Thanks for the Prayers

March 19, 2016, Feast of St. Joseph


St. Joseph, Protector of Families, Patron Against Doubt and Hesitation

It’s been a little over six months since my double mastectomy and I want to thank all my readers for your prayers. Before, during, and after my hospital stay I was completely at peace, a rarity I’m sure for cancer patients and possible only through God’s grace. To show you how important all your prayers were and continue to be, this is what happened the evening after my operation.

After a successful surgery, at about midnight I went into hemorrhagic shock due to several bleeders on the left side. I had rung for a nurse and no one was coming. When I tried to sit up in the bed I passed out. When I came to, which I believe was fairly soon, six or seven people were working around my bed. I could hear them asking me to tell them my name, but I could neither open my eyes nor speak. It was very frustrating because I wanted to answer and get them to stop asking, but I couldn’t even move. I heard a nurse say that my blood pressure had dropped into the 70s. Everyone was anxious except me. Shortly thereafter I was able to open my eyes and speak amid the flurry of activity around me. No doubt all the nurses, technicians, and the floater nurse were relieved.

The surgeon on call showed up and said that he was going to have to take me up to the operating room and go back in to find the bleeders. I would be receiving a quart of blood to replace what was lost. Except that between the surgery and the hemorrhage it was more than a quart. A nurse stuck a paper in front of me telling me I had to authorize them to give me blood by signing it. Can you imagine? Here I was with a tremor anyway, in extreme weakness, and supposed to write my name – all 20 letters? “Just put an ‘X’,” she said. So I scratched the shakiest “X” of my life and was wheeled off to surgery where the surgeon worked for an hour rummaging around in my chest, only able to find a couple of small bleeders but not the one that caused all the trouble. Eventually I ended up in the ICU when all was finished.

From diagnosis to the present, but especially in the hospital, I had the awareness of being in God’s hands, surrounded by light, warmth, and love. It was extraordinary, this feeling of being sustained through an ordeal I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I had nothing but confidence without any wavering because I knew God was in charge and that whatever happened, He would see me through it. To have this level of peace was due in no small part to your prayers for me.

microscopeFor the cancer literate, the lab results revealed a Stage II, node negative, ER+, well encapsulated tumor with a very low Oncotype score. No radiation or chemo was warranted, but I would have refused them anyway since radiation and chemo don’t destroy cancer stem cells and the cancer usually comes back more virulent than before. I also refused the drugs they wanted me to start taking to suppress any cancer cells that might be free floating in the blood stream because said drugs cause other primary cancers, osteoporosis, severe joint pain, stroke, heart attack, and numerous other side effects. My research post surgery reveals that many cancer patients are curing themselves without drugs through diet, supplements, lifestyle changes, and strategies such as intermittent fasting, daily detoxification, and regular exercise. Without turning this blog into a cancer recovery meme, as time goes on I will reveal what I’m doing and why so that others may benefit. Meanwhile, blood tests are coming back good, I feel great, and everyone who knows me is astonished at my speedy recovery and how good I look.

Two web sites have been enormously helpful to me in building my health: and By implementing what I’ve learned from these people plus continuing to follow The Wahls Protocol I expect to do well. I think of myself as a cancer destroyer, not a victim, and wish that everyone could be as convinced as I am to take his health in hand and not rely solely on allopathic medicine. My main reason for such determination is that it appears that God still has work for me to do here on earth and I want to be able to do it well. In fact, I have an obligation to cooperate with Him in maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul so I can remain on the battlefield here below until He is finished with my service. Once again, thank you all for your prayers and please keep them coming!

Microscope image from Morguefile free photos.

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4 Comments to Thanks for the Prayers

  1. It’s so good to hear from you, Barb!! I’m happy to hear that the surgery was a success and that you are doing so well. Thank you, Lord!! I will keep praying for you!
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  2. Mary N on March 19th, 2016
  3. Thanks, Mary, I’ve been missing my blogging comrades. It’s good to be back.

  4. Barb Schoeneberger on March 19th, 2016
  5. You have my Prayers for sure. You’re an awesome lady. Thank you.

  6. Colleen Spiro on March 19th, 2016
  7. God bless you, Colleen. I am so grateful that my situation was so good that I was able to do my teaching job and still spend several hours every day researching about cancer. It’s all due to everyone’s prayers.

  8. Barb Schoeneberger on March 19th, 2016


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