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  • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

    Look in to diet and lifestyle changes.  It can make a world of difference without the side effects. I truly believe that some day we will be using natural treatments like food & supplementation and wonder why we ever used chemo and radiation. My husband was diagnosed with a GBM in May of 2003 & has been cancer free for 11 years this month. Healthy Blessings to you all. 

    Wednesday at 4:30 PM view post
    • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

      My husband was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma in May of 2003.  He had a biopsy to verify it, surgery at Duke (Dr. Allan Friedman who I would highly recommend) and went through "regular" radiation, monoclonal antibody therapy (injected radiation) and a year of chemo. He opted out of chemo early, not because he had a bad experience, because he didn't.  He opted out because by that time we had found diet and li...

      November 05 at 4:32 PM view post
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        I think you need to keep in mind that not all doctors work well with all people's personalities.  I found ALL of the doctors at Duke (And we saw many, including both Friedman's, Dr. Reardon and our favorite, Dr. Vrendenburgh. (Who we eventually followed to Connecticut when he moved). We went to Duke from May of 2003 when my husband was life flighted to a Toledo hospital when he experienced a bleed on his brain a...

        November 05 at 4:02 PM view post
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          It is always a choice, the more informed the better. Different strokes for different folks. Cancer is big business. Sure there are those who are in it simply and kindly to help people but the business itself, it's about money.  There are plenty of people who have had the Gliadel wafers and are no longer with us just as many of the people who had the same treatment as my husband (atleast the ones we have met...

          July 31 at 4:32 PM view post
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            I can tell you that we were told that by one Doctor (who I will not name) that their vegetarian & vegan patients or those who switched to a very healthy version of the diet did better than their other patients.  This is not something most doctors advertise... for multiple reasons. I would recommend watching "Forks Over Knives," "Food Matters" and "Hungry for Change" for starters.  Try reading "The Chin...

            July 31 at 12:19 PM view post
            • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

              Glad to hear you are finding the staff at DUke understanding and helpful.  We always felt the same.  We actually looked forward to visiting them. Please look into diet and lifestyle changes.  You might be amazed at what a different that can make.

              July 30 at 8:35 PM view post
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                May I ask what you were diagnosed with?  Just curious.  GBM? L

                July 30 at 6:37 PM view post
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                  I agree.  Friedman is a world renowned brain surgeon and we had a good experience with him. He was matter of fact and a bit dry but we liked him.  We trusted him.  He was our third opinion.  Our first two both said my husband was inoperable. He disagreed and my hsuabnd had no side effects falling the surgery. I wish you the best. Lauren

                  July 30 at 6:35 PM view post
                  • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

                    I feel compelled to comment on this.  My first experience with Henry Friedman was on a holiday weekend in the evening when he took the time to call my husband back regarding potential treatment.  Oh following experiences with him were nothing but warm and helpful.  I met many others that would say the same.  I really think he cares... Or certainly did then. Ultimately, 11+ years later with a canc...

                    July 17 at 1:23 PM view post
                    • lsmith has replied to a post on the message board

                      We are vegan.  We are typically mostly raw (do not cook food above 118 degrees) We have been 100% raw in the past for as long as 2 years.  Honestly, I think you need to be at least 75% to see it make a difference.  In my opinion. We juice (Carrot & green juice usually which is mostly organic celery & cucumber and some kale or spinach and lemon).  He is really good about green smoothies. &...

                      April 17 at 12:15 PM view post
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                      About lsmith

                      Caregiver
                      Brain Cancer
                      Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Chemotherapy, Diet, Radiation, Side Effects, Spiritual Support, Alternative Treatments

                      My husband was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma in May of 2003. He is an 11+ year survivor. He went to Duke. While we love the caring wonderful doctors & nurses there & looked forward to our check up visits (until we followed our doctor to CT) we know that it was our change in diet that has kept him here. We have watched multiple brain tumor patients die over the past 11 years and the one thing none of them were willing to do... diet and lifestyle. We are convinced that it is our diet and lifestyle that has kept my husband cancer free, illness free and healthy for the past 11+ years. It is all about what you put in your body. Be your own health advocate!

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