Inoperable Primary Low Grade Glioma
Condition is stable or shrinking
I never used ANY conventional medical treatment and yet still healed.
Imaging (CT, PET, MRI, Mammogram, X-ray, etc)
Only if absolutely necessary
Diet Change, Herbs & Supplements, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Following Your Intuition, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection, Increasing Social Support, Finding Strong Reasons for Living, Taking Control of Your Health
Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise, Massage, Sleep (getting more of it)
Diagnosed by MRI in May of 2013
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 cancer 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. I sought out the guidance of a health coach, as well as Dr. Ian Bier, who is a naturopathic physician in Porstmouth, NH, Dr. Mark Mincolla, 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 photography has 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 nine healing factors that are outlined in Dr. Turner’s book. In October of 2017, I attended the Radical Remission Teacher Training program at Omega in New York and am excited to begin offering workshops to share Dr. Turner’s wonderful work. 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. This can be a difficult journey but it is easier when shared by others who have been there.
*Update: My most recent MRI was in September of 2018 and the tumor remains stable. I was very happy to hear my doctor tell me to continue doing what I'm doing.
Possibly radiation from a CT scan I received when I was younger, stress and/or environmental toxins.
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