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Help Lisa Weitz fight cancer

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Raised by 204 people in 8 months
Created December 8, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Lisa Weitz
Hi everyone, for more than a decade I have been blessed with a very dear friend Lisa Weitz.  Lisa has acted tirelessly as our manager/booking agent/publicist and has honorary band membership in Sultans of String. She is hands-down the nicest person I have ever come across in the music business and is always looking out for, and helping others.

Many people know of Lisa though her amazing work supporting the music of others nationally and internationally. Lisa was also Hugh's Room’s first publicist from 2001-2008, and has worked on management/publicity for the much missed Taylor Mitchell, Mose Scarlett, the Andrew Collins Trio, April Verch, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anne Lindsay, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, Jon Brooks, Enoch Kent, Jaffa Road, Art Garfunkel, ArtsCan Circle, a fundraiser for the Mariposa Folk Fest and a host of other wonderful artists in our midst.  Before working with musicians, she was communications coordinator at ARCH, a legal resource centre for persons with disabilities.

Lisa is dealing with a recent diagnosis of aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. She has had to scale back on her work at a time when her expenses are much higher dealing with all this. Her supplements and medicine, plus transportation to and from all her treatments and scans has made navigating this difficult journey even harder.  

Lisa has been undergoing chemotherapy at Princess Margaret Hospital and is also working hard to boost her strength with a complementary care practitioner. The good news is that the cancer does not appear to have metastasized outside the breast and so we are all extremely hopeful for her recovery. She is one of the strongest people I know and is trying to stay positive through this ordeal.

Lisa has dedicated so much love, time and energy to helping us and other musicians with our careers and we want to do what we can to give back. 

We hope that you may be able to make a donation to help ease this financial and emotional stress. The requested amount has been set to $1, because no amount is too small and would be appreciated more than you can know. Funds will go directly to Lisa to help cover her lost income and mounting bills.
Thanks for considering this, and please share with others.

With love,

Chris McKhool
Sultans of String




PS:   Lisa wanted to share her list of supplements/tinctures and their particular uses in treatment/prevention She’s been finding these very helpful and hopes that you or your loved ones find it helpful too. 

Alpha Lipoic Acid – ALA
Immune system, liver/kidney/heart support, clears chemo toxicity
--- 300-500g/3x day, take 30 min before meal or 2 hours after
--- can counter-indicate with certain types of chemo so need to check with doctor/holistic practitioner

Astragalus (liquid tincture or capsules)
Anti-cancerous, immune system, heart health, regulates/prevents diabetes, helps body tolerate chemo better
--- 2 droppers/2x day or 2 capsules/2x day, without food

Celery Juice
Autoimmune diseases, thyroid conditions, inflammation, liver health, blood sugar issues
16oz of freshly juiced organic celery (don’t add water, lemon or other fruits/veg, just the celery)
First thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
For more info, go to https://www.medicalmedium.com/medical-medium-celery-juice-movement.htm

Chaga mushroom – dual extracted, tincture:
Anti-cancerous properties
Get either:
--“Chag-o-power” (brand: North American Herb & Spice)
 20+ drops under tongue or in water/juice.
or
Harmonic Arts or Host Defense brands
– 2 droppers (it self-measures), 3x/day, with or without food.
You can also order it online:
https://harmonicarts.ca/products/chaga-mushroom-tincture
https://hostdefense.com/products/chaga-extract

CoQ10 – “Ubiquinol”
– Anti-cancerous properties, heart health
--- 300mg/day, with food containing good fat like olive oil, nuts

Coriolus mushroom (tincture) – triple extracted . It’s also known as “Turkey Tail” mushroom because of its shape/colouring (brand- Host defense or Harmonic Arts)
--- anti-cancerous properties, especially good for breast cancer.
--- 2 droppers full, 3x/day
 
D3 drops – “D-Mulsion 1000” (brand: Genestra)
-- boosts immune system, bone health, reduces inflammation
--- 5000 IU/day (liquid)  Because the liquid form is fat-soluble, you can take this with or without food. 
  
Flaxseed (make sure it’s ground or buy whole and grind yourself, but do not ingest whole as the medicinal properties can’t be absorbed
--- anti-cancerous
--- 25g or 2 Tablespoons/day 

Iodine – “Detoxadine” (from the Global Healing Center)
Immune and thyroid support; detoxification; cancer prevention, particularly thyroid, breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate
1 drop/day
https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nascent-iodine-detoxadine.html
Or eat kelp, seaweed (1 serving/day)

Iron (brand: Trophic)
Low hemoglobin/anemia
--- each caplet has 25g of elemental iron, so depending on the counts, cut in half or take whole.

N-A-C (brand: AOR)
--- anti-cancerous properties
--- take 500 mg/3x day, with food, ideally with some kind of good fat like nuts, avocado, coconut oil etc
--- can counter-indicate with certain types of chemo so need to check with doctor/alternative practitioner
--- you can buy it online and most health food stores have it
https://aor.ca/products/n-a-c

Omega 3 (brand: NutraSea)
--- heart health, immune system, anti-cancerous
--- make sure it’s 750 mg EPA, 250mg DHA (it will say that on the bottle)

Pau d’arco tea (brands: Harmonic Arts or Organic Connections)
The package must say inner bark, as this is where the medicinal properties are)
--- Anti-cancerous properties, immune system boost
--- 4 measuring cups/day
--- Preparation: measure out 30 heaping tablespoons per 40 cups of water. Bring water to a boil, then add bark and keep at a low boil for 30min. Cool and strain. Store in glass jars in fridge, don’t use microwave to re-heat. 

Probiotic “Recovery SAP” (brand: NFH) 
– boosts immune system
-- 2x/day, with food

Turmeric liquid gel caps (brand: Botanica or Curcumin Active)
--- anti-cancerous properties, anti-inflammatory, boosts liver function
--- can counter-indicate with certain types of chemo so need to check first
--- 5g /3x day, with food

Vitamin C
--- immune system
--- 1000mg/day with food containing good fat
--- can counter-indicate with certain types of chemo so need to check first

Diet

Get organic wherever possible in order to avoid cancer-causing pesticides/herbicides, antibiotics (in meats), hormones, etc. https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php#dirty-dozen 

Lots of vegetables, especially cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale

Raw broccoli sprouts (note: if you’re doing chemo, radiation or surgery, wait until these are completed).
• to heal cancer: 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts per day
• to prevent cancer: 2.5 ounces of broccoli sprouts every third day

Healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, hazel nuts, pumpkin and other seeds

Lentils, kidney beans, black beans, chick peas, etc.

Eggs

Fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, basil, dill, etc

If you eat seafood such as salmon, trout, sardines, get wild, not farmed.

If you eat meat, organic chicken - avoid red meats

Avoid sugar, carbohydrates like bread/pasta/rice which convert to sugar (cancer loves sugar). https://liveenergized.com/quit-sugar/complete-guide-sugars-sweeteners-healthy-alternatives/

Create an alkaline diet / avoid acidic diet -   https://learn.liveenergized.com/ar-2
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Hi everyone, hope you’re all well-- thanks again for all your support of Lisa's GFM campaign!

A few updates since my post in June.

Everything went well with her (right) thyroid surgery—it along with the tumor were removed. She recovered well and doesn’t need any further cancer treatment for that.

However she will be having more breast cancer surgery after all -- they’ll be removing a few lymph nodes on Aug 14 at Women’s College Hospital. There was suspicious enlargement of a few nodes prior to chemotherapy and immunotherapy, and while appearing clear now, they want to remove them as a precaution. Lisa initially declined the node surgery because of the really good response to treatment, and decided only to have the lumpectomy, but she changed her mind. Also, she is scheduled for 3 weeks of radiation at Princess Margaret starting early Sept. She continues with immunotherapy at PMH until the end of January instead of the Fall. And as you know, she is doing a ton of naturopathic care too.

So a bit longer than she thought but all is fine!

Thanks again,

Chris
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Hi everyone, thanks again for all your support of Lisa's GFM campaign!!

I wanted to give you an update since my last post a couple of months ago.

Lisa is doing extremely well. She finished chemotherapy, and also had a lumpectomy a couple of weeks ago which went smoothly. She has another surgery in July because a mass was found in her right thyroid but it's very manageable and she'll only be down from that for only a couple of weeks.

Although she has some side effects from the herceptin (which she stays on at PMH until the end of the year), she's basically back to her regular work schedule!

Lisa sends her love and deepest gratitude and said she couldn't have gotten through all this without your incredible generosity-- thanks again!!
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Hi everyone, many, many thanks for your support of Lisa’s campaign!

Wanted to give you an update since my last post in Jan. Lisa is doing well but had a difficult go for a bit-- chemo (taxol) was delayed again as a result of its effect on a separate condition she has called primary erythromelalgia. She ended up with burn blisters (which she’s had from this condition even before getting cancer) but this time was the most extreme ever. Burns consumed both feet and she was unable to walk or stand for a short time. The burns also resulted in another infection. The good news is that both feet are healing very well and Lisa is now back on track on a much reduced dosage of taxol. She’ll be done with that next week which is awesome news, has surgery in May, takes herceptin until Nov, and continues to get a lot of naturopathic care too.

She’s seen a significant decrease in the cancer, and is still doing some work which makes her super happy.

She wanted to share her list of supplements/tinctures and their particular uses in treatment/prevention She’s been finding these very helpful and hopes that you or your loved one finds it helpful too. You can find this info at the bottom of the main page, below my name, Chris.

Thanks again—Lisa sends her love and deepest gratitude.
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MESSAGE FROM LISA:

Hi everyone, I hope you’re well and managing to stay warm!

I want to thank you again for all your caring and generosity -- your support buoys me beyond measure. There are some of you whose email addresses I don’t have so I want to make sure you see this BIG thank you here.

Just an update since I last wrote. In January, I was to start Taxol but complications from an unrelated condition, primary erthyromelalgia, delayed the chemo while I got back on track — definitely wasn’t mad about that! :-) I was able to do a bit more work during the reprieve too but I’ve now resumed treatment and am navigating the side effects with my naturopath. Some of you asked for the regimen I’m using – please feel free to get in touch if you would like a copy.

And here’s a photo with my dear friend Mose Scarlett. I’m donning one of my 2 donated doos -- this one is from Princess Margaret Hospital’s donated wig program. I like it much more than my own locks so even when my hair grows back, I think I’ll just keep wearing it!

Much love and big hugs,
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