Thursday, December 25, 2014

That I am

Many times as I think about God, I often come to a place of thought that goes something like this...what if He never created me. It's almost scary, I can't and don't want to imagine never being. Instead, He has made me and made Himself known in many ways...through nature, His Word, Jesus and more. Accepting Jesus as your Savior allows a relationship to start and you become a new creation, He makes all things new and I believe you'll find it's not about religion (mostly following rules) but an actual relationship!
His Spirit will commune with ours, the new one that is birthed through accepting Jesus. Remember He makes all things new. The relationship begins...similar to being born, but now understanding is available.

As you think deep about what Christmas is about, remember He made us and to know Him...He wants to walk with us! If you would like to hear more about my relationship (they do very some individually) I would share with you. Peace this day...Merry Christmas! It's all about Jesus the Christ.

-Jesse

Monday, December 22, 2014

Improvement

Improvement.  The extra visit to the chiropractor seems to have helped.  Jesse was able to get on the BioMat yesterday and we have been using the TENS unit, with the pads placed directly on the lumbar - several times a day. He is making certain to use the rebounder daily, as movement is definitely helping to loosen up the back.

I am hoping we get a report back before Christmas from the Navarro Clinic on Jesse's last HCG sample - I suspect with holiday mail, the delivery time to the Phillipines may have delayed its arrival to the lab substantially.

Before Chrsitmas I hope to make more of the almond and coconut flour cookies that Jesse had made a few weeks ago with low glycemic stevia as the sweetener. It will be nice for him to have a cookie treat for Christmas without the concern that it will fuel cancer.

We also need to make a trip to Willy Street for organic produce, and more of Nancy's cottage cheese so I can continue to make the quark for the Budwig protocol - which is a food mixture developed and found especially beneficial for cancer patients with the muscle-wasting.

We ask for continued prayers - especially that Jesse will be up for travel for Christmas. His family is near, but my family's gathering is an hour one way the Saturday after Christmas.

Blessings to all of you this season - we are so grateful that love came down from the heavens in Jesus,
Rita

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grateful, but wanting to "get back"

This is Rita, and I thought I would post a quick update.  Jesse has had a great couple of weeks with minimal pain. "A spring in his step" as the doctors describe. The spaghetti dinner went very well - many turned out to support and Jesse was there for most of it.

The past 48 hrs have had a relapse in pain.  Mostly right hip yesterday, and today the lumbar area is causing a lot of pain.  Jesse is having issues with walkingm and putting weight on his right leg...just when he felt good enough where he thought perhaps he could paint or do some of the projects...Satan is at work to take that good feeling from him it seems. I called the chiropractor and was able to get Jesse in this morning for a 2nd adjustment of the week. Dr. Reeson described shirring - T10 vertebrae twisted right, T11 twisted left - opposite directions.  Lots of adjustments, and some good PT stretches - but unfortunately it did not alleviate the pain.

A BioMat session would help, but he feels too much pain to even consider lying on it. I pray he will feel better to get a session in on Friday. We did use the TENS unit tonight and I hope that helps take the edge off so he can get some sleep.

Some one is a Magic 98 listener(s) - today we received $1000 check from their Holiday Make A Wish - apparently our family was nominated. I gave Jesse the letter and the check, and it brought him to tears. We are very grateful, however, it makes him want to "get back" more and more to work.
We pray the new year will bring about healing in his lumbar and hip so he can feel great again.

Pray request for this increase of pain to subside and even better...go away - it was so encouraging when he did not have this. we also need prayer for Jesse to rekindle his willingness to consume the alkaline foods/diet that will create a pH environment in which cancer cannot survive. I became lenient for Thanksgiving and it seems we  have not got back "on it" since. I suspect the increased inflammation can have something to do with allowing a few cookies, some other acidic foods...and not pumping his cells with healing oxygenated foods.

Blessings to you all,
Rita

Friday, December 12, 2014

Using Your Mind To Heal

A friend shared with us the work of Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, author and speaker on the power of the mind to heal.
On December 16 from 5-6:30 pm pacific time, Dr. Remen is offering a free teleconference, "Stories About the Will To Live".  I wanted to share it with readers so that you can tune in or share with a loved one who is struggling with health issues.
As we start to look at more of Remen's work I am sure she will become a favorite as has Dr. Kelly Turner, author of "Radical Remission", and Lissa Rankin, author of "Mind Over Medicine".
This holiday season, if you have someone in your life who is very sick, I really encourage either of these books as a powerful healing device.
Or the book that introduced Jesse to the power of the mind to healing, "The Healing Code".

Remember how powerful the mind is...what you think about you bring about. Whether in health, or in success in life, or how you handle your day to day stressors. As one of my mentors, Keith Kochner of Mentorfish, likes to say, "what thoughts are you feeding yourself that don't serve you?".

Mind your mind,
Rita

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Excited for Weight Gain!!

I heard a happy yell from the bedroom this morning, "WOOT WOOT!"  Jesse weighed himself and it is GOOD NEWS!
This is the first time Jesse stepped on the scale  since just before Thanksgiving and he is up SEVEN pounds - it is what we have been praying for.  His lowest weight was on 11/12 - and it was after that that we started some new protocols to the routine:
1. CBD oil tinctutre, 1 gram a day of cocentrated medical cannabadiol
2. Rebounding - several minutes a day on a mini trampoline to get the lymph system working
3. Lymph massage from Dr. Lawler at the UW Integrative Clinic
4. Acupuncture from Dr. Weber at the UW Integrative Clinic

We continue to see Dr. Reeson for chiropractic once a week. The body works together as a whole unit. The prostrate gland is just one tiny part of the entire body. Jesse's spine had to be adjusted and repositioned. His bulging three lumbar discs had to decrease in inflammation in order to allow the immune system to communicate with the prostrate gland. It all ties together...and unfortunately, many MDs do not recognize this. If there is a problem, there is a cause ...which then has an effect - aka chronic pain, disease, etc.

Jesse has admitted he needs to get back on track with a number of protocols he has slacked on...such as the juicing or Arbonne Greens Balance - to fuel oxygen to the cells; the quark from the Budwig protocol (cottage cheese/flaxseed oil mixture); using the BioMat daily.  I can understand...it does get tiring day after day (although I let him take weekends off).

We have an oncology appointment today. Jesse plans to let the oncologist know that he does not want his drugs - and thank him graciously for his time.  The whole idea that testosterone should be brought to zero for prostrate cancer makes no sense to us. We can only pray that mainstream medicine will start looking beyond the information the drug companies provide them with, and review outside study information. Jesse makes a lot of sense to me when he asks, "if they bring my testosterone to zero - how will my body ever put muscle back on?"  Right? A very good question...the body cannot make muscle without this primary steroid hormone. His testosterone has been low for several years, which has allowed the estradiol to take hold.  The books I have read, by Dr. John Lee, Dr. David Zava, Dr. Chrstine Rollins, and more, point towards estradiol (E2 hormone) as being the driving force for cancers of the reproductive system. As Michael Platt MD, stated so matter of fact in his book, "The Miracle of BioIdentical Hormones" - if testosterone caused prostrate cancer, why don't we have an epidemic amongst 17 year old boys?"  If you have one of those, as we do, doesn't that question make you say, "oh yeah - that makes sense".  This is not supposed to be a "health lesson" blog...that is what my Purely Living blog is for....but we feel a part of the reason we are going through this is to help others.

We are sending another sample to the Navarro Clinic in the Phillipines today...and look forward to having results back hopefully by Christmas. The HCG test measures active cancer cells in the body...and so far, each test has had the number going DOWN. All the more reason to keep on taking the healthy approach to total healing!

God has been so good to us... continually healing Jesse's body, showing us love through all of your prayers and support, and by bringing people into our lives that are on the same journey, or going through their own struggles. We can walk along side them, share our story of how He is at work in our lives...and celebrate the lives we have been given.

Rejoicing this day,
Rita

Monday, December 1, 2014

We Had A Great Thanksgiving

Jesse felt really good on Thanksgiving day, and overall, is so much better than he was 6 weeks ago.  Pain has returned in his right hip, however, which is preventing good rest again. With the holiday over, we will return to a 100% anti-inflammatory diet - which means no dairy (not even organic whipped cream), and no gluten, or even gluten-free simple carbs.
Jesse was doing so well, and has more of a limp back today...which means back to the strict diet plan. He longs for the day when he can eat things we shouldn't. I am confident the day will come where he can enjoy an occasional sweet treat and not have after-effects of pain.
On Friday we visited a local practitioner who has a Wellness Pro unit. Developed as an FDA approved medical device as a TENS unit, it also helps with micro nutrient absorption.  Anything that can help Jesse's body assimilate nutrients and promote weight gain is a good tool in healing, in my opinion.  We will be talking to his doctor's about it and ask for a prescription. For the unit to be effective, Jesse would need to use it every other day...which would equate to a lot of winter driving and session fees.
We are learning much about the many resources available for holistic healing. This is a learning journey for certain.
Jesse is, for the first time in several years, actually excited about Christmas. He WANTS to listen to Christmas music...so I am putting a request out there...for a techno geek.  I had won an iPod Nano...Jesse may have a little iPod from ETC as well. He was told he could download a bunch of music from our CDs to the iPod and hook it up to a boombox to listen to it. (We learned our boombox doesn't have the right jack inlet, but we may have something else around here...).  I am asking for a volunteer who could, in a short time frame as it is December, grab a bunch of our CDs (Jesse could list his favorites) and be willing to rip? the songs and download to the iPod.  Granted, this means I need to find the cables...hmmm
But if you have the know-how and are willing to do so, hopefully in a week or so he could be listening to seasonal favorites... let us know.

In gratitude,
Rita

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude for Progress in this Journey

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I see Jesse has already posted...he is "bright eyed and bushy tailed" this morning, as my father would say to the early risers growing up on the farm.

We are so thankful for the progress in Jesse's healing.  Both Dr. Lawler, our DO who does lymphatic massage, and Dr. Reeson, chiropractic noticed how much better Jesse is doing....in movement, energy, his eyes....  His body is adjusting so much easier to their work.  The areas where I apply essential oils or DMSO for pain are much fewer. He no longer "goes through the roof" with pain when I lightly touch him to do these light massages.

In fact, my husband is feeling so good right now he is in the kitchen making us broccoli quiche with gluten-free crust for Thanksgiving breakfast.

I am so thankful to the Integrative Health Institute, which I joined several months ago.  The organization continually brings the leaders in alternative oncology to educate members on what they are using for successful remissions of stage four cancer patients, without the use of chemo and radiation. This week Jesse and I had the opportunity to sit down and listen to an interview with alternative oncology MD  - Thomas Lodi, who has a clinic in the Philipines, but also Oasis of Hope Healing Center in Arizona.

Lodi stresses the importance of an alkaline diet and detoxification, but perhaps more importantly he says to, "Be conscience of your thought and changing the pattern."

He mentioned envisioning work he does with his patients, having them draw the cancer smaller and smaller each time they come to see him. Jesse really liked this idea.

We were able to submit questions prior to the webinar, and he did confirm that CBD Oil is superb for fighting cancer, inflammation and metastasis.  I admit a sense of relief in hearing him say so, since we had invested in the medicine from a company in California that I found another alternative clinic offering on their website. Because of all of you and your support, we had the means to do so.

For those who would like to learn more about medical hemp, you can visit my Purely Living blog,
If you check out the video you will see the woman cured is rebounding, which is something Jesse has also begun doing in the past two weeks. Rebounding helps his lymph nodes to drain, and in combination with the acupuncture, lymph massage and adjustments - his body is able to detox more readily. Inflammation has greatly decreased, and because of all this his body is able to use the nutrients he is consuming more easily.

Gratitudes are many on this day....
- the great team of people we are working with
- the friends from St. Martin's who came to work on house projects this week
- the group of people who rallied to get the "purr healing factor" of a cat into our home this week
- friends who have visited and helped me with housework
- the generosity of those who offered great auction/raffle items for the spaghetti dinner this coming week
- our friend who made Jesse an organic Thanksgiving turkey plate for today.

And more. Speaking of which - we hope many of you will make it to the spaghetti dinner at the Cross Plains American Legion a week from Saturday, Dec. 6 from 4-7 pm.  There will be GLUTEN FREE pasta available, as I know many have that need. As well as meatless marinara for my vegetarian friends. It means Jesse can enjoy the pasta as well.  He is feeling so good right now I would not doubt that he can be present the entire three hours.

As I listen to him beating eggs in the kitchen, and I picture in my mind what he was like 6 weeks ago...he has "come a mile" as Dr. Reeson said this week. Jesse is looking forward to a game of cards with his family as we head to Black Earth for Thanksgiving dinner.

We appreciate all of you and give thanks for you each and every day,
Rita


Thanksgiving

Father, Thank you for this day, for all the help my family is receiving, your providence, and the healing I'm experiencing. You are Holy and good. It is you I seek. Thank you for creating me and drawing me to you and revealing who you are. Amen!

I learned this morning already a thankful heart brings peace, this in turn relieves stress and healing can abound. What are you thankful for? Tell God. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, thoroughly enjoy the day, it's going to be great!

-Jesse

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful

Jesus Calling mentioned being thankful and prayer. Often even lifting my leg to climb a stair I find I'm thanking Him for each step I'm able. I praying for continual improvement and am so grateful. Thank you Father!

The snow on the trees and shrubs, the blue sky, and the birds on the feeder...the day is off to a wonderful Start! Off to refill the feeders, Peace to you!

-Jesse

Monday, November 24, 2014

Peace

This evening had a moment I found pleasant. My wife singing, my son whistling and my daughter playing her ocarina. I could hear all of this while lying on the floor. This is good, I believe it reveals something...the overflow of our hearts. Thank you Father for music and peace!

-Jesse

Monday, November 17, 2014

Giving

My wife is amazing if you haven't figured this by now. My path would be different if not for her and all the education she has built up. We've put together a team to get us through this and Rita can breath easier, this good and right. I love you Rita!

I am so blessed in many ways and it is overwhelming me. I've never been on this side something like this and it's hard to be... sidelined? So many have blessed us with so much that I no longer have words to satisfy the appreciation inside. You are loved by me.

Being on this side, God is showing me much and it's often uncomfortable. What I'm learning and will learn I can take with me and encourage others ahead. I don't how or when but that's OK. I just need to walk close to Him and yield to The Holy Spirit. God has done so much in me. He removed my desire to get get drunk years ago, this after seeking Him through reading The Holy Bible from front to back. I will tell you of this encounter if would like to get together with me. (He wants a relationship with everyone I have found). He is living I come to know, not religion. He also got me through a lung disease and I believe will get me through my current trial. God is good!

Please don't hesitate to contact me If you would like. Nothing is more important than your relationship with our Creator, Jesus is the way provided. Peace to you this day and the days ahead!

-Jesse

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Feelings of Being Loved On As the Benefit Draws Near

We are days away from the Benefit Auction and raffle at the Cross Plains Fire Station on Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm.   Each time I learn of something amazing I share it with Jesse and he is moved deeply.  We did have an interview with Social Security today so the kids are set up to receive disability checks come May. I look forward to the day when we can call them and say, "you can keep your check - we don't need it because Jesse is cancer free!"

Even though today Jesse felt more weakness in his legs we remain optimistic. He did not receive his adjustment from Dr. Reeson this week, and he feels it may have made a difference.  Muscle testing was done this week as well as metabolic testing by a naturopathic practitioner, and it has been helpful in affirming what is working, what we may let go of, and what may be beneficial to add to his protocol.

Jesse also saw Dr. Weber for acupuncture this week - and Jesse told the doc that it is the highlight of his week. Tomorrow we see the oncologist, but truthfully, we don't feel he is of much help when all he can offer are treatments that have side effects that may cause cancer; and he has no answer for the muscle wasting.  The integrative clinic on S. Park Street is serving us well, and everything about the clinic feels "right" to Jesse.

Back to the fundraiser- I hope many of you can come out to support the event, or a future event. I am not sure how much Jesse will be able to attend Sunday. Besides weakness, he is not one who desires to be the center of attention.

A beautiful selection of Coach, Vera Bradley, Fossil and other purses and wristlets have been donated by my Arbonne family and friends. Even brand new friends/clients have made donations - one the men will love is the Driftless Trout Fly Fishing Day Trip for two. An ETC friend is donating a Robin Yount signed baseball...I just checked and see on line values from $159 upward. A local cheese factory also donated a $150 gift box of cheese and sausage...this is definitely NOT a ladies only event!

Area business have been very generous and we thank them: On the Go Tech (gift certificate towards a remote start for your car - with the polar vortex who doesn't want that!?), and the Shoebox  - both in Black Earth; Julie Dahmen from the Cross Plains Lanes, and Culver's also donated.  Crossroads Coffeehouse is providing coffee for the event - Mary Devitt has been so supportive of our family during this journey - she loves on us each time we visit her place.

In addition to the Purse Auction, the silent auction is brimming with custom jewelry, autographed sports memorabilia, woodworking, Driftless Trout Fly Fishing Trip, gift baskets for skincare, cheese, chocolate and wine; art, childrens books and craft kits, gift certificates of all sorts.
Get your holiday shopping done!!

You will not need to be present to win. If you need to leave sealed bids will be accepted with your maximum on an item. The auction will end at 3 pm. at which time, those not present will be called and hopefully winners can return to pick up their item(s); or make arrangements for payment and pick up.

It sounds like many of Jesse's co-workers may be coming...and organizers would like an ETC point person so that if an ETC friend wins an auction, but leaves early - they would like to send the item with someone from ETC for delivery and to arrange payment.

Come Hungry! BBQ sandwiches and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Bake Sale.  Many are baking - youth from our church, so many friends and family members, AND there will be international representation on our baked goods table - with traditional fare represented from Norway and Czechoslovakia...and I wonder what other countries might be represented...come see!

I feel so blessed to be a part of Arbonne...seeing donations come in on GoFundMe from NVPs I have never met.  For Rene Huston and Patio Pleasures taking the helm on this event, and for my long time friend Stacy Carlson working so hard, despite all that she has going on.

We are very grateful for everyone's love and support. Jesse is feeling very loved - and this I know...LOVE is the opposite of Fear....  a heart filled with love cannot succumb to cancer... it is what keeps him going, fighting a battle of which victory will have doctors stumped (aka RADICAL REMISSION!)  and God will be given the glory for His great works on Jesse's behalf.

We thank our Father for each and every one of you, we pray for others who are in the same battle (too many others we know in late stage battles), and for those who are fighting their own battles...cancer is just one of many earthly struggles. We continually ask for Power and Authority of our sovereign Lord to cast out cancer, and all darkness, to fill it with His Light. May you feel His presence each day as we do.

Peace and Joy,
Rita


Monday, November 3, 2014

Improved Odds with Alternative Cancer Treatment

I cannot believe it has been over a week since I last posted. Much has been happening...
We have been blessed by family and friends helping us out with winterizing and unfinished projects. Jesse and I visited the U.W. Integrative Medicine Atrium at 1120 S. Park St in Madison. The experience was vastly different - for the first time prescription drugs with possible tumor forming side effects were not suggested.

Because our chosen practitioner.Dr. Weber, has no openings until spring-break (guess if he is in that much demand he MUST be as good as we heard.), we were scheduled with Dr. Lawler last week Tuesday. It is amazing how God works on our behalf. I had a list of people we needed for our team - a lymph massage therapist, physical therapist, salt water pool PT for the bulged discs...  As it turns out Dr. Lawler is not an MD but a DO. Her speciality is bones, muscle and lymph! We discussed our treatment, sought an updated blood level test, etc. We spent what seemed an hour with Dr. Lawler...she encouraged Jesse to find a destressor. The knowledge of having a terminal cancer is stressing- no doubt. She encouraged him to watch the birds, draw, paint, listen to music or whatever helps him forgot about taking supplements, detoxing and fighting this disease...for 30 minutes a day.

We then had acupuncture scheduled with Dr. Weber. It was a way to see him before March. The man exuded peaceful, calm POSITIVE energy. His goal is to get Jesse's cells "firing" again. Dr. Weber took his time...we were definitely in the treatment room more than an hour. He would set the needles, place a warming lamp on Jesse, tend to another, and return...  

We rescheduled with Dr. Lawler for lymphatic massage, which Jesse had today. We also had a procedure with a local practitioner for a detox treatment that made sense to do after getting lymphatic drainage in motion. Eliminating toxins and dead cancer cells is a key factor in becoming cancer free, and reducing pain.

The plan is to continue chiropractic care with Dr. Reeson each week, and alternate between acupuncture and lymph massage, to get the body communicating throughout, and reduce inflammation of the bulged discs.

On a very good note...the PSA (prostrate number test) - has dropped nearly 100 points since Oct. 14 - a very good sign indeed. I believe the weekend elimination of toxins (which includes dead cancer cells) has a lot to do with this. The white blood cell count is also up a bit - not where it should be, but at least it is also headed in the right direction.

As a family we went down to Crossroads for a short while this past Friday morning. Being without pain, Jesse could do this...however, it is the lack of strength that keeps him from sitting upright too long. Asking for continued prayers especially for strength and weight gain.  

As of today the pain in lower body is still relatively pain free, however, a new pain is in the right shoulder.  He is very tender to the touch when I gently apply the essential oils and magnesium rich lotion.

We continue to be grateful for all of you and for those that are coming together on Jesse's healing team. God is putting the right helps in our path...thank you Lord Jesus!

To Him be the glory,
Rita S.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blessings Allowing Us to Seek Non Covered Services

What an emotional weekend! On Friday Jesse had visits from co-workers from ETC, who presented him with donations that had been given on his behalf. What an amazing company - how do we nominate a business for "best place to work" in Madison?
Thank you all  for your prayers - Jesse is grateful for each of our prayer warriors.

Every eve I massage Jesse with essential oils that are known to help with cancer. We also use a lotion by Ancient Minerals with magnesium chloride added, Arbonne SeaSouce gelee to draw out lactic acid and soothe muscle, cesium chloride spray, and DMSO. (well, actually a plethora of bottles lined up). We try to work this in 2-3x a day so I can change around what we are using since the skin is such a great conductor.

Earlier in the week I added Swedish Bitters to the protocol to help boost digestion and increase appetite (seeing we were getting no where with insurance on Marinol), and the black cumin seed oil also arrived, which has been found very effective in prostrate as well as other cancers..

On Saturday I located a practitioner at Hopewell Wellness Center on Odana Road that offers a HempVap. It's a battery operated pencil that allows you to breathe in CBD oil vapor. It is a low concentration...since Marinol was not approved by insurance, I was grateful to have found this product. The hope was to take  the edge off the pain so Jesse could withstand lying flat for 40 minutes, while I sandwich him between far infra red Bio-Mats set at 156 degrees...that was my goal.  He inhaled about 10 times and we he was able to withstand a full BioMat session - which has not happened since Labor Day weekend.  Granted, he was very stiff after lying still so long, and it was tough getting him off the massage table...
It does seem the negative ion therapy, that is a part of BioMat, woke up some nerves, and also prompted elimination of toxins.  This is an answer to prayer. 

I have suspected for some time that Jesse has not been shedding the dead cancer cells fast enough. I listened to one of the oncologists that runs an alternative clinic in Mexico this weekend in the "Quest for the Cures" series...and the doctor spoke of weakness, pain and poor doing that comes with a toxic buildup.

On Sunday Jesse felt a lot less pain - AMEN to that! When I apply the oils I always ask where he is feeling the most pain...and on this eve he said he really did not have any, unless I were to push hard on his lumbar.  Let us pray it continues to go in that direction.

This upcoming week we see the chiropractor, and a new doctor at the UW Integrative Medicine department. The person we purchased the HempVap from is a Alkaline/pH Lifecoach and we may add her to our team. There is an alternative medicine practitioner in Fitchburg, whom I learned is a biochemist. Biochemists seem to have the knowledge on how to reverse the cachexia. I plan to look at the clinic site and call to see how much experience, and success, they have with advanced cancer care.
 
We would like prayer that Dr. Weber at the integrative dept., who practices acupuncture on Tuesdays, might have an opening for us, if not this week, then next. I figure if we cannot get an appointment until March, we will see him as an acupuncturist. 

We have been blessed with donations this week by Jesse's co-workers, friends and family that are allowing me to step aside from seeking help at U.W. - which has not proved to be very helpful. We will pay out of pocket for uninsured services, as we are certain it is the only chance for true healing.

Sarah D. - it was nice to meet you Friday and yes, your prayer is answered, Jesse may have turned a corner this weekend. Let's hope it continues ...

Blessings to you all,
Rita

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bittersweet Memories

Our daughter Abby turns 12 on the 24th. I know the best present she could have had was for her dad to be well again.
Looking at this scrapbook layout I did probably 6 years ago - I see a healthy husband.
For my "law of attraction" friends who wanted a photo of Jesse healthy - here you go. Envision him well and with that more rounded face.
As we head into the last week of October it has been a rough one. Usually this is our most favorite month of the year - with celebrations of our kid's birthdays and our anniversary.
The kid's birthdays came and went with very little fuss. Fortunately, one of Abby's sweet friends threw her a party yesterday.
Next year we will have cause for great celebration when the Lord heals his broken, earthly son and makes him whole again. Meanwhile, we rejoice knowing that His love never fails...He is with Jesse through the pain endured at night, and we celebrate each morning he awakes to fight yet another day in this battle called cancer.

Blessings,
Rita

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bulging Discs...As in PLURAL!

A revelation today from the chiropractor in town, Reeson Chiropractic, that we switched Jesse over to last week. Dr. Reeson and I went over the MRI scans this afternoon. Looking beyond the cancer...I wanted to track down any present tumors, so I could target them with essential oils and BioMat infrared heat - both scientifically proven to reduce and/or eradicate tumor activity.
The scans are from 9-22 in which we were told there was nothing pressing on anything important (not exactly those words)...


THREE bulged discs L3-L5, and also a bulged disc in the neck, C6. 
Having been there 15 years ago with bulged/ruptured L5/S1, and remembering how debilitating it was - I cannot imagine the PAIN Jesse is going through with FOUR bulging discs. It is no wonder his legs have basically atrophied...and it is no wonder the pain meds are not touching it...

On a more positive note...we didn't see any tumor (his MD had said lower lumbar may have a tumor in July). Dr. Reeson did not find the PET scan images all that helpful, and it was unclear to him as to whether tumors were present in the scans from July. 

A veteran of chronic back pain and multiple disc surgeries, I have little doubt that all of the excruciating pain Jesse is experiencing is from bulged discs pressing on the main communication center/nerves. Because L3-L5 directly communicate to the prostrate, it is going to make cancer eradication all that much more tough as we still have a compromised nervous/immune system.

We will continue the anti-inflammatory foods, supplements, essential oils and FDA approved BioMat medical device to continue reducing active cancer cell activity, and now - hoping it will alleviate bulging discs with targeted chiropractic care. Dr. Reeson said acupuncture would be helpful as well to release endorphins, but we learned today that our insurance excludes acupuncture treatment. Even an oncologist referral would not matter.

For those just checking in, in case you missed it...we did receive word on Friday that the newest HCG test indicates that active cancer cells (aka LIVE cells, vs dead cancer cells - a PSA accounts for both) are down, from 52.6 on September 1 to 52.2 as of October 15.

Our specific prayer requests:
1. Cancellation for Dr. Weber's office, Jesse's new PCP at the UW integrative medicine clinic.
2. Pray for an appeal to insurance to approve Marinol, not only for increased appetite but pain relief. The multiple Oxy---- drugs are really not touching it.
3. A means to pay for acupuncture from Dr. Weber out of pocket - the newly chose practitioner provides this on Tuesdays. Although we could go to another acupuncturist for less, it makes sense to have fewer hands involved and it would allow Jesse's regular doctor to become more familiar with his body and how it is functioning (or lack there of).
4. Many prayers needed for weight gain...for the Spirit to remove cachexia tendencies from Jesse's body.
5. SLEEP to heal.

Thank you for your continued prayers,
Rita

Monday, October 20, 2014

While watching "Reflections" this early morning on Daystar, this verse showed up... 2 Cor 12:9. "...“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I'm am weak and know Christ's power is resting on me. Thank you father!

-Jesse

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oncology Discussion, Part 2 & Intro to Cachexia

A few more days have passed since I started the update from our oncology appointment. Seems every waking moment not spent caring for my husband, children (although they are very much on their own these past few months), some housework, and meals (focused on Jesse) - I am reading books, PubMed research data on meds or natural cancer fighting agents, focusing on cachexia (muscle wasting). I have little time for social media, even our own blog, and my business is on its own for the most part. Apologies for the delay for those waiting...

As was mentioned in the first part of this update - Jesse's cancer is too diffused in the bone for radiation to target, and per the first oncologist, chemo will not do much of anything for this type of cancer. Besides that, neither radiation and chemo eliminate cancer stem cells...only mature cancer cells. What this means is it can come back if stem cells remain. Jesse has said from the start that he doesn't feel he should have to kill the healthy part of his body to deal with the cancer.

With cachexia (muscle wasting) being the real threat, IMO, at this time...and lack of appetite - I sought to have these issues addressed. Dr. Hie feels Megace would increase Jesse's appetite. The idea behind this drug is women get more hungry when they are pregnant and progesterone levels are high. I had learned that progesterone is thermogenic and anabolic...and can actually help with weight loss. I attriubute progesterone to my own easy weight loss success four years ago, and a client had told me, happily, that she had lost 10 lbs changing nothing in her diet, but using transdermal progesterone cream. I can't help but think there must be something else, besides synthetic progestin, in the Megace formula that works synergestically for weight gain. We continue to hope Marinol will be approved by the insurance company to increase Jesse's appetite.

Regarding muscle wasting...I told Hie about bio-chemist, nutritionist Walter Last, of whose protocols we started implementing a few weeks ago. This includes Cesium Chloride, and we have the benefit of working with an expert coaching us through its use. Hie said he recalls another bio-chemist, from Russia, whose research had very good results with cachexia...however, the FDA never approved it. LIGHT BULB MOMENT! Immediately in my mind I thought if the FDA did not approve it must work!

I dug around a bit, and quickly found what I was looking for. Hydrazine Sulfate. This has been mentioned to me several times, and in fact, several days before our oncology appointment I had printed out information the protocol and it was still in the printer...

"Of all of the alternative treatments for cachexia, perhaps Hydrazine Sulphate is the best known. The reason is that it was designed specifically for cachexia.
Hydrazine Sulfate works on stopping the cycle just mentioned. Hydrazine Sulphate, or more commonly Hydrazine Sulfate, “interrupts the ability of the liver to convert lactic acid from tumours into glucose thereby helping to starve the tumours and inhibit their ability to metastasise.”


Since I began our update we did receive our HCG test results back from the Navarro Medical Clinic...and it was good news. The test measures the amount of active (live) cancer cells, simply put. The first test is a baseline, and subsequent testing will tell you if the protocol you are using is working, or not. If the number stays the same or is less, your cancer treatment is working. If it goes up...it is time to change it up.

Jesse's original test, sent in August 28 after 6 weeks on our protocol, was 52.6. and now it is 52.2. Which means there is less active cancer, but as a reminder, HCG does not provide the type of, or aggressiveness of cancer. When I asked Dr. Navarro about the cachexia, continued weight loss, he replied,
"Assuming that no new lesions have developed over time or if the lesions have decreased in size, this will explain the lowering of the HCG result . However, the result being positive is still indicative of the presence of the cancer. As long as the cancer cells are present, expect weight loss. However, if he is on an alternative regimentation, most of the food taken as well as supplements have fewer amounts of calories and can also play a role in weight loss."

I have also read a statistic that 20% of cancer patients do not die from cancer, but from cachexia - muscle wasting. The cancer doesn't worry me, what DOES worry me is cachexia. I know we are to give all our worries to the Lord, but the weight loss is stressing me out. Jesse is much more at peace than I am, to be honest. I know cesium chloride takes minimum 3 months, and could take up to 2 years to eradicate cancer that has metastasized, but I cannot help but wonder if hydrazine sulfate should be brought on board - either instead of cesium or in addition to.

From the Cancer tutor website, and explanation:
Hydrazine Sulfate blocks the cachexia cycle in the liver, and cesium chloride blocks the cachexia cycle in the cancer cells!
The two protocols can be used together. I realize I should give cesium chloride protocol more time, but it is very hard to be patient when you see the man you love most wasting away. I see what others do not.

What we need to find a way to do: STOP the liver from converting the lactic acid into glucose thereby breaking the cachexia cycle. For more on how cancer cells work visit this link for a PDF.

From all that I have been digging up, there is NO conventional treatment to address cachexia. Considering 20% cancer patients die from it, why don't we have CURE CACHEXIA campaigns, awareness walks, and fund raising runs?

There are alternative medicine clinics that are successful...unfortunately, from what I am gathering - one week can be $10,000 or more, and of course insurance is useless. You can bet that it takes more than a week to reverse cachexia!

Why is it that everything insurance pays for does us little good? At best, we received the lab work needed, and Rx for a more potent, time release pain killer (which is still not taking care of the pain to allow a restful nights sleep). Marinol has yet to be approved by the insurance company, 5 days later. Which means I am also researching herbs and natural remedies to increase appetite, such as bitters (thanks to a friend), and starting to read up on oleander used to increase appetite. Fighting cancer, and in reality - cachexia, on a shoe string budget is very much all encompassing of my time, to say the least.

Praying for a miracle,
Rita

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An In Depth of our Oncology Appointment & Discussions

A good appointment with the oncologist yesterday in that he was pleasant and upbeat...it wasn't the usual "downer" as we've experienced with the bedside manner of others. Prayers answered.
We really like Dr.Hie not only for his bedside manner, but that he is working with us in the realm of what he can offer at a conventional hospital.

This post will be long...as I feel the need to explain much for family and inquiring minds..
A good profile of testing was ordered. Because insurance companies still believe prostrate cancer is caused by high testosterone, Dr. Hie said insurance would not cover the estradiol test (elevated levels are true cause of not only female cancers, but prostrate as well - learned this is 2010 from Dr. Stacey Bean's wellness seminar in Madison - and many subsequently read books). Since insurance would not cover it I asked to have it removed from the testing list...but as I viewed results today...it was included. I would not doubt this test will cost 100s, if not over 1000, whereas I could have gotten it from ZRT for $40.

Dr. Hie disagreed with me, and the many doctors who treat prostrate cancers by bringing estrogen down. When I named doctors using it he was aware of them and said none conform to conventional...to which I said, "yes, and are you aware of their success rate?"  No response to that.  (It is always hours later, no longer at the appointment, where I ask myself "WHY didn't you ask the MD to explain why we don't have an epidemic amongst 17 yr old boys?" Platt posed this question in his book "The Miracle of Bio Identical Hormones", which I read in 2011.  It made so much sense I have to wonder why every doctor doesn't see this...it is more complicated than this, of course, as there are hormone conversions taking place; but just as for women - men require a BALANCE of estrogen to progesterone just as females do.

Hie then brought up a drug called Megace. It is a synthetic progesterone...aka progestin. Since progestin is known to cause cancer in women, I brought up my concern. I was told it is only proven to cause cancer in women...how fortunate that men are excluded! Or are they?

Interestingly enough, when I looked up the drug to see what it does - it brings DOWN estradiol levels...so in that respect - it is a very good thing as that is exactly what needs to happen. However, I am not sure if it is worth the risk. Since we already have Jesse on a high dose transdermal bHRT progesterone cream via. my hormone expert friend in California, Dr. Platt, my thoughts are that the bHRT dosage can be increased. Hie did not know if transdermal cream could be a high enough dose as compared to an oral drug. I will consult with Dr. P on this. Jesse is also on a number of supplements from Platt formulated to reduce estradiol. The first hormone balance test we paid out of pocket for in July did indicate that Jesse is estrogen dominant (aka cancer promoting state of being).

In discussing Lupron therapy Hie said his goal would be to get Jesse's testosterone below 25. Well, lab results posted today show it at 16. So already below the normal range for a man his age...and again- the estradiol is high.

Seeing that testosterone is already below Hie's goal on its own...we will have to ask his thoughts about that. Might he look a little more closely at my suggestion that estradiol contributes to prostrate cancer, not testosterone? PSA continues to rise, but I did tell Jesse to keep in mind that PSA measures all proteins - both living and dead cancer cells.

As I reviewed Lupron therapy and what is involved, the missing link I see is the lack of using progesterone - the only hormone that keeps estradiol in check. (in the write up on Lupron it states it addresses symptoms, not the cancer itself). It is no surprise that Hie said Lupron therapy does not have a success rate to 5 years for the most part. The root cause is not addressed.

this is getting long...watch for part two on discussions with oncology...

-Rita


Lupron and Low Testosterone

Just wanted to share this article that came in my email from the local International Pharmacy - which always provides good information on hormone balance.
In this article it talks about dangers of low testosterone - which again, makes me question the wisdom of using Lupron or other testosterone lowering drugs.  Are we working towards a remission of a prostrate cancer only to increase risk of stroke or heart attack later on?
I also am aware that the brain needs testosterone for memory function, amongst other things. I was reading the many possible side effects today of Lupron, and in my mind I ask, "really? why would we want to risk going there? ".  The print out from the pharmacist says it can even promote tumor activity - that may be a small risk, but again, why go there? If a person already has tumors, why promote further growth.
In Jesse's case, cachexia (muscle wasting) stems from an aggressive tumor.

Questioning the sensibility, or lack thereof, Lupron treatment...
Rita

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Silvery Anniversary - Celebrated in Oncology

I would have never imagined we would be spending our 25th wedding anniversary meeting with the oncologist. But that is where we spent our morning. I will say our meeting was an answer to prayer. Dr. Hie is SO different from any of the other doctors we have met and talked to on this journey. He is the only one that has not had the doom and gloom attitude.
He was positive, upbeat, did not argue or act condescending of our choice to approach this disease holistically. He understands we want more than 5 years... and he admitted that the treatment he has available for Jesse's type of cancer would not get us to five years.
Dr. Hie and I did have that usual conversation I tend to have with MDs re: hormones...where they feel testosterone causes prostate cancer, and I share that is is the estradiol and imbalance that happens when testosterone drops. I named doctors whom I have learned this from, and Hie's reply is that none follow conventional medicine. Which may be true, but I said they are healing 1000s of people. Because conventional medicine sees testosterone as the "cause" for prostrate cancer, I learned that insurance will not cover the request for an estradiol test for Jesse. Seeing as we would have to pay out of  pocket, I had him take the test off the lab list as I knew it would cost probably $1000s to have that test run at the U.W. whereas I could have it done on our own at a lab for a couple of $100.
Every time I have this conversation with a doctor I always kick myself later, because I always forget to ask the question, "if testosterone is the cause of prostrate cancer, why then is there not an epidemic among 17 year old boys?"  Does this make you wonder, as a reader?  It makes no sense the way conventional medicine sees this.
Megace and Luprin were discussed as hormone therapies. If you read the link to describe Megace, a synthetic progesterone (ie. progestin) - it is clear that its purpose is to counter estradiol - the cancer causing estrogen.
I admit, I forgot my paper with written questions at home...and I forgot to ask if either drug KILLS cancer STEM cells. If they do not, then the cancer grows back - usually more aggressively. To my knowledge (listening to another cancer summit recording, discussing this topic) - there is not conventional method that eliminates stem cells.

The main focus of conversation at our appointment today was discussing pain management options, and how to increase Jesse's appetite.  It is hard to follow the Budwig diet protocol when he is not able to eat the required amount of quark (CC/FSO) and flaxseed mixture. The Budwig protocol is the diet choice for patients experiencing cachexia (muscle wasting).  We were given two prescriptions that hopefully will stimulate appetite as well as manage pain.
I was listening to a integrative oncologist last night, talking about the benefits of three 50 minute BioMat far infrared heat (thermo) treatments each day to reduce tumors, and I realized how important it is for us to do this daily.  Right now Jesse is in too much pain to lie flat for 50 minutes. I don't care how loopy  he gets..we need to manage the pain so he can lie on the BioMat and be sandwiched between the two for proper treatment.

On this special day celebrating 25 years of marriage, my request is for prayer that we get to celebrate a 50th one day, and that pain is lessened and appetite is increased,

Thank you for your prayers,
Rita

Friday, October 10, 2014

Improvement in one leg - yeah!!!

Just wanted to share, as this is exciting, that today Jesse was able to get in his truck and for the first time in a long time he DID NOT have to lift his left leg into the truck. His right leg still needed assistance, but the right leg is the one in which the largest cancer lesion was seen in the bone.

He is feeling optimistic today - weak still, but just the fact that he feels like he is getting better and that the cesium chloride and Young Living oils are making a difference, along with all the many other facets of his protocol, is a great feeling.

Thank you Father for hearing our heart's cry!

Rita

Thursday, October 9, 2014

When We Are Weak Christ is Our Stronghold

Wanting to give a short update as my sister and her husband are here continuing work on insulating the bay windows. If you live down Brodhead, WI way...Dale Earleywine does EXCELLENT work and we highly recommend him. He is making sure we get as much R value as we can so we don't lose a ton of heat this winter.

Jesse feels that things are changing...pain seems to have lessened. It also seems to shift...sometimes in lower right leg and knee, for days, but then yesterday, it was back in his hip and thigh again.

The greatest prayer need right now is for strength. Pain has lessened, but Jesse feels very weak. There is comfort in knowing that our strength need not be our own, and that our Savior holds us up. Each morning devotion with Jesus is Calling speaks to our hearts, and pretty much has us both in tears...that's a good thing...we need that release.

 Last night Jesse was awake ALL night...not in pain...but he said he just felt wide awake. I think at 3 a.m. I finally heard him snoring...indication of deeper sleep. How odd that I find myself grateful to hear snoring, but he needs sleep. I just move to the living room couch... I think we better get more blankets in that room!

The Young Living essential oils arrived yesterday, although a friend had loaned me Frankincense until ours arrived, as it has been known to heal cancer, including that set into the bone. Studies on the use of Boswellia Sacra oil for cancer can be found at BioMed.  Boswellia serrata, discussed in this article, is a component of the Arbonne joint formula, and once I learned the benefits in regards to cancer of this ingredient, I doubled Jesse's daily supplement allowance. Studies are in infancy, but promising. I had published additional links and information on my Purely Living blog a couple of weeks ago.

I've been using Wintergreen followed by Peppermint to lessen the pain. I basically alternate massages with essential oils, cessium chloride spray, DMSO, and the Arbonne muscle massage gel, and the SeaSource Renewing Body Gelee - the latter of which helps draw lactic acid out of the muscles, which I had read the lactic acid contributes to the problem of cachexia.  Honestly, he should probably be getting a massage every two hours to get the greatest benefit, but I do what I can.

We just keep plugging along, praying, waiting and asking, "How long Lord must we wait?" Each day is tough when you want to see more pronounced improvements...

Time to go mix up the trio drinks of liquid potassium and cesium chloride for the morning round... I feel like a bartender mixing drinks a.m. and p.m., or more likely, a chemist in a lab...what a routine we have come to know, and I feel for every family who goes through this and all the extra tasks it puts on their plate.

A toast to my husband's health! We pray over each drink, food, and massage ...asking for it to heal.

Rita

Friday, October 3, 2014

Overwhelmed with Gratitude This Day

Cancer is draining, not only physically, mentally, but also financially. It has been incredible how fast we are burning through our savings. We also learned that Jesse does not have disability.  I can only imagine the stress this has caused him - which does not help one heal from cancer.

My own business is also realizing an impact. I am spending so much time trying to figure out a protocol that can help deter the pain and help heal the bones, that I have had very little time to focus on new business. I am very grateful for the residual income that I receive from clients who re-order on line, and was amazed last month at my month end numbers despite so little activity on my part. Still, my paycheck is about half of what it could be if I were "out there" presenting the benefits of the products.

As I viewed our savings account, and did a quick calculation - it is scary. I am trusting in the Lord to provide in our time of need, and He has just blown us away by generosity of others.

We received a card yesterday with a personal check near equivalent to one of Jesse's paychecks. Thank you Lord for the amazing generosity of this couple. We had not heard from them, but were assured they have been praying.

Jesse used up his vacation this week to take time off to heal, and he was planning to take off next week with pay. He called his boss to request time off with pay...and learned that his co-workers at Electronic Theatre Controls donated FOUR WEEKS of paid time off to help Jesse fight this battle.  I cannot even type this without tears...we were both crying at this news. For those from ETC reading this - may you and your families be blessed tenfold for your generosity!

This morning in our devotion God asked us to CRY OUT TO HIM...and we did. We sob through many of our devotions as of late...crying releases some hormone that is good for healing...so we just let the tears flow and eventually we can finish reading the passages before us.

I wanted to share our gratitude right away, before I head out doors for a work project with the neighbor coming over to help. A friend with stage 4 breast cancer is coming over early afternoon to use the BioMat for therapy, and share what she learned at the Budwig Center for cancer treatment in Spain. Later, I am teaching a class and helping a wonderful woman launch her Arbonne business... which means I will be exhausted when I get home.

Tomorrow my sisters and their families are coming to help us with yard work, insulating the bay windows, and a long list of things that we are simply behind in.

With much gratitude for all of you, words cannot express our appreciation.
Rita

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Past Due update

We have had computer issues...laptop is not working. Jesse struggles on stairs and cannot make it to the downstairs office to post. And I have been engrossed in wrapping my brain around the new addition of cesium chloride to the protocol, as well as recommendations by Walter Last, "Overcoming Cancer".

We did talk with the oncologist, Dr. Hie, this past Friday eve. The MRI indicates diffused cancer in the spine. Which means it is spread out, and Dr. Hie said does not provide a targeted area for radiation. He would  like us to consider Luprin - Hormone Replacement Therapy.

I am not sure if he has looked at the list of supplements Jesse is already taking. I have read previously on Luprin and what it is intended to do...and it seems the DIM and EstLess from Platt Wellness is already addressing the hormonal issues of the prostrate gland; along with the high dosage of bio-identical progesterone cream.

Also in the forefront of our mind are those we know personally - who have used Luprin therapy.  The cancer always seems to come back in the bones. Now, since Jesse's cancer is already there...I am not sure where this would leave us. Perhaps we need to ask, "why does Luprin cause cancer to resurface in bones?".
When I asked for a 5 year success rate on Luprin, and if it had been tracked, Dr. Hie said that the data did not offer a 5 year success rate. When I asked why, he did say (appreciate the honesty) that it comes back as another form of cancer. That being said...a release of the "elephant in the room" so to speak...neither of us can see the logic in using a treatment that has very short term success.

It is October 1st. Treatment options aside...these past few weeks seem to be more difficult for me emotionally than for Jesse. As I picked up a freezer in Lyndon Station last Friday - I realized the interstate exit led me to the park Jesse and I discovered last October for our annual anniversary date day.

This year we celebrate our silver wedding anniversary on the 14th...unless God performs the miracle we are praying for by that date, I don't see the two of us discovering any new park, holding hands while kicking up leaves, bird watching..we are not likely going to have the weekend away celebration hoped for. Fall is our very favorite time of year...and each day is a precious gift...we continue to pray that we learn from this journey so it is not without purpose, and continue to trust in the Father for deliverance from this disease.

Blessed by the kindness of our Sisters and Brothers in Christ, we thank all of you.

Rita

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on MRI, Ceesium Chloride is On the Way

Lot's has been going on and neither of us have had time to post...sorry.

1. Jesse's pain has gotten worse these past few weeks.
We started bath soaks with sodium bicarbonate, magnesium chloride flakes and Arbonne sea mineral soaks...it seems to help some. I also started applying DMSO to Jesse's  leg and hip followed by SeaSource Renewing Body Gelee... which is short term relief, although tonight he felt today may have been a turning point so let's pray it continues.

2. MRI was done Monday...odd we have not heard anything yet as they said results are usually available within hours. Perhaps the oncologist who ordered is out of the office....
Initially the MRI was to be on the hip and leg area, which is where all the pain stems from and what we wanted. But they ordered for several places in the body, no doubt to check on status of bone lesions. Three hours lying flat while in pain...well, that pretty much did my man in for the rest of Monday, and Tuesday was an awful day.

3. Contacted UW Patient Relations/Advocacy...which was not really any help. They do not research on your behalf to help find the doctor you are looking for...as had been suggested. We simply want to find a naturopath or integrative MD that works with oncology patients in UW Health...they gave us numbers for clinics to call.  Apparently a ND no longer/doesn't seem to exist. The integrative med MD we found on the UW helath internet search is not taking new patients, so unless Dr. Hie refers it probably won't happen. Which is disappointing...we really wanted to work with an MD who takes an integrative approach, could guide us on nutritional supplements and needs, and order blood work to monitor levels, as potassium will need to be checked regularly for the CC protocol.

4. Finally made that needed connection to the ceesium chloride (CC) alternative treatment expert. I wasn't going to order ceesium until we had some answers from the MRI, but I couldn't wait any longer...we need to get the pain managed and the Rx does pretty much nothing. Sleep is so important!  I need to focus on learning this new protocol and figure out how it fits into what we are already doing, and adjust where needed.

5. Found a small freezer tonight on Craigs list and plan to pick up Friday - praise the Lord!. This will give us a little more room in the chest freezer...which can then allow me to reach out and ask for some help with having some meals delivered from friends...Kyle needs gluten free, and minimal dairy. Jesse can have meat if it is organic, but also needs to be gluten and dairy free. So we are not the average family to simply bring meals to...but would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for continued prayers and support,
Rita

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fuel on the Fire

I am learning SO much today about an amazingly inexpensive protocol that has healed late stage and aggressive cancers...sodium bicarbonate, ie. baking soda.  More on this later, but I want to share an affirmation of what my gut instinct has told me since June...

An excerpt from Walter Last's e-book "Overcoming Cancer" ...
"Because radiotherapy and chemotherapy impose a high toxic load
on the body and impair the immune system even more than surgery,
they tend to increase the malignancy of any metastases that may
already be present, or promote the formation of new tumours. Any
perceived benefit, such as shrinking of tumours, is usually only
temporary, with much faster growth occurring later on."

After Jesse's CT scan in June he has commented more than once that since that night, he has felt a shift inside his body...and it was negative energy, not a positive shift.  Seeing as how the man was healthy prior to this ER visit (other than some low back pain off and on for a year), for what they deemed a pulled muscle, but for precautionary reasons wanted to do a CT scan...he has since gone "downhill" since that visit in regards to all that has taken place since.

My gut instinct, seeing the changes in him since June, has told me that the radiation from the CT and PET scans - although deemed necessary to inform us of the situation we are in today - fueled the particular cancer cells in Jesse's body.  The result of the CT scan in June showed two small areas of "sclerotic lesions" on the spine. A month later, in mid-July, the PET scan tells us there is a whole lot more, from neck to pelvis.

Is it possible that a CT picks up only two and misses all the rest? Or, might it be that the radiation poured gasoline on the existing cancer cells and caused them to spread like wildfire? With what I heard in the Cure to Cancer Summit podcasts today, I am trusting my gut instinct.

If only there was a way to tell if one's body is going to have a severe adverse reaction to radiation diagnostics..someone ought to work on that for the next Nobel prize.

Rita

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Got to sit out back again today. Didn't want to so much for I'm in some pain again. It was cool yet beautiful and I finished "Those who trust the Lord shall not be disappointed" It's a good book. My pain affects my outlook sometimes but it is truth that is crucial. At 6:00 on Daystar (ch.38 on the airwaves) is a movie we're going to watch as a family..."Another Perfect Stranger". Hope you have a wonderful evening. Peace.

-Jesse

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Cancer Protocol Supplements

Today I was reading some archived issues of the Bill Henderson "Curing Cancer Gently" newsletters...and learned about a Vietnamese herb called Crinum Latifolium for prostrate health. Henderson tried it himself, after using other forms of Crinium herb...but found the product developed by a Vietnamese researcher to excel compared with any other herb he has tried for prostrate health.

The symptoms addressed by the brand name, Crila,  are symptoms Jesse has experienced for the past several years, and continues to. I can't help but wonder if we had known about this herb several years ago if we would be in a different place today. (well wait, it is easy to forget how unique our situation was with the tailbone issue...no amount of clean eating, supplementing, alkalizing would have reversed disease in a gland to which no blood supply was flowing).

Still, looking at the cost of the supplement - sticker shock! It is not in our budget right now. I thought the $65/bottle foe the Beta glucan 3,1d was pricey, but it was recommended as the number one immunity boosting product on the market, so we put up.  People who tell me Arbonne is expensive would perhaps realize quickly that prevention costs less than actually having a disease. At least Arbonne customers get to shop at a discount.  I am thankful for the supplements we can get through Arbonne and use as a part of our protocol. 

In searching for cancer fighting supplements - purity is of utmost importance. Potency is of course key, or it is a waste of money. These are costly, and we don't receive a discount - many of the "best" are not available at amazon.com for a better deal. Thus is the case with Crila - at $100 a bottle...I am going to hold off for now and see if the steps we are taking do the work and fully restore health. Or perhaps a Naturopath could prescribe and we could get it that way...or at least write it off on taxes at the end of the year... something to help us out in that respect.

Jesse has quite a supplement protocol. As you can see from the picture above...it can be overwhelming. I love the supplements that come in a powdered form in a vegi capsule...as we can open up the capsule and dump it into his Arbonne vegan protein shake with the green foods for cell oxygenation. The powder forms of supplements allow us to simply  use a shaker cup to blend his shake...no noisy blender in the early morning.

Not shown, because it hasn't arrived yet, is the Barlean's organic, cold pressed flax seed oil that we are going to start using  - one case should last approximately a month. As well, the purest organic coconut oil we can find. Both of these good fats are going to be added to his smoothies as we need to put the fat back on his bones. Coconut oil will have to be blended with the Ninja, but I have added Barlean's previously to his shaker cup mix and blended with success. Barlean's is kind enough to sell their products to cancer patients at wholesale...but you must call. If you know someone with cancer who has lost weight and needs these oils (if they have lost weight they DO!) call and set up an account with Barlean's at 800-445-3529.  You can also get the organic flax seed from Barlean's, which is a part of the Budwig diet protocol - recommended for those who have lost weight.

Once the Barlean's arrives I will be making our 3rd edit to the original cancer treatment protocol...it seems I am finding more beneficial supplements and as I learn, the protocol is edited. If you would like to learn what we are doing just send me an email. I am working on the newer version this week.

I also forgot to include our teas...which are also an important part of the protocol. We have Essaic tea, a blend of herbs that have successfully helped to rid of cancer, and the Arbonne detox tea - with powerful liver supporters of milk thistle and dandelion, and formulated to help boost our internal glutathione factory. I have not found another detox tea that includes all of the beneficial ingredients that the Arbonne tea does, and as a non tea drinker - it tastes good (unlike the Essaic tea...an acquired taste).

I know this alternative approach is still costing less than conventional - we would be going over the maximum allowed pretty quickly with chemo and radiation, I believe.  And the long term result will be health 10, 20, 30 years from now...versus a  5 year success rate of .5% offered by conventional prostrate cancer treatment, per the report from the Department of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney  Cancer Centre, Royal 
North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW

Tip for today...take pure supplements with a high absorbency rate for prevention...unless you have a spinal deformity or other body/spinal malnormalty...it should do you a world of good and go a long ways into staying healthy.

Be well, 
Rita

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Less Pain...Thanks for those prayers!

I just wanted to report that within the past 48 hours Jesse has improved much in regards to the pain he has been feeling. He is walking more upright, and it is easy to see a marked improvement.

We visited Dr. B, the chiropractor in Oregon again. Thankfully NO major adjustments this time...all is pretty much holding well...in fact, the doc was impressed with how well Jesse is holding together. A little adjustment mid-back to right of spine, and down by the sacrum (remember, that was a huge re-haul last time - which contributed to the pain once that set in).

The lumbar looks very good and remains where it should  Dr. B just cannot see any indication of a lumbar tumor, as indicated by Jesse's MD.  If it was, we suspect it is no more. Or, all along, was it a bulged disc, and the anti-inflammatory diet took care of it?

As soon as the BioMats arrive we will sandwich Jesse within again, and we will have him feeling great in no time.

We also ordered a case of Barlean's pure, cold pressed flaxseed oil, and pure coconut oil, and flax seed. It should arrive Monday, at which time we will go full force with pumping these good fats into Jesse's system so we can put weight back on his frame.

Friday morning we see the oncologist. We will hear the "speech", and then show the results of the HCG test and see what he has to say about that. I also plan to track down the study that was done with Vit D therapy and men with prostrate cancer.

What I would like out of this appointment is a referral to an ND so we can have insurance pay for working with someone to monitor nutrient levels and make suggestions for weight gain.

Thank you for your continued prayers.  We are blessed as they are answered....but truth is, we would be blessed even if they were not. We know and trust everything is in God's time, and often through trials such as these...we learn a lesson of patience.

Blessings,
Rita

Cancer is a Family Affair

We are trying to make Jesse's life easier...he often comes home from work and makes himself fresh juice. Ideally, a cancer patient drinks juice within an hour of making it for the greatest benefit from the enzymes.

Yesterday I stopped at Willy Street Co-Op in the morning for organics...and juiced 8 lbs of carrots, bunch of celery, red Russian kale, radishes....then I grabbed cucumber from friends, and from our garden, cabbage, beets, lemon balm, bay leaves and cilantro...whew!  All that work and I ended up with only 10 pint jars and 2 jelly jars. I thought it would be more, but I was out of jars anyhow. Abby helped for a bit...clean up was a bit of a chore.

I cannot help but wonder how much more advantageous juicing is as compared to using a full spectrum, ultra pure green super food.  Any nutritionists have thoughts on this? I know the super green foods pump cells with oxygen and anti oxidants. How is that different than the benefits of juicing? Comments would be welcome.

Next time, however I decide to spend hours juicing, I am having a JUICING PARTY! Pretty much every speaker at the Cure To Cancer summit talks about importance of nutrition and juicing is a part. It really is not an option if you want optimal healing. (Do they know about super green foods and has anyone done research to compare the cell oxygen levels in people?)  Per a nutritionist who works with oncology patients, drinking juice fresh is best, but I was thrilled when one speaker said that if you can't make juice every day, spend one day juicing LOTS and putting in the freezer, taking out one by one. I decided that is simply what we needed to do.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vitamin D As A Part of Cancer Recovery and Prevention

This week I have been listening to The Cure to Cancer Summit. Anyone can register for free, and all talks are available for 48 hours after they have been live. If you are interested in improving your own health, helping a loved one with their battle for cancer, or if you have a health and wellness business (nutrition, medical, oncology, etc) - I highly encourage you to take advantage of the 2nd annual summit.
Carole Baggerly, of the Vitamin D Society, is one of the guest speakers and her talk is "Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention". I took a lot of notes and you can find them on my Purely Living blog, but as this is Jesse's healing blog, I will keep this short and post that relative to prostrate cancer.
Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. It is critical for cells to function. People work day jobs that are primarily indoors, children play on computers and watch television more than they play outside....our lifestyles create vitamin D deficiency. If everyone had Vitamin D levels of 40-60 it would help take care of many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, and several cancers. An oncologist who spoke at the summit last week, who practices in California, said that well over 90% of his patients are deficient in Vitamin D.
Prostate cancer research, headed by Dr. Bruce Hollis at the Medical University of South Carolina, men with stage 1 prostrate cancer were given 4,000 units/day for a one year period. After that time 55% had fewer lesions than when they started, and allowed them to bypass conventional treatment of radiation and chemo. This also holds true for African American men, which have a greater percentage of prostrate cancer diagnosis.
For men diagnosed with lethal prostrate cancer, a 57% reduction of cancer occurred when men got their Vitamin D levels up past 37.  (We see the oncologist Friday, and from speaking with the other two doctors, his MD and the pulmonary specialist - I suspect Jesse's diagnosis will be considered this as they use the word "aggressive".
The link to the Vitamin D Society has been added to the right side bar - and even though we did not use the society directly for Jesse's healing protocol - a high dose of Vitamin D was begun shortly after the confirmed diagnosis on July 18. I have no doubt in my mind that it was a huge player in Jesse's lower bracket HCG test for active cancer cells.
If you are going through cancer, please visit Purely Living for the in-depth note taking on Braggerly's talk and visit the Vitamin D Society's web page.  If you are organizing fund raisers to "CURE CANCER" do the world a huge favor, and support organizations such as this...which are researching and educating on PREVENTING cancer. I think we can all agree, the best cure for any disease - is PREVENTION.
May you get your sunshine today, without sunscreen,
Rita S.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Greetings on a Sunday,

I was able to make it to Blackhawk to today and this was good. Afterword, I was also able to get out on the back deck and drink some tea and read some of "Those who trust in the Lord shall not be disappointed". Absolutely beautiful back there. Kyle cleaned up the back area a while ago, I'll try and post a pic if possible. Still hurt'n today I think from the adjustment and or some of the work went back to the old position. If you are are praying for me, please be steadfast for it is very much appreciated. I keep coming back to the thought "no one loves me more than God" and know through all this He is doing a great work in my life and others as well...you included. If you pray for me, please...less to no pain, more weight and strength. Shalom!

-Jesse

Friday, September 5, 2014

HCG Results, Chiropractic and Acupuncture

On Wednesday of this week we went to the chiropractor in Oregon again...the one who found the curved tailbone, straightened it - allowing healing to begin.

This visit was slow and deliberate - checking over each part of Jesse's body. I won't list all the adjustments made - I wrote notes of which the page filled and I was squeezing into the margins. Achilles on left twisted, fixed foot to straighten...L4 and L5 lumbar out of place....and the biggie - the sacrum bone was tilted forward, and needed to be repositioned.  This was stubborn to adjust with the chiropractic furniture and required a manual adjustment similar to the tailbone.

I honestly don't know how Jesse handled it - I watched that take place. For the chiropractor - it was difficult  - it took all of his strength. Jesse told me after he could not have withstood much more pain.  Prayers requested that this 2nd, major adjustment to the spine and skelatol system stays in place and that the bones and muscles adjust and heal.

This adjustment has put Jesse back to experiencing greater pain.   This was no ordinary adjustment, but a major shift in how the body is structured...almost like an outpatient surgery, if you consider what really took place.

I set up an appointment for him today with an acupuncturist in Madison that I know through a businesswomen's group that I belong to. She also inferred that the two major adjustments Jesse has had would be enough to cause anyone pain. The session went for over  an hour - but the body has limits. She wasn't going to push it any further, and Jesse can decide if he wants to visit again.

Fortunately the Lafuma zero gravity chair arrived today...it is the most comfortable chair he has experienced. The heat from the mini Bio Mat, while sitting, helped...but he is in pain. I doubt the OxyCoden will provide much benefit this evening. Prayers are needed for sleep and pain relief.

I had signed up for the Cure for Cancer Summit  - which anyone can listen to online. I won't be able to catch all of the talks...but tonight listened to Leigh Erin Connealy, MD/Oncologist of the Center for New Medicine in California. Connealy listed testing that can catch cancer ten years before it shows in a medical imaging scan or thermography. She also mentioned tests she uses on her patients, of which there are quite a few, including the HCG.

We did receive the HCG test results back for Jesse from the Navarro Medical Clinic. The news was good, in my opinion, as the number was much lower than expected, 52.6.  The sample was taken on August 24 and mailed on the 25th - very quick results. Comments were that the elevated and positive number are likely a result of "remnants/microscopic remains of  prostrate cancer into the bones". Numbers can be as high as 10,000 for certain types of cancer. I have a few questions to send the doctor who provided the results, but it certainly seems we are going in the right direction with restoring cells to being healthy team players, and as well, perhaps knocking some off with the BioMat and infra-red sauna heat, and detoxing .

Jesse began his anti-inflammatory, alkaline based eating protocol on June 21st. Gradually, we added in more supplements as information gathering began and we talked with doctors and those who have gone through alternative and radical remission themselves.

I need to jump on board with this anti-inflammatory eating lifestyle - as in day to day diligence...and will start the Arbonne 30 day program on the 15th of this month. Several classes are coming up - but Dr. Connealy was very clear in her Summit talk that inflammation is a precursor to all cancer and disease. Per Connealy, everyone should have a C-Reactive Protein test to measure inflammation as it provides a very early warning that something is amiss.

May your C- Reactive Protein test measure no  more than one,
Rita