1.9.13 Back Home-How to tell this story-Summation

Louie and I are meeting and brainstorming on the best way to share all the information we learned at Fuda. We’ve decided that we’ll add video’s for each day of the trip. Then we’ll do a focused video of Fe’s story, then a “what to expect if you go” video.
Here is a simple summation:
While the traditional treatments of surgery, radiation and chemo can work for about 20% of early stage, early detected cancers, around 8o% already have some kind of a metastasis when they are first discovered. To quote Fuda literature: “Long term survival with cancer is feasible. The current understanding of cancer treatment has led to the change from the concept of ‘total elimination of all cancer cells at all cost’ to the process of effective desease control or basic control of desease development; from total’confrontation till the end’ to ‘peaceful coexistence’ with cancer”.

To do this several very admirable approaches are used:

-Educate the patient through understandable literature:

Fuda has published a book, “Nothing but the Truth”, written by it’s director Kecheng Xu plus numerous pamphlets and brochures.This literature educates the patient on what Fuda’s experience as been to achieve the best results. The also hold bi-weekly ward meetings on cancer subjects. Everything is done to support a positive”you can fight this and succeed” attitude.

-Personalized treatments and therapies are used, such as cryablation, that support the immune system

-The patient is kept informed and involved at each stag of treatment.

-Traditional Chinese medicine is incorporated where it is determined it will be effective.

Post Holiday – A Hospital Tour

Post Holiday Review
Fuda Hospital Tour

Now that Louie and I are back from China, reunited with our family, with Christmas behind us, I have a chance to continue with my reflections on Fuda Hospital. I want to reconstruct the order it occurred and what my impressions were. After things started happening quickly, especially after Dr. Littrup arrived, I didn’t have time to stay caught up with my blog entries as they were happening in real time. Hopefully my memory and notes should assist me. Dr. Littrup (“Dr. Peter”) just sent a hundred and fifty seven of his excellent photos so that will facilitate.

The morning after our outing into Guangzhou with Segundo and Mr. Chang, we were promised a visit with Dr. Xu, Fuda’s acting President. But it turned out he was busy with a visitor so we were offered a tour of the new Fuda Cancer Hospital, where we were staying. Our tour guide was Tracy, a Chinese English interrupter and member of the planning department. It turns out this was Tracy’s first such opportunity to interpret with a westerner, and she was a little nervous, but Louie and I never would have known it. When we asked her Chinese name we were told it sounds like “Tracy” in English so that’s what we called her. She had graduated from her university only a year ago. This was her first post studies job. Over the next few days Tracy was the one to help coordinate our activities and transportation and we grew very fond of her gentle, quiet intelligence, grace and charm.

Accompanying Tracy on our tour was Peng Ximei, an ex-patient who lives at the hospital and who acts as a wellness ambassador, encouraging patients by sharing her incredible story of being healed through Dr. Xu’s efforts. Her story is featured in the book, ”Nothing but the Truth”, written by Dr. Xu and given to all new patients. Ximei is one of dozen’s of patients stories in this book. Her story is very dramatic as she was literary taken from a homeless state, off the streets, and cured from ovarian cancer, her watermelon-sized tumor successfully removed by Dr.Xu’s surgical team and her costs paid for by the donations of hospital personal and fellow patient. No one being treated at Fuda could have it worse and being able to be encouraged by Ximei must surely be a tremendous uplifting experience for any new patient. More stories and healing philosophies in Dr Xu’s book set a tone that Fuda is a place where cancer can be successfully treated.

Louie and my room at Fuda was a typical patient room with two hospital beds, a large window letting in plenty of natural daylight, and a marble lined, modern bathroom. We were in a wing that housed traditional Chinese medicine and our tour began by allowing us to view treatments of acupuncture and massage going on. The patients having treatments where both nurses. Staff, family members as well as Fuda patients are all encouraged to use the traditional Chinese medicine treatments to supplement their allopathic cures. One nurse had stained her shoulder (massage) and another had sprained her ankle (acupuncture).

As we walked down a light-filled stairway I mentioned how beautiful and light the hospital seemed to be. The surfaces were light and reflective, the light mostly brought in by large windows at either end of the hallways and light-filled open stairways at the intersections of corridors. Besides the clean, shiny décor, there was personality aplenty. Each ward had a large bulletin board that held photos a healed and successfully treated patients, along with their thank notes. Across from each nurses’ station photos of the nursing staff was aesthetically arranged along with names and training information. What impressed me the most were the information bulletin boards that held information about treatment modalities-how treatments worked to cure cancer. An English speaking nurse explained that these were changed weekly, after the weekly patient/nurse group meeting where a new subject is brought up to be discussed and educated about. I was beginning to get the idea that a philosophy at Fuda is that the more a patient understands about what is going on with their healing, the better they heal. They were certainly being encouraged to find out as much as they can to empower them that what they are doing works. But it wasn’t just scientific, medical information adoring the halls.
My favorite part of the Fuda interior landscape were the inspirational sayings found everywhere that gave philosophical inspirations. My favorite was the “Philosophy of Life” poster outside Fe’s room. It read:

-“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also the overcoming of it. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also the overcoming of it”.

-“Rejoicing in hope/patient in tribulation”

-“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing…the freedom to choose his attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

-“A strong man struggles with fate”

-“A light heart lives long”

There were three types of patient rooms available; a suite with a separate bedroom and bathroom for family members, a two bed room, designed for the patient and able to house a family member, and a four bed ward. Each had a different price tag running from the suites for around $420 to the four-ward bed for around $40 a day. I was told patients had complained about the high-end price so a committee had formed and met and it was decided to give a price decrease the following year. (!!!). At the end of the ward was a gym for anyone, patient, family member or staff, who wanted to use it. In the middle of the ward was a room containing a washer and dryer, computer and desk, chairs and a television. I was told of a larger laundry unit as well as a family kitchen for those who wanted to cook for themselves, one floor up.

Finally we got to the end of the ward where I got my biggest surprise as the how this hospital was different. First there was a lounge where comfortable seating was laid out in front of a desk where an interpreter was stationed. This was a wing dedicated to Islamic patients and I was told from 8am to midnight an interpreter was available to who ever needed their services. Across from this station was a double office offering the services of a nutrition doctor whose’ job was to educate patients and family members about food’s important role in healing and health, and to conduct educational meetings about nutrition for all on the ward. Next to his office was a Dr. of Psychology whose job was to listen to and help any patient, family member or staff person who may have an issue. When I asked for an example, I was told about a patient who developed paranoia when hearing a knock on the door, nervous about what the treatment might be that followed. He was taught how to train his expectation pathways to anticipate a positive experience. A nurse had recently come by to work through on the job fatigue. A family member was taught how to effectively give support. Wow! I can’t ever recall such easily available services when going through treatment, although I did have a patient advocate nurse I often worked with.

My final observation came from my nose. Nothing at Fuda smelled hospital-like. When I saw a cleaning person I asked what was being used. As best as they could describe it, I was told that it was all natural ingredients and wouldn’t harm a patient but was an effective cleaner.

By now it was lunchtime. I’ll finish my afternoon tour tomorrow.

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Cryo-awareness in England

A friend just sent me this following article from a British Newspaper, “The Daily Mail”:

Pioneering breast cancer treatment freezes tumours into a ball of ice which kills harmful tissue
• Needle cooled to -170C with liquid nitrogen repeatedly inserted into cancerous tissue
• Device turns cancerous tumour into ‘ball of ice’
• Technique developed by Israel-based firm could be completed in 15 minutes without need for surgery
• Cryoablation could one day be used to treat kidney, prostate and liver cancer
By SHARI MILLER
PUBLISHED: 06:44 EST, 9 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:30 EST, 9 December 2012

Surgery may soon be a thing of the past for breast cancer patients, thanks to a new technique that destroys tumours by freezing them.
A supercooled needle tip is repeatedly inserted into the cancerous tissue to turn it into a ball of ice, before it is then defrosted, leaving the tumour damaged.
Not requiring anaesthetic, the technique can be completed in about 15 minutes and could provide a better alternative to the current method of surgery, which requires women to stay in hospital for up to a week and can leave scars.

Putting the freeze on cancer: Using a supercooled needle, cryoablation turns tumours into a ball of ice
Thirty breast cancer patients are currently trialling the system, which uses a needle cooled to -170C (-274F) by pumping liquid nitrogen through a network of tiny tubes.
The surgeon can control the size of the ice ball produced to ensure it freezes the entire tumour in a procedure known as cryoablation.

More…
• Grandmother loses breast after private clinic fails to pass on vital scan results… but she can’t sue because one of the doctors was uninsured
• ‘I am having surgery this week’: Brandi Glanville reveals that she is going under the knife after doctors find a tumor on her breast
• Breakthrough drug gives women with aggressive form of breast cancer six months longer to live without condition worsening
Scientists from the Israel-based company IceCure Medical, which developed the device, say it could be used on cancerous masses up to the size of a golf ball.

Cancer hope: IceCure Medical chief executive Hezi Himelfarb
‘There have been attempts before to use heat to destroy cancer cells like this, but that can be extremely painful because our bodies are very sensitive to heat,’ chief executive Hezi Himmelfarb told The Sunday Telegraph.
‘Cold has an anaesthetising effect, so the patients feel very little pain during or after the procedure.
‘We have developed the system so it can be carried out in a normal doctors’ surgery as it is minimally invasive and relatively quick.’
The device could help some of the 50,000 women annually diagnosed in the UK with breast cancer.
Each year, around 39,000 lumpectomies are carried out, which involves the surgical removal of a lump from the breast.
One in five women need further surgery after a lumpectomy, because not all the cancerous tissue is removed.
The device has already been approved for use in the United States and IceCure is hopeful of getting European approval next year.
Scientists believe cryoablation could also be used to treat kidney, prostate and liver cancer.

Supercool: The needle is cooled to -170C with liquid nitrogen and inserted repeatedly into the tumour

The technique could help the nearly 50,000 women diagnosed each year with

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245340/Pioneering-breast-cancer-treatment-turns-tumours-ball-ice-kills-harmful-tissue.html#ixzz2FrUt8Rk7
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Christmas Message, Post-China, to our Donors

Hello and Merry Christmas to my wonderful Donors-

The bags are still being unpacked and Christmas is about to happen, but I wanted to get this quick note off to our generous donors who helped get Louie and I to Fuda Hospital in Guangzhou China.

We had an amazing trip which reached well beyond our expectations with what we discovered and we pledge we will do our best to spread the information to the world.

Using Fe, the brave woman I went to help nurse during treatment, as our focus, we studied the approach to treating late stage cancer to see why Fuda’s methods are so successful. Then, we attended a conference at Fuda which featured the world’s leading experts regarding the latest developments in cancer treatment using cryoablation and related modalities.

I now have complete confidence in recommending Fuda when women ask through our website where to get cryoablation treatment for breast cancer.

Louie is editing his film footage for u-tube. I’ll notify you when it can be seen at keepingthem.com so you can be the first to see it! I

If you go to my blog at keepingthem.com, check out the picture of Fe and the happy look on her face. She is now done with her cryoablation and is receiving radiation and blood immune therapy. She arrived at Fuda with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and will soon be discharged with cancer in remission and… her breasts!

While her advanced stage treatment was very expensive to pay out of pocket, over $100,000, we discovered that cryoablation for simpler, early stage breast cancer costs approximately $10,000. Truly a Christmas miracle! Merry Christmas!!
Laura (Lori), Louie and Alex Paul

Your contribution has made a big difference in our effort to get positive change in the US by spreading information regarding this amazing cancer cure.

12.15.12 Play Day

12.15.12
Sunday Play Day

Dr. Xu generously arranged for Louie and I to see some sights of the city with Segundo and driver Mr. Chen as our tour guides. At lunch yesterday DR. Xu asked what I might be interested in and had a program was laid out for us. I told him I liked parks, nature and art so that’s where we started, The large city park that contains a huge statues of the Five goats, a very famous monument in Guangzhou. (Guangzhou means “goats” so at one time it must have been the place a lot of goats came from). As well as the huge goat statue at the top of a hill, there was a five-story fort and the original standing wall of the city. The fort contained a very interesting museum with art and artifacts dating from very old to the time of Mao Zedong. A gorgeous city view waited at the top balcony.

The park itself was just what I wanted to experience because parks tell a lot about a city. This was beautifully designed and laid out and was jammed with both locals and tourists, many from the Middle East. Some of the fauna was off limits and posted as such, but much of it was designed to invite visitors in to embed among the plants. There were a lot of older people going Chi Gong exercises, something I’d only seen in television programs on China, but here it was, in the real!

Segundo is a 25 year old Filipino whose job at Fuda is to coordinate patients coming from the Filipinas. He has a huge friendly grin. He’s the type of personality every guy would like for his best friend and every girl would want for a boyfriend. He and driver Mr. Chen accompanied us first to the park, then to a recommended Thai restaurant in the main shopping district.. After a delicious lunch, where I worked on my chop-stick skills, we were off to shop for Christmas gifts!

Just in case my family back home is reading my blog, I’m going to decline to tell what we bought except to say, for my daughter, we went into a store that contained about 20 small closet size pocket venders who offered every kind of trendy young woman outfit and accessories imaginable. For an American, the prices were lower than reasonable. We quickly became over whelmed!!

Down the center walkway of the outdoor mall large glass coverings allowed visual access to the original main roadway of Guangzhou. The Chinese are very proud of their heritage and looking down on the ancient patterned stones making up the roadway was just as popular as going into the inviting shops lining the main mall walkway. The press of the crowd began to tire us out. We were ready for our next major treat.

It would seem that Segundo had figured out the best place in Guangzhou to get a really great, authentic Chinese massage. Down what appeared to Louie and I to look like a back ally we found our destination: “Late night Massage”. Up a steep grand stairway, through a bar, restaurant entrance, into some bamboo decorated back rooms dominated by four huge lounge chairs and a flat screen TV. We were invited to sit in one while Segundo and Chen negotiated the financial terms of what we were about experience.

Soon entered four young women attired in athletic polo shirts and stretch pants. They pulled back the tops of our foot rest to reveal rectangular tubs which were first lined with thin plastic liners, then filled with very hot water and large herb filled “tea” bags. First our feet were soaked while our masseuses began massaging our knees and thighs., next our now softened and clean feet. So began our “three hour “ massage!! My practitioner, “#58”, had the strongest fingers imaginable!! They worked my acupuncture meridians and boy could she find the spots!! Her technique was so accomplished I had to keep opening my eyes to see how she was doing it. That’s how I discovered she was often texting on her phone as she worked my meridian lines!! I quickly melted into a pile of bones and flesh that she could push and pull however she wanted. Discovering I was flexible she began sitting on me and pulling various appendages to their full range of motion. Before I knew it, she was totally sitting on me and working me with elbows or even feet. I looked over to Louie next to me and saw his masseuse totally walking up and down his spine!! It’s a good thing they gave use strong herbal tea when finished. We were so wiped out we could hardly make it back to the van.

But it was a good thing we did! A very delicious Chinese dinner awaited us at a restaurant down the street, filled with families on a Sunday meal out. Our soon to be meal greeted us in fish tanks as we entered. The Chinese seem to believe they would be cheating you were they not to include the head with the meat dish you order, (if it’s small enough to fit on the plate). They also believe in mixing meats at the same meal. At this one we were treated to fish, a small duck, and beef, all coming with various vegetables. But first there was a salty and delicious clear-ish soup with a big hunk of pig in it. A most scrumptious and interesting tasting herb tea accompanied our meal. The first mix of herbs and water is used to wash the small teapot with the first tea thrown out into a porcelain dish through a cover with holes in it. The tea is served in tiny cups and Mr. Chen made sure ours were always full with a fresh hot supply. It truly made the food go down easier. The Chinese don’t usually include sweets or stimulates with their meals. But a cool Chinese beer perfectly hit the spot.

Cultural note:
At most toilets, which are in the ground and needed to be squatted over, the user needs to provide their own toilet paper. Most people carry small Kleenex packs with them. Ditto with napkins. A nice restaurant might provide you with a small Kleenex, but it’s often required you supply your own.

Both Louie and I practically crawled into bed when we made it back to the hospital.. We couldn’t decide if we felt more like we’d had a strenuous workout or were just totally wiped out. Either way it led to my first really solid night’s sleep since arriving here!!

Miracle Factory

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12.15.12
Miracle Factory
Yesterday was Saturday here in Guangzhou.

Found out from Fe that Dr. Xu generously offered us a quest room in Fuda’s new hospital about 20 minutes away. Segundo and Chen came to help us move.

After visiting Fe and Jelly in the morning we were invited back to Fuda’s new hospital for lunch with Dr. Xu and two journalists, Wilson and Sol, visiting from the Filipinos and one of Fuda’s main doctors of cryo ablation, Dr. Niu. The journalists had come to here more about it. Seems word is spreading through word of mouth.

I learned that Fuda has done more than 7,000 cryablations, more than any other hospital in the world. I told Dr. Niu I ‘d first heard about Fuda using cryoablation for treating breast cancer when my husband Alex found a before and after picture on the web of a 75 year old woman who’s breast cancer had burst through the skin and become gangrenous. The after photo showed a normal looking breast. He knew exactly what I was talking about because that was his patient and he had treated her!! (I bowed to him!). He told me most cases are not such late stage and that was very unusual. I asked when he thought Fuda first began using cryoablation on breast cancer and he said around 2003, the same year doctor Littrup treated me. So I truly am one of the oldest surviving patients, at almost my 10 year mark.

After the lunch the journalists and Louie and I went back to Fuda 1 so they could meet and hear Fe’s story. I think they were just as impressed with her as I am.

She told them about her experience with Fuda, about her being at stage 4 and having such a good turn around. Besides her own incredible story,she told them about all the others she’s been witnessing who were even worse. In fact, she credited seeing people with stage five turn around quickly and that’s what gave her hope it would work for her.

Another case the journalists had also wanted to visit was away from the hospital, out shopping because they felt so good!!

Tomorrow Dr. Xu has arranged for us to get a tour of the city with Segundo.

Our Big Day

12.15.12- Saturday (at least it’s Saturday here in China).

Wow! It’s 5:30 am here in China but boy am I awake!

Our peaceful neighborhood is waking up. Somewhere down the street a Chinese flute is playing a wistful song.

At the risk of disturbing my roommate Louie, who seems to be able to still sleep, I want to get down some of what I’ve been processing.

Yesterday afternoon brought an opportunity to really find out more about what they’re doing here and truly get a handle on why it was worth it to come. Fe has done such a great job giving me an overview on why the Fuda program is so effective. She has carefully read all the literature so she understands the therapies and why they work. Fuda is terrific with patient education and has lots of printed materials excellently written and laid out so it’s very comprehendible.

At four in the afternoon we entered a whirlwind of activity that truly began to put the whole program together.

Mr. Li, who had picked us up from the airport, came to take us to Fuda’s second large new hospital, about twenty minutes freeway drive away. This state of the art, beautiful facility has all the latest cutting edge machines that are at the heart of Fuda’s cancer fighting arsenal. We had been invited to the exit interview where a patient is about to leave to go back home. All the doctors who’ve worked on the exiting patient gather together along with Fuda’s guiding president, Dr. Xu and his assistant and Vice President, Ester Law, along with the patients who are leaving. The doctors present an overview of the therapies used and comment on what they felt were most effect along with their opinions on future treatment follow ups. The patients participate, commenting on what they feel worked best and areas they are interested in pursuing. (At least this is what I understood from the interpreter at my side, filling me in). There seems to be a very honest look taken at exactly what was accomplished during the patients stay at Fuda, what the situation currently is, and what follow-up should be. The session we attended had two patients. One no longer had a tumor and one was being sent home to allow the implanted chemotherapies to work with plans for a return visit where new therapies would be applied, such as cryo. The director commented that the chemo treatment would kill the tumor cells but not the stem cells of the tumor and that’s why the cryo and immune building therapies were needed in the future.

I was asked to tell my story, which I did. It was later translated by the vice Pesident Ester who seemed truly moved I would come to Fuda to find out what they are doing here to be able to spread the word to other women in the west wanting to save their breast like I had done. There was a surreal quality to the situation as there was both a photographer and a videographer clicking away. Such attention!!

After this meeting we were invited into vice President’s, Ester’s, office to receive directly from her the hospital’s philosophy. She explained the Dr. Xu himself had been a cancer patient and now a survivor. The philosophy of treatment at Fuda came from that experience. She then did a beautiful job of explaining how traditional treatments of surgery, radiation and chemo can and do work on early stage cancer, which she estimated at about 20%. But that it’s the cancer that is not detected early, about 80%, that these treatments ultimately fail. (I don’t know how these statistics hold up for American women where early detection is promoted through yearly mammogram readings, but they seem to be very statistically based at Fuda). Now my true understanding of their philosophy began. Fuda has made it its mission to address the 80% cases that most likely have some metastasis. To do this they have added all the cutting edge technologies that exist in the world to day with an emphasis on boosting the immune system. (I can see why this makes sense here, as traditional Chinese medicine is a system that works by assisting and stimulating the immune system).

Besides cryo, the two main immune stimulating systems used at Fuda are: CMI- Cancer Microvascular Intervention and CIC- Combined Immunotherapy. (More on these later).

No one gets sick here when getting chemo drugs. Those drugs are applied internally, right at the cancer site. Afterwards, the patient is given vitamin IV’s to prevent reactions such as loosing the hair and getting nauseous. Ester explained that a lot of patients using traditional approaches die because the body’s best fighter, the immune system, is not functioning and gets very damaged from chemo. At Fuda if chemo is used it’s done in a way to prevent that.

Cryo ablation is the third additional tool Fuda uses to both kill the cancer and stimulate the immunity. A later power point presentation in Dr. Xu’s office showed pictures of secondary sights gone after a patient’s initial cryo in a primary area. So impressive!!

Then, as if it was scripted to happen at that moment, a beautiful woman from Manila entered Dr. Xu’s office to say good-by and offered us her story, one that would put everything I’d just learned together on a human face. Her name was Theresa and she had just finished a shopping trip with her sister before going home early to Manila after hearing she had no more cancer left to treat.

Later, at a wonderful dinner Fuda’s Filipino coordinator, Segundo, took us to at the beautiful Imperial Hotel, we learned that she had entered her treatment very depressed and was encouraged at Fuda to fight! Segundo told us her transformation was really quite remarkable. I keep thinking about her happy face and how she is going home to a loving husband who now has his beautiful wife back healthy and happy, and two her wonderful children who now have their mama ready to guide them fully to adulthood.

It’s all those heart relationships that brought Louie and I here. It was Fe’s family, calling me on her behalf, so full of fear and wanting hope. Fe’s taught me a lot about how family relationships work in this part of the world. She herself was born in the Filipinas, the baby in a family of nine children. She was given her education, becoming Chemical engineer, through the hard work of her siblings, all working to give money towards each other’s education. When a good living wage became hard to come by in the Filipinos, she took work as a domestic in wealthy Hong Kong, all so she could pay it forward to younger relative’s educations. When illness strikes, they also band together, sending relatives to wherever it takes to get the best treatment.

Fe is something of an ambassador. While she was getting her imaging and beginning her chemo implant treatments, she spent her first weeks at Fuda going around to visit the other patients to get their stories and encourage their progress. She found people from her home country as well as Manila, Indonesia, Russia and the Middle East. She got stories about their cancer and found out they are not rich people. But they are rich in their heart relations with each other, which is what ultimately brought them here,. They are cherished. They are valued. Through their loved one’s assets, including companionship, they work something like the immune system itself, pulling together everything to fight through the illness of cancer back to health again. Fe has watched miracles taking place on a day-by-day basis. Those going back home now healthy kept coming by her room to share a moment of victory over the cancer foe, and to wish her well in her fight. How utterly beautiful! This hospital that attracts cancer’s worst victims is not a place of sadness and darkness. No! It’s a place of hope and love and light! It’s a place of NOW, minute by minute. The doctors at Fuda believe each day the blood is different. Each day offers a new opportunity for health. That is certainly something I will take away with me back to the states.

It was so beautiful driving around the city last night with Segundo. Guangzhou itself is magnificent!! The shapes of the building are original, at least to my eyes. The tops of them are illuminated at night, each with it’s own personality. There is a space-age looking tower dominating the skyline off by itself. At night it is lit up with a changing pattern of moving color light, most dazzling and beautiful. We haven’t seen hardly any westerners, but the Chinese don’t seem to pay much attention to any differences we represent. It’s easy to feel at home. In fact, there are Christmas decorations everywhere. Last night at dinner the restaurant had Christmas music playing. Segundo told us that there are two Catholic churches in town that are mostly attended by Filipinos. It’s odd to have Christmas as cultural phenomena, disassociated from the good-will-towards-men sentiment I’m used to it representing. The Christmas spirit is in my heart however. What ever are the energies or motives that brought Louie and I to China right now, I have to believe that spirit of brother and sisterhood was part of it.

Finally……FE!!

12.14.12

Finally….Fe!!

We left Oregon on Wednesday 12.12.12 and landed in Guangzhou on Friday 12.14.12 Where did that day go??!! Basically we traveled over 24 hours, but honestly the 16-hour direct flight from LAX on Southern China Air was not that bad. The video playing on the seat-back monitors for the last half hour before we landed showed stewardesses demonstrating self -acupressure to recover from the flight.

After making it through customs and finding our suitcases (thank God I have big strong Louie with me!!) we exited the airport to find a driver holding a sign with my name on it. The driver whizzed along a freeway through this very modern large city, arriving at Fuda hospital before 8:00 am. The driver walked us directly to Fe’s room. She and her sister, Jelly, were awake and happy we had finally arrived. I couldn’t give Fe a hug however; because of the protective apron she was wearing to protect others from the radiation pellets that had been embedded into her a few days before.

Fe is a very intelligent, spry, bright-eyed 54 year-old woman of Filipino descent. She came to Fuda from Canada where she’s lives with her husband David in Alberta. She found out she had breast cancer last mid-June when an ultra sound and mammogram confirmed that the lump she felt one morning in her left breast was a 1.6 cm calcium calcified tumor. She had a lumpectomy a month later, August 1st. By the last week of October she noticed a mass around what seemed to be a pimple at her surgery site. Her doctor ordered a mastectomy.

She and David began immediately researching what were the best cancer cures along with David’s sister Collyne. David found Fuda. Collyne found my site and wrote to find out what I thought.

Fast forward to today, here, now at Fuda in China. Four days ago she had her operation. That day she received cryo-ablation in six different spots; five in her liver and one in her breast. One in her liver was 2 cm. (It’s interesting to note at Anderson Cancer center in California, the largest tumor size allowed for freezing is 2cm. Here at Fuda Fe has heard that a recent procedure on another patient was 11.9 cm). At the same time Fe also had 20 iodine radiation pellets implanted around her breasts and surrounding lymph nodes and 20 around her liver. They will stay there for 59 days. They kept her in the ICU for the next 24 hours, which is the hospital protocol.
By the time I found her four days late, she was up and walking around, eating, visiting, seemingly full of energy!

Louie and I checked into our hotel a few blocks away and got back in time for a delicious Chinese lunch of steamed fish in Fe’s room, although we’re told family members are allowed to cook in a communal kitchen a few floors up. Just hanging around the room with Fe and Jelly there is constant comings and goings happening as nurses come into check on the vitamin i-v’s going into Fe’s arm to assist with her recovery, take her temperature, weight her and much more that I’ve lost track of. All and all, she is getting excellent care!!

Now Fe is going to send a message to any one reading this blog:

“In this hospital, there’s love money can’t buy. If you value your health, come to Fuda. They give you hope here. You feel it in the fiber of your flesh. And in your heart and in your mind, you’ll get better!! If they can make the stage five-cancer patients better, they can make me better!! And they don’t like patients here to be sad, because it will effect your immune system. They told me, we can help you but you must help yourself, so, they only thing we ask from you is to be happy.”

Fuda Trip Day 1 Video

Louie Here!

I’m trying to figure out how to upload videos. I am hoping to post a video for each day, but I am not sure about the uploads. I’ll keep trying. I am sure Lori will post blogs.

Sitting at LAX

In Route #1
12.12.12
A most auspicious day to travel…..
We are sitting in the TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal) at LAX, waiting for the plane to Guangzhou China.
In seven years of keeping up a website and answering all inquiries about cryoablation to treat breast cancer, this is the first time a woman has actually decided to go to Fuda Hospital in Gaungzhou and certainly the first time I have been asked along to document the story. When I first accepted I had no idea the pioneer doctor that had treated me in Detroit ten years ago, allowing me to save my breast and most probably get an immunity to my disease, had any association with Fuda. Now I find he will be attending an international conference there at the same time . What are the odds of that???

Last night I had a dream that I was with Louie flying on a big polished cloud over darkened peaceful waters, high above the earth. Louie is sitting next to me now in the terminal, working on getting his first video blog he hopes to post before we take off. We are trying to put together a story that will give other women following in our footsteps, a very good idea as to what to expect. For someone really wanting to go this route, right now Fuda is the only good option. The reality is that western women will only be comfortable when they see through a western perspective. We hope to give them that.