Ivelisse Page: Beating Cancer Twice and Inspiring Hope – Interview with The Cancer Box

Listen to Ivelisse Page speak with Jamison Dye, the founder of The Cancer Box. In this video, we delve into her Ivelisse’s journey of overcoming cancer not just once but twice. Her story is a testament to resilience, faith, and the power of a holistic approach to healing.

A Mother’s Journey
Ivelisse, a busy mom of four, initially dismissed her fatigue as the result of a hectic lifestyle. However, her family’s history of colon cancer prompted her to seek medical advice. Despite regular check-ups, she received a stage four colon cancer diagnosis at the age of 37. The fear of losing her battle, coupled with the echoes of her father’s cancer experience, fueled her determination to fight.

A Powerful Movement
Turning adversity into a powerful movement, Ivelisse became the co-founder and executive director of Believe Big. This organization aims to provide support, resources, and a personalized approach to cancer treatment, emphasizing the integration of modern science and ancient therapies. Ivelisse’s journey also led to the establishment of the Believe Big Institute of Health, focusing on individualized care.

The Healing Journey
Ivelisse’s healing journey involved surgeries, mistletoe therapy, and a deep exploration of emotional and spiritual aspects. Choosing not to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, she relied on alternative therapies and experienced the support of a community that rallied around her. Her faith played a pivotal role, guiding her through moments of fear and leading to profound self-discovery.

Ivelisse’s story demonstrates that a personalized, holistic approach to cancer treatment can yield positive outcomes. Her commitment to helping others facing similar challenges led to the creation of Believe Big, a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of cancer. As we celebrate Ivelisse’s victories over cancer, we also acknowledge the importance of individualized care, faith, and community support in the healing journey.

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Transformative Healing Journey: Cari Cash’s Inspiring Camino Story for Personal Transformation

In the midst of life’s challenges, our emotional well-being often holds the key to healing, especially when facing a cancer diagnosis. Today, we share an inspiring story of hope from cancer overcomer, Cari Cash.

Cari embarked on the Camino Frances from SJPP to Santiago, accompanied by a friend who had invited her on this transformative journey. Cari’s adventure was not merely an escape from problems but an exploration of self, a commitment that led to profound changes.

Cari’s Story:

If you go on the Camino to escape your problems, they will be waiting for you when you return. If you go on the Camino to find yourself, when you return, the problems will change because… you’ve changed! I walked the Camino Frances SJPP to Santiago with a friend, whom I work for. She asked me to go with her and since I have a sense of adventure, and she paid for my trip, I said yes! About one week into my Camino, when the day to day physical challenge was hard for me, I needed to press in for a deeper, personal reason. I asked, “Why am I here?” So while walking, I prayed and cried out to the Lord to unlock the deep places in my soul and show me my why… and He answered! I am a two time cancer survivor, January 2021 and January 2022. When I walked the Camino, I was 15 months out from radiation. My rock to leave at Cruz de Ferro had three things written on it: broken trust, intuition and restoration. Right before I flew out, I had a knowing that I was not just a “plus one” for my friend, but that God was going to meet me on the way as well. The intention I set was to “shed the shroud” that betrayal and cancer had wrapped me in. On Camino, I had a couple of significant dreams. The first was I had just given birth and I was eager to get back to work the next day. Everyone told me take time off work and get to know this baby. When I awakened, I realized I had to “submit to the Camino” and stop focusing on the physical work of it, and get to know what is being birthed in me. The second dream happened the night before the meseta. It was like the subconscious pain and memories from 15 years ago came to the surface, as if it occurred yesterday. God met me in the meseta and showed me what I was to lay down at the Cruz. It was a walk of grief and a trail of tears.

Then a healing, a burial and freedom. At the bottom of the cross I found a white heart-shaped rock and then almost daily I found more heart shaped rocks. It was a sign of love and healing to me. At Finisterre, I knew what I was to release at “the end of the earth.” My friend gave me a silver bracelet that said “fuck cancer” in morse code. I had worn it daily for over a year. While on Camino, I realized the word “fuck” is associated with anger and I no longer wanted to carry anger in my heart towards cancer. So I threw the bracelet off a huge rock into the sea and symbolically let the anger associated with cancer go! As I was leaving, I looked back to the place I threw the bracelet to the sea and with tears in my eyes realized I was standing on an enormous heart shaped rock~the biggest one I have ever seen! The Camino changed my life, not my circumstances. Things at home are the same, but I’ve changed, so everything changes! Broken trust and intuition restored and so much more! The shroud is off and I am continuing to look for the signs along the way in life. The Camino is in your heart and not a destination. Buen Camino ya’ll. With love and gratitude, Cari Cash, Harrisburg, PA, USA

 

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Announcement to Our Believe Big Community

Hello, Believe Big family.

I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. I recently received some news that I wanted to share with you all personally. As many of you know from hearing my story, I have something called Lynch Syndrome. One in 300 people have this syndrome that predisposes them to several types of cancer and at an earlier age.

Because of this, I am monitored very closely with additional tests like yearly colonoscopies, ultrasounds, and endometrial biopsies. Recently, I got this year’s pathology report that shows that I have cancerous cells in my endometrium. The good news is because of my close monitoring. It is very, very early.

So early that nothing suspicious showed up in my labs. Jimmy and I have explored my best options along with our medical team, and it looks like I’ll be going in for surgery. At is, as it has a 95 percent cure rate, my integrative physicians have given me an amazing pre- and post-surgery protocol that’s going to help my body prepare and heal better after the surgery.

I’ll be sharing more about that in an upcoming podcast this year. I never thought I would have to battle another cancer again. But it’s exactly why Believe Big exists, to help people face, fight, and overcome cancer. I am so grateful that this time I am coming from a place of strength and peace with the knowledge I have gained over the last 15 years.

And I have an incredible network of physicians who are already helping me with off label drugs, tweaking my diet, increasing my mistletoe, and more to cut off the cancer pathways. What switched this gene on? I believe the coming weeks will bring more clarity as to why my immune system’s vigilance struggled, but I do know it’s partly due to the influx of estrogen from perimenopause as endometrial cancer is estrogen driven.

Here are three things that I have learned through this recent news that I believe are beneficial to us all.

  1. Be your own advocate. Whether you have had cancer or not, don’t miss your yearly exams and monitoring because should something change, you catch it early.
  2. Keep a healthy lifestyle. Because I’ve kept up with mine all these years. I am coming from a place of strength.
  3. Your emotional, mental, and spiritual health are equally important. I had an opportunity this summer to slow my pace and work with a spiritual director who helped me uncover that I had been moving through life so fast, without proper rest, and it prevented me from having time to attend to my disappointments, my losses, and grief. When we don’t process an emotion, we delay grief. And our bodies take on the burden when hard things happen. We shouldn’t feel like we need to put on a happy face because a certain time has passed, and we feel we should be over it. We need to say this hurts and it’s hard Jesus. I need you. We need to keep talking to him about it.

We are real. We are human. If tears come, we shouldn’t hold them back.

https://youtu.be/5Lmy6FUErlgThough this news was a surprise to me. I know it wasn’t to the Lord. Jimmy and I walk into the days ahead with peace, knowing that he is our strength. He is my healer, and he has already gone before us in the days ahead. Jimmy and I would greatly appreciate your prayers.

Much love to you. Ivelisse Page

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Story of Hope – Kevin Forsyth – Stage 4 Colon Cancer

BELIEVE BIG INTERVIEW:

What’s your name, where do you live, and what do you do for a living?

My name is Kevin Forsyth, and I am 65 years old last month. I have an amazing wife of 37 years – and the love of my life – Sandie Brown Forsyth, and 2 son’s – Josh who is 37, Ben who is 33 and his new wife Une. I also have an adopted son – Birama Konate who is 33 with his wife Fatima, and their 3 sons Dauda, Mamadou, and Baah who live in Philadelphia. Then there is the rest of the family our dog Bo, and his little buddies, Tumbleweed, Summer, Bruce, and Tigger.

I live in Birmingham, Alabama. We have a family business since 1995. Forsyth Consulting provides Licensed and proprietary background music services for business. We also provide acoustic analysis, along with audio and video systems for business.

Describe how you discovered your illness?

This is an interesting story. I had my first colonoscopy in January of 2014 at the age of 57. It was clear and no polyps. I was healthy, exercised, and no family history. About 7 months later, I started having some pain in my stomach and went to see my regular physician. We tried some things that conventional medicine would typically do, and none of it worked. He then referred me to another Gastro who then performed an Endoscopy that was clean, and a subsequent colonoscopy in which they found a 5cm tumor on my colon at the Secum. I was shocked after having a clear colonoscopy a year earlier. I took the pictures and report to my original Gastro doctor and compared images side by side. He was just as surprised as I was. It was night and day. It was apparently very aggressive and did not start as a polyp. 9 days later, I had a Colectomy whereby they removed 10” or large and 2” of small intestine, and put it back together. During this surgery they removed approximately 27 lymph nodes around the colon, and determined that 3 had been invaded by the cancer indicating a Stage 3 diagnosis. He then recommended conventional treatment of Folfox 6 chemotherapy. I started 6 infusion sessions – 1 every 2 weeks. What the Oncologist said in our first meeting really blew us away. She said, “ I want you to get a PET Scan – I am worried about your liver.”  Sandie and I looked at each other in disbelief. Liver? What about the liver? She told us I had tumors in my liver of which we were completely unaware. Then she told us that I had a 5% chance of survival. That was the lowest point for us.

From that point forward I requested copies of all my radiology reports and pathology reports. The liver tumors were clearly shown on my radiology report. Then we went through the stages of disbelief, sadness, and anger, then focused on healing. All I could think of is what would happen to our family business, my wife, my sons, and our future. I wanted to heal and give it my best effort. My youngest son came back from Seoul South Korea to help in the business. Sandie started looking at studies and information on Mistletoe Therapy from Switzerland that my oldest son sent to her. This eventually led her to Believe Big . The chemo was brutal and by the 5th treatment I had what I thought were 3 heart attacks in one day. They literally knocked me to my knees. I went back in to see the Oncologist and she wanted to continue with treatments saying “Mr. Forsyth – I am just trying to save your life.” I looked at Sandie and with her encouragement and study of the videos and information I made the decision to terminate my Oncologist opting instead of finding an Integrative Oncologist who would work with my Naturopath.

The good news is the tumors did shrink in my liver after the first 5 rounds of Folfox 6 and Naturopathic remedies enough for another Surgical Oncologist at UAB to perform a Microwave needle ablation on two tumors in my liver. We chose this option versus a 50% liver resection. The surgery appeared successful. Through gene testing, my new Integrative Oncologist determined that I had a slight defect in a gene that made one of the drugs in Folfox 6 particularly damaging, but effective. He changed up the cocktail and I started another round of 6 treatments that were not quite as bad. I completed 3 and let my integrative oncologist know that due to how well my CEA markers, Full Terrain tests and clear scans, I would no longer take any more chemo. He then had to fire me, but that was understandable.

12 months after my second surgery one of the two spots on my liver came back. This was disappointing, and then had to undergo a one third liver resection removing the small lobe of my liver. That was the tough surgical recovery. My Naturopath was providing tele medicine conference calls with me at least once per month after Full Terrain testing that also included dietary recommendation, fasting recommendations, exercise, and supplements along with Mistletoe Therapy of which I continue to do today now 5 years clear since my last surgery in November of 2016.

One of my surgeons calls me his Unicorn. Both send newly diagnosed cancer patients to me who are interested in hearing about my journey.

 

When and how did you discover Believe Big?

During my first surgery, my oldest son Josh sent my wife – Sandie a link saying Read Swiss Mistletoe Study. Sandie subsequently discovered Believe Big when studying Mistletoe therapy for cancer patients on their website. I also studied their website and watched their videos and testimonials. I was very inspired by Ivelisse’s journey since she had the same cancer and issues I had, and it provided so much hope. Believe Big is a wonderful resource for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.

 

What Integrative Therapies did you adopt and how did they improve your condition?

My Naturopath at Namaste Health Center ordered plasma testing for me from Biofocus in Germany to test 4 types of Mistletoe Therapies and Thymus to see which ones had the strongest NK killer cell response. My native kill rate at that point was only 8% and a normal healthy person is 23% and up. This test came back indicating that Abnoba Fraxini had a 22% plus response and Thymus extract had a 19% plus impact. I chose to proceed with those two therapies as a result. I started subcutaneous injections every other day for the next 4 years. We continued performing Full Terrain Testing on my plasma looking at over 50 markers of internal inflammation of which we did once every 90 days to catch “ The Embers before the Fire”. Her resulting report post a telemedicine call provided a supplement regimen, recommendations for fasting, and dietary recommendations and recipes for the foods that would help build my immune system involving a Mediterranean / Ketogenic approach to eating. This along with intermittent fasting and exercise worked. In retrospect I believe that my out-of-control cancerous growth was primarily aggravated by Stress and my Integrative Oncologist is a big fan of Yoga and Meditation. This should have also been something I was doing prior to being diagnosed, but I had no idea the stress was getting to me.

What is your diagnosis today?

The American Medical world says that today I am cancer free, but I learned so much during this journey about cancer. I discovered you have cancerous cells in you from the time you are born. Your immune system keeps these in check. Once your immune system breaks down, this is when out of control cancerous activity starts. The key to good health is a strong immune system.

We also know the way to a strong and effective immune system consists of eliminating sugar from your diet, Ketogenic / Mediterranean eating with clean natural foods, intermittent or regular fasting, and exercise along with a good supplement regimen makes this happen. Had known 20 years ago what I know today, what would I have done differently that might have prevented my out-of-control cancerous activity? Most of us particularly men don’t wrestle with these truths until something happens like cancer, then we adjust if we are knowledgeable enough and understand the truth of our immune system.

How has your experience with Believe Big changed your life?

What Believe Big provides is that when you are diagnosed with Cancer, you have a place you can go to learn and begin your journey relating to Naturopathic approaches to healing. Their focus on Mistletoe Therapy is very important. Their introduction to Quality naturopaths around the Country is a great resource particularly since these physicians are trained in Mistletoe Therapy among the other techniques for healing and good health. I have sent dozens of newly diagnosed cancer patients and lots of other folks to Believe Big. I believe in their mission, and we support them as they have initiated the Johns Hopkins FDA Mistletoe trials, and the New Wellness Center planned for Colorado. It will be amazing that one day you can go to a single place helping you make decisions regarding your own health.

If you could do anything differently about your cancer experience, what would that be?

First a foremost it is imperative that all newly diagnosed cancer patients need to implement these Naturopathic paradigms right away for the best chance of success. Waiting until you are well into conventional medical therapies reduces your chances of success. It’s so easy to change your health paradigm with things like eliminating all sugar from your diet. Mediterranean / Ketogenic eating with clean foods. Intermittent fasting daily, and exercise. Don’t wait. Start right away.

Additionally, you don’t have to rush into medical treatments while you are still in shock from your diagnosis. There is more than one way to heal. Take a deep breath, do some research, and make good decisions with informed consent. Read your radiology reports and pathology reports. Make sure you understand them. Ask you doctors to explain all of it while you are in their office and show you scans slice by slice, so you have a clear understanding of where you are at. You will find that not all radiologists, doctors, and physicians agree on what they are seeing and the best approach to heal. Get second opinions and find a competent Naturopath. Both the Doctors and Naturopaths need to collaborate with you, your family, and each other. If you find one that is not cooperating, stop and find another one that suits your needs. Healing is a collaboration. Not a doctor telling you what to do, and you only doing what they ask. Men especially – don’t be stubborn.

How did living in an area with limited access to integrative therapies and Naturopaths impact you? How did you overcome it?

Believe Big’s resources for Naturopaths was the key. Additionally, my Naturopath being able to do remote telemedicine was huge. I could not take off for weeks from our business to be in a clinic, and could not travel once a month to Durango, Colorado. The past several years – remote telemedicine has become a lot more common. If your doctor’s will cooperate with your Naturopath on blood draws in addition to the ones, they need – it’s a win win. You can also go to local entities like Lab Corp to get your blood drawn and they will accept your Naturopath’s scrip. Be extremely positive, pray for peace and healing, and Thank God every day of your life and for the amazing support your family can provide you during this difficult journey.

How has overcoming cancer changed your life? What are your new life goals?

I fully recognize God’s gift of life and the amazing creation of the human body and its ability to heal. To love and appreciate my wife who has been the key to my survival of this ordeal. And to give back by sharing the good news with others dealing with the same issues. May God Bless Believe Big and its mission on earth, and Thank You Lord for our ability to learn and understand your great creation.

 

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Story of Hope – Colon Cancer

In November, 2013, I went in for what I thought was a routine endoscopy from thinking I had taken too much Advil over the years. I also scheduled a colonoscopy, which I thought I was too young for but had been “talked into” by the GI doctor because “I might as well since I had to be there and sedated, anyway.”  Much to mine and my husband’s surprise, I woke up being told I had a 7 cm tumor in my colon. To say we were in a state of shock would be an understatement. I was active, healthy, and had no family history.  After meeting with a surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, I felt like I was in excellent hands and just wanted to get through the surgery and know the pathology of my tumor and surrounding lymph nodes. 

I was fortunate, my cancer had been caught at stage 2, which meant I needed to be closely monitored with blood work and scans, but no conventional intervention, such as chemo or radiation was recommended. At the time of my diagnosis, I was thankful this was the case. I had been told just a few years before that, that traditional interventions would’ve been recommended.  But to stay cancer-free, where to go from here?

I had heard about Believe Big through my church, the same church that, at that time, the founders were also part of. I was familiar with Ivelisse’s story and her use of mistletoe, so I had spoken to her, then met with one of our local mistletoe providers before I even had my surgery and, in addition to much compassion and helpful information, he started on mistletoe injections at home.  I did turn ghost white when I found out the mistletoe was an injectable therapy, that detail somehow escaped me until that appointment!  Once I learned how to do it myself, my comfort level increased, but it took time.

This was an incredible gift from God that the cancer had been caught early, so preventing recurrence and staying healthy became my focus. In addition to continuing using mistletoe, I met with a nutrition therapist at Remission Nutrition to ensure I was on track with my nutrition and supplements. I thought I knew a lot from my education and background, but was blown away with her knowledge and the suggestions she gave me. A few years after my diagnosis, I started volunteering for Believe Big. It was such a great way to give back to others on a similar journey and get more involved with such an incredible organization.  So much so, that I was eventually asked to be on staff as a patient advocate.  I was quite honored to be asked and absolutely loved working with and getting to know the patients, whom I still miss greatly having recently needed to focus my attention on other work. 

I continue to use mistletoe, just using it with less frequency, continuing to adjust my nutrition as needed to feel my best, and am staying as active as possible. All of this is even more important after all I learned as a patient advocate. I am so very grateful I have the opportunity to continue to live my life and share my story.

I continue to keep up with all going on with Believe Big, including requesting mugs and books as people close to me or their loved ones receive a diagnosis.  At a time that is overwhelming and scary, Believe Big brings the hope, prayer, and calm that people may need most in those moments.  

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Childhood Cancer Awareness with Dr. Dagmara Beine

There is a big difference between BLAME and Awareness. Parents who live in this cancer world are aware – too aware of the pain, the worry and the statistics. Parents of children who do not have cancer are not aware- but they SHOULD BE because it is currently the number one cause of death by disease in children.
 
Number 1 and… in many cases it CAN be preventable. This does not mean that all the parents who have children with cancer caused it – or could have done better – ABSOLUTELY NOT. THEY DID THEIR BEST. I am one of those parents. I have always done my best. Yet my daughter’s journeying in this world again. Some cancers are relentless – BUT THOSE PARENTS WHO’S KIDS have never had this diagnosis can be more AWARE THAT THEY CAN DO BETTER- I wish I knew before Zuza was diagnosed that living behind a corn field that sprays roundup can affect her.
 
I wish I knew the Clomid I took to conceive her raised her chance of having leukemia. This is not blame – this is true awareness 95% of cancers are a mix of environmental factors with our epigenetics. So many but definitely not all – cancers can be prevented by making the BEST decisions for our children before ANY diagnosis enters your world. Our country allows MANY cancer causing ingredients into our food and our toiletries- start there- do not allow anything on or in your children that is cancer causing.
 
Roundup (Glyphosate) has now been proven to cause cancers, especially in kids. We have amazing epigenetic testing now that can educate us on our kids genetic hiccups so that we can make the best decisions for our kids in life. That is AWARENESS.
 
 
Everyone knows someone with cancer.  I encourage you to get involved with Believe Big today!  Your support will help so many thrive in the face of cancer!
 
 
About Dr. Dagmara Beine
Dr. Dagmara Beine is a Masters Degree Physician Assistant and a PhD practicing Functional and Integrative Medicine. It wasn’t until her daughter was diagnosed with cancer that she learned the real value of Integrative Medicine. Learn more about her a her practice Zuza’s Way Integrative here >
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Jill’s Inspirational Story

I was 37, healthy, exercising daily, eating well, and never smoked a cigarette in my life. What started out as a small lingering cough, turned into two misdiagnoses of pneumonia over the course of many months. Then, on August 17, 2019, I received the news that changed my life forever. There was a tumor, a mass, it was cancer – in my lungs and was spreading. I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). My treatment plan was a targeted therapy pill called Tagrisso and I successfully showed amazing results with that until May 2020 (just nine months later).

It started with wheezing and then my CT scan said it all – progress on the lymph nodes, two new masses. A new bronchoscopy biopsy confirmed it was Small Cell Lung Cancer (SC).

What? Somehow, I had developed both NSCLC and LC, but I soon learned it’s a growing reality. “Small Cell Transformation” is happening to NSCLC patients and I’m finding more and more of us. It’s super rare – with less than 5% of NSCLC patients experiencing this. And because of that, there is no ‘set’ regime or protocol from the medical clinicians. I stopped Tagrisso in May 2020 and I started chemotherapy immediately.

I lost my hair, I sought alternative therapies, have been growing spiritually and the breakthroughs are simply incredible. I found Believe Big and mistletoe therapy one month into chemo and had amazing results through it all. I’m grateful for their willingness to accept me into their program so quickly. I was amazed at my experiences in their clinics during COVID, the email support and words of encouragement I received along the way. I’ve also made some incredible personal friends now as a result and for that human connection alone, I am so grateful.

I recommend Believe Big and what they have to offer, to anyone who’s willing to listen because it helped me so much. I’m now into a very unique radiation protocol to clear the remaining masses in my lung and lymph node. I am continuing with mistletoe therapy and the amazing doctor-patient partnerships that I have found at Believe Big. I’m living proof of the possibilities that exist when Western medicine works alongside natural healing modalities. I have discovered so many things including the power that positive thinking can do, and what it can heal. I launched my website – www.luvyourlifenaturally.com – to help educate others on the mind, body, spirit connection that is critical to healing yourself.

I offer food-as-medicine insights, inspirational quotes and loads of access to resources like Believe Big and Mistletoe. I know this is all happening for a reason. I hope to inspire others with my story and for anyone to know they are never alone!

Organizations like Believe Big and people like me, are always here to help. Mindset Matters!

Jill Atcheson

Jill is raising funds to support others through Believe Big, donate to her goal today or contact us to start your own fundraiser! Donate towards Jill’s fundraising goal > Fundraise for Believe Big >
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Lori Falk, Stage 2 Breast Cancer Thriver!

September 2009 was a life changing month for me. I remember every detail like it was yesterday. It was the first day of school for our daughters and a day I always looked forward to hearing all about. Instead, I received a phone call from my surgeon asking for my husband, Donald, and I to come to her office. I knew why she wanted to see us. Quite honestly, I could not even bear the thought of driving over there. My biopsy results had come in. I did, in fact, have breast cancer –ugh! Since I already knew why she wanted to see us, I asked if we could please schedule for another day. I needed this day to cleave to my family and assemble my prayer warriors! For those of you who have experienced a cancer diagnosis for yourself or a loved one, you know that it is a crazy roller coaster ride. Thus, my ride began! Fortunately for me, I had been working with a functional medicine doctor from the day I first felt the lump. She was preparing my body for the worst while we were all prayerfully hoping for the best. To this day, I believe my positive outcome had much to do with this! What I was not prepared for, however, was all the crazy emotions I went through. I remember waking up each morning in a cold sweat, heart palpitations that mimicked a bad dream. I had always been a student of learning and I especially loved learning what functional/integrative/holistic doctors were doing to cure many health issues, including cancer. From there I established an army, and off we went to battle. I ordered a gazillion books on healing cancer naturally, pulled out years and years of newsletters I had saved and for an entire week my husband and I hunkered down to read anything that pertained to cancer. I finally felt prepared for the challenges ahead. I had a mastectomy later that month. From there we sought doctors and facilities to fit the model of healing I was seeking. I decided to forego chemotherapy and radiation. Instead, I embarked on an all-natural journey to healing. My routine consisted of MANY things such as high-dose Vitamin C infusions, diet change, lots of supplements and mistletoe treatment. I do want to add that my doctor was not a “mistletoe doctor” but had studied the amazing benefits of it. Ironically, the supplier of my mistletoe had stopped shipping their product and that is when God led me to Believe Big. I am so thankful for their support and guidance to point me in the right direction. I feel so blessed to have come across Believe Big, and truly believe they are game changers in the cancer arena. Oh, and by the way, could they not be any kinder? While they are doing amazing things in the field of cancer treatment, their work on the forefront with patients is unparalleled. Never have I met an entire group of people filled with so much compassion and kindness as the Believe Big Team! Donald and I are honored to support Believe Big financially so that more individuals like myself can be helped. I am celebrating my 11th year of being NED (No Evidence of Disease)! Today I watch my hormone levels, try to eat a consistent, organic diet and take supplements for cancer prevention. I also proactively had my breast implants removed when I began to experience arthritis in both hands along with other symptoms. Reconstruction was an expected part of “my team’s” protocol at that time, and I never questioned things until years later. My advice to anyone finding themselves on this cancer journey is • Assemble a prayer team, regardless of your faith. • Do your research before committing to any treatment. • Reach out to organizations like Believe Big for research and support. • Make yourself a priority. It’s not selfish to take good care of yourself! In His Love, Lori Falk (and the entire Falk Family)
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Overcomer Mary Erikson shares how she integrates her health!

My Christian faith, which came through saving faith in Jesus Christ, is My hope. This hope saw me through my cancer treatments and surgeries. Hope is what gives us purpose to continue amidst the storms of life.

The Hebrew word for spirit is ”RUAH” this term when applied to a person, means vital powers or strength. This is why we hear the phrase ”he/ she has a fighting spirit” My prayer life keeps me in touch with the spirit. I pray when I run, which allows me to add the body and mind elements of the trivium, to my daily habits. Since we are unable to go to a gym class during this time if quarantine?

Why not go for a run, take a walk or a hike, and soak in the beauty of creation which renews our spirit.

Friends, always, cling to hope! One of my favorite faith passages is ”but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

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Story of Hope – Stage IV head and neck cancer

Russ LeBlanc Overcomes stage IV head and neck cancer!

written by: Rena LeBlanc
Just two years out from my battle with lung cancer, Russ was diagnosed with stage IV head and neck cancer. Our flesh was scared, angry, and exhausted, but our spirit had hope. We were once again on our knees asking God for healing, only to learn that God had already set relief, comfort, and HOPE in place for us.

For two years many had mentioned the hope and help for cancer patients found at Believe Big. One of Russ’ nurses happened to be a neighbor of Ivelisse Page. The nurse’s recommendation to contact Ivelisse was the final arrow pointing our way to Believe Big. Believe Big is a place of love and hope that led us to the gift of relief in mistletoe therapy. The mistletoe spared Russ from much pain and suffering during chemotherapy and radiation and aided in his recovery. Because of Believe Big’s grants and guidance, we were able to utilize mistletoe therapy and see an oncology nutritionist whose advice far surpassed anything offered at Russ’ hospital.

God nudged His people to pray for us, encourage us, and supply all our needs. Ultimately, He healed Russ of cancer, carrying and leading us through the darkest of times. These wilderness times can be frightening and harsh but they can also be the most beautiful as we see the Lord moving, hear His gentle promises, and feel His touch in our lives.
We “have learned to kiss the wave that throws us against the Rock of Ages.”
-Charles Spurgeon

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