Saturday, May 11, 2013

Momster of the Month - A Story of Survival: Part 1

I am thrilled to highlight my first MOM (Momster of the Month) just in time for Mother's Day, and not just because it is my momma Linda.  I am blessed beyond measure to be able to share her inspiring story; a story of survival.  I am blessed to be able to celebrate her and what a wonderful mom she is this Mother's Day, as well as every other day of the year.  If what the doctors had told her came to fruition, we would have had to say goodbye thirteen years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and given three months to live.
The Diagnosis
In January 2000, while at work, my mom ran into the corner of a metal file cabinet so hard she thought she was going to pass out.  Two months later, while performing a self-exam, she detected a lump exactly where she had injured herself on the file cabinet.  The official diagnosis came from a specialist on March 13, 2000 and when she told the doctor she wanted to get a second opinion he told her he understood but she had better not take too long to make a decision regarding his treatment recommendations of having both breasts removed and 36 weeks of daily chemotherapy and radiation..."time is not on your side".
My mom sought a second opinion from a highly recommended doctor and was told basically the same thing, but with a slightly different approach of taking treatment one step at a time with breast removal being the last step.  My mom felt numb.  She prayed a lot.  She hesitated to make a treatment decision because I was graduating high school that summer and she didn't know what treatment would do to her physically and she wanted to be fully present until after I graduated.  She also felt she wanted to look into alternative treatment options. 
Then came a shocker...the second doctor sent my mom a "letter of rejection" from her services.  She told my mom that there were no other alternative approaches possible to staying alive but hers, and if my mom continued down the path of "waiting to find an alternative" the only thing the doctor could guarantee was that my mom was going to die.
My mom's friend gave her a book by Dr. George Malkmus called God's Way to Ultimate Health: A Common Sense Guide  for Eliminating Sickness through Nutrition.  My mom starting following the recommendations of that book.  Juicing, juicing, and more juicing!  She lived on carrot, apple and barley green juice.
"So the journey of trying to bring health back to my body began.  I started juicing, eating only raw food, acupuncture, music therapy, chiropractic, energy balancing, homeopathy, reflexology, massage therapy and most importantly reading God's Word and praying.  Every time a door would open, I would walk through, and as fast as it opened it closed just like that and another door opened."

3 comments:

  1. Laura C.May 11, 2013

    Beautiful start! We need to cherish the special people in our lives. Congratulations to both MOM's! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I am happy to be able to share her story.

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  2. Here is what Saint John's Health Center shared on it's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=657824210900311&set=a.525359734146760.97108966.256444907704912&type=1&theater

    "'Celebrity' or not, the battle against breast cancer has many warriors. Linda is a HERO among them. Our Dr. Anton Bilchik recently received a letter from Linda's daughter about her mom's journey of COURAGE and HOPE. We thought it touching, inspiring and important to share with all of you:

    "Dr. Bilchik, You do not know me, but you performed my mom, Linda's mastectomy in 2004 (I believe). She does not know I'm writing, but I want to say "Thank you". She is alive and well, 13 years after her Stage 4 cancer diagnosis and her doctors continue to be stunned. You were such an integral part of her survival story and I thank you for operating on her when so many other doctors brushed her aside and told her to go home and die. I was a senior in high school when she was diagnosed in 2000. I have now been married for 4 years and our daughter, Lucy, will be turning one next month. I can't imagine not having my mom with me through so many important moments in life. I recently shared her story on my blog, if you would like to read it: http://www.momster-mash.com/2013/05/momster-of-month-story-of-survival-part.html Thank you again for your great work, and hope in healing. I'm sure there are many people so grateful for what you have done for them or their loved ones."

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