I was diagnosed Jan. 1997 with CLL, after nodes were appearing and
the lab showed my WBC was
too high. I was alone with the doctor and asked, "What
can I do", he said "nothing". Even then I knew
I had to do something to help myself.
I asked about studying, reading about the subject, taking
supplements. He said it would not hurt or help me! The next month, I
went to a Holistic Medical
Doctor, and she immediately told me, I had to build up my immune system. I was working two jobs, one stressful job, which I
loved. I was having
infections almost monthly.
That is when I started the
multivitamins, herbs, and went to every class I could
on rebuilding my health. I checked the computer, and I completely
changed my diet.
Everything that was good for me, I learned to love. I gave up all fast
foods, and red meat. I walked every morning. After three years, I
became anemic, and
started vitamin IV's in the doctor's office. For that period, I never
had an infection, cold or the flu. I was sure the good health care was
After the fourth year, I knew
I had to take early retirement, the red and hemoglobin
counts were dropping. The spleen was growing quickly. My local hematologist
was patient with me, saying he would wait until I was ready for treatment.
I was just happy to continue on W&W. Then Dec. 2000, I got a bad
pneumonia, and was in the hospital 8 days. I was given blood, and
finally an infectious
doctor was called in to get the infection, which was low in the lung.
I was on oxygen as the red count was not producing oxygen.
After 5 months, my
doctor started talking about spleen surgery, or chemo, I
knew my system could not handle that treatment. I had been following
the listing on the
computer, hearing about Dr. Keating, decided to try and see him
for a 2nd. opinion. I went as a self-referral, it was not too
hard, and after sending
my records, I was given an appt. Christmas week 2001.
That is where my
Christmas miracle occurred, as my children say. Dr. Keating
was ready to start RFC protocol on me after the first exam. But after seeing
my BMP , he said I was missed dx. I did not have Cll, but did had splenic
lymphoma. He knew all that was needed was 8 courses of Rituxan, and he
promised me I would be in remission. I did have my doubts, and I was
The first course was that
afternoon, taking 8-10 hr., then I flew to my son's
home for Christmas. After continuing the remaining 7 courses at home, by
Feb. 15, 2001, I was in remission. I must say my local hematologist
was not happy, that Dr.
Keating started treatment without his opinion! I tried to
explain, but he was very hurt! My happiness overshadowed his
Today, I tell the world--There
is Hope! Never give up, never! I am a very positive
person, I don't like seeing the negative in any patient. I believe by
waiting the 5 yrs., before treatment, I was given 5 yrs. of almost normal
As there is no cure, why start toxic treatment, before all the
symptoms are present?
For that, I am grateful, that I had a choice to choose what my heart
and mind was telling me. My friends and family are amazed with
my outlook and health