“If you go with radiation, you will probably have 10 more years,” my doctor in Colombia predicted, “but be prepared, because it’s going to happen again.”
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, and I thought, Well, this is it. My time has come. I didn’t think I had any other option.
But then I heard about a lady who had taken high-dose injections of vitamin C and was still going strong 20 years after surgery for colon cancer. I mentioned it to my daughter, a Seventh-day Adventist who lives in Virginia.
“I know a place here that will do vitamin C treatments,” she told me, describing the intense, multi-faceted approach of Hartland Lifestyle Center. I still wasn’t too convinced, but after weeks of researching and talking with cancer survivors, I became terrified and told my doctor I didn’t want chemo.
“Are you crazy?” my sister argued. “You can’t go without chemo, without radiation.” On the other hand, my daughter insisted, “You have to do what God wants you to do.” I felt torn, not knowing which way to go!
I finally set the date with my surgeon and decided, “I’m going to boost my immune system, prepare for the surgery, and then do all the therapy they have to offer at Hartland.”
I was already observing a plant-based diet, but I had to take care of other issues contributing to my condition, like anxiety, lack of exercise, and irregular sleep patterns from working night shifts for many years.
The staff at Hartland were excellent! They explained each treatment based on scientific studies, so I knew it had a solid foundation in research. I learned that healing is a complex blend of many factors, with a strong link between the mind and the body. At first, I was afraid the treatments might not work because my faith wasn’t strong enough. But the staff taught me a lot about how to build my faith.
Now, I have hope! I feel more relaxed and secure to make decisions. I’m also practicing better habits—drinking water, exercising, and thinking in a positive way. I still have a long way to go, but I will leave it in God’s hands and continue with my new routine. And, if I have the opportunity to share with somebody about Hartland, I will!