AlfieJN

Birth Year 1955
Gender Male
Country United States
Please summarize your healing story in 100 words or less Despite a 6 hour surgery that successfully removed a tumor from the head of my pancreas, six weeks later scans prior to preventative chemo showed a stage 4 metastatic tumor in my liver. Even with chemo, I was told I would live for 12 months or less. After two months of treatment the tumor disappeared and in July 2016 I will become a five year survivor of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Last Updated December 16, 2016

Health Challenge

What is/was your primary health challenge?

Cancer

Type of cancer

Pancreatic

Highest stage of cancer

4

Year diagnosed

2011

Current health status

No evidence of disease

Year you healed or became stable

2011

Type of Healing

I used conventional and non-conventional treatments at the same time to overcome my challenge.

How was your health challenge diagnosed?

Biopsy or Pathology Report

Treatment

Check any conventional treatments you've tried for your health challenge:

Chemotherapy, Surgery

Check any of the 9 Radical Remission factors you've tried:

Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions

Check any other alternative treatments you've tried:

Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc)

Story

Briefly describe your diagnosis method and conventional treatments, including their timing. Did they help at all?

I became sicker after surgery to remove my gall bladder. Scans/endoscopic ultrasounds revealed a growth around my bile duct/on the head of my pancreas. A 6 hour Whipple Procedure surgery was followed by chemotherapy and participation in a clinical trial.

Please tell us your healing story in as much detail as you would like:

I became sick in January 2011. Initially diagnosed as a gall bladder problem, after surgery to remove my gall bladder, I became rapidly sicker. Extensive testing showed a tumor on the head of my pancreas and in May 2011 I underwent a six hour Whipple Procedure surgery. Six weeks later, scans showed that although the surgery had been 100% successful, it had metastasized to my liver where I had a 2cm tumor. Even though chemo would go ahead, I was stage 4 and would probably live for less than 12 months. After 2 months of treatment the tumor in my liver disappeared and in July 2016 I will become a 1 in 15,000 five-year survivor of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

During the early weeks of my chemotherapy I received several sessions of Reiki Healing. I really feel that those sessions helped me focus on thinking about healing and the possibility of overcoming the cancer. This directly led to an improvement in my emotional status and feelings of positivity.

I now speak at events at New York Presbyterian Hospital, for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and The American Cancer Society. I recently became a volunteer counselor/mentor for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and give support to current patients and their care-givers at the monthly meeting of the Pancreatic Cancer Support Group at NYP. My story was featured in the March issue of AARP's "Bulletin" magazine and I strive to bring awareness to the fact that by 2020, pancreatic cancer will be one of the top three killer cancers, but currently receives only TWO PERCENT of Federal funding for cancer research.

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