This photo says it all. We all want to live a long life and yet stay exciting & young in our minds! This is my wish for all of us on the planet.
I had family here in my home all last week for Christmas. It was such fun to cook meals together, Christmas Eve in church and a restaurant, sit in front of the fireplaces and discuss so many grand topics and memories. My home seems rather quiet now as everyone flew or drove to their homes. Connie and her husband Byron still stay here in my guest house to help me in this battle against cancer.
I have not had any Chemo now for 5 weeks and am not doing any radiation or other traditional medicine for the next two weeks. I had a blood test and the tumor markers went down several weeks ago …. with only all the Alternative Methods I am doing. On January 9th I will get another marker blood test and probably an Xray to see that the tumor is still shrinking due to all the hemp, the many IV drips, all the pills, all the detox systems, all the diet changes. I hope the marker goes down even more after that test. If not, then I will have to reevaluate other possibilities. But I am thinking positive that I will continue to win this battle with all that I am doing now.
I will get 3 IV’s on two separate days this week. They will continue to built up my immune system steadily and also add chemicals to my body that kill cancer. So I continue to do what I need to do. I still ask for many of you for your prayers and warm thoughts. They also build up my spirits so much.
I wish all of you have a great New Year’s Eve and 2017 coming up in the months ahead. I will continue to keep you posted on this blog. And I hope my blog continues to inspire others that may have health issues and need a shot of positive inspiration. I say to all of you that your own positive feelings will do much to help you in so many ways. Cheers.
This is a peaceful scene that I shot in the quaint town of Waits River, Vermont. As I fight this battle with cancer, I enjoy looking at images I have taken that are peaceful & soothing. This little village with the church, barns and Fall colors is very close to a Norman Rockwell painting!
I had good results from my CA19-9 cancer marker blood test I had drawn on Tuesday. It had been normal or going down with the Chemo treatments, but they can not go on indefinitely. It had risen a little last month which was concerning. Chemo loses it’s effectiveness as the tumor “adjusts” to it and builds a resistance. And the Chemo becomes more toxic to my body anyway.
So I have been blasting the tumor with additional new really powerful Alternative Treatments now and wanted to decide if they were working. Well, the CA19-9 went back down from 48 to 40.0…. good news. The new stuff that I will continue to do regularly is working,
So that means I will wait until mid January to have another test and make any decisions on radiation or not. The radiation could well harden the tumor (and destroy some of it also) making it more difficult to dissolve with these Alternative Methods. I will keep a close eye on the progress, but I know the Alternative things have made me much stronger and are building up my immune system, which will in turn fight any cancer cells.
I am encouraged, as are my support team. We are doing so many things each day at home with IV drips, pills, supplements, etc etc so it feels good to see the tumor recede from these also.
Wanted to share this news with all of you on this blog. Stay positive every day in your life and keep those prayers and warm thoughts coming my way. They help so much — I can not even tell you how much they lift my spirits!
As we go into this Holiday week, enjoy and embrace all those you love each day. Life can change so quickly…. make sure you are living fully. Find joy in the little things in your life daily. I send all of you warm thoughts and positive spirits! Happy Holidays.
Believe it or not, I just returned from an 8-day trips to Kauai, Hawaii! My first real trip in 6 months since I was diagnosed with cancer on June 25th.
I canceled a trip to Italy, an assignment in Ireland, two Canadian trips and a Fall colors trip to New England in the last 6 months. I have been to doctors, Chemo treatments, blood tests, Alternative IV’s and lots & lots of rest in my home. Too many medical days…. I needed a break so badly. I had planned this trip to Hawaii in April, and just never cancelled the flight & resort booking hoping that I was strong enough to do it. It was just out there for me as an incentive to go and relax in somewhere beautiful. So I did it from Dec 1st to the 10th.
The trip did wonders for my outlook and my mind indeed. I really was wiped out when I got there from the long flights, but I slept the first day for 12 hours and then I was fine the rest of the time. This is what I have done for 40 years…. travel and shoot pictures. It was so good for me! I felt “back in the saddle” indeed!! The Na Pali Coast was just so wonderful to photograph.
Now I am back to the important medical decisions that I will have to make really soon. Many of the decisions are going to be answered by a blood test marker that I take on Tuesday… that can well determine what I do next in treatment. I have three IV drips in The Villages this afternoon and then I meet for the first time with a radiologist to discuss various types of treatment. I have to decide which ones to attempt or not, trying to make sure they do not also interfere with all my alternative treatments. These are very important decisions to make in the next few days.
I ask again for your prayers and warm thoughts on this blood marker and the decisions I will be making. I am strong still and ready to fight this in any way I can, but I can feel so much love from so many of you. I also hope that others that need a positive “jolt” in their own lives can get that from my positive blog here. I am touched by the many emails I get from people all around our globe.
Have a good week and I send you all joy and peace as we enter this wonderful Christmas Season.