Glenn Sabin is a Radical Remission survivor of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Diagnosed at the early age of 28, his doctors told him there was no cure for his type of cancer, so he went on a quest to find his own treatment. Twenty-five years later, he has no evidence of disease – not even in his bone marrow! Here is his story in his own words:

In 1991, I was a 28-year-old newlywed diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)–a disease doctors called “uniformly fatal.” Treatments could buy me some time, but there was no conventional cure. My prognosis was clear: I was going to die.

I was diagnosed via PT/CT, xrays, blood and bone marrow biopsy by top oncologist-researchers at major cancer centers. I had a splenectomy (removal of spleen) at the onset to de-bulk my tumor burden – essentially removing 5lbs of leukemia cells. I was offered no conventional treatment of any kind to actually treat the cancer.

Although I continued to consult with cancer specialists and top oncologists, I made a monumental decision to become my own health advocate. While I continued to “watch and wait,” which is what my doctors told me to do, I would need to figure out how to stay alive. No one could predict when a large-scale clinical trial would discover a cure for CLL, so I began my own medically monitored and carefully researched lifestyle changes. I would go on to conduct my own, single patient clinical trial. I become an “n of 1.”

I began to develop a comprehensive and highly personalized approach to managing my chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This included utilizing all 9 of the Radical Remission healing factors that Dr. Kelly Turner later discovered in her research. 

Today, I am not only alive, but a 2012 biopsy at Harvard confirmed that my bone marrow contains no leukemic cells. I have achieved a complete, medically documented remission of my CLL without conventional treatments, and my case is now part of the medical literature. My case has been chronicled by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute oncologist Lee M. Nadler, MD, Dean for Clinical and Translational Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and by my local Johns Hopkins oncologist Bruce R. Kressel, MD.

You can learn more about exactly what I did to heal myself in my autobiographical book, “n of1.

[Regarding what may have caused my cancer], I may have been genetically predisposed for CLL. My lifestyle at the time – and years prior to the diagnosis – may have contributed as a ‘trigger’ for a genetic predisposition. But this is just a hypothesis.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about Glenn, visit his site.

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