- Phoenix, AZ
- Member Since Sep 2012
Their Diagnoses (1)
- Survivor: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Lobular
- Patient Info: Living with cancer as a chronic illness (undergoing adjuvant therapy), Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 55, Stage IV, HER2 Positive: No, ER Positive: Yes, PR Positive: Don't Know
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Boo-Bee-Trap shared an experience
Other Care (CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)): I was initially diagnosed with stage IIIa invasive lobular carcinoma, in short, advanced breast cancer. As expected, this diagnosis hit me and my family like a sledge-hammer. I had no risk factors for cancer. I was a relatively young person (47). I opted for a mastectomy. I seriously considered and explored the offered "standard of care"; and interrogated the providers of this "standard of care." After conducting my own in-depth research I declined chemo and radiation for a number of reasons - mostly because I wanted to both live and to enjoy a quality of life. See, http://boo-bee-trap.blogspot.com/. If I had gone forward with the uber-aggressive protocol that was being pressed upon me by these traditional medical providers, I firmly believe that I would not be here now...3 years later. Not only am I here, I have a quality of life that would have been the price tag of pursuing traditional medical protocol. So many of my fellow breast cancer sisters who did, have sacrificed their quality of life for the nebulous promise of a "cure."
Two years later, I was restaged with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. The sledge-hammmer hit again. The medical team who diagnosed my progression gave me little to no hope. They were putting me on the short-list. I was on the "search" again.
My search for medical integrity and honesty was fulfilled when I found Dr. John Williamson and Dr. Susan Williamson. I have no doubt that they have saved my life. This is not hyperbole. Their combined knowledge, research acumen, and sincerity and commitment to their patients is undisputed. Through their alternative approaches, they have also fed my spirit during the process. Drs. John and Susan had a base of knowledge that is well informed. Even more importantly, if there was an issue or question that they had not confronted previously, they admitted that it could be an issue and thoroughly researched the problem - I have found this to be a rare quality in the medical field. After three months under Drs. John and Susan's personalized care the metastatic tumors disappeared. Traditional medical oncologists were speechless. Drs. John and Susan designed a personal and effective program of care that has kept me cancer free and has never diminished my quality of life.