Whonoze

Birth Year 1950
Gender Female
Country United States
Please summarize your healing story in 100 words or less I was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic disease with mets to my liver and bones. I was given 1 1/2 to 3 years to live. I tried everything I could including acupuncture meditation, Chi Gong, visualization, exercise. I became a devotee of Norman Vincent Peale--and while spiritual, I am not at all religious, but I said NO to cancer and refused to go. I was more positive than i have ever been in my life. Immediately before I started chemo, I had the feeling that I had had a spontaneous remission. I had a complete response to chemo and have been NED since.
Last Updated December 15, 2016

Health Challenge

What is/was your primary health challenge?

Cancer

Type of cancer

Breast

Can you be more specific?

Metastatic breast cancer

Highest stage of cancer

4

Year diagnosed

2007

Current health status

No evidence of disease

Year you healed or became stable

2007

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:

Diet Change, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection

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 was diagnosed with a needle biopsy, then PET/ CT, liver biopsy. Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin for initial course. Went into complete remission after one course. Subsequently went through clinical trial at U of Washington for this in remission, a lumpectomy and a prophylactic double mastectomy. Have been on Herceptin ever since.

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

I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic disease in January 2007. Being the personality type I am, very determined, assertive and results-oriented, I left the ultrasound which confirmed that the lumps in my breast were malignant (which was all I knew at that point), walked down to the parking garage and started calling everyone I could think of to get a referral to an outstanding oncologist. Then I remembered, quite amazingly, that years ago, my daughter had gone to school with Susan Love's daughter . I got a a name.

At my first appointment, the renowned surgeo recognized on sight that it was cancer but assured me it was easily treatable. He changed his tune when the PET/CT/biopsies showed mets to my liver and bones.

My daughter was 19 at the time. Though I never said "why me", I did say "NO" to cancer.

In my fashion, I pushed for the earliest date I could start chemo. But I had to wait, for more tests, for the liver biopsy., about a month. While I waited, an amazing thing happened.

I read everything I could get my hands on about HER2+ breast cancer, positive thinking, the mind/body connection, the Exceptional Patient. I was incredibly an uncharacteristically attracted to Norman Vincent Peale's The Power Of Positive Thinking, a book I would have previously dismissed as hokey. I meditated, I walked, I listened to tapes. I talked to friends and family. A group was praying for me in Ohio. And I felt the love and the positivity. I felt the universe was embracing me.

In my journal, I wrote, "I have never felt so loved and comforted and cared for. I am seeing the very best in people, and I'm so grateful for that."

And, on the of my first chemo, before treatment, I wrote,

"I feel like I'm in spontaneous remission. Today the tumor felt smaller and softer. Went for a walk. Beautiful day. Feeling great. Feels like it took a lot of work to get from the finding-of-the-lump to today. SO glad it's here."

I had one course of Carboplatin, Taxotere and Herceptin. At the end, I was declared to have No Evidence of Disease (NED). Against all odds and contrary to the grim stats, I was in remission, where I have so, so gratefully, remained until this day.


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