Joyner, Karen – Surviving Mesothelioma

Joyner, Karen

A NOTE TO MY GRANDBABIES

Dear grandbabies, I have waited so long for this moment, twenty years later and I am fighting for my life and the chance to get to know you. I went to my doctor’s office; I was told that I had only 6 months to live, Cold shot through my body, the Doctor’s touch was cold his face became a blur. I was diagnosed with malignant MESTHELIOMA. I wanted you both to know the reasons I choose not to take the traditional care methods, instead opting to do my own research, and changing my life stlye.

I did some research and discovered that there are three traditional kinds of treatment for patients with mesothelioma. Surgery (taking out the cancer) there is a procedure called VATS, or video-assisted thoracic surgery, although because of its more invasive nature, concerns of tumor seeding increase. Chemotherapy (using drugs to fight the cancer) The Alimta/Cisplatin chemotherapy regimen is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment specifically for malignant pleural mesothelioma. It is considered the most effective first-line treatment for mesothelioma patients who are not surgical candidates. However, Alimta/Cisplatin improves median survival for pleural mesothelioma patients by approximately three months over treatment with Cisplatin as a single agent. Finally, Radiation Therapy (using high-dose x-rays or other high-energy rays to kill cancer cells) Used palliatively, radiation can help control metastases (spread) of the tumor along tracks left by invasive procedures such as thoracoscopy, needle biopsy and chest tube drainage, or to control disease symptoms, such as pain or shortness of breath. Even with all of the procedures mentioned there are just no guarantees that the cancer will not return.

Because I longed to hold you in my arms and to meet you face to face I decided against anything that would cause even more damages to my mind, body and soul. Therefore, I choose a method of treatment that which is less evasive and will allow me to live longer to see, touch, and hear your beautiful voices. After consulting with my doctor, and opting out of the traditional care treatment, she suggested that I lived life to the fullest starting with an overhaul of my health. She made a few suggestions first that I read a book entitled,” They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor’s Story “by James “Rhio” O’ Connor. He was a lawyer who died from this disease, on July 11, 2009. He developed this disease, at the age of sixty-one, through asbestos as a youth and he lived with this disease for another seven and a half years. After reading his book, I began to pray and I asked God to give me enough time to meet each one of my grandbabies. With no real certainty of my future, I was already frightened to death of the prospects, and my gross ignorance on this disease only compounds the problem. . This lends credence to, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson A lot there are a lot of literature on the subject of surviving cancer on Mr. O’Connor’s website www.surviviningmesothelioma.com. I had made a decision: I was going to get busy living or die trying

The next day I flew to Los Angeles to visit an herbalist. The herbalist told me, physiologically speaking; cancer is an anaerobic condition in which cancer is the result of a low level of oxygen and acidic state of existence. When someone has cancer, it is true that the oxygen levels in the body are very low, and the body’s alkalinity is low. If both the oxygen and alkalinity are low, the body’s cells become abnormal. The cells in the body communicate with each other passing along vital information. Oxygen feeds the cells and allows for proper communication. If there is a lack there of oxygen, or a great lack of oxygen, the communication becomes disillusioned and the cells start acting abnormally. After he helped me to become more knowledgeable about cancer, he outlined a healthy plan sated with herbal remedies that would improve my overall health and sustainability.

After working with my doctor and the herbalist, we decided together on the best plan of action. I first changed my diet, I no longer cooked with fatty oils and opted for healthier oils, I no longer ate meat it is a medical/scientific fact that eating cooked meat raises white blood cells in the body. Any type of meat cooked at high degrees is denatured. Second, I changed my household cleaning products. When harmful products are inhaled it lower your immunity. Cleaning solutions that are inhaled goes directly to your bloodstream and travels throughout the entire body. Now, I am using biodegradable household cleaners. Third, I changed my life styles; I no longer use a microwave; I spend more time in the kitchen cooking healthy organic food; I no longer drink 6 cups of coffee a day; I spend more time outdoors breathing in fresh air, and I walk each day 5 miles. I get the most pleasure out of my volunteer work at the hospital for cancer patients. I encourage them to continue to look to the hills, because there is someone out there greater and He has a purpose for their lives. My beloved grandbabies I made these changes for you.

Eight years later I had the pleasure of helping your mother welcome into the world three pounds seven and a half ounce twins. Jayden you were born first and I will never forget the smell of your warm breath against my face. Hayden you were born a few minutes after, and you came into the world with a curiousness for life, you were looking around already trying to figure out the world around you. It made my heart smile to hold you both in my arms. I do not mind meeting my creator. God has more than granted my request…I have lived a full life through avoiding the traditional method of treatments, doing my own research to educate myself on this form of cancer, changing my life style, and meeting my grandbabies face to face. I never regretted for one moment the path I choose. Today you all are five years old and I have enjoyed every boo-boo, trips to the park, sleepovers, and birthdays these are life’s treasure. Lastly, to my grandbabies: may you never take life for granted… I have lived my life with a lot of what ifs…the world looks different from up here and I am enjoying every moment of it…stop to smell the flowers. This is good-bye for now I will see you soon; my skydiving instructor is signally me it is my time to jump! I love you both, “oomp-ma pat.”

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