A personal perspective on cancer

Cancer cells

Cancer is one of the most feared words in the English language. Here is my story: In 1996 we returned from Kenya to the United States after working there for 6 years. While living there I was introduced by a Physician friend to Natural Medicine as an alternative to Pharmaceutical drugs.

We were returning to the states to restart our lives enjoying work, family and especially a new grandson. Cancer was the furthest think from all of my thoughts, but then it usually is, isn’t it.

Things went well for us for a time, but then in 2002 I developed a persistent cough. I went to my doctor who was and still is a close friend. He a thought it was a bronchial infection, (I had been prone to those since returning from Africa), but the cough persisted. He sent me for x-rays and it showed a spot on my right lung.

My doctor was concerned of course and referred me to a lung specialist. The specialist started a whole battery of test, more x-rays, CAT scan, Sonogram and the most conclusive a PET scan. Now just in case you don’t know what that is, here is the medical definition:

 

“Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging.

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body. Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, they offer the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.” (www.radiologyinfo.org).

Basically they put radioactive material in sugar water (glucose) and put it into your blood stream. Cancer cells love sugar, so they gobble it up and then they glow brightly when they take images of your body.

The Results

I remember very clearly the day we did the follow-up visit with the lung specialist. We of course were sent to a consulting room and eventually the doctor came in and said, “Mr. Lawson, the test show conclusively that you have a cancerous mass in your right lung”. He paused, waiting for a response from me; I just looked at him and said, “OK, what do we do next?”

He had kind of a shocked look on his face as he didn’t know what to say next. He then said, “As long as I have been dealing with people no one has ever responded that way.” I suppose he was used to someone breaking down in tears or such, which I can very easily understand. I responded to him, “Well, God was in control when I came into this room and He still is!” He didn’t quite know what to make of that, but we continued with the consultation. You may get a glimmer of how important my faith is to me.

The results of the tests showed that I had a small mass in my right lung behind my heart. This of course made it a little harder to get to or treat. He of course discussed several methods of treatment and we said we needed to talk and pray about it. (I haven’t mentioned it, but I had been a Minister for around 31 years at this time.)

My Decision   

 

We went home and talked and prayed about it. I told my wife (having been a minster for so long), I had seen so many people exactly where we were at. I had seen them go through the chemo and radiation treatments and the results were a life of misery. Yes, the treatments sometimes were successful, but struggles people had just dealing with all of the side effects didn’t interest me. Also the success rates for the treatments at the time were dismal to say the least.

In the end I decided that I would not undergo any of the traditional treatment methods, but I would look into alternative treatment. So, I began yet again a new branch in the road for my unexpected adventure,  and let me to a second book “Natural Cancer Cure”.

I hope you will take time to follow the links and look it over.

 

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