Surviving Metastatic Colon Cancer
Imagine emerging from surgery for removal of a tumor on the colon only to be told hours late by the same surgeons that you have an even greater problem….it’s gone to the liver. How does one win against metastatic colon cancer?
I thought, “Hey, they are confusing me for someone else, cause I just had surgery to take my cancer out.” They dropped the bomb on me while I was still in recovery.” He was given only 2-3 more months to live.
“I didn’t know at first what they were talking about. I thought, ‘hey they are confusing me with someone else’ cause I just had surgery to take my cancer out,” says Ismael still fairly incredulously. “They just dropped this bomb on me while I was still in recovery.”
Bedside manner notwithstanding, Ismael’s surgeons went on to assure him that without chemotherapy or radiation that he would have only 2-3 months to live.
Read how Sherry Barry has beaten the odds for the past five years, in remission from Stage 3 breast cancer.
“I’ve Never Been a Quitter, And I Wasn’t Going to Start Now”
“I’ve never been a quitter and I wasn’t going to start now,” says Ismael. “As soon as I could I got up and decided that it wasn’t going to kick me in the butt. I also knew that I wasn’t going to die there in that hospital.”
But he would have to return only a short while later when the surgery site became infected. “My body was already so compromised from the surgery that fighting off an infection was almost too much for it. So, in a weaker frame of mind I agreed to the chemo.”
Impending Death is Not An Emergency?
Even though he was given a short while to live, the healthcare system did not have any openings in Houston (Texas) for him so his wife (whom he credits for a large part of his recovery) made inquiries and found a treatment center in Arizona.
The treatments went on for almost 14 months and he responded well, with the markers well within normal ranges. Then the bottom dropped out, leaving them wondering if this might be the end.
“My markers were going back up and the treatment center in Arizona basically told me that I needed to have stronger chemo. But I just couldn’t handle it anymore. It was tearing me up and I was miserable. At one point I had to go to the ER because I was having such a bad reaction.” It was during his 7 day stay at the hospital (where he was not checked on routinely) that his granddaughter told him about Dr. Jimenez and the clinic in Mexico.
Ten years ago (2003) at the time of writing, a stage 4 colorectal cancer patient found Dr. Jimenez and Hope4Cancer and her life changed. Today she is in remission and eternally grateful, read Agnes McKim’s letter to Dr. Jimenez.
Finding Hope: “I Wish I Had Done This So Long Ago”
“I wasn’t going to go, you know. It was so far away and it cost money, and I just thought it was too good to be true.” He shares, that after a constant campaign by his granddaughter and wife, he agreed to go.
“And it has made all of the difference, I’m going to tell you. After only three weeks I had a 40% reduction in the tumors and I felt great!” Now further along than the traditional doctors ever gave him, Ismael is recuperating at home, surrounded by a loving family who are very happy to have him around.
“I would tell anyone to visit Dr. Jimenez in Mexico. He’s the real deal and he takes the time with you. All of them, there, do. If you need anything, just to talk, even, they are there. The place is beautiful, they care for you, and they take care of your family like it is their family. I wish I had done this so long ago, I can’t tell you.”