In May 2013, Kristi was diagnosed with an inoperable primary low grade glioma brain tumor located on the brainstem. Not having many options, she decided against radiation and has not done any type of conventional treatment. Kristi has focused on nutrition, eating a plant-based whole foods diet and using various forms of energy healing. Kristi’s condition remains stable. This is her story in her own words:
While working as a speech-language pathologist in May of 2013, I experienced a visual disturbance during a group session with some of my students. I was sent to the hospital and diagnosed with an ocular migraine. The neurologist then ordered an MRI “just to be sure”. I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the brainstem area which would later be deemed a primary low grade glioma. My doctor told me we would need to “watch and wait” and did not give me any guidance on what I could do to heal. In March of 2015, and after being stable for about two years, there was new growth of the tumor. After seeking out second and third opinions at the leading hospitals in my area, none of the doctors agreed on the same treatment. Feeling very confused and overwhelmed, I agreed to meet with the radiation oncologist. After asking many questions, I was told that I could not do anything nutritionally to help my diagnosis. My intuition told me otherwise and thus began my healing journey.
I started researching brain tumor survivors and was led to Dr. Kelly Turner’s work and the Radical Remission site. These survivor stories gave me hope and direction. Nutrition became my main focus. I then came upon Chris Wark’s story and his Square One program. My research also led me to Jeanne Wallace’s Nutritional Solutions practice and I worked with a nutritionist on her team. I began implementing dietary changes and then studied at the Raw Food Institute as well as the Kushi Institute. My diet is based on raw food and macrobiotic principles and is basically a whole food plant-based plan. I sought out the guidance of a health coach and other natural health care practitioners. I focused on making my immune system strong and began adding various supplements to my diet (Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, mushroom extract, turmeric, frankincense oil, etc.). I also use alternative healing methods such as shiatsu, Donna Eden’s energy healing, using a Biomat, meditation, yoga, rebounding, and Reiki. As laughter has been researched and found to be immune boosting, I was inspired to become a certified Laughter Yoga teacher. I believe that we all need a creative outlet in our lives, especially so when on a healing journey, and mine is photography. I like to say that food and photography have been my medicine of choice.
In July of 2017 and after my 13th MRI, I was told that my tumor was stable. My doctor said that if I had been in a clinical trial then he would have told me it had worked. This news gave me the encouragement to continue on my path and I then completed the Radical Remission online program to reinforce the ten healing factors that are outlined in Dr. Turner’s books. In October of 2017, I attended the Radical Remission Teacher Training program at Omega Institute in New York and am excited to now be offering workshops to share Dr. Turner’s wonderful work. In September of 2019, I was honored to return to Omega Institute to help co-teach and train the next group of Radical Remission teachers, helping to carry the mission forward. I also serve as a Radical Remission Coach having studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Wisdom of the Whole Coaching. I am very grateful to be where I am today and to have the love and support from family and friends. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at [email protected]. This can be a difficult journey but it is easier when shared by others who have been there. For anyone interested in upcoming workshops in the Boston area I will post them on my Facebook page at Kristi Cromwell: Radical Remission Workshops.
*Update: My most recent MRI was in May of 2019 and the tumor remains stable. I was very happy to hear my doctor tell me to continue doing what I’m doing.
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UPDATE: As of April 2020, Kristi is thriving in good health post-diagnosis.
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