Nancy Novack: Luckiest Lady in the World
I thought I had appendicitis. I had pain in the right side of my belly that didn’t want to go away. I went to my internist who examined me and immediately sent me for a CT scan … whatever that was, I did not know.
Leda Dederich: ‘I recognize this weird silver lining of the terminal cancer experience.’
Leda Dederich, who has a connection to the Commonweal cancer community, published this story about her response to metastatic breast cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic on MarketWatch.
Herb Scheidel: Metastatic Kidney Cancer
A longtime friend described Herb as “a force.” As his friend explained, Herb defied all odds to shape his life, his career, and later his journey with metastatic kidney cancer.
Barbara Smith Coleman: Exploring Meaning and Contribution
“. . . the doctors say I have, at best, six months to live. Now is the time for me to put my resources into starting a Cancer Help Program on the East Coast.”
Ayahuasca and Cancer: One Man's Experience
After being diagnosed with cancer of the liver, the author was advised by oncologists that his chances of survival were slim. He went to ayahuasca for a second opinion.
Ralph Moss: My Cancer Journey
BCCT advisor Ralph Moss, PhD, founder and director of The Moss Reports and the leading chronicler of integrative cancer treatments, has recently written about his own journey with prostate cancer in the Townsend Letter.
Janet Spitzer: Breast Cancer, Surgery and Femininity
Integrative medicine physician Janet Spitzer recounts her journey with breast cancer: intuiting that she had cancer, deciding on surgery, using complementary therapies, and receiving love and support.
Daniel Heagerty: Cancer—Choosing Expansion vs Contraction
My diagnosis of stage IV cancer was met in typical human fashion: shock, disbelief, victimhood, what caused this, why me? And it quickly evolved into a new life of profound uncertainty. Every test, every CT scan, every consult with my oncologist could provide more information but could not lessen the uncertainty. As humans we strive for certainty every day, every hour, yet now I must learn how to be with uncertainty, every day.
Lindsay McDonell: What’s Next? Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Ron: A Terminal Diagnosis, an Integrated Treatment Plan, and a White Light
If someone had told me I would have a profound spiritual healing, something that felt both completely real and utterly unexplainable, I would have said they were crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in the metaphysical world, or the possibility of divine intervention. I just thought those things were for other people. Folks more deserving of the universe’s attention.
Janie Brown: The Power of the Integrative Approach in Breast Cancer Treatment
We both thought we deeply understood the experience of cancer because of our years of work in the field but it wasn’t what we expected. The shock of the diagnosis was visceral, it was no longer hypothetical, it was real.