A Special Diet for Multiple Myeloma
Our Day of Devastation!
This story is about my husband's diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma and the impact this had on our lives. It's about a desire to live and to continue living a quality life. It's about fear, tears and a feeling of hopelessness. It's also a story about God, our Sustain-er, our Comforter and our Shelter in the storm.
We had both served God nearly 30 years and were in the habit of "casting all our cares on Him". Now.....He had allowed something to come into our lives that would put us through the ultimate test of our faith and our trust in Him.
Here is a more recent picture of Paul taken at our visit last year to the Myeloma Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He's doing so well and we thank the Lord every day for this.
Paul and Multiple Myeloma
Paul's diet and his battle with Multiple Myeloma
Paul was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in February 2007. I remember very well when he came home from work after being at the doctor's office that day. After his appointment, he went back to work and looked up his diagnosis on Google. That was a mistake! The prognosis was not at all encouraging. It said, "Multiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. Blood Cancer. Plasma cells help the body's immune system fight disease by producing proteins called antibodies. In multiple myeloma, plasma cells grow out of control in the bone marrow and form tumors in the areas of solid bone. The growth of these bone tumors makes it harder for the bone marrow to make red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This causes anemia, which makes a person more likely to get infections and have abnormal bleeding.
As the cancer cells grow in the bone marrow, they can cause pain and destruction of the bones. If the bones in the spine are affected, it can put pressure on the nerves, resulting in numbness or paralysis."
The normal blood protein in the body is 350-400; Paul's was 1,360! His cancer doctor told him that he did have multiple myeloma and as soon as his blood protein level reached about 2200, they would begin chemotherapy. He explicitly told Paul that his current reading of 1,360 would NOT go down. Needless to say, his quality of life dropped to a level of 0. In his mind anyway.
God's remedy for Multiple Myeloma - Our prayers answered!
Needless to say, there were some sad days ahead for both of us. I don't know why it is, but all of a sudden one begins to hear all the horrible things about a disease, etc, when before one never even knew it existed! So many people, who I'm sure meant well and had good intentions, began to tell us their horror stories and give us advice on the subject.
We continued praying and the Lord led us to some very interesting subjects. We began to research cancer and noticed two points that really stood out in our minds;
1.) Cancer cells feed on sugar
2.) Our bodies lack antioxidants
So, Paul completely stopped sugar. He did not eat or drink ANYTHING that contained sugar. We bought Concord grapes and I put them in a food mill and added the juice to regular concord grape juice. (100% natural sweetener only, no added sugar.) He began drinking this daily, plus eating either the red or black grapes. He ate nothing until the supper hour, except grapes and juice, because we learned that the cancer cells will be forced to eat the "high-in-antioxidant" foods and this was lethal to them. At the supper hour, Paul ate only white meat, either chicken, fish or turkey with no preservatives. He ate a salad with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing, rice and either peas or beans. We were scheduled to return to the Myeloma Center in a few months and were very anxious to see what the results would be after being on the diet.
The day came and Paul was scheduled to have several tests at the Myeloma Center. They did blood work, MRI or Pet Scan and a bone marrow biopsy. A couple days later we went back for the results.
The blood protein level that was 1,360 dropped to 680!! The bone marrow biopsy that showed 45% myeloma cells had dropped to 5%!!
When we finished talking to the doctor we headed to the parking garage. When we stepped into the elevator, Paul leaned against the side and began to weep. The Lord had done it! He had given us something natural in which to fight this most horrendous disease.
This is 2011 and Paul's numbers are still down. They have never reached the "normal range", but they stay in the 600-700 range. Paul has gradually added other items to his diet, but still does not eat sugar. He continues just having grapes and grape juice before his one meal.
We have never told the doctor about this diet because we felt it would not mean much to him or to his colleagues. However, we do tell everyone that asks us about Paul's condition.
There is much more about this diet and the incidents in Paul's life, but there was not enough room to fit it all on this blog. Suffice it to say, Paul is leading a very natural and healthy life now and says he feels better than he has ever felt before.
UAMS In Little Rock, Arkansas - Myeloma Center
Here's Paul in the Myeloma Center of UAMS. Doesn't he look well? He has just received another good report and we don't have to return for another year! The Lord is so good, always, under any circumstances.
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