I am excited to bring to you a special story from the father of a very young patient we had a few years ago. Jim Rajan and his wife, Maria Durand, brought their young daughter, Lua, to Hope4Cancer from the United Kingdom after following the path of conventional treatment. Lua came to us when she was just 2 years old. We are always saddened when we hear of a child so small that is faced with something so life-threatening. We are beyond pleased that after her visit with us, she has been able to live her life to the fullest!
Lua will be starting primary school this fall and we could not be happier for her and her family. They are true fighters and have faced life with positivity, despite all the hardships tossed their way!
By Jim Rajan, companion to cancer patient, Lua Rajan
My daughter Lua was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms’ Tumour (malignant tumors in both kidneys) when she was just 20 months old. Lua was born with a developmental delay and at that stage in her life she had only just started to move around and could just about stand up comfortably. To have a child with a developmental delay was difficult enough to be honest, it was really ostracizing and separated us from other parents and kids. But, when Lua was diagnosed with cancer it practically killed my wife and me. It laid waste to everything I personally understood about the world. We are so conditioned by modern day life so it is unusual to be put in the position of questioning it. Rarely do we look at the very essence of our lives and ask why.
The Standard Protocol
We were told she had to have chemotherapy, that they would do this and that, and yet when I asked about the thought processes behind such decisions, one oncologist said to me, “Well, because that’s just what we do.” There seemed to be a distinct lack of logic and common sense to their orthodox approach. Never has a conventional medical professional explain to me why Lua had cancer, and yet her functional medicine practitioner/nutritionist showed me with clarity and simplicity.
I believe that if you don’t address the cause of the problem, how can you ever truly fix it? A child with cancer in the United Kingdom has to have chemotherapy. If you refuse, the government can take your child away from you. So, Lua had, in the end, four different types of chemo.
What did the chemo do? The strongest effect those drugs had on her body was permanent liver damage. Not much else.
The Next Steps
Lua’s case was very rare, so much so that her doctors took extreme care, which I admired greatly. She had two tumors removed from her right kidney successfully but then they found that the tumor in the left kidney was in a very difficult place and so they wanted to try additional chemotherapy drugs to reduce it in size. But if the chemo she’d had in the past didn’t improve her health, would that be a valid road to take? In a moment of clarity, where I was able to genuinely connect to the heart of Lua’s oncologist, I found a way to persuade her to allow us some time to try some alternatives.
My research was relentless, but the alternatives were few. First on the list was the Burzynski Institute, but they would only accept Lua if she had been sent home to die. We had managed to keep Lua in a very good state by means of a very strict diet regime, purification, methods of detoxification, and more. They turned us down. Then I made a connection with a German Clinic offering anti-cancer vaccines, but they refused to treat a child.
Searching and searching the Internet night and day finally brought me to Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers in Mexico. I called them, and within an hour I was talking to Dr. Tony Jimenez, the Medical Director. My first impression was one of positivity. He sounded like a man who believed in what he was doing and more than that, he was optimistic. Not some kind of blind optimism, but it felt like a genuine wish to help Lua and a belief in what might be achieved.
I begged and borrowed the money to take Lua to Hope4Cancer, and we stayed for three weeks. We arrived and jumped straight into the therapies our Hope4Cancer doctors recommended. This amazing little kid was on four IV drips, which each took one hour, plus four to five other treatments everyday. Every single day.
I’m not going to lie when I say that the clinic was simply not prepared for a 2-year-old child. There were no games, but we worked hard to make it as fun as possible. We took her to the beach each day, and the team at the clinic bought her toys — some of which we still have. The nurses were wonderful with Lua, and they did their best to accommodate two parents living out an extreme life situation.
In fact, everyone at the clinic really helped us in our battle for victory. I believe that there is nothing in the world you cannot achieve. Where there is life, there is hope. If you have the will and the belief you can make anything happen. Almost all the other patients at the clinic were having drastic improvements. One lady had her 10 cm tumor reduce to 5 cm in two weeks, others were seeing 30 or 20 percent reductions in the size or blood flow to their tumors. It was amazing to witness. There was a young woman who had multiple tumors throughout her body. She said that she had spent a million dollars on chemo with no result, and yet she was rapidly getting better for the first time.
It wasn’t all roses. There were people who went to the clinic far too late and very little could be done to bodies ravaged by the poison of chemo and radiation. Some died while we were there. The fragility of life was served up on a plate daily. We made connections with people at Hope4Cancer that will never be broken.
Back at Home
Lua’s result from Hope4Cancer was a 3 mm reduction in the size of a 55 mm diameter tumor. Not much, but the real victory was an 80 percent reduction in the blood supply to the tumor. Any war can be won by destroying the supply chain.
I knew from my research that there were ways to help the body slowly absorb a dead tumor so we were very happy. We went home and continued with the Hope4Cancer home program. It was hard, but we kept it up. Unfortunately, “killing the blood supply” means nothing to an oncologist. They asked, “did it disappear?” The pressure intensified to remove it, and they found a hundred reasons why we should do so.
Eventually we relented and Lua had her last operation in September 2011, and now she is cancer free. But she is cancer-free not by chance and not because “she is one of the lucky ones.” She is cancer-free because we have used every piece of information wisely, and we will continue to use what works to ensure Lua is able to fulfill her mission as a human being.
What Hope4Cancer Means
For us Hope4Cancer was about education. We already knew a lot, but they took us to the next level. The lectures Dr. Tony gave were priceless. We only had to ask and were handed everything on a plate. There were people there who didn’t seem to want to know — who hadn’t realized that they needed to take responsibility for themselves, for their lives, but there are those types of people in all walks of life.
Cancer is a veritable opponent and beating it once doesn’t mean it won’t come back. In fact, everyone I know who has had cancer and didn’t change their lifestyle or thought patterns drastically, died from it the second time round. People are just not informed about cancer treatment. And most doctors aren’t informed either. “That’s just what we do” is their mentality.
The conventional cancer approach is based in protocol, and yet we are all different. That’s why I wrote my book Combating Cancer (Or how not to get ill in the modern world). It was painful to write, but I was compelled to do it. People have to know what their options are. You get diagnosed with cancer then what do you do? You see an oncologist, and he or she offers you the standard chemo, radiation, and operations, but there is never just one way of doing something. Just look at the myriad of ways nature has come up with the design of a flower. I would say that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are the absolute last options. Not the first. I would exhaust every other possibility before allowing such devastating damage to be inflicted on my body.
Lua is now six years old and starting primary school. The chemo damaged her body significantly and added to her developmental delay, but she is doing so well. She can swim and jump and almost run, and as the saying goes, she can talk for England! I am honored that she chose me to be one of those to hold her hand through such pain.
To cancer patients, I would say “good luck,” however, I don’t believe in luck. Know what your options are from the start and make decisions that feel right, not sound right. Wisdom and common sense are all you need. There is no boundary to human endeavor. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do to triumph.
Please take a look at my website. I set it up to sell my book. A second edition is coming soon under the title: The Path To A Healthy Life. Every single penny of the proceeds go to Momentum, a small independent charity supporting children with cancer and their families. A charity that helped us through our most difficult time.
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