Below is my short story (albeit a very long page) that begins with my first dose of Protocel in March of 2012 and continues through to 2016 of living my life cancer free. It’s an easy, fast read about Protocel highs and Protocel lows….but in the end, (spoiler alert!) Protocel prevails.   You can begin reading now in the sequence it was written or you use can use the navigation titles to the right and go directly to the desired topic.  If you wish to search out anything, I’m afraid you’ll have to do it the old fashioned way and use Ctrl + F (control-find) and you will see a box appear in the upper left or the lower left depending on what browser you have…and it should look something like this:

When you see this on your screen, type your key search word and click next…it should take you right to it.

(Note…My cancer journey began in December of 2009.  I did not begin Protocel or writing until 4 months into my recurrence (2012) with the exception of a presence on the BCO message boards.) 

Protocel...My Beginning  3-20-2012

I've decided to chart my progress on an alternative therapy called Protocel 23. I have stage IV breast cancer with distant mets to lymph nodes, my chest wall, my hylar node (lung), cutaneous (skin) and deep tissue (muscle) involvement.  I can palpate three out of the ten tumors that I have, so my husband and I measured the most prominent one on my back: 1.5cm in length and 0.5cm height.  I took my initial dose of Protocel this morning at 0600.

I should say that I feel compelled to declare my intent with this diary. My wish is to journal my progress with accurate documentation (of the good and the bad) as well as weekly measurements. My hope and prayer is that when I am cancer free, my story will only serve to strengthen Protocel's position as a viable option in the ongoing battle to finding the cure.

I had my ovaries removed 3-9-2012, and the plan WAS to initiate the experimental off label Afintor asap...but my next scheduled Oncology appt. isn't until April 12th so I want to take full advantage of that time. (truth be told, I’m scared of her a little bit)  I've been researching and studying and I need to make an informed decision that I can present to the cancer center.  A local physician printed out some pages to Outsmart Your Cancer by Tanya Harter Pierce. I've purchased the book, and I have a good understanding of how this is supposed to work.   I ordered my Protocel from Vitamin Depot for 93.00 (yourvitamindepot.com) and I'm ready to go!

My dosage will be:  Protocel 23: 1/4 tsp in 3-5 oz of Distilled Water Every 5 hours around the clock. My dosing schedule will look like this:

6:00am, 10:30am, 3:00pm, 8:00pm and 1:00am. 

I can do this!

2 Days Later:-

So far it's a very easy treatment to follow. The biggest road blocks are carrying around two 5 oz pre-mixed doses but it’s not that big of a deal.  Even the middle of the night dose isn’t hard to do…It helps that my husband is on board and he and my dog both woke me last night to be sure I took my 0100 dose…and this is coming from the man who thinks the next cure I come up with will be hanging owl beaks over the bed.  (haha)

No signs of 'lysing' yet (white mucousy discharge from any or all orifices) Fast growing cancers lyse more quickly than slow.   I hope I see signs of this soon because my cancer has popped up all over the place pretty darn fast. 

Another consideration while on Protocel is my diet. I have to alter it now somewhat. No Vitamin C and no sugar.   Since white flour turns to sugar quickly and sugar feeds cancer, I’m giving up all refined sweet stuff.  Hopefully I’ll see positive signs of living a sugar free life just in that regard.  Whole grains are okay but foods that really pack a whollop of Vit C should be avoided. (Vit C and Protocel work at cross purposes and cancel each other out) So now, I'm leery about fresh fruit in my cereal and my broccoli in the afternoon. Another thing to avoid is resveratrol, so no more glass of wine at night? Acck! 

Well...on to day three. You do drink a lot of water (and distilled water too)

-Mark 9:23 Everything is possible for him who believes."

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April Fool’s Day  4-1-2012

Well today marks my 13th day on this treatment. I am doing very well...my hair is growing back from my token effort at chemo (3 treatments total of Taxol) and I think the Protocel 23 is truly working. My nodule to the left mid back has changed in size as well as consistency and pain associated with it. It used to be more tender to the touch but now that has minimized to just ‘you can tell something is there' This morning it measured 1cm by 1cm. This is shorter than the first measurement but also taller. It is theorized that tumor size is likened to an ice cube melting. The puddle of water the ice cube leaves is potentially why there is a change. The other 2 nodules I can feel (a pea size one on my R reconstructed incision line) and a deeper one to my right buttock (upper/outer quadrant) feel firmer and maybe a little smaller but it's hard to tell (and hard to measure with a dime store ruler.)

I'm keeping an excel spread sheet on my symptoms of lysing (lysing means the process of cancer cells breaking apart and dying) and the most predominate sign is fatigue. Intense fatigue to the point where even sleep does not resolve it. However, I still have energy when I first wake up in the morning to get dressed and go about my day. I've also experienced increase in urination and maybe just small amounts of mucous on my stools. One of the more exciting signs is ‘pins and needles' feeling to the area...however, I've really only experienced this one time but it was significant enough that I realized what it was. I want more of that feeling! (Pins and needles could be indicating the shutting down of energy in a cancer cell)

Diet is also a consideration. It is recommended that I eat a well-rounded diet. Keep it simple, eat like your grandparents ate and avoid Vitamin C.   As a matter of fact, it is documented that the main reason Protocel may not work is because of too much Vit C. The reasoning is Vit C produces its own ATD voltage jumping properties and that is counter-productive to what Protocel is trying to do which is lowering the voltage to starve the cancer. So...no vitamin supplements, no energy drinks, no sugar passes my lips and I drink about 64 oz. of water a day.

I also came across some advice for lysing in the lymph nodes. When the lysed material (similar to egg whites) is moving through the lymph track, it has a tendency to be sticky and slow... I read online to get one of those mini trampolines (rebounder) and do some gentle bouncing for 10 minutes a day. I put out an APB to find one and it's amazing how many people have those lying around in their attics...I had one by the next day and started gentle rebounding immediately. It feels good too and I'm optimistic it's going to mobilize my internal debris and get it the heck outta here!

The best thing about Protocel so far, is that I know I look healthy. People stop me and say I don't even look sick. And truthfully, sometimes I forget it myself... and that is no April Fool’s joke!

1 John 5:14This is the assurance we have…if we ask anything according to his will…we know that we have what we asked of him.

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Signs it’s Working  4-8-2012

Happy Easter!

Easter blessings are shining down on me today as I report on my Protocel Progress...20 days later. It's not as fast as I would like but I am respecting the process. Maybe it's the ‘watched pot never boils' syndrome but I find myself constantly feeling for the pulse of the cancer and what my body may be telling me at any given moment. ...and all this week it's been telling me that it's waxing and waning.

Today's measurements of my Left Back Nodule are: 1.25 in length and 0.75 in width. (The puddle theory) The depth and density are also much thinner and firmer. We're going to pick up some calibers for next week...my husband has a hard time finding the borders so he feels maybe the measuring is skewed. My other palpable (albeit non-measureable) nodules are also showing signs of shrinking (R reconstructed breast at the cleavage/incisional line and the R upper quadrant of my buttock in the deep tissue)

The most significant sign of lysing is that my ears run like crazy. That is the wildest thing....especially at night. It doesn't block them, like you've been swimming, it just feels like they're draining...My nose runs too...not as much though as my ears but I feel this sensation approx. an hour after I take my dose. I've also experienced crusting around my eyes and the pins and needles to the general area of my cancer. I can't truly identify which activity is what inside my chest wall, but something is going on.

Staying on the dosage track is very easy. I'm pretty much dosing at 6am, 10am, 3pm, 8pm and 1am.  I feel like my stomach is the most empty at these times and having an empty stomach may give me a better advantage. I have taken it with food but I don't want to make it a habit. The literature says it is known to work with food because it works on pets and in those cases, it’s almost impossible to give it to pets without some sort of food stuff.  Nonetheless, I would like to give myself my perceived benefit of an empty stomach. (And lots and lots of water)

I'm preparing for my meeting with the Oncologist on the 12th. I'll document on my spread sheet up through that day and then print it out for my ‘portfolio presentation' I'm going to give her. She thinks the appointment is all about starting the combination Afintior/Aromasin... however, I'm going to come armed with compelling evidence. I want her to continue to be my physician, to support me, to partner with me and share in my celebration as I (we) beat this beast in a non-toxic way. "First do no harm"

Once, I asked her..."Have you ever heard of Protocel?" Call me crazy, but I was searching her face and her eyes flickered with a knowing look. Did I read too much into it?   I want to believe she gave me the standard of care 3 doses, knowing she did her ‘due diligence' with the conventional route. I think she picked up on a few aspects of my personality, knowing I wouldn't be one to follow the herd.   Is it too much to ask that she would want to present my case to the tumor board?  That she might want to study me to potentially change the landscape of conventional cancer treatment? That the cure could possibly be in our midst?  Yes, that is probably too much to ask.  In any event, come Thursday, I'll get my labs drawn… we'll marvel at how good they are and then I’ll plea my case. 

According to conventional medicine, the response to treatment is defined as tumor regression that lasts 4 weeks. I have completed almost 3 weeks of alternative therapy and can safely say that I have had tumor regression that has lasted 2.5 weeks. Baby steps...I've got a lot of cancer.

Philipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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Just Say No To Chemo  4-10-2012

I'm anxious about my Oncologist apt. Thursday. I truly have the highest regards for her, and I would very much like for her to follow me through this journey...however, I am prepared for a parting of the ways. I have a plan B, so no worries. Mostly, I'm nervous about telling her "No" to 7,000/month for an off label in-house retail pharmacy med. I guess they've got all the approvals from my insurance for the Afinitor and just waiting for me to pay my copay and pick it up. (They shouldn't have made it up ahead of time)

I’m going to request my mediport removal. I would love another scan, but I think it's too early. It's only been 5-1/2 weeks. But having the port removed this month will greatly improve my golf game!  And if I'm honest with myself...I’m never having chemo again so what do I really need that thing for anyway?

I did buy a geometry math kit with a compass and a clear ruler....it's so much easier to measure now. A crude measurement of my R medial breast at 3 o'clock is a diameter of 1cm x 1.25cm. The nodule on my back measures this morning of 1.0cm x 0.8cm. But I don't want to enter that one in as an official measurement since it's not on Sunday.

I'm also encountering messing dispensing towards the end of this 8oz bottle. I'm ready to break in to my new one, but I don't want to waste a drop! Maybe I'll keep the last of it on stand-by in the event I spill my good bottle or something. I've found that it takes 2 days to get my supply from my source:  yourvitamindepot.com (and they include a complimentary medicine dropper which is a nice touch.)

Best of all, I feel great and people keep telling me over and over, how healthy and vibrant I look. I'm so encouraged...

-Mark 9:23 Everything is possible for him who believes."

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Face Off 4-12-2012

Interesting day at the Oncologist’s office where I was the driver and she was the passenger. She, of course, is against what I'm doing but she can't deny that my lumps are shrinking. Especially the one on my buttock that used to be the size of a grape and is now the size of a small marble...Oh and the one I've been measuring on my back? She had a hard time finding it.

My labs were stellar and she asked me about my diet…Which I told her is well-rounded with whole grains, nuts, animal proteins, fruits (not too many) and vegetables and that I consume no candy, baked goods or white flour. Cancer loves sugar and I’m not going to feed my cancer sugar. That might be hard for some, but I've never had a sweet tooth so it's not difficult for me. I'm also drinking about a half of gallon of water a day and I’m finding that is extremely helpful with moving the debris of broken-down cancer cells out of my body.

I explained to her that Protocel is a powerful immune system antioxidant...however, it's not the antioxidant properties that are killing the cancer. It’s the Protocel's ability to interfere with the ATP/energy producing abilities of the cancer cells. Since cancer cells are anaerobic (meaning they fuel up by fermenting glucose) and healthy cells are aerobic (meaning they use oxygen to survive) turning down the electrical voltage of all the cells makes the cancer literally fall apart. This small adjustment in the energy flow to the healthy cells does nothing to them, therefore they go unharmed.

I’m not taking any supplements because they might include extra Vitamin C and taking Vitamin C in conjunction with Protocel is the main reason it fails…this is because the two are working at cross purposes of starving the cancer cells of energy. (I had phoned the Naturopath Dr. Kim at Vitamin Depot and she helped me with compatibility) I'm even careful of not eating fortified cereal, energy bars or energy drinks.

Another great feature of Protocel is that it takes care of all anaerobic cells...cells that aren't necessarily cancer. Since any infection or disease is comprised of these, the Protocel can work with my immune system to protect me during any healing and inflammation process I might have...like my surgical wound from my ovary removal.

I told her The Protocel is a liquid...an elixir actually....and it comes in a dark amber bottle like vanilla. I have to shake it vigorously (it clings to the side of the bottle) and then I measure out 1/4 tsp and put it in 3-5oz of distilled water (there is no energy in distilled water) and drink it down. It tastes fine. Not objectionable at all. I tease my family and friends and say it tastes like life. :) (I usually get an eye roll for that one…and actually I did from her as well!)

Then she asked me “well, what about the tumors in your chest wall that you can't measure?” I told her that I get frequent sensations like little jolts of pins and needles as though the energy of the cancer is bzzz, bzzz, bzzz like it's fizzling right out. I'm also tired because killing cancer is hard work and it wears me out. She translates the fatigue as cancer growth (of course) but I feel otherwise.

My next appointment with her is in 6 weeks...she's not convinced, but that's okay. I am and if this is going to work, that is the important thing!

Proverbs 16:23 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

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Waxing and Waning 4-14-2012

4 Weeks on Protocel and I’ll get right to the measurments:

Left Mid Back node: 1cm x 0.75cm (shorter and thinner!)
Crude measurement of R medial reconstructed breast: (very difficult to get to this one) 0.6x 0.6cm round.
Palpated measurement of R upper buttock Node: This one is showing amazing response…it is small and hard. Bigger than a bee-bee but smaller than a marble.

Despite positive measurements, I've been having sensations of heaviness and stretching in a large area encompassing my left/side/back chest wall. I wish this wasn't giving me an uneasy feeling. I have to catch myself from doubting and put my faith in God that this is going to work...then I reach back, feel the nodule on my right buttock and breathe a sigh of relief. It's an ongoing emotional roller coaster...Yikes! - YaY! - Yikes! - YaY!

Every Sunday is a gift and I approach the coming week with a new set of resolutions and actions that I want to take going forward. I need to increase my exercise but this patch of bad weather we've had makes it hard to power walk through the winds... It shouldn't affect my trampoline cardio though so I'm forcing myself to do more of that daily and get the lymph moving.

I eat Bran flakes every morning to promote daily bowel movements and that is working. I'm also noticing a little mucus every day on my stools, so that's a good thing. The book talk's about copious amounts of the white stuff, but in my case, that is not the case. Eyes crusted every morning and extreme fatigue top my lysing list this week. I should also mention that I am hot flashing on and off like crazy, but I did just get my ovaries removed so of course it's probably a menopausal side effect...however, the opening and closing of the sweat glands are still a gateway for lysed material.

I guess I could compare the speed of lysing to that of active yeast cultures poured down your clogged drain vs. a cup of Draino. What's going to get through that gunk quicker? Well of course the Draino; but not without pipe corrosion. If you're patient, the digestive enzymes will metabolize the gunk. Maybe I need more digestive enzymes?  I think I'll increase my dosage to 1/3 -1/2 tsp this week and see what happens. This is referred to as power dosing and the book recommends only short stints of this practice.

Patience Kat...Patience...

-Psalms 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

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Power Dosing 4-22-2012

I just opened a brand new bottle of Protocel last night. That makes an 8oz 93.00 bottle lasting exactly a month, even with the short stint of power dosing. (Far cry over 7K eh?)

Remember last week, I had thought I would attempt to power dose a bit and see what happened. I increased my dose to between 1/3 and 1/2 tsp. around the clock. I started this on the 15th but had to decrease my dose back to the ¼ tsp by the 17th. I think I was lysing too fast because I developed a swollen painful node under my left arm. I immediately switched out to non-restrictive clothing (no bra) no shaving, no deodorant/antiperspirant and increased my jumping on the trampoline. I also took long hot showers and applying heat and gentle massage to the area. This was all successful and the swollen node resolved within 24 hours.

I believe that the increased speed of collecting the lysed material got my lymph track backed up like a bottle necked traffic jam. I couldn't get it to drain quickly enough. Increasing my activity and water intake (tap, bottle and distilled) seems to be moving things along. I can actually feel my chest wall draining!

So, I had an argument with myself. What truly is the difference between tolerating a painful/uncomfortable side effect of Protocel as compared to the many women who endure horrible side effects from their treatments on a daily basis? Surely I can handle a little more discomfort with mine if it is in fact speeding me to a cure?

The literature based on the results of Protocel promotes this treatment as a safe and methodical way of killing cancer. It's not a cytotoxic fast acting dangerous poison. If my cancer is lysing too fast and restricting an exit to leave my body, then I could actually be doing more damage to an otherwise healthy system. This is exactly what chemo does and what I'm trying to avoid! So, I will continue the recommended daily dosage of ¼ tsp every 5 hours and respect the process.

Some positive changes in my overall health and wellbeing are that my (growing) hair and skin look really great and my gums have never been in better shape! Seriously...my gums (of all things!:) Wild. My energy level is medium to high. I find I have to take a nap most every day. Sometimes I'm just hit with fatigue that is so intense it simply zaps everything out of me and I must lay down right then and there! But after I recharge, I'm good again. I have amazing will power when it comes to no desserts, candy or baked goods but I'm no angel...Last night for example, I had a few too many ‘water beers' (what we call Miller 64) so I guess cheating on sugar intake in this way is the same as any other.

I should also mention (again this week) that the end of the 1st bottle made for some very messy dispensing. This stains your counters and your clothes, so you have to be careful. A little drop can do a lot. When I take a dose of Protocel, I'll refill the glass with water and sip on that for a while and it always turns the water a tea color. Like one little drop of pre-mixed protocel combined with even more water continues to do its thing. I feel like this is a good way to keep steady therapeutic levels without power dosing.

Here are my measurements for this week:

Left Mid back node: 1.0cm x 0.75cm (unchanged)

Palpated measurement of R upper buttock Node: This not only feels smaller but it's also closer to the surface and not so deep!

Next week I start yoga classes right across the street at the community center and I'm also going to introduce a sauna in to the mix. (can't hurt!)

Romans 12:2 …be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

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The Mechanics of a Protocel Lifestyle  4-29-2012

Taking my Protocel in 5 hour increments around the clock is turning into second nature. I set my phone to alarm at 6a-10a-3p-8p-1a which ensures me I never miss a dose. However, I'm usually conscious of the time about ½ hour prior to the dose. It's has been a very rare occasion that I realized with a panic that it was 10 minutes past 5 hours....Hence the phone alarm system. It's been very helpful and I'm able to relax a bit. Since I initiated Protocel I have never gone past 5.5 hours

Last week, I started mixing all my doses with Distilled Water and not just my travel doses. I feel better about this concentration because distilled water has no energy to interfere with the Protocel. It seems to be more constipating though so I am usually drinking regular spring or fresh water during the day. After you shake it vigorously, I then put the opened end to my ear for a gentle listen. Sccchhhhhhhh (it bubbles ferociously!) I measure out my ¼ dose in the distilled water. I usually start a new bottle with the dropper and have to start pouring to measure when the dropper doesn't make it past ½ the bottle. I've said it before and I'll probably say it every time...it's a damn messy proposition.

My leaving the house doses are pre-mixed that morning in a mini 8oz plastic bottle that once had diet 7-up in it. It fits neatly in the pocket of my purse and I just whip it out, shake it up and take it at the scheduled time.

My night time dose is probably the most amusing. I mix it in a Tupperware sippy cup! When my alarm goes off at 1am, I half rise, put my finger over the spout and shake, shake, shake the sippy cup and drink it down. My head is back on the pillow just as the light from the phone goes back to dim. I usually have to wake up a few hours later to pee anyway, so getting a full night's sleep doesn't happen.

And here’s another thing…My hair is a cute pixie shape and I sit out in natural sun light for a few minutes most every day so I've got good color. People who see me out and about think I'm done with treatment because "I'm all better now." When I tell them I'm not on chemo anymore they assume that the pink ribbon has worked for me and all is well. I needed to come up with a short conversation piece that can relate to them that I'm still fighting the big fight, I could still use their prayers and please don't mock me because I'm doing this. So I came up with: "Conventional treatment hasn't been working for me, so I'm taking the road less traveled and doing some alternative things" Typically, I get a puzzled look so I take it a step further: "I'm doing some holistic remedies" Ahhhhh (that gets em) Now they look at me completely different with a so sorry because you appear so healthy look and then, just that quickly...I've turned from cancer-recovery-chic to huge nutcase who is just ever so slightly out of touch with reality.  –sigh-

Oh…have I mentioned Yoga?  Yoga is da bomb! I love it so much and I'm amazed I've only talked about it in the past 2 years instead of actually doing it! 2 nights a week but here I am...sitting here wishing it was right now! The stretching feels so good and I feel as though I'm opening up my rib cage and chest wall to drain out all the lysed material. I still pull out the mat most every morning and do some modified stretching and then on to the mini tramp. The best thing about Yoga is it gives me a renewed interest in what my body is telling me. When it tells me I'm exhausted, I go for a nap, when I feel a 'sensation' around my chest wall I start to pay attention to my breathing and start stretching to drain the lymphatic system. It just doesn't make any sense if these tumors are getting smaller on the surface who on earth would they be growing on the inside chest wall like wild fire? That just can't be. So I'm optimistic that it really is a draining sensation. Another positive lesson Yoga is teaching me is to be conscious of my breathing. I love that.  I haven't done the sauna yet. I still want to, but I keep coming up with reasons why I shouldn't. The main one being I don't want to get dehydrated. I'm still going to go just cautiously...Hopefully, this week.

Today's measurements: (Whoohoo!)

Left Mid Back Nodule: 0.9cm in length x 0.6 in width (marked improvement from last week) This one feels like a firm grain of rice

Palpated measurement of R medial reconstructed breast: Feels smaller and is more firm. Disc shaped

Palpated measurement of R upper buttock Node: Smaller with a slight location change! This has moved towards the outer quadrant and definitely more towards the surface. Firm.

I keep reminding myself of passage in the book (Outsmart Your Cancer) in regards to tumor regression: "The first two months or so may simply involve the Protocel formula stopping the progression of the cancer and stabilizing tumor growth. This in itself is a wonderful thing. ~Tanya Harter Pierce, M.A., MFCC

-John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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Adding Paw-Paw to the Mix 5-6-2012

Week 7 (Started Protocel 23 on March 20, 2012)

Flash on - Flash off. That's our new saying this week. Since I was catapulted into menopause in mid-March by having my ovaries removed, the hot flashes are "stop you in your tracks intense"...but only for about 20 seconds or so... and not intense in a bad way either. It's a rush wave that starts with my scalp and moves down to my toes. For whatever reason, I feel the need to announce it. "Whoa...flashing" That somehow helps me ride the wave I guess.

With more intense flashing this week there have been less signs of lysing. (Or is that my sign?) Whatever the cause, it had me in a little bit of a meltdown and I started second guessing my diet like crazy. I had given up all the broccoli and berries prior to the start of this regimen...mainly because I was afraid of the Vit C. Now, I'm reading too much about Vit E and Selenium and feel as though my diet is too rich in these. (1/4 cup of mixed nuts, eggs, chicken, baby spinach etc.) I’m Freaking out so I placed a call to Dr. Kim Cassidy; a Naturopath at Vitamin Depot... She's amazing and very helpful. (Her contact information is readily available to anyone and she is most generous with her time.)

She explained to me that my diet was fine. I'm doing everything right…but she was very emphatic about not taking any vitamin supplements!  When in doubt, do without.  I should also avoid anything that is fortified and no brazil nuts. (high in Selinium) I took it upon myself to give up cow’s milk which has phosphates in it (phosphates help those baby cows grow at an astounding rate) so it’s back to almond milk on my cereal.  I’m still having awesome restraint with sugar but I always was more of a sodium gal so it's not hard for me.  I do take a Vit D3 2000ius and one Calcium 1000mg tablet and those were approved for my case in conjunction with my regime, so yay. 

Then she said something that made the most sense of all. "Lysing is cyclical" Just like healthy cells have a shelf life, so do cancer cells. Weeks when I was having more signs of lysing could actually be happening at a time when the natural cycle of cell activity was peaking as well. Waxing and waning...ebbing and flowing...all those fancy ways to say the cycle of life.

Still, I want to keep pushing the envelope.

So, we talked about Paw-Paw and how it works synergistically with Protocel . I've been on Protocel 23 for 7 weeks now so this maybe a good time to introduce it. It works in much the same way as Protocel by shutting down the energy of the cell at the respiration level. I had read on alternativecancer.us that some people choose to take Paw Paw as a stand-alone therapy just as I have been doing with Protocel...or some folks combine the two. I will have to take Paw Paw with food (to prevent nausea…its main side effect) and at different times that I take the Protocel.  When my order ships I’ll be adding in 3 additional times to my dosing schedule and it will look something like this:

-6am Protocel
-7am Paw Paw with Food
-8am Protocel
-10am Protocel
-12N Paw Paw with Food
-3pm Protocel-
-6pm Paw Paw with Food
-8pm Protocel
-1am Protocel

I purchased a month's supply (39.99) and am going to give it a go on Monday. I feel like I'm in crunch time mode because I only have 2 ½ weeks until I see the oncologist again and she'll probably order a scan for the 1st of June. I’m excited to start Paw Paw but I’m also glad that I was able to familiarize my body to lysing before I add more lysing. 

Truth be told, I have some misgivings about not being true to the Protocel but if they truly do work together, maybe I would be crazy not to try it? Being in the driver's seat on the road less traveled...and without a Garmin/GPS does bring with it certain responsibilities.  I am going to treat the Paw Paw as merely a supportive player on this trip.  Protocel is still driving but Paw Paw will be in the back seat.

-James 5:15-And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.

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Hot Stone Massage 5-10-2012

Because of the kindness and generosity of a very dear FB friend, I had an hour long hot stone lymph draining massage yesterday and It was AMAZING! I asked the therapist to kind of assess for any new lumps or bumps that I could be completely unaware of and I'm happy to report she found none. She also said I had negative signs for lymphedema (although I think I have some truncal but my abdomen wasn't assessed.)

Here's the exciting thing though...this morning, (5/10) I'm going through my morning ritual of touching the 3 cancers I can touch and (call me crazy;) but I feel two out of the three palpable tumors have changed and shrunken significantly! I wonder if I had an accumulation of dead cells still clumped on to the masses that got dislodged and broken apart and swept away with the massage? (I know right?)  The only tumor that showed no change was the one on my reconstruction because of course she wouldn't be massaging those! (hmmmm)

I have also started to pinpoint body responses after dosing. Almost exactly 20 minutes after a dose of Protocel my nose starts to run. 40 minutes later I start flashing and that continues on and off for at about 20 more minutes.

However, the jury is still out on the Paw Paw...

I started my day today dizzy and have been suffering from this vertigo since I woke up. I attempted to do Yoga this morning and did “ just okay” Every move has to be a snail’s pace for fear I’ll hurl…and it’s hard to close my eyes because that just exacerbates the vertigo and the room keeps on spinning. If I had to guess I would say my blood sugars off but I can’t take sugar to get it to bounce back and no OJ either so I’m relying on good carbs for the long term fix. I think introducing the Paw Paw into the picture is what is kicking my a**.

I initiated the Paw Paw (in addition to the Protocel every 5 hours) on Monday the 4th : 2 caps three times a day with food. The first day there was a little nausea, then no signs really at all. Today, 5 days later, I’m feeling accumulative effects of this stuff. Where the Protocel is cyclical, the Paw Paw seems to be building up. I think I may cut back to twice a day on the tablets 12 hours apart and see if I wake up dizzy tomorrow. I hope not. My ears have also been draining a little more so maybe this is a good thing that I’ve got some moving lysed material.

I think I’ll nap and dream about my next spa experience and go easy on the Paw Paw.

Matthew 18:19 Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven

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Lymphedema…Always Stay Alert 5-11-2012

Last night, after my 1am dose, I just couldn't get back to sleep. My ears kept draining and draining....turn the right - drain drain drain...turn to the left - drain drain drain. So, this morning, I did a little more strenuous yoga, a little longer jumping on the trampoline and then I walked next door to the community center to do a 15 minute sauna.

Now, I know that saunas are contraindicated because of the risk for lymphedema. I had 19 nodes stripped out from my right underarm and even though I may be at a higher risk, I can't help but feel compelled to try….I just am driven to sweat this dead cancer out of my body!  With that being said, I have confidence in my physical condition, my flexibility, my strength and my exercise program to the point where I feel I can effectively ward off lymphedema.

I think that the risk of lymphedema was an important side effect to consider when I embarked on this journey. Because the whole mechanics of the treatment...breaking cells apart, sweeping them along in your lymph system to filter and remove the lysed material, I had to consider if my lymph system was and is strong enough to handle this. Ever since my double mastectomies and Axillary node dissection 2 years ago, I started wearing Spanx camis in lieu of a bra. I felt like the Spanx were supportive enough for my reconstruction and the slight compression to my abdomen couldn't hurt either. The bonus is you feel much more tone and fit. Who knew that 2 years later it would be beneficial for my overall lymph traffic control.  Maybe I should contact the Spanx people ! J

More good news about lysing and lymph is that the dead cells don’t really end up in your liver ...a few might (and maybe the spleen too) but certainly nothing like when I was on chemo and my liver had to go into overdrive of hyper-processing dead cells. Is it any wonder that there are so many 'mets to the liver' recurrences after chemo? The liver just can't handle it. That's why the Yoga and trampoline are so important to me while I'm on Protocel. The dead cells come out via the lymph system...my nose, my eyes and my sweat glands. Get the lymph system moving sweeps up the debris.

As for the sauna...I feel fabulous right this minute. Twice a week I think will be my routine because I certainly don't want to over-do...but I did feel like I had some excess lysed material that needs to be forced out every now and then. Now, I'm going to sit for 10 minutes out in the natural sunlight to finish restoring.   It's a beautiful day today!

Proverbs 5:18 may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

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It Appears We’re Winning! 5-24-2012

Great day at the Ocologists office today! She agrees that the main palpable nodule on my back is indeed shrinking and although she didn't say the other two are shrinking as well (*they are*) she did say that whatever I'm doing to keep doing it! She said I looked good…and I told her I felt as good as I look! It continues to be difficult to tell if the nodes on my chest wall are responding, but given the ones we can feel, it only stands to reason that they are doing as well. My energy level is good, I feel good...my weight is unchanged at 138. I'm just giddy with excitement today! My labs for the most part were all within normal range (little high on the Potassium side - concerned with the high concentration of K+ in Protocel and PawPaw) but my tumor markers are only 5.8 today. (0-37 is normal for this lab.) I should note though that my history with CA-27-29 markers have always been on the low side and they've never been higher than 65 at my peak of recurrence...so I don't necessarily feel I'm a good candidate to determine cancer just by tumor markers. (Something like 25% of the population is like me where these are not good indicators…so why does she keep drawing them?)  I agreed to keeping my mediport for one more month until my next scan (you do what you have to do in the bargaining process) and then I’m getting deported!  Whoohoo!

Speaking of my next scan, she doesn't want to do a PET on me until June 25th which is great...gives me another month to continue on my alternative around-the-clock Prayer and Protocel-Protocol of killing cancer!

I would love it if the current cancer center I attend would become more integrative, but they never will. (they still have candy dishes set out for goodness sakes) But even so, today she was just so darn likeable...or maybe that's because she's not resisting me. :) I know full well that she attributes my progress (or at the very least stability) on having my ovaries removed, zero sugar in my diet and my exercise regimen...but I just hope that she will look at the whole big picture. She made the comment, I don't know much about this Protocel.  And I'm thinking to myself....you've known I've been on it for 6 weeks…I bet you know about it by now! ;)

I guess maybe I should look at the whole big picture too...I have an oncologist who is agreeing to monitor me, access to the Naturopaths at Vitamin Depot, sunshine on my deck, a fitness center across the street and all of the good people who are loving me, encouraging me and cheering me on. I am counting my blessings.

Mathew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

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You Gotta Eat! 5-27-12

Everyone always asks me about my ‘special diet’  There really isn’t anything that special about it.  It is said to eat like grandparents ate…healthy foods, fresh product and animal protein.  I can guarantee Grandma and Grandpa ate plenty of meat.  Here's a sampling of my daily diet:

7ish: Bran flakes with 5 (five) blackberries and 2% milk. 1 cup of black coffee and then no more caffeine after that.

9ish: 1/4 cup of mixed nuts (no Brazil nuts)

Noon: My favorite lunch is baby spinach (wilted) and feta cheese on Triscuits. I could eat that all day. My other favorite is chicken salad (that I make up ahead of time) with chopped up celery/onion on a 100% whole wheat bagel and usually a couple types of raw vegetables on a small plate. Snap peas or broccoli or carrots. and an individually wrapped package of string cheese. Sometimes I use leftover whole wheat noodles from a dinner (see below:) and make a antipasto salad with black olives, chopped up turkey pepperoni and feta cheese again :)

Snack around 2pm: Blue corn tortilla chips with homemade salsa. (yum)

Dinner: Usually some type of animal protein. Chicken breasts usually...sautéed in olive oil or grilled. I make Chicken Parmesan (without the breading) with whole wheat spaghetti noodles. Or I'll sauté the chicken breasts and then shred the chicken and make awesome tacos with whole wheat tortillas and black beans. We do like Laura's lean beef and I can get one steak and slice it real thin and make a nice stir fry with snap peas, mushrooms and quinoa. Or again, with Laura's Lean beef, I’ll grill cheesburgers on 100% whole wheat buns and grill up some veggies (while the grill is hot!) with a side of sweet potatoe fries!

The dinners have varied somewhat since it's gotten warmer. I use my oven a lot to roast things when it's cooler out. If we go out to dinner, I usually stick with grilled chicken salads or pizza with a thin thin crust. (I love pizza)

And that's it! (I wish there was more fruit, but I’m afraid of the amount of Vitamin C I have in my diet as it is) I love to cook and especially I love to cook for the extended family and I get a lot of ideas from Bon Appetite magazine. I find it especially relaxing and I feel like I'm making things my husband and daughter (home from college) can eat that are healthy and not just specialized for me.

-Philipian 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

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The Emperor Has No Clothes On  6-3-2012

Well, I have had a great energetic week! I golfed twice and shot in the low 100's. I've babysat my grandbaby a few times and had a couple of shopping/dinner trips with my girlfriends. I've done Yoga 4 times in the past week, cleaned my house from top to bottom and then yesterday was happy to attend our 5 year old grandson's birthday party last night. I am feeling very well and healthy. (and yes, maybe just a little pooped today:)

I also saw my family doctor on Thursday for my standard "every 6 months to get my Ativan filled" appointment. This man, was completely and utterly taken by surprise that I was battling Breast Cancer 2.0 since December. I was really hoping my Cancer Center was communicating with him at the very least on a paper level...how naïve. Why on earth would they ask every visit "who is your family physician?" if they have no intention whatsoever of sending him a fax of my latest lab or scan report? I guess in my gut I knew this so I came to this appointment prepared with photocopies of recent scans and labs results and of course, some print outs of Protocel (that he willingly took for his records)

He said "You don't look like you're stage IV and full of cancer." I said "I don't feel like I'm stage IV and full of cancer." I asked him if he would order scans and the like for me in the event my Oncologist dismisses me. He said "absolutely" Anyway, to say the least, I'm very encouraged to have a medical doctor who is on my side.

And then I had this epiphany about small town doctors. It was a small town doctor told me about the Protocel just 3 months ago and now my own small town doctor is receptive to it. When you think about it...what really do they have to lose? Their patient to the system...that's what they have to lose! They can't prescribe it, but they can research it and tell their families and friends about. First do no harm...I think they're in a better position to stand up to the Oncologists and their concession stand pharmacies and declare "The emperor has no clothes on!"

I've increased my Protocel dosage to ½ tsp every 5 hours for 2 weeks now and this has become my standard dose. This increase actually happened by accident while I was preparing a dose. When you get to the half-way point of the bottle it's difficult to get the medicine dropper to reach the liquid so you have to start pouring out a dose. For whatever reason, I just started grabbing the ½ size measuring spoon instead of the ¼ size and never looked back.   I won't go as far as to say that the body has built up a tolerance to Protocel... however, I will say that it appears that I am. So, I'm listening to my body and dosing accordingly. I like to see signs of lysing especially while the tumors are still palpable.

I'm also tolerating the Paw Paw betterl as a supplement to my Protocel protocol. I'm able to take 2 caps 3 times a day with meals. (Opposite of Protocel on an empty stomach) When I first started it, that was always the plan to take 6 caps daily but I couldn't handle the vertigo/dizziness that came with it. Now though, with a gradual increase, I've been fine.

Left Mid Back Nodule: 0.4cm x 0.4cm down 0.1cm from last week! (Considering this one started at 1.5 x 0.5 I would say this is marked improvement!)

Palpated measurement of R medial reconstructed breast: This one is the smallest it has been since the get go. Still round and firm but what started out a marble to now a garden pea.

Palpated measurement of R upper buttock Node: This one is hiding...it has migrated deeper in the buttock and I had a very hard time finding it this morning. I'm taking this as a positive sign.

Mark 6:5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.

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I’m in a Constant State of Gratitude  6-10-2012

Today I am reporting that the nodule to my left mid back has all but disappeared. Well, not disappeared exactly but it's now rendered immeasurable. If it was 0.4x0.4 last week, it has to be 0.2x0.2 today. I can hardly even find it and my husband can't get to it with the little compass thing without pricking me with the sharp points.

And it's not just about the shrinking of all my palpable tumors. Since I've been on Protocel 23 I have no pain and I'm not bombarded with 27 different medications daily. I take exactly three things. Protocel, Paw Paw and Ativan. That's it. I have not caught a cold or been sick at all...and my scars from my port insertion and oophorectomy are so faded they are almost nonexistent. Isn't that amazing? The antioxidant properties of Protocel are keeping me in a bubble...healthy and energized.

The only thing that is causing me any grief at all is my port. With all of my Yoga and golf, it seems to have shifted and a membrane has grown over it so that they can't use it for blood draws anymore. I want it out in the worst way but timing is everything. I want to continue golfing the summer but I also want it out for my daughter's wedding in October. I'll probably schedule something after I see the Oncologist the first week of July.

Cancer is not going to win…it will not beat me.  Prayer, gratitude and envisioning a life without cancer….this is how I spend my days and my nights! 

-Mark 9:23 Everything is possible for him who believes."

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Scanxiety 6-17-2012

Scanxiety is setting in right on schedule. My scan is due for June 25th. My original Oncology appointment to go over the scan results was not until July 5th. I phoned the office and rescheduled my Onc appt for the 28th. I'm not waiting. I'm also headed to Canada for a family reunion on the 30th. I want to be able to share the results with everyone because either way, we're going to party our asses off! ;)

I continue to be optimistic that I will have a good scan. However, the ongoing debate of why would cancer pick and choose only the nodules I can feel to respond to Protocel but increase mets to where I can't see...also continues in my head.

So, I've made an executive decision. After this next scan, I just don't want another one for at least a year (or PRN). I'm tired of living in 3 month increments. I hate the uncertainty and I hate the second guessing. I feel good, I look good and dammit...I just don't need the stress.

I'm very pleased with the signs of lysing (mucus in my stools/nasal drainage) and also what I perceive as ‘traveling pains' in my shoulders and legs. The lymph fluid is moving! I've increased my water intake even more and I'm rebounding in earnest. Yoga daily (I found a Zen Channel on Sirius 857) doesn't hurt either!

I am also sincerely wishing I had found this formula when I was a Stage IIb 2 years ago. Since it takes billions of cancer cells to create one little lump, it stands to reason that even if you can't see or feel them, they are there. My theory is that I didn't have a recurrence...they just never got it all. Even with a Double Mastectomy and Tamoxifen (hormone blocker), cancer was there all along making clusters that would not become evident for 2 years. If that truly was the case, then I truly believe that Protocel would have taken care of this long before it got to this stage.

Psalms 112:7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

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Breast Cancer and the Ugly Truth 6-24-2012

It's been an extremely stressful week.

I'm so very saddened to learn of the passing of a breast cancer Angel from the Afinitor/evrolimus trial. My heart is in tatters. I made two entries on the breast cancer support thread...one to say I was joining the group and another to say I changed my mind and was going in another direction. I started Protocel 10 days after Debbie started Afinitor. I prayed myself to sleep last night by asking the Lord for strength for her family and to end cancer and woke this morning in the same way.

I'm grateful that my "trial" has been positive but at the same time I'm overcome with fear of any treatment...non-toxic or otherwise. Last night I had a dream about drinking Windex. Are we just all playing a game of Russian roulette? So what if we follow our protocol exactly right and eat the right foods...will that just extend the time a little longer until it's our turn? Even sadder, is that because this dear woman died of pneumonia, that diagnosis will most-likely be her cause of death. Not her failed treatment.

I can't wait for my scan to just be over with already. I don't even care (yet) about result's day, I just want Scan day over and done with. I'm not allowed to do Yoga 24 hours prior (staying quiet with no exertion) and if there ever was a time for Yoga, right now would be it.

I can meditate though, and I can pray. So that is what I shall do.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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And Now There is Proof 6-29-2012

The Scan Results are in and Protocel is WORKING!

My PET scan results today showed SIGNIFICANT response to alternative therapy and I’ve got copies of my scans in the “Proof” section of this website.  

Praise God...this is so much better than I could have ever hoped for. Now, to go on my family reunion and start living! I leave in the morning and will be back next week! I feel like I have won the life lottery!

My oncologist interest has definitely peaked. She came in the room and said "Well, this 'pro-cell' is working...keep doing what you're doing' I corrected her that it's Protocel (I'm sure she knew) She asked if I was feeling anything at all (pain I guess?)   I am a mystery to her.

Then she said, I want to scan you again in 3 months. I said "NOOoooo" I don't want to live my life in 3 month increments. She said, okay...how about 4 months and if it's good then we can go 6 months and then annual. I agreed. She even said "You are under my care and I want to chart this" so I took it as a good sign. I asked her if I get my port out. She said "You may need it" I must have looked at her like she was crazy so she conceded to have it removed only if I agreed to have it re-inserted down the road” if I need it.”  I looked at my husband and he silently nodded his head as to say, if you want it out Kat, just go with what she says.   That worked and I'm scheduled for mid July to have it removed and another scan for the first week of November (after my daughter's wedding)

Praying for good things then….we’ll have a good time then

Philipians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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Traveling With Protocel 7-8-2012

Road trip traveling with Protocel was a piece of cake. I even crossed an international border and it was all fine. My mom bought me two jugs (gallons) of distilled water for the Canada side so I didn't have to mess with bringing that. I packed a soft sided cooler with 5 tupperware sippy cups/lids. Then, I poured half a bottle of a new Protocel into an empty Protocel bottle and then pre-mixed all my doses every morning in the cups. You can't use the medicine dropper when the bottle is that low so I used a measuring spoon. (messy...but I'm getting good at it!) Then, I just switched out the empty sippy cup and put the next does in my purse. (upright in a pocket) I used about 3 oz of water in each cup.

I tried to take my Paw-Paw Saturday on my trip but I couldn't do it. I vomited and vomited the morning before the reunion and I'm not sure if it was nerves or what (maybe the long car ride and backed up lymph...I had a lot of lysed material in my emesis) so I figured Paw Paw could wait until I got back. (and it did) I'm currently back to 3 times a day as of last Wed.

Friday, my husband and I went to see his physician (the one who initially printed me out the information for Protocel) He is beyond excited. I printed him out my two scan reports...the first one from March after Taxol and the most recent one after 3 months of Protocel. Astounding results! We are so incredibly grateful for being introduced to this therapy and I feel like I'm just glowing with the answer. 'I've been given my marching orders' ~James Sheridan

I'm confidently moving forward with God's work and these pages are just the beginning.  -

Psalms 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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IIb Or Not IIB  7-11-2012

I often wish I had found Protocel when I was first diagnosed 2.5 years ago…Would my Stage IIb cancer ever have progressed to Stage IV? I think about the fierce opposition I would have undoubtedly faced from my family and the Oncology community at that time…too big of a gamble…too many arguments…better short term stats. Do what they say Kat, do what they say!

So I did what they said...but only because I didn't know I had a much more viable option in Protocel.

Fast forward to present: I understand now why the label of Stage IV has its advantages…Even though I'm looked upon differently by the medical community; I actually have a stronger voice in my treatment plan than ever before! Why is this? It’s because I’m not supposed to live! Sorry to be so blunt… but unfortunately at this time, there is no conventional cure for Stage IV Breast Cancer. When you get to this point everyone is just sort of humoring each other.

Until now.

I’ve heard over and over “I’m just going to keep this information in my back pocket in case I need it later.’ Think of that piece of paper in the back pocket of your jeans that just went through the laundry. (This seriously just happened to me…twice) What condition is your note in now after going through the ringer like that? Right.

Jim Sheridan stated that chemotherapy may interfere with this formula by changing the level on the oxidation-reduction ladder at which Protocel works. Thus, it is best to avoid doing chemo along with this formula if possible.~ Outsmart Your Cancer

In a way I’m glad I’m discovering Protocel now at this stage of my disease. I’m able to raise awareness by operating solely through a purpose driven life. My day to day quality is 100% better than had I just went through a 3 month trial of any given chemotherapy and I can’t think of a better scenario than this…well other than a world without cancer. 

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children

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It Tastes Like Life! 7-14-2012

If I was going to drink Protocel every 5 hours around the clock; not liking it was not going to be an option. Mixing it in fruit juice seemed like an oxymoron since you’re supposed to avoid fruit juice with high concentrations of Vit C…So I just kept researching other ways to take it. I learned of one case survivor who used nothing but room temperature distilled water every day so I figured that would be the best way for me too.  I feel as though by not shocking my system with really hot or ice cold drinks it helps me stay better balanced and more in tune to what’s going on inside.

The same can be said about Protocel. It comes in a dark amber bottle and I store it on the counter away from a window and always at room temperature. When it’s mixed with distilled water it looks like dark black coffee…but it tastes like life. Seriously, it has many different unidentifiable but clean flavors woven throughout. I look forward to drinking it.

After a dose, I always add another 4 oz of distilled water to my glass with remnants of the brown liquid in the bottom...By further diluting the Protocel, it now turns a beautiful golden yellow color which my family fondly refers to as “Kat’s Whiskey and Water” (no ice) and I do enjoy sipping on this second pass of my Protocel dose. I like to think it gives me a nice steady therapeutic stream of wellness. The only time I don’t practice this method is for the middle of the night because, well…it's the middle of the night! When that alarm goes off at 1am, I just wake, shake and take and am back asleep before the light turns off on my smart phone.

Something else I should acknowledge, is that just like when life can sometimes get messy...so can Protocel. Drops of this formula get on counter tops or on your clothes because it leaks around the mouth of the bottle and drips down the sides. But, no worries…it doesn’t cause permanent damage. It washes right up with no effort at all. The only time it ‘semi-stains’ is if you rub it with a dry cloth or paper towel. But even that smear will come out instantly with more water. After almost 4 months of this, my precision and dexterity have improved greatly when pouring or using the medicine dropper to get just the right amount without making a spill.

But just in case… so there is never any crying over spilt Protocel…I always keep an extra bottle on standby…

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

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A Positive Attitude is Mandatory 7-16-2012

I remember sitting at the doctor's office just learning of my breast cancer diagnosis with tears rolling down my face and smiling through it. Why are you laughing and crying at the same time? Because a Positive Attitude is Mandatory dammit, that's why.

The effects of a positive attitude work by increasing the body’s release of endorphins and ones immunological response to overcome disease…this is powerful, powerful stuff.

Having a good outlook will also open up more opportunities and enlightenment. By staying optimistic, I can find a better way to cope and strengthen my resolve. This in turn, makes me more receptive to my many (many) options that have given me a constructive game plan while fighting the big fight.

Through every crisis, with every bit of bad news, over every painful bump in the road, I continue to maintain a positive outlook. Some people may argue that it doesn't matter and that you need to be realistic or see the flip side. The 'flip' side generally indicates negativity and there is just no page in my play book for negativity.

A positive attitude is also a highly effective supplement with any treatment I would have chosen…whether it be alternative, conventional or even a mixture of two. Feeling good and positive about the direction I’m taking can make a huge difference in the outcome.

I attribute my (almost-there cancer-free) results to:

Sugar free diet

Notice how I squeezed attitude in there twice. I can choose to whine or I can just go with it. I just don’t want to release all that negative energy in to my system. I visit motivational sites like Ralph Martson, the Daily Motivator and Marianne Williamson for inspiration.  I’m just in awe of how far I’ve come

It’s just easier to see my glass as half full. Half full with Protocel that is! ;)

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

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Low Voltage Meets High Efficiency 7-20-2012

There is an analogy in the book Outsmart Your Cancer that which likens the body’s cells to that of a car battery. Batteries (cells) need the energy the engine provides to eat, breathe and perform the most important functions that cells perform.

Aerobic cells…the good guys…require oxygen to do their job of sustaining life...whereas the bad guys (anaerobic) prefer sugar to continue wreaking havoc. These mutant cells can be cancer, infections, surgical wounds or virtually any condition that is not considered ‘healthy’.

Protocel works by lowering the voltage of the engine that feeds the car battery. The good news is the aerobic cells are strong and healthy enough to handle the decrease…if they were once receiving 100% from the engine and now they are at 90%, these cells are still perfectly able to make the slight adjustment and can continue functioning efficiently.

Conversely, an anaerobic cell, which is only running on around 25% power to begin with, cannot handle the 10% decrease in voltage that Protocel creates. Those cells starve and begin to break apart and die while the healthy cells go unharmed. The process of cells starving and breaking apart is referred to as lysing.

The ‘lysed’ material (which has a barely cooked egg-white consistency) ends up in the lymphatic system where it is swept away via those channels. It is then removed from the body through any open orifice…eyes, ears, nose, vomitus, urine, stools, even skin. Anywhere there is an opening, the lysed material can come out.

Unlike chemo, which kills all cells…good and bad, Protocel is selective. Cells that are killed by chemo usually end up in the liver for processing. The liver has a hard time keeping up with the housecleaning of all that cell-death debris, and that's why you may hear of metastasis to the liver down the road.

When I use Protocel, I’ve got healthy cells going unharmed and unhealthy cells being removed from the picture…I’m not only killing my cancer but I’m also preventing infections, improving any wound healing (my port is coming out next week!) and remaining in an overall state of good health. I’m also building up my immune system instead of tearing it down and that makes for a stronger more efficient machine.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

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Sugar and Cycles and Stressors Oh My 7-22-2012

This past week I have been really bad about the sugar. Not in ‘cake and ice cream, candy and cookies’ kind of sugar but rather in poor diet and lifestyle choices like pizza and beer. It has been especially difficult the past week due to traveling, stressing and celebrating milestone events.

Sugar can be a metaphor for everything that that is wrong with my protocol. Things that are forbidden. When I have things I shouldn't, I can feel the cancer waxing and waning. It’s very difficult to stay on the straight and narrow path with so many inviting bad things in the way. After 4 months of taking Protocel I can recognize the cycles. It seems even the product itself is cyclical.

It is important to shake the bottle vigorously in order to get the achieved effervescence of the formula. If it’s not 'schccchhhhing' enough, I have to put the cap back on the bottle and start shaking it again. Sometimes just amount of time spent it takes to get the measuring spoon poised and ready once the bottle is opened is too much time and I find the bubbling action slows way down. This is especially true as the bottle nears the end…which is where I’m at now. I much prefer a nice fresh bottle of Protocel. I also prefer to mix my doses as I need them as opposed to pre-mixing up a ‘days’ worth’. I’ve only done that when traveling and I find it to be much more effective to mix as I need it.

So, the plan next week is to have a fresh batch of formula, a healthier diet and plenty of Yoga. For today anyway, I’m much more in tune with what my body is telling me…and right now it’s telling me to understand the cycle, learn what behaviors yield what results and to start paying better attention to the answers.

Daniel 2:21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding

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Nothing Comes Between Me and My Support 7-24-2012

I really can’t say enough about having a strong support network. Family, religious, local and online community support…I’m so blessed to have so many good people in my corner.

In the beginning, there was, and always will always be… Team January on a breast cancer support online forum. This was a group of women who formed a strong alliance during a time of uncertainty, fear and intense body image changes. Even though we all had slightly different experiences and lived in different states or countries, this group made that leg of the journey a lot more bearable. We shared tips and experiences on everything from taking a shower without getting our drains wet to what to expect with (or without) the many different types of reconstruction that were available...to settling back into day-to-day living with the new normal.

We laughed, we cried, we lifted each other up, and we "Circled the Wagons" when any one member needed a little more coverage. I am so thankful for the friendships, the hand holding and the genuine good nature of this diverse group of ladies.

If anyone finds themselves needing the understanding that comes complete with venting privileges beyond what your family and friends can provide, I encourage you to seek out a support group. Whether it be local, through your church or an online forum of folks who share a like diagnosis. Getting together with people who are going through a similar scenario can make all the difference when dealing with the cancer highs and cancer lows.

Thank you to Team January. I love you all!

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I’m Getting Deported in the Morning! 7-25-2012

(Not like that eh?;)

No, tomorrow, I’m getting my Power-Port removed! Whoohoo!

Last January, I had a port-a-cath implanted under the skin that feeds into my right Subclavian vessel…This gave the nurses easier access to IV fluids, chemo, blood draws and contrast dyes. (It could have also been used to transfuse blood products but thankfully, I never needed that.) Anyway, at the time…my port truly was a God-send as it drastically reduced the amount of needle sticks I had to endure. I used to say I'd like to take stock out in the company and I still would.)

Now however, my port is just sitting there, basically inactive except for a heparin flush every month to keep it open/patent. I’m a little freaked out about a blood clot forming in or around it…so, out it comes.

Hopefully the doctor will cut through the same scar line to take it out as he did to put it in…and hopefully I’ll tolerate it just fine like I did initially. I’m supposed to be NPO (nothing by mouth) after midnight tonight so I’m stressing about my Protocel doses. Since it’s a twilight sleep outpatient procedure as opposed to a general anesthesia, I think I’ll go ahead and take my 1am dose as usual…then, I’ll pack a ‘bolus’ (power) dose to take at the hospital as soon as I have bathroom privileges. I don’t know what else I can do. I’m going to have to go 10 hours between doses.

In addition, I need to think proactively as my range of motion may be compromised. Since it will no doubt hurt to shake the bottle of Protocel vigorously, I'm going set up 1 days’ worth tonight to get me through Thursday afternoon/evening and into Friday mid-morning. I’m planning on being pain free within 24 hours but in the event it lingers, I’ve got my darling husband to do the shaking for me ;)

I’m also looking forward to the wound healing properties of Protocel…and according to the theory, I should be seeing some signs of lysing at the incision line by this weekend if not sooner. If I timed this removal out correctly, my 2” scar line should be barely visible by my daughter’s wedding at the end of October. (YaY) I’m bummed it’s setting back my Yoga though…Today will be the last day for probably 10 days. And as for golf? Well, it’s just too damn hot to golf and that’s perfectly fine. I’m just so ready to go through life port-free now.

Ps 5:3-morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation

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Recovering Nicely  7-28-2012

I'm recovering nicely from my de-portation on Thursday. The surgeon (who is a Yogi....how great is that?) did make the incision line about an inch below the original...but that's okay. I’m happy with the results. I had minimal pain which never really got higher than a 2 on a scale of 1-10…and nothing ibuprofen couldn’t wipe out. He didn’t have to go through as much muscle as he did when he put it in, so my range of motion is at about 90% today.

I also must admit…I snuck in a dose at 6am the morning of the surgery. The nurse who phoned the day before said I could take ‘my morning meds with a few sips of water’. Nice! Since Protocel is technically one of my morning meds, I made it up in a few sips of water just like she said I could ;) When the procedure was over by 10am, I had my Protocel packed in my purse and took that at 11:00. I’m so relieved I didn’t have to go over my 5 hour limit.

I’m steri-stripped on the 2x2 area and today, I put a magnifying mirror up to it and I can see the powdery stuff (lysed material I presume?) on, around and under the strips. So far so good…clean and dry and healing well.
Praise God!

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Ala Carte’ Restaurant Guide  7-28-2012

Since it’s the weekend, I thought I would share some of my dining out tips. Eating while on Protocel is nothing to stress over. You just get to eat. Sure, there are a few things I’ll pass on but for the most part, healthy choices at a restaurant can be as easy as preparing wholesome meals at home.

Since I take my evening Protocel dose at 8pm, and it looks like we won’t be seated until on or around that time, I’ll sneak my dose in early….like 7:40. It doesn’t matter that I take Protocel on an empty stomach or not. It’s my own personal preference. It is perfectly acceptable to take Protocel with food.

When I’m eating out I keep a few things in mind. I’ll scan the menu for a well-balanced variety of vegetables and whatever featured protein they may have. I also just say no to refined sugar and/or dessert. I don’t like fish, but if I did, I would avoid bottom feeders like catfish or shrimp.

Mexican Restaurant: I’ll order a Grilled Steak fajita quesadilla. Grilled strips of steak, onions, mushrooms and Asiago cheese folded over in a tortilla. (corn tortilla if possible) Lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and refried beans on the side. Yum.  (bell peppers are the highest vegetable in vitamin C there is so I omit these.)

Italian Restaurant: Grilled Chicken with Alfredo sauce over egg noodles. (easy on the noodles) Lettuce salad with olives, mushrooms, onions and grated parmesan cheese (no croutons) I’ll have a piece of bread and dip it in olive oil with parmesan cheese. Sometimes that’s like eating chips, you can’t eat just one. Try though.

Pizza: (my personal favorite) I’ll order the thinnest crust they have and top with veggies, cheese and even sausage is okay (if it’s real sausage and not gas-station-pizza sausage) Skip the cinnamon bread sticks.

Chinese: Beef and Broccoli or Cashew Chicken with Hot and Sour or Egg Drop Soup. A fortune cookie isn’t the end of the world because sometimes you just need to know what the future holds. [in bed] :)

Burger Joint: I always ask for a whole wheat bun…if they don’t have that; try for a flat bread or a rye. If it has to be a regular white flour bun, I'll just eat half the burger with the bun and the other half without. Moderation is key. Corn on the Cob or Coleslaw are better than fries. (Not taste wise of course…but in the big picture kind of better)

Cocktails: I always just go for a low-carb, low-cal beer or a house Merlot. With mixed drinks or even margaritas, you never know what they use for fruit juice mixers or how much sugar is in them. Water beer is a safe bet. (Not near beer…near beer has up to 6grams of sugar in it!)

The Greasy Spoon: Breakfast for dinner! (Minus the hash browns) Because sometimes, you just need the grease!

I guess the main sound “bite” here is when I go out, I’m going to enjoy myself. If I’m burdened with multiple restrictions, how fun is that? James Sheridan and Ed Sopcak recommended a diet high in protein. The body needs protein to build up what the cancer has torn down. And I personally, just respond so much better to the proteins than when I consume the carbs.

Proverbs 3:8: Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

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Summer Games 7-31-2012

The Olympics have inspired me this week. I’m in awe of these amazing athletes, who work so hard to train, qualify and honor their countries with a medal of victory. Cancer fighting individuals are doing a similar thing…

Focus. Endurance. Courage.

Beating cancer is a mental exercise..I have to focus to tune out the extraneous distractions and find some inner peace that I’m going to score that perfect 10. Sure, the Yoga is awesome to keep me in communication with what’s happening on the inside but I would be lying if I didn't admit it’s a daily struggle with my inner self to stay focused and keep the strength and hope alive.

Slow and steady wins the race. Endurance to keep doing the right thing...to keep plodding forward. That’s true with any goal in life. Yesterday, I enjoyed a nice visit with my dear friend who is a paraplegic. She just finished her Masters in Nursing and is preparing for a cross country journey where an amazing job offer and a better quality of life awaits her. If she can’t teach you anything about endurance, perseverance and a positive attitude than no one can. This woman is a true inspiration and my personal hero. (Go Theresa Go!)

Courage…Isn’t this what everything in life is about? Am I scared sometimes that this isn’t working? Hell yes I’m scared! Do you think the athletes are scared they will falter and let their countries down? I would assume so. Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. When I was being chemically treated for my recurrence in Jan and Feb, I had tumors growing at different speeds and sizes. This was indicated by a Pet Scan. After chemo, some tumors got smaller, some stayed the same, some got bigger and I had one new chest wall metastasis. But then, after two months on Protocel, a second scan could not detect the formerly active tumors. This is a measurable science that is based on how much radioactive juice the cancer gobbles up. After their meal, those cells will then 'glow' for the report...Thankfully, I had only 2 tumors giving off a soft light as opposed to the former 10 that were lit up like a Christmas tree.

Yesterday, I spoke with a Naturopath who pointed out that during months 3 through 6 is when the Protocel actually changes the consistency of the dead tumors. Since I’ve been on this regimen for 4 months now, some of the stretching and pulling sensations I may be experiencing are actually changes in density and shape of the existing inactive nodules… Even if they weren’t ‘lighting up’ on the scan, dead cells are still clumped together and need to go…It’s amazing how my courage is re-ignited after a pep talk from my ‘Coach’ to continue on this marathon to a victory.

Corinthians: 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Man’s Best Friend 8-3-2012

Pets are part of the family too and the bonds of love don’t stop when your canine or feline friends are facing a cancer diagnosis. There are some remarkable stories of how Protocel has helped pets in Tanya Harter Peirce’s ‘Outsmart Your Cancer’ and if you’re an animal lover these are the most heartwarming and touching testimonials of love and devotion. The book goes on to state that although there is not enough information on whether Protocel works for birds or reptiles, other mammals such as horses, ferrets, goat, pigs etc., would most likely respond favorably on a Protocel regimen.

My dear friend Laura’s cat Kiki was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma bone marrow cancer. Kiki was refusing other cancer medications, her white blood cells were off and Laura had run out of options. She decided to start her on Protocel 23 in mid-July and after just 2 weeks, Kiki began gaining weight and was acting like her old self. Laura reports she is happy, with plenty of energy and her coat is lovely and shiny. Kiki is still not out of the woods yet, so Laura will continue to mix her 1/8 tsp in tuna fish, which she gobbles right up three times a day. She gets more tests in a few months so I’ll update her progress as I know more!

I also had input from Dawne, who is a follower of this blog. Dawne rescued Qunicy when he was a 5 week old boxer-pit bull mix puppy. Through the years Quincy had been at Dawne’s side through thick and thin and she felt she owed her now 9 year old best friend whatever she could do to save his life. When Quincy went in for his annual check-up in May, Dawne told the vet that in addition to extreme lethargy, Quincy also had a suspicious lump under the skin by his rib cage. She feared a Mast cell which is a common cancer in this breed. The vet performed an ultrasound which also revealed another large mass by his kidney. They opted to surgically remove the Mast cell tumor from under his skin and Dawne immediately started him on Protocel 23. However, they still had to deal with the large growth by his kidney. After a referral to a Veterinary Oncologist, and an inconclusive needle biopsy, they decided to operate again on her beloved friend. Because of the close proximity to the kidney, they were unable to get all of the cancer and the doctor suggested that they consider chemo and radiation which she refused for her pooch. The really amazing part of this second surgery is when they removed the fast growing Liposarcoma, the tumor consistency was not textbook firm or hard…Quite the contrary. The Vet stated “It just fell apart in my hands". And this...after only 2 weeks on Protocel!

She reports that there have been no side effects and she swears it has helped him with his inflammatory bowel disorder. Dawne gives ¼ tsp of Protocel 23 to her 80 pound dog 5 times a day which she works in around her schedule to give him the best possible chance. She pours the liquid on a piece of bread and balls it up. “He LOVES it and he cannot wait for Protocel time to come.” Dawne also reports that Quincy can easily walk 2 miles a day and is back to chewing on his bones, playing with his ball and being mischievous…and his appetite has never been better! “As far as I’m concerned, Protocel is a miracle!”

2 “Kats” and a Dog (plus how many more?) thriving on Protocel. A miracle indeed!

PSALM 136:25 ...And who gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.

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Protocel 23 or Protocel 50 – Which Formula is Best? 8-7-2012


There are two types of Protocel. Protocel 50 and Protocel 23. Just because one is numbered 50 and other is numbered 23 doesn’t suggest that one is better or stronger than the other. What it is said to mean is that the formulations have a different ratio of ingredients which may respond more favorably to one specific cancer vs. another.

Protocel 50 is taken every 6 hours and Protocel 23 is taken every 5 hours. You may be asking yourself…Kat, why don’t you take the Protocel 50? Isn’t it stronger? The number 50 is greater than 23 and you take it less often…Why wouldn’t you give yourself the best possible chance? When I first embarked on this journey I have asked myself those same questions…believe me!

According to the book by Tanya Harter Pierce, whatever the primary cancer is…in my case “breast", Protocel 23 is the preferred formula for this type. Even though the cancer has spread to distant parts of my body, it is still considered to be breast cancer. I know it seems odd that if they found tumors in my cutaneous, chest wall and lymph nodes that I should be facing a skin, lung or lymph node diagnosis. But that's not how it works...I have breast cancer that has metastasized. Biopsies last December determined that these tumors were not a new or different form of cancer…just the same damn invasive ductal carcinoma I started out with.

Since it takes millions of cells to clump together and form a lump the size of a pin head, it stands to reason that my original cancer was never completely removed. Unfortunately, the medical community has a different approach and typically resorts to cutting first and scanning later…at least that’s how it was in my case. Actually, I never even had a scan my first go around….I just had a double mastectomy and took Tamoxifen (faithfully) to block the estrogen that was building the mass. It wasn’t until 2 years later that a recurrence was diagnosed and then I had a scan to determine the extent of progression. I wish had been savvier at the start and insisted on that test prior to any surgery…maybe it would have shown the cancer was spreading beyond my right breast…maybe I would have done things differently. But, that’s hindsight, and I can’t keep second guessing every decision I have made up until this point. It is what it is and this is the hand I’m dealing with right now.

There is an anecdotal guide (meaning hearsay) to which cancer will respond to which formula more favorably. For example…Breast, Prostate, Kidney or Brain cancers are said to respond better to 23 and yet Lung, Esophageal, Ovarian or Liver malignancies are supposed to do well on the 50 plan. There are a lot of different variants of cancer and some aren’t even listed in the book. Regardless…it’s important for me to remember that the cancer that started this whole mess is the same cancer I’m fighting off today; so I’ll continue giving myself the best possible outcome with formula 23.

I'm not saying that I may never consider Protocel 50…but for now, given my overall state of good health AND the absence of what were once palpable tumors…I am saying I think I'm making the absolute right decision!

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

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Paw-Paw The Magical Fruit 8-11-2012

The fruit of the Pawpaw tree has been studied extensively as a natural non-toxic killer of cancer. Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) is a small tree, growing up to 40 feet, belonging to the family Annonaceae, and native to the US from the Atlantic coast, as far north as New York state and to the west as far as Michigan and Kansas. The Paw Paw standardized extract is derived from the twigs of the tree where the bioactive components are most concentrated for use in capsule form.

Interestingly, Paw Paw and Protocel work synergistically...meaning they both reduce ATP (energy) in the mitochondria at the cellular level. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try and decided to add it in with my Protocel rotation back in May. Cancer cells starve from a decrease in energy while on Paw Paw in much the same way as they do with Protocel, so it stands to reason that I would need to follow the same guidelines in regards to supplements. Thankfully, no changes, additions or subtractions to my protocol were necessary.

When I spoke with the Naturopath at the time, she recommended that I start Paw Paw after I had been on Protocel (as directed) for at least 5-6 weeks. The reason to wait is that initially with Protocel, lysing is fast and furious and I didn’t want to 'clog' things up by adding more lysing. Both can be stand-alone treatments but when Paw Paw is used in conjunction with Protocel, I’m giving my cancer an extra punch. It’s also recommended that I take it with meals to prevent any nausea (the main side effect). I currently take anywhere from 1 to 2 gel caps 2-3 times a day and the cost is around 39.99. (The recommended dosage is 2 gel caps 3 times a day with meals)

Sometimes I feel like I can take Paw Paw or leave it. It can really kick your a** with intense, immediate fatigue that makes you just want to drop everything and take a nap. So, if I need energy for an appointment or a big day or something, I’ll skip one of the three doses…This usually works out to be the morning or noon dose or sometimes even both of them. There are even days when I may go completely without Paw Paw at all. The bottle label goes states: “Only those with cellular abnormalities should take this on a regular daily basis.” I figure now, since my cells are more regular than they once were, it’s not as imperative I follow such a strict schedule with it.

And, I’ll admit…at first I was skeptical about not being true to Protocel by introducing another alternative supplement to the roster. But no worries…Protocel still gets top billing and Paw Paw only acts as a supporting player in my ongoing production of Beating Cancer Without Breaking a Sweat.

Genesis: 1:11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.

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Canceritis 8-14-2012

Technically speaking; if Canceritis were a real word, it would literally mean “inflammation of cancer”.

Non-technically speaking; Canceritis is the rational (or irrational) fear that every bump, bruise, ache or pain is actually an internal announcement over the loud speaker of my mind: “May I have your attention please…the cancer is back…I repeat…the cancer has come back…Please remain on high alert and await further instruction”

All it takes is hearing the word cancer one time and you are extremely vulnerable to this common malady. Sadly, the condition comes on suddenly and continues to nag at me almost on a daily basis.

I’m finding that just as in Yoga, where you’re encouraged go inward to scan your body…I can also benefit from stepping outside my body to be witness of the external stressors and environment more objectively.

I took a Yoga class…I drove to my sisters… I cleaned the house…I pushed the heavy shopping cart….I got tired. Simply because I got tired doesn’t mean the cancer is back. I have to remind myself that I’m just as exposed to the human factor of living and aging as I would be without cancer. There’s going to be a certain amount of wear and tear. Once I can recognize that, then I’m able to move on.

Anxiety doesn’t help either. My husband and I are getting ready to be Empty-Nesters again soon (this weekend), my eldest daughter’s wedding is almost here and have you seen the price of corn lately? Managing the stress when I’m straying from my comfort zone is always a challenge. Faith, journaling and Yoga have helped me to cope with the mixed messages. I just need to stay the course…see the future (with me in it) and put my faith in the Lord that it will be so!

Hopefully the only announcements I hear over the loud speaker will be: This is a test…this is only a test.

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The Shelf Life of Protocel 8-18-2012

So I’m getting quite the collection of near-empty Protocel bottles in the cabinet. Why? Well, I’m afraid to throw them out because what if an unfortunate tragedy leaves me Protoceless? I don’t know what that unfortunate tragedy would be…it could be anything from an unlucky spill to God forbid, the proverbial Protocel well running dry. This is why I’ve been very hesitant to throw the last remnants of any bottle away.

I decided to do my own research and called the two authorized Protocel dealers that are available with a Google search: Vitamin Depot and WebND (Renewal and Wellness) and I got the same answer.

An un-opened bottle of Protocel has an indefinite shelf life with no expiration date. The formula has been tested at 10 year intervals by the manufacturer with no reported change in efficacy or potency. Okay, so that’s un-opened…what about an opened container with a little bit at the bottom that is barely making any noise after shaking? I can’t really seem to get an answer on that…or the Alka Seltzer shake-shake fizz-fizz debate. What I’m told is the effervescence is the result of disrupting the sediment that has settled to the bottom or clings to the sides; and the lack thereof shouldn’t be any indication as to whether or not the product is effective. After I hung up it occurred to me that they work with factory sealed bottles all day long. How really would they even know it ‘bubbles like crazy’ when a bottle is shaken and primed for dosing? They probably wouldn’t. So, I am going to go with my ongoing personal theory that if the fizz has fizzled…It is of no use to me.

They also reiterated that it’s perfectly acceptable to transfer some formula from a large new bottle to a small empty one (rinsed out) for easier handling and dispensing. So, that being said, I think I’ll change my tune about buying the larger bottle…economically, it just makes sense. I’m also in the process of cleaning out (daily soaking) a small amber 1oz (30ml) bottle that once had peppermint extract in it. I’ll transfer fresh Protocel to it and keep it tightly sealed and stored in my purse. It will go everywhere I go and will be much handier than pre-mixing my doses. I just have to be sure and have a bottle of water on hand and I can discreetly set up a dose wherever I am.

And my last question for the distributors…How secure is the actual Protoce/Entelev/Cancell supply? I have put my faith and my life in this manna that has now become my daily bread. I am assured the supply is secure and it is with peace in my heart that I share this with you. There will be enough Protocel manufactured to turn this cancer thing completely around and the excitement that comes from being able to write this is healing in itself!

John 6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

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The H2O Factor 8-21-2012

I just can’t say enough about drinking plenty of water…especially now while I’m on Protocel. Soda, energy drinks or vitamin water are loaded with sugar and caffeine so I avoid them. I’m also very cautious with flavored or fortified waters because they give that extra boost of Vitamin C and it’s been well documented that Vitamin C in conjunction with Protocel is a big no-no.

To complicate matters, there are studies about drinking alkaline water when one has cancer. The idea is that when your body’s ph is higher…or more alkaline, it makes it harder for cancer cells to survive. Consequently, an acidic environment is said to create disease. Unfortunately, Protocel itself is acidic and so is the distilled water I take it with! But I refuse to stress about this…The way I see it, the body is an amazing machine and is programmed to keep our acid/base balance at a nice neutral 7.4. I have to trust that it knows what it’s doing and I try not to fight it.

Distilled water has been boiled, steamed, condensed and reverted back to a liquid where it is collected and bottled. This process is effective in removing impurities but at the same time it’s stripping the water (and subsequently me) of essential minerals. When I embarked on this Protocel journey, I was drinking much more distilled water…up to a gallon a day. I have since backed off and now I only consume a few ounces every 5 hours with a dose. I make up the rest of ‘my gallon a day’ with plenty of bottled/filtered/fresh water and have added a calcium supplement to the mix.

Some Protocel users also advocate the use of “Willard’s Water". I have not embraced this concept…and truth be told, I think it sounds a little hokey. Willard’s Water is said to be a 'cleanser and a surfactant'. Maybe I'm missing something here, but I'm pretty sure that’s what regular-everyday water does. I understand the lysing process (dead cancer cell debris) and how it is eliminated through the natural lymph system/waste channels of the body and then flushed away with hydration. What I don’t understand is why I need a ‘special water’ to do this. I’ve blogged about rebounding (mini trampoline) and yoga extensively and both of these activities get the lymph moving and the waste out. It’s just wondrous how I can feel very sluggish one moment and all it takes is a 16oz bottle of the natural spring variety to perk me right up!

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

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The Larry  8-26-2012

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a marble size knot on the top of my head right in the middle - above the hairline…like a unicorn… but my hair always covered it up.  My mother says I was born with it...and my hair-stylist can attest to it for the 20 years I’ve been in her chair.   Over time, doctors have seen it but always said the same thing.  It’s a sebaceous cyst…don’t bother it unless it bothers you.

Well now it’s bothering me.

During chemo in January and February, losing my hair meant transitioning to hats and wigs.  On an impulse buy, I purchased a halo wig that is actually just a ring of synthetic hair that sits on your head so that when you put a hat over it, the ‘hair’ peeks out around it.  Very fashionable.   My husband referred to it as “the Larry” (as in Larry from the 3 Stooges) and he stands on record that he was against the Larry from the get go.

The problem was that the exact point of where the halo ring sat on my head caused it to rub right up against that cyst.  After only 8 hours of wearing the damn Larry wig, I developed a friction and shearing fluid filled blister on the top of it.  The blister eventually broke open and has been a ‘head sore’ for me ever since.  Sebaceous cysts, once they are open and drain even one time, will continue to regenerate, filling and draining. It’s a viscous cycle.

Now that my hair has grown back, I’ve been using product and other styling aides which continually aggravate it.  It’s even hard to do Yoga since many of the poses (child’s pose, extended seal etc.) require resting that part of my head on the mat.  Not pleasant. 

I saw my family doctor (nurse practitioner) and I just finished a 10 day round of antibiotics.  I think I need another series in addition to having it removed.  I was hoping that I could put that procedure off for another couple of months so it wouldn’t interfere with my daughter’s wedding, but now I’m afraid that putting it off WILL interfere with the wedding.

The scary part of this story is that I might have tolerated being bald and subsequently a longer series of chemo if not for this constant irritation that was made worse by wearing wigs of any kind.  So, in a way…the Larry greatly influenced my pursuit of alternative therapies.  I said to hell with poison and the havoc it was wreaking.  Once I discovered Protocel, the healing really did begin.  I even applied it topically to the open cyst and it did very well…. until the hair styling started up again.  

So now even though Larry has long since been in the garbage, his memory still lingers…a mixed blessing I suppose.  As soon as this thing is removed and gone for good I know I’ll appreciate him much more than I do right this minute!

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A Pregnancy Test? 8-29-2012

I’ve stumbled across an interesting cancer diagnostic tool that can be used to determine if Protocel (or any alternative therapy for that matter) is indeed working. The Navarro Urine test was developed in the 1950’s by the late Dr. Manuel D. Navarro, who theorized from the work of John Beard; that every type of cancer had elevated HCG (Human Chorionic Gonotropin) levels.

HCG levels? Yes, HCG…the same hormone that is detected when a women is pregnant is also present when a person has cancer. Both conditions arise from trophoblasts…the most primitive form of the life-cycle. During pregnancy, the trophoblasts form the placenta which secretes increased amounts of HCG as the pregnancy progresses. This is a good thing during this time….it aides with implanting the fetus and continues to nourish it for 9 months. Just as a placenta arises from a single trophoblast, so does a malignant cancer cell. The outer membrane of a cancer cell excretes HCG as it breaks out of its shell and begins multiplying. When the HCG is released from the mutant cell it may be found in concentrated forms in the urine or blood…just as though you’re pregnant.

According to the late Dr. Navarro’s website (now run by his son) the home collection test is easy and affordable and safer than radioactive PET scans. It’s also somewhat involved. Not necessarily ‘chemist level’ involved...I would say more like ‘preparing an experiment for the science fair level’ involved. The urine must be collected, chilled, mixed, strained and allowed to dry to a powder residue before sending it off via priority mail with 55.00. The test, cannot determine staging or location of cancer, just that cancer is present. The idea is to get a baseline urine test and then re-test every 60 days or so to see if the alternative therapy chosen is actually killing cancer.

So I’m thinking there’s got to be an easier way right?…and maybe you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking. Why not just get an Over-The-Counter Pregnancy test and go from there? These home tests accurately detect HCG levels at around 50 mIU/ml and according to the Dr. Navarro result scale anything below 50 IU/L is ‘doubtful’ for cancer. (mIU/ml = IU/L)

I'm not suggesting that anyone who thinks they may have cancer should run out and get a pregnancy test, or if it even works...I was just curious and for the sake of good reporting; drove 20 miles away to a Walgreens (because I certainly wasn't going to buy one right here in town!) to purchase the kit. I chose a 3pack of clear-blue easy pregnancy tests that are sensitive enough to detect HCG at 25mIU/ml. I’ve had a hysterectomy so there is no way the test could be positive…unless, my cancer rages on.

Talk about a blast from the past…peeing on a stick and praying for a negative result just like I was 20 years old again. And...just like I was 20 years old again, I’m happy to report I’m not pregnant! ;)

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What Do Warts Have to Do With It? 9-4-12

There are volumes out there that link viruses with cancer…and some are substantiated. Hepatitis B virus is a good example…It infects liver cells which in turn can lead to a primary Liver cancer. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is another. There are about 100 different strains of HPV…one of which can progress to cervical cancer and another gives rise to the garden variety of plantar warts people get on their hands or feet.

It is also well documented that many have used various techniques of visualization and/or hypnosis to remove those warts. My future Son-in-Law told me of a time when he was a teenager, he had been afflicted by plantar warts for years. He said that he would spend a few minutes each night and every morning imagining the warts drying up, scabbing and falling off. He reported positive results even though they didn’t disappear quite in the manner he imagined…they did shrink away to the point where only two small ones remained. He had those treated with salicylic acid and has been wart free ever since.

So here’s the million dollar question: If a virus and a cancer cell have a symbiotic relationship…and a virus can be removed by visualization…shouldn't cancer respond in the same way?

The very first pose I learned in Yoga class was Savasana. (Shah-VAH-sah-nah) it’s a resting/healing pose and is billed as the most important part of the practice because this is where you connect with your inner self. You begin by lying on your back with your legs outstretched, arms gently at your sides, palms up, relax your shoulders and your jaw and then...just focus on your breath.

This is also the time for assessment and repair. Since I’ve had Pet Scans that pin-point where the cancer is/was in my body, I use those results as a guide to where I’m turning my attention to. My own personal visualization is a glowing green, neon light that moves in a cyclone formation starting at the tip of my brain and travels to all the cancer areas…wiping them out and then exiting my body through the soles of my feet. When the cyclone and the cancer debris leave, I can actually feel the heat this creates. It’s an awesome experience!

But you certainly don’t have to be a Yogi to try this either. When Paul would stare down his warts he wasn’t practicing Yoga…he was just in resting mode before sleep and again upon awakening…the optimum times for healing and restoration.

Of course no one should rely solely on visualization/meditation to remove their cancer. I do believe though, that when used in conjunction with Protocel, (or any alternative or conventional therapy) this mind over matter thing is powerful, powerful stuff.

Luke 17:19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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Heat it Up 9-16-2012

I’ve talked about getting hot flashes within 30 minutes of either taking Protocel or Paw Paw and now it’s actually predictable. I used to think the flashing was a result of being catapulted into menopause from the removal of my ovaries, but I’m quite certain that these sensations are a direct result of the cells in my body (both aerobic and anaerobic) going down a notch in voltage. That decrease in voltage is what causes the flushing and in turn, breaks apart the bad guys.

(Refer to Note: Low Voltage Meets High Efficiency July 20, 2012)

I also had a dream the other night and I woke up with a body temperature of 99.2 Now, I can either go in the direction of numerology with this, or I can look at it as a sign to increase my body temperature from my typical 97.8 and save the number definitions for another time. (I choose heat)

Scientists used to think the normal body temperature was 98.6 (37.0 C)but that was back in the day when mercury thermometers made their debut. No longer the benchmark core temp, 98.6 is part of an average that can be found between 97.8-99F (36.5-37.2C) and a ‘fever’ could be considered around 100.4 or even as low as 99.2 (37.3-38C)

“Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease” said the great physician Parmenides, 2,000 years ago. A fever is your body’s response to infection or inflammation…And a fever can raise the body temps enough to kill off certain bacteria and viruses sensitive to temperature changes.

There is also some interesting literature that those, whose body temperature are normally on the high side of average without being in fever range, have less cancer than their cooler counterparts. I’m not sure if they can make a direct cancer link with me, but I always remember running a little low…Especially as a kid it was harder for me to convince my mom I wasn’t playing sick just to get out school…Okay, sometimes I was, but other times, I really did feel crappy with a 99 or low grade temp. So how can I now turn up my body temperature just falling short of feeling sick but yet creating enough heat to mimic a hostile environment?

I’ve gotten away from the sauna these past few months mainly because it’s been a Midwest heat wave outside…but now that the temps are getting cooler I think it’s time to get back over to the sauna room for 20 minutes a couple times a week. Yoga is another good way…when you are in an active state of elongating your spine or balancing in tree pose, your core is heating up. That’s a pretty easy fix…just by sitting tall for a few minutes each day can increase your core body temperatures and work synergistically with Protocel destroying anaerobic cells or preventing new ones from forming. But I think the best idea yet will be to snuggle up to my furnace husband on these chilly nights...or holding tight our sweet baby granddaughter (also a furnace) for as long as she will let me!

Psalm 41:3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.

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From 9-17-2012 through the month of October, I took a break from beating cancer.  I was still taking Protocel around the clock , I just wasn’t writing about it.  I had many things going on in my life…like working a trade show, taking a road trip to Phoenix and then my daughter married the man of her dreams.  Had it not been for Protocel, the month of October would certainly not have been as busy.

All Saints Day 11-1-2012

After taking the month of October off, it feels right to start blogging again on this day. It was a hectic month of working a trade show booth at the World Dairy Expo for a week in Wisconsin and then I took a road trip across the country with my good friend Sandi to Cave Creek, Arizona, where we basked in the sun, shopped and did some serious “unwindalaxing” before my daughter’s wedding extravaganza on Oct 27th. Every single day in October was a gift!

I’m still on Protocel diligently - around the clock- without fail - but I have switched to the 50 formula instead of the 23. (read: Which Formula is Best in the notes section). Despite the fact that I’m supposed to take this variant every 6 hours, my dosing continues to be ¼ tsp every 5 hours in distilled water. Protocel is non-toxic…and the value remains only when your levels are therapeutic. That being said, I feel as though my dosing 5 times a day (instead of the recommended 4 times) is keeping me where I need to be and not messing up my original schedule. I’m acutely aware of the time and it’s a rare occasion when my phone alarm reminds me to take a dose…it’s that automatic.

I’ve also added Bromelain Enzymes ½ hour prior to 3 of my Protocel doses. Like all enzymes, Bromelain works on the lock and key principle….enzymes hold the key to a cell’s lock, opening the cell up to receive whatever the enzyme is bringing to it. Unlike other enzymes…Bromelain enzymes are special because they selectively have the keys to cancer cell locks…and once those doors are opened, Protocel floods the inside, lowering the voltage and killing them off more effectively than it did before. I take these enzymes on an empty stomach because I don’t want them digesting my food…I want them to aide in digesting the cancer! (Bromelain Enzymes: 2400 GDU/g 500mg caps and I take 2 gel caps 3 times a day 23.99/month)

Pineapple is also rich in Bromelain but since I’ve practically given up all foods that contain Vit C I can’t risk getting them this way. Of course it’s never a good idea to completely remove an entire food group from your diet…I know this…but the simple fact is, Vit C and Protocel do not mix. As God is my witness, when I have a spinach salad with bell peppers or have berries on my bran flakes, I feel the spots that I had on my chest wall start stretching and growing. When I don’t eat those foods, I don’t feel anything so I’m listening to my body. (Tomatoes in moderation seem to be okay). I eat lots of whole wheat, beans, nuts, quinoa, animal proteins, white cheeses and water. That’s my diet. Probably horrible to some readers but it works for me. I drink so much water…at least a gallon a day if not more and that keeps me very well hydrated…I think that’s the key to successful Protocel results…Water and no Vit C.

I’ve also completely stopped taking Paw-Paw and just in time for some bad press as well. Paw-Paw is being linked to Parkinson’s and other issues that I don’t need. Even though it has similar properties to Protocel they are NOT the same. As a matter of fact, it’s probably more closely related to naturally occurring cyanide (as in Apricot seeds) than it is to Protocel and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my overall well-being since I’ve stopped mid-September. If you do a google search on Paw-Paw, there is new information about it. I think I took it approximately 8 weeks total but I certainly do feel better off without ‘the Magical Fruit’ as I called it in a previous blog. (Good riddance)

Physically, I’m doing ok. I think the absolute best thing about Protocel these past 6 months is that I don’t look or feel like I have a terminal disease and I like that…I hope I can go a long time like this. However I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say I was having some challenges…with the main one being keeping the weight on. I’m more apt to sneak in sweet treats here and there…but just a bite, or just a couple of M&Ms. I figure it can’t hurt and I need the calories. I still like 2 (count ‘em) 2 beers a night…again for calorie purposes but they also help me stay regular (sorry for TMI but they do). I also went through a short period of time after the AZ trip and during/after the wedding where I had a non-productive annoying cough. But, I’m feeling fine now, with no more “travel congestion”. (The lysed material in the lymph system has a harder time moving when you’re sitting in a car for 3400 miles) I’m not in any discomfort but I have to remember that I am not immune to the human condition and I can still have the occasional aches and pains, heartburn or stiff joints…I’m trying to remember where I was physically 6 months ago and I guess I would say I feel a little weaker but pretty much the same. I’m carrying a lot of burdens around so maybe that’s what is weighing me down. Yoga helps…still at it 3-4 times a week in my living room to the Zen channel (857).

I am scheduled for a full body PET scan on Nov 2nd (tomorrow) with results on Nov 8th. I’m working on faith that everything will be okay. Scanxiety is not as pronounced this time. (Although my husband may beg to differ. lol) I had a pretty serious case of this at the end of September but it was short lived…and it has been really nice going through October without crying myself to sleep at night. Prayers and faith and love in my life. This is what it has been all about all along.

Mark, 9:23 “If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

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Getting a Scan 11-3-2012

My PET/CT scan yesterday went very well. Thanks to the new guy in Nuclear Medicine who started my IV with one stick and was able to collect 5 tubes of blood. One was just for my blood sugar needed prior to the scan but I wonder what the Oncologist is looking for with all those other lab tests she ordered? She’s bound and determined to get to the bottom of this I suspect. Lol

After my blood draw, he injected me with 10 curies (named in honor of Madame Marie Curie whom I did a paper on in the 8th grade!) of FDG (a Radionuclide). You can’t feel it and it doesn’t hurt. Food tastes a little different once you get to eat, but that is the only thing I have ever noticed.

The worst part about the whole ordeal for me is I’m somewhat radioactive to everything I come in contact with… so once I got home I just isolated myself for the day. I had to sleep in the guest room last night because I didn’t want to expose my husband and our sweet Stella Belle during sleep. I drank bottle after bottle of water yesterday to flush things through. And, speaking of flushing, it’s also important to flush the toilet immediately (not that you wouldn’t anyway) since urine can be radioactive as well…and then taking that extra precaution of closing the lid after you’re done. 24 hours is pretty much the cut off of from glowing so I think after all the water I drank and the Yoga I did this morning, I’m ‘clean’ now.

Price tag for yesterday’s procedure: 5,751.00. It seems to me that if they want to know so bad what’s going on, they should pay me! (right on!) But of course an ever better case scenario is just not to require any more scans because they can’t find any more cancer. I’m going to go with that.

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Protocel…It’s Not Just For Cancer 11-6-2012

When I made the cross country trek to Arizona with my friend Sandi…On day 1 of our trip, she started Protocel 23 - ¼ tsp every 5 hours. Sandi doesn’t have cancer but she does have a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis and is exhibiting signs of having this auto-immune disorder…Swollen and painful hand joints with some tell-tale deformity occurring to her right thumb. Although she hasn’t been formally tested, she feels her symptoms are mimicking her Mother who does have a confirmed diagnosis of RA. She’s watched her Mom take Methotrexate (a form of chemotherapy) for the last 25 years with no positive signs of healing to her rotating hands and wrists or malformed-crooked fingers. Sandi would like to avoid this chemical route if at all possible, so she read “Outsmart Your Cancer” by Tanya Harter Pierce and learned that Protocel works on anaerobic cells that attack the joints. I was thrilled for her decision to begin and was only too happy to help her get started! Sandi’s plan was to initiate non-toxic Protocel and give it 2-3 months before she would either see some positive results or be forced to take her swollen joints to a Rheumatologist.

She took her initial dose at 10am on Oct 14th (I wouldn’t let her drive for quite a few hours since I wanted to make sure she could handle the lowered voltage. Haha She did fine!) She had signs of lysing by that evening! She kept sneezing and saying she thought she was had a head cold…her nose was just running and running. We made frequent stops to stretch and do some Yoga moves but maybe in hindsight, it’s probably not a good idea for optimal lymph circulation if you’re confined to small spaces when you first start Protocel. Throughout our 9 days together, her sneezing got to be like clockwork (and kind of funny) within 10 minutes after her dose. So amazing how people lyse differently than others…it’s such an individual experience.

In any event, she was awesome with her compliance. She took it exactly when I took it…even in the middle of the night. I had pre-packed some extra sippy cups and had our doses color coordinated. The only thing she didn’t do enough of was drink a lot of water, but what are you going to do? She says there’s water in Diet Dew and Coffee so…okay :)

The first few days she attributed her decrease in inflammation and pain to the gorgeous Arizona weather…and quite frankly, not a joint in my body hurt either so I was open to that concept as well. However…it’s been 3 weeks now and she’s back home in Chicago where it’s cold and damp. She is so excited that she is still feeling great on Protocel with marked improvements in swelling and pain. She’s also been able to decrease the amount of Ibuprofen she was taking daily which has really helped her stomach upset and her tendency for bruising.

Protocel works on a number of conditions that have nothing to do with cancer. Any ailment that involves anaerobic cells can benefit from Protocel. Crohn’s Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Gingivitis, Endometriosis, Psoriasis…even Viral infections including AIDS! I’ve have also written a previous note where it’s also helping pets (who do have cancer) called “Man’s Best Friend” and I hope to get updates on Kiki and Quncy’s conditions soon.

I’ve also learned from taking Protocel that as individual as the experience and the outcomes are, you just have to want to do it. I can blog until the cows come home but you can’t make them drink (or something like that!)

It’s been a miracle for me, this much I know.

Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Eureka! 11-8-2012

Here’s just a quick positive thought: I would assume that my PET scan results have piqued the interest of my Oncologist. I could even go so far as to speculate she sought out my results within a day or so…if not by the end of the day Friday (since I was scanned in the morning). I also would imagine that if I had substantial progression/mets within this 4 month period that she would have phoned me with a sense of urgency that what I am doing is not working and I need to come in ASAP.

Since I haven’t had any contact with her or the office, I’m going to interpret it as no news is good news because everybody knows "Good news always sleeps till noon" (Cowboy Junkies)

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You Can Call Me Ned. 11-9-2012

I cannot believe that my scan showed no metabolic activity of disease...in laymen's terms: No More Cancer! NED or No Evidence of Disease! We went in hoping for good news and came out with Over the Moon Fantastic News! It is a miracle and Praise God! I will post more in the next day or so and will do a complete blog and comparative of my scans...My Oncologists is 'amazed' She said, "I'm amazed at this...I don't know what this is but your cancer is gone" Prayer and Protocel works everyone! (Tell your friends! :)

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Protocel: 1 Cancer: 0 11-11-2012

I was re-reading some of my earlier notes…and in my first journal entry (March 20, 2012) I declared the intent of these chronicles. Here’s a cut and paste: “My wish is to journal my progress with accurate documentation (of the good and the bad) as well as weekly measurements. My hope and prayer is that when I am cancer free, my story will only serve to strengthen Protocel's position as a viable option in the ongoing battle to finding the cure.

(I like how I bolded ‘when’)

And here I am today, just shy of 8 months total time on alternative Protocel therapy and now I’m NED (No Evidence of Disease). My promise for weekly measurements “with a dime store ruler” may have fallen to the way side since the tumors melted and are no longer there…but I continued to be up front with honest blogging about how great it felt to be thriving on a Prayer and Protocel lifestyle. Despite the skepticism and mockery, I went from Stage IV recurrent metastatic breast cancer with virtually no chance to survive to No Cancer with a long future ahead of me. I think I’ve stayed true to my personal mission…and now that it was and ever shall be God’s mission, my prayer is that I will always stay true to the miracle he has given me.

That includes staying on Protocel (indefinitely at this point) and to keep telling my story.

For those that are interested in the scientific evidence, my Nov 2 scan report lays out the findings…body system by body system: Brain: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor Neck: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor Chest: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor Abdomen: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor Pelvis: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor Lower Extremities and Skeleton: No metabolically active lesions suspicious for tumor.

Interestingly enough, this same report also omits my detailed history it had on the June and March 2012 scans. On the June 25th scan, it is documented that I have stage IV metastatic breast carcinoma involving the lung and skin originating in the right breast and previously treated with bilateral mastectomies and Tamoxifen. It goes on to say that; ‘The patient was then treated with chemotherapy with disease progression followed by bilateral oophorectomy and alternative treatment. The study is to reassess the disease.’

But most recently, on Nov 2, I’m not even staged at all…nor was there any mention of progression as a result of chemotherapy! And even though it is indicated that this is a ‘comparison scan’ no comparisons are made. It simply states: PET-CT was performed for assessment of known metastatic breast carcinoma with disease progression in March 2012 to the skin treated with oophorectomy but no further therapy.’ There is no mention of my history or of alternative therapy being used. I guess they can file me away as a win for Oncology departments everywhere because an oophorectomy (ovaries removed) was the best treatment for someone like me…and it “worked.”

Someone like me...an aside bar: The office submits their various diagnostic codes to the insurance company for payment; and listed as my 3rd diagnosis is code 780.4 – Dizziness and Giddiness. Seriously, that is a real honest to goodness ICD-9 code and that is the code my Oncologist has assigned to me.

I just can’t say this any clearer. Being a short term participant in the conventional oncology system is not what cured me. Prayer first and Protocel second is what cured me. Alternative therapy is a viable option in the ongoing battle to finding a cure! And let us not forget the spirits of James Sheridan and Ed Sopcak…the two men who believed in the formula…perfected the formula…and witnessed the miracle. These men never lived to see the cancer revolution as close as it is to us right this minute…but it's happening folks and I’m so excited to have front row seats to it.

Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

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Low Maintenance 11-16-2012

Now that I have my “First Clean Result”, my Protocel lifestyle focus has shifted from aggressively killing cancer to a strict maintenance and prevention plan…All while keeping a certain amount of urgency because I simply cannot go soft on this. My Naturopath suggests I stay on Protocel around the clock for at least a year…however it is permissible to stop supporting agents (enzymes) if I choose…and either way is acceptable. I like the value that digestive enzymes bring to my overall wellbeing so I’m going to stay on the Bromelain but in a reduced dosage. (2 caps vs. 6 a day) I am also fortunate to be getting input from my friends in the medical community who can give me sound advice in regards to prevention, diet and nutrition. This includes maintaining my sugar free status and not to freak out so much over my dietary Vitamin C intake…it’s a delicate balance…don’t go overboard and don’t stress about it either. Eat like my grandparents ate…well rounded wholesome foods.

Yoga and hydration will also a big part of my wellness program. I love Yoga, either in my own living room to Zen channel 857 or during a night time class with meditation. I don’t Yoga every day…sometimes I bounce on the mini-trampoline/rebounder for 10 minutes. I still need to ensure the lymph traffic is traveling freely so water, water and more water.

Lately, I have had people ask me if they can take Protocel in lesser increments as either preventative or just for the health of it; so I inquired about this as well. If Protocel is taken 3 times a day one would receive the “the Orac Value” or the antioxidant benefits of the formula which means it would be effective for viruses. So yes it can. However, if your opinion is that there are more anaerobic cells to get rid of, it should be taken as directed…which means a middle of the night dose. For most people, who are NED to begin with…a month or two on the regular dosing schedule is sometimes all anyone needs. Protocel can be stopped for 4-6 months...start again for a cell purge and repeat. Cool.

Emotionally, I’m feeling very much at peace and I love that. The angst of the dark hole is gone and I am enjoying every gift that is in every moment. I'm glad I get to stay on Protocel...I can't imagine life without it!

(Psalm 113:3) From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, the name of the LORD is to be praised.

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Un-Clinical Trial 11-18-2012

Back in March, I was given instructions from my Oncologist to have my ovaries removed, recover and return to treatment in 3 weeks. I remember those 3 weeks (without supervision) to be my enlightenment phase and I Praise God every day for giving me that slice of time for research and trial.

I removed my ovaries according to plan and I don’t regret this at all. Estrogen driven cancer is probably best fought without added estrogen. Initially, I had even (unwittingly) requested Lupron injections to suppress my ovary function but thankfully was denied. At the time, the Afinitor/Aromasin trial (that was intended for me) was based on the outcomes of menopausal women…not altered menopause (what Lupron would do) but honest-to-goodness menopause.

It was during my surgical recovery that I would un-clinical trial what I thought would be best for me and began taking Protocel. If the Oncologist was planning on introducing a new chemotherapy treatment every 3 months, scan after scan, quarter after quarter, why couldn’t Protocel take a turn in the rotation? I figured it had an equal opportunity chance of working as any conventional experimental trial would…and it deserved the respect to have the same time frame to work in.

When I went in for my appointment to start the conventional trial, I told my Oncologist I was going to go my own way and do my own thing. I had compelling arguments (I think) and even though they were skeptical, I was given conventional follow-up diagnostics without much push-back. How can they argue that it wasn’t working? They couldn’t. And really...what did they have to lose to let me try? They figured I would be back with more progression *or worse* and they could put the blame and the kabosh on this ridiculous alternative theory once and for all.

I guess I’m glad at this point that I’ll continue to have conventional follow-ups in the future...but my true wish is to be able to walk away forgetting that I ever even had cancer. Whoever had childhood chicken pox and can’t remember what it was like to have them…That’s how I hope my future relationship with cancer is.

Philipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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Just Google It  11-25-2012

Black Friday 2012 has come and gone and with it went my one year anniversary of a cancer recurrence. I’m not sure of the actual time table it takes to literally “turn a ship around”, but in my case it was 337 days from the voice over the phone to briefly poisoning myself, to the introduction of Protocel and then lastly, my clean scan. And even though I’m physically no worse for the wear, the extent of my emotional changes is immeasurable.

During the first part of this year, I felt as though I had been handed the death penalty. I seriously would conjure up all sorts of images and scenarios of electric chairs, lynchings or gun point executions that would haunt my dreams and creep in to my daytime subconscious. I ended up mostly crying myself to sleep every night praying for a miracle. I felt hopeless and out of control. At one point, I remember holding the cancer centers feet to the fire demanding an answer of what we could expect given the fact that they had no cure for me and my stage IV status. Basically, I was told (and I'm giving myself some creative license here) that I should put my affairs in order because in 18 months or so, I would need to decide whether I would like to receive my liquid morphine drops here at home or in a facility that specializes in dying.

Enter stage left; a concerned local physician who planted the seed that there was an alternative non-toxic approach to killing cancer and all of sudden my tears dried and there was a glimmer of hope that I might actually be pardoned. I submersed myself in research of James Sheridan and the Protocel story which in turn led me to some amazing resources. OutsmartYourCancer.com a book by Tanya Harter Pierce is one example and the expertise and kindness that came from Naturopath Dr. Kim Cassidy and her partner at yourvitamindepot.com is another. I also found alternative links (alternativecancer.us) and forums where I learned about diet, exercise, supporting enzymes, rebounding and Yoga. I diligently and aggressively followed the Protocel plan...I prayed and gave thanks daily and I witnessed the cancer leaving my body. I still had frequent crying jags, but in the big scheme of things... I think it was okay to be scared.

When my daughters were small, we would recite this children’s rhyme: “The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow. The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, when speaking your mind or making your choice.” That verse is so appropriate for the situation I had found myself in…Our natural instinct is for survival and the answers for survival were there all along! By searching and learning what my options were, I no longer was living like I was dying. Instead, I got direction, purpose and commitment with each new day. Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence or even a recurring nightmare! Helping us help ourselves is God's way of healing us with love...not harm.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

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Intro to Lymph and Lysing 12-2-2012

The Lymphatic System often gets a bad rap when it causes lymphedema; but under normal circumstances it's actually a very cool part of human anatomy and physiology...and it plays a very important part in my Protocel success story. The main function is to collect and transport fluids from all over the body back to the blood stream...Think of a cheese cloth where fluids and particles get pressed through layers of tissue that end up flowing in to a river of lymph (plasma without protein). This then merges back with the veins and arteries and starts the bathing and nourishing process all over again. But that's not all it does...The lymph system also carries brand new manufactured white blood cells to the front lines of war zones for attacking and defending my body (Immune System). It even picks up extra troops (i.e. large enzymes) from their manufactured sites to aide in the nourishment and repair for the wounded. Isn’t that amazing? While I’m taking Protocel, I’m knocking the bad guys down left and right…and, I’m bringing in more reinforcements who happen to have supplies with them! (Take that cancer!) However, it's the waste management of the lymph system that makes me stand up and take notice that Protocel is working. Clusters of lymph nodes (or what I like to refer to as baskets) are concentrated in various areas of my body like my throat, underarms, groin and knees and that's where I could feel the swelling of filtration happening.

Protocel starves my cancer of energy, breaks their cell walls apart and kills them...this is referred to as lysing. The actual lysed material is the byproduct of those broken dead cancer cells. This debris is what makes up the gunky stuff that is being dumped into my lymph river and poured in the baskets. It didn’t take me long to figure out the importance of drinking water because it’s truly uncomfortable to have my lymph stuck in a traffic jam. Things weren’t flowing as freely as it once did...instead it became thick and slow. The ‘basket’ under my left arm went into collection-overdrive but this was unique for me because they stripped out the cluster of nodes under my right arm 2 years ago…so I am a little compromised without all my baskets available.

The key for successful removal was not letting the lysed collection get to the point of being painful. Water, water and more water...plus my frequent use of the rebounder for just 10 minutes in the morning helped jump start (literally) the flow of lysed material. I’ve also blogged excessively about Yoga and I can’t imagine this going any better for me without the benefits of downward facing dog. Great way to get optimal drainage.

This act of lysing with its lysed material (barely cooked egg white consistency) would come out of my body anywhere there was an opening. My eyes were matted shut almost every morning and my ears drained excessively with twice as much wax as usual....those were the first signs. In addition to this, I had major hot flashes (the skin is a huge conduit for toxins exiting your body) and sometimes I would be completely drenched. But the visual proof was seeing mucus in my stools. It's really not as gross as it sounds except that I was always a courtesy flusher, and because I wanted to know if I was lysing, I had to take a peek. (so yes, that's a little gross.)

Since I had cancer on my chest wall, I could also feel the lymph fluid resting heavy around my upper chest area. I was fortunate to have my cancer in an area that is on the main drag for lymph traffic. Had I had bladder or brain cancer (or any place for that matter) where the channels are narrow...it's possible it would have been even more uncomfortable and perhaps taken more time... but I'm certain that would have still been quite manageable.

A few weeks ago, my 8 month old grandaughter had a little upper respiratory infection and sneezed right in my face...after that, I noticed my throat got all phelgmy but it only lasted for a few days, so if I did get a cold from her, the antioxidant bubble that surrounds me while I'm on Protocel took care of it very nicely. Now that I'm cancer free I don't have much lysing going on anymore at all...what I do have is a much stronger immune system to prevent any new cancers from even starting. I still drink plenty of water, rebound and yoga often because I have to ensure that my great un-sung hero; the Lymphatic System - continues to be a major player in my overall good health.

Epheisans 4-16: From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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Cleaning up the Mess 12-9-2012

So, how can I describe how incredibly messy Protocel is? I mean this stuff gets everywhere. The benefits of Protocel are off the chart but dispensing it can sometimes be a challenge. Because it is a dark brown elixir (like Vanilla) no matter how careful I am, it sometimes just gets everywhere. It’s important for me when using the first half of a bottle to use the medicine dropper…that seems to be less messy but harder to read the graduated doses on the dropper. I have to shake vigorously, and then listen for the effervescence which only lasts a moment, and then quickly measure out my dose without dripping. It’s also difficult to get the dropper clean so I’ll ‘suck’ up the distilled water from my glass and squeeze it back in a few times to rinse it out that way.

When I get to the midpoint of the bottle…and the dropper won’t reach down anymore, I start pouring my dose into the measuring spoons…but that’s no picnic either because now it’s leaking down the sides and drips on the counter tops or gets on my fingers…and just one bead of Protocel is all you need to create brown smears everywhere. The good news is, it does wash up nice with a damp cloth or paper towel and it doesn’t stain permanently…but this dark spot (literally) is probably the biggest drawback to the formula. I even have to put the lid back on the bottle tightly and stick the whole thing under the faucet (even the label gets nasty) so it doesn’t leave a ring on my tray or countertop. Continual rinsing of supplies is a must.

This is also the reason why I don’t buy the economy size (16oz) of Protocel. For one thing it’s made of glass so it’s breakable and more difficult to manipulate (especially when it’s been rinsed and is slippery). The storage for this size is tricky too and the mouth of the bottle is considerably larger. But the main disadvantage is that it turns into a huge project just to transfer it to a smaller bottle without getting it all over the place…even with a funnel. It’s only a few extra dollars in savings to get the large bottle, but I feel I’m getting more by having less waste and that kind of makes up for it.

I’ve been using a rinsed out green 12oz bottle that once had diet 7-up (or a root beer plastic bottle would work just as well) as my ‘on the go dose’. This is very portable and resistant to the light. It’s so easy to just whip out my premixed dose - shake and take it- and forget about it until the next time and there is NO mess! I then take my empty bottle home and rinse it out for the next time and I’m good to go. The nice thing is since there are 5 hours between doses; the chances of being gone for more than one or two doses are pretty slim.

For those emergencies, I keep a mini amber vanilla bottle that I’ve cleaned out and that holds about 2 oz of un-diluted Protocel in my purse. I figure I can hunt up a bottle of water wherever I happen to be and use the cap as my measuring guide. I’ve only had to do that once though…and I was super careful knowing there was no damp cloth in the area. It would be nice though, if the Protocel people came up with a travel size bottle that had an eye dropper type of dispensing mechanism…might be less messy. (hmmm…good idea!) Oh, and here's something funny about this mini size...I originally ran this bottle through the dishwasher to get it good and sanitized...but it melted a little bit and took on a phallic shape (if you know what I mean) and I'm somewhat embarrassed about it. (lol)

Interestingly enough, the title of this entry “Cleaning up the Mess’ is also the perfect metaphor for a couple of events going on in my life right now. One for example, is taking the leap to organize the material from this blog to be of a bigger service to people as a true testimonial…and the other is to live like I’m living and which includes not spending money like I’m dying. Since it’s going to be a while before I’m knock-knock-knocking on heaven’s door anytime soon, I’m praying for answers to make everything work and clean up just the way it's supposed to.

Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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Missing a Dose 12-16-2012

The night before last, I slept through my 0100 dose. (Ack!) Either I heard my alarm and shut it off, or I kept snoozing it until it timed out...but regardless of the circumstances, I whiffed. I woke up at 3am in a panic...reached for my sippy cup, hoping it was a dream but found out it wasn't. I grumbled (and probably jabbed my husband for not hearing it...sorry darling) drank it quickly and went back to sleep. I try to tell myself that it’s not the end of the world, but if my cancer comes back because I was noncompliant, then it has the potential to be. On one hand, I don’t want to beat myself up while I’m beating cancer…but on the other hand, I cannot get lax on this and let a dose slide here or there.

Protocel works if it’s taken as directed and that means either every 5 hours for the 23 formula or every 6 hours for the 50. I have to take it around the clock and that’s the commitment I made to this protocol. In the 9 months that I’ve been on the formula, I’ve only missed a half of dozen or so doses…not too bad, but certainly not a habit I want to start especially as I’m looking at another year on the program.

Traveling outside my time zone is another instance that can cause undue angst. When we go to AZ it can be up to 2 hours off. When I travel up north it’s an hour ahead. In most cases, I let my cell phone dictate when I take Protocel. Since it automatically converts to the time zone it’s in, it doesn’t take me long to make the adjustment. The first time I traveled though, I stressed and stressed about how to squeeze it in early or what would happen if I took it late. Now, I just try to relax and go with it. In the rare event that I would forget (or in my case last night; sleep through it) I swear first and take it second. I then pick up my schedule where I left off…even if it may only be 3 hours later.

This around the clock plan has its advantages as well. I can only imagine that if I didn’t have my 0600 alarm going off, forcing me to get up and prepare a dose, I could easily wallow away in the bed and let cancer beat me instead of the other way around. Instead, I jump up and start my day. I guess I could even go as far as to say that Protocel is addicting. I’m not sure if it’s my mind or my body that is craving it when Protocel time rolls around…but I do look forward to taking it and am more than happy to ensure my levels are therapeutic.

Revelation 22:17The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

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The 11th Hour 12-24-2012

It has been my experience that Protocel was hugely successful even after I took one rotation of chemotherapy. That success continued past surgeries to remove both of my breasts and the mother-ship tumor that originated on my Right side. I had subsequent procedures to stop the spread of cancer metastasis (removal of a lymphnode chain) and another to permanently shut down estrogen production. (bye ovaries) I never experienced radiation although it was offered to me initially. The cancer was still progressing and I had little room for error at this point.

Somewhere I read that cancer patients are the most compliant patients there are. I agree. Unfortunately, that same compliance translates into the stronghold treatment plan my oncologist was talking me in to at a vulnerable time. It was only after the ah-ha moment came that I became empowered to say “I’m not going to take this anymore and this shit has to stop.”

When I started Protocel, I was at my own personal 11th hour. I diligently and aggressively followed the program. I did not mix it with other supplements or treatments…as a matter of fact; I found I had to turn my blinders on to other alternative and conventional therapies so that I would remain focused.

During my scan appointment in November, I was speaking to the Radiologist and told him about Protocel and his comment was ‘Alternative therapy is scary for us because by the time you realize it doesn’t work it’s too late.’ I nodded, but only because I was actually imagining his statement in reverse: Once patients find that chemotherapy isn’t working, it may be too late to introduce alternative routes.

Or maybe not.

It would appear that sooner rather than later (when it comes to Cancer) is always a good mantra but I understand it isn’t always the case or entirely possible. I wonder what my personal outcomes to date would be had I found out about Protocel when I was a stage IIb in 2010? Would I have been as committed to the protocol when I was planning my reconstruction options? Or, would that urgency not kick in until I suddenly found myself planning my funeral? Those answers are easy for me because once I started taking Protocel, it didn’t matter where I was in my cancer journey...Protocel worked. It would have worked had I used it earlier, it did work when I began to use it...and it will continue to work for as long as a I take it. (so YES!)

Today is Christmas Eve and I am filled with so much hope and sense of purpose that it’s transcending even stronger than it did when I wrote my first journal entry. Praise God for giving me this second chance...for the courage, strength and commitment to share this miracle...and most importantly, for the birth of your son, Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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So Long 2012!  12-30-2012

I’m not going to miss you but you did teach me the most valuable lesson of all.  Prayer + Protocel = Cancer free.  I love it when the lessons are that easy!

My story continues…however, it will no longer be in writing.  I’m living my life and I’m loving it; I just won’t be blogging about it on a weekly basis.  I’ll continue to take Protocel every 5 hours around the clock and I will have another Pet/CT scan that has been scheduled for May 2013.  I will share those results as they happen.  The way I have designed this website, I could add extensions if I decided to do more writing down the road, but for now, the most important part of this website is that my story is easy to get to and will reach the audience it is intended to reach. 

You can continue to keep up with me by liking and clicking on my facebook page where I’ll post occasional status updates and photos.  My goal is to also to upload a youtube video here where I demonstrate preparing and taking a dose and I’ll update this site when that part of it is complete. 

In the meanwhile, Thank You for reading my story.  Feel free to share the url:  www.beatingcancerwithoutbreakingasweat.com with your friends!

Here is to a very happy and Healthy 2013!  Happy New Year!

It is well, it is well, with my soul!

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Still Kicking!  6-2-2014

My husband suggested I check in and let the world know that I’m not dead and still very much alive.  Sad that I need to do that but what they hey…I can understand.  I’ve been silent for over a year and half and I’m sure people are wondering.  Another reason is I checked on my website stats and am truly amazed at the traffic this site is getting!  I love that I’m linked to other Protocel networks which I believe is also helping to get the word out.  

I’m happy to report that I’m living life to the fullest with only a medi-port scar to remind me that I was once Stage IV…well that and my semi-annual visit to the Oncologist.  I last had a scan in November of 2013.  I didn’t post the results because truth be told, the copy she gave me did not appear to be official at all.  There was no Cancer Center heading…No Radiologist signature, an incomplete diagnosis…the works.  I figured the naysayers would have a field day.  I can’t help but wonder if that wasn’t all part of the master plan?  In any event, you’ll just have to take my word for it…it was all clean again.  My labs were also perfect…not one thing out of whack.  

I was due for another Scan last month in May (with more labs) but I cancelled the scan and only kept the blood draw and MD appointment on May 16, 2014.   I cannot see spending another co-pay of 2,500.00 just to have them tell me that I remain in remission.  If she wants to scan me that bad then she will have to foot the bill.  I will expose myself to the radiation in the name of science but I am not going to shell out the cash for it.  And, guess what?  She doesn’t want to either!  My labs were stellar…and even she agreed that my scan would probably be ‘the same as last time’ (i.e. no cancer) so I’ll just get labs now every 6 months and that will be that.  She did however caution me (as she does each visit) that it will surely come back and I must notify her immediately with any signs and symptoms of its return.   What will it take for her to believe me?  She asked me if I was still taking ‘pro-cell’ and I told her I don’t really anticipate going off of it anytime soon.  I can if I want to (according to the other successes out there) but I choose to stay on it.  Prayer, Protocel and a sugar free lifestyle…that’s how I roll! J

After my appointment, I was standing at the counter to pay my office co-pay and there was a gal standing next to me who was scheduling a CT Scan of her head.   I assumed she was not new to treatment since she was already bald but that could have been a false assumption.  When the receptionist said to me “next appointment in 6 months”, that gal standing there said, “I wonder if I’ll ever hear those words?”  I wanted to hug her.  I didn’t and I’m still regretting that.  To that Lady…If you’re reading this, I’m sorry.  My only defense is because I wanted to scream it out…You don’t have to go through all of this and still end up with brain mets!  There is a gentler, non-toxic way to beat your cancer that is easy and inexpensive!  But instead, I just hung my head and got the hell out of there as fast as I could.

Lately…I feel as though God is pushing me to be more vocal again.  I have been blessed with this tremendous miracle and miracles deserve to be shared!   Please…if you happen on this website and you know of someone who has been diagnosed with cancer (any kind of cancer) let them know about this link.  I’m not the only Protocel Success story out there and a simple google search will prove that.  There are many who are enjoying the benefits of living cancer free because of Protocel 23 and Protocel 50. 

I’ll check in again from time to time.  I’m even kicking around the idea of writing a ‘prequel’ to my story of when I first got diagnosed with cancer and my surgical journey.   Not that my reconstruction account is anything out of the ordinary or that folks are clamoring to get to it…Quite the contrary…I had an uneventful 100% complete conventional experience…nothing alternative about it.   No, this prequel would be for anyone seeking out information, find my blog, enjoy my writing style and want to continue reading more…and then hopefully find the right answer at the right time.

But until then, I will continue to pay for my website storage space and my url so my information will always be here to anyone who wants it.   if you would like to contact me I am always happy to reply and I answer all my own emails! kat@beatingcancerwithoutbreakingasweat.com 

John 14:12  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

Je Suis! (I am!) 12-30-2014

Yes, I am!  I am still on bonus time and I am still an active participator in the game of life!  Ironically, 2 years ago, when I had my first clean scan, I wrote the following passage 

I guess I’m glad at this point that I’ll continue to have conventional follow-ups in the future...but my true wish is to be able to walk away forgetting that I ever even had cancer. Whoever had childhood chicken pox and can’t remember what it was like to have them…That’s how I hope my future relationship with cancer is.” (Un-Clinical Trial 11-18-2012)

Interestingly enough, that’s kind of where I’m at right now.  I’m starting to go fuzzy on the cancer details.  People don’t even seem to remember that I was once sick…or if they do remember, they wrongly assume that I have been cured by conventional methods or they think my Stage IV cancer wasn’t “that bad”.  How can stage IV cancer not be bad?  Regardless, it’s not helping anyone who could benefit from taking Protocel right now, when they aren’t even aware that it was Protocel that pushed me into a radical remission in the first place. 

So, as much as I would like to put the entire memory behind me, I do have promises to keep, a miracle to share and God to praise for it!  This is my medium…this website and this blog and my opportunity to show by example…this is what I can do.  When I began my written story, I put myself out there for everyone to see not even knowing whether Protocel would work or not.  That’s kind of a big deal don’t you think?  I exposed myself to some not very nice people whose attempts to undermine me at every turn would be enough to do anyone in.   Folks were watching my story unfold as though they were witnessing that guy walking the tight rope across the Chicago city skyscrapers a few months ago…kind of hoping he wouldn’t fall but couldn’t resist watching if he did.  They just couldn’t look away.  But now that it’s over, and he walked across to safety, does anyone even remember his name?  Human nature at its finest.  So, here’s the thing…there are still stage IV victims who watched me…who couldn’t look away and who even celebrated my victory…yet still will not consider it for themselves. 

So, I guess a refresher is in order. Protocel is a dietary supplement that has an amazing side effect of killing cancer!  My dear friend Sally describes it this way and she’s right.  When Protocel is taken as directed (around the clock, not exceeding 6 hours between doses) it starves anaerobic (cancer) cells and leaves aerobic (healthy) cells untouched.  You’ve got your prayer and you’ve got your Protocel and it’s as simple as that.  My husband argues that it’s not that simple.  There are other factors that strongly affect the outcomes.  There is the compliance factor, the no-sugar factor, the chemical-free factor, the emotional factor, the Yoga/Meditation factor and the laughter factor.  (I say, just do your best to stay on track.)

I recently had my semi-annual Oncologist appointment. (November 18)  My labs again were perfectly within normal range.  (Seriously, my hemoglobin is 14.1!  Do you know how many people would LOVE a hemoglobin of 14.1?  I know right?)   She advised me not to be stoic.  What did she mean by that?  So I say to her…What do you mean by stoic?  She replies that I must not keep silent when I feel the cancer has returned.  I asked her if there was any indication from my labs that the cancer has returned. She said there was not.  I asked her if my physical exam today pointed in the direction of a potential recurrence.  She shook her head that it didn’t.  She wants to scan me again and I bartered with her to foot the bill.  Needless to say…no scan.  She wants to see me for a follow up in 6 months so I have an appointment for May 2015.  Stay tuned. (Stoic…for goodness sakes) 

Meanwhile, I’ve uploaded some more tips of the trade to help you all be as compliant as you can with dosing.  You don’t want to miss this mess-free/travel anywhere delivery system I happened on while researching essential oils.  Click here to go to that section of this website!

So as 2014 and my second year of being NED (No evidence of disease) comes to a close, I’m happy to continue spreading the good word… I am so grateful for crossing paths with so many brave and courageous souls.  To my fellow Protocel Siblings, thank you for taking the time to reach out.  For those we have lost…I grieve.  For those soldiering on…I am grateful every day that the grace of God led you to Protocel.  For those who are reading this blog at 3 in the morning because you just can’t sleep and are hoping and praying that I’m the real deal; Je Suis! (I am!) 

Look inside yourself, and look to God for answers.  Don’t listen to skepticism or mockery.  Follow your heart and your intuition.  Follow fellow blogs like this one that can help illuminate your path and God speed to make an alternative choice before there are no more options and nothing else will help.

Wishing us all a happy and healthy 2015! 

Psalm 136:4  Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits.

Evidence Based 03-04-2015

So, I had an irrational episode of CANCERITIS a few weeks ago…so severe that it prompted me to contact the Cancer Center and make an appointment for a PET/CT scan. It had been over a year since I had been tested and over 2 years since I was first declared ‘clean’…and for whatever reason, I was wrongfully convinced my Protocel protocol had reached its expiration date.  I was able to have my scan on Tuesday Feb 24, 2015, and we met with the Oncologist that very Friday where she gave us the good news that I continue to remain in radical remission.  Praise God! 

I am so relieved on so many levels I just can’t even express it…at the top of my list, is that God has again reinforced to me that I may rightfully spread his good word that Protocel has removed all the cancer from my body.  Our God is an Awesome God!  (And a forgiving God when my faith waivers).

The simple fact that I have conventional science to back up my alternative treatment is a tremendous relief and a huge burden lifted from my shoulders.  I know there are a lot of people out there counting on this to be true so it does my heart good to know that it is.   When the evidenced-based, standard-of-care, #1 diagnostic test does not detect any cancer, there is no cancer!  And you don’t have to take my word for it! J 

Since hearing the good news, I was hoping to put off seeing my Oncologist again (as I always do) for a couple of years but I am scheduled to return in 6 months for labs and a face to face appointment.  She pronounced ‘Protocel’ correctly and effortlessly this time (this is huge!) and she hugged me and told me she was happy for my outcome.  She also told me she wishes I wouldn’t think everything in my life is cancer.  She’s right of course. 

So, my husband proposes this most excellent idea: He suggests that going forward; I document all the sensations I’ve been having that indicate my impending doom so that when it feels like the ‘witness protection program’ has failed me yet again in the future, I can refer back to my list of symptoms and say: “That’s right. I felt just like this and it wasn’t cancer”.

I also need to remember that I had 19 nodes removed from under my right armpit.  My lymph system has to go into overdrive due to lack of resources.  Protocel continues to gobble up free radicals and keep my immune system strong and healthy.  The by-product of any waste has to travel the lymph channels to exit the body…that’s just how this works.  Having an occasional swollen lymph node under my other arm is a sign the Protocel is just doing its job.  (I continue to take ¼ tsp of Protocel 50 in 3 oz. of distilled water every 6 hours around the clock)

Additionally, as a result of reconstructive surgery, I do have structural changes and foreign objects in my chest cavity and I should remember that when I’m listening to my body.  I have also not done myself any favors in the exercise department…The only exercise I’ve been getting is from jumping to conclusions.  Ha-ha.  I log in waaay to many screen time hours (read: lazy-no-activity) which I’m sure is not helpful for my overall general well-being.   I blame winter. 
I will say this though…this latest episode of ‘Canceritis’ has made me examine other areas in my life that I know I can improve upon as I try and be a better example for this ministry.

So, without further ado…let’s get to those results!  This link will take you directly to an image of my scan: http://www.beatingcancerwithoutbreakingasweat.com/feb.htm . (You can also get to the report from the Proof link at the top of this page.)  I still have plenty more to say and plenty more updates to make on the website…but for now, I’m just going to let today’s entry be about God’s love and healing grace. 

Colossians 3:23-24:  23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

The 8 Secrets to My Protocel Success  05/08/2015

I have finally turned a corner.  I’m not sure when it happened, but I no longer have any doubts that my body will ever be plagued by cancer again.  This revelation has come at the perfect time in my life because of what I wish to accomplish with my experiences, my blog and from sharing my story.  The simple truth is Protocel took me from ‘Stage IV to Stage No More’ in just 8 months.  Today, I am sitting here just shy of 3 years completely free of cancer or NED (No evidence of disease) or radical remission or whatever you want to call it, it’s all gone.  Here are the key take-away points to my success:

1.     I believed it would work.   I prayed, I believed and I had faith that alternative, cancer-curing Protocel was the answer for me.  Just as God gave direction to James Sheridan when he developed Protocel in the 1930’s, I felt the same ‘marching orders’ to cure my cancer and spread the word.  It didn’t matter that there were an astonishing amount of people who were not convinced.  I was, and that was the important thing.  I had to remain steadfast and strong…all the while keeping a positive attitude when screaming and throwing things certainly seemed more appropriate.   Prayer, prayer and more prayer…and the miracle was there for the taking.

2.     I didn’t waste any time.  Look at the calendar.  When I was initially diagnosed with cancer there were sometimes spans of 2-3 week periods where I was hopping from this specialist to the next…waiting for testing or to recover from any given procedure.  I actually had a considerable waiting period after my second cancer diagnosis because of a scheduled surgery - but before round 2 of chemo.  It was during that critical time-frame that I took advantage of being chemical free and gave Protocel a five-week head start to work.   My Protocel sweet spot happened in a relatively short period and I saw signs of lysing (dead cancer cells) within days of my initial dose.  Praise God I also had measurable results as indicated by surface tumor regression.  I’m just so thrilled that instead of sitting home twiddling my thumbs, waiting for my next medical appointment, I was able to take action and make a complete 360° change in my outcome. 

3.     I continued to have conventional diagnostics.  Even though I jumped off the conveyor belt of traditional cancer treatments, I still went through the investigative/labeling process.  This allowed me to continue to be followed by my physicians and *ultimately* get their blessing that what I was doing was the right thing.  In fact, since November of 2012, I have had bi-annual PET scans that prove I don’t have any cancer left.  Having scientific-based evidence to back up my claims, gives merit to my story and strength to my decisions. There was no way my doctors could deny that it was working and I was able to continue taking Protocel without a lot of pushback.  I continue to see my Oncologist on a regular basis.  It seems to give us both a sense of clarity. 

4.     I gave up sugar.  A sugar-free lifestyle is just that…a lifestyle.  When I learned that cancer feeds on sugar, it wasn’t all that hard to stop. Give me a good terminal diagnosis any day and watch how quickly I can comply.  I started small by eliminating pop/diet pop and then moved on to cutting out desserts and candy.  After a little more than a week, I really wasn’t missing sugar or craving it all that much…until eventually, refusing it became second nature.  Oh, and a bonus?  I lost 20 pounds and kept it off.  I still have to be careful though; I like beer and chips (okay, pizza too) but moderation is key.  I try not to stress too much about my diet and keep my sugar grams under 10 per day.   Refuse to feed the cancer.  

5.     I did not mix Protocel with any other treatments.  I was all in.  I said no to chemo and radiation or any other modern medical treatment in conjunction with the Protocel protocol.  I figured Protocel deserved the same amount of time and respect that is given to any other clinical trial.  How could I accurately gauge if this was working when I was adding therapies to the regime?  If the doctors wanted to pull out a new treatment option from their arsenal bag of tricks every 3 months, I argued (effectively) that Protocel should get the same equal opportunity in the rotation. 

6.     I didn’t wait until I was out of options.  When I first heard the words that I was stage IV, I actually felt physically strong enough to withstand just about anything they wanted to give me…I certainly didn’t feel like I was dying.  It was only after I took chemo dose #3 that I started to lose the battle.  Seriously, I didn’t even have good results from that cycle…as a matter of fact, I had new disease progression!  If I had kept on that path, I surely would not be here writing to you today.  Instead, I didn’t look at Protocel as a ‘last resort’ but rather as my first round draft pick… I had to be the captain of my ship and make a decision to turn that vessel around before we smashed into the reef.

7.     I never went over 6 hours between Protocel doses.  Frequency is a big deal.  While in the throes of cancer I was taking Protocel at least every 5 hours…sometimes 4.  NEVER more than 6.  It’s amazing how acutely aware of the time I was…even minutes before my alarm went off.  My body knew it was Protocel time and I listened.   Compliance was crucial.  Yes it was extremely easy and amazing, and yes it tastes like life…but it’s not magic.  I had to follow some very explicit rules:  Avoid Vitamin C and other dietary supplements and never-ever (ever) skip a dose.  Even in the middle of the night…I wake, shake and take my Protocel that I have premixed sitting at my bedside.   It’s become a routine, a habit and a way of life.     

8.     I educated myself.  But I didn’t let it bog me down.  There are many other natural alternative options out there but I found that learning about every single one of them was just too much noise.  I needed to focus.   I chose Protocel for a number of reasons:  It had the most anecdotal success stories, it was the least expensive and it didn’t involve coffee enemas! (lol)   I learned everything I could about it… How to take it, how to eat, how to yoga, how to sleep.  All Protocel all the time.  The happily ever after is, I am alive and healthy and here to tell my story.   I continue to take Protocel…although maybe not as diligent as I used to in the beginning, but that’s okay.  I’m cured now and I don’t have to.  J 

Romans 12-2:  12be transformed by the renewing of your mind.3 Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is4--His good, pleasing5 and perfect will.

Living to Tell About it  03-01-2016

As I wade through the rubble of the last 6 years, I think I've finally figured out what is salvageable and what isn’t.  I remember receiving a book from a well-wisher the very first time I was diagnosed called: “What Cancer Can’t Do”.  What a great title eh?  It had some nice cheery elements that helped me face the challenges I was yet to meet:  “It cannot cripple love”, “It cannot shatter hope” and “It cannot kill friendships”.  Blah, blah, blah.  gee., that’s swell. (!) 

I really (really) wanted to dub this particular entry : “Cancer Kills…Even When it Doesn’t”.  I’ve been thinking and writing and plotting and planning this dialog for months now.  I knew exactly what I wanted to say, who I wanted to say it to and then just really give out a good old fashioned what-for!  But my dear Sister tells me to be hopeful!  "Kat, think about what you want to accomplish with your blog and be hopeful to all these people who look to you for answers!"  So here I am, …being hopeful and grateful to be alive.

I believe, with all my heart and soul that God has placed me exactly where He wants me to be.  My life has been a series of events that were all part of His master plan to make this a better place and I am humbled to play a role in it.  I've learned life skills where I needed them and defense mechanisms when those didn't work.  There have been innocent casualties for sure, but in the end, I know that only the strongest of bonds will endure…and everything (and I mean everything!) about this new chapter has become an integral part of my blueprint to healing grace. 

Even this website is evidence of my life-map.  I think back on when I shifted my focus off of nursing for a short time (before cancer) and put all of my efforts into website development.  The late 90’s dot-com era was a big part of my history and even though I made a lot of bad decisions, I feel as though I can now pay it forward because of the skills I’ve learned.  Oh sure, these pages are all so 'old school' and I get that…but my site stats indicate my Prayer and Protocel story is still getting out there.  It just needs to be louder!

I’ve been given this miracle and the talents and platform on which to share it with, and I have to ask:  How cool is that? Additionally, there is no way I could have accomplished what I have accomplished in the last 8 months without His constant voice and guidance.  I got divorced, relocated across the country and found my new church family.  Then, I went on to apply for my nursing license in the wild-wild-west, renovated my house (Thanks HGTV!) and began the job search in earnest.  I’m healthy and happy with true friends and new friends and the family that did stick by me. 

I'm sorry I had to take this site down for last few months because truth be told, it was impeding my efforts to get a job! (Seriously!)  No one wants to hire a stage IV cancer survivor! (*learn to hide your scars*)  And, because the establishment has labeled me as such, they cannot (or will-not) un-stage me.  This strategy has put me at a distinct disadvantage in the work force and I wasn't expecting that.  However, God did provide (as promised) by securing me a wonderful position where I get to work with an incredibly talented team AND be surrounded by the elderly all day! J

I can’t help but think that this intensely transitional period is only helping to make me even more resilient.  Protocel has improved my immune system to the point where anyone else who just took the beating I did…may not have fared as well.  (And guess who didn’t get the flu this season?  That’s right! Not me! :)  I feel so blessed to witness other Protocel Siblings who are taking Protocel while they wait during the initial ‘YOU HAVE CANCER’ investigative and diagnosing process.   Strong immune systems are a requirement during this phase of beating cancer [without breaking a sweat] and it’s amazing to see the un-wavering faith (even as small as a mustard seed) that allows the miracles to be realized.  Timing is everything and so is the potential for positive outcomes!  And once those positive signs of healing start to present themselves?  It sure makes for a stronger voice in the care-plan decisions that are yet to be made. 

I continue to take Protocel 50 every 6 hours around the clock and am confident that I remain (and will remain) in complete cancer-free radical remission.  I won’t be subjecting myself to nuclear medicine anytime soon either.  My existing scans and my story on this website will have to suffice as my miracle.  Well, that and my happy healthy life that I’m living as proof of His testament!!  What more does one need?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m not the only Prayer and Protocel success story out there and I think it’s time for us all to start seriously imagining a world where cancer doesn’t have to kill anymore.  Literally or figuratively.   

~Job 11:18-19  You will have courage because you will have hope.  You will take your time and rest in safety.  You will lie down unafraid and many will look to you for help.

Patience Trumps Panic  04-24-2016

So here’s the thing.  Protocel does not work simply by saying “Abracadabra!”.  It’s just not that kind of magic.  Faith and compliance and determination…Now, there’s the magic.    If you don’t have faith it probably won’t work (AS well ;) and if there is no compliance with dosing schedules, living sugar free and the desire to stay on track is lacking…again, it probably won’t melt away as much cancer.  There might be a chance of keeping the immune system strong (and that’s always a good thing) so I guess some is better than none.  But why not get the full advantage?   Carpe Diem!  

Recap:  Protocel is a dietary supplement that has the ability to interfere with the ATP/energy production at the cellular respiration level.  Since cancer cells are anaerobic (meaning they fuel up by fermenting sugar) and healthy cells are aerobic (meaning they use oxygen to survive);  turning down the electrical voltage of all the cells makes the cancer literally fall apart and die. This small adjustment in the energy flow to the healthy cells does nothing to them, therefore good cells go unharmed.  Fatigue…lysing and a new appreciation for life are to be expected, otherwise there are minimal side effects and multiple benefits.  Hair, skin, nails, gums…everything just seems to bloom back to life. 

Remember… It can take a long time for this cancer to grow into a lump, and killing those cancer cells - one by one -- is not going to happen overnight either.   Unfortunately, by the time we find out there is a lump, and regardless of how long it’s taken to get to that point…there is an intense sense of urgency to get it out.  There is no room for patience and panic takes over.  I get it.

I look at the Prayer and Protocel Protocol, and I am amazed that I…of all people had the patience to see this through.  I am probably the least patient person (ever) and I can still hear my dad saying to 5 year old me; “Kat, sit still” and “Don’t be in such a hurry!” But Patience was never part of my life plan.  With Protocel it was different….I didn’t stop after 8 weeks when the doctors told me to and I still haven’t stopped and it’s been 4 years now.

Slowly, I began to understand that patience has always been the right answer.  God will provide.  The encouraging word today is that 4-8 months is not that long of a time frame in the big scheme of things; and a lot can happen when you have faith that it WILL happen.  Doctors are scary and so is family push-back.  It’s all scary.  No one said it wasn’t scary!   “What are those sensations?  Is it pain from the tumor breaking apart?  Or is it pain from the tumor growing?” I’ve been there!  I know right?  Listen intently, and He will tell you the difference!    Keep the faith.  Praise God and keep the faith!

Ironically…a lot of folks who take Protocel notice a rapid positive response to it…decrease in pain, tumor shrinking etc…but yet 2-3 months later, they’re changing course.  Why?  Sometimes Protocel acts quickly…then levels out and things don’t go as fast as they used to.   This is frustrating to Protocel because it WAS working, it just needed more time.   It can take weeks and months and yes, maybe even years of grit and patience to see it through.  I have “Protocel Siblings” that are living life to the fullest yet they still don’t have that ‘NED’ (No evidence of disease) certificate on scan results day.  Remnants of cancer remain…but it’s not growing or metastasizing.   It’s just staying put.   Maybe the Oncologist was right for a change.  Maybe cancer is a chronic disorder. 

If that’s the case, Protocel is certainly my treatment choice vs chemical conventional long term therapy when it comes to results and quality of life.  Plus, the price is right at $139.00 for 4-6 weeks…even though the Protocel distributors did just do an increase of $25.00 for the 8oz bottle. (not including tax and shipping. ) And please remember, I don’t get any kickback from this blog.  My reward is eternal life, and I’m more than happy with my compensation! J I choose to take Protocel around the clock to protect me from harm’s way and knowing it's keeping my cancer at bay.  (heh)   I also understand there are many different cancers out there.  I can speak on Invasive Ductal Carcinoma ER+/PR+/Her2-with distant mets because that’s what I had and that’s what Protocel worked on.  Different cancers, different formulas…same outcomes?   Possibly.  Talk to any of the Naturopath’s listed on my links page about what is the best way for you and your specific diagnosis to move forward. 

I am filled with the peace and grace that prayer and Protocel really did work for me.   I feel as though I am one of God’s messengers and I’ll tell my story to whoever wants to hear it.  However, God has been setting the proper stage for me; When its right to talk about it, I do and when it’s not, I don’t.   I’m good with that…I’m pretty sure God is good with that (we’ve talked ;) and I hope you all are too.   I write when He tells me to write.  <3 

~Isaiah 40:31  They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary.  They will walk and not faint. 

The entry you just read is dedicated to my father (and my hero) who died on this day; April 24, 1992. ~ I wish you would have had the patience to see this miracle happen for me…I miss you Dad!~  Xoxo


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11-1-16: After enjoying a radical remission for 4 years, my estrogen positive cancer returned in the form of pleural space blob, 9 chest nodules, a ‘marble’ on my mid spine and the hilar node making a repeat performance L   You can read about my continued journey here on this site…on a new page called Cancer 3.0 or Miracle2.htm

Psalm 18:32 ~I will fill you with strength and protect you wherever you go.


Blog Entries:

·         Protocel…My Beginning 3-20-2012

·         April Fool’s Day  4-1-2012

·         Signs It’s Working 4-8-2012

·         Just Say No to Chemo 4-10-2012

·         Face Off 4-12-2012

·         Waxing and Waning 4-18-2012

·         Power Dosing 4-22-2012

·         Mechanics of Protocel 4-29-2012

·         Adding Paw Paw to the Mix 5-6-2012

·         Hot Stone Massage 5-10-2012

·         Lymphedema; Stay Alert 5-11-2012

·         It Appears We’re Winning 5-24-2012

·         You Gotta Eat 5-27-2012

·         The Emperor Has No Clothes On 6-3-12

·         Constant State of Gratitude 6-10-2012

·         Scanxiety  6-17-2012

·         Breast Cancer & The Ugly Truth 6-24-12

·         And Now There is Proof 6-29-2012

·         Traveling With Protocel 7-8-2012

·         IIb or Not IIb  7-11-2012

·         It Tastes Like Life 7-14-2012

·         A Positive Attitude is Mandatory 7-16-12

·         Low Voltage Meets High Efficiency 7-20-12

·         Sugar & Cycles & Stressors Oh My 7-22-12

·         Nothing Comes Between My Support 7-24-12

·         Getting Deported in the Morning 7-25-12

·         Recovering Nicely 7-28-2012

·         Ala Carte’ Restaurant Guide 7-28-12

·         Summer Games 7-31-2012

·         Man’s Best Friend 8-3-2012

·         Which Formula is Best 23 or 50? 8-7-12

·         Paw-Paw The Magical Fruit 8-11-2012

·         Canceritis 8-14-2012

·         The Shelf Life of Protocel 8-18-2012

·         The H2O Factor 8-21-2012

·         The Larry 8-26-2012

·         A Pregnancy Test? 8-29-2012

·         What Do Warts Have to Do With It 9-4-12

·         Heat it Up 9-16-2012

·         All Saints Day 11-1-2012

·         Getting a Scan 11-3-2012

·         Protocel; It’s not Just for Cancer 11-6-2012

·         Eureka! 11-8-2012

·         You Can Call Me Ned 11-9-2012

·         Protocel 1 Cancer 0 11-11-2012

·         Low Maintenance 11-16-2012

·         Un-Clinical Trial 11-18-2012

·         Just Google It 11-25-2012

·         Intro to Lymph and Lysing 12-2-2012

·         Cleaning up the Mess 12-9-2012

·         Missing a Dose 12-16-2012

·         The 11th Hour 12-24-2012

·         So Long 2012 12-30-2012

·         Still Kicking!  06-02-2014

·         Je Suis! (I am!)  12-30-2014

·         Evidence Based 03-04-2015

·         8 Secrets to Protocel Success 05-08-2015

·         Living to Tell About it  03-01-2016

·         Patience Trumps Panic  04-24-2016

·         Cancer 3.0 02-15-2017








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