Roscoe Douglas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer at age 67. The treatment offered was Chemotherapy only. The Liver mets were supposed to kill me in 6 months without chemo. I refused Chemo and started on the Budwig diet, a restrictive diet that involves eating a mixture of flax seed oil and cottage daily.
When I first learned about proton therapy in Nov 2015, I called most of the Proton centers on the east coast, and they would not treat liver metastasis. I found Dr Yang at Loma Linda on the internet, and he accepted me as a patient.
Dec 2015 I received 3 days of treatment on each tumor. A PET scan 3 weeks later showed the liver tumors were no longer cancerous and almost gone.
In Jan 2016, my colon tumor was removed robotically by Dr Conforti in Macon Ga,
In Feb 2016, a tumor around the aorta was treated by Dr Yang with Proton therapy.
From August 15th until Sept 28th 2016. One aorta tumor and 6 lung tumors were treated with Proton.
In Nov 2016 Dr Yang found 20 more lung tumors and told me that I should get my affairs in order, that he felt that I had less than 6 months to live. He scheduled a follow up visit for Mar 2017 if I was able to fly. He thought all 20 would grow at the same time and kill me.
I felt fine, and on Feb 18 2017, I had a Poppy 69 + Lola 1 = 70 birthday party. Lola is my youngest granddaughter who was born on my birthday Feb 19th, 2016. I organized a walk run, and completed my 140th marathon that day.
Feb and March 2017, I returned to Loma Linda and Dr Yang treated 5 more lung tumors. The other 15 had not grown.
On Aug 1st 2017, I Returned to Loma Linda and Dr Yang treated 9 more lung tumors with Proton therapy. He grouped the tumors into groups of 5, 2 and 2. The treatment was about 5 minutes per day for 3 days on each group.
I have at least 2 more lung tumors that he will treat in Feb 2018, and it may be more if others have grown by then.
I continue to do the Budwig diet, and take several vitamins and drink Pomegranate juice each day.
I believe that friends and family praying for me has been a big factor in my survival so far. I lot of people have asked me how I can have a positive attitude with terminal cancer. The answer is that I am not afraid to die. I know Jesus, and as a Christian, death is just a Change Of Address.
I would encourage anyone who is diagnosed with cancer to not rush into treatment immediately. Take time to consider all the treatment options. Doctors will usually only recommend treatment that is available locally. In the case of Metastatic cancer, that is usually Chemo Therapy. There may be other options, and in some cases, where there are other factors, an option could be to do nothing. I found Proton Therapy by continuing to research options after just changing my diet for 8 months. As of now, I have no side effects, and have a normal energy level. Does that mean that I have beat the cancer? No, but I have had a good quality of life for 2 1/2 years when I was supposed to have died in 6 months.
Remember, you did not get cancer yesterday. You may have found out yesterday that you have cancer, but it is not new. It will probably not kill you tomorrow unless you worry yourself to death. Calm down, pray for peace and you decide what treatment you want.
You can read more about Dr Yang and Loma Linda at www.protons.com