|Name: Bonnie J. Johnson
Diagnosis; Lung Cancer (Stage 3A Adenocarcinoma with Lymph Node Inv)
Diagnosed: May 2009
Diagnosis: Stage 3a adenocarcinoma with lymph node involvement.
68-yr-old female, non-smoker. Otherwise in good health.
In May 2009, I developed DVTs in my left leg, which then traveled to my lungs; this is called pulmonary emboli,
or PT. A follow-up CT scan to the lungs revealed a 2 cm tumor with lymph node involvement to the upper RT lobe.
I did not have any other symptoms. I was immediately put on Coumadin therapy, which later proved to be a failure.
In July 2009, a biopsy was done at our local hospital.
The tumor was an adenocarcinoma. We met with
the local oncologist the following day for consultation. The oncologist told us that the survival rate for advanced lung cancer was about 10-15% over 5 years. He then continued to tell us that chemotherapy and radiation were
the only way for me at this time. He said that
nutrition, supplements, and prayer would not make a difference. This was very disturbing information and was not acceptable to my way of life and thinking.
With this information in hand and being in a state of shock, we decided to research alternative cancer treatments.
I was able to find on the Internet a Dr. James
Forsythe, MD, who is an oncologist and homeopathic doctor. This appealed to me because I am a nurse, and have always been in health education and teaching.
Dr. Forsythe's clinic is the Century Wellness Clinic in Reno, NV, is not too far from our Napa Valley home. We
immediately contacted the clinic and moved into an apartment for the next 3-4 weeks, during the latter part of
July into August, 2009. I was given all the treatments that Suzanne describes in her interview with Dr. Forsythe
in her latest book, Knockout. It was at the clinic that I was introduced to Poly-MVA, the German Blood Test, salicinium,
and many important supplements to help the liver and the immune system. I also found out that my Vitamin D levels were 23ml.
During the summer, I continued to have problems with blood clots or thrombosis in my legs but the doctors were
not concerned because my Coumadin levels were where they needed to be. On Labor Day weekend, I ended up in our
local hospital with blood clots (pulmonary emboli) in all but one lobe of my lungs. This was caused, they believed,
by the active lung tumor. This time another oncologist met with us and we then decided to do the radiation treatments
(33) and 7 chemos. The oncologist agreed to use the recommendations from the German Blood Test. The German Blood
Test determined which chemotherapy would work best with my genetic make-up.
I was then considered a Coumadin failure, and put on an injectible heparin-type anticoagulant called Lovenox. This
has made all the difference in my life. Thank goodness for modern medicine. The treatments of the chemo and radiation went much better than I had expected. I did not lose any
of my hair, nor have I very little burning of the esophagus. I did and still have a cough from the effects of the radiation therapy which they say will eventually
get better. During this time I continued
the supplement program per Dr. Forsythe's recommendations, including Poly-MVA.
In January, I had a CT scan which showed a 2cm lesion on the liver, which they "thought" was not there
before, so they called it a continum from the original lung cancer. This was very disturbing to me so I called
Dr. Forsythe, and also sent him copies of the scan. He
was very happy to see how well I had done on the scans and did not feel the liver lesion had anything to do with
the liver cancer. He told me to call him anytime
I had concerns. This was such a relief to all of us.
The local oncologist started me on Tarceva, an oral non-chemo pill. I again had very little side effects from this agent. In March, the latest
blood tests, CEA and CA 125, were normal for the first time, and the subsequent CT scans taken last week showed
that the lesion on the liver has disappeared.
The original tumor and lymph nodes continue to get smaller.
The doctors here do not say that I am "cancer
free," but they say this is as good as it gets.
I feel very good, continue to do water exercises
4-5 times a week, take my Poly-MVA, keep my Vitamin D3 levels high, and continue many of the supplements I was started on at the Reno clinic.
I do not believe that any one thing has been the answer for me, but the combination of alternative and conventional medicine has been very instrumental in my recovery so
far. I am very humbled by this experience
and have learned many lessons of love, prayer and faith. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and family and
many great spiritually-minded friends.
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