In October 2001, James “Rhio” O’Connor was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Pleural Masothelioma is a cancer of the Mesothelium, the sac lining the chest cavities, and essentially the disease takes over, crushing the lungs. Mesothelioma is often referred to as the “asbestos lung cancer,” but it is not a form of lung cancer. Lung cancer occurs in the lung itself where Mesothelioma occurs in the linings of the lungs. Mesothelioma attacks roughly three thousand Americans yearly. If I were diagnosed with Mesothelioma, or any deadly illness, I would begin research on how to cure my disease.
If, like James “Rhio” O’Connor, I was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and given by doctors a limited time to live, I would take a number of steps to address the situation. First I would take the news, the new information as a blessing, as I am of the opinion that it is better to know. Before leaving the doctors office, the day of discovering my fate, I would gather all the information that physician could offer. That would become my first priority; learning as much as possible about curing the illness, whether by means of radiation, surgery, or natural practices.
Doctors who diagnosed the cancer would become my first source. Then I would learn which medical institutions are the most advanced, and I would ask to be referred to several specialists in the field of medicine relevant to my illness. I would also begin to educate myself through literature and the web, which contains expansive information on most topics. I would then talk to friends, family and other people with the same condition. I would join support groups, organized by medical facilities, with other patients with similar illnesses. I would learn what treatments other patients had chosen, and what the results were. Also what the side effects of these various treatments would be important to me.
Based on what I learned, and with the help of doctors, experts, others in similar situations, and loved ones, I would then develop a program, a protocol of care to follow on a daily basis. The treatment would become a project with a process and steps to go through, and their associated pains and side effects are just part of the process towards the goal of being cured. I would begin by completely detoxifying my body, In order to physically dominate the cancer cells. I would continue to live a very active life, while focusing on eating healthier and getting extra exercise. I would contact Naturopaths and Dieticians, to research what types of food are good for my health and which foods agitate the illness. I would create a strict diet plan that would leave my body toxin free. I would also increase the amount of physical activities that I did daily. Overworking my body in order to exhaust all the bad toxins. Diet and exercise would become my key to becoming healthier and possibly curing the illness.
In the case of cancer, the major methods of treatment in Western medicine are Chemotherapy or radiation, and surgery. Because these both sound unpleasant to me, and in some cases are just not effective, I would learn about how other cultures cure my illness. Traditional Chinese medicine could be a source of knowledge. Most Naturopaths and Dieticians are aware of these more natural solutions. I would consult both as well as searching the Internet and buying books on the subject. Focusing my mind on finding a natural cure to substitute Chemotherapy would be the importance of this final step.
With all of this information, I would then be able to make a knowledgeable decision on how I want to cure my illness. I would aim towards the most natural methods possible, however if radiation were the only solution, I would choose that. A positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle, I believe, could delay a terminal illness like cancer if not terminate it completely. Above all I would keep a positive mentality, though the knowledge of my own approaching death would be very frightening. Though the thought would be scary I believe it would make me live every day to the fullest, truly living everyday as if it were my last.