posted on Jun, 29 2012 @ 09:50 PM
Before i give my own testimonial, I am going to tell you that I fully believe in the "mind over matter" type of principle. I have gone under the
banner of Buddhist in my past while growing as a person, and fully believe in the power of meditation. If you can use the mind to manipulate the body
on purpose, I can guarantee that it happens on accident all the time.
However, and for what its worth, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3, B-cell lymphoma. When she presented to the ER, she was hours from death from
asphyxiation as her lymph nodes filled her thoracic cavity with lymph fluid (yellowish, sterile pus), collapsing her lungs and compressing her heart.
She had several thoracentesis performed to alleviate her symptoms while they got the diagnosis together (a procedure where they thread a catheter into
the lungs by pushing a toothpick sized needle through the ribs in your back to get into the lung cavity and use a vacuum tube to drain out 4.5 total
liters of fluid every 2 days).
Her outlook was grim, and her doctor told her this. At one appointment after a PET/CAT, her oncologist pronounced that she was terminal and would not
recover. Outlook was about 6 months to a year. Of course, my mom was devastated. I smelled BS, as I had seen my mother improving over the months of
treatment (R-CHOP, every 2 weeks).
We got a second opinion a month later, and were told that they didn't know what the hell the oncologist had seen, but that my mothers tumors had
melted like butter and she seemed to be, for the most part, cancer free. There was a small encapsulated tumor that was attached in a complex way with
her kidney (covered in scar tissue from the obliterated tumor).
The bad news given then was that her kidney would never regain function, and would remain about the size of a walnut, atrophied by a combination of
the cancer and the chemo. She was also told that her cancer would return about every 18 months, and that she would have to have treatment. Each
treatment would be slightly less effective, and she would endure quite a bit of ill health. BUt that, ultimately, she should still die of either old
age, or complications related to the chemo and its debilitating effects on the body.
5 years later, and she has since been pronounced completely cancer free. And her kidney function is returning. The chemo did a real number on her.
When she got sick, she was a strong and healthy woman that did most of her own home repairs on her 2 dozen some odd rent houses. 5 years later she is
old and weak. Her skin has aged considerably, and she walks stooped over. I honestly think that they carried the chemo on for 2-3 treatments too
long, and possibly exposed her needlessly. But, at the end, I still have her here with me.