Colon (colorectal, including anal cancer)
Anal squamous cell
No evidence of disease
I used conventional and non-conventional treatments at the same time to overcome my challenge.
Biopsy or Pathology Report, Imaging (CT, PET, MRI, Mammogram, X-ray, etc)
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
Colonics, Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise, I.V. infusions (please specify in your healing story), Psychotherapy, Sleep (getting more of it)
I went to a GI three times over the course of a year because I knew "something was not right". I had had a colonoscopy in 2008 that was clear. Finally a sigmoidoscopy revealed a tumor, followed by PETscan, and biopsy to secondary tumors.. PETscan showed primary site plus larger tumor in abdomen and 2 lesions on liver. I went to 4 hospitals for confirmation, alternative solutions. including Sloan Kettering, Cedars Sinai, UCLA, Hope and Burzynski clinic.
I always swore that because of my acupuncture background, if I was diagnosed with cancer I would never do chemo or conventional Rx, but because I had the support and encouragement of loved ones that encouraged western medicine, and the feeling of "Im willing to do whatever it takes", I did both conventional and complementary, which addressed the physical aspect of illness.
I am going to add this next bit because some people have written (in comments about the HEAL documentary that Im in) that I was probably better off than others because I could afford all of the healing modalities I did. I was not financially capable of those things at the time of diagnosis and in fact I was in a very bad state financially and socially, but miracles happened, as they do in times like these, and everything that I needed - and more - availed itself. Really, it was one miracle after another.
Pre-diagnosis, asking for support was difficult for me because i liked being self sufficient. As of the diagnosis I was told I couldn't work so essentially I had no money. I was separated from my husband and had moved into an apartment which I then had to move out of. It was December 14 and I was selling and giving away everything I owned. A friend let me rent a room from them to start treatment.
Two friends did a "GoFundMe" which raised a surprising amount of money. I decided that because there was a slim chance I would survive, I would use the money to explore healing modalities. I would journal them and perhaps others could benefit from the research.
I finally chose UCLA for my conventional treatment because it had cutting edge technology, was geographically desirable, and it is a teaching hospital with funding for the more innovative, least invasive, and effective equipment.
People that I didnt know even cared about me came out of the woodwork through the GoFundMe and their words and messages were like life saving elixir.
Before treatment started, I went to QRA doctor named Mary Kay Finn who put me on supplements and organ cleanses. She magically detected a bad root canal which showed up on a PET scan as an infection in the jaw. I had the tooth removed immediately. I was invited to a Dare', and a real Indian sweat lodge. At the Dare' I was told to ask: why this illness? why this time? why this place in my body? At the sweatlodge the indian leader gave me a small bowl of tobacco leaves, and told me to pour my resentment and anger into it. The quest continued...
I read books and watched videos on Youtube "Biology of Belief" (Lipton), Dying to be Me (Moorjani in Sedona) and went to see/feel Michael Beckwith speak every Sunday. When reading and listening I became very aware that the subconscious is perhaps the most important healer. Books like Kris Carr's "Crazy Sexy Cancer", Kelly Turner's "Radical Remission" changed my outlook profoundly and gave me hope. I did cranial sacral sessions with Uschi Schneider.
I went to a spiritual therapist Dianne Porchia who, I believe, was implemental in changing my mindset. I really felt very powerfully that the spiritual work was the catalyst. Through working with the subconscious I was able to release old hurts and wounds, negative emotions and fear, with guided meditations and visualizations. The work gave me the sensation of my cells tingling with miracles and hope and healing.
As far as diet, I fed the cancer cells nothing. I ate no sugar, no fruit except lots of lemons, and no simple carbs. I ate mostly vegetables, homemade organic veggie soups and stews, veggie juices and some free range, organic chicken eggs.
I drank Essiac tea which cleanses the kidneys and liver, and as of this writing, still do. I still take curcumin, D-3, immune building mushrooms, and Vitamin C
I went to Dr Gruenn in Santa Monica for high dose vitamin C and myers cocktail infusions after chemo, and Nalini Chilkov, after Rx for acupuncture therapy and supportive supplements to mend from radiation and chemo. I went to an amazing place called Rythmia in Costa Rica about one year after treatment, to experience plant medicine and my deeper subconscious.
I am over 5 years out now!!
I have a little residual fear of recurrence and probably always will, but I also carry a profoundly deep awareness and gratitude for life. The quest for a cure was a terrible yet beautiful journey. I found more love and gratitude than I had thought possible before the diagnosis. I realize how precious each day is and how important it is to stay in that high vibration of love and gratitude. I think there is a lot more beauty in this world than I ever saw before.
I feel it is important for each of us to soul-search when we are diagnosed, and find what we individually need.
Because it seems only we know, intuitively, what we need to heal. Each body is different, each cancer.
And its important to know, that as Kelly Turner says "if there's less than a 1% chance of surviving, then, "why not me?"
That message gave me courage and let me feel that: IT CAN BE DONE.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As of May 2022 Elizabeth is well and thriving post diagnosis. Her update:
I am still good, still healthy! I maintain a sense of gratitude for this beautiful life.
I had a lot of fear after the cancer treatment that it would return. It was a type of PTSD where I really had to work to process the fear and not let it take over. It has faded over the years and turned into an awareness with gratitude.
When difficult things happen I dont allow myself to dwell upon them, because I realize that my perception is my choice, and my job is to maintain a high level of gratitude. I acknowledge all things and process them in a healthy manner, and after that, I have a choice to focus on good or bad. Ultimately i bring myself to the good, as it directly affects my physiology. I realize that even the most terrible things in life are gifts, because, like cancer, they afford us with compassion, grace, wisdom and growth. They are the life lessons that help us graduate to a higher level of awareness. I believe that even the mundane difficulties and challenges are ok, because this is life! When those are over, so is everything else. Im grateful for all of it; the luxury of each precious day.
The COVID scare didnt scare me as much as it seemed to scare some others. Maybe because I felt that if i was supposed to die, then I would die, and in the meanwhile, Im here to LIVE. Fear is debilitating and it suffocates life. “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. So I was super grateful for all those days off, for the simplicity of life; for not waking up to an alarm clock! I was grateful for the time to get a bit of nature every day, with a walk, a run, or a bike ride. I was grateful to have time to make some amazing healthy home-made food, and for having time to talk, Skype and visit the people I love.
I focus on things like “what would make me happy today” as Anita Moorjani says. and I do something that gives me tingles or makes me feel loved. When I feel like I need love, I focus on sending it out to those I care about. The gift of love comes back when I focus on giving it to others. When i want to feel connectedness, I connect, in my mind and with my actions, with others.
Every night I fall asleep telling God all the things Im thankful for. I wake up and do the same thing. I try to meditate at least once a day. I am super aware that all my cells are working really hard to stay healthy and they dont like it when I have negative thoughts. Its my job to honor their amazingness and miraculous efforts, by spitting out some happy hormones. One little thing that I really like doing, and it may sound silly, but I like to say
“thank you wonderful body and thank you amazing cells for doing such an amazing job! thank you for staying healthy! Im so thankful for each and every one of you! thank you for carrying my spirit through this amazing life journey!” and I sort of swipe my hands over the surface of my skin, starting from my feet to my head, so I get tingles. I think they really like the tingles!
One final thing that makes me feel good is having selfless goals. Id like to retire from flying for the airlines, to practicing acupuncture and teach yoga. It feels so good to be around miracles and healing. And Id like to fall in love again. The thought of finding love one more time in life makes me smile on the inside.
UPDATE: November 8, 2021:
I was told by some friends that when you google my name there a few searches like "Elizabeth Craig Heal alive" and Elizabeth Craig Heal documentary obituary" I understand and I get you. You are researching to find out your odds of survival. I did the same thing and I am so happy that you are searching for evidence that you can beat your cancer. Yes. I am still alive. And I hope this gives you the inspiration to carry on and make your miracle happen too.
I retired from American Airlines after 37 years and I am living in Delray Beach Florida, working at a Golf Club in Gulf Stream, Florida. feel free to reach out anytime, I am here for you.
I feel that, as Mary Kay Finn QRA practitioner found in her miraculous diagnosis, I had an undetected infection in my jaw from a root canal that was taxing my immune system. I was going through menopause which it seems is a fruit basket turnover for the body and hormones, when women are prone to compromised health. I feel the primary kicker though, was that I was really stressed. My mom had died almost a year to the day that I was diagnosed, and I was in a bad marriage. I had moved from my home to his and it was not a safe or supportive place. I felt lost, unloved, alone: root chakra stuff. Most importantly, I had a viral load: HPV, EBV, and herpes. all of those viruses were able to take hold during the stressful period.
I now test negative for both EBV and HPV and I think that may be due to the regimen of AHCC/ medicinal mushrooms (Maittake et al) that I took for the recommended 90day period. I also did high dose vitamin C IVs, ( 20-50 grams per sitting).
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Thank you for sharing your story!! It’s tough to find thriver stories for anal cancer patients that have done conventional treatment along with the supporting healing modalities. I too swore I would never go the chemoradiation route, yet that is what I am told is the “curative” protocol.
I received my diagnosis from Banner MD Anderson in Gilbert, AZ, but have considered second opinions from the same top-notch facilities you mentioned, along with the Mayo clinic. My current clinic is geographically most convenient and my insurance currently covers everything – hard to want to stray too far for those reasons.
While I wish there was someone that was 20+ years out that had success with a non-conventional treatment, it is great to know that conventional treatment and focusing on lifestyle habits can really prove to be a success! Cheers to many more vibrant and healthy years!
I wish you many more vibrant healthy years, too! And it sounds like you are finding what works for you. Congratulations on following your intuition and honoring yourself.
Thank you Lizzie! You are such an inspiration to me. I now run my hands over my body telling it I love it to get the tinglies every day. Whenever I feel frustrated with my diet I think ‘this is what Lizzie ate’. I too had an infected root canal that suppressed my immune system and allowed cancer to take hold (plus I had stress, lack of self-love, lack of joy). I feel that I am now coming home to myself. I hope I can look back on this one day and say that it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I love life!
that just brought tears of joy to my eyes. you are a gift. thank you for your inspiration!!