In the Spring of 2019, during a very stressful day at work, I developed upper epigastric and mid chest discomfort. I went into the local emergency room and was admitted overnight, given several blood tests and heart scans. The results showed that my heart was functioning normal for my age, but my blood sugars were very high, and I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. I was started on a medication called Metformin and counseled to follow a Diabetic diet. This diagnosis came as a surprise to my husband and I, as I have typically lived a very healthy lifestyle.
During the summer of 2019 I noted I was dropping excessive weight and I contributed it to the Metformin, as weight loss is listed as a possible side effect. But by the fall, I was feeling very tired and drained, having discomfort in my upper epigastric area after meals. By the end of September, I developed a strange choking type tickle in my throat, which would make me gag and sometimes vomit. Not feeling well, we canceled a vacation and I went back to the local emergency room. My blood count was very low when I arrived, and I received blood transfusions. Many scans were done, and a suspicious lesion was found in my pancreas. I was then transferred to a specialty hospital in San Francisco, California for further testing.
At the specialty hospital I received an esophageal ultrasound with biopsies taken from my pancreas and liver. During the ultrasound it was discovered that the lesion had eroded through my stomach and caused internal bleeding. The final diagnosis was stage 3 to 4 inoperable pancreatic cancer, and I was discharged home on comfort care, with instructions to get my affairs in order and a prognosis of one year or less.
Once home, we immediately scheduled an appointment for a second opinion with another specialty hospital located in Southern California. We also scheduled to start care with a local oncologist and chemotherapy (Folfurinox). I started chemotherapy at the end of October. We attended the appointment at the hospital in Southern California at the end of October and by this time my biopsy results were back and showed inconclusive for the liver, adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. I was then restaged as Stage 3, borderline inoperable, due to vessel involvement.
While shopping at a local health food store, a lady approached my husband after hearing him discuss my pancreatic cancer with a sales associate. The lady told my husband that he should research “dog de-wormer” to fight cancer. My husband googled “dog de-wormer to fight cancer” and discovered Joe Tippens video about Fenbendazole. We both watched it and then I agreed to start Joe’s protocol at the end of October, after all, what did I have to lose!
In January 2020, while reading Joe Tippens Facebook group titled mycancerstory.rocks, I saw people mentioning Jane McLelland’s book titled How to Starve Cancer. I ordered the book from Amazon and in mid-January my husband began to read the book. He took pages of notes and began researching the pathways that feed pancreatic cancer. He researched medications and supplements mentioned in Jane’s book. He found studies online, at legitimate sites such as PubMed.gov, and we printed these studies and took them to our medical appointments. With the studies, we were able to convince my physicians to prescribe repurposed medications as mentioned in Jane’s book. Jane also writes about high dose Vitamin C infusions, and with this knowledge we were able to locate a physician to administer intravenous Vitamin C. I started weekly infusions of high dose Vitamin C at the end of January.
My CA19-9 and scans continued to show improvement with the cancer shrinking. My husband continued studying Jane’s book and doing research, slightly adjusting my protocol over time.
I am very fortunate to have a supportive family and my husband as a strong advocate. By mid-May, my Pet Scan showed no hypermetabolic activity and biopsies showed only dead necrotic tissue. I was determined to be in remission. Praise God!