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