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December 2015

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Merry Christmas Friends!

MRI is scheduled for this Saturday. Guess we'll find out about deez noodles. A video posted by Jessica Oldwyn (@happy_coconuts) on Apr 11, 2016 at 4:18pm PDT Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you for helping me survive my cancer diagnosis, for helping me thrive. For picking me up when I don’t have the energy to do this alone. Your support, your laughter, your hugs, and your understanding gives me strength, and a great deal of gratitude. When I was diagnosed and they told me they had nothing to help me get better, it was terrifying. But a day turned into a month into a year into several, and here I am. I’ve successfully completed three brain surgeries and my dream is to never undergo another. We’ve found amazing treatments, and I feel wonderful, and happy, and I thank all of you for helping me navigate this exhausting, wild ride. I’m still scared every single day, but it’s getting better. When doctors expect you to die, you believe them. But in my heart, when I get scared, I remind myself that every single life, and every diagnosis is unique. I am not a statistic, I’m me. Sending all of you big, big love! ❤️❤️❤️

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Bacteria on the Brain Article

Holy cow this is amazing! One of my buddies sent me this article, probably knowing that not only do I love hearing about brain cancer/tumor treatments, but also I am enthralled with bacteria and viruses and how they can relate to cancer growth and treatment. If I ever have to have a fourth brain surgery, I want my brain flap soaked in Enterobacter aerogenes too – and what a surgeon! Dang. A true doctor, and true healer. I love problem solvers. If you have any problems viewing this amazing article please click here: Bacteria on the Brain. Your browser does not support iframes.

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Third Party MRI Results

We have the third opinion MRI report. If you had missed it, we were told by University of Washington that my MRI was stable, dating back for three years. Then, UCLA reviewed my MRI scans and told me that there had been changes in my brain, that the scans were showing recurrence and that I needed to start radiation and enroll in one of their clinical trials. (Click on the above links for the posts.) UCLA did not review my file before looking at my brain scans, they did not look at my treatments before recommending radiation and the clinical trial. Had I not dogged them and asked many, many specific questions, I would be starting unnecessary radiation. I would be enrolled in a clinical trial for a drug that I do not need at this point in time. The treatment that I do, the dendritic cell therapy, causes some inflammation and slight increased FLAIR, but I find it very interesting that two facilities do not find reason for additional conventional treatments when UCLA made me feel like recurrence was a fact. It is so important to ask questions, as many as you can think of. It is important to follow your gut, your intuition. You are in control of your body, and to a certain extent, your fate. Thankfully, my family is stubborn, and we went out on our own to a private facility that reviews MRI scans. They don’t recommend or provide treatment, they only analyze the images and report what they see. It’s wonderful, and worth the money to get an unbiased review. I hope you can read the report, it’s fascinating. It’s definitely the most in depth radiology report I’ve ever received. I feel relieved, and tomorrow I am going to celebrate by running a one…

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Garlic as Antibiotic & Diets

Somedays I dink around on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. I don’t always read about cancer stuff, though. Yesterday I found a cool study showing the synergistic effects of honey and garlic in treating common bacteria like Staph, E. coli, and Salmonella. I was researching treatments for my persistent lung infection (remember that fever I was so excited about?). Anyway, I love finding fun new ways to treat myself, or take care of myself. A few weeks ago my lungs started burning – no sore throat though. And the more I did, the worse it got. I tried running out the sickness (not my brightest idea), and waiting it out. I thought about getting antibiotics, but I haven’t taken them since high school. Pharma-antibiotics are amazing, and necessary, but I still like to avoid them at all cost because of the fact that they kill all the good bacteria in your gut, and your gut is not only important for digestion, but it’s responsible for 70% of your immune system. I don’t want to kill all my good bacteria, so I like to use whole food antibiotics like garlic. I probably sound crazy, but there is actual proof that the allicin and DAS in garlic (most effective when minced and set out for 10-15 minutes) is antibiotic. There’s a pretty cool excerpt below, demonstrating some of the proof. There is a link at the bottom to read the study in its entirety. If you head to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov you can find much more (add words like “garlic”, “xdiallyl sulfide”, “allicin”, “antimicrobial”, etc.). Anyway, I started dosing heavily with garlic, two minced cloves every two hours, along with the juice of a head of garlic, 6 lemons, and 8-10 inches of ginger, and low and behold the infection is going…

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