Mama’s Cancer Journey – Prayer, Supplements, and/or Medicine?

July 13, 2012

in BLOGS,Cancer,General,Nutritionals

What was the best solution for mama’s journey with cancer – prayer, supplements, medicine, or all three?

We had the shock of our lives when mama was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in January 2012 at the age of 91!  She is the last person anyone would have expected to get cancer.  Yes, she has had some brushes with skin cancer but they had been taken care of with no further problems.  We were not surprised about the skin cancer because of the years of outdoor work while living on ranches.  But ….. lung cancer?

Mama is a woman of discipline and great faith in God. If she knows you, she prays for you… that’s just her way.  She faithfully drinks plenty of water, has never smoked, doesn’t drink alcohol or caffeinated sugary beverages, eats very healthy with very little sugar, walks almost every day, and spends time in prayer and Bible study each day.  She has not had an easy life living out on the range most of her life often times getting by with very little but never complaining.

As far as we know, it all started with a bout of pneumonia the end of December 2011.  It seemed the little cold she had was getting worse so she was taken to the doctor against her will.  The doctor ordered x-rays of her lungs, put her on antibiotics, nebulizer treatments, and ordered an oxygen monitor.  Her recovery was quick (the doctor said most of her young patients with pneumonia didn’t recover that quickly.)

But …… once the pneumonia was clear, there was something suspicious in one of her lungs!  Long story shortened, after many tests Mama was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer!  What to do?  What to do?

Number one was to pray for healing.  Then pray for peace and wisdom for Mama, me, my brothers, and the doctors.

For me, number two was to evaluate any lifestyle changes especially with her diet and supplement program.  Mama was already eating a healthy diet and was already taking a very top quality supplement program.  We determined a few additional supplements that would be a definite benefit in helping fight the cancer.

Number three was to consider what the doctor suggested. 

Chemo was out of the question especially at age 91.  I was very relieved because I believe in most cases that chemo not only kills the cancer but also kills the patient’s immune system thus decreases quality of life.  So it was a big relieve to me that we did not even have to confront that issue with the doctor.

Radiation and surgery were also out of the question because the cancer was throughout the left lung and had spread to the ribs, spine, and pelvic bones.  The lesions in the ribs, spine, and pelvic bones were too numerous to count.

The doctor suggested an oral cancer drug that has been known in some cases to slow or stop the progression of Mama’s type of lung cancer.  It would not cure the cancer but it could make the cancer symptoms less severe because of slowing the progression of the disease.  The doctor also suggested a shot once a month to strengthen her bones.  In addition, the doctor suggested a good strong supplement program which included high amounts of calcium.  There could be difficult side effects to both the oral cancer drug and the shot for the bones but there was no way to know if the side effects would affect Mama without trying them.

A collective decision was made for Mama to try the medications.  If she had any bad side effects from either medication, they could be stopped at any time.  Meanwhile Mama was still symptom free except for low oxygen levels while sleeping at night.  She continues to be on oxygen only at night and she has continued the nebulizer treatments that were started during the pneumonia.  They both help her breath deeper.

I believe it was either late February or early March by the time Mama started the 2 medications.  As of today, she has experienced no bad side effects from either medication and continues to do all the activities she was doing prior to being diagnosed with the cancer.  Her appetite is still great, she continues to eat healthy, she is still walking most days, she is taking all the supplements, people are still praying for her, and her faith remains strong.

Mama told me in April that she believed she was healed.  Her checkup in May included another PET scan.  The results were amazing.  The tumor in her lung was half the size it was in January when she had the first PET scan and the lesions in her bones did not show up at all!

 Gloria, halleluiah!  Praise the Lord!

What is working?  Is it the prayers?  Is it the supplements?  Is it the medications?

Mama’s strong faith definitely tells me that prayers are definitely being answered.  There has been a multitude of petitions being sent to God every day.  We do not always understand exactly how God answers prayer but I do believe in the power of prayer.

God gives us wisdom and knowledge.  He has given us good foods for nourishment and has given us the knowledge to formulate supplements from the foods he has provided to fill the gaps in our daily diets.  God has given the doctors tools for use in practicing wise medicine.  Who am I to say how God has chosen to answer the prayers about Mama’s cancer?

The cancer is not totally gone but it is smaller and less aggressive.  Mama is not experiencing any pain or discomfort from the cancer.  We are so thankful to God for answered prayers that agree with our hearts desires.

 

Filled with Thanksgiving

 

Pat Moon

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6

 

Link to Mama’s supplement program.

 

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  Pat is a Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Coach.  She helps people make healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.

Pat has been married to the same man for over 50 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 7 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and the past 26 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and others.  Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process.  The products Pat personally uses are featured at www.bestrealhealth.gnld.net.

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1 Amy Hagerup October 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

This was great, Pat. Thanks for sharing. My mom too is on great supplements but her diet is not as good as your mom's is. Praise the Lord for the healing He has brought her and the quality of life she continues to live. Blessings, Amy

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2 Pat Moon October 8, 2013 at 7:32 am

Hi Amy,

Yes, we are praising the Lord for what He has done in my mom’s life and how He continues to work. Her faith is so strong. I do need to write an update.

I enjoyed chatting with you last evening. Please know that I will be praying for your mother, you and your family as you go through this cancer journey and what God has planned for all of you. I praise God that she knows and you know where her eternal future lies.

Blessings to you,

Pat
 

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3 Carol Giambri August 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

Love your mama's story.  Talk about a 91 year old who is not quitting and a believer!  Wow Pat.

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4 Pat Moon August 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Carol, thanks for loving my mama’s story. If you were to meet her in person you would love her even more… I do not believe she has an enemy on earth (other than Satan). She is now having the cataracts removed from her eyes so she will be able to continue doing everything she is used to doing… she is determined not to stop until God takes her home to heaven.

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5 Lisa Birnesser August 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for sharing such a powerful journey! Mamas are so precious and when something like that happens out of the blue it truly makes you scratch your head. My mama is a throat cancer survivor and never smoked. Focusing on prayer, nutrition and medications does make a difference. So glad she is thriving!

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6 Pat Moon August 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Lisa Birnesser, so happy to hear that your mama is a cancer survivor. It is certainly a mystery when someone who has never smoked develops a disease that is usually related to smoking but we have to accept God’s plan and work with it and through it by focusing on the wisdom He has given us.

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7 lisafrederiksenbreakingthecycles August 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

What a powerful, beautiful, inspiring story and experience for all of you. Thank you so very much for sharing. Your Mama sounds like an amazing woman!

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8 Pat Moon August 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for your encouraging comment, Lisa Frederiksen. Yes, my Mama is an amazing woman of grace and faith.

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9 Barbara Peters August 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

What a great story. I hope that your mother continues to get well. I have a oned one with lung cancer too and it's a sad thing. I hope you will keep us up to date about how this goes.

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10 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Barbara, I will be writing more about my mom as time goes along. We are so blessed that she is pain & symptom free. Our prayers will be with you and your loved one who has lung cancer. Thanks for you nice comment and concern.

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11 elizabeth Maness August 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

what an inspiring story.. my mother-in-law that is 91 has breast cancer that has returned. She is taking chemo and has been for 9 months.  She has not been sick and is still enjoying life and all that it has to offer her.

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12 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Elizabeth, thanks for sharing about your mother-in-law’s breast cancer. She must also be an amazing lady to be able to take chemo at age 91 and not be sick. It is so wonderful to be able to enjoy life at age 91. So much to be thankful for.

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13 Solvita August 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thank you for sharing your story Pat. Sending my love and prayers for you both!

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14 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Solvita. Your love and prayers are appreciated.

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15 Martha Giffen August 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

What a beautiful and inspiring story! My own Mom is 91 and I am so impressed with your mother's story.  Thanks for sharing!

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16 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Martha, isn’t it wonderful that we both still have our mothers at age 91? Thank you for your encouraging comment.

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17 Anita August 1, 2012 at 7:23 am

What a blessing your Mom is still with you and going strong! What a testament to prayer and putting healthy food and supplements into our body!

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18 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Anita, thank you for your inspiring comment. My Mom is truly a blessing, inspiration, and testimony to so many people with her strong faith, healthy lifestyle habits, and supplements.

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19 Carolyn Hughes August 1, 2012 at 5:25 am

Your post brought tears my eyes and gladness to my heart. Wonderful post Pat. Love and prayers for you and your mother!

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20 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

Carolyn, thank you so much for your tears of caring and I’m so happy to help bring gladness to your heart. Your love and prayers are appreciated for my mother and our family.

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21 Catherine Doucette August 1, 2012 at 4:48 am

Thx for the inspiration. So glad your mom is feeling better.

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22 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

Catherine, thank you for your comment and support. I believe my mother’s purpose right now is to inspire.

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23 Meryl Hershey Beck July 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm

What a wonderful story! How great that your 91 year old mom is doing so well. My 91 year old mom isn't as active — is now using a wheelchair and walker. And she isn't open to supplements (she'll only take something if the doctor recommends it). Are't we both lucky to still have our moms around on this earth plane!

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24 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks for sharing, Meryl. Thankfully some doctors are starting to be open to supplements however I would love to see them be more open to whole food supplements rather than the synthetic ones they typically suggest. I will pray for your mother that her quality of life will be better. My mom-n-law is 96 years old and has been in a wheelchair for over 4 years due to breaking her hip. We are very blessed to still have our moms here on earth with us right now… God still has a purpose for them.

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25 Karen P July 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Wow, God is just Amazing.  What an uplifting story!  I know that He answers prayers…it's so good to hear/read about others' answered prayers. 

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26 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

Karen, yes, God is Amazing in how he lifts us up and answers prayers. I am so thankful for my mother’s unwavering faith.

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27 Michelle DeMarco July 31, 2012 at 9:39 pm

What an incredible story!!!  How incredible to have a 91 year old mother get cured from lung cancer too – just amazing.  Thanks for sharing and I pray your mom is healthy for many years to come!!!

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28 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

Michelle, thank you for your prayers for my mom. She really is an amazing woman. I appreciate your encouragement.

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29 Sherie July 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Pat, such an inspirational story. I lost two aunts and a very dear cousin to lung cancer, while they were in their early 40's. It is a horrible disease and I am so glad that your mom is doing better…all the best to you all!

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30 Pat Moon August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Sherie, yes, lung cancer can be a horrible disease. I was absolutely devastated when my mother was first diagnosed but her great faith in our Almighty God has carried us through so far… we are so thankful she is not suffering any side effects.

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31 Lisa Carter July 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Pat, thank you so much for sharing your mother's story.  What an inspiring story.  You're mother sounds like an amazing woman!  You family is in my prayers and I pray that your mother continues to improve.  God Bless.

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32 Pat Moon July 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Lisa, yes, my mother is an amazing woman. Our family appreciates your continued prayers. Thank you.

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33 Patricia Ogilvie July 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for sharing your heartfelt story!  well done!

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34 Pat Moon July 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Patricia, thanks for your comment and compliment.

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35 MarVeena July 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I want to give her a big hug from Texas! I admire her spunk!

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36 Pat Moon July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

MarVeena, I will give my Mama a big hug from Texas. Yes, she is a lady with a lot of spunk.

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37 Susan McKenzie July 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hello Pat! I love how you tell your story about your mom… I hope one day you put it in a book. From the warmth in your dialogue I can tell how much your mom means to you! I'm so glad she is feeling well and better – what a MIRACLE it truly is! I celebrate her life with you 🙂

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38 Pat Moon July 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi again, Susan. Thanks for the idea of putting this story and other stories in a book… that is a wonderful idea. I have actually made a photo book of her life with various details as she was interviewed by family members. It was my gift to her and to family members who participated in her 90th birthday. Of course that was 1 1/2 years prior to her diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. Thanks for helping us celebrate her life, she is worth every moment of celebration.

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39 Olga Hermans July 21, 2012 at 9:34 am

Pat is is an awesome trestimony of how when we place God first all the other will be added to us. I believe in medicines and I strongly believe that God works with it. Isn't awesome to still have your mom with you; I am like Sharon, Denny and Solvita who have lost theor mothers at a way too young age. My mom also died on cancer at age 50….a very sad fact.
Pat, I loved reading your article; bless your mother from me, will you? <3

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40 Pat Moon July 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hi Olga, I will certainly relay your blessing to my mother. She constantly tells me how she feels God’s healing power on her body. I know it is a wonderful blessing to have her with us and still setting such an example of faith for all the younger generations to witness. My heart goes out to all of you who have lost their mother’s at a way too young age. As I told Denny it is difficult to imagine the last 40+ years without my mother. I’m so thankful for her.

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41 Solvita July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

It is a blessing to have your mother, I lost mine when I was seven… I've always wondered how it would be…. You are also a true blessing to her with all the prayers, medicine and/or supplements and love. 🙂

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42 Pat Moon July 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Solvita, thank you for your comment. Yes, I realize it is a great blessing to still have my mother. It must have been very difficult for you to lose your mother at such a young age. Did you have siblings to help you during that time? For those of us who did not have to go through losing a mother that young it is difficult to even imagine the painful emotions you have had to deal with. May God continue to Bless you and fill the gap.

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43 denny hagel July 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

A heartwarming story…I lost my mother when she was just at her 50th birthday to cancer…I miss her everyday. I am glad you still have yours with you. Thanks for sharing.

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44 Pat Moon July 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Hi Denny, Yes, I am so thankful I still have my mother at age 91. It is hard to imagine what the last 40+ years would have been like without her… she is such a blessing to every life she touches. My husband lost his father in 1969 when his dad was only 61 years old. It has been hard to see the grief and regrets of things he missed by not having his dad for more of his adult life. God bless you and thank you for your comment.

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45 Susan Mckenzie July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Wow, what an amazing story!! Your title is "spot on" … it sounds like it's a little of everything… right living, good health supplements, faith, love, and prayer! You are so fortunate to have you mom and I hope she will enjoy many more years of good health and prosperity with you and your family! Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

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46 Pat Moon July 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Susan, yes, my mother’s story is amazing. Most people with stage 4 lung cancer, which means the cancer is into the bones, have terrible pain from the bone cancer. Not my mama… God has to be the main factor in her good health despite the cancer. We are so thankful. Thanks for letting me know your comments were ending up in my spam.

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47 Sharon O'Day July 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

What a gratifying story, Pat.  How terrific to still have your mom with you … and holding her own.  My Aunt Pat, my mother's twin sister who became like a surrogate Mom because mine died so young, also was diagnosed with lung cancer, but in her late 70s.  She took her healing into her own hands, only going to the oncologist to keep tabs on growth (or lack thereof) of the cancer.  We lost her to something else at 89 … with the lung cancer still in remission.

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48 Pat Moon July 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Sharon, thanks for the encouraging words about your Aunt Pat and her lung cancer remission. We are so thankful for my mother’s strong faith and the fact that she has no pain nor bad symptoms from the stage 4 lung cancer. Her oncologist, she goes once a month for monitoring, says that my mother is amazing. I agree. Thanks for the comment.

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