Why and More What

So, it’s been over a week since we last updated the blog.  It is not because we have not had plenty to share but rather we have been consumed by the Gerson Therapy.

Lindsy shared a bit about our routine last week and maybe a little TMI for some with the coffee enema info. This week I wanted to share the “why”…

The Gerson Therapy has been around since the 1920’s.  You can read about Dr. Max Gerson and his daughter Charlotte if you Google them.  The therapy is well established and has healed 1,000’s of cancer patients and patients suffering from diseases ranging from migraine headaches to diabetes.  I know that many people may not understand why we would chose to go this route, but historically The Gerson Therapy has healed more people with Melanoma than traditional western medicine, and without the long-term side effects.

The basics of the Gerson are:
Chronic illness is caused by a lack of nutrition and built up toxins that have accumulated in the body.  Because of a lack of nutrition in the modern diet, our filtering organs such as the liver and pancreas are not functioning at 100%.  This makes our bodies vulnerable to the toxins we are exposed to daily.  The diet is based largely on raw, organic vegetables combined with 13 glasses of fresh carrot, apple and green juice. The juice helps to replenish the nutrients in my body, but it also creates an oxygen rich alkaline environment in which cancer cells can not grow.  I am on a no fat, no sugar, no salt diet, because cancer feeds off of these three things.  The coffee enemas stimulate the liver which causes it to purge the toxins while the nutrients from the juices replenish it with new raw fuel.

Thank you to all of you who continually pray for and bless us with items such as organic coffee and produce, for those who have helped us acquire our juicer, etc…
The good news is I feel great!!!  The biggest prayer request I have is for us to figure out a way for me to get more rest.  A huge part of the therapy is resting while the detoxing takes place.  As you can imagine this is very hard to do with a full time job and two kiddos.  Lindsy has been a true servant but we are both exhausted and feeling the drain of the routine. (and it’s only week two!) This therapy is not just a “diet” – it’s an intense treatment.

My options kinda came down to doing this or doing 6 months of chemo.  This is “natural” but it’s still an aggressive attack on cancer.  This is not a choice but rather a necessity for decreasing the odds of Mr. Melanoma’s face reappearing somewhere else in my body.

Again, thanks for all of your prayers and support during this. Before I sign off  I did want to share that I have had some great time alone with the Lord during certain down times of the routine and have been able to hear some great sermon podcasts during my daily prep in the morning. This has helped to keep my soul rejuvenated.  In this very moment I feel physically exhausted and slightly discouraged but the following scripture gives me hope and recalibrates my heart:

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 91:14-16

Hey ya’ll. It’s L.

We have been getting lots of questions on the therapy/schedule/juicing/etc. so I figured I would post a bit more of the “what”.

This past weekend I put together some numbers based on Williams juicing/meal regimen so we would not have to make multiple trips to the grocery like we did last week.  Here is the weekly shopping list:

35 lbs of carrots
32 lbs of apples
21 oranges
6 lbs of potatoes
20 gallons of distilled water
21 servings of veggies
14 servings of fruit
8 romaine hearts
7 lemons
7 green peppers
2 bottles of flax seed oil
1 head of red leaf lettuce, endive, escarole, swiss chard, red cabbage, and water cress each

And that’s just for William! Needless to say it’s a lot to manage and I am having a hard time figuring out what to eat myself, what to feed Moses and, pray for me, because Meadow will be eating soon! It is also very expensive to buy all of William’s food organic but we know God will provide for us.  He always has!

The routine is crushing at times and I understand now why people who do the treatment for months travel to the Gerson clinic in Mexico.  William and I both get up before 6am to start prepping for the day and we literally don’t stop washing/chopping/prepping until after 10pm. His enema/juice/meal schedule is below for those of you who are interested.

As William said, please pray that we would find a way for him to get more rest, and please also pray that God would give me the strength to maintain this for as long as is necessary. (at least until William leaves for Sudan. Yes he’s going to Sudan next month, more on that later)

6am coffee enema (and yep that’s what it sounds like)
8am breakfast (oatmeal and fruit), freshly squeezed OJ, supplements
9am green juice, supplements
9:30am carrot/apple juice, supplements
10am coffee enema, carrot/apple juice, supplements
11am carrot juice, supplements
12pm green juice, supplements
1pm lunch (large salad, baked potato, veggie and fruit), carrot/apple juice, supplements
2pm coffee enema, green juice, supplements
3pm carrot juice, supplements
4pm carrot juice, supplements
5pm carrot/apple juice, supplements
6pm coffee enema, green juice, supplements
7pm dinner (same as lunch), carrot/apple juice, supplements
10pm coffee enema

Gerson Day One, Follow Up Doctors Appointment, and How You Can Help!

Yesterday was Day One of the Gerson Therapy. William is feeling good but it is crazy intense. Seriously. It’s like having another job and you all know we have time for that.

To give you an idea of his day, it starts with a 6 am coffee enema and  from there he is juicing every hour, plus three meals of freshly prepared salad, veggies, and fruit, and four more coffee enemas throughout the day, the last one being at 10 pm. This is no joke people.

Today’s blog is just the “what” of the Gerson Therapy or as some of you might be thinking “what the hell”:-) Hopefully tomorrow I can go more into the “why”.

We also had our follow up appointment at the JGB Cancer Center this morning with Dr. Miller.  William explained that we spent a weekend praying, reading and thinking about the decision to do chemo or not to do chemo and did not take the decision lightly and that we came to the conclusion not to do chemo.  Dr. Miller said “First, I believe in prayer. Second, it is very reasonable for you not to do chemo.” Dr. Miller explained that among melanoma patients, William is in the “low risk” category. This was a huge relief and I think the first time we have heard the words “low risk” in two months! He suggested William have a PET scan every 6 months for the next two years to closely monitor any changes in his body.

Many of you have been asking what we need and how you can help us. We are so grateful for your generosity and desire to serve us! We do have needs; more than I think we realized or assumed we would. I’ll lay them out here. We are looking forward to the day we can serve ya’ll too!

First and foremost, we need prayer. Not in a cliche “prayer first” way but in a real we believe God hears and answers prayer way. God has power over death and disease, he is sovereign and has designed this 
trial for us. He is using it to grow our dependence on him through prayer and we hope the same for all of you. Pray for our strength and perseverance during the therapy and that Williams body would become a place cancer does NOT want to be. Pray that we would draw near to Him and rest in His peace.

Second, we are going through a LOT of fruits and veggies! Carrots, apples, oranges, and potatoes are the top four (in that order). We are anticipating that Williams food and food for juicing will cost about $700 a month. It would be awesome if folks could grab an extra bag of carrots or such when already out doing normal shopping. All of Williams food needs to be ORGANIC. If you have any connections with local farmers that would also be great; let us know that too. We’ll be going through a bunch of greens also with all the salads we’ll be eating.

The medical bills from the surgeries, MRI, and PET scan have started rolling in as well. We are blessed by SBTS’s great insurance but still have an out of pocket expense of about $3,000. If you feel led to contribute in that way please do.

William is supposed to be taking it easy (no exercise or strenuous activity; walking only) for the time being so we are in need of some volunteers to cut our grass.  It will probably only need to be done once more for the year. Let us know if you are willing to help in that way.

A random item we are needing is a hot plate, the kind you plug in to an outlet.  I’m sure I can find one online but haven’t had a chance to look quite yet.

That’s all for now. There are a lot of thoughts rolling around in my head that I’d love to get out but finding the time for that is challenging. Hopefully more to come soon!

Don’t Waste Your Cancer

I realize that having a blog means that those of you following it sort of expect regular updates…  We’ve been busy this past weekend preparing for today – the day William starts the Gerson Therapy.  So, I’m simply going to post a link to an article written by John Piper that has been amazingly encouraging to us and a wonderful reminder the sovereignty of God.  William came across it and we both keep it open in our safari app so we can reference it often.  You can replace the word “cancer” with just about any other trial: job loss, homelessness, adultery, death of a family member, bankruptcy, etc.  We hope you find it as encouraging as we do.

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/resources/dont-waste-your-cancer

I will post an update tonight on how day one went.  I’ll also include a list of “needs” that we’ll have during this time.  Many of you have been asking and we are so blessed to be loved by you all!

entering blog world

We are entering a new world of blogging here. Welcome. As we said in the email thank you so much to everyone who helped purchase Williams new juicer! He’s very excited to get started on his new Gerson diet (more on that later).
We had a great 24 hours away last weekend. (Thank You to the Noltemeyers and Deebs for the wonderful cabin and piece of paradise!) It was great to have time to reflect and just be in Gods creation. (I almost didn’t know what to do with myself without any kids climbing on me or needing my attention) While we didn’t come to any new or different conclusions concerning Williams treatment, we did get to spend time alone together and in Gods word.  It was desperately needed.  It was only the third night without kids in the last 2 years!
And now the word you have all been waiting for: William has decided not to do the chemo. Logically speaking, there are two reasons for this.  First, William is currently “cancer free”.  There is a good chance he will not remain this way, according to the doctors, but right now there is no known cancer in his body. If it comes back, his immune system will need to be in tip-top shape to fight it.  Chemo will destroy his immune system, leaving him defenseless.  Second, the rate of success in treating melanoma with chemo is poor, really poor, and hellish to boot.
What he will be doing is the “Gerson Therapy”. http://www.gerson.org/ Simply put “The Gerson Therapy is a safe, natural treatment developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920’s that uses organic foods, juicing, coffee enemas, detoxification and natural supplements to activate the body’s ability to heal itself.  Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to recover from so-called “incurable” diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.”
William was first introduced to the Gerson Therapy 8 years ago when the brother of one of his coworkers was using it to treat the same melanoma that William has. At the time, William knew only that the brother had cancer, not what kind.  Last month, when we first found out that William was diagnosed with melanoma, a good friend of ours who has Lyme’s disease sent us a care package. We didn’t know what he was sending until we opened the package and found the book “Healing the Gerson Way”. The more we read about the Gerson Therapy the more it made sense and William realized the divine nature in which he was introduced to it so many years ago. Nothing surprises our God.
It’s getting late so we’ll have to post more on the Gerson Diet later.  We (I say we because we’ll all be eating differently) will be starting on Sunday. 

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

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