The Challenge

Two days after my diagnosis, I was sent to St. Joseph hospital to meet with my surgeon who would now be looking after my case. My doctor walked in the room and sat down with a picture of a liver. He began to explain the different quadrants of the liver, and how he needs 20% healthy liver tissue in order to operate. As he placed the cartoon depiction of the liver on the table he pulled out his pen, and the circling began.

“You have multiple mets on each section of your liver. At this time we are not able to operate. I will be honest with you, it is very rare in cases like yours I am ever able to operate.”

My mom, my dad and myself all cracked. He let me know he wanted to start me on chemotherapy right away. He set me up with an appointment to meet my Oncologist, as well as my day surgery for my Port-A-Cath. This was all going to happen in the afternoon. I started having a meltdown and asked everyone to leave the room

“So, now I am really going to die.” – This was the first thought that had entered my brain. In that moment I reverted right back to a child like state. I got up from my chair, climbed up on the doctor office bed, and laid down in the fetal position crying. My doctor returned to check in on me and we began having what I like to call “real talk”. It was during that conversation something came over me. This feeling of determination, of not wanting to be a pussy about it. “Suck it up, stop crying, get on with it.”, I told myself.

I sat up, wiped my tears, looked him square in the eye, and gave him my challenge – “I challenge you to a surgery. You will be seeing what my liver looks like within the year. Year and a half tops.”

“Ok Jamie. Challenge accepted.”

4 thoughts on “The Challenge

  1. The Biomechanic June 17, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    Hey, forgive me for my inborn nosiness but have you explored avenues of alternative therapy in response to your diagnosis?

    • jamieamead June 19, 2014 / 10:54 am

      I have not explored deep into “alternative therapy”. I guess it depends on your definition of the term. I have reiki performed on me and I am trying my best to keep my nutritional intake at 80 percent good food and 20 percent cheat foods. Are you referring to any other types?

      • The Biomechanic November 19, 2014 / 8:55 pm

        That’s great you are taking care of nutrition. Huge factor in wellness for anyone, presenting disease or not. Have you ever heard of Dr. Charles Majors? He wrote a book called “Cancer Killers” a few years back, basically outlining his own successful battle with cancer that, when you get to progress to the stages he was at, you aren’t supposed to recover from. Not only did he beat the cancer with flying colors but apparently he has helped myriads of others do the same. People who were given hopeless prognoses. He is a chiropractor here in the US. I would highly recommend checking him out. Also, check out my blog sometime if you find yourself surfing around.

  2. The Biomechanic November 19, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Also, I would highly recommend checking out chiropractic care and getting adjusted. I understand that it’s often thought of as a very peripheral, fringe type of healthcare sought out when you have back or neck pain, but nothing could be further from the truth. Chiropractic is all about keeping the nervous system free of interference, and thus optimizing the body’s ability to function and heal. Chiropractic doesn’t cure cancer, but seeing that the nervous system controls every tissue, cell and organ in the body, it is absolutely vital that the nervous system (especially when the body is sick) is able to function at it’s best potential, to optimize the body’s healing potential.


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