My wife Elana and I had just returned home to New Zealand after six years in the UK. We wanted to settle in and make ourselves a home; get a house, have a family. At the same time, I had just found my dream job, an entrepreneurial endeavor that I was immensely passionate about.
Everything around me was in a great place. It was probably two years later that I started feeling a little bit of soreness in my hip. I was always a pretty active guy, so it just seemed like a sporting injury, nothing too unusual.
But after about a year of persistent pain, I thought I should probably get it checked out and see what was going on.
I went to a physiologist just before Christmas and got an X-ray, which came back showing a massive tumor at the top of my femur. I figured it must be benign and there was nothing to worry about, so I got an MRI scan done for good measure and scheduled a followup appointment for after the holidays. Looking back, I really wasn’t too bothered by any of it, until we came home to the MRI report in our mailbox.
I was surprised that they sent it to me personally and not the consultant, but I opened it anyway, expecting to see confirmation of this benign tumor.
It hit me like a ton of bricks: “multiple lesions found across pelvis and spine, suspected multiple myeloma.”
All of the doctors were on holiday, so I was left to consult with Dr. Google and Dr. Wikipedia, reading all of those things you immediately wish you could unread.
“Average life expectancy: 4-5 years.” Needless to say, it was an incredibly scary time.
I had to force myself not to look at the Internet anymore, and just went about life until the doctors returned to work in January. When I finally had a chance to go through my MRI results with a professional, I was sent straight down to the hospital – the tumor in my femur went right through the bone in a number of places, meaning my femur could potentially collapse at any point in time. I was lucky that it hadn’t collapsed already. So I had a titanium rod put in place and the wheels were set in motion for diagnosing the myeloma.
I was happy that things were starting to take place; now that I knew what I was dealing with, I could apply myself to learning more about the disease and the options there were to treat it. Soon after I started to research, I began to uncover this whole world of alternative treatments that I had no idea even existed.
Straight away, I ordered some supplements and began taking them alongside my chemotherapy cocktail and some radiation. My levels came down quite a bit, which was great, but after four months of treatment, my immune system was heavily impaired, and standard protocol still called for a stem cell transplant. I had done a lot of research into the procedure – it involves a very high dose of chemotherapy, and has a high risk of incurring some real long term problems. So I elected not to do that; I had the stem cells harvested just in case, and that could be plan B or plan Z, if I ever needed it.
But in the meantime, I wanted to explore the positive results I had seen from alternative treatments a little more. I started watching the “Truth About Cancer” documentary, and I remember being very impressed with Dr. Tony Jimenez. The more I researched his Hope4Cancer clinic in Tijuana, and in particular, the Seven Principles of Healing that Dr. Tony applies to his treatment program, the more it resonated with me and everything I had learned about the disease to this point.
It made sense that the only way to heal the body is to return it to a balanced state of homeostasis, and the only way to do that was holistically.
Adding more toxins would only compound the problem.
I started putting together my own protocol for treating the disease naturally, involving various supplements and a high dose of Vitamin C. I had been managing to successfully keep my levels at an upper normal range, a bit higher than I liked but relatively stable. They would tend to bounce when there was a holiday, or if I was not being as diligent with my diet. But at the beginning of the year, we had our second child, and my software startup was acquired by Microsoft.
Both of these milestones were great blessings, but I was finding that with the stress of work, a newborn, and a toddler combined, my IGG levels were on the rise.
I began to have these seeds of doubt, thinking that the cancer might beat me, or that I might not be around for my boys after a couple more years. In the back of my mind, I always had this idea that if my levels got too out of control I would go to this clinic in Mexico.
I knew I needed to keep fighting, so I decided it was time to pull the trigger. It was a daunting and expensive endeavor to come from New Zealand, but
…you can’t put a price on these things when your life is on the line and you want to stay alive for your family.
Right from the start, I could feel that I was regaining hope – I guess sometimes you just know when you’re heading down the right path.
The treatment program itself was the most comprehensive approach I had ever seen, helping to detoxify, boost the immune system, and address the emotional side of disease.
Since my visit to the clinic, my markers have made such a remarkable turnaround, to the point that I’m still in disbelief. After four and a half years of fighting so hard, for it to just turn around like that is incredible. I have more than just hope now.
I know I’m going to beat this.
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