Author: ccarothers

Diagnosis, Cancer 0

My Story: Part One: You Have Cancer

In January of 2018, I had just turned 35 years old. I was content with where I was in life. An avid traveler, a surfer, runner, cyclist, and general lover of life, I was happy. What I was most passionate about was surfing. I just loved and lived for...

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My Story: Part Two: There Has to Be Another Way

After four doctors told that surgery was the only way to treat the large cancerous tumor growing on my sacrum, my only thought was this: there’s no way in hell I’m having that surgery. There has to be another way. I wanted to surf. I wanted to save my...

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My Story: Part Three: Oasis of Hope Cancer Clinic

One day, while waiting for the UCLA doctors to call and give me a date for my surgery, I was eating lunch with my friend Lauren at Gratitude Cafe. I was telling her all the latest drama of the tumor and having trouble getting a surgery, when suddenly a...

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My Story: Part Four: Proton Beam Therapy

So in September of 2018, four months after my cancer diagnosis, I signed up for Proton Beam Therapy at California Protons Cancer Therapy Center with Dr. Urbanic, who initially recommended surgery, but agreed to treat me after I told him I refused surgery. I immediately liked Dr. Urbanic, not...

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My Story: Part Five: Still Growing

Three months had passed: November, December and January. It was now Feb, 2019, time for my MRI. The one that surely would show shrinkage. All that pain had to be for something. I was also convinced that the tumor would be smaller, because in those months the pain started...

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My Story: Part Six: Finding Meditation

Why was the tumor still growing? Why was nothing working? Not radiation, not the natural treatments, not the spiritual healing, not the $30K dendritic cell vaccine, not the hypnotherapy, not the prayers, not the reiki. I had so much fear and anxiety and I just wanted to be at...

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My Story: Part Seven: Synchronicity

Despite feeling better and better and being able to do more things physically, like driving short distances, I didn’t expect there to be any changes with the MRI. In fact, I don’t think I had expectations either way. I was somehow in such a state of inner calm, that...

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My Story: Part Eight: More Good News

I continued to stick with the daily meditations, 1 sometimes 2 hours a day without fail. It became part of my daily routine, and has been ever since. The Joe Dispenza Meditation Retreat In July 2019, I headed to the seven-day Joe Dispenza meditation retreat in Portland, Oregon. Along...