How are you doing?
Amazing! Great! I feel the best I have ever felt!
That is usually my response when people ask me how I am feeling/doing.
I still find it difficult at times to wrap my mind around this diagnosis. Other than the treatments, and all the dietary changes I have made, I don’t feel like I have cancer. To be honest, I find it to be one of the most frustrating, and confusing experiences I have ever endured. I just want it all to end. I want the nightmare to be over.
Many of you have been asking what happens next? Well, the plan is to increase the Vitamin C therapy I receive from 50 grams per day up to 100 grams. We have seen great success with these treatments, and we hope to have more success because of the increase in volume. I will also continue to have my lymphatic detox treatments on a regular basis until the doctor feels I am in a better position. The key is to keep my body as healthy as possible. Having a healthy, and strong immune system is critical for me in the fight against this horrible disease. Along with all the weekly treatments, I hope to have an MRI done as soon as possible so we can see how things are doing.
Please continue to pray for us. We need it!
We need wisdom right now to know what to do. The ongoing costs of treatment is quite expensive, and with the IV treatments increasing in the next week, we need a miracle! The cost of my treatments will be approximately $1500.00 per week. To most, we know this seems crazy, but so is poisoning yourself with chemo & radiation – just my honest opinion. We are aware the naturopathic route is a personal choice, but we feel it has been the right choice for us. Jamie and I are working on some projects to help us raise funds of our ongoing expenses, and we hope to share them with you on the blog next week.
Until then, thanks again for all your love and support during this time. You guys are the best!
Humans are incredible! Have you ever stopped and thought for a minute or two just how awesome we really are? Stay with me for a second. I am well aware that in this world there have been inconceivable and horrible atrocities carried out by humans over the years, but let us not focus on them. Rather, let us fix our attention on all the incredible humans who have made this world a better place.
As I sit in treatments 16 hours a week, I have had the pleasure of meeting some incredible people. People who are fighting for their lives on a daily basis. These individuals are not alone. Behind each one of them are families, friends, and support groups who are willing to do whatever it takes to see their loved ones become well. Recently, I have had the pleasure to meet two extraordinary men who are up against some pretty big odds.
Stan (not his real name) has been diagnosed with brain cancer and just had a tumour the size of a medium orange removed from his brain. He is a fascinating man. He is optimistic that he will beat his diagnosis. He has made some drastic changes in his life to give himself the best chance to live. He has a very loving and supportive wife who is with him every treatment. Remember, we are here 16 hours a week, working at getting healthy. It is so encouraging to see and hear the love and the support they have for one another. Stan is one incredible human!
Pete (not his real name) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His story is very raw, and powerful. He is an older gentleman who was recently married. While away on his honeymoon, he became ill. When they arrived back, he made a doctors appointment to see what was the problem. After some testing, it was confirmed he had cancer of the pancreas. He had been given only months to live. What makes this story heart breaking, is that this is his wifeâ€™s second marriage and her first husband passed away because of cancer. Obviously, she is devastated about the news of her husband, and I think Pete is hurting deeply for his wife as they walk through this difficult season. You can see the pain on his face and the hopelessness in his voice when he speaks. Although they face this difficult time, they remain vigilant, and are doing all that they can to give him the best chance at life. Pete and his family are incredible humans!
What about you? Do you know any incredible humans? I would love to hear about them.
Tomorrow is kind of a big day. I have a CT Scan scheduled in the morning. I have never had one, so I don’t really know what to expect. A CT Scan is CT, or CAT scans, are special X-ray tests that produce cross-sectional images of the body using X-rays and a computer. CT scans are also referred to as computerized axial tomography. Two weeks ago I had an MRI and I am still awaiting to hear of the results. It can be a struggle at times waiting for results, but we continue to remain positive that everything is going to work out just fine. I also received news about my appointment with my Onconlogist on August 23. At times I wish everything would happen a little quicker but I have to trust the process. I am thankful very thankful for our medical system here in Canada. Yes, it is not perfect, but to think what others must go through, causes me to be thankful. I would appreciate your prayers for tomorrow. I am not afraid of the scan, and I am not too consumed with the ‘what ifs’ but they are there. They are always there trying to wreak havoc in the back of my mind. I fight on a daily basis to take those thoughts captive and remind myself that He is with me and that He is good!
One of my most favourite burgers of all time is the White Spot Bacon Cheddar Burger. It is so messy and delicious. It isn’t a burger I eat on a weekly or even monthly basis but it is one of my favs. When I found out about my cancer, I knew I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes. My eating habits especially. Well, the other night I decided to get the Bacon Cheddar Burger one last time. It was good, but not memorable. I need help with discipline. Food is a weakness for me but I know I need to make serious changes to do my part in fighting this. One of the changes I have made is listening to my wife more. Jamie has introduced a lot of ‘juices’ into my diet. Some I have enjoyed and others that are just putrid! Oh well, this is just one of the many changes I will be making in the days ahead to improve my overall health.
What lifestyle changes do you need to make?
Always remember – no matter what, He is still good!