I was recently featured in the Gerson Newsletter. Gerson is the Natural Therapy I used to overcome a rather aggressive form of Breast Cancer. By the time I had a mastectomy of my left breast, the tumor was almost 3 1/2 pounds and 14" across. Just closing the wound was a huge concern but due to having been on the therapy for a while by the time of the surgery, they were able to do a simple close and I did not require skin grafts.
It has been over 3 years later and I am still cancer free without having taken chemotherapy or radiation. We are still having a fight with Lyme Disease but my body is beginning to kick-in and we have seen some progress. Not only have I been able to stand but we are preparing for an Achille Tendon lengthening surgery to straighten my left foot which, with some diligent effort, will give me the ability to begin walking with a walker.
While I have a link to the actual Gerson Article, it was an edited version so below I have included the complete article.
One area that cannot be stated enough is the role of my family in my recovery. My husband dealt with all the doctors that were all too willing to declare me dead and tried to push conventional treatments that even they did not believe would help. Josh took me through the therapy when I had difficulty putting a sentence together and our children were an active part each step of the way. Every birthday, holiday or even just family night is appreciated even more because we know, it took everyone to make those days still possible. I am truly blessed...
The Full Gerson Article:
My story starts as an active wife and mother of three who worked in our family business, homeschooled our three children, milked goats morning and night, ground my own wheat to bake homemade bread, cooked organic meals, handled all the family finances as well as the company's finances and walked 2 miles a day when, suddenly, one day in September of 2007, my life changed forever. I was going about my normal activities like any other given day and by the next 24 hours, it was like someone switched on a light, I was in more pain than I have ever felt in my life.
At first I thought it was a terrible flu but the pain began to increase and what we thought was a poison ivy rash from a few weeks before, now became very suspicious. What we thought was the flu, and what the doctor diagnosed as a sinus infection, turned out to be Chronic Disseminated Neurological Lyme Disease. My life literally changed overnight. I maintained some form structure for a few more months by using more Tylenol than was good for me to make it through the day, not without pain, but just to function. At Christmas, I almost passed out in a store and that was the last time I shopped on my own two feet. I barely made it to the car and home. I fell into my bed there I would stay for the next few years.
The doctors were still unsure what was happening until I was finally diagnosed with a rare form of Lyme Disease in January 2008. By this time, I was bed ridden and dealing with Bell's Palsy, extreme leg spasms, degraded sight, loss of cognitive function and pain, extreme pain. By this time I was heavy doses of Percocet but it wasn't touching the nerve pain. We had started on the extreme Lyme treatments of high doses of antibiotics along with various other drugs, but after approximately 9 months, I began reacting badly to them. I could barely lift my head off my pillow and I saw my children's lives flashing before me and I wasn't a part of them. I could no longer take care of myself, nonetheless, work or take care of the house and children.
My husband struggling with maintaining a house, taking care of the children and working two contracts in an attempt to pay for both, the high price of insurance which paid for very little, as well as pay to provide me with a myriad of treatments the insurance wouldn't cover. Our children worked hard trying to help in the house as well as take care of me but I was devastated I had to look on from a bed, helpless to do my own work and knowing this was all because of me. It was April of 2008 when the joints in my legs locked into place and I could no longer walk. I didn't know your legs could just stop working that way but one day, I was walking to the bathroom and my knee stopped moving. From that moment on, I have been in a wheelchair. My right leg was in a -45 degree position and my left leg was in a -70 degree position with both ankles in a drop-footed with no muscle control and hips locked in-place making even going to the bathroom something I had to have assistance to do.
The next few years were filled with treatments of all kinds, including Antibiotics, Hyperbaric's and Kinesiology but nothing worked. The antibiotic therapy thought to be the only way to treat the Lyme, put me in bed and extremely weak, I was unable to hold my head up. I was nothing but skin and bones and hope was fading with each passing day.
The doctors were baffled. Then, to add to the already unbearable situation, in January 2009, a large lump was discovered in my left breast. I had had a thickening in the breast for several years and in 2006, it had begun to ache a little but I thought it was from wearing underwire bras. I changed my bra choice and the pain got better but after the on-set of the Lyme, the thickening became a lump and began to grow rapidly.
It was first thought to be a Lyme cyst but it wasn't long before it was diagnosed as breast cancer. Everyone's first thought was the issue with my legs was the cancer having metastasized but after various tests and scans, that was ruled out. The legs and the cancer were not related other than a decrease immunity from the Lyme Disease, although, some more open-minded doctors believe some rarer forms of Lyme and cancer are beginning to go hand-in-hand.
The two diseases didn't work well together. Whatever treatment worked for the Lyme made the cancer worse and whatever worked for the cancer affected the Lyme negatively. After months in HBOT treatment for the Lyme, we had to stop because the cancer was thriving in a 100% oxygen environment.
Doctors were hesitant to touch me. The tumor needed to be removed but I was so weak from the antibiotics used to treat the Lyme, we had to push off the surgery so I could gain enough strength to survive. It was a triple-negative tumor so there was not a great chance that either chemotherapy or radiation would be successful. After having seen the Gerson Therapy work for a relative, Willie Mae Chappell, we opted for that direction as our best chance.
We were unable to go to the clinic out of the country but worked with the doctors to administer the treatment at home. We had to start with one step at a time, changing the diet, moving to the juicing with the Champion at first then moving to the Norwalk, adding the supplements, coffee breaks, etc. It was a difficult process, especially the coffee breaks since I was a paraplegic, making administering the coffee breaks challenging at best.
After the first two weeks on the therapy, we began to notice a reduction in my pain level. I was on morphine but until starting the Gerson Therapy, it did almost nothing. Once on the therapy, it was finally beginning to control some of the pain, or at least, took the edge off. Nerve pain is difficult to control on any level.
Once on the full therapy a phenomenon began to occur. The tumor would open up and spew out a red substance that at first would appear to be blood but once cooled down, became a jelly-like. It would spew out with a force like from a water gun. Towel and towel would be filled before stopping. It became such an issue, I could not safely leave the house. What we learned later, from the surgeon, was this was the tumor expelling the dead cancer cells. The surgeon said it was miraculously since she had never seen a tumor do this unless someone was undergoing heavy Chemotherapy treatments to reduce the size of the tumor. She was amazed we were doing the same thing with the Gerson Therapy. Her eyes were beginning to open to new possibilities.
By the end of 2009, the bottom part of the tumor had begun to die. Unfortunately, since the tumor was far too large for my body to absorb it, an infection set in the dead area. This reduced my immunity and allowed the top part of the tumor to flourish. Everyone agreed, it needed to come out but I had been too weak to withstand the surgery. Finally, after being on the Gerson therapy for a few months, my strength rebounded enough in December 2009, I underwent the mastectomy.
The doctors were still unsure I would make it through the surgery. In addition, we were still dealing with my legs spasming and the severe pain, along with all the other Lyme symptoms which made dealing with the cancer all that much more difficult. Due to the fact I would go into a deep Herx when on Antibiotics, it made the surgery extremely difficult as well as saline drips they wanted to give me for the surgery.
The tumor was 3 ½ pounds by the time it was removed and over 14 inches across. There was an operating room full of specialist. With the tumor being so large, the problem was how to close after removing the cancer. The plan was to do muscles grafts since they believed the tumor had grown into the chest wall, secondly, there were to be skin grafts from three places on my body and a negative pressure wound therapy to promote healing. All the plans were made and I was rolled into the operating room to have the tumor, and my breast, removed.
Once in surgery, everyone was surprised. The tumor had not grown into the chest wall at all, in fact, my body had pushed the 3 ½ pound tumor out of the body so that the entire tumor was sitting on skin level. There was no muscles or skin grafts needed and in the end. The clearances were so good, they were able to perform a simple mastectomy taking only 2 lymph nodes.
When the pathology report came back, everyone was in amazement that although the 3 ½ pound tumor was a triple-negative tumor, the 2 lymph nodes that were wrapped in the tumor and had to be removed were both negative and did not contain cancer. The doctors had no idea how that was possible. Our surgeon was so impressed; she did not pressure me to go with chemo or radiation and asked only that I continue with the Gerson Therapy since it was working so well.
Once home we began with the healing process. An odd issue did come up, however. As I was checking over my incision one day I noticed there were small cream-colored pin-like things sticking out all along the incision. They were evenly spaced and hurt a little to touch. Being concerned, we made the trip in to see the surgeon.
The surgeon sat in amazement as it was determined, by body was rejecting the sutures and was pushing them out, just like it did the cancer. We actually had to slide off the Gerson therapy a little, adding some chicken, dairy and eggs, to slow down the healing process long enough to allow the wound to heal up without pushing out the necessary sutures. Once the healing completely, we went back on the full therapy.
Almost three years after the surgery, I have just received my new cancer numbers and I am clean again this year. My CBCs look very good, although we are still fighting the Lyme and I have some residual affects from being on the morphine for so long. Slowly but surely, we are gaining control of the pain from the Lyme having infected my spinal fluid and damaging the nerves. If I do not stay faithful on the Gerson diet, I pay with additional pain.
Because we have continued on the Gerson maintenance diet, I am able to maintain both the clear cancer numbers as well as control the Lyme. Because the Gerson Therapy, I have not become addicted to the morphine. On my good days, I can simply not take as much pain medication without any negative effects. So, as we are working with the Physical Therapy in hopes of retraining the nerves and muscles and hopefully reduce the pain, I am able to lower the level of morphine I am taking.
I have started Physical Therapy and have stood for the first time in six years. There has been a lost of communication between my muscles and brain but we are working hard to retraining and are seeing significant progress. My right leg is now at a -12 and my left leg is now at a -38. This is huge progress. I believe one day I will walk again.
The Gerson Therapy saved my life. There is no question in my mind, if I had attempted to use conventional therapy, I would have died. By using the Gerson Therapy, we gave my body the ability to fight the cancer and the Lyme. While we are still in the battle with the Lyme disease but I know it is better than what it would be if I were trying to fight it with the antibiotics that nearly killed me.
I am alive today because my wonderful husband and children gave everything to work through every aspect of the therapy with me. Their dedication to my survival made the difference between life and death. So, I am blessed in so many ways and I’m alive to appreciate all them.