MY PERSONAL HEALTH JOURNEY
I was diagnosed with Stage 3 throat (pharyngeal) cancer on July 20th, 2018. Imagine my shock after having dedicated nearly 3 decades of my professional life to the health and wellness industry. Along with input from a team of some of the world’s top researchers, medical and naturopathic doctors, oncologists, molecular biologists, and nutritional scientists, I decided to opt out of the recommended emergency surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy medical protocols.
Having the benefit of 25 plus years of experience in the health and wellness industry, and the many relationships I had forged with very credible allopathic, holistic, and natural wellness care practitioners (some who had been effectively treating cancer for years), I embarked on a non-allopathic, multi-faceted, holistic wellness journey. I carefully took into consideration the advanced stage of my cancer, the size and delicate location of the tumor, the timing and availability of certain natural protocols and products, and of course, the cost of each of those protocols, ranging from free to outrageously expensive.
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Even though I did my best to avoid letting it control me, in the back of my mind what was always looming were the devastating words of two different oncologists. The first stating that if I did not follow their “standard and accepted 3-pronged treatment protocol that I would unlikely be alive just five months later at Christmas time. The second came in a well-intended but frantic phone call from a different oncologist, telling me my decision to avoid conventional treatment and instead return home to Medellin the following day was a matter of “life or death” and that I was being careless and selfish with my decision. Those words served only to inspire me to fight even harder for my life and to one day prove them wrong. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was that just about everything I found fell outside of the scope of coverage of my health insurance. Sadly I had to take the cost of each protocol into consideration.
Howdandidit is not just a resource for those who are afflicted with cancer or disease. Almost daily I talk to people who very smartly want to take proactive steps to avoid cancer or any other disease or illness. Those who are interested in what they can incorporate into their daily lives to fortify their bodies and their immune systems. Those with the desire to never get sick or diseased. In other words, those interested in exercising prevention as a road to achieving optimal health and quality of life.