Have you ever watched someone who is dying from cancer? Someone you love? Someone you are close to? I have and it can be a painful and very stressful process for the dying and their loved ones. I can actually say that I know what death looks like in someone’s eyes. If you were to die today, would you have regrets?
It was a long hard fight against stage 4 lung cancer over the past 13 months. She was a smoker for several years, but she stopped smoking a very long time ago. My aunt is finally at peace and I will miss her, but I have good memories that will live on. She was a wonderful mother to my cousins, a very cool aunt and she loved to cook and entertain in her home, bringing people together. We will celebrate her life by making recipes from a few of her cookbooks. She wrote 3 cookbooks in her lifetime, which were a labor of love for her. I will cherish all of them and think of her always when preparing a meal from one of her cookbooks.
When faced with such a dire illness a person must make choices, choices to treat or not to treat and how to treat. One thing is for certain, I know and that is if I had stage four, I most likely would choose a very alternate route than what conventional medicine dictates. That’s not to say that my aunt’s choices were wrong. There is no judgment and I’m sure she felt she was making the right choice for herself. For her at the time I’m sure it seemed like the one and only best way to treat.
That’s where I believe we’re never really told what kind of options exist out in the world for this kind of illness or any chronic illness for that matter. In my opinion, the world is full of options and smart people who have figured it out, you just need to look, dig, research and ask questions. Be your own advocate. Doctors are human and make mistakes and no one knows what its like to live in your body better than you do. Get all the facts from several resources.
Though time may not be on your side, if you have the will and the desire, there is most likely another way, a way that your U.S. doctor may not even have the awareness about to educate you. In most cases, you’ll need to look elsewhere to get your answers and options. Options that hopefully will help you to feel good about the hard work, effort and expense that you’re about to embark on… options that will also help you to feel good about the long term.
What the FDA won’t tell you is that very large, high dose vitamin C administered intravenously will kill cancer and without all the nasty lethal side effects of chemo treatment. In my opinion, the reason they won’t tell you is because Big Pharma gets rich from sick people and the more severe or chronic the illness, the better to line their pockets. This may sound harsh, but “sickness” is an industry for them because they can make tons and tons of money on sick people and in my opinion, they prey on the innocent in their most vulnerable and desperate moments.
It’s not legal in the U.S. for a licensed practitioner to “treat cancer” with vitamin C. Why? Because it is a far cry from the kind of money that traditional/conventional treatments for cancer will make them. This in my opinion is the reality of what a sick person is dealing with, though never really aware of. Its likely if death occurs that it was more of a result of the conventional chemo treatment vs the illness itself. Big Pharma won’t be paying the medical bills or the funeral bill or sending cards or flowers or giving heart felt condolences. They’ll be moving on to the next victim.
There are clinics in Mexico that treat cancer successfully with high dose vitamin C administered through i.v. I believe this would definitely be an option on the table if I was diagnosed with any type of cancer that required very invasive conventional treatments. I would also include a very holistic approach and a diet that would change my pH to a very alkaline environment as cancer is unable to survive in an alkaline environment. I realize these things are easy for me to say because I’ve never had cancer, but I’ve battled enough chronic illnesses, that I know the conventional treatment in that particular area is most likely not for me. For the quality of life that I would want for myself conventional treatments in the U.S. wouldn’t be the right choice for me. I’m not passing judgment on those that choose conventional medication.
Many people might say to me … “insurance doesn’t cover alternative or unconventional treatments.” AND that’s where I say, “start taking charge of your own health. That is a cop out on yourself.” That might mean paying out of pocket costs and investing in treatments that are very beneficial for you whether they are covered by insurance or not. Insurance has been a crutch that has allowed us to stick our heads in the sand and be bound by the confines of insurance. If preventative measures are taken early, most likely it will end up costing you less in the long run and reduce your chances of facing chronic illness. Often the treatments I choose are not covered by insurance and that is certainly my choice. It can be an expensive investment. None-the-less it is and investment in me. That’s the word “INVESTMENT.” Invest in your health. It’s never too late to do that.
I’ll get off my “Soap Box” now and tell you that those who are dying have some pretty powerful insight to offer the rest of us on our own journeys. Bronnie Ware, who works in a hospice, found that among those who were in their last days of life, these were the 5 most common regrets that stood out to her.
Regrets of the Dying – by Bronnie Ware
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I think that no matter what age you are at, there is an important message to take to heart in these 5 regrets. After all, none of us really knows when or how we’ll die.
If you’d like the details of these 5 regrets, you can find them at Bronnie Ware’s blog here: Bronnie Ware – Regrets of the Dying
Statements in this blog should not be misconstrued as medical advice, but merely as the opinion of the author. If you are ill, please seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner.