanted “to exact a reckoning of how bureaucrats could declare the therapy that saved him ‘medically unnecessary’.” You can read his whole story here. The litigation is ongoing.
Bravo! Now I’m not against doctors, don’t get me wrong. I think they are marvelous. What I am against is our system of medical care. I believe that there is SO MUCH ROOM for improvement that I could write a blog about it every day for the next 365 days and only scratch the surface.
I was impressed with David’s blog, there were loads of interesting articles there. One article in particular “What Do Your Genes Say About A Future Cancer Diagnosis?” caught my eye, because I have done quite a bit of research myself on the role that genes play (having a mother and grandmother die from the disease you are diagnosed with can definitely spur you on) and I liked what he had to say here:
“…I do everything that I have read that turns cancer genes off. This anti-cancer list includes
I was glad to see that we agree about the importance of taking nutritional supplements, eating carefully, getting exercise and that sleep and relaxation are so very important.
My hat is off to Mr Emerson and may he continue to thrive.
I believe that it is crucial to take your healing into your own hands – doctors do their best, but generally their hands are tied. It is up to us to empower ourselves and be proactive with our healing.
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