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Survived melanoma skin cancer

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Seven survival stories...Dawn's Story
First
there is Dawn’s story. Dawn was the mother of a four year old when she
was told at age 25 that she had melanoma. Dawn talks candidly about how
she reacted to the fear she felt by going into denial: “I stopped
reading [about melanoma] because so much of what I was learning sounded
so negative. I was shocked and scared and it all seemed surreal, not
like part of my ‘real’ life.” And Dawn’s take on the importance of
maintaining a positive attitude: “What I remember most is how much I had
to struggle not to get sucked into the fear-propaganda around cancer.”
Kathy's Story
Kathy’s
story is very similar to Dawn’s. She too went into denial, as she was
seven months pregnant when she had a problem mole pointed out to her,
and “didn’t want to deal with it”. She also shares her negative
experiences of conventional medicine, and talks about the reasons that
“If I ever did get cancer again, I would try to treat it using
alternative medicine, which I find a lot less frightening for some
reason.”
Jim's Story
Next
is Jim, a self-employed electrician who had a stage 3 (out of 4 stages)
melanoma removed. He talks openly about how the doctors made him feel:
“One thing I really didn’t like is that the doctors did not make it seem
as if it was my decision. They just came up with their conclusions and
they expect you to follow along. That’s not quite how I see it, though. I
think part of it has to be the patient’s decision.” Jim talks about the
importance of feeling in control, rather than handing this control over
to others.
Kevin's Story
Kevin
was diagnosed with melanoma at age 13. Like Jim he felt “left out” of
the discussions. He says “Nobody even explained to me about the
different types of skin cancer, or that melanoma could spread.”
Joanne's Story
Joanne’s
story is one of the saddest, because she was diagnosed with stage 4
melanoma (the final and almost-always fatal kind) two years after having
a mole removed, when inadequate follow up was done. Two years later,
Joanne was told she had stage 4 melanoma, and it had spread to her
breast, chest, liver and shoulder. Joanne makes the amazing statement
that “In particular, cancer in the liver is usually considered to be
incurable. From the beginning, I knew that a positive attitude would be
vital if I was to fight this successfully. I didn’t waste time feeling
sorry for myself, or saying ‘woe is me’. Though it was difficult at
times, I didn’t ever fall into panic.” Joanne tells of the treatments,
and the attitude she took that enabled her to do what the doctors said
was impossible – the cancer regressed completely. And like Jim, Joanne
feels that “This is the other thing that I feel has contributed to my
survival – I’ve always been a very proactive patient.”
Susan's Story
Susan’s
survival story is amazing. She starts by stating “According to western
medicine, I never should have seen my 30th birthday, but (knock wood)
I’m going to be 47 next month.” Susan’s story is about coping with other
losses too. Susan’s melanoma had spread to her uterus, so she had to
have a hysterectomy. Despite the fact that this meant she would never
have children, Susan was able to maintain an amazing attitude. She says
“I was going to believe I had things to offer the world, even if I
couldn’t have children. Looking back, I think that discovering this
belief in myself was the beginning of my recovery.” Susan describes the
alternative as well as the conventional treatments she used to beat
cancer.
Glenda's Story
And
finally there’s Glenda, who openly says up front “People are often
sceptical when I tell my story. In fact, when I posted it on a web site
for people with melanoma, I got a lot of sceptical and even negative
feedback.” That’s because Glenda chose a completely alternative
treatment for her melanoma. And it wasn’t a decision she took lightly.
Glenda’s daughter Cathy had died in May 1999 after fighting cancer for
four years. Her experience with Cathy showed her the power of
alternative treatments: after conventional western medicine had given up
on her, Cathy turned to alternative treatments and lived a further 2
years. Glenda was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma (the final and
almost-always fatal kind), yet she chose to treat it solely with
alternative therapies and powerful positive thinking. Now four years
later Glenda is still cancer-free.Click Here to read more
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