According to the news, this boy had metastatic cancer spreading from brain to bone via bone marrow after aggressive 1 year treatments with chemo, surgery, and radiation followed by just 17 days remission.
When the devastated father contacted five different hospitals, in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Boston and Memphis, he was told the same answer with no hope. However because the father never gave up, he finally found a doctor at LA Children’s Hospital, who could perform a very cutting-edge treatment, a bone marrow transplant, the boy was saved.
Usually if cancer is in stage four spreading to other parts of a body, it is said as incurable. Yet, If I look for, I hear numerous stories of those who survived from the stage four or even terminal cancer like the last night news and noticed that there is an affinity among them:
1. Never Give Up
Survivors seek the newest or best treatment asking the 2nd and more opinions without accepting “No”.
2. Being Assertive
Instead of depending for everything on a doctor, survivors search information, learn their disease, and participate in making decisions for treatments. The more information you have, the more chance you have to find the best doctor/hospital, and treatment/remedy.
3. Good Communication with a Doctor
Survivors and doctors are good teams exchanging information accurately and the patients obey all the directions doctors give. They also have a good teamwork with their families: Two is better than one to discuss with a doctor. Preparing questions ahead and taking notes make a doctor more accountable.
4. Love and Support
Survivors have loving support from their families and friends, or cancer support groups. ( Some reports say that an intimate relationship strengthens a patient’s immune system.)
Instead of being intimidated by fear or worries, survivors enjoy each day with gratitude and never lose hope
Survivors are always praying. The faith brings peace, and peace brings hope.
A breast cancer survivor, Vickie Girard, who was told she had 6 months to live, but survived for 15 years beating cancer, wrote in her book, There’s No Place Like Hope:
“No one but God knows how many days any of us are meant to walk this earth. Not a doctor, not a hospital, not even we ourselves. As Gracie Allen once said, ‘ Never place a period in your life where God only meant to place a comma.’ ” “All the healing powers do not come from the outside, but that many are found within ourselves.”
Many survivors who broke with medical commonsense encourage me. Now keep fighting!