reply to post by jazz10
Truly, one of the most ignorant replies I have ever heard....Please understand ignorant is not a derogatory term it is simply a word used to describe
one whom lacks knowledge about a certain subject.
Onward: To speak to the cancer issue....I have a personal miraculous story to share that may help debunk some theories...
In June of 2012, my mother who was 73 at the time, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia....Basically cancer of the blood. All blood is
manufactured in the bone marrow this is where the building blocks of DNA begins.
While there are several types of leukemia, there is not one as aggressive and fatal as AML. Our familiy was devastated. This was a woman whom had
no other health problems, was extremely active, very health conscious and literally had no symptoms.....Thank goodness, she recognized she was
extremely tired and that tipped her off to go to the doctor for some tests. Needless, to say we were in shock at the diagnosis confirmed by a bone
marrow biopsy! Her prognosis was extremely grave, even with chemo., she had 7 months at max......
Then because of her extraordinary health, she was accepted into Emory Universities Bone Marrow transplant program! The cut off age for transplant is
usually 65, but she defied the odds and presented as an excellent candidate. Siblings are the only ones suited for a bone marrow match and since that
was out of the question, they went for the next best thing, a stem cell transplant taken from an adult not related to her.
As of day 120 post transplant, she is cancer free!! Not only in remission, but there is less than a 1% chance the disease will ever return. It has
been a very long road and she has overcome many complications!
The key with chemo, is finding the right balance.....you must kill off the cancer cells which will also kill the healthy cells and then from scratch
rebuild the healthy cells....Easier said than done. She developed a serious complication called Graft Vs. Host disease. This is where the donor
cells takes over the host and recognizes the host cells as foreign, then begins to attack the tissue of the host. There are 4 stages of gvhd,
unfortunately my mom developed stage 4 of the GI system...Her skin was slightly affected, but thankfully her liver was not. She is making a slow but
steady recovery as her gut heals. However, she was on deaths doorstep more than once during this journey.
Her spirit, attitude and will to beat this was incredibly strong throughout the entire process. I do believe her outlook on life and her unwavering
faith has taken her through.
If we could figure out the cause of cancer, then treating the disease would not be impossible. After all, that is more than half the battle. As a
poster stated earlier the cause and effect of cancer is as individual as each one of us. Personally I believe it has to do with how much stress a
person lives with and how they handle that stress. I also believe processed foods with chemical additives play a major role.
I do not believe big pharma is behind trying to hide a cure...this is up to the scientists, geneticists to be exact
to find the cure. The people of big pharma do not have the brain power necessary to even understand all the intricacies involved....this is NOT one
size pill fits all...contrary to what we want to believe, it is not that simple.
To say that people imagine the symptoms of cancer or side effects to chemo/radiation is absurd...I assure you when you literally watch someone that
looks relatively healthy descend to the depths of looking like a holocaust survivor, you will soon become a believer that this is not a figment of
their imagination. I would not wish this on my worst enemy it is literally a horrific experience to go through and witness.
My heart goes out to all whom have been in my shoes or whom have lost a loved one or is the fight of their life with this very ugly disease..
Thank you for letting me share some truth about cancer.
edit on 3/28/2013 by paxnatus because: grammar