Cancer is a dreaded diagnosis. It understandably elicits FEAR and a need for IMMEDIATE ACTION. In many cases, we are better off taking a step “backward” to give ourselves a chance to clear our racing minds before proceeding with ANY course of care. It also gives us a chance to reflect on our past ATTITUDE to determine if a NEW ATTITUDE is needed.
If the diagnosis wasn’t bad enough, many in the medical field add to the anxiety by neglecting to inform their patients of the VARIOUS TREATMENT OPTIONS available. This leaves the vulnerable patient feeling they have no choice but to follow the traditional chemo and radiation protocols for cancer. Have you ever considered the typical remarks made by these patients who dutifully followed these treatments?
“I was told the surgery likely “got it all.” “They told me I still needed to go through chemo and radiation anyway.”
“Chemo is causing me severe nausea and weakness.”
“Sometimes I question which is worse; the cancer or the cancer treatments?”
“I couldn’t do chemo today because my treatments have made my white blood count too low. They were concerned an infection (without sufficient white blood cells) could be more dangerous and life threatening than skipping a chemo treatment.”
“I couldn’t do chemo today because my platelets were too low as a result of my cancer treatments.”
“I can’t walk very far or participate in many activities because I tire so easily. The pain often makes it difficult to even get out of bed.”
“Hopefully, this week’s appointment with the pain management doctor will provide new possibilities to relieve the pain my cancer treatments have left me with.”
Chemotherapy and Radiation are toxic treatments that grossly weaken immune function often causing extensive collateral damage to many parts of the body. Even so, western medicine remains the most widely accepted approach to cancer treatment in the United States. It might be in the patient’s best interest, however, to recognize the TRUTH which reveals this treatment is ONE of several CREDIBLE OPTIONS available. This perspective would help the patient weigh the possible harmful outcomes of surgery, chemo and radiation against the possible healthful outcomes alternative approaches offer. Many of these alternative treatments provide a HUMANE approach to STRENGTHEN (rather than damage) the immune system on the path to recovery.
This, however, is NOT TO SAY alternative therapies always offer the best choices and best outcomes. It is likely that some combination of traditional and alternative therapies offer better solutions than either one by themselves.
There is no magic bullet. Natural approaches along with traditional approaches SUCCEED and FAIL. To believe, however, that poisoning the body (chemo and radiation) is the “only legitimate approach” to combating cancer is simply untrue.
When I was in practice, I saw countless patients undergoing conventional cancer treatments. The above short synopsis of typical statements patient’s shared with me was a common reality. It broke my heart knowing full well that good alternative options UNDISCLOSED by their oncologists were available. It is for this reason I am sharing a message from a REAL CANCER
PATIENT SURVIVOR regarding her diagnosis and her thoughts on CANCER. I am humbled and honored to pass her message to you as it was shared with me:
“Hi Dr Colter, my journey for the past two years living and recovering from stage 4 cancer was and still a personal period in my life. I started the blog recently to mainly help myself express my inner turmoil. Very few of my family and friends knew of the severity of the diagnosis. I pretty much felt this battle is mine alone to be dealt with if I were to be able to win it. I did not need pity ,sympathy or interference . I needed total focus. I do feel now I owe others going through this possibly a little more hope, but did not want to provide every little detail of how and what I’ve done. Your blog is inspiring and motivational to many. If you feel sharing this experience with you would help motivate and encourage others to have hope and trust themselves to live with and not die of cancer, I will be honored to share. It will be my way to pay it forward.”
If you’re interested in reading more from this BRAVE, COMPASSIONATE woman and her willingness to confront her cancer diagnosis, feel free to click on her link below:
WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE SOMEDAY. IT’S NOT HOW LONG WE LIVE, BUT RATHER HOW WE CHOOSE TO LIVE, THAT DETERMINES THE REAL VALUE OF LIFE!