I have been absent from my posting again on my blog and my apologies to those who follow me.
This past month I have made a number of trips to Sioux Falls, SD and other doctor appointments with my Dad. We learned back in 2012 at Christmas time that he had cancer of the lung and since that time he has been receiving radiation treatments off and on. His appointment in April showed after his last radiation treatment that it appeared that they got the spots they were concerned about. When we returned this month they found 2 new spots. His oncologist at the VA hospital called and told me that they are not going to be able to do more radiation because it will cause more problems with his breathing. They will not give him chemotherapy because his family doctor kept telling us it was his heart and when he kept getting worse and weaker, we fired that doctor! I decided that we needed a second opinion from his VA doctor in Sioux City, Iowa and he did multiple tests and found the tumors on his lungs. We were then referred to his oncologist in Sioux Falls VA system and I learned this past week that after he had a PET scan that they do not feel they can offer any further help to him and he gives him 4 to 8 months to live.
My father has been depressed since learning this and I can completely understand why, but I do not believe we should stop looking for ways to fight this disease. I have taken it upon myself to do research online for alternative ways to fight cancer. My father lives on a fixed income and so we are looking for inexpensive ways to fight this. I read a book I downloaded about natural cures for cancer patients. This book had a recipe for sodium bicarbonate and maple syrup – you mix the correct amounts of each and bring them to a boil and let them boil for 5 minutes. Take it off the stove and allow it to cool. Then you take 2 tablespoons a day for a number of days and then stop it for a week or so and start on it again. So we have started that and he has 7 days left on that mix and he will then take a break and start in on it again. Since I am unsure if this will completely do the trick, I read on. One thing I learned is that sugar feeds cancer and so he is trying to stay away from “sweets.”
Another thing I learned is that you have to bring the patient’s immune system up because typically cancer begins when your immune system is poor, so he is going to start taking vitamins that we often do not get from our foods anymore because much of our foods are processed or genetically modified or have pesticides or excessive amounts of harmful sugars so that they will last longer on the shelves of our grocery stores or cupboards. I also know that a lot of our diets make our bodies more acidic and God meant our bodies to be more alkaline and so this requires getting ones pH level up to the 7 or 8 and one can do that by purchasing pH paper and checking it against their color chart to see what level you are at. Bringing your alkaline level up requires eating more foods that are good for you.
I also found a product that oxygenates the cells in your body and I learned that by getting oxygen to the cancer cells that it will kill them. I am doing a little more research on that product and trying to make sure we are not giving him something that may cause him more health issues. This product comes in drops that you place in juice or water and drink it each day and others who have had cancer have found it has sent them into remission. This is similar to hydrogen peroxide for human consumption, but this product produces far better results for cancer. I have another 160 pages to read of alternative methods to fight cancer. There is no guarantee that this will send the cancer packing, but I believe we need to do whatever we can to find other alternatives since his doctor has now washed his hands of this disease and also by doing this it helps get his mind off of the disease and hopefully will give him longer to live and better quality of life.
We also believe in God and know that He cares about our health and well-being, so we are daily lifting him in prayer and asking God to intervene as well. God may decide that He needs him home sooner than we would like, but we feel that we must fight this disease in anyway we can and we will fight until we cannot any longer.
We learned earlier this year that my Dad’s brother is fighting pancreatic cancer now and so they both call each other and try to encourage the other. My uncle Paul is a few years younger than my father and lives in Missouri. They are both praying for each other as well and have been in touch with each other more than ever. I am glad they visit often, as it helps them both.
What would you do if given a death sentence with your doctor throwing the towel in?