By the time you read this I either will be in surgery or have completed it. This week’s post will bring you up to date.
I am not telling you about how I am dealing with the cancer diagnosis because I think it is particularly interesting. I am telling you because I think that the way I am dealing with it might provide some useful lessons for you. It is possible for YOU to stop giving events meaning. It is possible for YOU to create a positive context for your life. It is possible for YOU to pretty much eliminate stress and emotional suffering from your life.
I am telling you my story because anything that I am doing to deal effectively with a cancer diagnosis you can do to deal with any potentially difficult situation in YOUR life.
I’ve spoken to my support team
Since I wrote last week’s blog post I have met with Jennifer Lucus, my oncologist, Dr. Madhulika Varma, my surgeon at UCSF, and Michael Broffman of the Pine Street Clinic, my Chinese medicine specialist who is an expert on anything that has to do with cancer.
CEA can have false negative results
I discovered that about 80% of colon cancer throws off the CEA antigen. So when my CEA blood markers dropped dramatically from 79 to the normal range of under 2.5 (and I thought I had been healed), that really meant that some of the cancer cells were being killed off, but that other cancer cells remained in my system and were growing. At the moment there also are signs of cancer in my spleen and lymph nodes. Interestingly enough, the cancer that had been discovered in my liver last April has shrunk.
Dr. Varma will remove about a foot of my colon that contains the tumor on Thursday, starting at 8:30 a.m. The surgery is expected to take about four and a half hours. She expects me to be out of the hospital by Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
I’m using a Molecular and Genomic Profiling Lab
After the surgery I will have some cancer cells that have been removed sent to a Molecular and Genomic Profiling Lab. That will enable Michael to find specific therapies that are targeted to my genes and the specific form of the cancer cells in my body. He already has a lot of ideas, including specifically formulated cannabis oil, high dosage vitamin C, GC-MAF with Goliac, and several other supplements and other treatments.
I feel comfortable with the treatment plans and am confident that they will result in me being totally free of all the cancer my doctors tell me I have in a relatively short period of time.
I’m also working on my inner state
In addition to the surgery, diet, supplements, and alternative therapies, I continue to work on my inner state. I still am not giving meaning to my diagnosis or the surgery, so there is not and will not be any stress.
In addition, I am holding everything that happens in the context of: I am healthy. I am fine and will continue to be fine. I might not understand right now how some things are evidence of that context, but I’m still holding everything as proof that I’m really okay.
An important note to my readers:
Thanks for sending all your love and healing wishes. Your comments mean a lot to me. I really do think that love from a distance can heal, as we are ultimately all one (like the ocean) manifesting as specific people (different waves). So sending love to someone at a distance is really just loving all of yourself.
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