A Determined Spirit
Tommy Lasorda, a baseball manager, once said, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” Rhio O’Connor was a strong believer in perseverance; therefore, he fed his faith and starved his fears. O’Connor was diagnosed with cancer called mesothelioma and given only one year to live. Mesothelioma is a rare disease, striking fewer than three thousand Americans a year, in which a cancerous tumor grows on the mesothelium ,the sac lining the internal body cavities, if malignant mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma starts in the chest, in the pleura, the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall that surrounds the lungs (Mesothelioma). Rhio O’Connor survived his prognosis for more than six years, by rigorously researching cancer. He spoke to countless doctors, researchers and patients. O’Connor‘s strength, faith, and determination inspires me to research and write about surviving cancer using alternative medicine.
If I was diagnosed with cancer and given calamitous news about my life shortly ending, the first thing I would do is seek other professional advice. I would visit a doctor who specializes in conventional medicine and one who specializes in alternative medicine. A doctor of conventional medicine may mention treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiation, and so on. Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells and can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity, or delivered orally in the form of a pill, depending on which drug is used. Radiation therapy is the use of a certain type of energy called ionizing radiation, which kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Today surgery, which can be used simultaneously with chemo and radiation therapy, involves less cutting and damage to nearby organs and tissues, it is less invasive, and often can be done to remove tumors while saving as much normal tissue and function as possible (Types). The doctor of alternative medicine may possibly mention a place such as, the New Hope Medical Center. This medical center uses alternative cancer treatments. Its staff promotes building the immune system, implementing anti-tumor protocols, and detoxification. Unlike chemotherapy or radiation treatments, this center’s goal is to destroy cancer cells and build up the body through cleansing methods and rid the body of cancerous waste.
According to the New Hope Medical Center, the immune system therapies include intravenous beet derived levo-rotary vitamin C, which has been proven to increase immune cell activity, help eliminate virus-infected cells, kill cancer cells , protect DNA mutation, reduce pain and much more. Treating deficiencies in the body, such as a thyroid deficiency, is eminent. Ninety percent of cancer patients have sub-clinical thyroid deficiency. The detoxification therapies focus on the removal of chemical toxins like pesticides and heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead and arsenic. These metals contribute to many diseases, such as cancer, and the weakening of the immune system. Cancer patients also need further detoxification in order to remove the toxic load that comes from the death of cancer cells.
Diet, preferably a vegetarian and low sugar diet would be practiced; as well as, stress reduction, psychological healing, hormone therapy, homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and much more (Treatments). This alternative medical center would not only provide a well rounded treatment that will help heal the body of cancer, but educate patients to maintain their cancer-free bodies.
Although alternative medicine treatments are not as popular as radiation, chemo, and surgery therapies, they are outstanding options that should be considered. Thus, I would research testimonials of people who have used these alternative or complementary therapies, case studies to see what the progress rates are with various types of cancer, statistics that illustrate success rates of cancer patients who used the various detoxifying and immune rebuilding therapies, diet¸ vitamins, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, and so on. Also, I would explore the web to read blogs such as the “Chronicles of a Cancer patient” or “The Assertive Cancer Patient”, to read about people’s journeys toward becoming cancer free and trace the various routes people took to succeed. A visit to the library would be very helpful; it could help me gain access to books in which doctors, researchers, and patients from around the world wrote about “cancer”. I may even find books that include cancer treatment centers and the side effects each treatment involves.
Exploring, investigating, and analyzing cancer would empower me. The reason why is that my life is no longer in someone else’s hands. I determine my life expectancy beside God. Having access to resources would allow me to sculpt and plan my own therapeutic path alongside clinicians. Just like Rhio O’Connor, an inspiration to all, believing in determination would set me free from impossibility and grant possibility.
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By: Floyd, Abena