A Spiritual Solution to Cancer?

4 08 2010

I’m sorry to report, my health has taken a very quick turn for the worse, and I had to have another crainiotomy exactly 8 years from the first one.

Whatever I had was putting pressure on the complete left side of my brain in every direction.  I’m convinced that the only reason I wasn’t having any seizures, after looking at my MRI results, is because of all the space that the previous tumor took up.   The old tumor bed had filled up with so much fluid that it was putting pressure even on the right side of my brain.  It seems the small glowing spot in February’s MRI would turn out to be GBM (grade 4).  On 6/1, I had surgery to remove it.  Yet, after two weeks on Avastain, we’ve already seen an improvement.  My next MRI is late August, so I’ll report the results here.  However, this recent surgery and diagnosis of GBM changes my game plan a bit.

I’m need to take a different path, a more spiritual path.   Because Avastin is not really true chemo — it works with you immune system not against it — I seem to have a lot of energy.  I plan on investing every healthy moment so here’s what I’m doing:

  • Daily Japa Meditation
  • Semiweekly (twice per week) Yoga or Tai-chi
  • Weekly Acupuncture
  • Live a Life of Meaning Daily
  • Continue to collect stories of cancer survivors who found natural healing through their own will power (psychoneuroimmunology)

I’ll expand on each topic above in later blog entries.  If I’ve forgotten something please let me know.




4 responses

17 08 2010

i worked at a company where the Director of IT walked slowly around the work area mid-morning with a small bell. He was summoning anyone interested in meditating. We would all gather in one of the conference rooms for 10 minutes of quiet as he led the group in relaxing.
this practice made a difference, putting perspective in the work environment.

25 09 2010

That does sound relaxing!

23 08 2010
Kim Scott

Tom, you don’t know me, but you have been in my prayers for many months. I was reading your blog and just wanted to say that at the top of your list of things to do to live a more healthy spiritual life, there seems to be something missing; developing a relationship with your Creator and Saviour. I do not know really very much about you but I do know that finding meaning for your life starts with realizing that it is not about you, it is about God. By resting in Him you will find comfort and shelter. By making Him your dwelling place, He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (psalms 91)
Have you ever stopped to think that over 200o years ago, Jesus hung on a cross. As He hung there, taking on the pain and humiliation, He knew your name. He knew all about you. He would have done it if you were the only one on earth, just so you could know peace and comfort. He says in the Bible in Matthew 11:28. Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
Tom, I hope you find rest, I hope you find peace. I hope you find meaning for your life, so I pray you find God.

25 09 2010

Thank you for your comment.

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