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  1. Catherine Vlasto
    Catherine Vlasto July 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    Hi Dr. Jess,
    I was forwarded your blog by your relative Celia. I applaud you for looking into “alternative” methods of any kind. When it comes to cancer, I believe you need to use all that you have in your tool box (after close examination and research of course).
    One of the tools we use in our house for stress reduction, sleep issues and generally difficult situations is aromatherapy. All that means is using plants to promote health and relaxation. You can inhale, diffuse in the room (a wonderful way) or apply topically. Lavender for instance, will help you fall asleep, relax and induce calm. When the essential oils used for aromatherapy are therapeutic grade you can reap the max. benefit. Everyone is different and not interested or inclined, but aromatherapy is an easy and safe way of bringing on stress reduction, health and wellness.
    I wish you well on your journey.
    Catherine Vlasto, LCSW

  2. Imrana
    Imrana July 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm | | Reply

    This is so amazing Jess. I love your website. I think its fantastic that your stories and your insights will reach and help countless number of people!
    Lucky Cat lives on!!!

  3. Jeanne
    Jeanne July 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm | | Reply

    Always so inspiring to hear that another ACC warrior is doing so well! You have much insight to offer, Jess! Thank you for blogging!

    My husband was diagnosed with ACC on April 1, 2008 (not an April fool’s joke;) with surgery just 10 days later. The tumor was large but encapsulated and successfully removed. The biopsy confirmed the surgeon’s fears that it was a highly aggressive cell type and we were told we would “likely see it recur…sooner as opposed to later.” Tom began IMRT about 6 weeks after surgery and then a daily regiment of Mitotane which he tolerated quite well. After quarterly CT scans turned to scans every 6 months…with labs every 2 months to monitor his need to “tweak” his many meds…we reached his 5 year “anniversary”…he has been NED since surgery!

    It was during his radiation (IMRT) sessions that lasted for 40 minutes each over about a 6 week period that He used Psalm 23 to meditate and focus on God instead of himself. Tom’s intimate relationship with the Lord grew deeper and wider during his “alone” time with the One who made him. We know God healed him…and we know we don’t deserve His healing more than another who has fought hard and has not been NED. Life is such a beautiful gift…

    Thank you for encouraging many along your journey…we try to do the same.

    The Lord’s Blessings on you…


  4. Facing Cancer Together
    Facing Cancer Together July 20, 2013 at 12:06 am | | Reply

    It’s a very useful idea – I like how you visualized the organs and gave them colours, and then saw those organs as being free of cancer. Nice stuff 🙂

    If you ever do write a post on the experience of clinical trials, please do let us know (@cancer2geter), I’d be very interesting in reading that since they seem like such a mystery.

    Take care,

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