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All I think about is CANCER?

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 09, 2011

This past week I’ve been so busy, I barely had time to blog…I mean, breathe! But I’ve had several encounters with people with cancers of various types, and they’ve been on my mind.

I won my first tennis match at districts and ended up talking with my opponent, Anne, for an hour afterward. She is my age, a mom of 3 daughters, and has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is scheduled for a mastectomy next week. She is terrified.

She knew absolutely nothing about natural treatments, which is true of most newly diagnosed cancer patients, who are like deer in headlights. It might take me the rest of my life, but I hope to turn that around: I want everyone to have access to solid information about alternatives.

At districts, I saw another of my opponents, Kristy, a mom of 4, my age, diagnosed 2 years ago with a brain tumor. A friend sent her to GreenSmoothieGirl.com and bought her one of my books. Kristy drinks Hot Pink Smoothie every morning and a green smoothie every afternoon.

I ran into my friend Camie not long ago. Camie is only mid-30’s with three young kids. She’s undergoing her last five chemo treatments for colon cancer–discovered in a routine colonoscopy, done because she has a genetic predisposition. She’s a longtime marathon runner and athlete and says she hasn’t left the house in a long time, can’t walk a city block, she is so ill from chemotherapy. She said she tried to eat an orange the other day and it tasted like metal.

A guy in my neighborhood, my age, looks healthy, just had his colon removed and is now sporting a colostomy bag.

Two people on my block of 11 homes have just been diagnosed with cancer, I found out Sunday. I took a green smoothie over to both of them yesterday with some other healthy stuff. One was talking mastectomy and radiation, and I didn’t say a word about how I feel about the “cure” she was talking about.

The medical profession claims a higher success rate for breast cancer than it did 50 years ago. But with routine mammograms, they just diagnose at a massively higher rate tiny tumors that might sit dormant for many years without growing. Then women are immediately disfigured upon diagnosis and their “cure” is included in statistics.

My tennis opponent who is having her breast removed? It’s a Stage ZERO cancer.

[Related: 6 Things Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer]

And the Pink Ribbon campaign. You’d have to eat 3 cartons of pink-ribbon-branded yogurt daily for 4 months for the donating brand to give $36, according to author Samantha King, who exposes Pink Ribbon politics.

Consumers gobble up anything sporting that symbol, even though the money lines the pockets of wealthy drug companies—the second-highest-grossing industry in America, right after the FOOD industry. I can find better ways to spend my philanthropy dollars than companies that, when banned by the U.S. FDA because a drug kills people or makes them sick or doesn’t work, go to third-world countries and market the exact same drug.

Would you donate your money to pesticide companies to research a way to grow crops without chemicals? That would make just as much sense. A pesticide manufacturer has no motivation to find a way to put himself out of business. Big Pharma has no wish to eliminate its profit source.

One definition of insanity is doing more of what isn’t working to solve a problem. Do you believe that another drug is going to win the war we’ve been losing against breast cancer?

I’ve had a long convo with my cousin recently about cancer–the politics, the personal ramifications, the history in our family and varying positions, pro-medical and anti-medical. My grandmother’s journal. My cousin told me there’s so much cancer on her block (half a dozen cases) she’s actually considering moving.

Cancer has been on my mind a lot lately. The more I study, the more the disease seems both ubiquitous–as well as unnecessary and avoidable!

Read Next: Open Letter to a Cancer Patient: My Alternative Cancer Treatment Plan

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74 thoughts on “All I think about is CANCER?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Peggy, you absolutely can manage Gerson on your own but it is a full time job. For my mom’s treatment, there is me, my 2 sisters and my dad all helping. We do have the support of an alternative doctor who does high doses of vitamin c among other things through an IV. We are in Houston, TX. It is so overwhelming at the beginning, there’s so much to do. Now it’s like the back of my hand. E-mail me for more info…


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn

    I just got diagnosed with

    Breast cancer. Don’t know stage yet.

    I am eating 75 raw.

    I am open to suggestions for alternative treatments.



  3. Anonymous says:

    You mention that your friend Kristy drinks “Hot Pink” every morning. What is “Hot Pink?”

  4. I also feel like everyone on my block has cancer. Our neighbor just lost his wife last week. She didn’t even know she had cancer until 2 days before she died. I am so grateful that you are taking on this project. There are other ways out there but we really need good evidence on WHICH alternative stuff works because I know a lot of it is questionable. But there is value and looking for some current studies, meeting real live people and hearing what they have done. I am always thinking about cancer and how I would handle it. I don’t think I would handle it well at all but would probably make an attempt at the Gerson therapy. I think it gets very complicated when doctors make you feel like there is no time to think and when they don’t believe in alternatives.

  5. Anonymous says:

    When are you coming to Seattle, WA?

  6. Just found this series from your newsletter and can’t wait to read it. There are soooo many things that can prevent or “cure.” But I guess if you are not an MD, you cannot use that word. I have sent dozens of friends to my favorite cancer helping product and seen many of them completely cured. Others lives prolonged to finish what they want. Those who are the most enthusiastic, get the greatest results. It’s a concentrated green product. And my favorite, is seeing people doctors have given up on, turn around and thrive. Keep on spreading the message Robyn.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am in total agreement with your comment, Robyn. I have been using fresh fruits and veggies and herbs to stay healthy after Stage IV breast cancer. I reccomend an alternative approach whole heartedly.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just a note to add that my sister in law was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes 3 years ago. She is a RN and believes in holistic treatments for most everything. She asked her surgeon how long she had before she absolutely HAD to start chemo and he said a few months. (She only had one lymph node removed)

    She then looked into alternate treatments and found Dr. Herzog’s clinic in Germany. He practices hyperthermia. She booked herself there as soon as they could take her.

    To make a long story short, to this day she is still free and clear of cancer. Her radiologist even said to her “I don’t know who your oncologist is, but you should give him a big hug”! My sis in law said well you wouldn’t know him, he’s not from around here! LOL! At that time she did not want her doctors to know about the alternative treatments she was taking.

    Please check out Dr. Herzog and his treatments. They are successful and there are many many happy cancer free patients as a result!

    I’m in no way affiliated with Dr. Herzog by the way!

    1. Helen Katy Support says:

      Thank you, Anonymous, for sharing this real-life testimony about how holistic medical practices and modalities can stop cancer dead in it’s tracks. We will be sure to share this note with Robyn.

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